Granted the U.S. probably couldn’t supply 100 percent of its oil needs from ANWR; however, any measure to increase the amount of oil flowing to the U.S. FROM the U.S. would be inherently a good thing. As I stated in my previous post, we must also take measures to drill of the coasts of more of our states (Govnah Jeb in FLA is currently attempting to block drilling off the coast of his state, AHHHNULD is firmly against most drilling and Louisiana is still recovering from a major natural disaster).
I would like to see the U.S. limit the amount of foreign oil imported these efforts would be greatly enhanced if we were to increase the influx of domestic oil. Logically, we must wean ourselves off the teat of the Middle East before we make any major energy decisions here @ home.
At best, it would take decades to commercialize Alternative energy vehicles. America cannot afford more “decades” of complete oil dependence on the bomb shell that is considered to be the middle east. Alternative Energy could be a solution in the future but for the moment, and probably for decades to come, we rely on oil from a region that is a threat to American Society (it proved this when it killed 3,000 of our countrymen in NYC). As long as we need oil, it should come from the friendly land of North America.
“I do think fossil fuels will continue to be the world’s primary source of energy for at least the next half-century. Nuclear energy may make some inroads. In France, it accounts for some 80% of electric power generation. But public opposition is so high, it’s doubtful to expand rapidly. Solar and wind power, when put to the test, can supplement energy needs, but they cannot replace fossil fuels without also changing the energy-wasting way almost all of us live.” -Newsweek Middle East Editor
The longest journey starts with a tiny baby step. Drilling in ANWR would be a baby step in the right direction- achieving our energy independence from the middle east.