This national question of oil drilling in additional new locations within and around America is absolutely, unequivocally, positively absurd.
Fiddling and fussing, fumbling and fooling....
Iraq! Hello? Hello? Iraq! Iraq is not famous for exporting video games! What do we think Iraq is good for? Any guesses? I will give everyone one guess!
Holy bread and circuses, guys!
America just finished breaking and buying Iraq, which has the world's 4th largest oil reserves, at 115 Gbbl, a huge, costly purchase at over $1T of the public's money invested so far, yet everyone and his brother is obliviously wasting time endlessly blowing hot air about whether or not to poke and drill more holes into parts of the USA's remaining national reserves, a country which has only 21 Gbbl total all told, and which passed its halfway-empty mark over thirty five years ago?
You might as well be having a heated discussion on how to best squeeze water from a dry sponge on a hot day, forgetting due to perhaps synaptic malfunction that you also just wrote a big check for a massive swimming pool. And for what reason do you fuss interminably? On which topic do you hope to select the next US president? Is the big question, really whether to extract, at best, a fraction of a single Gbbl of oil divided into yet smaller parts across each of the next 50 years? Are you all nuts?
Iraq, our Iraq let me say, has literally a thousand times that amount of oil, or more. Try this: Form a quick mental picture of these two quantities, sitting side by side on a shelf. What do you see?
This whole 'drilling in the US' conversation is a total distraction. The USA now controls freaking Iraq, the most massive oil-stocked country that was remotely for up for grabs due to a serious and mortal lack of defensive capabilities, and equally lacking in friends. Our oil companies (and friends) just recently locked up massive permanent sweatheart oil contracts, and we even helped to rewrite their freaking constitution to make sure it stays this way.