"With the president having lifted the executive ban, all that stands between the American people and the estimated 89 billion barrels of oil is Congress' ban. If my fellow lawmakers would put the interest of the American people ahead of an outdated, extremist environmentalist agenda, they'd let that ban expire.
And if Congress wants to make a real difference for struggling families, it would fast-track the permitting process to reduce the average $3 billion and seven years it now takes to get an offshore platform into full commercial production.
I recently toured Northern Alaska and the Artic National Wildlife Refuge, which holds another real answer to our energy woes. The area set aside for drilling by President Jimmy Carter (but kept off-limits by Congress) is all flat arctic tundra, with absolutely no trees or mountains. It's also tiny, just 2,000 acres in ANWR's 19.6 million acres - a postage stamp sitting on a football field. Drilling threatens nothing except extremist ideology.
The Energy Information Administration estimates ANWR holds more than 10 billion barrels of recoverable oil, ready and waiting for us to retrieve. Opening it for production would create 750,000 American jobs, the EIA says - a great jumpstart for the US economy.
The Republican plan includes all of the above. If Speaker Pelosi would allow a vote on such common-sense energy legislation, American families would receive the relief they deserve."Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is a member of the US House of Representatives.
Ask a liberal, most any one will do, as to why we aren't drilling in ANWR and the response will be nothing more than a litany of stale old democrat talking points that are, to say the least, disingenuous.
The section in question already HAS roads leading to and from, is nothing more than a frozen dessert in the winter and a muddy one come spring and summer. Wildcat roughnecks could begin drilling with very little notice, erecting their relatively diminutive and easily transported rigs in mere weeks. Just the knowledge that this is happening sends crude oil prices spiraling downwards, and here's where the truth, the REAL truth sinks in.
Liberals do not WANT you driving at your leisure. Personal freedoms are anathema to their cause. They want you to eat what they tell you to eat, hand over your guns, send your kids to diploma mills, and stay close to home in order to continue supporting socialist representatives.
Its all in the communist How-To books. And far too many of us have fallen for such bullshit.