While $4/gal sounds bad for gas, and it is there already in some parts of the country, just wait until it goes to $5, $6, $7 or more. On May 13, the Senate defeated a bill to drill ANWR. It was put through the Senate as an amendment (S. Amndt 4720) attached to another bill, S. 2284-the Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007. I can see where the two would go 'together'. When this was voted on in the Senate, all of the Democrats voted against the bill with the exception of one, Sen. Mary Landrieu , D-LA. Five Republicans voted against, also. There were others who did not vote at all. I am not sure if they just chose not to commit to either side, grow some balls here people...or if they were simply NOT at work that day. Democratic 'nays' came from my own two senators, Kohl and surprise..Feingold. That is a shock...right! Others I tend to watch...Durbin, Obama, Clinton, the Kenedy's, Kerry, Byrd, etc....all voted 'nay'. Then of course we have the conservative in liberal clothing, McCain, who was a 'not voting'. Guess he was out campaigning, and I figure if you are still employed as a senator on my dime, you better show up for work!
Since then we have had the polar bear placed on the 'Threatened Species' list. Not endangered...just threatened....evidently because of melting ice. Now, there are currently record numbers of Polar Bears out there. In the 1950-1960's the numbers ranged from 5,000-10,000. Currently they number 20,000-25,000, with 11 of the 13 bear populations stable and some increasing according to Canadian scientists. This is all comng down to the whole Global Warming alarm. Thank you, Al.
Now, I by no means have a dislike for polar bears. Aren't they cute as cubs, and won't they rip you to pieces as adults. But, if we continue to NOT be able to drill for the oil we so desperately need to keep this country running, well, sorry...when it comes down to the polar bear or the survival of this country the polar bear rates a 2ND spot on my list. This also applies to NOT drilling off our coast line because somebody with ocean front property will have their view spoiled. It appears the 'rigs' are rather far out there so these people must have unbelievable eye sight. I guess 'unbelievable' being the key work here.
We are a country that uses alot of oil. Not all of it ends up in our gas tank. There are numerous products we use on a daily basis that are derived from oil. If anyone in this country really believes the OPEC nations are going to either produce more oil or lower the costs, think again. (If you still believe that then I have some ocean front property in AZ to sell you. Well, that might come true some day when CA falls off into the ocean and after their Supreme Court ruling to allow gay marriages...may it fall off soon.) Evidently Saudi Arabia does not feel there is an increase in demand for them to produce more oil. Either that is true, or they have us right where they want us and that is by the balls...the ones our government does not appear to possess. Even with other countries exploding with the numbers of cars on their roads, China for one, it is still said the demand is not there. Oil needs to increase in supply or decrease in demand for the price to go down.
Until the government gets it's nose out of the oil business, starts to allow exploration and drilling of new sites either in ANWR or off our coasts........and the tree huggers are duct taped in a closet somewhere...we are pretty much screwed. We cannot have it both ways.