An AP story in the Santa Fe New Mexican the other day complained that even if Republicans got their way and new drilling began, “motorists would feel little or no relief if they did.” Gosh, really? You mean the minute the oil companies started the paperwork to put the process in motion, a gazillion gallons of gas wouldn’t suddenly appear by magic and make the price at the pump drop to $1.50? Really? Gee, mister, why is that?
We are now paying the price (almost $4.50 a gallon here in Santa Fe) for Congressional Democrats’ refusal since 1981 to allow drilling off-shore, as well as for their unwillingness to allow the extraction of the oil we know for a fact is sitting under the Alaska wildlife refuge. Do most of the people crowing about the caribou (including John McCain, who though he has gotten smart and come out for off-shore drilling, is still holding the eco-line on Alaska) have any idea how big Alaska really is? How many miles and miles upon miles and miles of pristine, virgin land is up there? Go to Google Maps and take an aerial tour of the place. A few oil wells are not going to turn this vast frozen wilderness into downtown Detroit. Honestly.
Neither are they going to make pump prices drop instantaneously. But if we’d done it years ago, we wouldn’t be in this mess today. Nothing is going to fix the problem right now, and all the whining and demanding and raging in the world isn’t going to change that. All it does is make us sound like a bunch of bad eggs.