Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Drill some sense into Democrats

When it comes to drilling (and I know a bit about it), I couldn't figure out lately whether Democrats were liars or just ignorant. I think it's a little of the latter and a lot of the former.

If I hear one more Democrat whine about the leased land that isn't being used to drill I will scream. Ask yourself this basic simple question. If an oil company has a lease on land with oil there, why wouldn't they have already drilled there? Does that make any sense?

The reasons could be that there may not be enough oil and gas to make it worth the enormous cost or there isn't any at all. It may be regulations a mile long that make it impossible. Don't even get me started on lawsuits over whales and cows. Drilling is always a gamble. There isn't a stick you can put into the ground that tells you that there is oil there. It's a complicated and expensive process just to see if there is oil there. There is a reason Petroleum engineers make good money. They are paid to figure it out.

There has never been a better time to fight for more drilling. The Democrats are faced with a public that is demanding it. Politico reports on a "gang of 10," five Republicans and five Democrats trying to hash out a plan.

But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) predicted Tuesday that 12 Democratic senators would join Republicans in voting to lift the offshore drilling ban if given the opportunity to do so.

But Democratic leaders are doing all they can to prevent a vote on drilling before members leave town in two weeks.

No one is working harder than John Boehner:

Republican House Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio returned Monday night from a trip to Colorado and Alaska, where he and a group of freshman GOP lawmakers traveled to show support for alternative energy approaches as well as oil drilling in ANWR.

He's hitting the news shows and he is making the case and he's doing a great job at it.

I laugh when I hear people whine about "Big Oil." Big oil is what keeps us warm in the winter, cool in the summer. It runs our factories, it runs our towns, it runs our cars, it runs our planes. Stop using those things if you don't like "Big Oil."

Oil has come a long way as far as environmental concerns go and they environmentalists know it. There is minimal environmental impact with drilling now.

We all know we have to look at alternative energy sources. T. Boone Pickens says we can't drill our way out of this problem. Maybe not, but we drill our way out of suffering while we develop what we need.