I generally don't answer a question with another question, however, in this case I'm going to make an exception. The media has been parroting the hysterical mantra that insists that "we can't drill our way out of this mess".
My question is why not?
Liberals insist that it would take 10 years to bring new oil to market. Why do they so confidently assert this so-called fact? It is because they (the Liberals) have made it so. The required "Environmental Impact Report" alone can take 3 years to develop. Excessively stringent environmental and land-use regulations have made it nearly impossible to drill for new oil. Any oil industry analyst will tell you that they could be pumping oil in some cases within a year and in others in 2 years. When I was growing up in Western Pennsylvania and anyone said I can't do this or I can't do that, they were immediately chided by the refrain, "you won't know until you try".
The curious aspect of the "We Can't" delegation is that they insist that drilling won't do anything to bring down the cost of gasoline. Huh? First Nancy "I'm Totally Clueless" Pelosi has insisted on tapping the Strategic Oil Reserve, by the way, she is after all trying to SAVE THE PLANET, and now even the Democratic Nominee Barak Obama has jumped on the band wagon to tap the Strategic Oil Reserve which will, "give America a break in gasoline prices". The terms preposterous and hypocritical should come to mind to any reasonable thinker. Obviously you can't have it both ways. If tapping the Strategic Oil Reserve will reduce prices at the pump, why wouldn't drilling for new oil have the same effect? The Democratic Leadership must be thinking that the American Voters are the most stupid individuals on the Planet and should therefore be treated with utter contempt. It is my opinion that the American Citizen Voter must either be insane to vote for Mr. Obama or Mrs. Pelosi this fall, or else must enjoy being insulted by the intelligentsia elite and treated like little children. President Bush is quite right to insist that the Strategic Oil Reserve is for EMERGENCIES and not for political expediency to get Democrats elected in November. Argh.