Since the oil "shortages" of the 70's both demo & repub have had ample opportunities to get off foreign oil. They are in the pockets of some very unenlightened VOTERS. Another round of $4+ gasoline is the only thing people understand.
I don't want to defend the gutless wonders in DC. Keeping their jobs is the only priority they have. There is NO leadership. I usually vote against any incumbent but don't expect much change from them. $4.50 gas will change things.
My congressman sent a reply letter, telling me that we have enough untapped crude sources to sustain us for decades, therefore, in his opinion, we need to focus more on easing restrictions on American reserves and not on developing natural gas. It's hard to comprehend how I used to be a republican.
The world consumes 31 Billion Barrels of oil annually. The US consumes about 25% of that amount or about 8 Billion Barrels annually.
Per the link below, United States Geological Survey estimates that the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, ANWAR, contains between 5.7 and 16. Billion Barrels of Recoverable Oil. Therefore, ANWAR oil would at most run the world for 6 months or the US at most for 2 years.
The Bakken Shale deposit in North Dakota, Montana and Canada is also often reported as a recently discovered huge reserve. Bakken was discovered in 1951. It is 5 to 10,000 feet down and is a solid, waxy, extremely high viscosity deposit. The recoverable amount is estimated at 4 Billion Barrels and too expensive to drill. Yet, this deposit is hyped by oil company shills as a resource non recoverable, because of Environmental Laws and Liberal Politicians.
As you correctly note, your Congressman is either stupid or owes his soul and his job to big oil.
In 1998, the USGS estimated that between 5.7 and 16.0 billion barrels (2.54×109 m3) of technically recoverable crude oil and natural gas liquids are in the coastal plain area of ANWR, with a mean estimate of 10.4 billion barrels (1.65×109 m3), of which 7.7 billion barrels (1.22×109 m3) lie within the Federal portion of the ANWR 1002 Area.
You might want to ask your Congressman why America sends $25 Billion abroad every month for foreign oil in that case. And while your at it, ask him how much financial support he receives from big oil? Perhaps if he knows where all these huge reserves are hiding he'd like to share that with the rest of us! And when he fails to give satisfactory answers to the above let him know that he's lost your vote and those of everyone you know that can actually grasp the issue of foreign oil dependancy.