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.
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.
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.
I try not to get too political, but it seems pretty obvious to me that the majority of republican congressmen are in the pockets of big oil, just as the majority of democrats belong to the unions. I happen to be anti union, but because I am even more anti oil, I voted democrat this time around. However, my particular state hasn't had a democratic anything in, well, EVER! These people think Dick Cheney walks on water. There I go getting political. The point is, my congressman has to know that continuing to rely on oil for energy is a bad idea, so there is obviously a financial incentive for him to continue to oppose alternative fuel sources.