Those of us in middle age and beyond remember what the younger set will hopefully never see, cars lined up by the dozens, waiting for gas that isn't there.
That was in 1973, when the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, decided they'd teach America a lesson for backing Israel in its conflict with its Arab neighbors. Well, it did teach us a lesson: that we were way too dependent on mid-east oil.
Now a quarter century later, the situation is no better; some say worse. It's not that America doesn't have a lot of petroleum. The problem is that we can't get to it. Why? Because radical, and very powerful, environmentalists have our Congressmen and Senators scared to death of being branded 'polluters.'
They've persuaded Congress to prevent exploration and production on most of the outer continental shelf, and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, what you've heard referred to as ANWAR. These areas could contain reserves as huge as Prudhoe Bay, which in the early 90s, produced almost 25% of all U.S. oil.
Experts say that there may well be a trillion barrels of oil trapped in a field that runs from the lower Midwest into Canada, but we can't touch that either.
Consider this, no one wants a polluted planet, but our leaders have allowed a tiny minority to add to a huge problem, greatly of our own making. It's time for Capitol Hill to stand-up and pay less attention to lobbyists, and more attention to farmers on the verge of bankruptcy and families struggling to fill up the mini-van.
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