brokengovernment touched off a firestorm of debate in the forums with his post Drill Now Drill Here. At four pages long it is certainly one of the more heated debates we've had. Some Clips:
Today this country consumes about 20,000,000 barrels of oil daily or 7.3 billion barrels of oil annually. We import about half that - 9.9 million barrels per day or 3.6 billion barrels annually. A Bureau of Land Management Study, incorporating data from the Energy Information Administration, The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Minerals Management Service, The Study, indicates that this country has undiscovered oil resources of 139 billion barrels of which 86 billion barrels are offshore under the outer continental shelf...
...A true energy plan will help us securely transition from fossil fuel to new forms of energy. We must transition and not make a wild jump before the new fuels are fully ready. If you do not want this country thrust into energy chaos, both financially and physically, tell your Representatives to get smart, drill, plan, and do it now.
pthalo comes out swinging:
I say let the oil prices go sky high. let people take a real good look at their consumption, their pollution and their future. its time to open our eyes and drilling for more oil will only put us back to sleep.
There's still plenty of room for debate. What do you think?