A few questions then:
--Why are you taking the Federal Governments Estimate? The Oil Companies have said they could exploit it much faster than the Govt. estimate, and in matters of "how long will it take" I trust teh Oil Companes and their experience over the Govt. Beauracrats, who see everythign in terms of decades, not years.
--Second, Why not legislate that ALL Oil gained from these new drilling be required to stay in the U.S. and dispalce foreign imports? There is no law against protectionism, if it's appropriate.
--Third, you claim the "growing Indian and Chineese Middle Class" will eat up more than we get.......and that may or may not even be true to start, those groups are growing, but no one knows the future enough to guarantee they will continue to do so. Any additional supply will help to minimize price increases. Even if more drilling simply keeps prices stable, instead of rising each year, how is that bad?
You also keep going back to Democrat-fed talking points on how much and how long it will take, and I just can't talk to folks who so slavishly take their "facts" from Democrat Party Memorandum. again, when it comes to issues of Oil, I'll take the 12 Billion in Profit Exxon Miobil opinuion before I take the 30 Billion in Taxation Federal Government. Thsui far, they''ve sat on their asses (both parties) for years letting this seethe and rot, whilst the American taxpayer pays for Environemntal Extremism and Environmental Special Interest Groups.
The fact here is that you must beleive drillign will have no impact, or you cannot support the Democrats. You must buy into their propaganda, or else how could you rationalize a Party who was elected on lowering gas prices, and has done nothing while gas prices almost doubled. How could you support a party who seems to be doing what will get them elected, and now hat will serve theri citizenry. How can you support a party whose entire Energy plan is "Cross yer Fingers and Pray Alt Fuel comes sooner rather that Later, and lets tax everyone we can to help it along, and screw teh reality "on the ground" when it comes to Oil Use" all to please the Environemntal Fringe who think the World will pop like a baloon under a hairdryer in 6 months if all Oil isn;t made illegal.
You, and the Dems, do not want real world solutions. You want (as Dems always do) absolute adherence to their singular ideals of the world. We can't drill for more Oil, cause Dems don;t believe in oil. We cannot build Nuke Plants, cause dems dont; believe in Nuke Plants. All we can do is talk a great game about Alt Fuel and Utopian Dreams of electric cars today! and All Solar Houses Today! But they never mention how they'll (or we'll) pay for it, how long THAT will take, and how we all will ahve to get by till then with what we got.
No, for a Dem, and a Dem supporter, it's easier to simply vomit up talking points "Drilling will take 1000 years, and no effect supply for 10,000 years, ane even then it will onyl lower prices $0.000000001 a Gallon if that! Hurumph, harumph! Alt-Fuel will save us Today at No Cost to You (except 95% taxation to fund it, dicovery or not)!"
Like on every issue, the Dem Mantra is "Results do not matter, only good intentions". it was easy to be that idealistic when I was young, but it gets harder every day sitting watchign these losers do nothing while Americans starve for more enegry.