Drilling for oil now is at least a start

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My friends and I don't understand the thinking of not tapping our natural resources to help ease the energy crunch.

Of course drilling is not an overnight answer, but we have to start somewhere, and drilling makes the best sense to me. I say drilling first because everyone drives a car or truck whose fuel costs depend on oil prices. We all saw what happened when President Bush announced that he was for offshore drilling; oil prices went down. Just think what would happen if Congress actually allowed oil companies to drill offshore.

It seems that one group of people just want to talk about being energy independence, and another group wants to do something about it now. We have to start somewhere. Everything we touch is tied to oil prices, as everything has to be transported one way or another. I am for wind, solar, tide, fossil fuel and nuclear power; let's get started and stop talking about it.

Sen. John McCain did listen to the people through his town hall agenda ,and felt their pain at the pump and on the grocery shelf. McCain is now for drilling because he listened to the people. He wants to cut our dependency from the Middle East. McCain is for all forms energy power, but it disturbs me that he is not for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Sen. Barack Obama wants us to keep our tires inflated and stick a windmill up our car's exhaust pipe to cut fuel costs. He is not for nuclear power and drilling.

By not drilling we will still be sending our oil money to the Middle East. And don't forget this: The Middle East could care less about us; all they want is our money.

McCain has the leadership, the determination and my vote on solving our energy problems. I encourage everyone to e-mail or call your representatives and tell them how you feel. Let's drill.

Sam Arrington, Louisville

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JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 09/08/08 - 06:21 am
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Think about it - WHY would

Think about it - WHY would the Democrats want the price of oil to go down? If the price of oil goes down, it takes away their only issue for the fall election. Unfortunately, we have a party that would prefer to be elected over what is best for the people. When President Bush rescinded the Federal ban on drilling, the price of oil IMMEDIATELY went down. The same will happen in October/November when the Congressional ban on drilling expires and we can actually start drilling. It does not "take ten years for it to have an effect" as the Democrat talking points state. The price of oil on the future markets lowers immediately and the price of a barrel of oil quickly follows.

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CH 09/08/08 - 06:29 am
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Jesus, the same reason they

Jesus, the same reason they want us to lose in Iraq, That Dem congressman said it best when he said if things get better in Iraq by the 2008 elections, "That could be a problem for us."

cyou299
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cyou299 09/08/08 - 06:37 am
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actually it is the repubs

actually it is the repubs made drilling a gimmick issue. Note- Bush could have removed the ban at ANY time during his six years of Repub congress. Big Oil already has land the size of Alabama and Georgia put together they are NOT drilling on. It's all a gimmick to get people riled.
On June 23rd, Saudi announced they would increase production to ease prices- yet oil rose $13. Yet still some people believe that mere 'talk' of drilling for ten years from now lowered prices. Sheesh. It was gas hitting $4 that lowered people's driving for the first time which lowered prices as inventories rose. Most Dems have nothing against drilling- after you do something about gas mileage, alternate fuels, conservation, etc. Not as a first step while still offering tax breaks for SUV's. Note, McCain is currently against Alaska drilling. Contradiction?

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patriciathomas 09/08/08 - 06:50 am
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If I'm drowning, I don't mind

If I'm drowning, I don't mind holding onto a life preserver or climbing into a perfectly good boat that will obviously get me to shore. I certainly won't just continue to tread water until the perfect ride may or may not come by.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 09/08/08 - 08:08 am
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Our 2 RINO Senators are part

Our 2 RINO Senators are part of the Gang Of 10 Traitors. They want a $84 Billion Windfall Tax on the Oil Industry & to only drill in 5 states that do not have oil. You need to email these Traitors & TELL them to support McCain not OBAMA.

bsandersga
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bsandersga 09/08/08 - 08:21 am
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The United States is the

The United States is the third largest producer of petroleum in the world, but we are first in consumption and first in oil imports. The US consumes, each day, more than twice what we produce. The problem is not a drilling issue or even a petroleum issue, it's a lack of a rational energy policy.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 09/08/08 - 08:32 am
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Yes, we use a lot of oil -

Yes, we use a lot of oil - it's called business, which means an economy that is the envy of the world.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 09/08/08 - 08:46 am
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If my only two options are

If my only two options are some & none...I choose some.

Lobosolo
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Lobosolo 09/08/08 - 10:23 am
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We WASTE a lot of oil, and

We WASTE a lot of oil, and it's called bad business. We have been more than aware of it for years, yet we as a society have chosen to ignore it. We are addicted to disposable materials with a throw-it-away-when-I'm-done-with-it mentality. We drive monster vehicles, even after the influx of gas-efficient vehicles that began during the energy crisis of the 70's (remember those cars that got up to 50 mpg?). Cheap oil is the reason for this. Do you want gas to be cheaper just so we can go on using it rapaciously without it hurting our pocketbooks? We are fully aware that oil is not a renewable resource. Long after we're gone, others will be dealing with the problem. Using it as fast as we can is a stupid solution. Gas did not go down in price because of GWB lifting a moratorium. It went down because we started using less by making better decisions about our habits.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 09/08/08 - 10:59 am
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Lobo, Higher prices caused

Lobo, Higher prices caused people to use less. But OPEC and the futures market do not care about current usage - they set prices based on what they can get away with (OPEC) and what the future price of oil will be (Futures Mkt). The only thing that will get OPEC to lower prices is fear that raising prices will cause a backlash against them and that America will finally drill their own oil. The Futures Market will lower the price of future oil sales when they expect a glut of oil in the future - such as America drilling her own oil and not needing to buy as much from the World market. No, President Bush's decision to end his part of the ban is what did the trick! Of course, people praying at the pump had much to do with it also.

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pauldrake 09/08/08 - 11:24 am
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he felt their pain at the

he felt their pain at the pump? how do you feel that pain when most politicians ride around in limousines, that we fill up for them?he doesn't feel your pain anymore than clinton did, he wants your vote,idiot! when gas was $1.00 a gallon no one cried, now it's $4 in some places, and we want to drill.what happens if we drill and theres not as much as we think?and if we drill who gets all the profits, big oil?halliburton?

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mgroothand 09/08/08 - 11:33 am
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Jesusiscoming: OPEC does not

Jesusiscoming:
OPEC does not set the price for oil. World markets and speculators do. We all have a choice whether or not to support OPEC, not all oil exporting nations are members of OPEC.

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femacamper 09/08/08 - 11:37 am
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The US DOE's Energy

The US DOE's Energy Information Agency has stated that the benefits from offshore drilling would be too small to have any significant effect on oil prices. But don't let facts get in your way...

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 09/08/08 - 11:56 am
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mgroot, Yes, that is

mgroot, Yes, that is partially true - OPEC sets the production level, which dictates the price.

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imdstuf 09/08/08 - 02:59 pm
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The letter writer acts as if

The letter writer acts as if because the oil would be drilled here the money would come back to the US. How does that logic work. If the oil companies drilling for the oil are foreign, the money will still go overseas.

swinter05
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swinter05 09/08/08 - 03:19 pm
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JesusIsComing seems to know

JesusIsComing seems to know his stuff...far from an idiot to me.

jack
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jack 09/08/08 - 03:58 pm
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cyou, no gimmic to the fact

cyou, no gimmic to the fact gas hit over $4 a gallon and the DIMs have been blocking drilling for decades to pander to the econuts. It does not take 10 years to drill for oil with modern technology contrary to the DIM lie otherwise. When Palin takes office (or possibly before)McCain will change his mind on ANWR when she explains that it will NOT bother the environment. As a matter of fact, the wild life population has increased along the AK pipeline due to the heat it generates. As for all those millions of square miles the oil companies have leases on, if they ain't got oil (and their geologists know this), no sense in drilling. The same geologists say that we have more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia off-shore, in ANWR and shale deposits in the west. Alternative sources of power are in the making, but NOT in the too near future. Ask Chappaquidic Ted and John sKerry if they want wind mills in their back yards.

jack
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jack 09/08/08 - 04:02 pm
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Younce, it is the liberal

Younce, it is the liberal econut DIMs that ride around in limos and worse yet, most inefficient private jets made (not to mention those mansions they live in).

jack
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jack 09/08/08 - 04:04 pm
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imdstuff, you still ain't

imdstuff, you still ain't dstuff, Exxon-Mobil is NOT a foreign company and there are private American oil drilling companies.

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