WASHINGTON, May 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — American Solutions for Winning the Future announced today that more than 100,000 Americans have now signed a petition urging Congress to immediately start drilling for oil domestically to ease gas prices.The petition is part of the “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” campaign American Solutions launched last week.
The petition reads:
“We, therefore, the undersigned citizens of the United States, petition the U.S. Congress to act immediately to lower gasoline prices by authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries.”
Next week, American Solutions will deliver the signatures, gathered from citizens in all 50 states, to the U.S. Senate as a first step toward stopping the destructive Warner-Lieberman bill which would raise the cost of gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil, and aviation fuel.
According to American Solutions’ research, 73% of the American people agree that with appropriate safeguards to protect the environment, we should drill for oil off America’s coasts to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. This belief is so widespread it is supported by a majority of Democrats, Republicans, and independents.
“Our message of ‘Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less’ is clearly resonating with hard-working Americans who are struggling to pay for rising gas prices,” said Dave Ryan, American Solutions Executive Director. “The voices of more than 100,000 Americans are demanding that Congress offer real solutions to our energy challenges, and that begins with drilling for oil now.”
For more information about the “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” campaign, visit www.AmericanSolutions.com/DrillNow.
About American Solutions
American Solutions for Winning the Future is a new, non-partisan organization built around three goals: to defend America and our allies abroad and defeat our enemies, to strengthen and revitalize America’s core values, and to move the government into the 21st Century. Its General Chairman is former Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Populism meets American exceptionalism in this ludicrous “petition.” Some people still think that they can change the laws of physics, economics, or geology by fiat, or–in this case–democratic tantrum. It’s funny how so-called “conservatives” just can’t understand concepts of “pay-as-you-go” when it comes to energy and the environment. Or deficits for that matter. I just love the little manipulative sympathy ploy for “hard-working Americans.” As if other people around the world aren’t even more hard-working (without the comforts brought by Americas voracious energy consumption). But no matter. Americans–blue and white collar alike–can work and struggle as hard as they want, and it won’t change the physical reality. The world is running out of easy oil. Conventional oil production is close to peaking globally. Deal with it.
U.S. oil production peaked in the ’70s and is now down several million barrels per day. Drilling ANWR, which is really what this petition is about would add 780,000 barrels a day for a short period after which U.S. production would again inexorably decline. So basically, by drilling ANWR, we would be more quickly producing our children and grandchildren’s oil, leaving them to once again carry our burden of consumption.
Instead, we should be pursuing policies which raise oil prices, so that the free-market can do its work and provide alternatives. Why do conservatives have to be lectured about free-market economics? Oh, right. They’re actually only for free markets when they are rigged in their favor. Oil has most decidedly spun out of their control, since the vast majority of the world’s oil reserves are being sold by National Oil Companies (NOCs) to the highest bidder, which more often than not these days are not Americans. So the isolationist crybabies want legislation to extend the illusion that they remain indifferently above the global reality of rising demand in the face of plateauing or falling energy production.
In addition, oil is a fungible commodity, meaning any excess produced in America simply feeds into the world market. Therefore a 780,000 barrel per day increase (vs. 85 million barrels consumed) would be absorbed quickly by growing consumer demand in China and India and falling production elsewhere. Impact on U.S. prices would be negligible.
Instead of ignorantly whining for domestic drilling, why don’t they push for real solutions that would not only result in real change, but a long-term and sustainable drop in energy prices 10-15 years out. To make that happen, we need to suck it up today and welcome high fuel prices. That will naturally and without government intervention launch a whole new revolution in sustainable energy production, complete with millions of new jobs, safe from outsourcing. The good part is, it will happen with or without the moronic plan to drill ANWR. I’d just rather not prolong the world’s agony. We need solutions now. Instead of swallowing the nightmarish conservative oil-industry legacy of petroleum shortages and carbon emissions problems stretching as far into the future as the eye can see, we can and will build a new infrastructure of pollution-free and renewable energy.
So quit your bitching, Newt, and get on board to build America’s real energy future!