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So, Bush and McCain want to end the so-called ban on offshore oil drilling, in the name of lower gas prices and lessening our dependence on foreign oil.  There’s at least one problem with that idea, though.

They’re lying to you — or at least misleading you.

There’s plenty of offshore drilling going on. Seen Armageddon? People are using those offshore rigs — they’ve never been banned.  There are certain areas which have a moratorium on new drilling and new leases.  There are other areas where offshore oil rigs are still operating.  And according to the Associated Press, oil companies currently have 68 million acres in undeveloped oil leases outside the moratorium area, where they could still drill if they wanted to.

Under the moratorium, the government simply hasn’t been giving new leases to oil companies. That’s what Republicans want to give the oil companies — new offshore leases.

The oil companies don’t need them. They’re not fully using the leases they currently have! What the Republicans would do is give the oil companies additional “land” that they could then hold on to for the future. And in that future, when oil really has become scarce, they’ll be able to gouge us even more.

Speaking of gouging, ending the moratorium is highly unlikely to lower the price of gas at this time.  Factcheck.org says that according to a government report, opening additional offshore drilling opportunites wouldn’t have any impact on oil supply or on gas prices until 2030.  John McCain even recognized this in a speech on June 23.  “Even though it may take some years, the fact that we are exploiting those reserves would have psychological impact that I think is beneficial.”

Holy smokes.

The hard truth is that gas prices are not going to go down; at least not significantly.  The only way out of this is to CUT OUR OIL CONSUMPTION. We have to stop using the oil wherever we can.  We need to develop alternative energy sources, and we need to walk, bike, and use public transportation.

Some people aren’t currently in a situation where these methods are affordable or even possible.  Federal, state and local governments will need to act to make public/alternative transportation accessible and affordable for more people.

We need to face the facts and move forward, instead of holding on to an unsustainable way of life.


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