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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Fuel Is Available And Americans Are Ready

Peter Du Pont wrote an analysis of how our energy needs can be amply (and cleanly) provided by domestic sources. We have also seen how newer technologoes have increased refining capacity and vehicle mileage. ANWR is estimated to contain 16 million barrel of oil. He quotes Daniel Yergin, author of "The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil", in the following:

So the risks we face are not what Mr. Yergin terms "below ground" geological or lack-of-resource risks. "Rather, they are 'above ground'--political instability, outright conflict, terrorism, or slowdowns in decision-making on the part of governments in oil-producing countries." Meeting these challenges will not be easy, but markets work. Thus, as Mr. Yergin says, "the U.S. government should work to encourage global energy trade, for a more open system would be better for our security."

In short, substantial quantities of oil and gas are out there, and America will be more secure, stable and prosperous if we gain access to them. Recovering from the disaster of Katrina is our first responsibility; securing adequate supplies of energy comes next.

Powerline reports that a Pew Poll finds Americans showing more support for ANWR drilling:

A recent Pew survey shows growing support for ANWR drilling, with respondents supporting the measure by 50% to 42%. Support is growing fastest among Democrats.

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