ghart said:Still has to get approval from congress!
White House press secretary Dana Perino said.
There are two prohibitions on offshore drilling, one imposed by Congress and another by executive order signed by former President Bush in 1990. The current president, trying to ease market tensions and boost supply, called last month for Congress to lift its prohibition before he did so himself.
Perino said Bush no longer wants to wait. She pinned blame on the leaders of the Democratic Congress, noting that no action has been taken on this issue.
“They haven’t even held a single hearing,” Perino said. “So we are going to move forward, and hopefully that will spur action by the Congress.”
Asked if Bush’s action alone will lead to more oil drilling, Perino said, “In terms of allowing more exploration to go forward? No, it does not.”
So, you would suggest we just sit on our hands?axkiker said:and even if everyone all at once said go forth and drill to your haearts content. It would still be years before the effects of more crude production would be felt. So it still wont do a darn thing.......
ghart said:So, you would suggest we just sit on our hands?
What would you do in 5 years if we did nothing, agree to pay higher fuel prices?
If we make the decision to drill, along with the other things that should have been done 10 years ago, namely an energy plan, you will see a significant decline in crude oil prices immediately.
As we develop the new oil sources the price of crude will continue to drift lower.
Private investment will knock the doors down to participate the minute it is clear that there is money to be made with alternative energy.axkiker said:I agree that drilling is a must. It should have been done a long time ago. I also agree on an energy plan.
One thing I would like to see incorporated in this energy plan is to get more private investors, corporations etc involved in the development of alternative fuels. Kinda like when the US posted a several million dollar reward for the first private company to put some type of aircraft into space.... We need all the great minds this country has to join in on this problem... Im not saying a reward is what will work, but to find a way to make it more feasable for others to join in on this fight.
ghart said:Private investment will knock the doors down to participate the minute it is clear that there is money to be made with alternative energy.
That is the missing component at the moment.
I support less goverment and more freedom actually. OPEC has already increased supply and it had little effect on pricing.Not Right said:wow, Big Smoke, you just described life in Europe!, throw in your support for ban on the internal combustion engine, higher taxes and socialized medicine and your there. You can drive 55 in your Prius f that works for you,
Sounds good, but us boaters would end up using more fuel with this idea. I'll use a smaller boat for example. You can only imagine those with bigger boats.BIG SMOKE said:If we all worked a 4 day, 10 hours a day work week, we would use 20% less gas going to work. A 4 day weekend every other weekend. Yeeeee Haaaaa ..!!!!!
Just think, most people don't have boats. That means more gas for us to use and a couple extra days to cut the lawn, clean the cars, maintain our toys, clean the house, work overtime if you want, sleep, or whatever you want to do.cfm said:Sounds good, but us boaters would end up using more fuel with this idea. I'll use a smaller boat for example. You can only imagine those with bigger boats.
Truck: 30 gallons 5 day week
24 gallons 4 day week
Boat: 40 gallons ( 5 day work week) 2 day week-end
60 gallons (4 day work week) 3 day week-end
We have more than one recreational season, so I can't say "Well, it's only a few months a year."
Snowmobile: 10-20+ gallons per ride. :dead: Ooops. That's for one sled. Some week-ends I feed/fuel 3.
I guess that's why I work most everyday. Not all day all the time of course. If I don't work, I burn fuel.
Who's suprised by that? They have been successfully dealing with high fuel costs for a long time. Does it bother you that we may have to actually follow their example? If so, I dont understand why. Using less fuel is our future. God forbid America should have to change its "bigger is better" attitude even when biiger is no longer better. I talk to so many people who speak like it is their right as an American to drive a huge truck/car. It's not a right, its a choice and it effects your nieghbor as well. I for one am perfectly happy getting 50mpg in my diesel Jetta. I am just as comfortable and safe as the guy in the Cadillac next to me, I probably have as much interior room, and I will get to my destination just the same.Not Right said:wow, Big Smoke, you just described life in Europe!, throw in your support for ban on the internal combustion engine, higher taxes and socialized medicine and your there. You can drive 55 in your Prius f that works for you,