Cheney’s Off-Shore Drill

19Jun08

By now you may have heard of the false claim by Cheney that China and Cuba were working together to drill off the coast of Florida. But, there are deeper lies in the Cheney argument for drilling offshore.

Carl Pope on Huffington Post explains:

But while the media nailed this lie, they missed the whopper. As the Washington Post reported:

“Vice President Cheney yesterday called for a substantial increase in domestic drilling for oil and other natural resources, including in environmentally sensitive areas, saying that only increased production — and not new technology — will satisfy the nation’s demand for energy.”

Cheney’s logic gave him away, though. He claimed that while we could, “over time” kick what his boss, the President, has called our “addiction to oil,” drilling would work sooner and faster. Well, I’m sure Cheney  knows the actual numbers. The auto industry can change the relative production emphasis it places on different models within six weeks. It can deliver a new model to the showroom in three years. But if Congress ever authorized leasing in the Arctic, as Cheney wants, it would be a decade before any oil flowed. So new technology (in the form of more-efficient vehicles) could be in place in six weeks to three years — whereas oil flowing from new oil fields would take at least a decade.

I hope Americans see through the ruse.  We use 25% of the world’s oil supply, and produce 2%.  So…let’s just say that in our wildest dreams we can double, quadruple or even increase oil production in the US 10 times over.  That still puts us well under our dependency. So, the problem remains.  Technology, energy efficiency, and conservation are the key.

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