America needs to use the resources it has in this country while it pursues the development of alternative energy sources. Refusing to drill here merely makes us dependent on foreign oil.
Former President George W. Bush and Congress abolished bans on increased offshore drilling last year. Before he left office, Bush authorized a five-year plan that would have encouraged more offshore drilling.
The Obama administration has already postponed that plan and pulled oil and gas drilling licenses in Utah.
We need to tap our nation’s oil and gas resources. President Obama says we need to pursue offshore drilling as part of a comprehensive energy policy, and he’s right, but further postponing drilling and exploration while that policy is drafted serves no purpose. ...
Over the past three decades, while our leaders have refused to allow this nation to use its own resources, foreign oil has risen from 36 percent of our consumption to 65 percent.
It’s time to reverse that trend and use the resources we have here.