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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Gas Prices Too High? Thank You Environmentalists!

From the the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration:
According to the Minerals Management Service (MMS), as of 11:30 Central Time August 31, Gulf of Mexico oil production was reduced by over 1.371 million barrels per day as a result of Hurricane Katrina, equivalent to about 91.45 percent of daily Gulf of Mexico oil production (which is 1.5 million barrels per day).
Democrats in the Senate recently over-rode legislation passed by the House to enable ecologically safe drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

Would you like to know how much oil would currently be flowing to meet America's energy needs if resources in ANWR were online? Oh... take a guess! Anywhere between 1.0 million and 1.5 million barrels per day.


That's right... ANWR could supply nearly the exact amount of oil resources that are currently offline due to Hurricane Katrina!

The energy bill signed by President Bush in Albuquerque , NM, on August 8th excluded drilling in ANWR. Will the House and Senate take up the measure to restore access to that resource with renewed "energy" considering the urgent need and impact on our economy or will we see yet another sorry episode of obstruction and finger pointing from Democrats, the friend of the "powerless" who pay the heaviest price for Democrats misguided policy, as they try to placate the rabid environmental lobby?

See Also: This map. The entire Artic National Wildlife Refuge is the size of the state of South Carolina. The area proposed for drilling is 2,000 acres, equal to a couple of golf courses on my home, Hilton Head Island.

More on this subject from the Mike's America Archive:

The Story of the Three Bears at ANWR, March 15, 2005

Time for ANWR Oil, March 15, 2005

American Energy Independence: Common Sense vs. Environmental Extremism, December 11, 2004

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