I guess I should just give up. There's a large group of rightwing idiots petrified that someone will bring up uncomfortable facts. The Discerning Texan recently "bounced" me from his comments for being "a misinformed wacko" with the gall to mention the fact that the US wasn't going to drill itself out of its oil shortage.
Boing! That is the sound of a misinformed wacko being bounced from the comments...2 percent of the worlds RESERVES is one hell of a lot of oil, easily enough to drastically lower the price. (and I even question the 2% number when you include both coasts, Florida, Alaska, and the HUGE new field they just found in the Dakotas...)As for daily usage, the Chinese just passed us up as numero uno. But no wacko wants to say anything bad about their brothers in the struggle for world socialism....Statistics are like a*holes: everybody's got one. The oldest trick in the book is to throw out numbers that have absolutely nothing to do with one another, nor the poing being made....
The US has an 11 year supply of oil. If we stopped importing and drilled every inch and crevice of every oil field in the US, our supply would completely run dry in 2019. When placed on a graph, US reserves are so miniscule that the graph has to be stretched vertically for the US amount to be fully visible. The petroleum reserve, if we used every drop of it, gives us a whopping two months of gas.
It's strange. To my recollection, I've never cursed or engaged in ad hominem attacks on rightwing blogs, but I've been bounced or personally attacked numerous times. Swerve Left, on the other hand, has been going since January 2004 and I have yet to ban anyone from commenting. I even keep rightwinged blogs (those few that engage in rational debate) on my blogroll. This just goes to show how frightened some people are of actual debate. Mr. Discerning Texan can now go back to his fellow Fox News nimwits who think that oil prices are solely due to the fact that environmental fascist terrorists won't let Shrub drill in Alaska. The same people who think the earth is 10,000 years old, evolution is a commie plot, that the terrorists are planning to gas their rural Texan trailer, and that George Bush is a cowboy.