Well, the bar has been set. The Democratic [sic] leadership of congress has stated that because drilling in ANWR or in deep water won’t be productive for ten years that it shouldn’t be done. How nicely short sighted of them.
Let’s take their insane yardstick and start to apply it to other potential energy solutions. How long will it take to get wind farms to supply all of the electricity for the United States? More than ten years? Then don’t blow money investing in wind farms.
How long will it take to bring another hydroelectric dam online? More than ten years? Don’t flush money down the drain by investing in hydroelectric dams.
How long will it take to bring solar technology online to replace coal and other fossil fuel for electricity generation? More than ten years? Turn the lights off to investing in solar.
Can we ever, let alone in only ten years, grow enough corn for Ethanol to replace crude oil? Plow the investments elsewhere then.
How long to convert the US to all nuclear? More than ten years? Don’t waste another half life in investing in nuclear energy.
No matter what solution we are going to have for energy, we must look beyond a 10 year event horizon. Additionally, it won’t be one solution. If we are ever to be energy independent we must explore and develop multiple solutions: solar, wind, hydroelectric, and yes, more drilling. Anything less and we and our children will continue to be held hostage by OPEC. What a great legacy for the Democratic leadership [sic] to leave us.