It is amazing to me that there is even a debate about allowing drilling in ANWR. If we had started working that area when it was found then there wouldn't be such a crisis today. Oil was cheap back then and there was no incentive to drill, especially with the environmental groups in such opposition. The fact is that we Americans are to blame for this oil crisis!
No one held a gun to our heads and made us buy those big SUVs or move 60 miles out into the country into that 4000 sq. ft. house. The fact that we did not demand that our government plan for the future and invest in alternative energies years ago, is no one's fault but our own. We complain about the price of gas and blame President Bush, but the sad reality is that it is our fault entirely.
We've had the ability to buy more fuel efficient cars since the 70's and yet refused to do so. We could have allowed domestic oil exploration, but once again we refused to do so. The fact is that we could have pushed for nuclear, solar, wind and wave research, but we sat quiet in our mini-mansions. We could have pushed for better public transportation, but we instead happily drove solo in an eight passenger SUV.
I know that the current situation stinks, but maybe it is a blessing in disguise because maybe now we will wake up and start looking to the future. It may take ten years of pain to finally see our way clear. If you don't agree or feel that I must be off my rocker let me hear it. I really do believe that we can come together as a country and we can find a way out of this crisis. We are the solution and the future of this country, not those self-serving people in government. When has the government made anything they controlled better?