The Disingenuousness of Democrats When It Comes to Oil

In line with a couple of recent posts (here and here) regarding the opening of the outer continental shelf to drilling, my friend Andrew Langer over at the Institute for Liberty sent me this piece.

As I noted earlier, the biggest argument against drilling being put forth by the likes of Sen. Joe Biden, Sen. Ben Cardin, and myriad other Dems is that opening the shelf to drilling will bring “no immediate price relief”. Andrew notes the hypocrisy:

Furthermore, it is disingenuous to suggest that simply because the oil wouldn’t be available immediately, it represents no immediate relief. If the oil futures markets are greatly responsible for the high cost of oil per barrel, ensuring a supply of oil from a stable source would go a long way towards ameliorating uncertainty.

And besides, the same people who are saying that because it won’t be available immediately, we shouldn’t do it, are the same people who a dozen years ago were saying that we shouldn’t drill in ANWR because that oil wouldn’t come into the marketplace for a decade.

The American people could have used that oil two years ago, and they could certainly be using it now.

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I have a sneaking suspicion that if we could wave a magic wand and oil would sprout from ANWR and the outer continental shelf we would hear a new set of arguments. We need to remember that many of these same people arguing against new domestic drilling are the same ones riding around in private jets (like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. of the Waterkeeper Alliance) who tell the rest of us that we should be riding in glorified scooters and be thankful to pay $4 at the pump.

cross posted at Delmarva Dealings

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