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June 30, 2008

AP Discovers the Benefits of Drilling

According to the endlessly repeated Democrat talking points, it would be useless to drill in the ANWR wasteland, off the coasts, or anywhere else environmentalist extremists have forbidden it, because it would take years and years to get the oil out, and it would only lower prices by a few pennies anyway. But wait, what's this from liberal AP:

Khurais Oil Field, Saudi Arabia — This massive oil field surrounded by the desolate sands of Saudi Arabia's vast eastern desert feels like the middle of nowhere. But what happens over the next year at Khurais, one of Saudi Arabia's last undeveloped giant oil fields, could hold the key to what drivers will pay at the pump for years to come. […] The project forms the centerpiece of the Saudi plan to increase the total amount of oil it can produce to 12.5 million barrels per day by the end of 2009 — up from a little more than 11 million barrels per day now.

It seems that oil can be extracted from the ground in less than a decade, and that increased supply really will lower prices, just like we learned in Economics 101 — but only if it's someone else's oil.

Here's an idea: why don't we give Alaska back to the Russians? Then they could drill the oil, and we could buy it from them. Cuba and China are already helping themselves to the neglected oil fields off the Florida coast.

On a tip from Matt L.

Posted by Van Helsing at June 30, 2008 8:45 AM


Anyone watching 'Ice Road Truckers?' This season, the truckers are moving equipment to Canadian drilling sites on the North Slope, less than a hundred miles from ANWR.

Canada can drill for Arctic Oil but America can't? WTF is wrong with Congress?

Posted by: V the K at June 30, 2008 8:52 AM

Send this article to everyone you know. It takes a little bit to sink in, but when it does...

Oil is $143 a barrel today. Gas at an all time high, Congress is on vacation, the Dems and even some Republicans want to RAISE gas taxes, McCain wants a "summer tax moratorium" and our oil hopes are at the mercy of the Saud family.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH EVERYONE? Force congress back into session, open up this country NOW for drilling, get some Yankee knowhow going and within MONTHS gas prices will be down two bucks a gallon.

Tell the Saudi's to KEEP their new-found oil. If we don't, this scenario will simply happen again...and soon.


Posted by: matt at June 30, 2008 10:23 AM

I was part of the Aramco project team that "opened" the Khurais field in 1979 -29 years ago!- when we built 4, then 5 Gas-Oil Seperation Plants (GOSP)and pipelines to begin producing the field. It isn't a new field, and it's far from being undeveloped. Showe's you what AP knows. Little or nothing. Drill in the U.S. and do it now. If we had done so 5 years ago we would be producing now.

Posted by: Clark W. at June 30, 2008 11:29 AM

Good info Clark! Let's make this 4th Energy Independence Day!!

Posted by: matt at June 30, 2008 2:43 PM

Our politicos' "solution" for the oil crisis is to "put pressure on the Saudis to produce more oil".


What would REALLY put pressure on them is for us to increase our own production at home, this will scare them into thinking that we are going for OIL INDEPENDANCE and they will drop their prices fast to encourage sales. Even if this happens (And it won't, knowing the Liberals insane lust to bring down President Bush) I say SCREW THEM. Let them DRINK their oil, we have our own resources!

Posted by: KHarn at June 30, 2008 4:48 PM

As I stated in my Energy/Environment Policy Position, rather than doing low cost things that might save energy and resources, we should IMMEDIATELY INCREASE DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION 50% to keep those lights burning and the Excursion fueled, while INCREASING WORLD ENERGY PRODUCTION TEN FOLD to bring the Third World up to Western standards.

Yes! Access to energy is THE critical factor in creating a sustainable world. We need to take a more holistic view of environmental problems and do what is necessary so that all countries can develop the resources needed to achieve Western consumption standards.

This means accepting the fact that the main sources of HUMAN SUFFERING and pressure on the environment and resources come from POPULATION GROWTH, OVERCROWDING, AND POVERTY. Improving living standards through access to abundant energy for everyone is the only lasting way to alleviate these pressures.

Here's how it works:

Modern man is the only species that reacts to improved living standards by VOLUNTARILY REDUCING PROCREATION. This surprising fact should be the cornerstone of our decision regarding the environment.

Carbon dioxide released by the combustion of fossil fuel is most conveniently vented to the atmosphere.

If the atmosphere proves to be a relatively small reservoir of carbon, or is particularly sensitive to the addition of more, let's use the ocean reservoir of dissolved carbon dioxide which is fifty times larger than the atmosphere and can easily absorb much more.

As it has for billions of years, the carbon dioxide dissolved in oceans will precipitate to create carbon formations and subsea sediments that sequester huge quantities of carbon.

But well before we overtax the oceans, ABUNDANT ENERGY will cause a VOLUNTARY REDUCTION IN HUMAN PROCREATION, ultimately resulting in lower energy use and environmental impact.

I know. I just blew your mind.


Posted by: Dan Quayle at June 30, 2008 6:33 PM

We do have our own resources, KHarn.

At least, liberals consider illegal Mexicans a 'resource'. And they're "renewable" - they just keep coming and coming and coming and coming...

Posted by: Jimbo at June 30, 2008 7:45 PM

Van Helsing... is there any possibility for an "ignore" setting in the future? I can think of a few people I'd personally like to never see on here again.

Posted by: Thulsa Doom at June 30, 2008 8:25 PM

It would be great if the population of the globe could be stable at around 4.5 to 5 billion or so. It's going to be a tough call to have 7 plus billion people using energy at the rate we do now...unless way more efficiancy is introduced and viable alternative fuels are found, and soon.

As weird as Dan Q is, he has a point. Prosparity usually DOES mean less kids. But religion plays a part, as do cultural prejudices (such as the Asian thing of having boy children). I'm not sure if getting everyone a Chevy and easy access to McDonald's is going to slow population growth much. Still, it's more creative than a "gas tax" holiday!

Posted by: matt at June 30, 2008 8:46 PM

matt - you actually READ the crap he posts?

Posted by: Anonymous at June 30, 2008 8:51 PM

Big whoop.

So, the Arabs have found more oil to export to us. I still like the idea of a barrel of oil for a bushel of grain.

Posted by: Dwaine at June 30, 2008 9:06 PM

Dwaine - lets go four for one and negociate from there (maybe).

I can walk longer than they can go without bread. :-) Plus - with our excess grain, the price of beer will go down. That's a double :-) :-)

Posted by: Jimbo at June 30, 2008 9:51 PM

At least the Russians know how to deal with Moonbats.

Posted by: Arcticman Speaks! at July 1, 2008 1:23 PM

Hey Anon...yeah, I read Dan's post. It's mostly malarkey, but I guess I'm old enough to remember when things weren't so crowded (I'm in So Cal). We had open land, clear freeways, easy access to almost was a very nice time to be here.

Now it's so congested with illegals, rampant building, clogged roads, etc. that the quality of life is really suffering.

Oh well...that was then. Once again, DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW and let's show the libs that America can do anything if we put our mind to it!

Posted by: matt at July 1, 2008 8:42 PM