Now I am oilfield trash. My father was a petroleum engineer. Like many other professionals he had to actually go out into the field and work as part of his education. He also worked on drilling rigs to put himself through school and put beans in our bellies. He would often take me and my little brother with him when he was a pumper in the field. I was around 5 at the time. This is a culture I grew up in with engineers, geologists and oil service people over at our house, out fishing or my parents bowling league.
My brother and I worked in it when we were adults and I stayed there until I was 28 years old. Unlike a Kennedy with nice trimmed fingernails and a trust fund from a dishonest father, or a Pelosi with big boobs and a multi-millionaire husband with the time to work my way up from the PTA to the US Congress, we had to work our way up. I know a little about the oilfield.
Bush called the popular Democrat Congress' hand by lifting the Executive ban on offshore drilling. These brilliant Democrats have now countered with an argument that oil companies are not fully using their leases. Unfortunately they are too drunk with gotcha politics to realize how stupid this is.
These are people not doing what is right for the country but pandering to their base of Greens and other EPA inspired Eco-nuts on the extreme left. As difficult as it might be, try and put yourself into the mind of this group of voters. Once they get a clue about what this position will lead to what will they think when the oilfield is dotted with rig after rig fully utilizing leases. If for them one rig footprint is one too many imagine what they will think when it is 100 ?
The Democrats have no clue how the oilfield works. Nor do they understand that rigs are very expensive and finding oil or gas miles below the surface is not an exact science. That's why they call it oil exploration; exploring from one lease to another. These leases take time to acquire at great expense. The competition is trying to acquire them as well. So a company acquires them for future exploration when either their rigs are finished at one site and can be moved to another or another rig can be built or leased. Because some people think a windfall profits tax is a good way to get back at these evil oil companies there may be less money to build or lease additional rigs.
Not. A. Clue. Yet they run a country.
A vote for a Democrat in Congress is tacit approval of high oil prices. Don't complain if you vote that way. You'll be part of the problem.
As some old sage said: "The People deserve the government they get."