The Energy Policy Research Foundation concludes that aggressive new drilling and development of our oil shale reserves and withdrawing 200 million from the 700 million barrels of oil in our Strategic Petroleum Reserve could cut costs 37 cents a gallon in a relatively short time. And that doesn't take into consideration the price reductions that would result in the market when oil price controllers realize they don't have an oil monopoly over us.
And if we are even more aggressive with drilling, we can drive down prices like a pile driver. More than 100 billion barrels of oil are available off the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts and under Alaska, and that's not counting the oil shale reserves across the Midwest that rival the reservoirs of the Middle East. They alone could satisfy America's need for gas for 13 years! But it's going to take those political pantywaists in Washington to get off their gas, get a little backbone against environmentalists (who now prevent 85 percent of drilling off our coasts), and pass an emergency resolution to drill here and drill now. Even President Bush consented before he left for Europe, saying domestic drilling will "give this country a chance to help us through this difficult period by finding more supplies of crude oil, which will take the pressure off the price of gasoline."
None of this will happen, however, until we, the people, demand these changes from our government and representatives. That is why I encourage you right here, right now, to write them, share your thoughts, and sign Newt's petition to Congress at www.AmericanSolutions.com. If I can go on "Fox & Friends" and record a YouTube plug to fight for you, would you fight for Americans by sending an e-mail to five friends with a link to this column or to www.AmericanSolutions.com? Tell them Chuck Norris asked you to! It is our goal to have at least 1 million signatures to bring to Congress by July 4.
With another Independence Day fast approaching, let me remind you that it is "we, the people," who have power over the government, not them over us. They are called by their original intent and design to protect our pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, not vice versa. Well, gas prices are clipping our economy and us at the knees. And we need to demand our representatives do something now or face the consequences defined in the Declaration of Independence to a government that no longer protects its people's pursuit of life, liberty and happiness:
"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. … But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security."
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