Meanwhile, in the real world, America is at war. America's dependence on foreign oil skews U.S. relations with dubious allies. It tilts the global balance of power.
While Boxer dismisses ANWR because it likely may take 10 years for its oil to hit the pumps, in 10 years America may need that oil.
Fortunately, there are still some realists in Washington. They are talking quietly about a compromise that would include a rise in fuel-efficiency standards and drilling in ANWR. Each side gives up something. Liberals would sacrifice a part of a wildlife reserve for greater fuel efficiency. Conservatives would surrender their view that SUVs are inviolate in order to expand the nation's domestic energy supply.
It's not fantasy. It's an adult, realistic compromise.