It's kind of funny how Liberals, who often complain that we don't pay enough for our gas (by citing European prices) are now complaining they are too high! Adjsuted for inflation, the gas prices of the late 70's were even higher than now! It is the Liberals' fault the prices are high. We have not been able to build a refinery in this country for over thirty years due to EPA and legal hindrances. In addition, if we could drill domestically such as in ANWR, oil prices would plunge as we would be able to compete with OPEC. Bush's plan for ANWR is to use 18,000 acres out of the total of 19 million. That is less than one-tenth of one percentm but Liberals care more about the reindeer of this frozen tundra. The last time the a wildlife refuge was used for drilling (Prudhoe Bay, AL) the wildlife population increased dramatically. Bottom line is to drill domestically and build more refineries!
actually, taking into account inflation, we are about tied with prices from the late 70's. even if we were not, they are still friggin' high and there is no argument about that part. instead of calling the entire conservative lot responsible, which they are not, i will focus on a few. bush/extremists/cheney. drilling in anwr would take years to accomplish, many many years, and they would not "plunge". as you point out later, we do not have the refineries to handle the oil. and just because it is a small percentage of land being used, the oil has to get to us. that means that major highways have to be built (not happening, would take decades) or a pipeline. the pipeline has been proven to have an extreme effect on the surrounding area due to the dramatic increase in temperature. as for the drilling in prudhoe bay, the reason that "wildlife population" increased dramatically is that we threw things out of balance. we killed most predators (which we again do in anwr), and we ran off those we didnt kill. so yes, if things arent killing them then they will suddenly increase in population. which isnt a good thing. in missouri, where i am originally from (now im stuck in texas), due to the wolf population being killed off the deer population has soared. and now we have to try and hunt them as much as possible because they would starve otherwise. please, please try and figure out your arguments before making them. dont just go attacking people due to them having different views. (btw, i voted mostly republican in the last election because the democrats here suck ass, dont worry i didnt vote for bush)