Another thing that really gets me is Republicans use the same tired talking point that America must be energy independent, so we must drill baby drill and pollute, environment be damned because that is our oil and gas. But what Republicans fail to tell their voters is that "our" oil always always always ends up on the open market going to places like China, India, Russia, Mexico and only stays here because oil and gas companies get money for us to use our products.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2016 the USA imported and exported the following (billions of barrels) of petroleum products:
Imports:. 2,883,117,000 barrels
Exports: 1,898,701,000 barrels
What difference does it make whether our exports are from crude that is imported into the USA or from crude that is extracted here?
Republicans keep duping their base into thinking that "our" oil that "we" extract from the ground stays in the United States and is not subject to things like the open market or OPEC embargoes or what the private oil and gas industry wants to charge.
At the risk of sounding stupid (which I have way more times than I would care to admit), has the US exported oil anytime in recent history since the past couple of years?
If I'm right enough/not entirely stupid, I think seb146 is a bit misinformed. The argument for more drilling is different from the argument to keep oil onshore. The former I think was more of an offshoot of the less regulation mantra (and, ironically, an argument for federal government intervention against the states whenever it was convenient for Republican administrations). It was always done in the name of energy independence, but now that we've achieved it (again, I might add), what's going to change? Not a damned bit, which I think is what seb146 is alluding to.
I do agree that this has had the net effect of "duping," just as Apple does in its iPhone commercials. It was something that you could dangle in front of consumers and say, "Wouldn't you like lower gas prices if it weren't for the stupid government?" (case in point, as a true populist, the President tweeted for even lower gas prices earlier in the week). It was duping to the extent it was politically driven. Kind of like spending an inordinate amount of energy pretending the real reason ISIS is in power is because Obama wouldn't say "radical Islamic terrorism" and "Mr-I-Have-A-Plan-To-Defeat-ISIS-In-Two-Weeks-You'll-Hear-About-It-In-Four-After-I'm-Done" comes out and says "radical Islamic terrorism" and, guess what, nothing changes. But, boy, do a lot of people have continue to get their rocks off hearing it, for God knows what reason.
Anyway, oil is done. Coal was done for ages ago. You can't rebuild an economy by reverting back to old technology unless you want to reduce your standard of living. That said, the complete demonization of oil and other fossil fuels while turning a blind eye to things like water usage for agriculture in California and silicon chips at factories in Arizona and New Mexico (Intel is inside!) indicates either blissful ignorance or abject disingenuousness.