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  • VIDEO: 10 Years Ago Today, Dems Say ANWR Won't Yield Oil for 10 Years

    On April 17 and 18, 2002, a number of Senators took to the floor of the upper chamber to decry efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to fossil fuel exploration and development.

    Their objections voiced a common concern: ANWR wouldn’t begin to produce oil for up to ten years. Here’s what some of the Senators had to say:

    • “There would be no production out of [ANWR] for at least 7 years.” -Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.)
    • “Oil extracted from [ANWR] would not reach refineries for seven to ten years.” -Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
    • “No oil will flow from ANWR…until from 7 to 10 years from now.” -Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
    • “Oil exploration in ANWR will not actually start producing oil for as many as 10 years.” -Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
    • “Even if we started drilling [in ANWR] tomorrow, the first barrel of crude oil would not make it to the market for at least 10 years.” -Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

    Ten years later, oil and gas production on federal lands is at a nine-year low, a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline costs an average $3.90, and the president is busy blaming “speculators” for high oil prices – a scapegoat that even a former Democratic Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner rejects. Heritage’s David Kreutzer also debunked that argument.

    The president’s continued refusal to expand domestic energy production, which would be an economic boon and raise significant federal revenue without hiking taxes, recently made Heritage’s list of the administration’s ten worst energy policy decisions.

    Meanwhile, the excuses offered in opposition to an energy policy that values domestic fossil fuel production look thinner by the day.

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    10 Responses to VIDEO: 10 Years Ago Today, Dems Say ANWR Won't Yield Oil for 10 Years

    1. This is world class nonsense, it is just a figure they pulled out of thin air to prevent drilling in Anwr. They use any excuse true or not to prevent the extraction of fossil fuels.

    2. Bobbie says:

      Dems are fabricators true and true. All while conjuring up the man made global warming brainwash! Totally ignorant to the fact they'd get busted. Drill baby drill! These people are holding America back. What have democrats done besides come with reasons not to get anything done?

    3. Bobbie says:

      …oh, and raise taxes to do it!!!!!

    4. Lloyd Scallan says:

      It's all been said before and will be said again. The Demorats will continue to lie and distort because of their radical environmentalist supporters that would rather see this nation in a financial collapse that to allow the use of fossil fuels.

    5. RP4POTUS says:

      Ron paul said compared to gold prices had stayed the same which indicated inflation. That sounds more logical to me. How come that is never mentioned at least as PART of the reason for high gas prices?

    6. Clarkson says:

      Drill baby drill…

    7. Jim Burchette says:

      If they would have allowed drillin in Anwr 10 years ago, we would be that much closer to "oil independence." Unfortunately, the libs and the media have been pounding agianst 'drill here, drill now' for more than 30 years!. If we start now, then nobody will be able to say this crap any longer! Come on! Start drilling everywhere there is oil, natural gas, or anything remotely close to fossil fuel NOW! Let's see what happens. The liberal way of doing things is just NOT working!

    8. When you hear people say they hate paying so much for a gallon of gas, but then say they will vote for Obama, it is the high point of hypocrisy. This Administration has impeded lowering gas prices more than any other, from using the BP oil spill to preventing drilling on federally controlled land. Gingrich is right, gas would be at least a dollar cheaper if we drilled all available resources here in America.

    9. Bobby says:

      And remember that the cost of a gallon of gasoline isn't $3.90 today but $4.29. Remember that the Democrats also put in a Renewable Fuel Mandate that makes most "gallon of fuel" 115.8 ounces of gasoline and 12.8 ounces of ethanol. Democrats are so anti-energy that they made laws that effectively created the auto crisis where Obama stole the opponents of his agenda to push it.

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