Late breaking news
"Vast oil, natural gas reserves estimated in Arctic" according to most recent U.S. Geological Survey
The tiny area of barren land (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) in Northern Alaska needs to be opened up for domestic oil exploration. It is a valuable resource we need to utilize, along with our wind as an energy resource.
This site above provides ten essential reasons for going forward, not the least of which are estimates of 9 to 16 billion barrels of recoverable oil with a minimum of 250,000 jobs created which will use less than half of one percent of the refuge's barren land. Environmental studies have been doing showing it would not effect local wildlife (which is very little, as the land is barren). The majority of Alaskans are for it.
Here is a map of the location - http://www.anwr.org/docs/CloseupofareaIII.pdf
This could provide an extension of time to allow alternative energy sources to come fully up to speed.
I believe in using alternative energy sources where economically viable, and they will be in the long term. This measure will give us time to get them going.
The Democratic Congress is dragging their feet doing anything on because they don't want to upset any environmentalists or their lobbyists, even though this small area is mostly barren of wildlife.
Look at Harry Reid's comments -
This is NOT leadership. This is pandering to and being a puppet to special interest groups that fund campaigns.