The question posed in the title has been rolling around in my head for a long time. I believe it is important to tend God’s garden, to be a good steward of all that God has provided to mankind, protecting the environment and practicing conservation. But I also believe it is necessary for the US to start recovering our own oil rather than depending upon nations who hate us to provide it while we make them richer and richer. I believe America can and must begin recovering the oil available to us.
Here’s a tidbit I found on Energy Tomorrow.
Demand for energy is rising around the world, according to the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Administration. Data show global demand for oil and natural gas will likely grow 45% by 2030 compared with 2006.
The Department of Interior estimates there are 112 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil beneath U.S. federal lands and coastal waters. That’s enough oil to fuel 60 million cars for 60 years, when you take into account the average yield of gasoline from a barrel of crude oil and the average number of gallons of gasoline consumed annually by a passenger vehicle.