Even if we had an infinite amount of oil we could easily tap, and it did zero environmental damage, it would still be a bad idea.Facts about U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Resources Closed To Development:
Even if we had an infinite amount of oil we could easily tap, and it did zero environmental damage, it would still be a bad idea.
Oil requires a lot of logistics. It requires pipelines, gas stations, trucks, etc. This is bad from a strategic standpoint, as it necessarily creates weak spots where our entire energy capability can be gutted just be damaging a handful of key ports and refineries.
We need a more distributed network of smaller-scale energy sources, preferably based on straight electricity.
Economic pain motivates change, and using oil or oil shale "in the meantime" will just get us sidetracked. We have to suck it up, stop complaining and just do it.
If we find more oil, we won't be motivated to develop new technology. We will go back to 1985 and sit on our hands for a couple more decades. People are very myopic, and are highly unlikely to embrace something different when their current needs are satisfied.It will take time to develop new technology and this will help buy that time.
If gas goes back to $2.00/gallon, we will do nothing other than forget about working on the problem, until it eventually comes back - and far worse than before. We should address it now and stop thinking of reasons to tap out.
That happened after the energy crisis of the 70s, but it only lasted for about 10 years. Then everyone forgot about it and went back to driving giant SUVs, and here we are again. People forget quickly.I respectfully disagree. Even if gas went to 32¢ a gallon, people these days would still want a vehicle that uses less of it or just want the gas for free. Americans are getting greedier and greedier these days, and the years of high gas prices have probably scared and scarred us enough to still consider other sources of energy.