No, I’m not kidding:
Who knew that the US is currently exporting 1.8 million barrels of oil a day?
To make sure everybody does, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, sent a public letter to President Bush, asking him to “keep our oil at home.”
The letter didn’t specify how, but it didn’t miss the opportunity to take a shot at the GOP plan to open up protected offshore waters to oil drilling.
…..at the current export rate, by the time the first barrel of oil could be produced from increased offshore drilling, America would have already exported the equivalent of nearly 40 percent of the oil that is projected to lie beneath protected areas offshore.
Remember, the oil that’s drilled up doesn’t go directly to you or me or the American government–it goes to oil companies, who are free to then sell that oil to whoever they want, including foreign countries.
So keep that in mind whenever you hear the GOP demand we ‘drill here, drill now.’ If we’re going to open up offshore drilling, maybe we should make sure that all the oil we’d get out of it is kept here in the United States. Funny how the Republicans are the ones demanding more drilling, but it’s the Democrats who want to make sure the oil we drill up be kept here in the United States.