I don't think anybody is saying "wreck the environment so we can drive SUVs", which is the impression that some like to give. The fact is, and anybody who's been up north can attest to this, we DO know how to do what we need to do in an environmentally friendly way. And I believe that's a good idea. Back during Clinton's campaign, the whole concept of Peak Oil (predicted in the '50s, expected to occur around 1995 originally) where the growth in demand exceeds the growth in supply while at the same time demand exceeds supply, was discussed. The environmentalists, via partnering with Democrats (sorry ...but gotta call a spade a spade), succeeded not only in legally blocking every good area that we had, but also prevented growth in our electrical power generation infrastructure and our refining capabilities infrastructure. And now Peak Oil is solidly in place and cannot be argued. I remember Clinton saying "Drilling won't help ...it won't even get oil online for 10 or more years!" So guess what ...10 years passed, nothing changed, and what was predicted was monitored, nothing done, and voila! Here we are. I blame the Clinton administration the most, and the Bush administration as well... although Bush did try now and then (shot down by a democrat congress.) And now Obama says "Drilling is not the right answer! It won't even help for at least 5 to 10 years! We should focus on alternative energy!". Well, alternative forms of energy are fine but even further out, and what but what about those airplanes, trains, and ships that MUST operate if we all want to eat and conduct business? We have shorter term needs that cannot be addressed by electricity and hydrogen or propane or natural gas or hybrid-anything etcetera. Better late than never, we need to put the rush on oil and refinery development NOW, and we need to get our electrical infrastructure up to snuff NOW, else we'll really screw the pooch and shove ourselves right into a deep recession or depression (as though there aren't enough financial pressures already.) The goal is NOT to become oil-independent, although going in that direction is super good, but the goal instead is to address the fact that demand exceeds supply and will continue to (along with screaming oil prices) until economies (ours) become depressed and oil demand dramatically drops off ...along with jobs, homes, food, you name it.