The Week Ahead: The Push for Energy Continues

By November 14, 2005Energy

This thing ain’t over ’til it’s over and while the House jumped the track last week in not passing a budget bill with ANWR and OCS language, if we’ve learned nothing else in this town it’s that it’s never over. We live to fight another day. it’s incredible that we made it this far, and we will persevere until new sources of energy are unleashed in this country to help our manufacturers compete.

On Tuesday, NAM President John Engler travels to St. Louis to speak at the mammoth Rockwell Automation Fair 2005. He will give a major energy address there to a crowd of press and exhibitors, laying out our plan of action on energy. The event will be webcast live at this link starting at 9 a.m. EST Tuesday morning.

And, if you’ve not already done so (hundreds of you have, we know), click here to write to your Member of Congress and urge them to open up these domestic areas — over which they have total control — to exploration, and ease the crushing costs of energy. Just think: 420 trillion cubic feet of natural gas alone in the Outer Continental Shelf, 85% of it subject to a federal moratorium. It’s time.

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Pat Cleary says:

    It’s not an either/or proposition. Why not do both? And remember, the “pristine” area is the size of South Carolina, with a drilling footprint one-fifth the size of Dulles Airport.

  • Julian says:

    according to a 1998 study by the US Geological Survey, there is about 3.2 billion barrles of economically recoverable oil in the area intended to be tapped. There are another estimated 6 billion barrels in the North Slope area which is already being tapped for oil, so why start construction in a pristine area when we can get twice as much oil in an area already being used for that purpose?

  • Pat Cleary says:

    Yes — a million barrels of oil a day for several decades. Check out or, both are excellent resources on point.

  • Do you know how much opening ANWR up for drilling will help? Both sides have very passionate arguments on this one.