Saturday, September 20, 2008
Given that Nashville's gas supply has been cut in the past 24 hours to 15% of our normal supply, I would seriously like to know how drilling more wells in the Gulf of Mexico would have prevented our primary transportation system from potentially grinding to a halt? Our pipeline comes from the gulf refineries that were knocked out by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, so how would multiplying our oil rigs have brought us more gas? The doomsday scenario here is that if vital links at the refineries and along pipeline are neutralized, increasing the amount of oil to those links is futile for us. So, how can we justify "drill, baby, drill," when there are no guarantees that more oil will get to us and when it assures that our dependence on petrol will continue? The only people who will win with "drill, baby, drill" in a fuel crisis are the oil companies, who will turn pretty profits even while others are suffering.