As you can see in the above article, Rasmussen is reporting that people still want us to develop domestic fossil fuel sources. This is obvious when you see how the economy booms around the industry.
Let's look at what I like to call "The Shale Rush." Living in an area which is sitting on a large amount of natural gas from one of the shale sites in the US, and seeing first-hand the economic benefit it is bringing to the area, I can attest to the obvious demand for these resources. In just the past few years since it has started, there has been an increase in jobs, an increase to local businesses, an increase in just about everything in the area. It's rather simple to watch the vehicles which are related to this effort move around the area, and see where they are spending money. What's not so obvious is the increased spending of the people positively impacted. More money in the market means more money for everyone. Some would suggest we should tax this industry heavily, because of the obvious desire for it. I challenge that strongly, as taxing things never increases production, and never accomplishes anything positive in regards to economic growth, but rather stifles it, and causes it to suffer.
The same logic can be applied to drilling for crude oil. Be it in the tundra of Alaska, off the Gulf Coast, or in Colorado, the immediate and long term benefit to any region which drills is significant. Beyond that, we can reasonably predict that oil prices will drop as production increases, which will stimulate better growth elsewhere in the economy. When shipping prices drop, and movement of product costs are lowered, the economy will blossom beautifully.
We, as a nation, are sitting on tremendous resources which rival what is available elsewhere in the world. I would argue that there is not a reasonable, logical reason why we should not be tapping into the resources which have been provided to us. Yet still the left insists that drilling is a "Bad Idea" for some unknown reason. They are unable to back their reasons with any sound evidence, they are unable to respond to legitimate, intellectual questions with anything other than emotionally charged, angry language. The president has claimed to lift the ban on drilling, yet his administration has yet to authorize or approve any movement in that direction. Clearly he is posturing to get the benefit on both sides of the issue, and in the process is doing nothing to help the American people or economy. It's time we returned to being a nation of freedom, rather than a nation under a dictatorial heel.