The drill-baby-drill Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats are always talking about America's "energy independence" .. trying to make us believe that the more oil drilled here the more oil we'll have for America, and the less "foreign oil" we'll have to use.
But it doesn't matter where the oil is drilled, it all goes into a global market. There is no such thing as a separate foreign oil supply and a domestic one. Oil drilled here gets shipped to the international market, where we buy it just like every other country does.
I repeat, all the world's oil gets lumped together before it's re-sold to us by international oil-companies.
And every day, we seem to find new ways to use oil in new products.
So, it's the addiction to oil that we have to wean ourselves from .. not the drilling for it here.
We have the tools, the talent, and the technology to discover and convert to alternative energies .. the oil disaster in the Gulf is our wake-up call.
But, do we have the will -- the guts -- to change our behavior and our life style? The longer we put it off the nastier it's going to get.
If the worst man-made environmental disaster in the world isn't going to motivate us .. what in the hell will?