Why Don't We Drill in the U.S. for Oil?

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    We want to get off of foreign oil, correct? Then why don't we drill here for it? I mean, within the U.S. (on land)?
     
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    It's inane that we don't utilize our own resources while other countries are drilling off of our coasts.
     
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    We do. However, much like a drug addict, the U.S needs more smack to get their fix.
     
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    Such as where? The problem with drilling for oil in the first place for companies is finding deposits large enough to be profitable. The same problem occurs with pretty much any similar resource including rare earth metals.

    There is also the issue that a lot of people don't want oil drilling in their backyard. Instead of trying to find another vein to stick the needle in (land being the vein, needle being the oil drill), the U.S is better suited finding a real solution instead of just a temporary one that merely delays the inevitable.

    Never mind the fact we already drill a lot more than people think.
     
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    Some things to point out about those numbers:

    We're already #3 in the world.

    Take a look at the definition:

    Unless I'm misreading that, it would be over 9 million barrels a day. There are 42 gallons of oil in a barrel of oil.

    42 gallons x 9 million barrels = 378 million gallons of oil produced a day.

    378 million gallons of oil a day x 365 days a year = 137,970,000,000 gallons produced a year. Almost 138 Billion. That's billion, not million.
     
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    Another thing too, the U.S and the other two top countries (Saudi Arabia and Russia) are far ahead the rest of the pack.

    Oil - production - Country Comparison

    As reflected in CIA handbook updated numbers, the U.S is closing in on Russia for the #2 spot.
     
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    I asked because I saw this and wondered if we were drilling enough. Could we drill more here to really make a difference in our foreign oil dependence -- or make more of a difference? I realize this article is two years old. It just made me wonder is all.

    USGS Release: 3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Technically Recoverable Oil Assessed in North Dakota and Montana’s Bakken Formation—25 Times More Than 1995 Estimate— (4/10/2008 2:25:36 PM)
     
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    Crude Oil FAQs - Energy Information Administration

    Now wait, 51% was imported from foreign countries. Let's go back to our previous numbers from 2009 shall we?

    Of course, we can't assume that we use every drop of oil that is drilled here and that it's not exported. However, what % could it be? Not very high.

    Crude Oil FAQs - Energy Information Administration

    And according to the U.S Energy Information Administration:

    6.9 billion barrels (6,900,000,000) x 42 gallons a barrel = 289,800,000,000 Billion gallons of Oil used in the U.S per year.
     

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