Magazine November 2, 2009, Issue

Drill

Oil rigs in Midland, Tex., May 9, 2008 (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)
Petroleum is, and will remain, a major part of America’s energy picture. Shall we get it here or abroad?

Given that we’re spending billions of stimulus dollars to rebuild our highways, it makes sense to think about what we’ll be driving on them. For years to come, most of what we drive will be powered, at least in part, by diesel fuel or gasoline. To fuel that driving, we need access to oil. The less use we make of our own reserves, the more we will have to import, which leads to a number of harmful consequences. That means we need to drill here and drill now.

We rely on petroleum for much more than just powering our vehicles: It …

Sarah Palin was governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009, and the Republican candidate for vice president in 2008.

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