How much oil is in the US?

The right wingers are getting louder about oil:  drill here and drill now.  We’ve got it, we need it.  The environment be damned.

Ok.  Let’s say we accept that.  (I’m not sure I do, or don’t.)  How much oil is in the US?  From wikipedia:  “The U.S. Department of the Interior estimates the total volume of undiscovered, technically recoverable prospective resources in all areas of the United States, including the Federal Outer Continental Shelf, the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska, and the Bakken Formation, total 134 billion barrels (21.3×10^9 m3) of crude oil.”

Wow.  134,000,000,000 barrels of oil.  THAT ought to last us forever, shouldn’t it?  Why have we been importing oil from all those crazy places when we could have been guzzling good ole American crude? It’s those damned liberal socialist environmentalists, that’s why.

But here, once again,  we see the failing of the American education system.  134,000,000,000 is indeed a large number.  But it must be placed in context. How much oil do we use every day in the US?  We use about 20,000,000 barrels a day, every day.  Woops.  At 20,000,000 barrels per day, we’re going to make a quick dent in that huge supply we’ve got.

In fact, we could drill on every square inch of land and sea and pump that stuff right into our cars and at current rates of consumption, we would get about 18 years worth of oil.  (and that is if we could get every drop, whcih we are unlikely to do)  “Oh but,” some will say, “we’ll use oil much more efficiently than we have been.” Right. That sounds suspiciously like lib enviro socialist talk.

No, we red blooded Americans are going to go hell bent for leather to use it all as fast as God intended us to.

Until one day in the next couple of decades we’ll have no more oil left and we’ll be left with the same spot we are  now:  change or collapse. Except then it will be forced on us.  Today, we still have time to choose.  Putting it off only hurts our kids.

So when you hear some puffed up wing nut spouting about how we need to be drilling for oil right here, agree with him or her. And then tell him or her the facts.


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