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"Drill, Baby, Drill" Plan Shows Results

Alex Mills | Oilman Magazine

Just a few years ago there was a debate over energy policy that included the phrase “drill, baby, drill.”  The belief was that if drilling for oil in the U.S. increases so would oil production and gasoline prices would decline.

President Obama, however, did not believe that more drilling and production of oil would have any impact on the price of gasoline. He said that proponents of “drill, baby, drill” could not achieve the goal of driving down gasoline prices to $2.

He said the “three-point plan for $2 gas: Step one is drill, step two is drill, and step three is keeping drilling” would not work.

He went on to say that “the American people aren’t stupid. They know that’s not a plan.”

Well, crude oil production has increased dramatically, and crude oil prices have declined to less than $2 per gallon before taxes.

Crude oil futures for September delivery on the NYMEX closed at $49.59 on Wednesday, and gasoline closed at $1.6448 per gallon.

Oil inventories in the US fell by 1.5 million barrels in the week to July 28th, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The report also showed estimated weekly gasoline demand at a record high 9.842 million barrels.

Distillate demand is 14.5 percent higher than during the same period last year.

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