Frenchman: 'How dumb do I think the Americans are? I bet you we could sell those idiots water.'
That's why beginning to transition now to alternatives will be so important to our future economy, and it can be a source of jobs so this helps on several fronts.
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
-She had better feeling for the man who freely gave one copper from his own purse than for the fellow who wrested a gold crown from someone else's.- The Fires of Heavan - Robert Jordan
The other advantage to drilling is it creates jobs, creates wealth for individuals which stimulates growth AND it provides royalties where the resources are govt controlled. There simply is no reason not to drill so long as its doesnt harm others.