"The reality of offshore drilling has been completely subsumed by the symbolism of offshore drilling. Which is just as the Republicans like it." -- Gummo.
The news media have decided the entire issue of energy is drill offshore or not drill offshore. They have also decided that drill means cheap gas immediately and no drill means $10 gas forever. This is the story line and narrative and it is not open to revision or debate because Al Gore is fat and has a big house. Anything anyone else says outside of this box will be ignored or described as "waffling."
Cuz that's how the game is played.
"I'm all for offshore drilling -- as long as the first new wells are sunk just off Fisher Island, Hilton Head, East Hampton and Kennebunkport." -- Peter Principle.