When the fossil fool crowd clamors for a so-called "all of the above" energy strategy, they don't literally mean it. But rather than "drill, baby, drill" we absolutely should be tapping the endless supply of clean, renewable energy rather than relying on the dirty fuels found in the ground.
Like it or not, the carbon-based energy sources we currently depend so heavily upon are finite. So, ironically, oil and coal are destined for the same fate as the dinosaurs from which they originated: extinction. That's not a matter of "if", it's only a question of "how soon"? Meantime, the continued over-reliance on these dirty fuels means more pollution and a worsening global climate crisis.
Now, I can see why polluting industries hate renewable alternatives -- because they represent a risk to industry's profit margins -- but I can't understand why anyone else would turn their nose up at the need to invest in clean energy solutions.
For instance, the latest estimates of America's wind energy potential have tripled!
In fact, current wind technology deployed in nonenvironmentally protected areas could generate 37,000,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, according to the new analysis conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (The last comprehensive estimate came out in 1993, when Pacific Northwest National Laboratory pegged the wind energy potential of the United States at 10,777,000 gigawatt-hours.)
Read more at: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/02/better-wind-resource-maps/#more-18355#more-18355#ixzz0gI4KXfIb