KIRK: We have a fundamental choice. We need to get off oil, but for the time being we are still dependent on it. We can either buy 80 billion barrels of oil from the Iranians or from ourselves. And we should buy it from ourselves.
It’s hard to know where to start. Iran produces about 4 million barrels a day. It net exports about 2.5 million barrels a day. At that rate, it takes a while to get to 80 billion and Iran has reserves of 136 billion barrels so they wouldn’t be selling much of anything else.
Now, on top of that off shore drilling is expected to produce about 200,000 barrels a day more in many years. ANWR’s median projection is 1 million barrels a day so even with opening the spigots on those two sources, we don’t even match Iran’s 2.5 million barrels a day.
Of course, oil is sold on a world market and currently we aren’t buying Iranian oil–at least directly so what the hell Kirk is talking about is unknown.
Minor criticism of Adam over at Progress Illinois–it’s not about Kirk owning up to it–he’s lying. Or really, really stupid. Take your pick.