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The picture at sea is no better.

“The administration has at least 40 exploration plans and 40 development plans that have not been acted upon. We understand that dozens of oil-spill response plans require action as well. … They cannot approve permits to allow drilling to commence until they address those items.”

Like it or not, America relies heavily on oil for jobs, commerce and our very existence. Alas, oil comes mainly from an area that is as stable as a prison riot. “Precarious” barely describes America’s predicament. And yet, a huge part of the solution - domestic oil and gas - lies just beneath our feet, if only Uncle Barack would let us open the basement door and light this dormant furnace.

May we drill now, please?

Deroy Murdock is a syndicated columnist and media fellow with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.