INSLEE: Well, I guess I'd offer three reasons that I think it's unwise for us to move in this direction right now.
And the reason is, is that this represents less than half of 1 percent of the world's oil reserves.
So it's quite a minimal amount when you look at the word oil supply.
So it's really not a solution to our problem.
That's number one.
China right now is preparing to roll out electric cars, lithium ion batteries, solar cells, cellulosic ethanol.
This is where the future of energy is.
We've a finite resource in oil, just like we had a finite resource in whale oil, and we made a transition.
And third -- and this is an important one, and maybe it's obvious but I think it's worth saying.
We've made some national commitments to our grandkids.
You know, a Republican, Teddy Roosevelt, started this whole shebang at the Pelican (ph) Refuge, and we've never violated that commitment.
This is a special place.
We've made a commitment that this is -- this is during the Eisenhower administration, by the way.
And I just think that's a commitment that we should keep.