Short term economic benefit is not worth draining the oil reserves; making prices lower for oil and plastics will result in more people buying things and using resources they don't need. Oil is a precious resource and should be treated as such. It's unfortunate how people view the Earth like it was a sponge they can drain; it is an ecosystem that humans are destroying for short term profit. If you're actually interested in stopping corruption in Washington, it would be helpful if you didn't cater to Big Oil interests. ALSO, "If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while counting your money."