The usual suspects in Congress are pushing hard for legislation that would end the ban on U.S. offshore drilling. It’s the latest cause célèbre of the Fossil Fuels Forever crowd.

Over on Oil Drum, Dave (no relation) takes a long, close look at the claims made by proponents about available oil reserves. It’s somewhat technical, as usual for OD, so if you want to skip to the end, here’s the nut:

In conclusion, here in the United States we continue to fiddle as Rome burns.