Dick Cheney has weighed in with his answer to the nation’s energy woes:

Vice President Cheney yesterday called for a substantial increase in domestic drilling for oil and other natural resources, including in environmentally sensitive areas, saying that only increased production — and not new technology — will satisfy the nation’s demand for energy.

“We are an economy that runs on petroleum. Some 20 million barrels of it a day. That can and will change over time, but it will be a very long time,” said Cheney, former head of U.S. oil company Halliburton. “We’d be doing the whole country a favor if more of that oil were produced here at home.”

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He chastised Congress for not opening up coastal areas and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, and bemoaned the fact that Cuba and China have forged a partnership to drill near the Florida coast, while the U.S. has declared waters near Florida off-limits. “Even the communists have figured out that a good answer to high prices is more supply,” he said. [UPDATE: Looks like the claim of Cuban-Chinese drilling near Florida is bogus, even though it’s become a GOP talking point. (Thanks, Laurence.)]

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Here’s a video of his comments: