There are those who don't want to recognize the oil companies freedom to drill for oil. That's a denial of basic property rights, but let's let that pass for a moment and tackle the deniers on their own ground, which they claim is a purely practical point. They claim it will take ten years to see results. Yes, so?
Let's make the point by way of a little tale...
"Put seeds in the ground now? What's the point? They won't get harvested until Fall. In the meantime, you'll starve. Better to invest in some magic beans that will deliver plenty in... well, I'm a little uncertain about the time frame. But they're magic!"
This is the basic attitude of those who assert that "we can't drill our way out" of the problem of high oil prices.
"But if you plant the magic beans, and horde your food now, you'll be safe until the beans sprout. Oh, you don't want to eat less? Well, we must have a tax to punish the farmers who are taking advantage of your misery. Also, it will be good for you, since it will encourage you to eat less, you glutton."
Forget that the law of supply and demand is nearly as inflexible as the law of gravitation. Instead, tax supply! The evil oil companies deserve it. Forget that the ones who would pay the tax control less than 5% of the supply. Forget how unfair it is to punish those supplying a demand and, god forbid!, getting paid well for their efforts.
And, by all means, forget that those willing and able to pay have the right to trade with those supplying them. A right that should go unhindered by those who have never planted a seed or tended a plant. (Not to mention, who spend so much time throwing weed seeds all around at every opportunity, breaking the tools, and mandating horticulture with one foot strapped to the back of a thigh.)
Do the deniers who want to prevent the increase in oil supply really want to solve 'the energy problem'? Observe that those who argue that "we can't drill our way out" are often the most vocal opponents of nuclear power, a tried and true technology, instead preferring some future promise of wind and solar.
Well, it's true, fantasy is so much more pleasant than reality.