The price of oil continues to climb, and the oil industry (and Republicans) claim that it is because they aren’t allowed to drill in America. But the truth is that drilling on American soil and in American waters won’t produce enough oil to even make a difference. What we should be doing is creating a green energy infrastructure, as Mike Papantonio points out in a debate against former Shell Oil president John Hoffmeister.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced