You say under $50,000 like that some kind of a bargain. I would guess, other than our trucks, most of us don't pay $50,000 for a vehicle.
It's not that republicans want to drill in place of technology. It's that we want to drill in addition to technology. And it's not just republicans, it's a lot of people involved in the oil industry, many of them democrats. It's also that we want the free market to develop these technologies not the gov't. When government injects our tax dollars into the industry they usually make poor choices. When the free market develops a product they do it because they can provide a product, get it to market, and make a profit. You can only make a profit if you provide a product that people want and can afford to buy.
We do not currently have a good substitute for oil. Not only is oil used in fuel, but it is used in the development of many products.
The reason that this current administration and many liberals do not want to drill, is that they believe that if there is not enough oil, or the price is high enough, people will be forced to use new technologies. to some extent this is true. However, forcing people to use technologies that are not ready or are very expensive hurts only the economy and the consumer. In addition, when the government supports financially, technologies that are not ready, money is wasted.
Everyone knows that the first person or company that comes up with a good and affordable substitute for oil will be wealthy. The market, rather than the government, should determine what comes to us. When the market determines product not only do we get better product, but we get more affordable product. and...we get choice.
It is not the job of the Federal government to manipulate consumer behavior. The current policies are punishing the coal and oil industry. They have put thousands of people out of work and cost the consumers many millions of dollars, all in support of an agenda.