I'm sure I'll catch hell for saying this, but this just seems a little, idk, shortsighted. Like whoever wrote this hasn't spent much time in the "flyover" states. You seem to be a little misguided. Believe it or not, the oil industry is alive and well in middle America. It isn't offshore drilling, which is what I'm assuming you're referring to, but oil companies have a huge presence all over the country, even Iowa. Sorry, I'm just kind of giggling over your assessment of non-coastal cities. I'll blame the edible I had an hour ago.