Did you know that astronomer Thomas Gold is a better oilman than you? Gold, famous for postulating that hydrocarbons derive from methane burped up from the mantle instead of being cooked out of biogenic muck, caused over $250 million in drilling to be undertaken in granite and other conventionally considered "non-productive" areas. Countries like Sweden, who WISHED that had had an oil and gas basin, were particulary enamored by Gold's siren song.
Dr. Gold found a ground total of zero point zero barrels of grease. So, you might be asking yourself, how in the world is this guy a better oilman than me?
In the wacky world of government and its idiot 4th estate, journalism, metrics such as how much oil Dr. Gold might have found are not important in determining whether he is a good oilman. The only metric recognized by these examples of an utterly failed educational system is "How much did it cost?".
I know that, as a Texan, I am inundated in the press by articles that start with "Texas ranks 49th out of 50 in per student spending", or "Blue State Z leads the country in children's aid at $42 million per homeless child versus a shameful $3000 per Oklahoma child".
Have you ever stopped and thought about this? How is it any different than saying that "Company ABC is th best oil finder because it borrowed the most non-recourse money"... uhhhh. wait a minute... I see those about EVERY DAY.
The only people that could possibly find a metric like this meaningful are politicians, bureaucrats, journalists, used car dealers, bankers, and strippers. No disrespect to strippers!