The Republicans are suck negotiators. As are the Democrats.
The Democrats should have said, "you want to drill for oil on our pristine land? Okay, that'll cost you ten billion dollars a day." Instead, they just said it wasn't for sale at any price.
The Republicans are even stupider. They essentially said, "you want to drill for oil on our pristine land? Sure. Take it for free. Heck, we'll even put a rider in the Energy Bill that will give you tax dollars to help you do it".
That land is our land. The oil belongs to us. The tax dollars came from us. Congress should charge the highest price that they can get for it, and add a premium due to the fragility of the ecosystem.
Apparently, Republicans are crappy buisinessmen. And they aren't doing well at representing the interests of the owners of this land.
We should fire 'em and get some people in there who work for the people for a change.