Energy independence, National Security, and Financial Prosperity









How did you celebrate Earth Day?

What?  You didn’t realize yesterday was Earth Day?

Well, if you forgot to “save the planet” by buying inferior-yet-more-expensive recycled products or by planting a tree, you might as well head over to National Review to read my mom’s thoughts on the holiday:

On this holiest of days for EcoLiberals, how about if Americans celebrate Earth Day with responsible energy development that leads to greater independence and conservation?

There’s no better way for President Obama and his administration to celebrate Earth Day than to embrace a real, environmentally sound commitment to energy independence instead of relying on foreign countries that lack environmental safeguards. One aspect of the “all-of-the-above” approach I have been discussing for years involves, of course, the necessity to “drill, baby, drill.”

It’s no secret that throughout America, including the very wealthy state of Alaska, we find a storehouse of natural resources that God so benevolently dumped underfoot, just waiting to be tapped. ANWR, for example, is screaming to be used to help bring prosperity and national security to America. Indeed, there is an inherent link between energy and prosperity and energy and security. On this day, as many are focused on preserving the planet, environmentalists need not fear that the land or wildlife would suffer from the wise decision to drill here. As Alaskans know, ANWR is not some luxurious vacation spot teeming with Bambi and friends frolicking through waterfalls and flower-strewn mountainsides, as environmentalist fundraising advertisements depict it. It is a vast, remote, desolate, frozen area available to be used with a tiny drilling footprint to bring the country closer to what is clearly needed: commonsense, money-saving, job-producing energy independence. Believe me, I live in the Last Frontier because I cherish the earth and thrive in the clean air and fresh water amid our plentiful wildlife. I don’t want to mess this up for future generations.

Read the rest here.  And, don’t feel bad if you didn’t do anything to celebrate… The earth will survive.  But I agree with Mom — let’s start thinking more responsibly about the topic!

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  • mistah charley, ph.d.

    I celebrated Earth Day by watching the BBC series Frozen Planet on the Discovery Channel. It was really interesting.

  • Thomas Hubbard

    What did I do on Earth Day? I destroyed a Jungle, I ran my weed wacker for the first time in many moons the Jungle our Yard! I also planted some Hostea’s and other plants. Here we have natural springs that pop up from the earth, but I’ve been told the state of Washington it owns the rain and all water so I can not make use of it.

  • AnyOldNameWillDo

    Hi Bristol :)
    Couldn’t have said it better myself.
    I reiterate: liberals don’t read anything. If they did they would have to think. As it is they would sacrifice a human for a tiny population of fish, i.e. someone elses life not their own.

  • Joseppi

    Show this article to your mom and see what she has to say.

    • blackbird

      “The Alaskan Explorer had sailed to a Washington refinery, but was forced to return to Alaska with 300,000 barrels because the onshore storage tanks were too full to accept the oil”

      “Not only has lower consumption not brought U.S. prices down, but it has also not eliminated our dependence on foreign oil”

      The article does not give an opinion as to why America is still buying foreign oil and what about the double standard of the administration arguing and limiting domestic production, an example the Keystone XL pipeline.

      President Obama to Brazil: “…We want to work with you. We want to help with technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely, and when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers…”

      For the President’s political expediency the people will have to necessarily feel the pain.

    • otlset

      From the article’s content, it sounds like the nation needs a reformer like Sarah Palin to once again take on the oil companies like she did as governor of Alaska, this time on America’s behalf.

      The excuse of “global oil markets and price pressures” to keep local prices artifically high (compared to global market prices, natch) despite a local surplus on the West Coast sounds like an excuse for big oil companies to be greedy at America’s expense. They are in effect saying “Hey, we can always sell the stuff overseas and get the high price, so take it or leave it.” without regard for what’s best for America. I think certain incentives could be found for them that would help favor America’s interests in such cases (especially with American oil resources) and should be considered for negotiation, while at the same time respecting the companies’ independence as private businesses.

  • Dennis McHale

    I read your Mom’s article. Two thumbs up!

  • Thomas M

    I like some of your posts, but it seems that you tend to turn everything into politics. And it tends to reach a fine line of attacking Obama by subjects covered and defending your Mom.

    It would be nicer to see less politics and more of just your thoughts. Are some of the topics of your posts, recommended by your mom or her team?

  • Thomas M

    Also if you we are going to be buying greener products, then I assume you support the govt. pushing car mfg. to build more efficient cars?