Dems on Gas Prices: Content to do nothing

Go read Ed Morrissey

By all means, let us work on alternative energies, but they’re not going to be practical, afforable or wide-ranging for a while. In the meantime stop lying to us about the “ten years to drill” nonsense and get busy decreasing our dependence upon foreign oils. Even better: Don’t do THIS to America.

Hey, Congress…how about leading and serving? Oh, wait…the Pelosi is “trying to save the planet…”


The United States has the highest technology to ensure the safest drilling. Today, directional drilling — essentially drilling down, then sideways — allows access to oil that in 1970 would have required a surface footprint more than three times as large. Additionally, the U.S. has one of the most extensive and least corrupt regulatory systems on the planet.

Does Pelosi imagine that with so much of America declared off-limits, the planet is less injured as drilling shifts to Kazakhstan and Venezuela and Equatorial Guinea? That Russia will be more environmentally scrupulous than we in drilling in its Arctic?

The net environmental effect of Pelosi’s no-drilling willfulness is negative. Outsourcing U.S. oil production does nothing to lessen worldwide environmental despoliation. It simply exports it to more corrupt, less efficient, more unstable parts of the world — thereby increasing net planetary damage.

Here in the U.S., one out of every three ears of corn is stuffed into a gas tank (by way of ethanol), causing not just food shortages abroad and high prices at home, but intensive increases in farming with all of the attendant environmental problems (soil erosion, insecticide pollution, water consumption, etc.)
This to prevent drilling on an area in the Arctic one-sixth the size of Dulles Airport that leaves untouched a refuge one-third the size of Britain.

There are a dizzying number of economic and national security arguments for drilling at home: a $700-billion oil balance-of-payment deficit, a gas tax (equivalent) levied on the paychecks of American workers and poured into the treasuries of enemy and terror-supporting regimes, growing dependence on unstable states of the Persian Gulf and Caspian basin. Pelosi and the Democrats stand athwart shouting: We don’t care. We come to save the planet!

They seem blissfully unaware that the argument for their drill-there-not-here policy collapses on its own environmental terms.

Then again, there is always the brilliant Pelosian scheme of “suing OPEC” to make them produce more. THAT will save the planet.

Come on, tell us the real reason why you won’t allow responsible drilling and job creation in the United States! It’s an election year; we want to know. After promising fair and open debate, why won’t you allow a vote to come to the floor unless you can control it?

Worst. “Public Servant”. Ever. Tyrant petite.

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