Friday, August 8, 2008

Energy Policy and the election of 2008

Charles Krauthammer on the possible election results from energy and the national debate now called #dontgo on the election. (See also #dontgo twitter search)

With Democrats in the cat-birds seat, an unpopular President and teetering economy, it was a foregone conclusion in the spring that Democrats would run the tables and pick up the White House and hold both Houses of Congress. Now? That fleeting opportunity is falling through their hands as the American public demands more eneregy, all kinds of energy be added to supply to reduce the price of oil now.

" ...The Italian Communist party could win this election. The American Democratic party is trying its best to lose it ... Democrats have the advantage on just about every domestic issue from health care to education. However, Americans’ greatest concern is the economy, and their greatest economic concern is energy (by a significant margin: 37 percent to 21 percent for inflation). Yet Democrats have gratuitously forfeited the issue of increased drilling for domestic oil and gas ...

... Barack Obama remains opposed to new offshore drilling (although he now says he would accept a highly restricted version as part of a comprehensive package). Just last week, he claimed that if only Americans would inflate their tires properly and get regular tune-ups, “we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling ...

Why is this issue either/or? Who’s against properly inflated tires? Do everything. Wind and solar. A tire gauge in every mailbox. Hell, a team of oxen for every family (to pull their gasoline-drained SUVs).

Why would you not drill to provide a steady supply of proven fuels for the next few decades as we make the huge technological and economic transition to renewable energy?

Congressional Democrats demand instead a clampdown on “speculators.” The Democrats proposed this a month ago. In the meantime, “speculators” have driven the price down by $25 a barrel ..."

I apologize in advance for taking so liberally from the article, I couldn't figure out what to not quote. But you would do well to read the article in its entirety On Energy Do Everything so that you can get the full context.

Why not drill offshore? Why not release permits for wind farms, nuclear reactors, and innovative energy sources? Why not invest in innovations in ethanol that will use less food stuffs and take away the corn and food bubble? Why not encourage people to maintain their cars, including proper inflation of tires of course.

But, to go home for a five week vacation, while Americans are suffering under $4.00 gasoline? That's too much! Speaker Pelosi: Let your people go ... back to Washington to finish their jobs.

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