Posts Tagged ‘energy’

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In the Atlanta area, where I am, gas prices are up $0.77 from where they were a year ago. It is worth noting that Democrats have been politicizing and blocking expanded oil drilling for quite some time. Consider this:

“Critics (of Arctic drilling), including Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., say the drilling plan would violate the nation’s last remaining pristine wilderness. Moreover, they charge, the oil would consist of a 6-month supply for the nation, and would not be ready for use by consumers for up to 10 years.”

That newspaper article was written April 2, 2001. For those of you in Rio Linda, that would be ten years ago.

To those of you who are paying between $3.50 and $5 a gallon this morning for gas do ya think that oil those fields would have produced not to mention the well-paying US jobs that come with it would be kinda handy right now?

Rick Stengel gives this as the solution to promote other energy. Higher energy taxes that will solve everything and this is the time to pass it while the crisis is in play.

Amazingly nobody on the Morning Joe set challenged him on this.

Well once Newsweek is dead and buried (unless Rush buys it and makes it a conservative journal but apparently the post won’t allow it) maybe all twelve readers can head on over to Time Magazine to keep their bottom line healthy.

Hey if MSNBC can survive in a niche market I’m sure Time can too.

I will give Stengel credit for admitting that panic over three mile island set back the Nuclear industry in the US by decades contributing to our problems.

This is going to be interesting:

Mika is asking him about long term issues: Jack Gerard points out their own people are folks who live there and notes that this doesn’t change the energy equation in the country.

Ratigan asked about safety caps: Says the US studied caps, Ratigan talks about the quality of rules vs quantity. I wonder if he will apply that standard on the Banking and securities bill.

Gerard keeps pounding the rarity of this and suggest we don’t shut down the shuttle when it blew up nor airlines when a plane crashes.

Joe asks if the standards need to be tougher: Gerard agrees and keeps coming back to the problem at hand.

A pretty fair interview

…While Charlie Crist and environmental activists and democrats jump all over the oil spill in the gulf Morning Joe accidentally undermined their argument while bringing on an environmental activist to argue against the drilling.

There are a ton of wells in the gulf and in Alaska etc that produce oil every single day. Joe asked why people weren’t prepared for this and the answer was because the last time something like this happened was 1969.

Run that number through your head and think of the reality once again:

Basically an industry that provides a vast amount of energy for the country has a bad accident once every two generations that might take say six months to a year to clean?

Think about the things we wouldn’t do if we judged what we do because of a problem once every 40 years.

The people who are suddenly running away from drilling are using Rahm rule of never wasting a crisis and have decided not to waste this one. Tens of thousands of high paying jobs in the worst economy we have seen in 70 years are going to be sacrificed due to the political advantage for the left.

Palin is exactly right on this, and moreover she is proving that she is one of the only pols with the guts to say the truth:

All responsible energy development must be accompanied by strict oversight, but even with the strictest oversight in the world, accidents still happen. No human endeavor is ever without risk – whether it’s sending a man to the moon or extracting the necessary resources to fuel our civilization. I repeat the slogan “drill here, drill now” not out of naiveté or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills – my family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences. How could I still believe in drilling America’s domestic supply of energy after having seen the devastation of the Exxon-Valdez spill? I continue to believe in it because increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation.

The question is who else will have the guts or political will to say this aloud