If congressional Republicans -- or
what's left of them -- are looking for the path out of the political
wilderness following last week’s electoral drubbing, there’s a shortcut
to victory in 2010 being paved for them by the Greens.
weekend on Fox News Sunday, Barack Obama's transition chief, John
Podesta, said the Obama administration would act quickly to reverse a
recent Bush administration move opening up public lands in Utah to oil
and gas drilling. Podesta said that it was a “mistake” for the Bush
administration to allow drilling “in some of the most sensitive,
fragile lands in Utah…”
So, GOP, the battle
lines are drawn. Since declining oil and gas prices are likely only
temporary, we remain in an energy crisis. The problem could be solved
by increasing domestic oil and gas production, but the Obama
administration apparently aims to stand four-square against this.
time has passed for Republicans to fret about being painted by the
Greens as “pillagers of the Earth” for supporting drilling in allegedly
fragile environments. Let’s get real. While such demagoguery is a
standard Green tactic to block the development of natural resources,
the notion of a “fragile” environment is a canard.
We routinely alter local environments. Any time
you stick a shovel in the ground, you’ve permanently altered the
environment. But in a rational world, mere environmental change is not
the same as environmental destruction -- and if we are going to pretend
that it is, then we’re going to have a hard time justifying any
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