“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Drill! Drill! Drill!

Promising to reverse a presidential order by Bush '41 that banned offshore drilling, John McCain says he would allow individual states to decide whether they wanted to drill off their shores or not.
In a new national poll, 67% support drilling while 18% do not. As gas prices soar, those numbers are certainly expected to go up and down respectively.

It's about time an American politician recognized the concept of states' rights. The eco-nuts in California might elect not to drill, but the voters in Oregon, Mississippi, Louisiana, or Texas might decide to explore their waters. The Florida voters, always conscious of tourists, might stupidly decide not to drill for fearing the sight of oil rig lights on the horizon at night.

When we vacation at Gulf Shores, Alabama every summer, I like to see the lights of oil rigs out in the ocean. It's a sobering reminder that, while I relax on the beach, our American petroleum companies are working around the clock to provide me with relatively cheap energy. It is idiotic that we refuse to take advantage of our own plentiful resources while all other countries are taking advantage of theirs, and our economy spirals down the toilet, as does our way of life.

3 comments:

Kevin said...

Offshore drilling isn't the only thing that needs to be done. There are at least two places where we need to start drilling, Montana and Alaska, and we need to start building more nuclear power plants. Want to stop the energy crisis? Do those two things. It is that simple. So many people want to have their cake and eat it too. You can't save the environment and continue to use oil. Pick one. I for one choose oil. If we don't take it, someone else will.

Ed said...

THe thing is, you can continue to use oil....the impact on the environment is completely unknown. There is not one shred of credible evidence that man's use of petro-chemicals has any affect one way or the other on the overall envirnoment of Earth. Drilling, shipping, and refining petroleum are cleaner processes than ever. We can have our cake and eat it too. That's not to say nuclear, tidal, wind, solar, etc shouldn't be harnessed as the market demands....it should. As those technologies become market-usable rather than government mandated, our use of oil will decline naturally.

Kevin said...

I was simply stating that so many people are scared of harming the environment, yet continue to use oil. I don't believe that we are hurting the environment. The people that believe using oil hurts the world, and live in a house with air conditioning and drive a vehicle every day are hypocrites. They don't believe in global warming any more than we do. They just claim to. Bottom line, you want to see the economy boom again, start drilling in ANWR, Montana, and offshore. Our economy will boom for a number of reasons then. It will be cheaper to travel, and cheaper to ship things. Also Americans will have more money in their pockets to spend on consumer goods. Economy will flourish.