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Just Start Drilling, Please.

June 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment

My very favorite columnist, Charles Krauthammer, is advocating what I consider to be a monstrous idea. The government will guarantee at minimum $4 gas? Gee thanks! I’m certain when gas does drop again, those federal tax windfalls will end up in reducing our payroll taxes. Don’t hold your breadth on that one. Plus, even the brightest of schemes can’t outsmart the wisdom of decisions made by millions of us through the market.

The real problem is that the market has been handcuffed by absurd environmentalist’s notions of maintaining some sort of pristine natural environment, when never has it been man’s fate to do so. The first time a man decided to chop down tree or plant some crop, it was against the backdrop of his given environment which he had to use for his very survival. To prevent oil-producers from drilling in ANWR and the Dakota’s or building nuclear power plants simply because of some notion about not disturbing nature is completely absurd; especially when the environment is not being damaged in the first place. One gets the feeling that the average environmentalist would be most happy if we humans would just simply fade away. Which seemingly is also the wish of the trees in the M. Night Shyamalan’s latest movie, The Happening; where the trees have had enough are now killing the humans. (I wonder if Rush’s very silly song The Trees made it on the soundtrack?)

I’m reminded of Candide, who at the end of novella, after suffering every awful fate a man can face and subjected to every enlightened ideal, simply begs, “but let us cultivate our garden.” Yes, please, let us just use resources God has given us, oil, coal, nuclear, wind, whatever we can get our hands on; the rest is more complicated then we can devise schemes around. -dd

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  • 1 Bernie Dvorak // Jun 27, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    But some say that “You can’t drill your way out of this!” Others argue that drilling today will not reduce the price of gas at the pump tomorrow. But guess what, alternative energy sources aren’t going to magically appear tomorrow either! McCains $300 million dollar ‘silver bullet’ Battery will not be arriving anytime soon! (and I suppose that the electricty you MUST PRODUCE TO RECHARGE IT will have to be supplied by smoke & mirrors)! ” A journey of a thousnd miles begins with a single step. ” These same liberals would urge you not to take that step because you will not get there tomorrow, or the next day, or the next!! The French have become independent of foreign oil with Nuclear Power. They have 58 nuclear power plants which supply over 80% of their domestic needs. They have become net exporters of energy. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5369610
    If the French can do it, we can too. YES WE CAN! YES WE CA!!
    Another “SOLUTION” to the oil crises is to “TAX THE EVIL OIL COMPANIES!” #1. Corporations do not pay taxes. They pass those cost on to consumers. It’s the cost of doing business. (You can look it up)
    #2. Taxing the Oil Companies will not produce a single drop of oil but IT WILL INCREASE THE PRICE OF GAS AT THE PUMP! Costs go up, prices follow.
    We can “dig our way out of it”, YES WE CAN and we need to start digging SOONER , RATHER THBN LATER! DIG HERE..DIG NOW…PAY LESS, IF ADOPTED, WILL SEND A STRONG SIGNAL TO THE SPECULATORS! The markets will respond if they believe that the US is serious about drilling. Economics 101. Increase the supply, price fall.
    Bernie D

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