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