October First of this year was hailed as Energy Independence Day. The seminal event was the Congress allowing the various drilling bans that have led to huge amounts of American wealth being sent overseas and grotesquely high gas prices to lapse. Even Nancy Pelosi recognizes political suicide when she is staring it in the face. So the bans dropped away and now we can “drill, baby, drill” and become energy independent and an economic powerhouse once more, right?
Not quite. Arrayed against Americans seeking prosperity and security are a powerful consortium of people determined to keep American oil and natural gas as far underground as possible: Radical Environmentalists and their lawyers.
We live in a society with free and open access to the judiciary, ironically its best and worst feature, even for radical environmentalists determined to force their ideas down the throats of average Americans whether they like it or not. The tactic makes perfect sense: Lose in the Congress, t... [Read Full Article]
OK, I am not usually one given to responding to critics. I pause, enjoy a chuckle as I read them and then I move on, but Jim Graham's comments to my recent article entitled “Wrapping up the Current Economic Crisis” I think deserve an answer. He wrote:
"Radical environmentalist agenda"? WTF are you smoking? You call 8 years of pandering to Big Oil, including an illegal war to open oil fields to pad Cheney's wallets a "Radical Environmental Agenda?"
Well, yeah, that is a pretty radical attack on the environment... OK, never mind. You are right. (Far right, right enough to be consistently wrong, but right,)
Thank you, Jim. Your comment offers me such an embarrassment of liberal cliché riches I really don't know where to begin. Perhaps we should get the trivia out of the way and start with the idea that the Iraq war is somehow padding Dick Cheney's wallets. [Read Full Article]