So Let’s Do Nothing …

God knows that’s worked out great so far.

I wish I could understand why it’s so difficult to get some kind of consensus on energy policy.  Actually, I know why.  Both sides want the issue, so the collective Nero’s are fiddling while Rome burns.

I heard a piece this morning (Wednesday) on NPR about John McCain wanting to invest in recovery from oil shale in the west.  I happen to think that’s not a bad idea, but I think a lot of energy ideas have merit.  But the usual naysayers were there whining about how “it won’t make any difference in the short term”.

My question is … so what.  Let’s just for once think long term.  Just for once.

It’s the same with additional drilling.  So what if it takes 5 or 10 years to bring the oil to market.  At least we’ll be brining it to market.  There has to be a better argument than “it won’t bring down prices at the pump tomorrow”.  I’m not so sure anything’s going to do that, but maybe we can stop the prices climbing so steeply.

Meanwhile, just the suggestion by President Bush that we should increase production dropped the price of a barrel of oil 10-15 dollars.  At least, the price dropped shortly after he said he’d consider lifting the moratorium.  And you know what?  Gas prices have fallen … albeit only a couple of pennies, but they’ve fallen.  Immediately.  At least they’ve stopped going up.

Why is it so hard to build a nuclear plant in this country?  No one has EVER died, or even been seriously injured, in a U.S. nuclear accident.  Three Mile Island only proved the systems WORK.  I think that counts for something.

But the Republicans are no better than the Democrats when it comes to energy.  Some Democrats say “invest in wind and solar and renewables”.  Yes, let’s do all that.  And when a wind farm company wants to build one 100 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Dems like Ted Kennedy need to not whine ‘Not in MY backyard”.  Either you believe in it or you don’t.

Meanwhile, Republicans continue to say “Don’t invest in those unproven technologies … they won’t bring down prices at the pump anytime soon”.  Sound familiar?  So neither side is willing to admit that the other’s have the least little bit of merit … and we all wind up paying $4.00 for a gallon of gas.

As Dr. Phil might say … “How’s that workin’ out for ya”. (I’d put a picture of him here, but I’d probably be asked to take it down.)

It seems to me if they’d just for a minute take off their damn blinders and see that each side has some ideas that might help bring us closer to energy independence … or at least really reduce our dependence on foreign oil … that we might be able to actually DO something about it instead of endless yammering and whining and finger pointing.

Albie This is not rocket science, guys.  All it takes is a little political courage, a little foresight, a little backbone, not just endless bickering and each side saying to the other “It won’t have any effect in the near term”.

OK … we get that.  But if we’d done something 10 years ago, instead of all this endless whining and bickering and finger pointing … maybe we’d be in a better position than we are now.  Instead, as we’ve encouraged the 3rd world to try to come up to our standards, what’s the first thing they did to be more like us?

Bought cars.  And drive them, and use gas.

So, let’s start now.  How about it.  So what if it doesn’t do anything in the near term.  Let’s start now so that my daughter isn’t saying “Boy, I remember when gas was just $4.00 a gallon when I started driving” … as she spends a wheelbarrow full of money to fill up her smart car.

Is it really that hard?



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One response to “So Let’s Do Nothing …

  1. Teamstrannon

    Good point! My husband and I talk about this often, we don’t understand why our country can’t build our own gas refinery. We haven’t built a refinery in 40+ years, we bring the oil in and we can’t refine it fast enough. Why? It’s just ridiculous. We get the pollution fight. It just doesn’t make sense to do just like you said “nothing.”

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