Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Myopia

I normally don't slag other bloggers, but this was just too much. Powerball, a fundie conservative, writes:

Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush.
The Senate, by a 51-49 vote, rejected an attempt by Democrats and GOP moderates to remove a refuge drilling provision from next year's budget, preventing opponents from using a filibuster — a tactic that has blocked repeated past attempts to open the Alaska refuge to oil companies.

Hey as long as I don't have to pay two bucks a gallon you can drill on top of Mount Rushmare for all I care. Move over caribou, here comes Exxon.
(emphasis mine)

I could snipe about spelling and grammar, but the main point is that, despite what your Dear Leader says, drilling in ANWR won't make a great difference, and I'd be willing to bet that we won't see considerably cheaper gas prices because of it. And is cheaper gas worth damaging the environment? I don't like expensive gas either, but there are many other, better ways to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. This whole brouhaha is more about politics than helping the "common man":

Others who advised Bush on his energy plan said including the refuge was seen as a political maneuver to open the door to more geologically promising prospects off the coasts of California and Florida. Those areas, where tests have found oil, have been blocked for years by federal moratoriums because of political and environmental concerns.

``If you can't do ANWR,'' said Matthew R. Simmons, a Houston investment banker for the energy industry, ``you'll never be able to drill in the promising areas.''