Carol Platt Liebau: What Are They THINKING?

Thursday, August 11, 2005

What Are They THINKING?

There is a group of Republican congressmen who have lost their minds. According to this account, they have expressed concern about using a congressional budget procedure to clear the way for oil drilling in ANWR. Apparently, they feel that it would be "inappropriate."

Well. As far as I'm concerned, if there's anything that "inappropriate," it's the fact that the congressmen don't seem to be aware of what's happening in the country they're claiming to represent. Along with Iraq, the greatest depressor of the public mood (which could spell trouble for Republicans in '06) is record high gas prices -- and they're depressing the stock market as well.

You might expect this from Democratics. But it's unbelievable that Republicans -- who are presumed to know better -- don't want to use domestic resources to try to find more oil, even if the payoff isn't immediate. Lower gas prices (from great supply) means less reliance on Arab suppliers, which means greater domestic security.

That's good policy. And good politics. Would someone please explain that to this Republican group?


Blogger cookie jill said...

Carol - What would be BETTER policy would be to have an energy plan that takes into account that oil is a finite source. Conservation is key and should be encouraged and rewarded. We have wind, solar and other sources of power, too, that can be used, but of course when you are buddies with the oil barons, you aren't going to put these on the table.

Gas prices will never come down. We need to come to grips with it. I don't believe we are at Peak Oil yet, but many folks do. The oil being pumped from the Middle East is muddy and takes more refining than before, so that will only add to the cost.

I have called the honorable Congressman from NH to say thanks for dealing in reality and not the "mood" meter.

But, speaking of mood. The mood of many soldiers coming back home on leave are morose over the fact that our country isn't involved with the war, the country isn't sacrificing anything, they don't feel the pain. Remember WWII when everyone contributed by cutting down on silk, sugar, gas, oil, lights, etc. The soldiers feel they are the only ones sacrificing...and THAT just breaks my heart.

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