Before closing Congress in order to block a vote to allow more domestic oil drilling, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters, “I’m trying to save the planet.”
Funny, Pelosi hasn’t stopped using oil but wants to stop drilling for it.
Some time after Congress’s 35-day vacation, she hopes to find a renewable energy source.
There’s that audacity. Or insanity. You pick.
Presidential candidates, meanwhile, get no vacation. They’re busy producing new energy plans.
Lots of folks, Obama included, blame the oil companies. Not me. They don’t owe me fuel. Just because we don’t like the price of gas doesn’t mean we’re allowed to fill up and drive away without paying. Yet that seems to be the spark plug of Barack Obama’s latest. He’d offer a $1,000 tax credit to taxpayers to be paid for with a windfall profits tax on oil companies. That is, rob Exxon to pay Paul.
McCain says drill, drill, drill. And Obama has already started to cave on many energy stands, though both he and McCain continue to oppose drilling where we know there’s oil, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Beware of politicians with plans. Let markets react. Let the private sector do its job.
As for more drilling on government lands, like up in desolate ANWR? Why not let voters decide? Put it on the ballot this November.
Now that would provide a paradigm’s worth of difference.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.