OK, offshore drilling may be a deft piece of political dealing for a climate bill. Even though my post after the SOU was obviously the cause of Obama’s rebirth as a real leader in the last couple of months, I’ll hold off ranting about this one for the nonce.
What I don’t understand is the larger logic of the push to use up US oil reserves as soon as possible, and put our beaches and coastal wetlands at risk to do so. We’re dependent on suppliers like Ugo Chavez who, um, don’t exactly have our best interests at heart now, but they are selling us what we need. Aren’t we better off letting foreigners pump themselves out of business, and still having those reserves to go into when they are really valuable? I know there are large companies who make money now from extracting and selling oil, and are too dumb to figure out how to make a living any other way, but why is anyone in his right mind listening to them? And what is “conservative” about not conserving stuff that isn’t being made any more?