Urbin Report

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Energy policy, or lack there of

Pilgrim notes the painfully obvious:

We sit on our hands while China begins drilling near Cuba. We don’t build any new refineries, making us very vulnerable if something happens to the ones we have. We can’t build any new nuclear plants because…..well, I suspect the conversation about all of the above would go something like this:

Right: Let’s drill for new oil and gas.

Left: Are you kidding? Not in ANWR. No sir, no way. Caribou. Florida? Nope. Reefs. Fish, that sort of thing. Out of the question. California? Not in our back yard, pal.

Right: Okay, how about nuclear energy…..

Left: (Unintelligible howls of indignation)

Right: Okay, offshore wind farms…..

Left: Birds. They kill birds. Plus they’re noisy and block the view. Can’t do that.

Right: Well, give me a suggestion? What do you think we should do?

Left: Blame Bush. Works for us. And find some answers for our energy needs while you’re at it.

By way of Mr. Reynolds is this insightful observation by Dr. Pournelle:
The easy way to make ethanol is to import sugar from Brazil and use that. Of course we don't and won't do that.

The easy way to bring oil prices down is to drill offshore and on the North Slope. Of course we don't do that.

The easy way to bring electricity prices down (you can make fertilizer with electricity) is to build nuclear power plants, expensive but cheap compared to wars. Of course we won't do that.

Note the common thread, democrats blocking any energy policy that would help America, including Cape Wind.