Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Pombo's DOER Act DOA

Congressman Richard Pombo (CA-R) plans for “Ending energy dependence” by “offshore drilling” is like screwing your way to virginity. He says “It just doesn’t make any sense” not to tap our off shore oil sites.
Mr. Pombo. Try this logic. Why not consider our ‘off shore oil’ as a reserve to tap at the very last resort, when global oil supplies are almost gone and the price per barrel is off the chart? That way we could never be held hostage to Middle East oil embargos or terrorist attacks on Middle East oil sources. This is an idea that some of my High School buddies came up with during the oil shortages in the early 1970s. (And, Pombo is “Chairman of the House Resources Committee. Lord help us!)

Finally, there is no guarantee that the “$300 billion a year” his Domestic Ocean Energy Resources (DOER) Act would safely tap from our Outer Continental Shelf would benefit Americans if it keeps oil prices low. We only consider investments in creating oil alternatives (the only real path to ‘ending energy dependence’) when oil prices are high.

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