Hey, Look! It’s Been Ten Years Since The Left Said Not To Drill For Oil Because It Would Take Ten Years To Get To Market!January 5, 2011
Ten years ago gasoline prices spiked at the pump. After several years in the $1.50/gallon range (even dipping as low as $0.97/gallon for a brief period of time in 1997), suddenly we were paying $2.00/gallon, then $2.10, then $2.20.
I was unemployed at the time and trying to get through a Summer training program for which I had budgeted my savings very carefully. I remember getting increasingly anxious every time the price went up because I had not made provisions for a huge gasoline price increase, and the increases hurt.
Now, more sensible people at the time were encouraging the government to ease restrictions on domestic oil exploration, especially in ANWR, but the Democrats objected that we shouldn’t despoil the pristine wilderness. And besides, they said with the short-sightedness for which they are known, it will take ten years for any new oil to make it to the market and have an impact on pump prices.
Now I’ve always thought that the ten years timeframe was primarily pulled out of their collective asses, because (a) it probably wouldn’t take ten years and (b) a substantive commitment to domestic oil exploration would have sent a message to the rest of the world that would most likely have had an impact on oil prices.
But even if the Left had been right, it’s now been ten years. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some of that oil making its way to the pumps right about now?
It could have been, too, if the Republicans had fought for it, but they didn’t, because they’re Republicans, and caving in to shrieking buffoons is what they do best.
So how about we start drilling now?
Robert Stacy McCain points out the all-too-familiar but nonetheless deeply depressing double-standard that is applied to the GOP by the MFM, to the point that simple, basic fundraising rises to the level of a scandal as the RINOs run for cover.
“Democrats can go to prison for corruption (Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana) or be censured for ethics violations (Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York) and no reporter ever considers this a reflection on the Democratic Party in general. Yet every would-be Woodward and bush-league Bernstein knows in his heart that GOP politicians are all crooked, so that an army of intrepid investigative journalists stands eternally ready to pounce on the Pulitzer Prize to be won by exposing a Republican scandal. And while they wait for the next great “-Gate” to come along, they amuse themselves by making nefarious Nixonian mountains out of the routine molehills of politics.”
Go over there and read the whole thing. The new Congressmen are going to need balls of steel to stand up to this nonsense. Fortunately, some of them appear to have just that, and the new Speaker certainly does.
And speaking of the new Speaker, I just discovered that when I type “john boehner” into Google, Google helpfully recommends “john boehner affair” as its first search option.
Well isn’t that helpful? Can’t let a moment go to waste before demonizing the man for the sin of being Republican.
The best moment of my day was when I dreamed I was eskimo kissing with Cobie Smulders. Why we were kissing eskimos rather than each other, I’ll never understand, but you take what you can get.
In further news I was watching a rerun of “Glee” tonight. I haven’t been a big fan, but lately I’m getting caught up in it, in spite of the several instances of conservative bashing that normally drives me away from a show pretty much for good. What can I say? These people have talent, and I love watching them sing and dance, in spite of the fact that they hold me and mine in contempt.
But they really start to lose me with stuff like this:
I like singing and dancing. I don’t like attitude just for the apparent sake of attitude, and I especially don’t like New York-centric attitude. Listen, I lived in New York for years, and I hope to live in New York again. But being in New York doesn’t make you special, and it’s pathetic to see anyone asserting otherwise.
That video makes the characters look like naive douches, at best.
But damn it, I can’t help liking Glee in spite of that. And even though she has disappointed me tremendously by acting like a bully and an asshole in Newsweek, there are few people on television who give me more pleasure than Jane Lynch.