SPEAKER WOULD "SAVE THE PLANET"
WITH HIGHER GAS PRICES
By Dennis T. Avery
To paraphrase the old saying, however, “A woman convinced against her will is of the same opinion still.” Pelosi’s first reaction to the public’s drilling demands was:
Mrs. Pelosi represents the most Liberal city in America, and she wants the U.S.A. to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050. She’s backing cap-and-trade legislation that would literally make gasoline, diesel fuel, oil, natural gas, and coal too expensive to burn.
Don’t worry about the oil companies actually doing more offshore drilling under her new bill. The U.S. Geological Survey thinks most of the economically recoverable offshore oil is within 50 miles of the coast. Pelosi’s bill would open some Outer Continental Shelf areas beyond 50 miles, but it would permanently ban drilling in all areas within 50 miles without the state’s approval — and she’s offering the states no cut of the oil money to encourage their OK. This bill is just a lie to the American people about encouraging more U.S. oil; it’s election-year cover for the House Democrats.
Also, remember that the final line of eco-defense is always the courts. In February, 2008, the Feds leased 487 parcels for oil exploration in the coastal regions of Alaska’s Chuckchi Sea — and the Green movement has already ensnarled all 487 leases in lawsuits. In 1973, faced with the OPEC oil embargo, Congress had to waive the environmental laws to permit the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
After Pelosi’s taxpayer-funded trip to Greenland last year, her press release said:
Don’t laugh. Dogsled tourism was literally the only “economic impact” she could find in Greenland, which was warmer in the 1930s than today.
As a young mother in 1969, Mrs. Pelosi moved from the East Coast to San Francisco — the very year of the infamous oil spill off Santa Barbara that helped trigger the original U.S. ban on offshore drilling. “We learned then that oil and water don’t mix,” she once told a congressional hearing on drilling bans. The problem for Speaker Pelosi is that the ground has recently been shifting under her feet. Ocean-well spills are now prevented by automatic shut-off valves at the well-heads. Recent oil spills have been from single-hulled tankers, not drilling.
Then California’s famous “rolling blackouts” starved Californians of energy in 2000–2001 and led both people and jobs to flee the state. California still hasn‘t built any new power plants, but, with falling temperatures, the snowpack has recently been more adequate.
Now $4 gasoline has weakened California’s fear of drilling. The Santa Barbara County Supervisors recently voted to permit offshore drilling, in a symbolic gesture. Supervisor Brooks Firestone said that technology had made offshore drilling far safer, and: “We do need the jobs. We do need the money. We do need the oil.”
Meanwhile, Brazil has invested $1 billion in drilling 20 oil wells more than 4 miles deep into an offshore subsalt layer — and tapped into an estimated 80 billion barrels of oil that suddenly make Brazil one of the world’s top-ten oil producers.
Political Environmentalism Versus Human Progress & Prosperity:
Policy Issues Relating to Energy, Environment,
& Natural Resources
The Earth's Natural History, Global Climate Changes,
& the Future of Human Life & Civilization on the Planet:
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Dennis T. Avery is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., and is the Director of the Institute's Center for
Global Food Issues (www.cgfi.org). Formerly he was a senior policy analyst for the United
States Department of State, where he won the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. He is the co-author, with
atmospheric physicist Fred Singer, of the book, Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years (Blue Ridge Summit,
Pennsylvania: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). Avery's book, Saving the Planet With Pesticides and Plastic: The Environmental
Triumph of High-Yield Farming (Washington, D.C.: Hudson Institute, 1995), continues to be popular as a readable overview
of realistic agriculture for the future and for today. Readers may write Avery at Post Office Box 202, Churchville, Virginia, 24421.
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