Frozen tundra, frozen people
The consequences now unfolding were predictable, but so was the utter shock Sens. Kerry and Snowe exhibited after hearing that heating oil may exceed $5 a gallon this winter, more than twice what it cost just 18 months ago.
This coming crisis didn't just happen, as Sens. Kerry and Snowe would have you believe. It is inexorably linked to the energy policies they, the rest of New England's congressional delegation and other Capitol Hill greens have championed for decades.
"George Bush and his allies plan to make ANWR drilling a top priority this year, and I plan to be on the front lines of the battle. They fought us on this in 2001 and 2002, and we stopped them by forcing the debate to the floor of the Senate, where we filibustered, making it clear we'd rather shut down the Senate than surrender."
— Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., February 2005.
"Finding alternatives to drilling in ANWR that would have less impact on the environment would mean less money spent at the gas pump and less reliance on foreign oil. Our energy policy must not include drilling in this national treasure."
— Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, March 2005.
Sens. Kerry and Snowe were instrumental in preserving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 2005, and in 1995, 2001, 2002 and other years. So America didn't drill, in ANWR and so many other places where proven, plentiful oil reserves exist.
Sen. Kerry: "It is reality, not rhetoric, that price spikes will force people to decide whether to feed their families or heat their homes."
Sen. Snowe: "When people can't afford the cost of home heating oil, they simply freeze. ... (N)owhere is the ensuing calamity looming larger than in New England, where just getting through this winter is fast becoming our No. 1 priority."
For more than a decade, their philosophy was: "We can't drill our way to energy independence," which syndicated columnist Ann Coulter points out "is like telling a starving man, 'You can't eat your way out of being hungry.'" But America, by not drilling, has created a crisis that will kill thousands of people in New England, the Upper Midwest and elsewhere this winter, further cripple the economy, and draw America no closer to the watermelon's carbon-free utopia.