"She is such an obvious phony that it must be an embarrassment to her family to go out in public !"
No sooner did President Bush lift the executive ban on oil exploration in the outer Continental Shelf then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, put the kibosh to its prospects.
“The only thing standing between the American people and these vast oil resources is action from the US Congress,” said President Bush last week.
“The president of the United States, with gas at $4 a gallon because of his failed energy policies, is now trying to say that is because I couldn’t drill offshore,” quickly countered the House Speaker. “That is not the cause, and I am not going to let him get away with it.”
A recent CNN poll showed more than 73 percent of Americans in favor of offshore drilling. But the House Speaker can keep the issue from even reaching a vote, and Pelosi seems bent on just that.
“(In California) We learned the hard way that oil and water do not mix on our coast,” she said back in 1996. Pelosi was referring, of course, to the famous Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969, an event that serves as the Alamo of the anti-drilling cause.
This spill was a very localized accident with no fatalities, and involving (by today’s standards) primitive technology. It seems the superstitions of the Speaker of the House will put a chokehold on the American economy for some time to come.
Imagine the caterwauling if the views of a legislator from rural Mississippi determined the status of gay marriage in San Francisco. But San Franciscans’ views on procuring energy affect practically every facet of a Mississippians (and the rest of Americans’) lives.
Today’s drilling technology compares to the one used only 20 years ago about like the Kitty Hawk compares to a jumbo jet. Market forces, not meddlesome bureaucrats, account for cleaner, safer oil drilling. Today a deep-water drilling rig costs half a billion dollars a day to rent. A blowout and spill would negate such a gigantic investment. No oil company could long stay in business that way.
As it happed, no people died during that extremely freakish accident off Santa Barbara while an oil co. procured the very lifeblood of America’s economy. But some beachfront homeowners were discomfited (and fully compensated by Oil Co., UNOCAl) and the aesthetic sensibilities of many California greenies were temporarily traumatized.
As luck would have it, the current brou-ha-ha over federal regulations on offshore drilling just happens to coincide with one over federal regulations on offshore fishing, resulting (even if unwittingly) in more evidence in favor of the former, and against the environmentalist superstitions that block it.