Monday, July 14, 2008

Waiting for Congress or Godot?

Fire of Liberty

Well it looks like President Bush is on the right track with regards to high oil prices by removing an executive order on offshore drilling and has put the ball in Congress's court. Now while members of Congress will continue to hem and haw about how "we can't drill our way out of this" or "it'll take ten years to get a barrel of oil out of the ground," the Democratic controlled Congress(and a handful of Republicans) will only make themselves the villain and the main roadblock to greater domestic and more secure sources of energy. As I noted in a previous post, it's time for both sides to bend in each others way and open up the gates to all forms of energy exploration whether its petroleum based or alternative based energy. I for one think they should create a policy which is an amalgam of Boone Pickens plan, Newt Gingrich's Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less policy, McCain's Lexington Project(Which amongst many things includes a $300 million prize for an inventor who creates an affordable/efficient battery that surpasses the current plug-in hybrids, the building of more nuclear power plants.), tax breaks for alternatives, and swapping oil barren federal leases for lands that have oil/oil shale. No matter what, the American people are looking at Congress head-on and waiting for Congress to move. I'd suggest that playing keep-away until November might not be the best thing politically. The nation is too important for Congress to twiddle their thumbs and do nothing.

1 comment:

shliknik said...

I have to agree with you on this. Even though I'm against drilling (time/money should be spent finding alternatives), it's time for each side to work together.

No...drilling isn't going to help the cost of fuel immediately, and in the long term, petroleum is no longer the answer, but if drilling can help the US economy be a little less dependent of foreign oil, then it should be done.

Even before the recent rise in the cost of oil, I was against drilling thinking it was only delaying the inevitable - the US/world has to find another solution for energy. I'm willing to bend though IF the long term goal of finding alternative energy is still in focus.