Read “Liberal Fascism” - Johan Goldberg.
Fascists (Progressives) need a warlike atmosphere in order to convince the individual to give up his individualism in order to support “the cause”. Wilson and FDR used the wars of their times to promote fascism/socialism.
I’ve also conjectured that the main reason the left opposes the “war on terror” is that it isn’t being used to advance their socialist domestic policies like they would if they were in charge.
This extends beyond energy development. In New Mexico Democrat governor Richardson want a legacy for his administration and shortly after becoming Governor in 2002 convinced the Democratic legislature to build a half-billion dollar (current cost is $450 million, round that up) new commuter railroad between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Never mind that a 75 mph interstate connects the cities, or that crowding was in the two-lane (each way) section near ABQ that had not been improved since original construction in the late 60's-early 70's. So he's been building his railroad and the past year you have the biggest scar on the landscape with a monstrous cut and full RR grade up the side of a 700-ft. escarpment. They did a so-called environmental assessment but that was it.
On the other hand, nearby, an oil and gas company wants to drill a single exploratory well and everyone from the governor on down has put roadblock after roadblock in their path, with extensive new rules and a drilling moratorium to top it off.
While Red China hasn’t drilled YET, they have a 100-year lease to drill 50 miles offshore Florida. I heard they will use a horizontal drill.
I also heard that other countries are leasing what could be OUR oil, as well, including the Gulf of Mexico. So while we’re waiting around begging the EnvironMENTALists to allow us to drill, let’s at least grab some land and lease it for our future energy. If we don’t, other countries will grab more and lease it for themselves.
I believe Glenn Beck is going to have a show about this tonight on tv.
Anyway, diggin’ in ANWR FIRST makes the most sense, because the pipeline is already very near ANWR.