I'll admit to going back and forth on off-shore drilling because prima face what Paris has to say makes sense (something to tide us over until the alternative energy options reach scientific maturity), but the problem is, even the off-shore rigs aren't going to be ready to start pumping anything out immediately . . . and Obama's options will help conserve, but they're not broad enough to help us in the short term either - it's like putting a band-aid over wound that needs stitches & a transfusion, it helps, but not enough (I was already in the habit of taking public transit (which is now overcrowded, underfunded & increasingly unrealiable given the influx of new passengers); I already walked to locations less than a mile & a half away; I already checked my tires, cleaned my air-filter & the rest regularly) (granted, McCain's options not only don't address the short-term, but fail to address the broader problem entirely) . . . so I'm not sure where the answer is.
Regardless of one's own opinion on drilling, it can be hard to justify that drilling will be anything more than a temporary stop-gap measure.And, most crucial here I think, is that Obama (and Colbert) nail the real point: the McCain campaign is coming down on the side of ignorance, and is now seen as making mockery of conservation. He and the Republicans are spreading and encouraging ignorance in the area of energy conservation. They look like fools.
If we'd followed up on all the energy conservation we'd done in the 70s, instead of laughing at people who are thrifty with their energy, and decided to NOT build gas guzzler crap and exurbs, we'd be fine or at least Not Screwed.Reveling in ignorance and waste is not being edgy or cool, but Old Man McCain doesn't care - he has lots of money to blow on gas.
As anyone who's watched AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and stayed through and read all the stuff during the end credits roll, there are so many things we can do in the area of just conservation that would make a massive difference in US energy use.Now we need some politicians to motivate the masses.We're in a vacuum, still...
Greg, hope ya don't mind, but can I use what you said as my new signature line for e-mails - you're right on. I really didn't WANT to like what Paris said....but I did......
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