Pelosi Blocks Domestic Drilling Debate
Nancy Pelosi is blocking a vote, heck, a discussion, on lifting a ban on offshore drilling for oil. The talking points justifying her actions are out there. So are the polls indicating that a majority of the American people think we should do more domestic drilling, even while they recognize the benefits won’t be immediate. Charles Krauthammer explains how Pelosi is exhibiting some cognitive dissonance on this matter:
Does Pelosi imagine that with so much of America declared off-limits, the planet is less injured as drilling shifts to Kazakhstan and Venezuela and Equatorial Guinea? That Russia will be more environmentally scrupulous than we in drilling in its Arctic?
The net environmental effect of Pelosi’s no-drilling willfulness is negative. Outsourcing U.S. oil production does nothing to lessen worldwide environmental despoliation. It simply exports it to more corrupt, less efficient, more unstable parts of the world — thereby increasing net planetary damage….They seem blissfully unaware that the argument for their drill-there-not-here policy collapses on its own environmental terms.
Of course, Pelosi et al don’t think that the U.S., under Bushitlermonkeyboy would be “more environmentally scrupulous” than Russia or other countries, do they?