There's a post circulating these days showing what even $2.75/gallon gas buys the (purported) gigantic, obscenely opulent home and the silver--as in silver--Audi of Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, former president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi.
There are some photos missing from the ensemble. Where's the middle class American house with the foreclosure sign in the yard? Where are the people lined up for an unemployment check? Where are the caskets of the GIs slain in Iraq, and the phalanxes of wounded soldiers and immigrant and murdered Iraqis? After all, it's all of a piece.
We're hearing the cries for domestic drilling grow louder and shriller. Let's not go there.
CNN's Miles O'Brien reported today that drilling in ANWAR would generate no more than 3 months' worth of America's required oil, and even if drilling began today, the first drop of refined ANWAR oil is 10 years away.Anyone who encourages more domestic drilling is simply passing today's disaster on to our kids.
Domestic drilling won't help in the long term. It will seduce us into delaying the production of alternative fuels needed to resolve the energy crisis once and for all.