Wednesday, April 20, 2005

And Now for Something Completely Different

So here we are again, talking about the ANWR
Erich wrote an opinion article about it in The Slate this week.

You know what, though?  It isn't so much that America has decided (by a very slim margin) to enter a nationally sanctioned wildlife refuge, it isn't even really the fact that so many people think that the limited amount of oil we can get there before moving on to another protected site will help us.

It's the fact that after over a century of learning and scientific progress and environmental concerns, we --- the United States of America --- are still simply looking for the easy way out.  Sure, drill in the ANWR.  Hey, there's oil right, we need oil, right?

Instead of looking for more oil around the world, and cutting all the locks our country has placed on what was deemed a refuge, we should be investigating alternative sources of fuel.

Any high school biology teacher can tell you "fuel" does not mean "gasoline."
Yes, there are hybrid cars available now.  But they still rely on gasoline half the time.

You would think that a nation which has learned to harness --- safely, I might add --- the power of atomic and sub-atomic energy, we would be able to devise a cleaner system to get our lazy selves across "this great land."

It won't be great for long if you people keep this up.

It is a matter of principle that the ANWR not be drilled in.  It's like telling your children they cannot have a cookie because it's almost dinnertime, and then turning around and eating a cookie.  What kind of example is that?

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