Thursday, September 01, 2005

Hug a treehugger for your gas prices

I don't see why Democrats and many liberals are all up in arms over gas prices. They got what they wanted!

We don't have a much of a supply problem. We have a refinery problem. The answer is to build more oil refineries...and fast. If we had enough refineries to pick up the slack and continue meeting the demand, the rest of the country wouldn't be paying so much at the pump right now. Why don't we have more refineries?

Look to the treehuggers, folks. It takes years to get a permit to build a refinery, and that's a best-case scenario. The U.S. hasn't built a refinery in almost 30 years, because Democratic, liberal, leftist, socialist enviro-wackos are preventing the permits from being pulled. No new refineries, thus every old refinery is running at full capacity in the summer. Any hiccup or bottleneck (big or small) means an interruption in gasoline supply. It's exacerbated (for those of you in blue states, that means "made worse") by the fact that the "evil" oil companies have to refine dozens of special environmental blends to satisfy the politicians and treehuggers in various cities.

Thank Al Gore, too. The man who tried to steal the election of 2000 and disenfranchise Florida military votes should be damned thrilled with today's gas prices. His buddies Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich wrote the following in their book, The Population Explosion (1990, pp. 219-220): "The United States could start by gradually imposing a higher gasoline tax-hiking it by one or two cents per month until gasoline costs $2.50 to $3.00 per gallon, comparable to prices in Europe and Japan." On the dustcover of their book, Gore said, "The time for action is due, and past due. Ehrlich has written the prescription."

In Gore's own book, Earth in the Balance (1993, p. 173): "Higher taxes on fossil one of the logical first steps in changing our policies in a manner consistent with a more responsible approach to the environment." Congrats, Al, and thanks a lot, you enviro-moonbat!

What about drilling in ANWR? Did you know the proposed drilling section of ANWR was set aside for the express, specific purpose of oil exploration (link)? How, then, can it be wrong and "pro-BIG OIL" to drill in an area we allocated for...drilling? Isn't that like buying a brand-new Hummer and then saying no one can drive it because it drinks too much fuel? Why buy it, then? We can't go get our own oil to partially release ourselves from dependency on oil from the most unstable part of the world (and thus order LESS oil from them, which would lower our gas prices even with refinery bottlenecks) because we might interrupt the mating habits of the Arctic snow possum...or whatever the hell it is.

So as you head to the pump for your holiday weekend, just know that you are paying so much because of the radical environmental movement in this country. But rest assured that $3.29 per gallon is a small price to pay in order to protect the precious (and cute, I'm told) Arctic snow possum!