Don’t imagine for a minute that the Democrats don’t grasp the importance of increasing our domestic oil supply. They do; that’s why they’re against it.
William E. Simon noted in his magnificent memoir A Time For Truth that those who love power also love scarcity, for scarcity confers power on whoever can get control of the supply of the scarce item. Democrats are eager for a genuine energy shortage to befall us, because it would allow them to institute rationing and government allocation of petrochemicals — a complete stranglehold over the American economy.
The House Democrats are tripping over themselves to prove Porretto’s point:
Allahpundit points out that
this makes two congressional Democrats on record within the past month as supporting an overtly socialist “solution” to gas prices. How many others agree with a plurality of their base but simply haven’t spoken up yet?
Rest assured that the environmental concerns would vanish as soon as that happens. Mary Anastasia O’Grady said it best,
It comes down to this: Where government has the property right, restrictions on development tend to be low. But when the private sector is the owner, environmental concerns blossom.
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), member of the House Appropriations Committee and one of the most-ardent opponents of off-shore drilling, “We (the government) should own the refineries. Then we can control how much gets out into the market.”
Listen to Porretto, folks.
Sister Toldjah outlines Pres. Bush’s plan:
1. Increase access to the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
2. Tap into the extraordinary potential of oil shale.
3. Permit exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
4. Expand and enhance our refinery capacity.
Yes, I know, we should have been doing this six years ago.
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Speaking of ANWR (via Sam)