We voters ought to be at least a little bit ashamed that we’ve let a nincompoop like Nancy Pelosi get her hands on our national energy policy. It’s not enough that we let someone who believes she’s on a mission to “save the planet” get her delusional mitts on the levers of political power. That would be bad enough, considering that we’ve seen what happens when an old-school progressive starts getting Messianic aspirations.
No, we should be ashamed because our Speaker of the House thinks that natural gas is a pefectly cromulent alternative to fossil fuels. She dropped that little nugget a couple times yesterday on Meet the Press while defending the fact that she stands to profit quite handsomely from the policies she’s pushing.
I’m, I’m, I’m investing in something I believe in. I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels.
MR. BROKAW: But you’re also in a position to influence where the emphasis will be in where we’re moving.
REP. PELOSI: Well, that’s not–that is, that is the marketplace. The fact is, the supply of natural gas is so big, and you do need a transition if you’re going to go from fossil fuels, as you say, you can’t do it overnight, but you must transition. These investments in wind, in solar and biofuels and focus on natural gas, these are the real alternatives…
For the love of God, is there no one on her staff capable of informing her where natural gas comes from? For that matter, what the heck happened to Tom Brokaw? How did that manage to slip by him twice in a matter of a minute without getting so much as a blink from him? Maybe he was so hypnotized by those perennially surprised-looking eyes that he completely missed what she said. I’d prefer to think that than to think that he served up a softball on her conflict of interest and had already moved on to the next question.
However, they can both be glad there’s a blogosphere. We’re here and we’re ready to help. Conn Carroll at the Heritage Foundation’s Foundry Blog found a helpful page written for kids that probably wouldn’t be too difficult for Pelosi to understand. There are pictures and everything.
You know what else she’d learn if she read that EIA link? She’d learn that natural gas isn’t brought to us by magic fuel fairies but by the same arrangement that brings us oil. She’d learn how you drill for gas using the same equipment as you do for oil and that sometimes we drill for gas and oil at the same time using just one well. She’d also learn how natural gas is carried by evil pipelines, just like the oily pipelines that might endanger caribou if they didn’t like them so darned much.
Of course, that all assumes that she’s the least bit interested in learning anything that might demolish her own infantile view of how we get energy in this country and what we’re going to need to do to keep ourselves supplied well into the future. Based on her behavior in the last few weeks, it seems the only thing she’s interested in is making herself a couple more million dollars and scoring cheap political points.
UPDATE: Instalanche! Thank you.
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