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Reductio Ad Absurdum and the Left
Posted By Conn Carroll On August 18, 2008 @ 1:34 pm In Energy | Comments Disabled
The left is still entirely flummoxed about how to respond to conservative dominance on energy issues . The Center for American Progress’ Matthew Yglesias has been reduced to absurdly caricaturing  Republican policy proposals. Yglesias writes:
[I]t’s worth pointing out that at today’s version of the House GOP’s now-daily “Let’s Drill Everywhere!” press conference, Rep. John Shinkus (R-IL) observed that “if drilling is good, then drilling and mining is better.” And, indeed, it’s true that if we think we should give zero consequences to the environmental, economic, and public health harms caused by the resource-extraction activities of the fossil fuel industry then we really should go beyond mining in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge and all along America’s coastline — why not tear up as much of the country as possible looking for coal?
No one is advocating that we tear down the Washington Monument to mine for coal beneath it. Those that suggest otherwise just expose their own desperation. Conservatives do believe that advances in technology make oil and natural gas production much less intrusive and much more safe than they were in 1969 when an oil platform operating in violation of federal code , spilled oil off the coast of Santa Barbara. The real issue here, is that while the rest of the world is developing their resources, the U.S. is not . For example:
Right now the U.S. has 760 gigawatts of power to meet consumption. We will need 135 gigawatts of new capacity over the next decade to keep the lights on, but right now only 57 gigawatts of power are planned . No matter what Barack Obama and Al Gore tell you , alternative energy sources cannot meet demand. Around the world governments are weighing the advantages and disadvantages of developing their own natural resources and as the list above shows, environmentalists are losing out to consumers who want lower energy prices. We’ll see of the environmentalists or American consumers will win here.
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URLs in this post:
 conservative dominance on energy issues: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/issues2/articles/64_now_support_offshore_drilling_42_see_it_as_best_way_to_reduce_oil_prices
 reduced to absurdly caricaturing: http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2008/08/modus_ponens_with_the_gop.php
 oil platform operating in violation of federal code: http://www.foundry.org/2008/08/08/drill-to-save-the-environment/
 while the rest of the world is developing their resources, the U.S. is not: http://www.foundry.org/2008/07/24/morning-bell-the-world-is-powering-up-while-america-powers-down/
 Brazil: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/01/11/business/oil.php
 China and Japan: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/18/world/asia/18sea.html?ref=todayspaper
 Germany: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-fg-coal25-2008may25,0,4132335.story
 Italy: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/world/europe/23coal.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper&oref=slogin
 China: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/19/AR2008031903859_2.html?sid=ST2008032000989
 France: http://www.foundry.org/2008/07/22/nuclear-energy-learning-from-the-french/
 Japan: http://www.foundry.org/2008/07/16/time-wasting-on-nuclear-waste/
 We will need 135 gigawatts of new capacity over the next decade to keep the lights on, but right now only 57 gigawatts of power are planned: http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2008/0630/038_print.html
 Barack Obama and Al Gore tell you: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/17/AR2008071700244.html
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