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Friday, May 19, 2006

We Whine While China And Cuba Drill For Oil Off The Florida Keys

We have become a nation of whiners. Of children. A definition of emotional immaturity (a condition formerly associated with just those still developing) is wanting without paying. As a child you crave certain things but have no conception or desire to pay the price or do the work. Its reward without risk. Success without effort. Gratification without deferral. We will go on and on about the exorbitant price of gasoline and that someone, somewhere had better do something about it. But when confronted with an opportunity to help ourselves what do we do? The House of Representatives votes overwhelmingly to extend the 25 year ban on offshore drilling. At the same time, China's state-owned petroleum company is entering into an agreement with Cuba to drill for oil off the Cuban coast (i.e. in the waters between Havana and the Florida Keys!) We don't want to recover oil off our own shores. We don't want to bespoil a tiny section of the ANWR with drill rigs. We don't want to build any new refineries. We don't want to commission any new nuclear power plants. Yet we complain about the high cost of gasoline, heating oil and natural gas. This reflects the mind of a child. If we don't want to take the action necessary to actually do something tangible to solve our self-defined problem, we should just shut the heck up and get ready to pay $8.00/gallon for gasoline. You can't have it both ways.

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