Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Campaigns for American Energy

Well, you've heard about the campaign Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less. (Make sure you sign the petition) There is another coalition that is organizing, Stop the War on the Poor.
Leaders from the civil rights, African American, evangelical, agriculture and consumer advocacy communities have launched a national campaign to publicly unmask more than 100 politicians and 50 environmental extremist groups that are waging an immoral "war on the poor" by pushing policies that limit America’s ability to produce more America energy and drive energy prices skyward.

I think Democrats who are fighting hard against utilizing our own energy sources are going to have a really hard time fighting this group. I mean, Democrats are supposed to be the ones who really, really care about the poor. Which is why I don't understand the Democrat's obstinate opposition to efforts to make American energy independent. I really like the groups promise to name the politicians and groups "who are helping to lead a War on the Poor by pushing policies that drive up the cost of energy".
So, $4 a gallon gas is America's tipping point. With all the pressure coming from ordinary citizens, legislators will have to do something. The conserve and alternative fuels only route is not going to satisfy people either. We should be getting the comprehensive energy program that we should have had in place 40 years ago. Unfortunately, this program will probably take 10 to 15 years to complete. Until then, we are going to have to deal with fluctuating and higher gas prices.

(h/t to Mark Martin)

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