Apparently at $4/gallon of gas if you are still against drilling in the US you are morally bankrupt.
Why? Because in times of crisis it’s the poor that get hurt the most and you can’t be moral unless you care for the poor. Something like that.
In the past I have counseled against opening up ANWR and ripping apart the western states going after shale until we’ve put to use the cheap Middle Eastern oil. Save ours for us later when we’re really going to need it. (yes, now that sounds morally bankrupt to me if you care about the world at all!)
You can’t really just let the free market decide when it’s time to find more oil because oil isn’t really directly related to the free market. Prices are controlled by OPEC and prices are influenced and affected by the US military paid for by taxpayers. There is no real cost analysis of the price of pollutants that are paid for by everyone and there is no real knowledge of supply.
At $2.50/gallon of gas the big truck/suv sales were still climbing. Particularly for city dwellers who’s biggest haul is a load of leaves to the dump. At $2.50/gallon of gas the size of housing was still growing with huge open spaces needed to be heated with …. you guessed it, oil.
At $4/gallon of gas people are just starting to make lifestyle changes. Changes that say “there is a cost to this resource and we need to pay attention to it”. Are the poor hit the worst. Yes. Aren’t they always??
I’m not so cold as Barack Obama who wants prices to continue to ride, albeit more slowly. But I do believe that alternative and yes cleaner forms of energy will not be invented until it’s cost effective to do so. Subsidized oil doesn’t play fair, so yeah – I’m ok with waiting until now to open up drilling in places like shorelines and ANWR.
But yes, $4/gallon seems to be the tipping point when behavior starts to change. Am I for regulating behavior? Hell no. But I don’t see how drilling in Alaska to sell oil to Japan would have been a good thing 5-10 years ago.
So I stand by what I’ve said. Morally bankrupt or not. I’m not so naive to think that writing the bill automatically opens the pipelines. It will take time. And during that time people can get serious about our wastage of resources. And yes we all do it. Including the poor.
Terri, “the morally bankrupt elitist”, has offically said it, it’s now time to start opening up the US to oil exploration.