Lots of people who are all for slowing down global warming are beginning to get real about the current needs to keep our economy running.
Wanting to keep their jobs and their homes over the next few years and willing to keep longer term goals of "perfect energy" to a bit further in the future.
Clearly the price of oil is creating great problems and come this winter, you are going to have millions of people shivering in the Eastern areas of the USA unable to afford heating oil.
Real needs....real threats to health and family finances RIGHT now.
I might add that the new technology for cleaner fuels requires a thriving economy to pay for the advances in solar, wind etc.
We need a reliable source of oil as soon as possible or we're gonna be in deep _____, and you'll see a revolt with $6 to $10 per gallon gasoline.
Everyone will suffer.
I'm a lifelong Democrat living in the most liberal area of the country and I'm telling you, attitudes are changing as the crunch is creating real hurt.
We need both types of power.....alternative as well as traditional until we can make the shift.
Right now, 3 to 7 years down the road looks very near. I've come to the conclusion we can't rely on or expect the rest of the world to do all the drilling and exploration for oil. Why are their lands OK to drill in and ours must remain exempt from any drilling? More hypocrisy if you ask me.
Here is a rather anti-Democrat site......but even I as a lifelong Democrat think the visuals have great value. The issues surrounding drilling in Alaska have been complete distorted by pressure groups.
Take a look at this site. While I don't agree with their political commentary or bias, I do believe most of what they show in photos and diagrams is true. I have several friends who live in and love Alaska. Multi-generation Alaska natives.
To a person, they all favor drilling in the Anwar region.......in the limited areas that are proposed.
We, in the lower 48, have been sold a bogus story about Anwar.
A real disinformation campaign.
Anyway, take a look
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atla ... -this.html
For those who suggest it will take years..........Well what would you say to a farmer planting a new fruit orchard which will take 4 to 7 years to bear fruit? WE need every bit we can get as soon as possible or our nation is going to be at great economic risk, involving nations who don't like us.
When and if a disruption takes place it will crush our economy and people will scream for action. We'd better begin that action today.
Nothing that says we can't do alternative energy at the same time.
We are now sending 500 to 700 billion overseas for oil.........
It will only get worse in 3 and 5 and 7 years. WE face real economic peril. Time to get real on all fronts.
If you think this won't affect YOU.......think again. What do you think is gonna happen to your 401K's and your Roth Accounts...and even your government pensions if our economy goes into a decades long dumper.
The Goldilocks perfect solutions are not reality at this point. We are in danger. A danger much closer than decades away....
A danger that can affect your lives in every way.
Time to wake up. Without a strong economy we can't afford expensive alternative power. Tax revenue depends on a strong economy and any subsidies require government money for solar, wind etc.
OK.....look at that site on Anwar. Whats more important, keeping that tiny area none of us will ever visit pristine, or allowing reasonable safe oil exploration to take place so middle and lower income folks won't freeze in winter. This winter you will see these real choices being made. Food or heat. Medicine or heat......... Expect suffering with sky high heating oil.