Energy: Food for Thought

By June 23, 2005Energy

EnergizeEcon.jpg As we continue to push for the passage of the energy bill in the Senate, we make the point that exorbitant energy costs — the highest natural gas prices in the world — are chasing manufacturing jobs to places where folks can get their natural gas cheaper. But here’s the rub and a point that Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa) raised a while ago at an NAM meeting: for the true environmentalists out there, for those who really care about the global economy (and not just a political agenda), wouldn’t they want new power plants brought on line here in the good ol’ US of A, where we have stringent environmental controls? Otherwise, this power generation will move to other parts of the globe, like China and Russia, where there is little or no environmental regulation. Even EU countries spend less than we do on environmental compliance, despite the rhetoric. At the end of the day, we’ll have a global environment that’s worse off, not better.

Makes us wonder: Just who and what are the environmentalists protecting….?