OK, the fight over energy is getting serious. The enviros have finally called out the big guns. No, not Al Gore — he was just a warm-up act. Yesterday in Malibu — according to this story in the PCH Press (“Malibu’s Only Daily News” — we’re shocked!) — former James Bond Pierce Brosnan teamed with other Hollywood luminaries like Dick Van Dyke, Kenny G (we aren’t making this up) and some famous surfers to protest the building of a liquid natural gas terminal off the coast. Nevermind that these terminals are safe and that they are a piece of our long-term energy solution, the actors and surfers came out to protest.
According to the story, “Dick Van Dyke entered the Malibu Pier where the event was being held in his familiar comedic style. He was break dancing to the Hawaiian music performed in front of a whole host of smiling and giggling people.” But this was no laughing matter, no sirree, said Dick, “I voted for Ike Eisenhower, because I worshiped him as everybody else did. He told us when he left office, beware of the Industrial Military Complex. And, we didn’t do it. And, now they’re running the country.” Wow. We need more people like this speaking out, no?
The story leaps to a discussion of Jack Abramoff (not sure of the connection), saying, “Recently released congressional reports have detailed …Abramoff’s ties into at least five Non-Profit groups, the Bush Administration, Congress, the Office of Management & Budget (OMB), the Department of Interior (DOI) and the Mafia.”
“Residents enjoyed a gourmet pancake breakfast while they watched the morning marine layer burn-off into a beautiful sunny day,” says the article. It goes on to note that, “numerous big name surfers also threw their weight behind opposing LNG.” Well if that doesn’t seal the deal, we don’t know what will. (Lest you thought Hollywood was in synch with your world, you really need to read the full article.)
We’re sure these are all fine upstanding surfers and citizens. But the point here is that LNG is safe and it’s one more way to ensure our energy security. Shell President John Hofmeister was at the National Press Club yesterday talking about LNG as one of the solutions to our long term energy problems. The enviros can’t be anti-nuke, anti-coal, anti-ANWR, anti-OCS and anti-LNG at the same time. Efficiency and alternative sources are also part of the solution but this is not an either/or proposition. To these well-meaning Hollywood types, we ask, “What’s your solution?”
Surf’s up, dude.
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