Just Like a Republic, Except for the Voting Part

By July 25, 2008Energy

From today’s Washington Post, an editorial, “No Drilling, No Vote“:

WHY NOT have a vote on offshore drilling? There’s a serious debate to be had over whether Congress should lift the ban on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf that has been in place since 1981. Unfortunately, you won’t be hearing it in the House of Representatives — certainly, you won’t find lawmakers voting on it — anytime soon.

The editorial chides Speaker Pelosi for blocking votes, quoting a very confused rationale that fails to justify the political machinations in the House.

The Post also makes an obvious observation that still triggered a thought: “There are legitimate concerns about the environmental impact of such drilling — environmental concerns that, we would note, exist in other regions whose oil Americans are perfectly happy to consume. But have technological improvements made such drilling less risky? Why not have that debate?”

Here’s a piece of a map from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.


Of course, unlike the Americans, the Norwegians don’t care about protecting their coastal beauty.





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