President Obama just opened some U.S. offshore areas for offshore oil drilling. But don’t hold your breath for a 2010 “Offshore Drilling Rush!” by the oil companies like the 1893 “Oklahoma Land Rush” by the Sooners.
".... keeping the Pacific Coast and Alaska, as well as the most promising resources off the Gulf of Mexico, under lock and key makes no sense," says House Minority Leader John Boehner.
Lest we forget, that California Pacific Coast is hard-core Nancy Pelosi country. No sooner had President Bush lifted the executive ban on oil exploration in the outer Continental Shelf back in summer of 2008 than Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi put the kibosh to its prospects.
"(In California) we learned the hard way that oil and water do not mix on our coast," she said back in 1996. Ms Pelosi was referring, of course, to the famous Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969, an event that serves as the Alamo of the anti-drilling cause.
Webster's defines a "provincial" as: "a person of local or restricted interests or outlook.” This is not a term the MSM generally uses for a San Franciscan millionaire feminist legislator who owns vineyards and a French-monikered resort.
Then what else to call Nancy Pelosi (and most of her wealthy constituents)? A freakish, long-ago and very localized accident with no fatalities, and involving (by today's standards) primitive technology finds them ridden with superstitions against offshore oil drilling surpassing those of a Papuan savage against a volcano that once erupted, as recalled by village elders. Worse, given the vagaries of legislative politics, the superstitions of these San Franciscan yokels (one who happens to be speaker of the House) put a chokehold on the fuel for America's economy.
Imagine the liberal caterwauling if the views of a legislator from rural Mississippi determined the status of gay marriage in San Francisco! But San Franciscans' views on procuring energy affect practically every facet of a Mississippian's (and the rest of Americans') lives.
Today's drilling technology compares to the one used only 20 years ago about like the Kitty Hawk compares to a jumbo jet. The one that gave us the Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969 compares to today's like a fossil. Market forces, not meddlesome bureaucrats, account for cleaner, safer oil drilling. Today, a deep-water drilling rig costs half a million dollars a day to rent. A blowout and spill would negate such a gigantic investment. No oil company could long stay in business that way.
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.