Oil, gas, and coal. Period.

November 16th, 2003 – 8:15 pm
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The horrifying Bush-Cheney energy plan is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality, and there’s an informative piece full of links about it over at Daily Kos:

Before Markos’s infant son Ari enrolls in college, or perhaps even before he begins high school, global oil prices will embark on a permanent upward curve guaranteed to pinch prosperity in the developed world and gravely damage the economies of those countries we used to call “third world.” That’s because we’re within a decade of reaching the peak of oil production. That is, we will have consumed half of the planet’s total oil reserves. A few ideological diehards claim we will find huge pools of as-yet-undiscovered oil that will rescue us. This is nonsense. Even most of the optimists are finally conceding that the end of the era of cheap oil is just around the corner.

A wise, future-oriented energy plan would acknowledge this situation. The Cheney-Bush plan does the opposite – it looks backward, to yesterday’s way of doing things. Instead of preparing for a world where oil costs $100 or even $200 a barrel, the Administration pretends that it’s all just a matter of drilling a little deeper in a few environmentally protected places.

It’s bad news without even mentioning this bit:

A Republican-written draft energy bill released on Saturday would shield U.S. makers of the fuel additive MTBE from product liability lawsuits beginning on Sept. 5, 2003, a month earlier than industry lobbyists had expected.

MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, is a suspected carcinogen that has contaminated underground water supplies in many cities in California and other states.

It’s all quite a farce, but there’s still some hope that the bill will fail in the Senate, so I’ll wish Senator McCain and the others who oppose it the best of luck.

UPDATE: The filibuster worked, so the energy bill has been stopped….for now.

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