What Will $100.00 Buy?
|A partial tank of gas, that's what!|
I've had it. I am fed up. Fed up with our politicians and their weaselly ways on energy. It costs me over $100.00 to fill up my gas tank. A C-note. One Benjamin. One flippin' bill.
Now I am sure there are some extreme environmentalists out there saying I should not be driving this truck. And for the most part, I do so only when I have to. Like when I am going to Mexico. Where I work and serve for weeks at a time.
Besides, in this case, I need a truck. When you have to haul tons of supplies and tools, they just don't fit nicely into a cute little hybrid.
But that is beside the point. Because the argument over whether I need my wheels or not distracts us from the real culprits here, our elected politicians.
We need solutions, not campaign slogans. We need answers. Not party talking points. This is an issue that is killing our economy through and through. And no one seems to have the spine to think through some real solutions.
We first need to understand that no one sided approach will solve this. The basic issue is we either need more gas [drilling] or we need to lessen demand [conserving]. But to address that, there will be pain for both sides of the political aisle. And that'll take courage.
Gone are the days when the GOP could call for just more drilling. Off shore drilling, ANWR drilling. My backyard drilling.
Gone too are the days of the Dems telling us to conserve our way out of this. Let's be honest. Americans like to drive. A lot. Fast. In big cars. With the AC cranked up.
So, what are we gonna do Lucy? The answer is simple. Conserve and drill. Or drill and conserve, depending on your political bent. But our elected Bonzos need to understand that any call to conserve must be met with an ability to explore and drill for more oil. And they must also understand that any bill to drill with no effort to conserve is as dead as a door nail.
So, if you've got some ideas, let's hear them. But you need to think through both sides of the issue. No one sided approaches. This is a serious problem and it requires more than the usual political talking points.