I am sure to make many on the left very angry by this short note. There are battles raging across the country between environmentalists and advocates of new sources of domestic energy. In California we are finally building solar power capacity at scale. And yet, environmentalists complain that the birds will have to go somewhere else and the military whines that they will have to maneuver around the 400 foot towers. Give me a break.
I’m also unclear as to why we can’t import Canadian oil through the proposed Keystone pipeline down to our Gulf refineries. There are oil pipelines all over the United States. Why is this one special? Is it because the source–Tar Sands–is dirtier and so we should have the Canadians sell it to the Chinese? What foolishness.
There is one imperative for the United States. Get off the Arab oil teat. Solve that problem and you don’t have to send our young men and women to the Middle East to die for our oil thirst. The Shia and the Sunnis have been fighting for centuries and there is no reason we need to be in the middle of that fight whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iran. Let them figure it out.