Blood for Oil
has just passed a bill that calls for raising the CAFE Standards
(Corporate Automobile Fuel Economy) by 40% by the year 2020. This bill
passed overwhelmingly and the President has already said he will sign it
I didn’t realize that
Congress now has the power to simply pass a bill that will change
science. How about a bill to turn water into Jack Daniels? Or a law
that requires a piece of string to have just one end? Both of those
laws would make just about as much sense as Congress mandating
scientific advances that make it possible for automobiles to suddenly
improve their economy by 40%. This is a great bill for conspiracy
theorists who contend that “Detroit” could have doubled our fuel economy
years ago, but they have a deal with the big oil companies not to do
And whatever happened to the US
Constitution? Where in the Constitution is Congress given the power to
enter into the marketplace and tell a seller how his product must
perform? It’s not there. Yet this foolish bill was passed
overwhelmingly by know-nothings who have no concept of how a free market
works, by pie-in-the sky liberals, and by gutless conservatives who
know better. After all, who can be against better fuel economy?
this bill really means is that Congress and the President have signed a
death warrant for thousands of Americans who will die in small, unsafe
cars. This bill will hit the young and the poor the hardest since they
are the ones who buy the most inexpensive cars. Get ready for the great
American shrinking car, because that is the car in your future.
is a typical liberal solution to a problem—run away from it. Stick
your head in the sand. And if we must do something, let’s reduce
individual freedom. Let’s mandate what kind and size of cars Americans
can drive. We know better than they do, so instead of solving the
energy problem, let’s make Americans give up more of
are the courageous congressmen and congresswomen who will address the
energy issue head on? It doesn’t take hand wringing, just common sense
to get this problem behind us. Windmills won’t do it. Bio fuels won’t
The energy crisis can be solved by taking just four simple steps:
1. Convert oil and gas fired power plants to nuclear power plants.
Build more nuclear power plants to handle growing energy needs.
2. Allow offshore drilling of our vast, untapped reserves of oil and
3. Open up Alaska (as well as Montana, Utah, and Wyoming) to
exploration and drilling.
4. Expand and build more refining capacity.
By taking these four steps we can put our energy problems behind us in ten years. Commonsense—where have you gone?