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Drill, baby, drill

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Don Surber

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

NYT: Drill, baby, drill

Thomas Friedman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning star of the New York Times op-ed section, couldn’t quite bring himself to say it, but in his latest column, he admitted that Palin was right. We have to drill, baby, drill.

He just ate 27 years of crow.Never before has he called for America to end its dependence on imported oil by tapping into its oil, natural gas and coal reserves — all of which are among the largest in the world.

No, his answer has been public transportation and windmills and the like. He likes to say green is the new red, white and blue.

His response to 9/11 was to conserve energy and cut off money to Saudi Arabia because 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis. He didn’t say drill, baby, drill. Oh no. That would be the easiest, quickest and best way to end reliance on the Saudis. Nope, go green.

Later, he argued that carbon dioxide will cause the oceans to rise and flood Manhattan. He mocked those who disagreed as “drill-baby-drill opponents.” Actually, they are drill-baby-drill advocates. Make that drill-baby-drill rights advocates, you oil deniers.

He wrote, “If you follow the debate around the energy/climate bills working through Congress you will notice that the drill-baby-drill opponents of this legislation are now making two claims. One is that the globe has been cooling lately, not warming, and the other is that America simply can’t afford any kind of cap-and-trade/carbon tax.

“But here is what they also surely believe, but are not saying: They believe the world is going to face a mass plague that will wipe out 2.5 billion people sometime between now and 2050.”

Not only will we wipe out 2.5 billion people but we will add 2.5 billion.

He said, “The first is that the world is getting crowded. According to the 2006 U.N. population report, ‘the world population will likely increase by 2.5 billion…passing from the current 6.7 billion to 9.2 billion in 2050. This increase is equivalent to the total size of the world population in 1950, and it will be absorbed mostly by the less developed regions, whose population is projected to rise from 5.4 billion in 2007 to 7.9 billion in 2050.'”

In a later column, Friedman wrote, “Because a new green ideology, properly defined, has the power to mobilize liberals and conservatives, evangelicals and atheists, big business and environmentalists around an agenda that can both pull us together and propel us forward. That’s why I say: We don’t just need the first black president. We need the first green president. We don’t just need the first woman president. We need the first environmental president. We don’t just need a president who has been toughened by years as a prisoner of war but a president who is tough enough to level with the American people about the profound economic, geopolitical and climate threats posed by our addiction to oil — and to offer a real plan to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.”

After 27 years of saying windmill, baby, windmill, Old Tim changed his tune because it is wintertime for Germany. Putin responded to the West’s foolish economic sanctions by saying, OK, no fossil fuels for you then. I am not defending the fascist Putin. All I am saying is they said they didn’t want to do business with him and now they are mad because he won’t do business with him.

Imagine Oberlin boycotting Gibson’s Bakery but still buying their donuts.

Putin has Europe over the oil barrel. Things are so bad that the Germans might actually re-open cioal mines and nuke plants.

This week, Friedman wrote, “I wish I could say for certain that Putin will fail — that the Americans will outproduce him. And I wish I could write that Putin will regret his tactics, because they will eventually transform Russia from the energy czar of Europe to an energy colony of China — where Putin is now selling a lot of his oil at a deep discount to overcome his loss of Western markets.

“Yes, I wish I could write all of those things. But I can’t — not unless the U.S. and its Western allies stop living in a green fantasy world that says we can go from dirty fossil fuels to clean renewable energy by just flipping a switch.”

Oh I see.

Liberal fascists now want to drill, baby, drill.

Oh, Friedman is too ashamed to admit it but that is what he said. You cannot export energy from windmills, solar panels and hydro plants. Fossil fuels can be exported. And he knows that the very industry that he has demonized for 27 years is not going to rescue the planet just to be told to take a hike once the manmade crisis of economic sanctions pass.

He wrote, “the most important factor for quickly expanding our exploitation of oil, gas, solar, wind, geothermal, hydro or nuclear energy is giving the companies that pursue them (and the banks that fund them) the regulatory certainty that if they invest billions, the government will help them to quickly build the transmission lines and pipelines to get their energy to market.”

President Trump warned Germany in 2018 that it was too dependent on Russia for oil. The Germans laughed.

Palin told America the way out of dependency on foreign oil was to drill, baby, drill. Obama and his monkeys in the media laughed. Professor O said without evidence that we could reduce dependency simply by having the proper air in our tires. 

Putin is an evil man but he has accomplished one small thing. He has forced the green people to adnit we need to drill, baby, drill.

Posted by Don Surber at 9/15/2022 03:00:00 PM