Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Big F-U from Our Government

I don't usually get political here at Rambling Pam. I just don't think this is the forum for it. But I felt compelled to share this little tidbit, especially because Earth Day was just last week.

The S.O., feeling politically and environmentally responsible, sent a letter to our local representative, expressing his support for pursuing alternative energy sources. Yesterday, he received a (form) letter from said representative. Below are parts of that letter.

Dear Mr. S.O.,
Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts regarding alternative and renewable energy development in the United States. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter, and I share your interest in developing alternative and renewable energy for the future.
So far, so good.
I support domestic energy development legislation that will lower prices today, while producing alternative energy for tomorrow. I also would consider legislation that takes federal revenues from oil and gas leasing and puts it into research and development of alternative and renewable energy.
Hmmm. Why am I starting to suspect this is political doublespeak?
I am a strong supporter of increasing our own domestic energy production through drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf of the United States. Additionally, exploration and development of other rich oil and natural gas reserves can take place in our public lands.
Wait. What? Finding alternative places to drill for oil does NOT equal finding alternative energy sources.

He goes on to say that "drilling in this small reserve of land (in Alaska's Arctic Coastal Plain) can be both environmentally sound and provide Americans with 10.4 billion barrels of oil." I'm not so sure about the "environmentally sound" part. But I'm not a big ol' politician either. I'm also not a creature who lives on that coastal plain ... and neither is he.

I appreciate that this proposed idea would "provide unprecedented levels of funding for development of renewable energy at no cost to the taxpayer" but at what cost to future generations? The whole letter smacks of "Thanks for writing, but I'm going to do whatever the hell I want to do, regardless of you as a voter want."

Eh. Maybe I'm too much of a liberal because I don't mind paying for alternative and renewable energy research. I also wouldn't mind paying for street lights and garbage cans. But that's just me.


Kate said...

Alternative, my butt. If by alternative you mean "finding more sources for our oil addiction now in order to use hypothetical profits for renewable energy when we exhaust the oil supply."

I know that we need to continue drilling at the moment in order to wean ourselves off oil, but this letter sounds like he's saying what we're doing now isn't broke. We'll fix it when something catastrophic actually happens. Short sighted.

Pammeey said...

Thank you for putting that more succinctly than I could, Kate. That's exactly what I saw in the letter. That and him giving us the finger, while smiling out of the other side of his face.

Kate said...

I just remembered this post when reading more about the oil spill. Thought about sending that letter back with commentary about how ultra safe and envrio-friendly the current energy industry is?