Another week in the can

Several interesting comments on the Chuck Norris thread (Chuck Norris doesn’t drill for oil, he sticks his finger in the ground and the spinning of the earth on its axis drills the hole) left me wondering whether or not to jump in. I’m still there, pondering.

I’ve followed developments on the alternative energy front for the last couple of years, and posted on quite of few of the more promising ideas.

Until there are cost-effective alternatives, then oil remains the driver. And, as long as substantial domestic supplies remain undeveloped, then importing crude is a necessity. The lead time on new production is 5 to 6 years, so why wait around?

Reducing consumption through conservation and increased efficiency, as well as the natural reduction in consumption that occurs as the pain of higher prices causes behavioral changes, are taking place as we speak, and will continue. The difference between us and our political opponents on the left involves a single word: Liberty. We on the political right insist on preserving the liberty to decide for ourselves just how we, as individuals and as families will deal with the challenges that face us. We don’t care a whit for the cap and trade redistribution hokum that emanates from the “debate is over” crowd, nor do we respond to guilt-inducing labels such as “selfish.” Why should we? We selfishly protect the liberty to choose for ourselves, willingly accepting for better or worse, the consequences of of our own decisions.

I could go on, but then again, why bother? There isn’t a persuadable argument to make. Experience is the only teacher that will change an otherwise unpersuadable mind– e.g. the liberal who gets mugged, yada, yada. And sometimes, even experience fails to enlighten. How else to explain the resurgence of socialism: as if 100 years of failure means nothing.

This is the World Famous Friday Open Thread.

WFFOT: Your thread in times of high gas prices, high food prices, market tumult, and exhausted liberals (they must be exhausted; toting those big brains around all the time).

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