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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
  My Ten Reasons We Should! Or what's wrong with the Sierra Club?
I read, with contempt, on Sunday, an article in the paper titled “Ten Reasons Virginia Should Prevent Offshore Drilling.”, written by Eileen Levandoski, a member of the Sierra Club. My bad, not just a member, but the Hampton Roads conservation coordinator for the Sierra Club.

I’ll go through these ten reasons one at a time and see what I can come up with as to why I hated this piece.

Reason number one states that drilling now won’t do any good until 2030. How she knows this I have no clue, but I bet there were people saying the same thing when the moratorium on offshore drilling went into effect back in the day. It’s a BS argument. Not drilling won’t EVER do any good.

Nothing that we do today will affect the price of gas tomorrow. It’s an argument that I keep hearing. Drilling now won’t do any good. Fine, what will? Quit telling us everything that won’t work and come up with some solutions. And I don’t want solutions that won’t do anything today either. I want fixes that work right now, because we now know that drilling is not an effective strategy, because it won’t help us right now.

Number two, she says that all the infrastructure required for off shore drilling would be a national security issue. Meaning there’d be problems because it’s also a navy training area. I’m now going to cover two of the ten in this one, because later on she says in Number 7 that we could load the coast line up with windmills. Somehow, windmills wouldn’t get in the way like oil rigs would. For some in Hampton Roads, that would be a godsend! There are plenty of people that live close to NAS Oceana that would love to see the navy leave. Besides, the Sierra Club could give a hoot about navy training. This “club” is the same organization that took the navy to court over active sonar and it’s affects on marine life.

In reason number three she tells us there’s no oil out there. She states that there are only 3 or 4 percent of the worlds “PROVEN” oil supplies off the Atlantic coast. She says that there’s only 4 billion barrels of oil out there, only a 200 day supply, who knows in twenty years we might just need those extra 200 days. Let’s just wait. There’s also a statement in number 3 that says that we use 20 million barrels of oil a day in the U.S., I’m including that statement because it becomes relevant later on.

In number four she states that we shouldn’t give the oil companies any more drilling areas because they’re not using what they already have. She says these unused areas could produce an additional 4.8 million barrels of oil. But wait, don’t we use 20 million a day? So, the oil companies should stay where they are for that extra 6 hours worth of oil?

Number 5 says we shouldn’t let them drill for oil because they’ll get natural gas out of it too, or was it vice-versa? Does it really matter? Don’t we need both? That’s what I thought!

Number 6 says that oil production is a nasty business and it’ll chase away the tourists. GOOD! They’re a pain in the neck anyway! But really, isn’t the high price of gas already chasing away the tourists?

Number 7 say that if we’re out drilling for oil, we’re not putting money into alternate energy. This may in fact be the only valid point she made in the entire argument! She tells us that we could load up the area with windmills. But she blew number seven already because she said the navy couldn’t operate with oil rigs out in the ocean, so how can they operate with all those windmills out there. Windmills are a great way for attackers to mask their signature as they approach the coast line, most air search radars can’t distinguish between a helicopter and a windmill. That means that windmills are actually more hazardous to national security.

Number 8 tells us again how detrimental drilling is to the environment. But I look at it as structure for sea life. She talks about all these pollutants that would be pumped into the water. Strange, but I’ve never seen a slick in all my visits to the gulf coast. And trust me, I’ve been there. I lived there for a year!

Number 9 really isn’t worth talking about, but since it’s there, I’ll give it a try. Basically, what it says is, VA doesn’t have the gonads to stand up to big oil, that’s why they’re targeting us. I’m sure it doesn’t have anything to do with the largest port on the east coast or anything like that. It’s all because our politicians are a bunch of pansies…maybe they are, who cares?

Number 10 speaks to the fallacy that is global warming. I’ve read too many reports from to many scientists that tell me that global warming is a farce. Think back with me people. I swear, when I was growing up there was a global cooling scare…remember???

It's always reassuring when you Google someone’s name and find out that they're a regular at a place called the "Lefty Lounge". Yeah, that's who I want making policy in my state!

Anyway, there you have it. My top ten reasons the Sierra Club should shut the hell up.

Have a nice day!

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Good stuff, I largely agree.
The Sierra Club lost my support the time, many years ago, when they voted against supporting an immigration quota. That's when I knew they couldn't be serious environmentalists and, from that day, I've largely ignored them and what they have to say.
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