Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer takes House Leader Nancy "I'm trying to save the planet" Pelosi (and the rest of the Democratic leadership) behind the woodshed in a devastatingly logical critique. The primary argument mustered against domestic oil exploration and production is for (largely symbolic) environmental reasons. However, by importing our energy supplies, aren't we effectively damaging the planet in a far more brutal manner? Venezuela, Nigeria, and the rest of OPEC nations have no where near the consciencious and enlightened environmental regulations and legal policy frameworks that have been so effectivley established by our esteemed Democratic rulers.
"The net environmental effect of Pelosi's no-drilling willfulness is negative. Outsourcing U.S. oil production does nothing to lessen worldwide environmental despoliation. It simply exports it to more corrupt, less efficient, more unstable parts of the world -- thereby increasing net planetary damage."
Adding to the damage is the fact that the world's "lungs" the tropical rainforest, is being burned down to plant sugarcane to make ethanol from crops and you really have the spectre of an planetary catastrophe, Nancy.