“Energy,” said the poet William Blake, “is eternal delight.” Barack Obama disagrees.
Quick test: When it comes to energy, what is America’s number one priority?
If you said “a cheap and abundant supply of the stuff,” go to the head of the class.
If you uttered the phrase “environmentally sustainable” or some such other piece of politically correct nonsense, you should turn off all the lights in your house, sell your car, and apply to the Obama administration or one of its enablers for a job.
As Glenn Reynolds has frequently pointed out, the one campaign promise Barack Obama has indisputably kept is to make energy more expensive. He has done this chiefly through regulatory intimidation. And he has had powerful allies in the media. The New York Times, for example, never saw an oil or natural gas well it really liked. In fact, the former paper of record has devoted an entire series to fan the environmental hysteria over producing natural gas.
* “Learning Too Late of Perils in Gas Well Leases”
* “Behind Veneer, Doubt on Future of Natural Gas”
* “Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush”
* “Chemicals and Toxic Materials That Come With Hydrofracking”
* “Natural Gas and Polluted Air”
And on and on. The Times has thoughtfully assembled the whole series for you under the rubric “Drilling Down.”
It’s a pretty nauseating series, just as the Obama administration’s efforts to impoverish America are alarming. It is heartening, then, to discover signs of rebellion, for example this bracing sign which a friend sent me:
“Clearly,” he noted, “the people of North East Fairfield Ohio either don’t read The New York Times or don’t care much for what it says about drilling for oil and gas.”
God bless ’em!