Posted tagged ‘offshore oil drilling’

More on the Offshore Drilling Bait-and-Switch

July 23, 2008

Much more informed and more rigorous info on the issue I blogged here, outsourced to Wilco 278.

Cherry picking data is one of the oldest tricks in the book. As TJ warned: eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

Keep this in mind if the hurricane lets McCain make his scheduled emulation of Don Quixote tomorrow.

Update: It won’t.

(BTW: thanks, Wilco. Real knowledge is a wondrous thing.)

Image: Lourdes Cardenal, Group of windmills at Campo de Criptana in La Mancha, 2004. Licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, ver. 1.2 or later. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

To Quote Bullwinkle

July 17, 2008

This is a family blog…*

…But parody just can’t keep up with reality. (h/t Talking Points Memo).

What gravels me (as long as we are making fun of senators) is, of course, the banal stupidity of the statement in question as well as the howlingly inappropriate inference one is forced to draw.

Again — just a little bit of empirical effort please. Drilling for oil offshore or in ANWR will not affect prices at the pump, the mood of the collective American Family ™ nor our national security for years/decades to come.

When and if such sources come on line, the signal of such new sources would be trivial witihin the world market. See this for a quickie overview of the numbers. Money quote:

EIA said its projection is that ANWR oil production would amount to 0.4 percent to 1.2 percent of total world oil consumption in 2030. The figure is low enough that OPEC could neutralize any price impact by decreasing supplies to match the additional production from Alaska, EIA noted.

(And yes — I know that this study does not reference new offshore drilling. Same result, though. Money quote here: “The projections in the OCS access case indicate that access to the Pacific, Atlantic, and eastern Gulf regions would not have a significant impact on domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices before 2030.”)

That is: the oil addicts do not wish to confront knowledge fully in the public domain, data produced by one of the most pro-oil administrations in memory.

This is why it matters whether or not our elected officials are held accountable for being able to count. And yes, I mean you too, John McCain, with increased domestic production as the first priority listed in your energy agenda

*I can’t find a Youtube post to back me up on this — but I still remember with delight the Rocky and Bullwinkle show episode in which the marvelous moose is asked if he will accept a package from Paris, France, and he replies “Noooo. This is a family show.” One of many truly wonderful “I’ll explain it later, kid” lines from that program.

Image: With apologies for any likeness to PZ Myers, it’s the Standard Oil Octopus. Cartoon by Udo J Keppler for Puck, v. 56, no. 1436 (1904 Sept. 7). In the Library of Congress collection: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52184 (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3a27007 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a27007. Source: Wikimedia Commons.