The recent spike in gas prices has led me to wonder if environmentalism has gone too far. Liberals genuinely have decent motives here as nobody wants to trash the planet. Yet the extreemists who call themselves Greens but were or still are Reds push this noble intention to absurdity.
The refineries were already at near 100% capacity and a new one has not been built for twenty years. The technology involved in new refineries must have improved and be safer and cleaner.
On a human level refineries provide good jobs that are unionized. Liberals talk about good jobs but cater to the far left nuts rather then the consumers and families. Gas prices hurt rural poor who must drive to work. What does the far left say to theses families ? The far left's answer is a collective middle finger. We are going to raise gas taxes cut the supply of energy to appease a militant often anti Capatalist cadre.
The result is that when the democrats loose elections they blame Fox News, Talk Radio, Religious Christians but fail to look in the mirror. Most Americans including myself favor Civil Unions. Rather then take a reasonable compromise they catered to a cadre of radicals and got burned.
The answer of the left is that you small people do not know what is best for you so we will tell you what to do. I am sorry but the American Consumer is just more important then Swamp birds and the key is balance. Catering to extreemists is not balance.
The bottom line is that your life is far more affected by environmentalist nuts then by religious conservatives. Every time you go to the pump thank an environmentalist as we pay more and moe for no reason.