But buying less oil is even better!
EPA administrator opened her prepared statement to the House and Govt. Reform Committee today with the topic of rising price of gas:
“. . . America cannot prevent gasoline and diesel prices from rising. Still, all else being equal, buying a barrel of American oil is better than buying a barrel of foreign oil.”
Brain, why is global destruction so difficult?
In her defense to the air pollutant emission permits, Ms. Jackson noted the amount of air pollutant emitted from a single one of these drilling operations can match the emissions of a large oil refinery. Just because most of us don't live in Alaska, it doesn't mean we shouldn't care about the air quality in Alaska. I applaud her statements.
But then I was a bit disappointed by what she had to add. Being the careful politician that she is, Ms. Jackson also hailed “fracking” advances in technology to increase our natural gas resources. Is this a give to the tugs from the industry? Is she trading safe water for clean air? Is this the way politics are played?
I forgive her Washington sliminess because I know the EPA will make sure our corporate interests frack responsibly.
“The price we pay for natural gas is not set on a global market the way the price of oil is, and burning natural gas creates less air pollution than burning other fossil fuels. So increasing America’s natural gas production is a good thing.”
After all, if Congress has asked the EPA to “study the relationship between fracking and drinking water” we can be sure our water is safe to drink post-fracking . . .
“We are doing that, with input from technical experts, the public, and industry.”
That’s what she said . . .
In the meantime, EPA promises to protect local residents if a driller jeopardizes clean water and the state government does not act. I wonder what kind of things is the EPA prepared to do, how much will the industry attempt to pay their way through.
All that worrying aside, I am glad to hear Ms. Jackson address the fuel efficiency standards for new cars at the end of her statement. I’m an optimist, so that gives me the right to hope and believe we can do a lot better than ten miles per gallon, or thirty, or even fifty; I think sixty miles per gallon is the goal. I hope more people drive more sensible cars, drive less; and I hope the industry will create that market for us with a little bit of red-tape of mandates from Congress. I guess this is one area I hope for a bit more federal intervention, glad the EPA is standing firm on this issue.
Thank you Madam Administrator, for setting your conscience clear.