Using toys to advertise any kind of product to kids is wrong. But it's particularly harmful to sell children on Shell, a company with a shameful environmental record that plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic, one of the most vulnerable places on earth.
It isn't just the nightmarish consequences of this noise pollution that makes this plan wrong. We know drilling along the Atlantic Coast will mean a higher risk for oil spills, more polluted beaches and waters, more industrial equipment and fewer pristine places for wildlife and people.
No state has ever seriously considered aggressive leak detection and repair (of if you prefer, the awesomely acronymed LDAR, pronounced El-Dar!) on natural gas infrastructure, but these rules do just that.
The basic equation of how much there is to go around is hard to avoid, and the inflationary bubble we've been living in during the age of abundant energy inputs (primarily through fossil fuels) is bound to burst.
Obama's political team looks at the Shell Oil decision - and every other major policy choice facing them in the next few months - purely as a risk: risk of giving the Tea Party material to whine about, risk of riling up Koch brothers, risk of giving Mitt Romney an issue.