While the blame game proceeds in Capitol Hill seeking the cause of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, some voices are adamant on the larger picture: we demand this product to be cheap so that we can waste it.
Seeing that horrifying video of BP's oil spill was a sickening experience. So here's some music for BP to put on their big hit video, or just to choke on as this disaster continues. And if you ever screamed "Drill, Baby, Drill," then this one's for you too.
The catastrophic BP oil spill is not a Republican-Democrat, liberal-conservative conflict. This is fundamentally an American issue about balancing tradeoffs associated with using our offshore resources.
Greed needs a timeout with adult supervision for these out-of-control conglomerates messing with every aspect of our lives. But that won't happen until government regulation of multinational corporations is made respectable again.
Of all the dirty, inefficient energy ideas out there, offshore drilling stands out as the one that, in spite of the damage it would do, cannot even contribute materially to generating the energy we need.
Tonight, during the State of the Union Address, we saw the first tiny step in the grand direction promised over a year ago. Barack Obama did, in fact, call for an end to the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.