Saturday, August 04, 2007

Are you kidding me?

This quote absolutely floored me:

"There's a war going on against energy from fossil fuels. I can't understand the pure venom felt against the oil and gas industry."

-U.S. Rep Ralph Hall (R-Texas)

You can't understand it, Ralph? Quick! Get outside the beltway!! You don't need to go back to the Texas 4th, the district you represent, you just need to go as far as say, Richmond, VA. Once you get there, ask the people you meet what they think about the fact that the price of gas has DOUBLED since George W. Bush took office. Ask them how they feel about the fact that the oil and gas industry has raked in truly outrageous profits from the increased price of gas. Ask them how they feel about the fact that the oil and gas industry is not using their massive profits to expand the capacity of America's oil refinery's, or drill for new oil and gas reserves, but are simply handing the money directly to their shareholders by buying back stock. And then, ask them how they feel about that same oil and gas industry getting massive tax breaks from the Republican 109th Congress!!!! Then maybe you can understand the pure venom, Ralph.

Is there a war going on against fossil fuels? No, not really. We all know that we can't survive today without them. However, there is a war to build a future for America that doesn't involve fossil fuels, Ralph. Because fossil fuels emit greenhouse gas, and a buildup of greenhouse gases in the upper atmosphere is causing our planet to warm. Now, that won't be devastating to the planet, not really. But it will be devastating for humankind, and that's why we must win this war, Ralph. I invite you to join those of us fighting it.

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