Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mixing Oil and Water

Oil companies want to drill in protected off-shore areas and protected natural areas on land.

Consumers want lower gas prices, and will probably eventually demand that that oil be extracted.

Environmentalists (many of whom are those same consumers) want to protect these areas, and transition to alternative energy sources.

Why not please everybody? Use those protected areas, which will eventually be drilled anyway, as a bargaining chip. Yes, you can drill there. With environmental safeguards in place, and with a percentage of profits being invested in non-petroleum energy.

That's how it'd be if I ran the zoo.