High-energy debate

We’re not ready yet to say which U.S. Senate candidate we support to replace outgoing Sen. Wayne Allard. But keep this in mind when you decide which of the two seeking the seat, Republican Bob Schaffer and Democrat Mark
Udall, is really interested in solving the nation’s energy crisis in any kind of realistic manner.

Udall is a Johnny-come-lately to the we-have-to-do-everything-we-can solution to the nation’s energy woes. Of course, he really doesn’t mean everything, and some of what he wants to do is nothing more than silly ideas designed to do nothing other than generate votes for his Senate race.

Still, at the fall meeting of Club 20 last weekend, Udall said, “We need to throw in the kitchen sink” to solve the energy crisis.

Maybe he’ll throw in the kitchen sink, but he won’t throw in drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And it’s only been recently, like since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats it was OK to do so, that he has reluctantly agreed to support offshore drilling. He’s had more than one opportunity to vote for offshore drilling as a member of the House, but has declined repeatedly to do so.

And of course he wants to release oil from the nation’s strategic oil reserve to, he believes, help drive down gasoline prices. The strategic oil reserve is for national emergencies. Electing Democrats to the Senate is not, in our view, anything remotely close to an emergency.

And don’t forget to blame the oil speculators, another bogus Democratic talking point. There are no speculators in the commodities markets. There are simply bets, with every dollar bet on oil being a certain price on a certain date matched by an equal bet on the other side.

Republicans have been hammering on the energy issue because they know they are on the right side of it. That is more than evident in the Colorado U.S. Senate race.


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