We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Hurricanes: The problem is people building and living too close to the coast. Duh. NYT At Maggie's Farm, we oppose any new Federally-subsidized flood insurance. It's stupid: we subsidize people to live in flood zones, then have to pay to rescue them from floods and hurricanes and to rebuild in the same place. Only govt could be that dumb. But it's not their money, is it?
Another Hizbullah leader hinted that the group had not expected such a ferocious response from Israel, as previous border incidents have usually played out in low-key fashion.
The more I think about it, the more I suspect that they wanted to create a little border scuffle as a diversion from Iran, and did not count on a strong reaction from an Israel who was feeling cornered and beseiged - and fed up with the fact that, with every concession, their enemies just move closer.
Your qlib "no free lunch" admonition to "permit drilling and quit complaining" was obviously done from ignorance. Have you seen what natural gas development does to national forest land? Try deer, elk, or turkey hunting on Carracus Mesa which is also in New Mexico's Chama National Forrest. It is like hunting in an industrial area with roads every few hundred yards. The constant drone of compressors, pump jacks, and service trucks is inescapable. I'll gladly pay more for oil to save the Valle Vidal from such development.
Developing the Valle Vidal as part of a cogent and attainable national energy policy is one thing. Drilling for the short term goal of keeping consumer prices low and developer profits high is another. I say keep it in reserve until an energy policy is developed.
all I am saying is you either get the oil, or you pay more for it. no choice. no policy will make any idfference. I am not in favor of all drilling either - but people have to be willing to pay the price.