Did Enviros Misjudge The Effect Of High Gas Prices?

The public has relegated global warming well behind other issues, including high energy prices. This article examines the role of environmental groups in this backslide as the public warms to more drilling to reduce gas prices.

"This year's tactical mistakes by the green army may have set the cause back just when it seemed to be on the brink of a legislative breakthrough. While pushing for sharp emission reductions, a number of environmental groups failed to adapt their pitch to acknowledge rising energy costs, experts say, leaving voters to believe that saving the planet will mean unaffordable energy prices.

In a year when gasoline soared past $4 per gallon, the green message triggered populist anger and eventually drove away a core group of moderate and conservative Democrats.

Polls show that the public clearly sees global warming and high energy prices as separate issues, rather than one overall problem. Now more Americans than ever are urging politicians to solve the skyrocketing gas prices before finding a solution to climbing temperatures. And while support for offshore oil drilling has reached a record high, solving global warming is low on the list of voter priorities.

In a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, global warming ranked seventh in a list of eight top voter priorities, behind the economy and energy at the top..."

Thanks to John Hartz

Full Story: Environmental groups faltered this year



Michael Lewyn's picture

Environmentalists are in a no-win AND a no-lose situation

When oil is cheap, Americans don't want to conserve (bad) but are receptive to environmentalist hostility to drilling for oil and natural gas in environmentally sensitive areas (good).

When oil is expensive, Americans have to conserve (good) but hate environmentalist reluctance to drill (bad).

This means that if energy prices continue to go up, environmentalists will become political pariahs. Americans desperately want affordable energy, and will run roughshod over anyone who is perceived as interfering with that desire.

Drilling Is The Smaller Issue

Wait until the Republicans start pushing to fight high gasoline prices by producing more liquified coal, which emits twice as much CO2 per gallon as conventional gasoline.

Charles Siegel

Intelligent Design? - Apparently didn't apply to humans...

"When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, 'Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.' Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, 'First sell me your birthright.' Esau said, 'Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?' And Jacob said, 'First swear to me"; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright."

(Genesis 25:29-34)

And thus Esauism trumps Environmentalism. Somehow, we need to transform short-term/short-sighted appetites into long-term/long-view sustenance (and sustainability)...


In a virtual world politicians seem to think these high prices come in handy...

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