Anna Eshoo, my US Representative here in California's 14th district, sends along her latest newsletter on the occasion of World Ocean Day.
This disaster [BP oil spill] serves as a sobering reminder of the destructive power of our energy habits and how we must continue to protect our nation’s precious natural resources.
Note that natural resources themselves now deserve protection from the "destructive power of our energy habits," the by-product of what we used to call a free market economy. At least we all get to join BP as villains in this story.
What follows is a lengthy recitation of the various measures Eshoo is sponsoring to punish BP financially while hermetically capping any possibility of extracting oil anywhere in the United States. My favorite paragraph:
The BP/Transocean Oil Spill is a startling reminder that we need to end our dependence on fuels that can destroy our environment and hamstring our economy when “accidents” happen. Our country must move swiftly and without hesitation towards a clean energy future using domestic renewable resources, such as wind, solar, waves to create domestic jobs and secure our energy independence. We have the innovative people, companies, and communities to tackle this problem.
Okay, no technologies where destructive accidents are allowed to happen; all our power from “wind, solar, waves”; lots of jobs and energy independence in the process. For free? I certainly hope so. But first, how about legislation requiring our elected representatives to pass a Physics-for-Poets class prior to penning nonsense?