In a stunning display of bad timing, not to say naiveté, California Senator Barbara (don’t call me ma’am) Boxer has introduced legislation to prevent offshore drilling along America’s west coast. With oil spiking at $102 a barrel as of this writing, the wheels falling off what passes for foreign policy in the Middle East, and gasoline prices at a two year high (see story), Boxer has announced the West Coast Ocean Protection Act.
Joined by the rest of the west coast leftists, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) of California, Senators Maria Cantwell (D) and Patty Murray (D) of Washington, and Senators Ron Wyden (D) and Jeff Merkley (you fill in the blank) of Oregon, the bill would prohibit from now until the end of time anything having to do with “oil or natural gas exploration, development, or production in any area of the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of the State of California, Oregon or Washington.”
Boxer’s press release acknowledges that the Obama administration has no plans for anything of the sort on its calendar, but just in case…
So as we brace for the nearly inevitable shutdown of the Suez Canal or war in the Middle East, and the resultant shock of $5 a gallon gas, rest assured that Senator Boxer is protecting us from “needlessly endanger(ing) irreplaceable natural resources and our vital coastal economies.” Those vital natural resources that seep up from the ocean floor —black globs of oil— could be used to revitalize the economy that the Senator claims to be so concerned about. But they’re to be placed off limits, if Boxer and company get their way.
Unless of course, George Soros decides to revitalize his own personal economy.