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Monday, September 26, 2005 

Are Warnings of Global Warming Just Self Preservation by Enviro-Crowd?

Has the environmentalists movement been spurred to life recently (dire warnings of global warming and impending natural catastrophes) by an earnest concern for our Earth? Or is this recent upswing in "experts" commenting on their particular view nothing more than self preservation of a field that is now being looked at much closer?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Monday that about 1.8 million barrels per day in Texas and Louisiana refining capacity shut by recent hurricanes will be back on line soon, but urged American motorists to conserve gasoline wherever possible. [...] Bush also said he would continue suspension of antipollution laws for gasoline and the Jones Act shipping law to help oil shipments in the wake of the hurricane. Both actions were taken after Hurricane Katrina last month hit Gulf Coast refineries hard.

The President is urging American's to conserve fuel, but at the same time, informing us that to keep supplies up with demand, he will continue the suspension of EPA restrictions. This subtly highlights the slow choke hold environmental policy has had over our fuel distribution, refinery, and procurement capabilities.

Is all of the immediate screaming of global warming actually an effort to draw attention away from the fact that American supply demands can only be met once the Environmental restrictions have been lifted? At the same time, is the intense effort to keep pump prices down nothing more than a way to keep our oil-addiction in place?