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Mosquitoes and Oil Spills: The Left’s Guilt in Killing the Planet

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Posted on May 28 2010 7:00 pm
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here
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Five deadly words: “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.”

Charles Krauthammer has the definitive column on the BP oil spill:

Heres my question: Why are we drilling in 5,000 feet of water in the first place?

Many reasons, but this one goes unmentioned: Environmental chic has driven us out there. As production from the shallower Gulf of Mexico wells declines, we go deep (1,000 feet and more) and ultra deep (5,000 feet and more), in part because environmentalists have succeeded in rendering the Pacific and nearly all the Atlantic coast off-limits to oil production. (President Obama’s tentative, selective opening of some Atlantic and offshore Alaska sites is now dead.) And of course, in the safest of all places, on land, weve had a 30-year ban on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

For some reason I’m reminded of the 50 million dead because of the Left’s war on DDT.

Here’s a question to discuss: how often do the Left’s attempts at playing environmental Jesus actually bring us to hell instead of the heaven they had in mind?

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