I took this picture on a recent trip to California. I was standing on (Sunset or Sunrise) Beach (near or in) Los Angeles.
Look closely at the horizon, that's an oil platform. Right off shore. It's closer than it appears in the picture. Certainly much closer than they're proposing we “endure” today. God forbid we ruin our scenery for energy independence. The latest bi-partisan drilling bill says no new drilling within 25 miles of the shore, and states can veto up to 50 miles.
Just look at how spoiled we are. We won't even consider putting an oil platform this close to the shore, because it would “ruin our beaches.” Not because it would actually put oil in the water, but because the oil being pumped might hurt our view of the water.
Yet, even with these platforms just off shore, everyone seemed to be enjoying the beach. Windsurfers winsurfed. Swimmers swam. Tanners tanned.
I guess congress wants energy independence unless it hurts their ability to go on vacation. Or their ability to go to the beach when on vacation. Or their ability to swim at the beach while on vacation. Or the view while they swim at the beach when on vacation.
Can you believe our enemies think we're getting soft?