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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 3, 2008 / 27 Adar II 5768

Less Gas at the Pump

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This week, American truckers staged protests against the rising cost of diesel fuel while members of the U.S. House of Representatives competed to see who could do the best job of hectoring oil-company executives — on-camera — about the high price of gasoline.


Also this week, the House voted to double the size of two national marine sanctuaries off of the Northern California coast, which now are permanently protected from offshore-oil drilling. This is the same House that has supported a ban on new offshore drilling off the entire California coast and opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.


It's a mystery of modern life that educated voters can grouse about the high price of gasoline, yet see no nexus between rising prices and dwindling domestic supply.


Make that: Rising prices, rising global demand and dwindling domestic supply. The left argues that because of President Bush, America has a poor image abroad. Well, it can't help when Bush goes to the 13-nation Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and asks OPEC to boost oil production, as he did in January — when back home Washington keeps passing measures to block domestic oil drilling.


"If Americans want more oil and more stable (gasoline) prices, (then) we need to look here at home," noted Jeff Eshelman, spokesman for the Independent Petroleum Association of America.


Sierra Club Deputy Executive Director Bruce Hamilton defended the House's vote on the marine sanctuaries by noting that they are home to important fisheries and that the amount of oil from the sanctuaries is so modest it would not affect the price at the pump.


Hamilton argued that the solution to high gas prices is more efficient cars and energy use.


Got it. But when I asked Hamilton where it is OK to drill in California, he could only a


ccept pumping "existing" oil fields. No new drilling. Anywhere.


While the Sierra Club no longer calls for high European-style gasoline taxes to reduce energy consumption, that's where its no-new-drilling policies lead — to European-style gas prices. Existing oil wells are becoming depleted and, because most people aren't walking to work, more oil has to come from somewhere — or prices will continue to rise. While the greenies tout new technologies as the answer, that's a someday solution. It's not a real solution for today.


Meanwhile, demand grows. Domestic oil production is declining. And, Oliver Twist-like, Bush has to ask OPEC to give the U.S. some more, please.


If Americans really want to protect the planet, then they should want to expand drilling in America — better yet, in California — where they know operations will be highly regulated.


"You can have the toughest standards, but if it's an inappropriate place to drill and develop, you shouldn't do it," Hamilton responded. Maybe Hamilton's Sierra Club is right about these two sanctuaries. But in a state that consumes millions more gallons of gas than it produces, surely there is somewhere where it makes sense to start drilling.


In fact, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could bid new state offshore oil leases to help close the expected $16 billion state budget deficit. It beats raising taxes and grousing about climbing gas prices without doing anything to help.


It's odd how the global-warming crowd styles itself as the fact-based side on environmental arguments. Yet for years, the greenies have argued that they can suppress supply, pass magic-wand regulations to develop imaginative technology — and their policies will be great for the economy and create jobs. And then House Democrats blame everyone else for high gas prices — as if they had nothing to do with it.

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