I know nothing about oil shale. Harry Reid, however, made it news by trying to sneak an amendment into a bill that would block developing oil shale. With oil shale being news, I’ve now learned from someone who seems to be well-informed on the subject (one of Anchoress’ readers) that Reid is acting as if it’s 1970 when he tries to block its use as an energy source. In fact, says that knowledgeable person, we have vast reserves, and they can be accessed through methods that have minimal environmental impact.
Before I go on this subject, it reminds me again of my point that those who now style themselves Progressive are actually regressive. The valid debate about abortion is conducted as if out-of-wedlock pregnancies are a heinous social sin, birth control is unavailable, and back alley abortions are commonplace. The debate about racism is conducted as if Jim Crow still controls, not just the South, but the whole nation. And now we learn that Harry Reid’s non-debate, sneak tactic about oil shale is, in all probability based on information that is 30 years out of date.