Sunday, August 31, 2008

Nancy Pelosi isn't having a good week

Not only is Nancy Pelosi very confused about the Catholic church's position on abortion, as I posted about below, but she doesn't seem to know what natural gas is. I'm pretty sure I learned in junior high science class that it's a fossil fuel, and that it's often found in deposits along with oil, but apparently the Speaker of the House isn't aware of that (via Betsy Newmark, who asks, "Does Nancy Pelosi know what she's talking about?"):
Ms. Pelosi appeared Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," where Tom Brokaw gently pointed out that the various Democratic alternative energy ambitions are "not going to happen overnight." Replied Ms. Pelosi: "You can have a transition with natural gas. That, that is cheap, abundant and clean compared to fossil fuels." Later, she again said that "I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels," and that wind, solar, biofuels and "a focus on natural gas, these are the real alternatives."

Apparently Ms. Pelosi's new script is still being reworked, but it's a telling mistake. Not only is natural gas every bit as much a "fossil fuel" as oil or coal. More to the point, these concentrated organic compounds found beneath the earth's surface must be extracted by . . . drilling. And sometimes even drilling offshore, on the Outer Continental Shelf. But more drilling is what Ms. Pelosi had refused to allow just a few days ago.
And she's directing energy policy in the House of Representatives?

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