July 22nd, 2013
Politicians in leadership positions often suggest that a conversation needs to be had regarding a central issue. A national conversation calls for the nation to begin considering the pros and cons of that policy and to act on their opinions. The elected officials then use this platform to propose policy changes that reflect the mood of the country. These conversations do not always result in a change of laws, however, it does fill the airwaves and brings the respective issue to the political forefront, even if only for a short time.
President Obama brought energy and the environment into the realm of national conversations a few weeks ago with his speech at Georgetown University. Many conservatives shy away from these national conversations; typically because they disagree with the rationale in the first place. In this instance, it was seen as Obama attempting to change the subject away from several embarrassing scandals. Conservatives rightly view these actions as another ploy to extend federal power. What is unique this time, is that perhaps it is a conversation that needs to occur.
Too often, those on the left who support radical environmentalism own these issues and are the only voices that are heard. Now is the time for all those who support cheap, clean, abundant energy to stand up and join in on the debate. A true conversation requires at least two voices, and if one side wishes to bring it to the forefront, those supportive of free-markets must also speak up.
Every day, new facts and studies are published that defeat previously accepted theories about “climate change” or the dangerous risks of drilling. Millions of jobs could be created by the development of natural gas and the furthered growth in extracting oil and coal.
The playing field has not been even. However, now that the President is promoting this discussion, we should welcome it with open arms and seek to educate ourselves, and our peers, about these issues and why our future depends on the further development of our natural resources.