Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Energy Agenda

Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger have an oped in today's LA Times that posits the theory that environmentalists got complacent and read too many "of their own press clippings," allowing conservatives/Republicans to coopt the entire energy agenda.

By focusing like a laser beam on price and supply issues, the right made energy a pocketbook, rather than an environmental issue, and-- so say Nordhaus and Shellenberger-- that has dealt the green energy agenda a serious body blow.

With the ban on offshore drilling expiring tonight at midnight after Democrats were forced to cave, the thesis seems to have some creedence.

The green bubble bursts [Los Angeles Times]