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I remember when the NIMBY — not in my backyard — syndrome appeared. I remember its morphing into the NIABY — no in anyone’s backyard — syndrome. And for the past few years, I believe we in the United States and elsewhere may’ve moved into the NIABYE — not in anyone’s backyard, ever — era.
So can nuclear work? I hope so, but I wonder when?
As for how much we’re spending on foreign oil, perhaps we could’ve lessened some of that burden — perhaps significantly? — if at least four things had occurred in recent decades; say, since the late 1960s or early 1970s.
First, Congress would’ve set aside its ever-growing, destructive partisanship and that body, working with presidents, had actually done something for ALL Americans, in the form of some cohesive and workable multi-faceted energy policy, rather than allowing us to become enslaved.
Second, the NIMBYists and NIABYists and their opposition to any exploration of reserves and then building of new domestic refineries or expansion of the nuclear industry — as well as a certain political party’s decade’s-long attention to these special interests and the other political party’s lack of spine — might’ve actually had created ways for at least informed consent — not consensus, which is an illusion — on what needed to occur and when for our society.
Third, the regulatory frameworks hadn’t become so unwieldy and the relationships between industry, regulators and so-called environmentalists hadn’t deteriorated into ones filled with animosity and mistrust by all parties.
Fourth, we the people would’ve taken to heart that we are the government and that we needed to stand for ourselves by demanding vocally, demonstrably and at the ballot box that the first, second and third things occurred.p>There’s no set of clean hands in all this. br> — C. Kenna Amos br> Princeton, West Virginia
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?