Rick Stengel gives this as the solution to promote other energy. Higher energy taxes that will solve everything and this is the time to pass it while the crisis is in play.

Amazingly nobody on the Morning Joe set challenged him on this.

Well once Newsweek is dead and buried (unless Rush buys it and makes it a conservative journal but apparently the post won’t allow it) maybe all twelve readers can head on over to Time Magazine to keep their bottom line healthy.

Hey if MSNBC can survive in a niche market I’m sure Time can too.

I will give Stengel credit for admitting that panic over three mile island set back the Nuclear industry in the US by decades contributing to our problems.

This is going to be interesting:

Mika is asking him about long term issues: Jack Gerard points out their own people are folks who live there and notes that this doesn’t change the energy equation in the country.

Ratigan asked about safety caps: Says the US studied caps, Ratigan talks about the quality of rules vs quantity. I wonder if he will apply that standard on the Banking and securities bill.

Gerard keeps pounding the rarity of this and suggest we don’t shut down the shuttle when it blew up nor airlines when a plane crashes.

Joe asks if the standards need to be tougher: Gerard agrees and keeps coming back to the problem at hand.

A pretty fair interview

…While Charlie Crist and environmental activists and democrats jump all over the oil spill in the gulf Morning Joe accidentally undermined their argument while bringing on an environmental activist to argue against the drilling.

There are a ton of wells in the gulf and in Alaska etc that produce oil every single day. Joe asked why people weren’t prepared for this and the answer was because the last time something like this happened was 1969.

Run that number through your head and think of the reality once again:

Basically an industry that provides a vast amount of energy for the country has a bad accident once every two generations that might take say six months to a year to clean?

Think about the things we wouldn’t do if we judged what we do because of a problem once every 40 years.

The people who are suddenly running away from drilling are using Rahm rule of never wasting a crisis and have decided not to waste this one. Tens of thousands of high paying jobs in the worst economy we have seen in 70 years are going to be sacrificed due to the political advantage for the left.

Palin is exactly right on this, and moreover she is proving that she is one of the only pols with the guts to say the truth:

All responsible energy development must be accompanied by strict oversight, but even with the strictest oversight in the world, accidents still happen. No human endeavor is ever without risk – whether it’s sending a man to the moon or extracting the necessary resources to fuel our civilization. I repeat the slogan “drill here, drill now” not out of naiveté or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills – my family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences. How could I still believe in drilling America’s domestic supply of energy after having seen the devastation of the Exxon-Valdez spill? I continue to believe in it because increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation.

The question is who else will have the guts or political will to say this aloud

don’t think for one minute that the president would be defying his leftist friends if he didn’t need to recover from their pushback.

In a move that could help win Republican support for other energy initiatives, President Obama will announce plans Wednesday to open large sections of the eastern Gulf of Mexico and an area off the Virginia coast for oil and natural gas drilling.

“To set America on a path to energy independence, the president believes we must leverage our diverse domestic resources by pursuing a comprehensive energy strategy,” said a statement provided by an administration official

Wrong reason or right reason aside, it is the right policy, particularly in a time of high unemployment and it should be supported and encouraged, particularly when done by a president on the left.

The Lonely conservatives thinks it might be to get votes on cap and tax. We’ll see.

A: Biden speaks to a “whopping crowd” of media but can’t draw a crowd. Palin is able to answer him via facebook to millions from her keyboard.

The vice president’s extreme opposition to domestic energy development goes all the way back to 1973 when he opposed the Alaska pipeline bill. As Ann Coulter pointed out, “Biden cast one of only five votes against the pipeline that has produced more than 15 billion barrels of oil, supplied nearly 20 percent of this nation’s oil, created tens of thousands of jobs, added hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and reduced money transfers to the nation’s enemies by about the same amount.”

This nonsensical opposition to American domestic energy development continues to this day. Apparently the Obama-Biden administration only approves of offshore drilling in Brazil, where it will provide security and jobs for Brazilians. This election is about American security and American jobs.

There’s one way to tell Vice President Biden that we’re tired of folks in Washington distorting our message and hampering our nation’s progress: Hoffman, Baby, Hoffman!

I like it. Hoffman Baby Hoffman!

Update: The story is at the Hill here. Gateway Pundit comments:

It’s important to remember that the Obama-Biden energy plan is a non-energy plan. It consists of cutting off domestic production of oil and coal causing prices to skyrocket and implementing costly solar and wind programs that absolutely will not meet America’s energy demands.

The Obama Administration approved funding for the Soros-linked Brazilian oil drilling project this year but banned oil and nuclear energy development in the United States.

With unemployment near 10% this is not a winning way to go.

Update 2: Hotair Headline It’s on.

…at NRO:

We rely on petroleum for much more than just powering our vehicles: It is essential in everything from jet fuel to petrochemicals, plastics to fertilizers, pesticides to pharmaceuticals. Ac­cord­ing to the Energy Information Ad­min­is­tra­tion, our total domestic petroleum consumption last year was 19.5 million barrels per day (bpd). Motor gasoline and diesel fuel accounted for less than 13 million bpd of that. Meanwhile, we produced only 4.95 million bpd of domestic crude. In other words, even if we ran all our vehicles on something else (which won’t happen anytime soon), we would still have to depend on imported oil. And we’ll continue that dependence until we develop our own oil resources to their fullest extent.

To pretend we can do without oil is to marry a fantasy. With the weak dollar the need to use our own resources is even more urgent. Not to mention the jobs it produces during a time of very high unemployment. She concludes thusly:

Alternative sources of energy are part of the answer, but only part. There’s no getting around the fact that we still need to “drill, baby, drill!” And if those in D.C. say otherwise, we need to tell them: “Yes, we can!”

Like the daily beast says, she’s not going anywhere.