What's amazing to us is the media's continued tendency to over-analyze Democratic opposition. "Big Oil" is the biggest source of Republican political contributions, so it is Nancy Pelosi's enemy. Anything which helps oil companies is seen as helping Republicans -- and, thus is to be sternly resisted. The idea that environmental or other values have somehow insinuated themselves into this battle might be a nice story to tell small children. But the current opposition to drilling is almost completely a function of oil's Republican contributions and support (and, probably vice versa).
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Ken Robinson's Telecommunications Policy Review, Vol. 24, No. 28 at 3 (sadly, not available online):