No way am I painting my forest green metal roof white. This is a dumb idea. Even in Texas I believe the heat absorbed in Winter offsets any gains that might come in the Summer from having a white reflective roof. And up North...there are no benefits. Except to paint companies and contractors. That will put a lot of people to work. Paint all the roofs and sidewalks white. / sarc Dumb and dumber!!! Some of these ideas sound like the Little Rascals thought them up.
Hat Tip: Alamo City Pundit
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
Posted Friday, May 29, 2009 4:20 PM
Energy: As administration officials tilt at windmills and talk of painting our roofs white, a real energy solution has emerged from the Arctic deep. So why has only Alaska's Sarah Palin noticed?
Back in July, when IBD first interviewed the then-little-known governor, Palin emphasized developing Alaska's Chukchi Sea resources. Under those icy waters, it was then believed, was enough oil and gas to supply America for a decade.
"It's a very nonsensical position we're in right now," Palin told us. "(We) ask the Saudis to ramp up production of crude oil so that hungry markets in America can be fed, (and) your sister state in Alaska has those resources."
At the time, it was thought that Chukchi's waters northwest of Alaska's landmass held 30 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
Today, Science magazine reports that the U.S. Geological Survey now finds it holds more than anyone thought — 1.6 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered gas, or 30% of the world's supply and 83 billion barrels of undiscovered oil, 4% of the global conventional resources.
That's enough U.S. energy to achieve self-sufficiency and never worry about it as a national security question again.
The only thing left to do is drill. "Congress can do that for us right now," Palin told IBD, urging Washington to open the territory.
That Congress hasn't is the biggest part of the problem.
"Alaska should be the head, not the tail, to the energy solution," Palin said.
It ought to be reassuring to Americans that energy can be developed here. Americans are environmentally conscious, and Palin herself has a good record on balancing development with ecology.
The alternative isn't reassuring: If we don't drill, the Russians will. Situated over on the eastern end of the Chukchi Sea, they have global ambitions of dominating the energy trade and no qualms about muscling in on the U.S.
© Janet Crain
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