Time for Real Cooperation

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Time for Real Cooperation

July 16, 2008

Supply and demand drives the price of oil and gasoline, not politicians. If all the political hot air in Washington could be converted into energy, we’d be paying 30 cents a gallon for gasoline for the first time since the 1960s.

The time is right for real cooperation among politicians. Instead of making political points, why don’t the politicians conclude we ought to stop sending so much money to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela and do more to help ourselves?

T. Boone Pickens is running a series of ads and TV commercials touting wind turbines as part of a mix of new technologies, nuclear power and, yes, drilling in Alaska and the outer continental shelf to lessen our dependence on foreign oil.

Pickens says we transfer $70 billion a year to countries that hate and want to destroy us. This makes no sense at all.

Pressure still works on Congress. If you want them to stop blocking what needs to be done, you’ll have to let them know and soon, like today.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.