I seriously dislike California Senator "Don't Call Me Ma'am" Boxer a lot.
Possibly it's because I shared a zip code with her for more than 20 years.
So I know first hand that she is,er, a little light in the intellectual arena.
By Kerry Picket on May 13, 2010 into Water Cooler
At a press conference on Thursday Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, California Democrats, along with Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington Democrat, and Senator Jeff Merkley, Oregon Democrat, presented legislation calling for a permanent ban on oil drilling off the West Coast. Democratic Senators Patty Murray of Washington and Ron Wyden of Oregon, while absent at today's presser, are also part of the coalition, according to Senator Boxer.
Before showing pictures of oils soaked wildlife as a result of the BP oil spill, Ms. Boxer explained the legislation saying this bill would ensure that "there will never be offshore oil gas drilling off the west coast of our nation."
While President Obama placed an executive order on West Coast drilling until 2017, the six Democratic Senators' legislation goes further.
"We know very clearly that that moratorium is dependent on his presidency, his being there, and that there is no permanent protection for us. This is our only route to go," said Senator Boxer, Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee.
I later asked Senator Boxer, given California's recent history of brown outs and black outs, what kind reliable energy could Californians rely on if she is looking to eradicate the oil industry on the West Coast? The green energy industry is too intermittent and why not consider nuclear energy instead? "If all of the people in the country for 25 days had the proper tire pressure in their cars you would replace all of the oil," she said. "There is...this is such a little bit of oil in this area only enough to power the country for, you know, a year or so. So 25 days of people doing the proper pressure would replace it."
"I don't think that's funny."
Of course not. It all makes perfect sense. So let's stop drilling and check our air pressure, OK?
OK! Now let's take the rest of the day off.