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Stranglehold Of The Environmentalists

According to Reference.com:

“A chokehold or stranglehold . . . is a grappling hold that strangles the opponent, and leads to unconsciousness or even death . . . They are generally considered superior compared to brute-force manual strangling . . . .

“The word also refers to an occupied state where the occupiers severely prevent any kind of civil rights, quelling all opposition and/or resistance.”

That pretty much sounds like what the environmentalists and their friends in Congress are doing to the average individual American, not to mention what they are doing to the American economy. That certainly seems the view of Walter E. Williams in his Townhall.com weekly column. According to Dr. Williams, an economics professor at George Mason University:

“For several decades, environmentalists have managed to get Congress to keep most of our oil resources off-limits to exploration and drilling. They've managed to have the Congress enact onerous regulations that have made refinery construction impossible. Similarly, they've used the courts and Congress to completely stymie the construction of nuclear power plants. As a result, energy prices are at historical highs and threaten our economy and national security.

“What's the political response to our energy problems? It's more congressional and White House kowtowing to environmentalists, farmers and multi-billion dollar corporations such as Archer Daniels Midland. Their "solution," rather than to solve our oil supply problem by permitting drilling for the billions upon billions of barrels of oil beneath the surface of our country, is to enact the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that mandates that oil companies increase the amount of ethanol mixed with gasoline. Anyone with an ounce of brains would have realized that diverting crops from food to fuel use would raise the prices of corn-fed livestock, such as pork, beef, chicken and dairy products, and products made from corn, such as cereals. Ethanol production has led to increases in other grain prices, such as soybean and wheat. Since the U.S. is the world's largest grain producer and exporter, higher grain prices have had a huge impact on food prices worldwide.”

Williams concludes by saying:

“The thirst to wield massive control over our economy helps explain the near religious belief in manmade global warming and the attacks on scientists and others who offer contradictory evidence.”

If the environmentalists don’t have a stranglehold on Congress. the American economy, and America’s taxpayers, I don’t know what you’d call it. Apparently, they have total control of Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. When challenged to explain why she would won’t allow a vote for more drilling for America’s oil, she said, according to Investors Business Daily:

"I'm trying to save the planet; I'm trying to save the planet," she responded. "I will not have this debate trivialized by (the Republicans) excuse for their failed policy."

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