Steve at the Washington Monthly has heaped the appropriate amount of ridicule on Rep. Shadegg’s “no-cost stimulus” plan (the title doesn’t even make sense, and then once you realize there actually is no plan, it goes downhill from there), but the folks at the NRO are lapping it up. Here is David Freddoso extolling the virtues of the “plan”:
Rep. John Shaddegg (R, Ariz.) and Sen. David Vitter (R, La.) led the presentation of the package, which would keep expedite drilling for oil and natural gas on the outer-continental shelf, expand states’ boundaries in the ocean for the purpose of taxing the energy development, and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for “environmentally sensitive” exploration, with the lease funds going toward renewable energy projects.
The bill would also streamline licensing requirements and curb environmental litigation against energy production projects. It prohibits the use of the Endangered Species Act to regulate carbon dioxide, and prevents states from setting their own higher emissions standards for vehicles.
No mention whether or not clubbing baby seals was also included in the “plan.” When I originally read the FOX News piece, I couldn’t figure out what the hell Shadegg was talking about when he said we are “giving jobs to oil fieldworkers and natural gas fieldworkers in Russia and Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, when we should be putting those people to work here in the United States.” My first thought was he was suggesting invading Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela and taking over their oil fields, but now I realize what he meant. We’re back to the McCain campaign and “Drill, baby, drill.”
These guys literally have not had a new idea in three decades.