Idiocy begets idiocy.
This article I was asked to write for PJ Media was published today. It is about the closure of an oil refinery in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin islands, and the implications of that and similar events for the United States and Venezuela.
We have arrived at the point where desires for environmental perfection overwhelm the merely good that we could do instead; excess often results in a backlash. The refinery closure will hurt Venezuela, not necessarily a bad thing, but it will also harm the United States. So will President Obama’s recent decision to reject the Keystone pipeline from Canada as well as regulatory obstructions as a consequence of which no new oil refinery has been built in the United States for more than thirty years.
As long as we depend on oil from unfriendly countries, of which there are several including Venezuela, we will continue to support them financially in the harm that they do to us and to others.