Pursuit of Environmental Perfection is the Worst Enemy of the Merely Good

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.

He's my brother but I can't carry him.

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.

About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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