Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Two Wrongs Won't Make It Right

News from the bad-idea front: suspending federal gas taxes and environmental requirements related to gasoline.

This isn't a bad idea, though it won't do a darn thing in terms of helping the general public face up to some uncomfortable truths about what we're potentially facing over the long haul.

I'll say it bluntly: Anything that permits and even encourages "we, the people" to remain in comfortable ignorance and self-coddling denial is a step in the wrong direction. We've put off making hard choices personally and policy-wise for at least a quarter-century or more.

What is it going to take for those on all sides, energetically grinding away on your political axes, to see that your actions are fueling false expectations about what we actually need to do address the bigger picture, one that is complex and involves more than the debate over the morality of vehicle choice?

[End of three-minute rant.]