The energy crisis has forced us to change the question from "should we drill now" to "how should we drill now." Not a question of "if" but "when." But the biggest concern should be the "How, How, How?"
Because the "environmental wackos" who are wary of environmental damage don't have far to look in order to prove their point.
The right wingers will continue to say that our energy crisis is caused by environmentalists. Tell that to the Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parish residents who get to worry about their drinking water for the next few days. Tell that to the American businesses losing money because river traffic has to be stopped. I can smell the fuel oil from Mid-City.
But the mythology will start cranking up soon enough: just like the "not one droppers" continue to falsely claim no oil-based environmental damage in the face of the 2005 hurricanes, they will now find something else to blame for what happened on the river. I'm sure the collision was caused by some unncessary government regulation, a liberal politician, or some environmentalist somewhere.
But we know the truth:
That's what happens when you let Robert Novak drive the boat.
Update: I am apparently thinking along the exact lines as Oyster on this one. He even provides some Limbaugh linkage, and one to Shakespeare's Sister. Good stuff.