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Drilling is energy key

April 2, 2011
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It is interesting to see what fiction will be cited as a lesson from the intelligentsia to the great unwashed masses. The [March 28] energy article by [Bruce] Hetrick proposes a Hollywood piece of fiction as a modern-day parable of undeniable truth.

Hollywood is a purveyor of escapist entertainment—nothing more, nothing less. There isn’t a scientific fact, law of nature or scintilla of common sense that Hollywood will not bend, twist or contort to sell a movie. The same goes for the Chicken Little crowd cackling about the next disaster caused by humans.

Regardless of the topic, the “humans are bad” message is always consistent that a small group of self-anointed keepers of all wisdom should be ceded authority over how everyone else lives. So, Mr. Hetrick, where do you think humans should be told to live? On a mountaintop in Tibet would be far-removed from earthquake, tsunami and flood.

Since energy consumption was mentioned, just a tidbit of fact to consider. Russia has done extensive oil exploration within its own borders. After decades, it now controls oil reserves larger than the rest of the world combined. That’s OK, we have curly light bulbs and wind farms to power those bulbs—when the wind is blowing, but not too strong, mostly during daylight hours, somewhere remote, ’cause they are an eyesore and make noise, and keep them away from birds.

Drill, baby, drill!

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Jim Garten  

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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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