I thought you had a very good post in your latest blog entry, but I think your last sentence might have missed the true evil of Zero and his minions. Below is a quote from Ayn Rand, which has stuck with me, as it encapsulates where these people are coming from, and describes their motivations in approaching life, in this case, the Keystone pipeline. Note, it summarizes expropriation & slavery, which is your major point; and rather than not knowing history, and therefore repeating it; they know what they are doing and are doing it deliberately to create subjects they can rule. Expropriation and slavery are the markers & methods by which freedom is progressively removed from the people, proceeding along the path to create subservient subjects that cannot challenge state control. Once they feel safe enough, prison & murder will be added to expropriation and slavery, if history is anything to go by (Bill Ayers & 25 million killed, also: the USSR).


Affordable energy is what creates wealth, what has let us move from a nation of farmers to a nation of suburban information workers. The Greens despise humanity, so cutting off our energy — trying to force us back into subsistence — is their dream.
As Ayn Rand put it in Atlas Shrugged (pages 867-868, Signet 50th Anniversary paperback edition):

Then [Dagny Taggart] saw the answer; she saw the secret premise behind their words. With all of their noisy devotion to the age of science, their hysterically technological jargon, their cyclotrons, their sound rays, these men were moved forward, not by the image of an industrial skyline, but by the vision of that form of existence which the industrialists had swept away – the vision of a fat, unhygienic rajah of India, with vacant eyes staring in indolent stupor out of stagnant layers of flesh, with nothing to do but run precious gems through his fingers and, once in a while, stick a knife into the body of a starved, toil-dazed, germ-eaten creature, as a claim to a few grains of the creature’s rice, then claim it from hundreds of millions of such creatures and thus let the rice grains gather into gems.

She had thought that industrial production was a value not to be questioned by anyone; she had thought that these men’s urge to expropriate the factories of others was their acknowledgment of the factories’ value. She, born of the industrial revolution, had not held as conceivable, had forgotten along with the tales of astrology and alchemy, what these men knew in their secret, furtive souls, knew not by means of thought, but by means of that nameless muck which they called their instincts and emotions: that so long as men struggle to stay alive, they’ll never produce so little but that the man with the club won’t be able to seize it and leave them still less, provided millions of them are willing to submit – that the harder their work and the less their gain, the more submissive the fiber of their spirit – that men who live by pulling levers at an electric switchboard, are not easily ruled, but men who live by digging the soil with their naked fingers, are – that the feudal baron did not need electronic factories in order to drink his brains away out of jeweled goblets, and neither did the rajahs of the People’s State of India. [emphasis added]

In other words, any hardships imposed on the United States by Our Nero Zero’s (anti)-energy policies should be viewed as an intended feature, not a bug.