Originally Posted by Mumbo Jumbo
We're talking about the happiness of liberals and conservatives, not energy self-sufficiency.
Please re-read my post and then actually respond to the point.
When you do, you might want to acknowledge my point about Danish happiness.
How is it that the highest taxed nation in Europe is the happiest? How is that a nation with an income disparity between 20 - 70% lower than the US can be so happy?
YOU RAISED THE SUBJECT, so let's hope you can actually back your argument up with some facts.
I fully acknowledged it and even pointed to the source of it. When you have plenty of wealth straight from the ground to redistribute, it makes everyone a lot more happy.
The issue here has more to do with word definitions. Liberals in America do not support using carbon based energy sources nor do they support expanding attempts to find and extract them. Pumping wealth out of the ground and giving everyone income related to it is pretty much on par with what Sarah Palin was doing in Alaska. It made everyone there pretty happy as well.
If you search my own threads on here, you'll see I've advocated dozens of times to use our energy wealth for progressive causes as a fair trade.
That isn't a liberal position unless you desire to declare me a liberal. However it isn't a position you will find many liberal Americans taking. We cannot do what Denmark is doing. We cannot drill for all the oil and natural gas off our coasts and use it to equalize income disparities or to provide social services. Conservatives fought for and finally had removed the drilling ban on our coasts, but that is only the first step. Obama pretty much undid all that when he came into office.
Here's one link of many related to straight up happiness on the C and L front.
Washington - President Obama is shelving a plan announced in the final days of the Bush presidency to open much of the U.S. coast to oil and gas drilling, including 130 million acres off California's shores from Mendocino to San Diego.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar put the plan on hold Tuesday while his agency conducts a 180-day review. But Salazar's critical comments about the proposal made clear that the new administration will rewrite it if not completely scrap it.
It summarizes several studies and the conclusions, when researchers project onto subjects, especially babies, they mark the conservatives unhappy. When people are asked to give their own information though, Conservatives are markedly happier.
You asked and received so now return the favor.