WOOD TV8 has been running an ad promoting a segment it is going to run on this evening's newscast. The segment's intrepid reporter is going to ferret who's to blame for rising gasoline prices. My first reaction was, "What nonsense!" After all, the law of supply and demand provides most of the explanation. There's no one to "blame" in that regard.
Then an article headlined "Ehlers lauded as green giant" in the Monday edition of the Grand Rapids Press caught my eye. River City's member of Congress, Vern Ehlers, was awarded the Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award by the Michigan Environmental Council.* One of the reasons Ehlers got this distinction is his solid opposition to drilling for oil in that frozen wasteland otherwise known as the Arctic National Wildfire Refuge.
So we can blame Ehlers for helping to create the shortage in oil supply that has driven a barrel of crude to sky-high prices. Don't bet on the newsmen at WOOD TV8 figuring that out when it comes to pointing fingers.
* You might remember the Michigan Environmental Council. These fearless defenders of the environment stayed low in the weeds when we asked for their help in presenting to state officials the evidence of how the Berkey & Gay developers obstructed the MDEQ's investigation of illegal dumping at the old Monroe Avenue water filtration plant with false affidavits and phony soil tests. But let's not beat up on the MEC too much. All of the environmentalist groups that constantly beg for donations from you turned their back on the biggest dumping scandal in River City history because of the powerful players in involved.