Sarah Palin on the Water Cannon Threat
Earlier today, I noted the incredible feat that Sarah Palin pulled off in writing an op-ed about cap-and-trade that didn't mention "global warming," "climate change," or "carbon emissions." It's a bit like an op-ed that attacks firefighters for pointing pressurized water cannons at everything but never mentions fires, I snarked.
But Justin Fox thought that actually sounded like a good op-ed. So he rewrote Sarah Palin's piece to address the water cannon danger more directly:
I am deeply concerned about the continued use by firefighters nationwide of pressurized water cannons, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy. It would undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent damage.
American prosperity has always been driven by the steady supply of dry, inhabitable dwellings. Particularly in Alaska, we understand the inherent link between dry shelter and prosperity, dry shelter and opportunity, and dry shelter and security. Consequently, many of us in this huge if dry-shelter-poor state recognize that the continued pointing of high-pressure water cannons at commercial and residential structures would adversely affect every aspect of the U.S. economy.
There is no denying that as the world becomes more industrialized, we need to reform our shelter policy and become less dependent on non-waterproof buildings. But the answer doesn't lie in making buildings wetter! Those who understand the issue know we can meet our dry-shelter needs and environmental challenges without destroying America's economy.
"I find this strangely convincing," writes Fox. So do I.
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