Friday, February 25, 2005

A former editor of Smithsonian magazine proposes that everyone who wants to drill in ANWR should have to spend a couple of weeks roughing it with the grizzlies:

Those who survive the grizzly test earn the right to submit their drilling proposals to Congress. But who knows? Perhaps a solitary stint in the refuge is enough to make even the most avaricious developers think twice. Once they've discovered for themselves how magnificent the refuge is; once they've watched caribou lope across the tundra, listened to wolves howl, beheld the mesmerizing effects of light and shadow on limestone mountains riddled with caves and turreted with hoodoos - once, in short, they understand why so many folks consider the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge sacred ground, they might undergo a change of heart and decide to leave it the way it is. Which is to say, undisturbed.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Nifty line from David Brooks:

Over the next few months we will be watching a government that may be millions-wise, but trillions-foolish.