I'm an Enrolled Agent tax pro based in California with clients all over the country. Recently, the son of a client who had moved to a more free state than ours asked whether I thought he should move back here to start a business. I suggested not. Why?
"Buy a Brita filter." That was my response to somebody on Twitter reacting negatively to a post where I made a point about the economic and personal impact of 70 mining jobs. Admittedly, the response was more an attempt at ironic humor, but there's a deeper point here that often gets left out in discussions on environmental trade-offs.
After the end of Apartheid in 1994, nobody would have guessed that South Africa would be making many of the same mistakes as the Apartheid regime only two decades later, from censoring speech to violating agricultural property rights. In our process of transformation, we were supposed to move away from the Apartheid mentality.
The escape from destitution and uncertainty of subsistence farming is one of the greatest accomplishments of the modern world. More people live longer, healthier, more peaceful lives today than anytime in the past. Recognizing the enormous, positive effect of this gradual transformation is an important tonic to the narrative of pervasive problems and pessimism.
When it comes to the oil sector (as in others), additional government interventions only cause unintended consequences. Using the threat of Strategic Petroleum Reserve withdrawals to limit "price gouging" and "profiteering" only cripples the ability of the market to anticipate and mitigate supply disruptions.