COLBY, Kan. - Energy policies shaped by the election? A recent opinion writer in the Colby Free Press, representing the Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association, seems to think so. Maybe it will, but should it?
Politics shapes our elections and money shapes our politics. Special interests aren't always too careful with all the facts. I don't know anyone who is a member of the Oil & Gas Association and I don't have any education degrees that would indicate that I'm an expert concerning oil & gas exploration and production. We have special interest groups on both sides of the issue, who don't have any more technical or scientific knowledge than I have. When those individuals form their opinions on what is and isn't fact, they quite often are driven by their own economic interest or ideological ideas, rather than real knowledge. I'm not too sure we have very many elected officials who are experts with factual knowledge in the field of energy exploration and development. Money buys a place at the negotiating table, through political campaign donations. It takes money to run a successful campaign to get elected. The 'special interest' group with the most available financial resources has the most influence politically.