Yesterday, press reports revealed that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps consumes a 12,000 calorie per day diet, six times the average calorie intake for a 23-year-old man. On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh said that since extra energy helped produce excellence in Phelps, drilling for more oil would do the same for the U.S.:
But now we read that Michael Phelps is burning and using 12,000 calories a day, while the Democrats are trying to alert everybody to the dangers posed by energy. The Democrats and left are now demonizing oil, they’re demonizing our own ability to be energy independent. They don’t want us to be able to get our own independent sources of oil or natural gas. Yet, look at Michael Phelps. [...]
American consumption for the greatest production and the greatest rewards, why, that is fine if we do this in sports. However, if we consume and produce exceptionalism in goods and services for others, including ourselves, then somehow we are committing a sin.