Magazine August 2, 2010, Issue

Beyond the Spill

(Dave Martin/AP)
In pursuit of an imaginary green-energy future, Obama is leading us into an oil shortage

Pensacola, Fla.

‘If Americans don’t start eating seafood again,” Frank Patti tells me, “we’re lost.” His massive warehouse-size market on the edge of Pensacola Bay in the Florida panhandle is packed with fish and shellfish, but customers just aren’t showing up. Despite his many assurances that the merchandise is safe (here and there little tags proclaim “All shrimp from Caribbean and East Coast”), sales are down 50 percent compared with this time last year.

Joe Patti’s Seafood is a Pensacola institution. Started by Frank’s father, a Sicilian fisherman, and his wife in the depths of the Great Depression, this mom-and-pop business once

Mario Loyola — Mr. Loyola is a fellow at the National Security Institute of George Mason University School of Law and a former defense-policy adviser at the Pentagon and in the U.S. Senate.

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