Like “meatless” meat that has meat in it.
Fun with language:
Once companies decide to drill, it is unclear how extensive the network of drill pads and connecting roads, pipelines and shelters and supply vehicles will be, and how they will change the landscape and the habitat of the animals that move through the area.
During last week’s Senate debate, which marked a turning point in the long struggle over energy and environmental policy, supporters of drilling argued that the development would be minimal. “When we talk about the roadless areas we have available for exploration, we mean it,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska. “We do mean that we are going to put down an ice road that will disappear when the summer comes.”
But there are other areas of Alaska’s northern coast that can give some indication of how development may proceed. Once exploration was over and drilling had begun in other Alaska oil facilities, like the Alpine field west of Prudhoe Bay, the concept of “roadless” became more fungible as gravel roads were constructed within the sites. Responding to questions about this in a recent environmental impact statement on oil development in an area farther west, Interior Department officials wrote, “the term ‘roadless’ does not mean an absence of roads. Rather, it indicates an attempt to minimize the construction of permanent roads.”
I guess this is similar to the way we refer to someone as “brainless” when we know fully well that they have a brain but they choose not to use it, or someone that we refer to as “dickless” when they actually do have a dick.
Except for Mickey Kaus.
He is dickless.