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President Bush telling Congress- DRILL! LIVE THREAD- Rose Garden press conference at 10:30 AM
Multiple media sources | 18 June 2008

Posted on 06/18/2008 6:59:13 AM PDT by SE Mom

The president is holding a live press conference in the Rose Garden @ 10:30 (eastern) to make very public his desire that we DRILL. He will ask Congress to lift the ban on offshore drilling in coastal US waters.


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KEYWORDS: 110th; bush; energy; environment; offshoredrilling; oil; presidentbush; presser; putrid
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Have at it- the questions from reporters should be worth hearing!
1 posted on 06/18/2008 6:59:13 AM PDT by SE Mom
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To: SE Mom

I would rather they drill in the godforsaken WILDERNESS in Alaska first


2 posted on 06/18/2008 7:00:09 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: SE Mom

http://www.foxnews.com/index.html

If you go to FOX you can click and read the story by the AP that we no longer link to!


3 posted on 06/18/2008 7:00:29 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

If only we hasd been hearing the evidence ofsome real stones like this for the past 4 years instead of at the end of a lame duck when nobody in Congress cares.

Johnnie had best latch onto something like this very, very soon.


4 posted on 06/18/2008 7:01:46 AM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: Mr. K

They can drill in my backyard, and front yard, if there is oil there.


5 posted on 06/18/2008 7:01:53 AM PDT by devane617 (we are so screwed)
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To: Mr. K

McCain is for drilling offshore so my take would be that the President would not want to deliberately go against the Republican nominee so close to the election.


6 posted on 06/18/2008 7:02:31 AM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: Mr. K

I agree with that. ANWR makes more sense from all angles. Weird.


7 posted on 06/18/2008 7:02:41 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Mr. K

Per Dana Perino on FOX just now- Bush will try to work with local governors on ways to do this- she stressed these are federal waters.


8 posted on 06/18/2008 7:03:06 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

About seven years too late, but better late than never I guess.


9 posted on 06/18/2008 7:03:51 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: Mr. K

“I would rather they drill in the godforsaken WILDERNESS in Alaska first”

I agree, but this is a step in the right direction. The only way to pressure Congress is take it public. The public now favors drilling. Those moderates, and slightly left leaners drop their ideals quickly when their wallet hurts.
So, take it public. Make Congress give in, or very publicly ignore the wishes of the people.


10 posted on 06/18/2008 7:03:51 AM PDT by brownsfan (Algore makes P.T. Barnum look like a piker.)
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To: SE Mom
I thought that Bush41 signed an EXECUTIVE ORDER that put the kibosh on drilling somewhere - was it ANWR? OffShore? I don't remember.

If that's the case, couldn't Bush43 lift it?

It might hurt his re-election chances with the envirowackos, but his chances are pretty low already.

11 posted on 06/18/2008 7:03:51 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: bill1952

ol’ gw....did he finally wake up? where has he been?


12 posted on 06/18/2008 7:04:19 AM PDT by devane617 (we are so screwed)
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To: Mr. K
I would rather they drill in the godforsaken WILDERNESS in Alaska first.

I agree. It's like the Good Lord said, "Here you go, drill up here, you can't hurt nothin'."

13 posted on 06/18/2008 7:04:42 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Never miss a good chance to shut up." - - Will Rogers)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Yes- and Dana Perino just answered that question on FOX- she said the order can be overturned.

Also mentioning oil shale as a possibility..


14 posted on 06/18/2008 7:05:04 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

I’d like to see GW drill Harry Reid right in the nose!!


15 posted on 06/18/2008 7:05:39 AM PDT by FlashBack (www.proudpatriots.org/www.woundedwarriorproject.org/www.moveamericaforward.org)
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To: SE Mom

Thanks for the heads up.

Of course we all know that Bush talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk...

Bush administration bars drilling in Arctic wetland
http://in.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idINN1644783920080516

And he has also failed for seven years to lift the presidential moratorium instituted by his father on drilling.


16 posted on 06/18/2008 7:06:03 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: FlashBack

But...that would be wasteful- there is simply nothing to be found inside Reid’s head.

;)


17 posted on 06/18/2008 7:07:15 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

For the love of God, IT’S ABOUT TIME. I hope he’s truly serious about pounding this, day in and day out.


18 posted on 06/18/2008 7:08:14 AM PDT by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Dana Perino just explained that there were two components: the executive order AND a law Congress passed in the 90’s. President Bush could rescind the executive order and nothing would happen, because of the law Congress passed.


19 posted on 06/18/2008 7:09:55 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: bill1952
If only we hasd been hearing the evidence ofsome real stones like this for the past 4 years instead of at the end of a lame duck when nobody in Congress cares.

How about giving credit where credit is due: Bush has been trying to allow drilling throughout his presidency:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1626845/posts

He also tried in 2002 but the rats and the rinos in congress voted against it.

20 posted on 06/18/2008 7:09:58 AM PDT by Mogollon (q)
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To: SE Mom
The drilling issue can, and hopefully will, kill the Dems in this election.

They are on the wrong side of the fence and, since they are liberals, can't see the error in their ways.

Between that and the improving news from Iraq, I don't think they will be shoe-ins for the next election by any means.

Meanwhile, I hope their false confidence leads them down the primrose path to defeat.

Obama says drilling will have no immediate effect...same can be said of the alternative means of producing energy.

21 posted on 06/18/2008 7:10:21 AM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: truthkeeper

From listening to Dana Perino just now on FOX it sounds as though he’s serious. $4.00 and not going down seems to be penetrating the fog in D.C. (except for the libs of course).

We’ll see..


22 posted on 06/18/2008 7:11:00 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: kellynla

Actually, he extended the ban.


23 posted on 06/18/2008 7:11:34 AM PDT by patton (cuiquam in sua arte credendum)
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To: SE Mom

>There is simply nothing to be found inside Reid’s head.

Then kick his azz! 8^)


24 posted on 06/18/2008 7:12:03 AM PDT by bill1952 (Obama-the only one who can make me vote McCain McCain-the only one who might make me stay at home)
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To: SE Mom

If President Bush were smart, and that is a stretch, he would have McCain standing next to him during the annoucement and give him credit for getting this started. But again that would require some smarts on the part of our republican leaders, which unfortunatly is in shorter supply than oil.


25 posted on 06/18/2008 7:12:42 AM PDT by TonyM (E)
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To: SE Mom
Thanks for the heads-up. I certainly would have missed it otherwise.

This is the first time in three-and-a-half years that I actually have been interested in hearing what he has to say in a TV speech or press conference.

He still has a chance to be the "Comeback Kid", heheh.

Leni

26 posted on 06/18/2008 7:13:06 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Stay Home or vote Barr for Obamination, more Taxation, Regulation, Litigation and Ginburgization)
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To: capt. norm

I certainly hope you are right (and I love your tag line).

;-)


27 posted on 06/18/2008 7:13:08 AM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: Mr. K
I would rather they drill in the godforsaken WILDERNESS in Alaska first

ANWR alone won't help enough. We need to be drilling ANWR and the continental shelf as well as open up the off limits oil shale areas. We have enough oil for quite a while, but we need to go after it everywhere. We also need to be building nuke plants and rapidly developing algae to diesel/gas and supercapacitor technologies. Forget about ethanol.

28 posted on 06/18/2008 7:14:43 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: MinuteGal
He still has a chance to be the "Comeback Kid", heheh.

Third term, perhaps? ;-)
29 posted on 06/18/2008 7:15:35 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Rush on McCain: "We're so screwed.")
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To: MinuteGal

I know what you mean- this is substantive and of immediate import.


30 posted on 06/18/2008 7:15:51 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom
Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less, and also reduce the amount of $$ going to our enemies.
31 posted on 06/18/2008 7:16:25 AM PDT by sanchmo
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To: SE Mom

This is too little and way too late to save the stupid party from a terrible shellacking. Except for the RINO philosophy we would have had millions of additional barrels being produced domestically five years ago. But now in the middle of a economic crisis it is way too late. China is taking all the oil the world can produce and buying it with the billions of dollars that they have hoarded from their massive sales to the United States. The entire West is going to pay big time for the shortsightedness brought on by the Environmental Wackos that have invaded all western political parties.

Conservatives, alone, crying in the political wilderness have urged the exploration and production of domestic oil for decades. Now it seems that the rest of the world is about to wake up to the need for same. But because the reputed leader of the conservative movement refused to pound this message home, we will be blamed for the crisis that is now happening.


32 posted on 06/18/2008 7:16:50 AM PDT by brydic1
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To: Mogollon
Bush administration bars drilling in Arctic wetland

http://in.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idINN1644783920080516

If he was REALLY serious, he would declare our oil to be a matter of Strategic National Security and open drilling by presidential order.

He has that authority under existing laws that grant that very same authority to ... Saudi Arabia and all of OPEC.

That is how OPEC is allowed to operate a monopoly in restraint of trade, contrary to all international trade laws that pertain to everyone else who has not done so.

33 posted on 06/18/2008 7:18:59 AM PDT by bill1952 (Obama-the only one who can make me vote McCain McCain-the only one who can make me stay at home)
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To: Mr. K
I would rather they drill in the godforsaken WILDERNESS in Alaska first

yes, there, the gulf, off the coasts, digging into the oil shale/tar sands of Utah etc....digging our rich coal deposits and building lots of nuke plants.

We need to DO IT ALL!

34 posted on 06/18/2008 7:19:55 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: SE Mom
He should use a chart like this.


35 posted on 06/18/2008 7:20:03 AM PDT by McGruff (This is not the [your name here] I knew.)
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To: SE Mom
We also need to lift restrictions on new building new refineries.

DRILL & BUILD!!!

36 posted on 06/18/2008 7:23:21 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Some days it is not worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Mogollon

Thank you!!! Bush had made energy independence one of his main objectives...and couldn’t get anywhere in the ‘just say no’ Democrat-led Congress


37 posted on 06/18/2008 7:24:13 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: SE Mom

DRILL AMERICAN - BUY AMERICAN!


38 posted on 06/18/2008 7:24:52 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: TonyM

Give McCain credit? The idiot was forced into into flipping his flopped position! Forced by the realization the American people are coming to their senses about our resources since their wallets are being drained!


39 posted on 06/18/2008 7:28:08 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: SE Mom
The following, in one form or another, has been sent over the last few months to VP Cheney, the White House, and several news outlets. It took a while, but some of it is coming to fruition.

My Energy Manifesto:

* Cease all ethanol-fuel production. It takes away from food production and the unintended consequence is higher food costs. As diesel prices go up, the cost of farming tips the balance of cost to make ethanol a bad idea. Just say "no" to ethanol! Even Jimmy Carter says that diverting farm production from food to fuel is dumb – even HE gets it. This will create only ONE "blend" of gasoline and will cease regional "boutique" blends (gasohols) which are stupid, costly, and meaningless. Trucking custom blends around the country is wasteful. Ethanol blends may actually lead to fewer miles to the gallon, and adds to the cost of production and transportation. Newer cars do not need oxygenated fuels.

* Lift the restrictions in order to drill for oil in Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, and other sites in the CONUS as a matter of national security.

* Encourage the petro industry to construct state-of-the-art refineries and/or retrofit current and dormant ones and crank up production for our newly-accessed oil in the CONUS.

* Make all “carbon credit” scams unlawful. Discrediting Algore should have been a slam-dunk a long time ago. Stop electing Reps who buy into the Global Warming / Global Cooling / Climate Change Hoax. CO2 is not our enemy!

* Construct SEVERAL, regional Pebble-Bed Modular Reactors (or other similar modern designs) that are rechargeable, and cleaner than any current nuclear generator design. Refine spent nuke fuel for recycling. DO SOMETHING NUCLEAR to resolve energy problems.

* Use the residual heat from the reactors above to process motor fuel from coal and/or shale. Even though Clinton "stole" some of the best coal reserves, we still have a lot to use.

* Become independent enough to make the cartels (i.e. OPEC) inconsequential.

* Convince local taxing bodies to lift or cap the sales tax on gasoline so that as gas prices go up, the local tax collectors don’t see a windfall revenue jump at the expense of the consumer. The Federal government could compel the states (and locals) to cap the fuel taxes.

If you squint real hard, and read between the lines, the ‘manifesto’ will require fewer RINOs and LibDems and the election of some clear-minded conservatives to even consider the above.

40 posted on 06/18/2008 7:28:23 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: bill1952
Johnnie had best latch onto something like this very, very soon.

I agree. But Johhnnie ain't too bright when it comes to planning, cause and effect, and consequences of inaction. I guess he's sorta figgering it out.

We need some business operations managers and production planners in DC. Run the entire DOE like a business. Incent effective productivity and fire losers.

41 posted on 06/18/2008 7:30:04 AM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Miss Marple
President Bush could rescind the executive order and nothing would happen, because of the law Congress passed.

Then he should sign the rescinding order, and call attention to the fact thatthe ball is now in Congress's court.

(I'm not watching the presser, so he could be doing just that, for all I know.

/ fat chance

42 posted on 06/18/2008 7:30:37 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SE Mom
Er... wasn't it GHW Bush's Executive Order that put some of this stuff off limits? Can't the President just sign an EO rescinding the former EO?

For that matter, why hasn't he repealed the DRMO ammo EO, the firearms Import "sporting purpose" EO, and a few thousand others?

And this is just two topics...

43 posted on 06/18/2008 7:32:16 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: brydic1

It is discouraging, isn’t it? But now- it seems 73% of Americans are ready to drill HERE, so the political expediency is apparent in this decision.

I actually think the dynamics of oil may change if we really DO start drilling.

We’ll see ...$4.00 is a reality check- libs may feel so pressured they MUST compromise.


44 posted on 06/18/2008 7:32:30 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: normy
I agree with that. ANWR makes more sense from all angles. Weird.

Myopia? There are multiple avenues that need to be addressed concurrently. Solutions are not single threaded.

- Coal

- Offshore drilling

- On-shore drilling

- Building coal plants and petroleum refining plants

- Nukes

45 posted on 06/18/2008 7:33:34 AM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: normy

No. ANWR is not being siphoned off by Canada yet, and we can hold it in reserve while going after those that might be legally grabbed by others.

Of course, this is all a wonderful way of ignoring the problem with the dollar.


46 posted on 06/18/2008 7:33:47 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Izzy Dunne
I thought that Bush41 signed an EXECUTIVE ORDER that put the kibosh on drilling somewhere - was it ANWR? OffShore? I don't remember.

If that's the case, couldn't Bush43 lift it?

It might hurt his re-election chances with the envirowackos, but his chances are pretty low already.


Yes, yes and yes.
47 posted on 06/18/2008 7:34:41 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
About seven years too late, but better late than never I guess.

I guess you weren't around in the 1970s. Gasoline shortages, lines, locking gas caps...

48 posted on 06/18/2008 7:35:22 AM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: brydic1
China is taking all the oil the world can produce and buying it with the billions of dollars that they have hoarded from their massive sales to the United States.

Print-and-spend or borrow-and-spend is infinitely sustainable...just ask all the flag-wavers around here who call it anti-American to suggest otherwise!

49 posted on 06/18/2008 7:35:28 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: McGruff
Frank Luntz, in discussing this issue with the Friends, used the reference—one single letter on the front page of the NY Times.
50 posted on 06/18/2008 7:37:36 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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