Skip to comments.President Bush telling Congress- DRILL! LIVE THREAD- Rose Garden press conference at 10:30 AM
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.
I would rather they drill in the godforsaken WILDERNESS in Alaska first
If you go to FOX you can click and read the story by the AP that we no longer link to!
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.
They can drill in my backyard, and front yard, if there is oil there.
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.
I agree with that. ANWR makes more sense from all angles. Weird.
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.
About seven years too late, but better late than never I guess.
“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.
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.
ol’ gw....did he finally wake up? where has he been?
I agree. It's like the Good Lord said, "Here you go, drill up here, you can't hurt nothin'."
Yes- and Dana Perino just answered that question on FOX- she said the order can be overturned.
Also mentioning oil shale as a possibility..
I’d like to see GW drill Harry Reid right in the nose!!
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
And he has also failed for seven years to lift the presidential moratorium instituted by his father on drilling.
But...that would be wasteful- there is simply nothing to be found inside Reid’s head.
For the love of God, IT’S ABOUT TIME. I hope he’s truly serious about pounding this, day in and day out.
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.
How about giving credit where credit is due: Bush has been trying to allow drilling throughout his presidency:
He also tried in 2002 but the rats and the rinos in congress voted against it.
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.
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).
Actually, he extended the ban.
>There is simply nothing to be found inside Reids head.
Then kick his azz! 8^)
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.
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.
I certainly hope you are right (and I love your tag line).
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.
I know what you mean- this is substantive and of immediate import.
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.
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.
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!
DRILL & BUILD!!!
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
DRILL AMERICAN - BUY AMERICAN!
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!
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 dont 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.
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.
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
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...
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.
Myopia? There are multiple avenues that need to be addressed concurrently. Solutions are not single threaded.
- Offshore drilling
- On-shore drilling
- Building coal plants and petroleum refining plants
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.
I guess you weren't around in the 1970s. Gasoline shortages, lines, locking gas caps...
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!