Skip to comments.Congress Cannot Deflect The Blame
Posted on 06/18/2008 6:07:19 PM PDT by Kaslin
Energy: First, Democrats dishonestly blamed oil companies for overcharging. Now they falsely accuse them of keeping their high-priced oil off the market. With public support for drilling growing, Congress is panicked.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi complains that energy firms are "sitting on 68 million acres of federal lands they've already leased," but with which they are not producing oil and gas.
That same Democratic Party talking point was served up by Sen. Russ Feingold. He asked oil executives at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last month "to explain why their companies are only developing 12 (million) of the 42 million acres of federal lands that they are leasing" and "only developing 8 (million) of the 38 million acres of offshore leased areas."
According to Feingold, "the executives could not come up with a good explanation."
In fact, they did it's the fault of Feingold, Pelosi, would-be president Barack Obama and every other member of Congress whose environmental extremism has prevented the oil industry from finding and extracting America's own supplies.
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The Democrat Congresscritter who'd just yielded time to this guy was telling us that it was the fault of the oil companies for not drilling leases they already have.
These are really inconsistent positions. Makes me suspect the Democrats have not come up with a coherent response.
Time for the Republicans to run on a "gastank for America" program!
It wasn't the fault of true Repulicans. With friends like Spector, Snowe, Chaffee, and Collins, who needs enemas? The RINOS held the balance of power and were able to block any proposals to lift the ban on drilling in ANWAR, and offshore in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Florida.
Or, as I like to say, they couldn't pour water out of a boot if the directions were written on the heel....
How many of these acres are OFFSHORE (where the oil is)?
I sat next to an Oil Industry Engineer on a flight from Boise to Denver back in 2002 and he explained that the oil companies had plenty of leases for oil and natural gas, but every time they tried to drill for them some freaking environmental group would take them to court gaining an injunction keeping them from using the leases granted by the Federal Government. He was so fed up with it he was quitting the industry and on his way back to Colorado to finish selling his home moving back to Idaho. He stated it was one of the few states left that you he called a working state because you could actually use the natural resources. I wonder what San Fran Nan and her Soros backed tree hugging liberal minions would have to say if somebody hit them in the face with this little fact?
There’s a joke floating around the internet, the punch line of which is “that the oil might be found in many places, it’s just that the dipsticks are all in Washington.”
Poor Obama, he wants to win but he’ll have to rebuke democrats and himself to do it. By November this guy will be all twisted up like a pretzel.
The best article I have read about the current issue of high oil prices and the democrats phony arguments.
The reason Congress doesn’t do anything about this is simple: they don’t want to, because things are exactly the way they want them to be. They aren’t stupid, they just don’t give a rip about their constituents. If they wanted to change it, they would, and they could. that’s why the whole lot of them needs to be tossed out on their ears.
“If the GOP cannot climb on top of this issue and force the Dems to eat their own obstinance, they suck, they deserve to lose.”
I agree 100%.
Sure, if you include RINOs that continually voted against ANWR.
they deserve to lose?
Sadly it is us, the American people who will lose.
Bush and the Republicans in congress tried to pass drilling in ANWR.
House Republicans: 91% Supported
House Democrats: 86% Opposed
etc etc etc
Republicans only had a 51 to 50 majority in the Senate. that is not control of the Senate. To pass anything in the Senate you need a 60% super majority to end fillibusters by the pary in the MINORITY (the Democrats then).]
You like Micheal Savage repeat the lies of the liberal media like “that the Republicans controlled the Senate” and blame the Republicans for everything. you therefore help the Marxists/Democrats achieve real control over the Senate , a super majority of Democrats.
If you look at the actual votes you see that Republicans vote at close to 90% for more drilling, for lower taxes, for less government , against Amnesty, against McCain-Feingold.And the Democrats are the exact opposite of the Republicans voting at close to 90% for every Marxist bill.
House Republicans: 91% Supported
House Democrats: 86% Opposed
etc etc etc
Wonderful cartoon. Back in the day, I worked doing PR for an oil company in LA. The president was on the board of BP and had just returned from a board meeting in London when BP execs made some stupid decision. Our man was heard to say as he headed back to the airport, “Those Brits are so stupid they couldn’t drill an ***hole in a hobby horse.”
Hey, Dems are that stupid too.
“they deserve to lose?
Sadly it is us, the American people who will lose.”
Exactly. My point is: A failure to communicate this simple fact at this critical juncture to those who will lose: the voters; would be a total failure. An INEXCUSABLE failure. The Reps have been given their sound-bite issue on a silver platter. The Dems have now staked out a position, in breadth and depth, in utterly abysmal stupidity, that can be defeated, must be defeated. This is perhaps a once in a decade opportunity where massive forces have come together into an economic and philosophic “node”. We are at a crossroads of historical proportions. The Dems can pursue their alternative energy sources to their heart’s content but they have NO WAY to bridge the present to their vision. WITH a crash drilling and domestic energy program in place, this problem can be conquered. You cannot tell me that a nation that built an atomic bomb in a little over 2 years and built the Empire State Building in a year and change cannot pull out of this in a few years. This is a moment where a massive distinction can be made, where leaders of vision (if indeed we have any) can tie together the unbelievable amounts of money we are sending KSA et al every day with the deterioration in the economy we are seeing from oil prices. This has the potential for an inspiring, “land on the moon within the decade” challenge that the country can rise to. This is an easy sell, and it’s not only an easy sell, it’s an opportunity to blow the crap out of the Dems decisively. If it is not seized, then there’s a very good chance we get a Dem Congress and Obama as Pres. And if that happens we are utterly hosed.
I give you permission to distribute it far and wide....
(Biden has a brain?)
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