Skip to comments.'Free Our Oil' [Pelosi]
Posted on 07/14/2008 10:53:30 PM PDT by Uncle Ralph
That was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's catchphrase last week as she continued to grope for an energy policy. One of her ideas was to request "a small drawdown" in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, no irony intended. At least President Bush has finally called the Speaker's bluff by rescinding the 1990 executive ban on offshore energy exploration.
With Mr. Bush's belated decision yesterday, Congress's moratorium on offshore drilling is now the last major political barrier to increasing domestic oil-and-gas production. Yet Democratic leaders have refused to schedule even a single hearing on the topic. House Appropriations Chairman David Obey recently shut down the annual budget process rather than allow Republicans to offer drilling amendments. He and the Speaker know that if they allow a vote, moderate Democrats are sure to defect and the offshore moratorium could end.
Ms. Pelosi called Mr. Bush's announcement "a hoax" and made a few cracks about "the oilman in the White House," continuing the Democratic strategy of blaming everyone from industry executives to "speculators" for the energy crunch. But none of those compare to world-wide demand, tight spare production capacity and inflation the real causes of today's record high oil prices. Easing access to the Outer Continental Shelf, with its likely low-end estimates of 86 billion barrels of oil and 420 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, is one of the few responsible long-term remedies.
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If they only had a brain, the Republicans could ride this pony all the way to November.
What possible reason could the Democrats have for not drilling? I mean one they can live with other than a power grab?
This is good, isn't it? Doesn't the moratorium sunset in October? That would mean no new legislation = no moratorium.
I got this from another thread, it's originally from Boortz.
TRYING TO EXPLAIN A TRILLIONI also read on a thread here on FR that the de-valuation of the dollar may have been intentional by the administration to fend off the Chinese making a run on the Treasury and collapsing the US economy.
Yesterday on my fine radio program I told you that the total unfunded liabilities for Social Security and Medicare amounted to $41 trillion dollars. That's with a "T". Our government has promised $41 trillion dollars to Social Security and Medicare recipients without any plan to raise the needed money.
So .. just how much is a trillion? Sure, there are plenty of zeros, twelve, to be exact but that doesn't begin to explain things. So let me take a stab at it.
Have you ever asked for something from someone and had them reply "Just give me 5 minutes." Fine --- but what if he says "Just give me 1,000 minutes ... or a million? Or a billion?" Here's the breakdown:
Now .. .do you have a better idea how deep in the red we are for Social Security and Medicare? Thank your local vote-buying politician.
* 1000 minutes would equal just less than 17 hours. You'll get what you asked for before the day is out.
* 100,000 minutes would be almost 70 days. Check back with your friend later.
* One million minutes? Look for whatever you need in just less than 2 years.
* One billion minutes? That's going to take a while. Try 1,900 years.
* One trillion minutes? Well, today is 2008. Your wishes will be fulfilled in the year 1,903,377, unless your friend steps things up a bit. That's 1,901,369 years from now. Let us know how that works out for you.
Part of the problem is that most Americans actually think, if that's the word, that there is a Social Security Trust Fund out there. There isn't. There never has been. Every penny of Social Security taxes collected every month that is not needed to pay current benefits is transferred to these hideous vote-buying politicians to be spent. If any private pension company in any State in this Union dared to operate in this manner the company would be shut down and the officers put in jail. But not our congress --- they operate this way openly year after year, and then demand your praise, not your condemnation.
When in the hell are the American people going to wise up?
Between the liberals and the Iranians and the Chinese... we might as well give up, we're surrounded.
Pelosi is a useful idiot. She actually believes the earth is doomed unless she saves it.
The only hoax is that the plastic surgeon told Nancy he could make her look normal.
“We’re surrounded... that simplifies our problem.” - USMC Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller
I predict gasoline at $6.00 a gallon at about the same time that the approval rating for congress hits 6%. You go, BHO, we’ll kick your a$$ on this, and ride it into the Whitehouse.
Oh I bet that back when the moratorium was being reauthorized last time the DemocRATS thought it was a good idea to have them set to expire just one month before the 2008 presidential election so they could beat Republicans over the head about the "environment".
Voting for Democrats guarantees we will never be free from foreign oil economic slavery. Because Democrats will never let the american people develop our own independant fuel resources. You can’t build enough wind mills or Solar panels, build enough electric cars, to replace our present webnergy needs...not in 10 years, not in 20...and what are we supposed to do in the mean time???
One word. PROSPERITY! They couldn’t stand to see that happen during the Bush administration.
Only a liberal could see advantage in releasing a “small amount of oil” from the strategic reserve over pumping large amounts out of our own ground.
Imagine, if the “small amount” she calls for from the strategic reserve will reduce prices, how much more could a large amount from off-shore and ANWR reduce prices.
Oh wait, never mind, we are dealing with a liberal mindset.
That's one of their problems.
Chairman of the GOP - Clueless.
Aside from the stinking price of gas and a few other things, I am better off. But by no means because of that person. She needs drilling.
Gee, gas at $4.5, Iraq winding down in victory. Obama running out of money.
Things are really not turning out like the dems planned this week, and it’s still only tuesday.
Yes, one awesome game of chicken.
Gosh, she's funny .... looking. This woman isn't just an incompetent boob, she's also a menace. This nincompoop, right now, is THE obstacle to drilling on our soil.
I've been saying that for months. They really are The Stupid Party...
Yep, but it won’t be talked about at all. Republicans don’t seem to grasp that the media isn’t going to make their case for them like they do with Democrats. That the media isn’t going to report things fairly. So every opportunity they get in front of a camera, talk about it! Get the word out for crying out loud. McCain’s silence (aside from his whisper voice) is deafening.
October would be too late to do anything before the election, but not too late to grab the credit before the election of drilling here now.
Check out H.R. 6260. There’s one congresscritter left who’s not asleep at the switch.
Never Neal. The answer is never. They are not going to wisen up until they are destitute and sitting in the corner crying. And then they will look around to who they can point the finger at to blame.
Thank you- looking now... Rep. James Forbes, eh? http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.R.6260:
And that goes for the presumptive nominee, Juan McLame.
He, the eunuchs at the RNC and the Pube Congress-critters (the majority of which are RNIO's) are conspicuous by their near silence on this issue.
You think the average American sees this isn’t about Bush making money? I think most are dumb as bricks, but can see that the “war for oil” didn’t turn out as they screamed it would and that Bush making money while we are sitting here paying out the butt for gas... well, I think most don’t care if he makes money if it lowers their gas bill. I said last night, they cannot comprehend that the Bush Hatred Train hasn’t taken them as far as they thought.
The other day I passed a the sign at a dentist’s office, and they had spelled out :”Pelosi: Do what we do- drill”.
Oh, that is brilliant. I think I like your dentist. My dentist is a Republican too. He is an excellent dentist too, not that it has anything to do with it. But just a good guy, very patient and doesn’t jam the needle in. Goes real slow to let it numb and my 12 year old didn’t even feel the shot when she got a tooth pulled. That is saying something too, cause kids are looking for the pain to whine about it. Or at least mine are.
What we need to do is get up on this high horse of theirs and start breaking it. The way to do that is to get the information out to the general public that Democrats blocked viable energy strategies that included both oil and alternative energies 3 times during the month of May.
They want to scream at the public to use alternatives; then they need to get their agency the EPA to lift the recently issued 2yr moratorium on solar energy and get them into the build mode.
The biofuel model has proven to be more unsustainable and more costly than drilling for oil. It has failed as a viable alternative.
Demand the reason why the Gas Petroleum Refiner Act, S. 1503, introduced by Senator Inhofe, is stuck in committee since 5/24/2007.
Isn't there some way the GOP can force this issue to the floor?
I don't think any congresscritter should be permitted to go on vacation until this is dealt with in the best interests of the American public. And if that means they can't hit the campaign trail to pay lip service to their constituencies then that is what I mean.
The GOP should stay in Washington and work towards creating an energy plan, while the democrats go play in the campaign field. The GOP has been handed a silver platter of a campaign strategy.
The whole nation is watching them. At an approval rate of 9% on a democratically controlled congress the country is getting p-off. Most Americans are starting to realize it is the dem. strategies that have driven the current economic downturn. Bubbles may have burst, but it is their strategies that are exacerbating the problems, not helping.
“Oil makes us sick”, according to Harry Reid, and it pollutes our planet, doncha know? /sarcasm (Not the Harry Reid part, he was deadly, and hilariously, serious.)
So you know McCain and our Congressmen will avoid it like the plague.
Enough of the useless attacks on the Republicans...jeez at least the R’s have been consistant on the VOTING for more domestic OIL...what have the idiot Dims been doing? Nothing productive...We have to wake up, we have only 1 horse as lame as it is we have nothing else to ride.
I’m starting to believe that some vast number of American idiots still believe that the republicans control congress and plan to vote more stupid rats into office.
Perhaps the republicans should inform Americans that they no longer control congress. Nahh, that would require brains to develop a strategy.
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The Rats in Congress don't have the horsepower to extend the ban further past Bush's veto. I'd say that they are in real trouble on this, thank God!
Interesting theory, but these things are typcially set through Fiscal Years. The new fiscal year spending period begins October 1. That’s why the ban ends on September 30, based upon it being part of an annual appropriations bill.
Markup is our friend.
Sorry about the bad formatting. Should have previewed.
Spread the word - Contact congress today July 15th
Flood them with your calls and emails
enough is enough
DRILL OR GET OFF THE HILL!!
Yes Dear, there is an Oilman in the White House. I don’t suppose it has occurred to you that you personally have NO EXPERIENCE AT ALL with the Petroleum Industry. Your comments are childish, and your practical solutions to the crisis are nonexistant. You are a big part of the problem, rather than the solution - you should just get the h*ll out of the way and let the grownups fix it.
And these people want to nationalize the Oil Business? We would be paying $10.00 a gallon six months after they took over.
Do you have a link to the rescinded statement?
Pleading with all to contact congress today July 15th
Flood them with your calls and emails
enough is enough
we are a government for the people, by the people
and the people have spoken
Drill or get off the hill
Pelosi email if anyone is interested email@example.com
Now THERE's a mental image I could have done without!!!!
Interesting it took an independent to get it done. At least he didn't miss the opportunity. http://www.sanders.senate.gov/news/record-print.cfm?id=300079
I find it interesting that SanFranNan believes that increasing supplies through release of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve
will reduce gas prices,
but increasing supply through domestic production will not.
You hit on an underlying theme of the Dem’s future strategy. A little now from SPR will eventually become a lot as we squander our emergency savings of oil made over the years for the short term benefit of a few pennies in gasoline savings.
Pelosi’s “just release a little oil from SPR” is ominously a harbinger of things to come when it comes to Social Security.
Like the SPR, which is inplace to take care of catastrophe and built up through many years of toiling in small increments, American’s 401ks and IRAs are set up for similar situations. Much hard work, after many years, in small increments, these things pile up to benefit us on a strategic basis in retirement when we need to call on them.
Watch carefully as the Dems tread into 401k and IRA territory to “save Social Security”. They will, like SPR cry “just release a little of your 401k/IRA” to save Social Security. You will lose your hard earned money compiled over years when a little becomes a lot as those who have saved up for years are forced to “give” in order to save the solvency of the System.
The Dems will start with those who have the most, then trickle down to the real money which the middle class possesses.
Think this cannot happen, taking your 401k/IRA and giving it to SS? Think again. The Government will claim that, since no taxes have been paid on the money put in, it has a claim on it.
Yo have to understand the liberal philosophy: all money belongs to the government, not to those who have earned it.
We need to thank Speaker Pelosi for alerting us to what is eventually in store for Social Security and our retirement accounts.
Understand me clearly: if this ever came to pass, I would go to Washington with a gun. And I am most assuredly not the only one.
My view is that the government's only hope is to inflate their way out of it.
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