Skip to comments.The Gang's All Here (Here our our misguided Senators)
Posted on 08/10/2008 7:06:23 PM PDT by Maelstorm
Here are the misguided Senators who joined the Gang of 10. Please let them know what you think of their actions. I've included their contact information and the press releases bragging about their participation in the gang of 10.
Sen. Lindsey Graham:
Senator Graham Press Relases
Contact: Wes Hickman (202) 224-5972 or Kevin Bishop (864) 250-1417
WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) helped draft and signed on to a bipartisan energy proposal that enables our nation become more energy independent.
The proposal, New Energy Reform Act of 2008 from the group dubbed the Gang of 10, contains provisions on offshore drilling, spent nuclear fuel recycling, promotes new technologies and conservation, and requires the oil companies to pay fair market prices for oil leases and drilling rights.
There is no greater problem facing average Americans and small business today than high fuel costs and our nations dependency on foreign oil, said Graham. Our proposal is not perfect, but it is a bipartisan start on the road to a comprehensive energy strategy leading our nation to independence from foreign oil. It will create new jobs from new technologies good for American wallets and our environment. I am proud to be part of this bipartisan effort to address this serious problem.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 1, 2008
Chambliss, Isakson Unveil Bipartisan Plan to Reduce Energy Prices
Includes Domestic Exploration, Conservation, Consumer Tax Credits
WASHINGTON At a news conference on Capitol Hill today, U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., joined a bipartisan coalition informally known as the Gang of 10 in unveiling a sweeping energy proposal to reduce gas prices, lessen our nations dependence on foreign oil, and strengthen Americas economy.
The comprehensive New Energy Reform Act of 2008 better known as the New Era calls for a focused effort to transition the nations motor vehicle fleets to fuels other than gasoline and diesel. To ease gas prices in the interim, the proposal includes significant conservation provisions, consumer tax credits, and responsible measures to increase domestic production.
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and the other nine members of the bipartisan coalition of senators known informally as the "Gang of 10" today unveiled a sweeping energy proposal to reduce gas prices, lessen our nations dependence on foreign oil, and strengthe... [continue]
Sen. John Thune
Press Releases Press Office
Thune, Gang of 10 Unveil Bipartisan Plan to Reduce Energy Prices
-- Proposal Includes Four Year PTC Extension --
|August 1st, 2008 - Washington, D.C. - Senator John Thune along with a bipartisan coalition of Senators - known informally as the "Gang of 10" - today unveiled a sweeping energy proposal, the New Energy Reform Act of 2008 (New ERA Act), which would reduce gas prices, lessen our nation's dependence on foreign oil, and strengthen America's economy.
"For weeks, I have been working with both Democrats and Republicans to put politics aside and come up with a comprehensive energy package that will reduce energy prices for the American people. The New Energy Reform Act of 2008 would increase domestic oil and natural gas production, extend the wind production tax credit for four years, transition American fuel consumption from fossil fuels to biofuels, increase conservation and launch an Apollo-like project to move America's cars and trucks to non-petroleum-based fuels.
Read Below: As Kimberley Strassel writes, "The Sierra Club couldn't have penned it better. And so the Republican Five has potentially given antidrilling Democrats the political cover they need to neutralize energy through November. Sen. Obama was thrilled. He quickly praised the Gang's bipartisan spirit, and warmed up to a possible compromise. Of course, he means removing even the token drilling provisions now in the [Senate] bill.
The effeminate gentleman from South Carolina ping.
Thank you for the links. These weasels sold out for their own political gain.
Keep supporting our congress heros that are still in Washington!!
We need a vote
Nazi Pelosi AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov
We need emergency session
President Bush firstname.lastname@example.org
John Boehner invited McCain to join them
McCain needs to get his a$$ to Washington where he belongs
It will bring the much needed media attention
Bump for Monday morning phone calls.
These people are beyond disgusting. Worse than the Dems IMO.
They sold out for their own political gain undermining the hard work of John Boehner and others. They disgust me.
AKA as the Five Stooges, as so aptly described by Ms. Strassel.
Thanks for compiling this.
I hope y’all heard Saxby on Rush’s show stumbling around.
Unfrotunateky, Rush didn’t have enough time to nail him to the wall, but he did ask some “difficult” questions.\
FReeper checkers has been calling Pandsey der F(r)agmeister. The shoe fits!
"Republican by day, Democrat by night."
Heard it, or some of it. Wasn't convinced.
I don’t understand what their “personal gain” could possibly be from this. They are from Conservative Sates.
Why did John McCain sit by and let Lady Lindsey do this? It hurts his campaign.
The Obama Republicans, legislating to make Obama proud.
This outta get everyone in Freepville fired up for the week, from;
What they did was throw every vulnerable Democrat, and Mr. Obama, a life preserver.
That’s because the plan is a Democratic giveaway. New production on offshore federal lands is left to state legislatures, and then in only four coastal states. The regulatory hurdles are huge. And the bill bars drilling within 50 miles of the coast — putting off limits some of the most productive areas. Alaska’s oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is still a no-go.
The highlight is instead $84 billion in tax credits, subsidies and federal handouts for alternative fuels and renewables. The Gang of 10 intends to pay for all this in part by raising taxes on . . . oil companies! The Sierra Club couldn’t have penned it better. And so the Republican Five has potentially given antidrilling Democrats the political cover they need to neutralize energy through November.
Sen. Obama was thrilled. He quickly praised the Gang’s bipartisan spirit, and warmed up to a possible compromise. Of course, he means removing even the token drilling provisions now in the bill. But he’s only too happy for the focus to remain on the Gang’s efforts, and in particular on the five Republicans providing his party its fig leaf.
Everyone who cares needs to start wearing these sorry bastards out over this.CALL and call again and keep calling their offices.They will get the message.
More than any of the others, I loathe Graham. I have an anger toward him like I've never known before. He's such a prissy little sissy. I wish he'd just get back in the corner and shut his mouth!! I think it was when he said he "would just tell those Bigots to shut their mouths." Suffice to say, God better help him if we should ever meet. LOL What an absolute jackass he is.
Before I had any information other than Rush and the WSJ article, I called Senator Thune’s office and asked what the issues were. I was told by a staffer that there was no bill yet, however, based on this, contained in the press release,
“transition American fuel consumption from fossil fuels to biofuels, increase conservation and launch an Apollo-like project to move America’s cars and trucks to non-petroleum-based fuels”,
I will be calling again to suggest that the Senator who was and is a vocal proponent of corn gas supplement, should rethink the idea that we are going to be able to go to non-petroleum based fuels any time in the next fifty years for a significant number of vehicles.
I am particularly interested in trucks, trains, and airplanes and what makes him think other than smoke and mirrors that there is anything on over or within decades of the horizon that will meet the objective. The sentence from the press release is an envirodream of crack cocaine proportions.
According to mealy-mouth Chambliss, they did it because they think any legislation is better than no legislation. At least he and Isakson are from my state, and have been hearing from me ever since. I am convinced, though, that they are so out of touch, the message may not get through. Chambliss was obviously blindsided by the rage, which just has to make you wonder. How on earth can ANYBODY be this insulated from the real world of conservative constiuents???
Nothing like a soothing Southern drawl as you get a shiv to the back.
He and isakson are my Senators, and they BOTH received "nasty grams" from me over this latest (gave 'em hell last time they were talking of supporting ted kennedy's amnesty bill) f-up of their own doing.
THEY may be happy with being in the minority in perpetuity, but I'm not.
They better straighten up and fly right, or they'll pay at the polls (chambliss this time around).
Ok... I got my flame retardant suit on....so fire away...
Just because theses Senators try to get “SOMETHING” going to help the American people they’re some sort of traitors?????? ...That used to be called “ STATEMANSHIP”
Hey folks in case you missed something because of the “ Message” that was sent to Republicans in the last elections we don’t control jack in the congress..
So what’s the big deal in trying to GET SOMETHING that will relieve the pump prices?????
I have spoken to Senator Graham in person and I am convinced he heard us last year...
Lets stop eating our own here...
Unless you want a “ The ONE” in the white house with a Rats congress..
See your own tagline.
We'll get NOWHERE as a party if we try being democrat-lite.
This "reaching across the aisle", to what amount to the "domestic enemies" we have sworn to defend against, has GOT TO STOP.
It is getting us NOWHERE because the dems idea of compromise is "Give us what we want, and we'll sh*t on you".
The only way to win a war, be it cultural, political, or whatever, is TOTAL VICTORY.
We were doing well in the battle over energy, with McCain finally speaking up and growing somewhat of a pair, and the great Conservatives in the house raising hell, that is, until this "gang of 5" republicans cut us off at the knees.
In most cases, the LESS politicians do, the better off we are. And in cases where something must be done that can only be done by government (which is, in reality, not very often), then Conservatives taking the lead and pushing hard on principle and conviction, WITHOUT compromise with liberal maggots, is the way to go.
The bill/agreement gives both PETA and the ACLU veto power over any new drilling. It’s so larded down with regulations and restrictions, it would actually make it harder to get new oil. All this and more was covered in the Kimberley Strassel WSJ article Rush cited on Friday.
I am particularly dissappointed in Thune and Chambliss. I expect it from Graham. Corker is a little dissappointing.
Something about Lindsey makes me think when he says “Drill Here. Drill Now”, he’s looking back over his shoulder.
It took a week for this to get out. As pointed out its the “gang of 10” proposal. I have the Investors Daily article linked,in my website http://www.theusmat.com/ along with a survey asking if Bush should veto this if this gets to that point. WSJ also blasted this idea.
Note to Rob, see your own tagline is right.
The people realise what is going on, and now for the sake of “civility and bipartisanship” or merely just to grab a headline, these 5 dotes (who should be zotted) have decided it is ok to throw the enemy the life preserver.
“The object of war, is not die for one’s country. NO! The object of war, is to make the other poor, dumb bastard, die for HIS COUNTRY!” -Gen. George S. Patton
If these Senators actually believed what we believed, then they’d be doing the exact same things that Mitch McConnel has done, and what the House Republicans have done. No, instead, these elitest snobs have decided that it is acceptable to stab us in the back, cut our legs off at the knees, slice off our arms, and make us look like the Black Knight who still wants to fight in Monty Python Search for the Holy Grail!
Statesmanship died when the socialists in Congress have long since lost their SWORN duty to uphold the Constitution!
Please explain how this proposed bill is better than the one Repubs in the House are trying to get a vote on.
Politicians are, well... politicians, regardless of which side of the isle they sit on. We can be disgusted all we want - but the reality is, they would rather cover their own costs and investments. If that means being a traitor to their own "party", or stabbing good men in the back - they will do it.
But I am disgusted too....
I heard him, and I was not impressed.
I contacted all three of them. Thanks.
How many of these pukes are TRULY impacted by fuel costs? When was the last time any of them had to pay to fill up a gas tank out of their own pockets? For that matter, how many of them are impacted by the rapidly rising prices of consumer goods due to the high price of fuel and all the related scams tied too them (like ethanol)?
Why are you throwing the democrats and their nominee a life preserver? Why have you undercut the efforts of John McCain and the fine House Republicans that have actually made energy and oil an issue for this election? Is it really about being a statesmen and getting something done for the American people, or doing what they really want and just getting an up or down vote on the issue; which is lifting the ban on offshore oil production and ANWAR production? Also, havent you learned by now that the other side does not often play fair and by the same rules of bipartisanship that you seem to think still exists?
I would be all for reaching across the isle if the legislation is common sense, but as I understand this new “gang of 10” bill to be, it essentially allows the Sierra Club and other environmental extremist groups veto power over off shore drilling. How is this easing regulation to allow American access to American oil?
I am still suffering at the pump but worse yet, I see my fellow Americans and I sending our wealth over seas. Sharing is fine, as long as we are sharing opportunity. Allowing countries to join us in democracy is a good thing, and helping developing nations to foster that is good foreign policy, but sending 700 billion dollars over seas for energy has gone from impractical to unacceptable.
If you happen to remember what the great President Ronald Reagan said about the governments view of the economy; If it moves, tax it, if it keeps moving, regulate it, and if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
If we follow this simple phrase, we can see that none of what is in the current compromise makes sense. The federal, state, and local governments take more money in taxes than the oil companies actually make (fuel excise tax). Next, we’ve told the oil companies where they can put a rig and where they can’t. Worse, when they are allowed to operate on the leased lands, they are faced with senseless lawsuits to stop them after theyve done sensible environmental impact studies. Additionally, the federal government has been grabbing land for reserves and parks to prevent even greater access to the American People’s oil and natural gas deposits. Finally, we apply the third and final part of Reagan’s government view of the economy, whereby we subsidize the alternative energy industry with massive tax credits. If these were such viable solutions to solving our energy problem or the fake global warming problem, then surely they should be able to survive and thrive on their own merits.
If you want a simple solution to this problem, follow these steps and in this order:
1) More AMERICAN oil production, inclusive of refining capacity with a simple, no nonsense, up or down vote.
2) Work to remove the various boutique fuel blends required by the EPA, and putting the country on one standard, clean burning gasoline and diesel fuel blend. Competing products only increase costs.
3) A bill that promotes nuclear energy and nuclear fuel reprocessing to reduce waste and provide 100% zero emissions electricity. If the United States Navy can put a reactor on a submarine, there is no reason this technology isnt safe enough to power the general publics electric use.
4) Pass legislation to make the fuel excise tax ONLY for road repairs and infrastructure improvements, and stop funneling it into the general fund. This would help alleviate congestion and thus conserve more transportation fuels.
5) Work with railroad companies to create the biggest and best rail system in the world for cargo and people transport, thus reducing the need for people to drive everywhere.
6) Provide incentives for business and homeowners to get on board with energy efficient buildings and homes, and I dont mean Compact Florescent Light bulbs and their unintended consequences.
7) Instead of massive wind and solar farms, work with private investment, regulators, and landowners to move towards point of use power generation, thus minimizing the footprint for wind and solar farms as this technology becomes more efficient.
8) Stop pushing and subsidizing corn and food base ethanol/alcohol fuels. Here again, there is a competing product cost that has helped in part to drive rising food costs.
In summary, stop throwing the opposition a life preserver every time they start to drown under the pressure. This American, and many of his friends, simply want an up or down vote on ANWAR and Offshore oil production with NO STRINGS attached.
Remember, this is a battle worth fighting, and those whose seats are up for grabs come November, need your help to secure them. Thank you.
I wrote my Senators, Chambliss and Isakson, letters as well, but I have to admit, after having to raise hell with MY "republican" Senators previously on their initial support of ted kennedy's Amnesty bill for illegals, I was much less "cordial" in my latest emails to them.
Hopefully, they'll straighten up and fly right, as my Mom used to say.