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Pelosi Blinks on Energy Vote
Human Events ^ | 08/13/2008 | Connie Hair

Posted on 08/13/2008 1:20:03 PM PDT by Delacon

In the showdown between House Republicans and Speaker Nancy Pelosi over an up-or-down vote on increasing American oil supply by opening up offshore drilling, Pelosi blinked before a national TV audience on Larry King Live Monday night. When asked by King about bringing Congress back into session for a vote, Pelosi responded in part, “[Republicans] have this thing that says drill offshore in the protected areas. Well, we can do that. We can have a vote on that.”

Before her book tour flopped, Pelosi haughtily informed Republicans that they needed to “imagine” a vote. As monumental as that capitulation to public pressure appeared to be on the surface, there were even more stunning statements made by Pelosi in this interview.

When asked by King if she would vote for a package that included drilling, buried in her rambling response was this tidbit from our dear Speaker: “The American taxpayer owns this oil offshore, by the way. Let me make this one final point. This oil is owned by the American taxpayers. The oil companies drill. We give them money to drill there. But we get very little in return.”

Those words could have just as easily come out of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Could Nationalization Nancy be so rattled by the success of the House Republican protest that she would flash us her slip in this manner?

When I caught up to Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) in the House Republican cloakroom on Tuesday, I asked him for a reaction to Pelosi’s statement. Franks -- a former oil man -- explained, “There is a legal framework in this country wherein… people gain title for what they produce and put into the market. Oil is no different than that. The oil where it is now means nothing to taxpayers or anyone else -- they can’t use it where it is. We allow oil companies who have the expertise and the capability to go out and drill and make money doing it -- that is the very definition of the free enterprise system that has served us all for over 230 years. If we somehow get the idea, as the Soviets and their Politburo have done in the past, that we can just make the collectivist argument as the Speaker has done here, then I promise you we are in for some very difficult days ahead.”

When King asked about bringing Congress back for a vote, Pelosi’s long and winding answer included this brilliance: “If they want to drill, we have 68 million acres in the Lower 48 that they can drill in that are permitted and all the rest.” Why didn’t the Republicans think of that?

I asked Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) about that. He remarked, “We want to drill where the oil is. You don’t go grocery shopping in the hardware store. We know the oil is in Alaska, we know it’s in ANWR. It’s within 70 miles of the Alaska pipeline so the infrastructure would be a minimum. We are the only civilized nation that I know of that is not using its own natural resources for its energy. Why would we want to stay dependent on foreign oil? Why would we want to send Hugo Chavez $170 million per year? God only knows what we send the Saudis. It’s just unbelievable. It’s just that San Francisco mentality that Pelosi brings as the Speaker of the House.”

Back on the House Republican protest front, Pelosi’s fractional surrender was, unsurprisingly, met with skepticism. In a written statement from John Boehner (R-OH), the Republican House Leader challenged Pelosi to bring the House back into session for a vote. “If Speaker Pelosi is truly sincere about having a vote on oil and gas drilling to help bring down fuel costs, she should use her power as speaker to call congress back into session immediately and schedule a vote on the American Energy Act,” Boehner said.

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) was one of those who began this revolt when Pelosi hastily adjourned the House for a five-week vacation back on August 1st and blocked an up-or-down vote on domestic drilling. Pence told Indiana public radio, “I think that it’s a very significant statement by Speaker Nancy Pelosi last night that, to use her words, the House ‘can have a vote’ on more domestic drilling. This represents evidence that the Democratic leadership is hearing from the American people, is hearing from many Democrats in the Congress who would like the opportunity to vote on more domestic drilling. And I welcome it. But I still believe that Congress should not wait until this fall or sometime around Christmas after the elections to give American people more access to American oil.”

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) took his turn at the helm and wasted no time taking advantage of skills honed as a teacher in inner-city schools where he worked to pay his way through law school. In the opening to his speech, he passed around his House Member voting card to the audience as he explained the machinery in front of them at each member’s seat and the voting process for each member. When later asked for comment on Pelosi’s apparent reversal, Chabot said, “I think she’s starting to waver now because she knows an issue like this will hurt her majority. She represents one of the most, if not the most, liberal district[s] in the country. She is not conservative on any issue. She probably reflects a significant number of people in her district but her responsibility is to represent the entire country as the Speaker of the House. I think thus far on energy she has failed in that responsibility.”

By the afternoon yesterday, emails had gone out announcing that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) had launched their new website www.EnergyFreedomDay.com in an effort to, “… protect October 1, 2008 as American Energy Freedom Day.” Unless legislation passes to renew them, on October 1st the bans on both offshore drilling and shale oil recovery will end. DeMint and Hensarling are asking for public support in signing their petition there addressed to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Pelosi.

Further evidence that the Republicans are on the move and the Democrats are in disarray.

Connie Hair is a freelance writer, a former speechwriter for Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and a former media and coalitions advisor to the Senate Republican Conference.


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1 posted on 08/13/2008 1:20:03 PM PDT by Delacon
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To: steelyourfaith; Entrepreneur; Beowulf; CygnusXI; Defendingliberty; WL-law; Genesis defender; ...

ping


2 posted on 08/13/2008 1:20:30 PM PDT by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: Delacon
Nancy be so rattled by the success of the House Republican protest that she would flash us her slip in this manner

Well, I get she is open for drilling after all.

eeek!

3 posted on 08/13/2008 1:25:20 PM PDT by chaos_5 (Nancy "Mad Cow" Pelosi, call the House back into session!)
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To: Delacon
This oil is owned by the American taxpayers.

OK, then only taxpayers (as opposed to the freeloaders that make up the base of Peloser's party) have a say in what gets done with that oil.

4 posted on 08/13/2008 1:27:31 PM PDT by meyer (...by any means necessary.)
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To: chaos_5
Nancy be so rattled by the success of the House Republican protest that she would flash us her slip in this manner

Well, I get she is open for drilling after all.

That's just horrible!!!
5 posted on 08/13/2008 1:28:43 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: Delacon

I only pray we don’t get stuck with the stupid “Gang of 10” compromise!


6 posted on 08/13/2008 1:29:35 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: Delacon

Duly signed, 5 mins ago.


7 posted on 08/13/2008 1:31:42 PM PDT by SAJ
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To: Delacon
Pelosi Blinks on Energy Vote

Impossible. The botoxed one cannot blink.

8 posted on 08/13/2008 1:32:46 PM PDT by JennysCool (A man who served his country well vs. a walking Che poster. Is it really that tough a choice?)
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To: Delacon

..she didn't blink, she can't blink, it's trick photography

9 posted on 08/13/2008 1:35:49 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

It’s a trick. They’ll find a way to bottle it up somehow or make it unpalatable to conservatives with ridiculous amendments.


10 posted on 08/13/2008 1:41:41 PM PDT by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: huckfillary

Anybody that thinks she is going to bring a “CLEAN” bill to the floor is a fool.


11 posted on 08/13/2008 1:45:47 PM PDT by CMailBag
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I hope they don’t do anything, better to have the issue.

In a way, the GOP might go a bit TOO far and actually scare the Dems into doing something by November.


12 posted on 08/13/2008 1:50:25 PM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: Delacon
“We want to drill where the oil is. You don’t go grocery shopping in the hardware store. We know the oil is in Alaska, we know it’s in ANWR.

Pretty good line.

13 posted on 08/13/2008 1:52:58 PM PDT by Go Gordon
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To: CMailBag

Dittos! Any drilling package brought to the floor by the democrat party will be laden with pork, provisions for amnesty, enactment of the Fairness Dogma, termination of the Defense of Marriage Act, etc. The act won’t just have just one poison pill, it will be lousy with them. Even if it gets out of the House, the senate will laugh it into oblivion.

Of course it could come to pass that only one poison pill will be attached. The fun will be in watching how the pill is selected. The queers, the illegals, the communists, all will be in full throat trying to be the chosen one.

Get the popcorn ...


14 posted on 08/13/2008 1:55:33 PM PDT by ByteMercenary (9-11: supported everywhere by followers of the the cult of islam.)
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To: Delacon

I don’t suppose the astute Larry King asked her about her personal financial state in renewable resource companies, which would benefit her if she can sway Congress toward funding said companies (like her “wind farm”)? Naw... silly quetion.


15 posted on 08/13/2008 1:56:42 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Go Gordon

Nazi Pelosi wants Americans to buy their gasoline and Diesel at Whole Foods.


16 posted on 08/13/2008 1:58:13 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president! (it ain't over 'til it's over))
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To: Delacon

Anyone who thinks Pelosi will permit a legitimate (that is, honest) vote on drilling is kidding himself. It would be some sort of monstrous betrayal of the American people, like that offered by the “Gang of ten”, laden with such pork to peoples home states and with prohibitions against drilling withing 1000 miles of any living thing....you get the picture. It’s a phoney statement from a thug politician.


17 posted on 08/13/2008 2:01:51 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: Delacon
Here is the link:

EnergyFreedom

18 posted on 08/13/2008 2:10:53 PM PDT by Mogollon ($5/gal Gas....Kick the Jacka$$es Out!)
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To: Delacon

Blinked???..I don’t see her calling the House back into session. This looks a lot like it’s just a head fake to me.


19 posted on 08/13/2008 2:15:16 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand)
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To: huckfillary
...or make it unpalatable to conservatives with ridiculous amendments

...with the American people wanting DRILL HERE DRILL NOW PAY LESS and watching the rats could wind up losing votes come November

20 posted on 08/13/2008 2:16:09 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Paladin2
Nazi Pelosi wants Americans to buy their gasoline and Diesel at Whole Foods.

I buy all of my groceries at Sharper Image.

21 posted on 08/13/2008 2:17:53 PM PDT by Petronski (The God of Life will condemn the Chinese government. Laogai means GULAG.)
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To: ByteMercenary

We are talking about letting the ban expire. Not enacting legislation. However, the ban will be attached to some “must have” appropriations bill as it always is, and the republicans would have to filibuster and shut down the government or the president would have to veto it and shut down the government. Either way, things could get exciting.


22 posted on 08/13/2008 2:22:16 PM PDT by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: JennysCool

Glad I read the comments first. I hate to repeat what someone has already said. Good job!


23 posted on 08/13/2008 2:34:09 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican because no Conservatives were running.)
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To: Clinton's a liar

That you? Good work!


24 posted on 08/13/2008 2:38:51 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Who would McQueeg rather have mad at him: You or the liberals? FREE LAZAMATAZ!)
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To: Delacon

She will allow a vote on a totally unacceptable bill that includes not only drilling but tons of new taxes, but also new “environmental” regulations that make the permission to drill a hollow promise that will be tied up in the courts for a very long time.


25 posted on 08/13/2008 2:55:47 PM PDT by untrained skeptic
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To: Delacon

“The oil companies drill. We give them money to drill there. But we get very little in return”

Really, Nancy? How much profit does the oil company make on a gallon of gas? How much profit does the government make (taxes)on the same gallon?


26 posted on 08/13/2008 3:00:35 PM PDT by SoCal_Republican
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To: untrained skeptic

“She will allow a vote on a totally unacceptable bill that includes not only drilling but tons of new taxes, but also new “environmental” regulations that make the permission to drill a hollow promise that will be tied up in the courts for a very long time.”

No, she will attach a rider, to continue the ban, to an appropriations bill(very necessary bill) that if filibustered or vetoed, will shut down the government. Lets do it.


27 posted on 08/13/2008 3:05:47 PM PDT by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: Delacon
No, she will attach a rider, to continue the ban, to an appropriations bill(very necessary bill) that if filibustered or vetoed, will shut down the government. Lets do it.

I disagree. The Democrats need to neutralize the issue before the election. The need to find a way to act like they are addressing the problem, yet still appease their extreme "environmental" lobby.

They will try and say they are going to allow drilling, while in actuality making it nearly impossible. They can't rely on winning the election and having the administration making the rules too cumbersome, so they will create laws that allow environmental groups to indefinitely stop any new drilling through the courts.

They will then say the issue has been addressed, though it will take a while for the administration to come up with rules by which the new law will be implemented. Those rules will be challenged in court. Any new drilling sites will be challenged in court under a variety of environmental regulations. It will take many years for all the environmental studies to be performed and challenged, those cases to wind their way through the courts. The environmental groups will bring a series of suits, and sympathetic courts will serialize the cases saying that if the companies lose the one case there is no reason to hear the case on the next issue, so it should wait until the first has been resolved.

Even if the companies trying to drill win their cases, it will take many years before they can start drilling unless congress acts to actively enable drilling rather than impede it.

28 posted on 08/13/2008 3:26:29 PM PDT by untrained skeptic
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To: untrained skeptic

Either they attach the drilling ban to a necessary bill or they don’t. The only thing that can muck this up is something like the “gang of 10” thing going on which is ban on drilling by another name. Shut down congress.


29 posted on 08/13/2008 3:35:47 PM PDT by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: Delacon
"Pelosi Blinks"

I refuse to read an article, even one in Human Events, whose title proclaims a manifest physical impossibility.

30 posted on 08/13/2008 3:53:48 PM PDT by Tenniel2 ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" -- W.F. Buckley)
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To: Tenniel2

“I refuse to read an article, even one in Human Events, whose title proclaims a manifest physical impossibility.”

Wait til Oct 1st when you see headlines that say “Pelosi cringes”. LOL.


31 posted on 08/13/2008 3:59:38 PM PDT by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: Delacon

Given all of her eye lifts, I thought she had physically lost the ability to blink.


32 posted on 08/13/2008 4:44:22 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: Delacon
This oil is owned by the American taxpayers. The oil companies drill. We give them money to drill there. But we get very little in return.

Oh, horse crap. The oil companies pay the government for their leases, and pay them an annual rent on top of that. They pay the government royalties on every barrel of oil they extract, and then they pay up to 35 percent tax on the profits. Who the heck is she trying to kid?

Dagny Taggart for Speaker, 2008!

33 posted on 08/13/2008 5:41:13 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drill Here! Drill Now! Pay Less! Sign the petition at http://www.americansolutions.com/)
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