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More Drilling in U.S. is ĎA Problem, Not A Solutioní to Creating Jobs, Says Democrat Member...
CNSNews ^ | March 18, 2011 | Nicholas Ballasy

Posted on 03/18/2011 10:09:57 AM PDT by jazusamo

Complete title: More Drilling in U.S. is ‘A Problem, Not A Solution’ to Creating Jobs, Says Democrat Member of House Labor Subcommittee

(CNSNews.com) -- Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) said that increasing oil drilling “off the coast” is “a problem, not a solution” to creating jobs in the United States. Andrews recommended that House Republicans bring legislation to the floor if they think more drilling will create jobs.

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Appearing at a press conference with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on job creation, Rep. Andrews said, “I agree with my colleague and friend that drilling for oil off the coast is a problem, not a solution, but let’s get back to the main point here that if the Republicans really believe that was really a job-creating idea, why don’t they put it on the floor?”

Andrews, the ranking member of the House Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee, continued, “I mean, walking into this room and having a discussion about it is one thing, but we’re in the minority. We can’t get our ideas on the floor but they can. So if that’s such a great idea, they ought to do it. I wouldn’t vote for it because I think it’s a poor idea. But it says what they think of the idea if they don’t put it on the floor.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of the House Budget Committee, said there would be no “immediate” reduction of gas prices from more drilling.

“We need to be reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and, in general, specifically, we need to reduce our dependence on oil, foreign oil. But adding to our dependence on fossil fuels is not the answer,” she said.

“We need to be taking a long-term view,” she said. “It’s been proven over and over again that there would no immediate return on a reduction in gas prices or a significant expansion of our energy resources by beginning drilling for more oil right now -- and that to me is not the real responsible way to explore creating jobs.”

Wasserman added, “It’s just another example of how they [House Republicans] can have all the press conferences they want but they still have no legislation that would create jobs – not even that.”

According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the total proved reserves and technically recoverable amount of oil in the United States, as of 2009, was 164.6 billion barrels. The United States consumes about 6.8 billion barrels of oil each year (of which about 60 percent is imported).

As for natural gas in the United States, the CRS report, using data from the federal Energy Information Administration, shows there are 1,407.4 trillion cubic feet – America consumes 22.74 cubic feet of natural gas per year.

As for coal, the report shows that the United States has a technically recoverable amount of 261 billion short tons; the country consumes about 1 billion short tons per year.

Not counting technological advances in locating new deposits of fossil fuel and discounting any imports from other countries, the United States by itself, given current demand, has at least enough oil for 24 years, enough natural gas for 62 years, and enough coal for 261 years.

Those numbers do not include new deposits of fossil fuels that may be found in the future and as technology advances. Nor do the numbers include the estimated worldwide reserves from selected nations (Saudi Arabia, Canada, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait and Venezuela), which total 1.3 trillion barrels of oil; 6.6. trillion cubic feet of natural gas; and 930 billion short tons of coal, according to the CRS report.

When those fuels are converted into one source of measurement, such as barrels of oil, says the CRS, then worldwide reserves from those six nations equal 5.7 trillion barrels of oil.

On a related note, potentially recoverable reserves of oil from shale – an expensive and currently cost-prohibitive operation – are estimated to be between 800 billion and 1.38 trillion barrels in the United States alone, according to the CRS report. These recoverable reserves – not counting imports -- could potentially meet current U.S. demand for oil for another 147 years.

Michael W. Chapman contributed to this report.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida; US: New Jersey
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Rob Andrews and Debbie Wasserman - Two certifiable lamebrains.
1 posted on 03/18/2011 10:10:02 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Asking a din-bulb-crat about anything technical is about like asking the Obamaloon to give a speech without the Loon-O-prompter.


2 posted on 03/18/2011 10:12:03 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: jazusamo
Just hewing to the liberal meme: Unemployment checks create jobs, but private-firm employment creates many laid off workers.

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

3 posted on 03/18/2011 10:14:49 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: jazusamo

Where do they find these complete IDIOTS?


4 posted on 03/18/2011 10:14:52 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: jazusamo

Anwar isn’t underwater. Let’s get started!!!


5 posted on 03/18/2011 10:15:31 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: jazusamo

More Drilling in U.S. is ‘A Problem, Not A Solution’

Wrong, Dumbass!...

More Wingnut idiots like you in the U.S. is the problem!


6 posted on 03/18/2011 10:16:43 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: jazusamo

These people are truly juvenile imbeciles................


7 posted on 03/18/2011 10:17:44 AM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: jazusamo

i like newt gingrich on this issue. he said on hannity last night that we could drill enough of our own oil to get gas back in the 2 dollar range


8 posted on 03/18/2011 10:20:07 AM PDT by Grunthor (hcg diet, down 30 lbs in 4 weeks)
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To: jazusamo

Mr. Andrews, do you know the answer to this simple math problem: 2 + 2 = ?

No?

OK. How about this...correct this sentence: “I aren’t likely to be buying a garden hose soon?”

Oh gosh, too bad.


9 posted on 03/18/2011 10:20:57 AM PDT by RexBeach
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To: jazusamo

Its increasingly obvious the “problem” is

“Senator Any Body (D)” and “CongressCritter Some One (D)”

Doesn’t require an Ivy League diploma to understand THAT one...


10 posted on 03/18/2011 10:21:21 AM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: jazusamo

I guess these idiots think that oil wells get drilled and maintained and run by themselves? The fact is that opening up drilling and production operations would create THOUSANDS of high-paying union jobs, not to mention many other jobs in the supporting industries and fields.


11 posted on 03/18/2011 10:22:07 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: jazusamo

The arrogance to even think the federal government should be creating jobs in the first place! Get out of the way, jerks, and the private sector will do the rest!

So the Democrats think drilling is a problem??? What exactly are we going to use for energy if natural gas, oil, coal, and nukes are out????? I’m telling you, the left won’t be happy until the human race is decimated. What’s left they’ll have living in small, dark, cold cubicles eating nutri-paste and sipping tepid water—all in the interest of saving the environment. Politicians and government bureaucrats will be exempt of course.

These folks are either certifiable, pure evil or BOTH! These people have NO RIGHT whatsoever to be making these kinds of decisions.


12 posted on 03/18/2011 10:23:10 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Coming soon! DADT...for Christians.)
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To: jazusamo

Communist traitors. Enemies, all of them.


13 posted on 03/18/2011 10:23:17 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: jazusamo

These fossils should be able to relate to fossil fuels.

Pray for America


14 posted on 03/18/2011 10:23:34 AM PDT by bray (Hey Country Club, hold your noses this election!)
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To: jazusamo

These democRats are real idiots.They would prefer to see hundreds of billions of U.S.dollars going to unstable middle east governments that hate our guts.

Wham Lame Brains they are.


15 posted on 03/18/2011 10:24:07 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: jazusamo
These holes should not be allowed to talk, just go to the district of criminals and sit in your chair, don't bother us honest Americans, let us work & do our jobs.
16 posted on 03/18/2011 10:25:19 AM PDT by de.rm (A prudent question is one-half of wisdom , . .Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone)
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To: Lazamataz
Generally, and I give Joe Biden a possible exemption, liberals are not stupid, misled, ignorant, or crazy. They are evil, and the reasons they give for their plans are only excuses to gain public support for furthering the aims of their socialist agenda.

At a certain point we need to wake up and realize that this is being done with malice and deliberation.

17 posted on 03/18/2011 10:26:34 AM PDT by Durus (Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: jazusamo
“We need to be reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and, in general, specifically, we need to reduce our dependence on oil, foreign oil. But adding to our dependence on fossil fuels is not the answer,” she said.

“We need to be taking a long-term view,” she said. “It’s been proven over and over again that there would no immediate return on a reduction in gas prices or a significant expansion of our energy resources by beginning drilling for more oil right now -- and that to me is not the real responsible way to explore creating jobs.”

I sometimes wonder (quite seriously) if they are drunk or just think we are all stupid.

18 posted on 03/18/2011 10:27:52 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Red Badger

Dweeb Ignoramous maximus...does this mean we can drill in nancy pelosi’s head? Ah, I’m sure its dried up...


19 posted on 03/18/2011 10:27:56 AM PDT by aces
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To: aces

No oil in there. Just gas....................


20 posted on 03/18/2011 10:30:36 AM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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