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Democrat: Non-Energy-Producing States Shouldn’t Complain About High Gas Prices
CNS News ^ | 5/12/2011 | Susan Jones

Posted on 05/13/2011 4:31:29 AM PDT by IbJensen

(CNSNews.com) - A U.S. senator -- a Democrat – is taking a strong stand against a bill introduced by a fellow Democrat that would end energy subsidies for big oil companies.

In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, Sen. Mary Landrieu, from the oil-producing state of Louisiana, said the bill introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) targets an industry that supports 9.2 million jobs and contributes more than 7.7 percent to U.S. gross domestic product.

Ending energy subsidies for oil and gas companies, she said, will not reduce gas prices, but it will eliminate jobs.

Landrieu also took a swipe at states such as Michigan that produce no energy of their own: "There are a lot of states that don't produce, don't conserve, aren't efficient, and all they want to do is yell about high gas prices," she said.

“I’ll tell you, if we passed a law that said every state in America had to produce the energy it needed, we’d have an energy policy all right,” Landrieu said.

“Just like in the old days, if you wanted food, you produced it. Every state in America, all 50, if you consume energy, you need to produce something. You can produce it by wind, you could produce it by hydro, you could produce it by nuclear, you could stop driving all your automobiles and everybody walk. You could give everybody a bicycle -- we don’t care.”

Landrieu noted that Louisiana, on the other hand, is doing a great job in providing for itself:

"We produce enough energy for everybody in our state, what we need -- and we export it to everyone else in America that needs it. And what do we get? We get bills like this (the Menendez bill) that go after, directly, the big companies in our state, that work in our states, to somehow put them in a position to make them feel like they're not really good companies, they're not American companies, they don't pay tax, they get all these subsidies. I'm going to read into the record what taxes they pay. It's going to surprise you. And then on top of that, we get moratoriums. We get 'permitoriums.' We can't even drill for the oil we have. We can't even look for the oil we might have."

Sen. Landrieu said her constituents ask her -- since Louisiana produces so much energy for the country -- why are Louisianans paying $4 a gallon for gasoline?

Oil producing states should be helped to produce more, she said: "But we get shut down by bureaucracy, moratoriums, permitoriums, rules, regulations, EPA, refuges...”

Landrieu said U.S. oil and natural gas companies pay more than $86 million to the federal government in both income taxes and production fees every day. In addition, she said, since 2000, the oil and gas industry has invested almost $1.7 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives, while reducing the industry’s environmental footprint.

As for energy subsidies -- Landrieu said it might surprise American taxpayers to know that of the $16.6 billion spent on U.S. energy subsidies over the course of one year, oil and gas subsidies account for less than 13 percent of the total, while renewable fuels, such as refined coal, nuclear, solar and hydro, account for more than 85 percent.

“You would think, because of this (Menendez) bill, that the big oil and gas companies are getting all the subsidies, making all the profits, paying no taxes, and the rest are suffering. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Landrieu said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: babyfatlandrieu; energy; evilregime; gasoline; landrieu; partyofdeath; stupidity
Landrieu is in trouble for re-election in 2012. That is the reason, and the ONLY reason she's carping at her own beloved Party. It's a certainty that Reid gave her permission to do her song and dance as well.

She has shown her true colors every time Bush called for lifting the drilling ban in the gulf she voted against it. Costing her state a lot of revenue and jobs. Now it's getting back to her.

Democrats are blaming oil companies for the high prices of oil. Today I watched the hearing they had with the CEO's of the five big oil companies wherein they accusing the companies for making too much in profits this year. Oil companies can't do anything with their profits because they can't "Drill". If they could drill they could invest the profits in equipment, hire workers and invest in developing technologies.

1 posted on 05/13/2011 4:31:34 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

I don’t think she is up for reelection until 2014. By then she might have switched party’s.


2 posted on 05/13/2011 4:39:03 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: IbJensen
She's a donk! Take what they give ya, and run it down their throats.

“Just like in the old days, if you wanted food, you produced it. Every state in America, all 50, if you consume energy, you need to produce something. You can produce it by wind, you could produce it by hydro, you could produce it by nuclear, you could stop driving all your automobiles and everybody walk. You could give everybody a bicycle — we don’t care.”

ed schultz, randi rhodes, and the rest will choke on these words

3 posted on 05/13/2011 4:47:21 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: IbJensen

I got some of the sound bites from the hearing courtesy of Rush.

Oil companies do not get subsidies.

Oil companies paid in taxes, exactly what they received in profits.

Oil Companies appear to have a spine.

Oil Company execs before congress are not gong to just lay down and take it.

The hearings need to be more available to the public.

As for Mary L. pure dem through and through. I agree with the premise that she has permission...


4 posted on 05/13/2011 4:51:27 AM PDT by wita
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
"There are a lot of states that don't produce, don't conserve, aren't efficient, and all they want to do is yell about high gas prices," she said. “I’ll tell you, if we passed a law that said every state in America had to produce the energy it needed, we’d have an energy policy all right,” Landrieu said.

How many states would begin to produce energy if it weren't for the restrictions imposed? Mary is trying to make senses, but is missing the real point - while some states would refuse, many would love to increase energy, lower costs, and create the jobs that go with it. Typical leftists tunnel vision while thinking she is moving to the right to enhance her chances.

5 posted on 05/13/2011 4:57:35 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: trebb

We need less federal government, more state sovereignty. Allow the states to be more independent, produce their own goods as they see fit and break the shackles that tie them to the central bureaucracy in Washington DC.


6 posted on 05/13/2011 5:19:36 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: IbJensen

If the ‘Rats had their way all 57 States would be Non-Energy-Producing States.


7 posted on 05/13/2011 5:27:06 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: IbJensen
Insane hypocrisy is Senator Jay Rockefeller, a man who never worked a day in his life or gave anyone a job except fetching his coffee, typing his speeches, washing his clothes, cooking his food and pruning his garden....

The heir of a perpetual and well-sheltered family fortune of Billions gleaned from his geat-grandfather's business...

STANDARD OIL

lecturing oil company executives about “shared sacrifice”

Got to marvel at how stupid he is, aside from his patrician arrogance

Obviously the Rockefeller gene pool has been greatly diluted

8 posted on 05/13/2011 5:29:07 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: reefdiver
She's a donk!

No, she's a RAT.

That mascot was never a donkey, it was always a JACKASS!

9 posted on 05/13/2011 5:48:00 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month...April.)
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To: IbJensen

Why do we continue to let the left run the debate on this? The oil companies do not get subsidies, they get tax breaks!


10 posted on 05/13/2011 5:54:12 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: pnh102

Leftists and ‘rats believe that all wealth and resources belong to the collective,

so anything that allows another entity besides the government (or, more accurately, “the ruling class”) to control wealth or resources is a “gift” to that entity from the collective.

Now, when you present this worldview to a leftist (and I have), they’ll deny it (and they did). And then, in the next breath, they’ll affirm what you just said, but in phraseology that sounds more altruistic.
When I challenged “my” lib on the difference between what I asserted and what she just stated, she said - “It sounds so mean when you say it.”


11 posted on 05/13/2011 5:58:14 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: IbJensen
...to somehow put them in a position to make them feel like they're not really good companies...

It's what RATS do for a living. Is she just finding this out now?

12 posted on 05/13/2011 6:23:21 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: pnh102
But subsidies sound so much more sinister to the proletariat.

Pray for America

13 posted on 05/13/2011 6:23:59 AM PDT by bray (What do you think of water boarding now, Obama?)
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To: IbJensen

Regardless of Mary’s motives, it’s refreshing to get these comments out into the discussion. She did help expose Jay Rockefeller’s idiocy.


14 posted on 05/13/2011 6:28:41 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker Columnist / Rush ghost contributor)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

“By then she might have switched party’s.”

She is definitely not welcome. When you have a brother who is a democtrat mayor a father who was in LBJ’s cabinet you can’t get the stink off. She would be a new super strain of the RINO virus.


15 posted on 05/13/2011 6:34:19 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (Oligarchy...My theory is, college student body presidents become DEMS orRINO's.)
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To: bray
But subsidies sound so much more sinister to the proletariat.

Indeed. Of course liberals never let little things like facts get in the way of a good story.

16 posted on 05/13/2011 6:35:04 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
By then she might have switched party’s.

Make no mistake, Sen. Landrieu is an avowed socialist who voted to impose 0bamacare upon us. Any "opposition" she may claim to have on raising taxes on oil companies is just smoke and mirrors. She is a socialist to the core.

17 posted on 05/13/2011 6:36:55 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: IbJensen

Louisiana is doing a great job producing everything it needs?
Really? Did that happen after Katrina and the rats running the state screamed bloody murder for the federal government to save it and provide instant housing, food, and water at no cost to the state?
What will her tune be this time next week when NOLA is dealing with the worst spring flooding since the 1920’s?
I don’t see “Heck of a job you’re doing Baracky” sending FEMA trailers to LA yet.


18 posted on 05/13/2011 6:38:32 AM PDT by Wiser now (Liberalism is immaturity, cloaked with the pretense of moral and intellectual superiority.)
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To: bray; pnh102

>>>But subsidies sound so much more sinister to the proletariat.

That can work the same for conservatives. Look at the language used on this forum when discussions of the ethanol tax breaks come up. Suddenly it’s all about the evil ethanol subsidies. I’m not a supporter of the ethanol programs, but just pointing out that one man’s subsidy is another man’s tax break.


19 posted on 05/13/2011 6:43:13 AM PDT by NC28203
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To: IbJensen
Democrat Senator Landrieu talks a mean game, but she is just one person belonging to a Party that wants to gut the oil industry, costing Louisianans jobs in the process. What is the point of sending Landrieu back to Washington DC or any Democrat?

I guess the Kennedy mentality is alive and well in Louisiana. Voting for a last name that signifies political corruptness vs. voting for rationality, Louisiana deserves what they vote for. I guess "bacon" spread out to the fortunate cronies are more important then jobs.

20 posted on 05/13/2011 6:50:28 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: IbJensen
"every time Bush called for lifting the drilling ban in the gulf she voted against it"

On the surface it might seem that way, but issue wasn't about drilling, it was about the royalties.

Bush was opposed to royalty sharing and she was for it.

And when Congress finally passed the GOM Energy Security Act of 2006 which opened a very large area known as Area 181 and South 181 to drilling, she was a prime mover behind that legislation and obviously voted for it.

In that legislation TX, LA, MS, and AL were given royalty sharing.

Now, the states of VA, MD, and NC on the Atlantic coast have expressed varying degrees of willingness to drill off their coast. All of that is predicated on those states receiving royalty sharing.

There is a history dealing with how the coastal states, interior states, and the feds economically benefit from drilling the shelf. It starts with the Truman Proclamation in 1945, Eisenhower's Submerged Lands Act in 1954, CARA-CARA 2000-CARA Compromise, and the 2006 legislation.

21 posted on 05/13/2011 7:04:01 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: reefdiver

Southern Dems generally drift to the right of Yankee Republicans.


22 posted on 05/13/2011 7:12:06 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: rollo tomasi

Not so true. Jindal, Vitter, more and more conservatives being elected (not to mention we voted SOLIDLY as a state against the current creature in the WH - which is more than many so-called conservative states can say).


23 posted on 05/13/2011 8:21:24 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

She won’t have switched parties, but she’s leaning right now because she’s in deep trouble. She didn’t win handily last time and got a real run for her money. Yes, she was re-elected — but it sure wasn’t a landslide and will be even harder next time. She has the Louisiana Purchase as part of her legacy now -— and it’s not popular. It will be an Albatross around her neck.


24 posted on 05/13/2011 8:24:25 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: JLLH
I guess the Landrieu brand is a fantasy and the populous never, ever, vote against their interest over last names including, in Mary's case, a CINO and the “cuteness” factor. Like you said this happens in a lot of other States as well. All this = irrationality on the part of the electorate which was my point in the first place.
25 posted on 05/13/2011 8:36:15 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: NC28203

Ethenol companies and farmers actually do get subsidies while oil companies get tax cuts for exploration expenses.

Pray for America


26 posted on 05/13/2011 9:47:47 AM PDT by bray (What do you think of water boarding now, Obama?)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER; reefdiver

I don’t care what her motive is, what she has done in the past, nor which party she is with, in this case she made a good speech and mad some great points. Why dismiss that because of your other complaints?


27 posted on 05/13/2011 9:58:29 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (I retain the right to be inconsistent, contradictory and even flat-out wrong!)
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To: bray
>>>Ethenol companies and farmers actually do get subsidies while oil companies get tax cuts for exploration expenses.

There is no subsidy for ethanol producers. Congress has provided the motor fuel industry with a tax incentive for blending ethanol with gasoline in the form of 45 cents per gallon of ethanol tax credit known as the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit.

There is also a tariff on imported ethanol. But that is essentially a tax taking in revenue, not a subsidy paying out benefits.

Corn farmers do get subsidies, but they got those prior to the recent boom in ethanol. In fact the demand from ethanol may actually reduce subsidies paid to corn farmers. In the past couple of years, market prices for corn have been sufficiently high that most of the corn subsidy resulted from crop insurance in areas where there were crop losses rather than from counter cyclical payments that are received when prices are low.
28 posted on 05/13/2011 11:54:31 AM PDT by NC28203
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29 posted on 05/13/2011 12:07:14 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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