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Morning Bell: Holding the Left Accountable on Energy Prices
Posted By Conn Carroll On June 20, 2008 @ 9:34 am In Energy and Environment,The Morning Bell | 11 Comments
The most important thing to remember as the debate over energy prices becomes a major issue in 2008  is that liberals want Americans to pay higher energy prices. That is why they sue to stop natural gas drilling in Wyoming , new refineries in South Dakota  and coal power plants nationwide . The whole purpose of the Lieberman-Warner carbon capping bill was to increase the cost of energy to force Americans to use less of it. But now Americans are beginning to catch on to the left’s game, and they are not happy.
According to Rasmussen Reports , 67% of voters believe that offshore drilling should be allowed, and 64% believe lifting the ban on offshore drilling will lead to lower gas prices. A new Reuters poll  found that 60% of Americans favor more domestic drilling and refinery construction to cool record prices.
Facing an American public increasingly hostile to their energy policy, liberals in Congress are scrambling to find new arguments and policy proposals that can provide them with a patina of political cover. They include:
Already there are cracks in left’s unity on the drilling issue. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) has co-sponsored a bill with Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) to lift the ban on natural gas production off the coast of Virginia . More importantly though, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is refusing to even allow the House to vote on lifting the offshore drilling ban. She must know many from her own party would vote for the measure. After all, they would only be responding to the fact that their constituents are eager to hold them accountable on the issue.
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URLs in this post:
 energy prices becomes a major issue in 2008: http://www.gallup.com/poll/108067/Fuel-Prices-Now-Clearly-Americans-No-Concern.aspx
 natural gas drilling in Wyoming: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-na-pinedale19-2008jun19,0,2289341.story
 new refineries in South Dakota: http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2008/06/19/news/latest_news/04a2f7b39011e48b8625746d005e39a3.txt
 coal power plants nationwide: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-coalwars14apr14,1,3172614,print.story
 Rasmussen Reports: http://rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/67_support_offshore_drilling_64_expect_it_will_lower_prices
 new Reuters poll: http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1844581020080618?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews
 there is so much more oil: http://www.foundry.org/2008/06/16/morning-bell-more-than-anwr/
 points out: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/19/AR2008061903488.html
 have been making the same argument in support of oil production bans for decades now: http://www.foundry.org/2008/05/02/anwr-is-no-laughing-matter/
 Oil companies are already paying billions of dollars every year for land they are exploring, and under current law, if they do not begin drilling by the time their lease is up, they lose their right to drill: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121391719487790187.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries
 The Department of the Interior estimates that their are 19.1 billion barrels of oil and 83.9 trillion cubic feet of gas in the banned areas Outer Continental Shelf alone: http://www.heritage.org/Research/EnergyandEnvironment/wm1963.cfm
 lift the ban on natural gas production off the coast of Virginia: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/webb-splits-with-obama-over-drilling-2008-06-19.html
 facing little resistance: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-amarah20-2008jun20,0,7503416.story
 the District of Columbia received $10 million in the farm bill: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/19/AR2008061903219.html?hpid=topnews
 threatened to veto: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/19/AR2008061903532.html
 more than 400 brokers, appraisers, bankers and lenders: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-fi-mortgage20-2008jun20,0,4425577.story
 broke one of his promises to the American people: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080619/ap_on_el_pr/obama_money
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