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  • Vote to Expand Energy Supply or Walk Away?

    When required to vote on an energy amendment that would have opened up the supply of resources to lower costs to the American consumer, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee chose to walk rather than vote.

    Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) and Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) called for lifting a 27-year ban on deep see exploration during the markup of the Labor-HHS-Education spending bill, but the markup quickly dissipated as senior Democrats chose to leave the room. House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) offered this statement:

    “Unfortunately, the millions of Americans struggling with skyrocketing energy costs don’t have the option of walking away from their electricity bills — and they don’t have the option to walk away from their vehicles. These Americans need honest talk about our current energy crisis — and genuine, supply-based solutions to help fix it. Regrettably, they’ll see very little of that on the floor today […].”

    It’s highly probably that critics of offshore drilling are afraid of the strong public support for drilling and are trying to keep the vote as clandestine as possible. Last week’s Rasmussen poll found that 67% support offshore drilling off the coasts of California, Florida and other states while only 18% oppose. Ben Lieberman, Senior Policy Analyst for The Heritage Foundation, outlines the benefits of four useful policy suggestions issued by President Bush in his speech last week that would increase supply and ultimately reduce price. These include:

    1.) Removing restrictions on oil drilling in American waters;
    2.) Opening up a small portion of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling;
    3.) Streamlining the regulations that hamper refinery capacity expansions; and
    4.) Eliminating the federal barriers to development of oil shale.

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    7 Responses to Vote to Expand Energy Supply or Walk Away?

    1. Maryln Miller, Elkha says:

      Drill immediately. Only the democrats say it will take many years to get oil. I have heard we can have oil within a year. The Alaskan pipeline in only flowing 1/3 full. Start building refineries. Use our closed down military bases.

    2. Darvin Dowdy says:

      Our side is doing such a poor job of selling this issue. That includes Newt and his "Drill Now" campaign. Pathetic.

      The large, ripe plum aspect that we're omitting from our argument? High Paying Oil Field Related Jobs! And lots of 'em, too. Just in time for Christmas 2008. High paying jobs that will finally and mercifully replace the manufacturing jobs that have been lost over the past decade.

      Joe Blow and Mary Bell will be lured out of their burger-flipping or mall retail jobs, into these domestic oil related jobs at twice the pay. Or better.

      And what will all of this diverted money [that is now flowing into some Saudi princes Swiss bank account] do for the U.S. economy? The trickle down effect of that cash folding back into our own economy?? Think Milton Friedman would nod approval were he here today?

      And our poor trade deficit that has attached itself to us like some remora for decades. What will happen to it when we're producing 75-85% of our own oil? Think it might shrink a bit?

      There are many positive aspects to this issue of domestic oil production that "our" side is dismissing.

      There's an old (sort of vulgar) saying about someone who can't sell. Its said they "couldn't sell h__'s (same as a garden utensil) on a troop train". Pardon, hope I'm not offending. But that describes our side of the isle perfectly. They get so bogged down in boring, meaningless details. They speak and try to convince those that are already convinced, wasting valuable time. Additionally, their tact is totally wrong. They're trying to sell this to the democrats instead of selling it to the American people 1st. What would Reagan do?

      I can guarantee, the democrats would not get up and walk out of the room if high paying jobs for U.S. workers were being discussed. Darvin Dowdy

    3. Theodore A. Rademach says:

      BOTH PARTIES HAVE BEEN WRONG ON OIL DRILLING. WHEN THE REPUBLICANS HAD THE MAJORITY IN CONGRESS THEY SHOULD HAVE PASSED LEG.TO DRILL EVERYWHERE. BOTH PARTIES HAVE CATERED TO THE ENVIRORNMENTIST AND WE ARE PAYING FOR IT NOW.

      THERE SHOULD BE A OPEN SEASON ON ENVIRORNMENTIST EXTREAMIST AND THE BAG LIMIT SHOULD BE TWO. THEY HAVE DONE SO MUCH TO DISTROY THIS GREAT COUNTRY.

    4. Gene in the oil fild says:

      I agree the money for the production of oil will stay in the USA and the effect it will have will be felt the next morning. Why do the democrats want to keep the US down?

      It only takes a year to drill in a proven reserve and get it to market. With the pipe line only at 30% and already in place this would be a easy option and a fast one. Not the 10 year story that the democrats are trying to sell to the US.

      If the problems are supply and demand bringing this much oil on line for the US consumer will have a very large effect on the US economy and the high price of oil. Think how many people it will put to work and the amount of money that will go into circulation in the US economy alone.

    5. jimc57, ann arbor, m says:

      The time is long over due, as I just wrote to my senators to step up and drill off the coasts and ANWR. The policy makers need to become leaders not road blockers. Technology has advanced to the point where we can safely drill in these areas. The latest polls indicate that 67% of americas approve of drilling in these areas. Those that have attained leadership positions over the last 35 years are yet to establish an energy policy. Ladies and gentlemen do what is right for all taxpayers in your country and stop with the excuses. Try an incentive based approach rather then the regulatory approach your so used to.

    6. slaugjm, Bellingham, says:

      Its time we start putting the names of all these representives who vote against the United States at getting its own energy resources, by putting their names on huge posters and placing these posters at as many gas stations in the country as possable. Americans need to understand who the true culprets are, then maybe we'll start voting these jerks out of office for good.

    7. Scott A. Milliken L says:

      It is way over do to drill for oil. Maybe if we get rid of the left wing liberals,environmentalist,tree-huggers,then we can start drilling.

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