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  • She's Afraid ... She's Very Afraid

    Yesterday CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewed Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), drilling her about her refusal to allow more domestic energy production. From the interview:

    BLITZER: There are a lot of people out there, including plenty of Democrats, who say one of the most important things to do right now is to resume offshore drilling off the coast of California, Florida, elsewhere around the United States. Take a look at this poll that CNN/Opinion Research Corporation recently did.

    “Do you favor offshore drilling?” Seventy-three percent said yes. “Do you oppose offshore drilling?” Only 27 percent.

    You’re among the 27 percent. … Are you afraid if this comes up for a vote in the House you will lose, given the support for offshore oil drilling among these so-called blue dogs, or moderate Democrats, who will join with Republicans?

    PELOSI: Afraid is not a word that is in my vocabulary.

    BLITZER: Will you let it come up for a vote?

    PELOSI: You know, I mean, the point is, is we are putting forth the alternatives that we need to put forth, and that is, drill, use it or lose it. …

    BLITZER: So let me get — will you allow this issue, offshore oil drilling, to come up for a vote on the floor of the House?

    PELOSI: We’re going to exhaust our other remedies in terms of increasing supply in America by…

    BLITZER: So the answer is no?

    PELOSI: I have no plans to do so.

    The reason why Peolsi is deathly afraid of allowing members of her own caucus the freedom to vote on offshore drilling, is because she know the facts are not on her side. Under current law, the U.S. has about 22 billion barrels of proven oil reserves. It is estimated that the areas Pelosi wants to keep off limits from production in just the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) have another 19.1 billion barrels. The mean estimate for the areas Pelosi wants to keep off limits from production in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is 10.4 billion barrels. In other words, the U.S. could more than double our oil reserves with a stroke of a pen. Just imagine what a huge effect such a signal would have on world oil prices. But Pelosi and her liberal allies refuse to even allow a vote on the issue.

    No wonder Pelosi is desperate to blame anybody but herself for high gas prices. Witness this telling exchange from the same interview:

    BLITZER: Back when you wanted to be in the majority, you issued a press release on April 24, 2006. At that time, the price for a gallon was $2.91.

    That was then. You’ve been in power now as the majority for more than a year and a half. The price of a gallon of gas is more than $4. In some parts of the country, including in your area, closer to $5 a gallon. And there’s no relief in sight.

    What are you doing to fix this? Because a lot of people are disappointed in the record so far.

    PELOSI: Well, we have passed in the House of Representatives every one of those initiatives. They’ve run into a brick wall with the Republicans in the United States Senate and with the president of the United States. But in passing our energy bill, we were able to achieve with public support and outcry…

    BLITZER: So it’s all the fault of the Senate?

    PELOSI: Yes, absolutely.

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    9 Responses to She's Afraid ... She's Very Afraid

    1. RW Thompson, Petoske says:

      Seems the Speaker is ready to place blame everywhere where it belongs, in her party's lap! Where are those special and oh so wise pieces of legislation she was promising back when they were in the minority? Perhaps we need to revert to that minority status for her to find them again?

    2. Darvin Dowdy, Houst says:

      Conn: The democrat party is nothing but a thin facade. Very high and wide but thin. Those huddled behind it are, indeed, afraid. Shivering w/fear.

      You've really nailed it here.

      I'm "afraid" the dem party is on its way out. It'll join the libertarians, reform, bullmoose. Ha! Its got to happen. What we're seeing here w/Obama is their last harrah. Last gasp. They've moved so far to the anti-U.S. left. Their only byproducts are lies, misinformation and propaganda. They've destroyed themselves. We should stop reacting to them and start ignoring them.

      And this is why we should also not be so adamant regarding discussions of a new political party. Not a 3rd party. But a new 2nd party. We need a party that is more Nation centered. Unlike the GOP whose pendulum has swung too far towards globalism. And is stuck there.

      I'd really like to see HF allow and moderate a discussion on this subject. You know, toss it out on the table and see where it goes. There is a tremendous void of representation in our Nation and if good people don't fill it, scoundrels will. We shouldn't be afraid of this subject matter but I feel many conservatives are. Darvin Dowdy

    3. Roy G Callahan says:

      What follows is what I said to Senator Nelson about drilling.

      Roy G. Callahan, USN, Ret.

      1529 NW 143rd Street

      Gainesville, Florida 32606

      Tel: (352) 332-9144

      Fax: (352) 332-9144


      Wednesday, July 16, 2008

      Senator Bill Nelson

      716 Senate Hart Office Building

      Washington, D.C. 20510

      Dear Senator Nelson,

      I received your July 9. 2008 reply regarding drilling off Florida and other coastal states. Thank you for responding.

      I already addressed the 31 million acres you mentioned in my letter of July 8, 2008. The first paragraph on the 2nd page delves into the reasons why oil companies have not drilled in these 31 million acres. What follows encompasses the rest of the subject.

      Politicians and government, unlike oil companies and business in general, have the benefit of unlimited funds. Comparison of the two reveals, government derives its money from the governed at the point of a gun and threat of legal sanctions while business has to work for its money to stay in business and make a profit.

      To make a profit, they hire people with scientific knowledge and the ability to determine where and if their investment will make a profit. The idea is investment for future exploration, and earnings for risk-taking shareholders. Conversely, government knowingly hires “scientists” from educational institutions and think tanks who, because they are on the payroll, work to affirm a predetermined political outcome. Global warming is a good example. It is a political, not a scientific idea, that can be disproved by “pure” science.

      History shows government and environmentalists have, through the courts and regulation, made exploration costs prohibitive and almost impossible. Thirty plus years of no drilling and no new refineries since Exxon-Valdez makes the point. Knowing the hoops business must jump through, plus the necessity of making a profit to stay in business, makes me wonder if the oil companies who have not explored that 31 million acres you refer to know the area is not profitable. Unlike government, who spends billions for nothing, I do not fault business for refusing to make that kind of investment. Given these parameters, it is small wonder that American business finds it more profitable to take their business elsewhere.

      I agree with your assertion that President Bush knows drilling will not solve the immediate problem. Most Americans know that too. However, what President Bush and most Americans also know is that Democrats and Environmentalists are willing to jeopardize American sovereignty and prosperity for transformational Marxist ideology that creates dependency. $140 per barrel oil is the result of demand that almost outstrips production. Mr. Gore’s statement in “Democrats lied and the economy died” plus 30 years of no drilling and no new refineries is also part of that $140.00 per barrel oil.

      I disagree with President Bush on many issues. His vision on Immigration Reform and No Child Left Behind represent a few. However, President Bush’s stance on this issue emulates the American people’s desire for self-sufficiency in energy and the economic benefits that go with it. Drilling tells the world that Americans will do what they have to, to maintain their independence and standard of living until other technology replaces the petroleum-based economy we live in today. I agree this is the right course to take.

      Most Americans, understand they have to eat tomorrow, so President Bush is doing the right thing to provide for the near future. Similarly, most Americans are unwilling to subscribe to Kumbaya ideology that makes Americans like the rest of the world; most Americans want national self-sufficiency. I am one of those Americans. Producing our own energy accomplishes that purpose which begs the question, “Why do you have problems with that concept?”

      You correctly say, “Americans are being gouged.” Democrats in general and politicians (Poli – more than one – Tics – blood sucking parasites) RINO’s included, are gouging Americans. Federal and State Governments are not lowering their gas taxes that account for the biggest part of a gallon of gas. The mantra “I feel your pain with the lip bite” is obviously a lie because of the difference between what you say and what you do.

      Consequently, a thinking American who pays attention to Congress can conclude the truth of the matter comes from two of your Democrat colleagues. Their remarks represent what the Democrat Party stands for.

      On June 18, 2008, Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) told Oil Company Executives “This liberal will be all about socializing, uh, uh . . . would be about . . . basically taking over and the government running all of your companies.”

      The next day, Representative Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) said, “Should the people of the United States own refineries? Maybe so. Frankly, I think that’s a good idea. Then we could control the amount of refined product much more capably that gets out on the market…” He also said, “So if there’s any seriousness about what some of our Republican colleagues are saying here in the House and elsewhere about improving the number of refineries, then maybe they’d be willing to have these refineries owned publicly, owned by the people of the United States, so that the people of the United States can determine how much of the product is refined and put out on the market. To me, that sounds like a very good idea.”

      Your party and the words your cohorts spoke are eerily reminiscent of an ideology that President Reagan relegated to the dustbin of history in Europe. Karl Marx wrote, “The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state, i.e., of the proletariat organized as the ruling class; and to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible.”

      There is little difference in the three statements because the former two emulate the latter in meaning and intent. They represent an ideology that is profoundly anti-American and patently inimical to the American way of life. Knowing that you are a member of this party, the German saying “Mit gehangen, mitgefangen” fits.

      Having fought against this ideology all my life, it makes sense I continue this fight. If my perception of you and your ideology are wrong, I am certainly willing to let you correct the impression. However, the fact remains your voting record on other major issues is party oriented as is your stance on this issue. We continue to disagree.

      Looking forward to your reply, I remain yours in the Bill of Rights.

      Roy G. Callahan

      Copy to:

      Florida politicians; Representative Stearns; Senator Martinez et al

    4. Armand V., Tarzana, says:

      Good! The more the Democrats fight more domestic oil production, the tighter the noose will be around their necks during the general election. People will remember in the voting booths who's responsible for keeping gasoline prices high!

    5. Robert Callis, Clark says:

      How can Democrats not see the need for a change in leadership?

      It's time for changes alright but not in the White House!

    6. Aady America says:

      Well, the more the populists fight more domestic oil production, the tighter the noose will be roughly their necks during the general election. People will remember in the voting booth that’s responsible for holding gasoline prices high.




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    9. Greenville, SC says:

      I find the eloquent comments of Mr. Callahan, very amusing, another one of those family value espousing folks.

      Meanwhile if one looks at the Mr. Callahan's personal life….

      It is interesting to know that neither of Mr. Callahan's children did not ever meet their grandparents, and were never informed of them, like they did not exist.

      Now Mr. Callahan has grandchildren, and guess what? The situation repeats itself.

      His grandkinds do not know him either, by Mr. Callahan's choice…..

      Sad personality, like Newt Gingrich divorcing wife #3 I believe it was fresh out of cancer surgery.

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