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Democrats Trying To Appear ‘Pro Drilling’

Some surprising admissions from the Associated Press:

Dems try to spur oil exploration on available land

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Seeking to blunt GOP efforts to permit oil exploration off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, House Democrats are pushing legislation they say would spur drilling on already available lands in Alaska, the West and the western Gulf of Mexico…

The Democratic bill would require a more active Interior Department leasing program on the reserve, which is located to the west of the off-limits Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, the subject of a long-standing battle between environmentalists and the oil lobby.

“Democrats brought forth their ‘Use It or Lose It’ bill without knowing it was already the law of the land,” said GOP Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo. “Today we’re reminded that the majority’s efforts to ‘unlock’ NPR-A are about as necessary as passing a bill ordering the sun to rise.”

The oil lease proposal is an effort by Democrats to counter a push by congressional Republicans to lift a long-standing drilling ban on most offshore U.S. waters…

Democrats are scrambling to appear pro-drilling — hence the “Drill Act” title for Thursday’s bill — even as leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are dead set against reversing the long-standing drilling bans along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Democrats say the industry should first go after oil and natural gas in areas where they hold leases. They also say Republicans are simply seeking political advantage with a pro-drilling plan that won’t deliver new U.S. oil for another decade or so, and that the GOP’s fixation on drilling is a smoke screen for the Bush administration’s inability to prevent the sharp spike in gasoline prices

The unmitigated ignorance that the Democrats are showing about oil leases is typical of their ignorance on all issues.

Democrats say the industry should first go after oil and natural gas in areas where they hold leases.

As if the oil industry isn’t already doing that. Do the Democrats think that oil companies pay the exorbitant fees for oil leases for the fun of it?

They also say Republicans are simply seeking political advantage with a pro-drilling plan that won’t deliver new U.S. oil for another decade or so, and that the GOP’s fixation on drilling is a smoke screen for the Bush administration’s inability to prevent the sharp spike in gasoline prices.

What are the Democrats suggesting that will deliver new US oil immediately? This is a rhetorical question. These Solons aren’t suggesting anything that will give us new oil ever. They don’t want more oil.

And what is the Democrat solution to prevent sharp spikes in gas prices? More taxes?

This is full extent of the Democrats’ program: to demand that somehow, some way there is “clean energy.”

But of course Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats aren’t policy wonks. They have no idea how to effect any of this. And, indeed, they don’t want to be bothered with pesky details.

They will just demand “clean energy” until it happens.

Meanwhile, their lickspittle minions at the AP gave them exactly the headline they wanted. No matter what the rest of the article says.

Which is all that really matters to them.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 17th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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