Why Aren’t We Drilling?

CNS News points out the difference between Republicans and Democrats

Members of Congress interviewed by Cybercast News Service on Thursday were split on what to do about huge amounts of oil within U.S. territory that remains untapped because of U.S. laws and regulations.

A report released by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) last month estimates there are 139 billion barrels of untapped, recoverable oil onshore and offshore in the United States.

Two Republican congressmen say they support removing regulations in order to drill for the oil, while two Democrats say they oppose immediate action.

Those Republicans are Orrin Hatch and Mike Pence. What about the Democrats?

When asked if he favored deregulation to allow more drilling of the undiscovered oil resources reported by BLM, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) replied, “No.”

The California congressman added that he could “never say never” about the possibility of future drilling, but that circumstances would have to be “pretty drastic” for him to agree to more drilling.

“I am more concerned about global warming and the impact of fossil fuel,” he said.

Got that? Instead of being concerned about the rising cost of gas and the damage that does to the economy and the lives of the American people, Honda, who is taking a typical Democrat position, is worried about a sociology project.

Charlie Rangel is the other, and, apparently he wants to spend lots and lots more time talking about the issue, have hearings, and generally never get anything done.

While the Dems dither, and block, Americans suffer. Previously, they had blocked drilling and building refineries because of “environmental damage.” Now, it is for “global warming.” Will they ever find a way to support this? Maybe when their liberal constituents are dealing with $8 gas.

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5 Responses to “Why Aren’t We Drilling?”

  1. John Ryan says:

    Teach the current world oil production is about 80 million barrels per day. If we drilled AnWAR we MIGHT get a million more. How much do you think this would change the world oil price ? If this oil did reach the world oil market do you think that OPEC would reduce its oil production by a similar amount so as to keep the current price ? Do you think that natural resources should be left for future generations of Americans or that we have a right to take all now ?
    As for this being a problem caused by “Democrats” lets remember how little power that party has had over the last 14 years.

  2. manbearpig says:

    If you want to argue “natural resources” where do you draw your line? Should we all just go back to a medieval existence? I’m all for utilizing the resources we have to the fullest extent.

    As far as the Dims… this is the party that (8) years ago when the Goracle was running for President was going to be happy with $5/gallon gas, and now that we are approaching that they are “concerned for the little guy”. Think about it… who are the ones who are strapped and can’t afford the higher gas prices? The guy living in a 5000 sq. ft. home in the burbs who drives a brand new Hummer? Or is it the guy making $10/hour and driving a beat up 1987 Chevy Cavalier? High gas prices are going to affect middle and lower class citizens the most, so let’s go ahead and do everything we can to stick it to them, and then tell them we are only trying to help “the little guy”. Good job libtards!

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  4. forest hunter says:

    Some interesting historical statistics to remember in November.

    Who’s to Blame for High Gas Prices?

    For several decades, the Democratic Party has pursued policies designed to drive up the cost of petroleum, and therefore gas at the pump. Remarkably, the Democrats don’t seem to have taken much of a political hit from the current spike in gas prices. Probably that’s because most people don’t realize how different the two parties’ energy policies have been.

    Congressman Roy Blunt put together these data to highlight the differences between House Republicans and House Democrats on energy policy:

    ANWR Exploration
    House Republicans: 91% Supported
    House Democrats: 86% Opposed

    House Republicans: 97% Supported
    House Democrats: 78% Opposed

    Oil Shale Exploration
    House Republicans: 90% Supported
    House Democrats: 86% Opposed

    Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Exploration
    House Republicans: 81% Supported
    House Democrats: 83% Opposed

    Refinery Increased Capacity
    House Republicans: 97% Supported
    House Democrats: 96% Opposed


    91% of House Republicans have historically voted to increase the production of American-made oil and gas.

    86% of House Democrats have historically voted against increasing the production of American-made oil and gas.

  5. darthcrUSAderworldtour2007 says:

    Socialist Ryan and his Defeatocrat tree hugging ‘Island of Misfit Toys’ in Congress are the BLAME for this $4 per gallon SUPPLY and DEMAND tragedy…
    PAVE THE WHALE 2008!

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