Friday, July 18, 2008

Off-Shore Oil Drilling

Another pathetic showdown between our elected officials.

We have one group, namely Republicans, which is pushing for off-shore drilling to help increase the global supply of oil and to help make America less-dependent on imported oil. In addition, there is pending House legislation that intends to force oil companies to give up their un-worked federal leases and ban the export of crude drilled in Alaska. The White House is threatening to veto legislation with this wording.

In the other group, namely Democrats, we have a firm stance against off-shore drilling and new oil drilling leasing regulations. House Majority Leader Pelosi said:
The president of the United States, with gas at $4 a gallon because of his failed energy policies, is now trying to say that is because I couldn't drill offshore. That is not the cause, and I am not going to let him get away with it.
We also have Al Gore challenging the nation to produce every kilowatt of electricity through wind, sun and other Earth-friendly energy sources within 10 years.

The most prudent methods would be to announce and begin now long-term efforts to begin off-shore drilling and open up new leases for oil drilling and tar mining. Add to this renewable energy source deployments for electricity generation.

Actions to find and exploit new sources of petroleum and to deploy renewal sources will be opposed by the libs around every turn. Their reasons are always environment-related -- the chance that there might be an oil spill, that wind farms will be an eye sore, and that solar panels will make for ugly architecture.

Bottomline, Pelosi is way out of line trying to put the blame of $4/gallon gas on "failed Bush energy policies." Quite the contrary. The Democrat energy policy is based on doing nothing within America (unless buying florescent bulbs count for much) and hope foreign oil suppliers will be kind and offer America, no one else, cheap oil.

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