I honestly couldn’t imagine senior people in the ALP supporting such a ban.
Can the Dems think or do congressional Democratic primaries have rules that requires selection of the stupidest people available to go to Washington?
For weeks, pressure has been mounting in Congress to approve more domestic oil drilling, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has held the line, using her power to block a vote on offshore drilling.
President Bush has made almost daily calls for Democratic leaders to take action. House GOP leaders, citing a new poll showing that a slim majority of Californians now favor offshore drilling, issued a release Thursday saying “even (Pelosi’s) own California neighbors oppose her efforts to block new drilling far off American coasts.” GOP lawmakers are so disgruntled they’re urging Bush to deny Congress its August break by calling a special session on energy.
The Dems then try to stop debate by closing things down through authoritarian means:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House, turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.
Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders opposed the motion to adjourn the House, arguing that Pelosi’s refusal to schedule a vote allowing offshore drilling is hurting the American economy. They have refused to leave the floor after the adjournment motion passed at 11:23 a.m., and they are busy bashing Pelosi and her fellow Democrats for leaving town for the August recess.
At one point, the lights went off in the House and the microphones were turned off in the chamber, meaning Republicans were talking in the dark. But as Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz..) was speaking, the lights went back on and the microphones were turned on shortly afterward.
The US is basically dependent on foreign oil imports. Ordinarily there’s nothing wrong with that except there are strategic issues relying on Mid East oil seeing it’s not the most peaceful neighborhood in town. Banning drilling around the US coastline prevents new supply entering the market that could help alleviate price pressure by potentially increasing supply.
At the margin isn’t US domestic oil production environmentally friendlier seeing it saves on transportation from other parts of the world? Additionally new supplies in the US market increasingly arrive from the growing Canadian oil sands industry which is a comparatively dirty business emission wise. Shouldn’t the right environmental response be to promote US domestic drilling and exploration on these factors alone? I really don’t get this from any rational/reasonable perspective.
It shouldn’t be understated that high oil prices is a real serious issue for the US economy and with the record weak US dollar US consumers have taken a huge hit at the pump and for heating oil. Attempts to get prices down through supply side reforms such as lifting the ban could dramatically help the economy/Americans.
Truth be told, I blame Bush for all this. Milton Friedman was right what he said just before he died. The shambles of Iraqi war has basically gutted the GOP to the point where the electorate simply doesn’t listen to them any more and simply want to see them punished. There’s only room for one big government party in the US and I hope the GOP learns a good hard lesson.