Posted by: The Dauntless Conservative | December 31, 2010

More pain at the pump


Oil prices have spiked recently and gasoline prices are up to around $3 per gallon as I write this. My commentary on this is to show that democrats are to blame for more obstruction and filibustering on oil drilling. Their public record is clear. And yes, I know, there are Republicans who have towed the democrat party line on this issue too, but not to the extent the democrats have. For one, the environmentalist lobby is in the bed with the democrat party. To me, just follow the money and it will go back to them.

Just a few recent news on obama and democrats obstructionism:

1- Excerpt:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday afternoon that the Obama administration will not allow offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as part of the next five-year drilling plan, reversing two key policy changes President Obama announced in late March.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/post-carbon/2010/12/obama_administration_will_ban.html

2- Excerpt:

The Obama administration has reversed a decision to allow oil and natural-gas drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off part of the Atlantic coast following the BP Plc spill, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-01/u-s-won-t-consider-drilling-off-atlantic-or-in-eastern-gulf.html

A few years back, more democrat obstructionism in offshore oil drilling:

3- Excerpt:

Democrats in the United States Senate have blocked legislation that would have authorised oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200512/s1536696.htm

4- Excerpt:
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.

http://articles.sfgate.com/2008-08-01/news/17121971_1_drilling-house-gop-special-session

5- Excerpt:

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) — Lawmakers in states on the Western U.S. coast introduced a measure that would prohibit oil and gas exploration in U.S. waters of the Pacific Ocean.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., joined their Democratic partners in Oregon and Washington to introduce legislation the ban offshore drilling on the outer continental shelf of California, Oregon and Washington.

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Resource-Wars/2010/05/14/US-Democrats-seek-to-block-OCS-drilling/UPI-81291273845011/

6- Excerpt:

WASHINGTON — Carrying out Republican strategy, Rep. Jon Porter of Nevada filed a petition in Congress on Wednesday seeking to force the House to vote on offshore oil drilling. Porter’s action was part of a GOP effort to ratchet up pressure on Democratic leaders to allow votes on offshore drilling that they staunchly have resisted.

http://www.lvrj.com/news/26133334.html

6- Excerpt:

After a five-week paid vacation, Democrats are back in Washington and claiming that they want to do something about oil prices. But the problem is that their plan, which passed the House yesterday and will likely come up for a vote in the Senate later this week, will not produce a single drop of oil.  Why? Because it does nothing about environmental groups that are suing to stop drilling. The Democratic proposal is not a death-bed conversion, it’s designed to solve their political problem. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her members in August that they can say they are in favor of drilling, but that she wouldn’t allow a vote on a drilling bill. Now that she has been forced to, she knows her environmental allies will block new drilling from going forward.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122161650517646313.html

Yet, the democrats keep blaming W for high gasoline prices:

7- Excerpt:

Sept. 6 2008 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush urged Congress to enact measures to boost global trade, block a tax increase and authorize more offshore oil drilling before U.S. lawmakers resume their re-election campaigns next month. Bush’s final list of election-year priorities includes approving the Colombia and Korean free-trade agreements, extending relief from the alternative minimum tax, “and addressing one of the American people’s biggest concerns — the high price of gasoline.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=arzYhDIrDaAM

8- Excerpt:

WASHINGTON — President Bush, reversing a longstanding position, will call on Congress on Wednesday to end a federal ban on offshore oil drilling, according to White House officials who say Mr. Bush now wants to work with states to determine where drilling should occur.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/18/washington/18drill.html

9- To add insult to injury, the democrats:

The latest version of the CLEAR Act is slated for a floor vote in the House this week as Democrats look for ways to use the Gulf oil spill as a means to pass elements of their unpopular energy agenda. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stripped out authorization for an independent investigation into the Gulf disaster.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=38284

10- The US has plenty of oil here and it and we need to start using it:

Bakken Oil Reserve

http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1911

11- Today’s Oil Drilling leaves a small footprint:

http://www.anwr.org/Technology/Today-s-drilling-leaves-a-small-footprint.php

12- How much oil is in ANWR:

http://www.anwr.org/Background/How-much-oil-is-in-ANWR.php

13- Presidential candidates view on ANWR: the democrats

http://www.anwr.org/archives/presidential_candidates_views_on_anwr_a_the_democrats.php

14- Democrats Votes Blocking Increasing Domestic Energy Production

Democratic Votes Blocking Increasing Domestic Energy Production
  • 10/27/95 – The Senate voted on a bill to implement a competitive leasing program for oil and gas exploration, development and production within the coastal plain of ANWR.  The bill passed 52-47.  Of that, 52 Republicans voted for and 46 Democrats voted against.
  • 11/17/95 – The Senate voted on a motion to adopt a conference report on a bill to implement a competitive leasing program for oil and gas exploration, development and production within the coastal plain of ANWR.  The motion passed 52-47.  Of that, 52 Republicans voted for and 46 Democrats voted against.
  • 12/6/95 – President Clinton vetoed the Balanced Budget Act which included a provision to open ANWR.
  • 3/16/05 – The Senate voted on an amendment to the budget resolution to strike expanding exploration in ANWR.  The amendment to strike failed 49-51.  Of that, 48 Republicans voted for exploration and 41 Democrats voted against.
  • 11/3/05 – The Senate voted on an amendment to prohibit oil and gas leasing on the Coastal Plain.  The amendment failed 48-51.  Of that, 48 Republicans voted against and 40 Democrats voted for.
  • 6/13/07 – The Senate voted on the GAS PRICE ACT, as an amendment.  The amendment failed 43-52.  Of that, 43 Republicans voted for and 48 Democrats voted against.
  • 5/13/08 – The Senate voted on an amendment to expand exploration in ANWR and to authorize drilling in offshore coastal waters currently subject to a federal moratorium.  The amendment failed 42-56.  Of that, 41 Republicans voted for and 48 Democrats voted against.
  • 5/15/08 – The Senate voted on a motion to instruct budget conferees concerning increased energy exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf. The motion was rejected 44-51.  Of that, 41 Republicans voted for and 44 Democrats voted against.

http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=50F903D1-802A-23AD-45BB-EFAA5450B926

15- More democrat party obstructionism in domestic oil production:

SELECTED ENERGY VOTES 2003 to Present – Republican vs. Democrat Breakdown
June 17, 2008

ANWR Votes

10/27/95 – The Senate voted on a bill to implement a competitive leasing program for oil and gas exploration, development and production within the coastal plain of ANWR.  The bill passed 52-47.  Of that, 52 Republicans voted for and 46 Democrats voted against.

11/17/95 – The Senate voted on a motion to adopt a conference report on a bill to implement a competitive leasing program for oil and gas exploration, development and production within the coastal plain of ANWR.  The motion passed 52-47.  Of that, 52 Republicans voted for and 46 Democrats voted against.

12/6/95 – President Clinton vetoed the Balanced Budget Act which included a provision to open ANWR.

4/6/00 – The Senate voted on a motion to table an amendment to the budget resolution to remove funding from the 2001 Budget Resolution to expand exploration in ANWR. The tabling motion passed 51-49. Of that, 43 Republicans voted to table and 41 Democrats voted against tabling.

4/18/02 – The Senate voted on a cloture motion on an amendment to expand exploration in ANWR. The cloture motion failed 46-54. Of that, 41 Republicans voted for and 46 Democrats voted against.

3/19/03 – The Senate voted on an amendment to prevent consideration of drilling in ANWR during a fast-track budget reconciliation.  The amendment passed 52-48.  Of that, 42 Republicans voted against and 43 Democrats voted for.

3/16/05 – The Senate voted on an amendment to strike language to expand exploration in ANWR.  The amendment failed 49-51.  Of that, 48 Republicans voted against and 41 Democrats voted for.

11/3/05 – The Senate voted on an amendment to strike language establishing an oil and gas leasing program for ANWR.  The amendment failed 48-51.  Of that, 48 Republicans voted against and 41 Democrats voted for.

3/16/06 – The Senate voted on an amendment to increase energy spending by drilling in ANWR. The amendment passed 51-49. Of that, 48 Republicans voted for and 41 Democrats voted against.

Offshore & Other Energy Votes

2008

3/13/08 – The Senate voted on a motion to create a point of order against bills that would raise gasoline prices.  The motion failed 39-59.  Of that, 37 Republicans voted for and 59 voted against.

3/13/08 – The Senate voted on an amendment to encourage development of oil and gas resources beneath the Outer Continental Shelf and the development of oil shale resources on public lands.  The amendment failed 47-51.  Of that, 43 Republicans voted for and 44 Democrats voted against.

5/13/08 – The Senate voted on an amendment to allow states to authorize drilling in offshore coastal waters currently subject to a federal moratorium.  The amendment was rejected 42-56.  Of that, 41 Republicans voted for and 48 Democrats voted against.

5/15/08 – The Senate voted on a motion to fund increased energy exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf should the average price of regular gas in the U.S. reach $5 per gallon.   The motion was rejected 44-51.  Of that, 41 Republicans voted for and 44 Democrats voted against.

2007

6/13/07 – The Senate voted on the GAS PRICE ACT, as an amendment, to encourage increased domestic refinery capacity.  The amendment failed 43-52.  Of that, 43 Republicans voted for and 52 Democrats voted against.

6/14/07 – The Senate voted on an amendment to drill for oil off the Virginia coast.  The amendment failed 43-44.  Of that, 37 Republicans voted for and 37 Democrats voted against.

6/19/07 – The Senate voted on an amendment to increase the production of coal-to-liquid fuel.  The amendment failed 39-55.  Of that, 39 Republicans voted for and 47 Democrats voted against.

6/19/07 – The Senate voted on an amendment to provide for the expansion of liquefied natural gas terminals.  The amendment failed 37-56.  Of that, 37 Republicans voted for and 56 Democrats voted against.

6/20/07 – The Senate voted on a motion to create a point of order against bills that would raise gasoline prices.  The motion failed 37-55.  Of that, 36 Republicans voted for and 44 Democrats voted against.

6/21/07 – The Senate voted on a motion to delay energy tax increases until the Energy secretary can certify that they would not cause increases in the price of gasoline.  The motion failed 38-55.  Of that, 37 Republicans voted for and 46 Democrat voted against.

12/7/07 – The Senate voted on a cloture motion to consider the Housed-passed comprehensive energy bill containing $21 billion in tax increases – including $13.5 billion on oil and gas firms.  The motion failed 53-42.  Of that 39 Republicans voted against and 47 Democrats voted for.

2006

8/1/06 – The Senate voted on a bill that would open more than 8.3 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas leasing.  The bill passed 71-25.  24 Democrats and 1 Republican opposed the measure. 2005

11/17/05 – The Senate voted on a motion to impose a temporary windfall profit tax on crude oil and to use the proceeds to provide taxpayers with a $100 tax credit for every person in a their household.  The motion failed 33-65.  Of that, 54 Republicans voted against and 33 Democrats voted for.

11/17/05 – The Senate voted on a motion to impose a temporary windfall profit tax on crude oil and to use the proceeds to fund LIHEAP.  The motion failed 50-48.  Of that, 45 Republicans voted against and 41 Democrats voted for.

11/17/05 – The Senate voted on a motion to impose a temporary windfall profit tax on crude oil  sold above $40 per barrel and to use the proceeds to provide tax rebates to consumers.  The motion failed 35-64.  Of that, 55 Republicans voted against and 35 Democrats voted for.

11/17/05 – The Senate voted on a motion to prohibit expensing of intangible drilling costs for integrated oil companies – raising taxes by $2.4 billion.  The motion failed 48-51.  Of that, 48 Republicans voted against and 36 Democrats voted for.

2004

4/29/04 – The Senate voted on a motion to invoke cloture on an amendment to increase domestic oil production.  The motion to invoke cloture failed 55-43.  Of that, 39 Republicans voted for and 31 Democrats voted against.

2003

6/12/03 – The Senate voted on an amendment to prevent off shore drilling.  The amendment failed 45-53.  Of that, 41 Republicans voted against and 36 Democrats voted for.

Recent Polling DataRecent polling data from Gallup show the percentage of voters blaming oil companies for skyrocketing gasoline prices has dropped from 34 percent to 20 percent over the past year. At the same time, support for more drilling in U.S. coastal and wilderness areas has increased to 57 percent from 41 percent.

Another recent poll from the Polling Company, Inc. found that 81 percent of Americans support greater use of domestic energy resources.  By a margin of more than four-to-one, Americans surveyed supported the US tapping into its “own domestic energy reserves, including the oil and coal it already has here in the United States” in order to “combat the rising cost of energy and reduce dependence on foreign energy sources” (81%-16%).

Consumer First Energy Act vs. American Energy Production Act

The Democrats’ Consumer First Energy Act does nothing to increase access to America’s extensive oil and natural gas reserves, does nothing for the promotion of nuclear energy, does nothing to increase refinery capacity, does nothing for electricity generation or transmission, and does nothing for the utilization of clean coal.  Instead, the Consumer First Energy Act increases taxes by $17 billion on America’s oil and gas producers and increases government bureaucracy.

The Republicans’ American Energy Production Act will produce up to 24 billion barrels of oil.  And that doesn’t include billions more barrels of potential fuel from oil shale and coal-to-liquids in the bill.  It would open exploration and production activities currently prohibited in the Pacific and Atlantic regions of the Outer Continental Shelf which hold an estimated 14 billion barrels of oil and 55 trillion cubic feet of gas.  This is equivalent to more than 25 years worth of imports from Saudi Arabia.  Looking to Alaska, the bill allows limited and responsible access to ANWR which is estimated to contain 10 billion barrels of oil – about 15 years worth of imports from Saudi Arabia.

http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=978b2276-802a-23ad-438a-23594047d4e1&Is

16-Democrats continue to impede efforts for domestic oil and gas production

http://www.house.gov/list/press/az02_franks/GasPrice050306.html

Bottom line:

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Responses

  1. Dude, we can’t drill in the ANWR because it’s a freaking NATURE PRESERVE! We need to ween ourselves off of oil. There’s only so much oil in the world, once we use it up, it’s gone. Either way, the only reason Bush kept trying to push for more drilling here in the states is because he worked practically hand-in-hand with Haliburtin. So the more oil they drilled, the more money he made. He was only interested in his own wallet. Who’s the bad guy now?

    • Dude, we can’t drill in the ANWR because it’s a freaking NATURE PRESERVE!

      It is better, safer, less risk than offshore drilling. Yes we can. We have the technology to drill with minimum impact. We built the Alaskan pipeline back in the 1970s (which I remember quite well) and no ones is complaining. They did then, but not now.

      We need to ween ourselves off of oil

      .
      Why? It is what makes our economic engine run. It will take generations to “go green”. You just cannot snap your finger from the White House and demand it. If the people (free market) wants it, demand for it will come, naturally.

      There’s only so much oil in the world, once we use it up, it’s gone.

      Oil is constsantly being created deep inside the earth.

      Either way, the only reason Bush kept trying to push for more drilling here in the states is because he worked practically hand-in-hand with Haliburtin. So the more oil they drilled, the more money he made. He was only interested in his own wallet. Who’s the bad guy now?

      NO ONE CAN DO WHAT HALIBURTON CAN DO!!! SHOW ME THE PROOF OF YOUR LIES!!!! YOUR DEMOCRAT PARTY HAS BEEN PUTTING US AT RISK WITH FOREIGN OIL SINCE THE 70S (I REMEMBER!). WE HAVE MORE OIL HERE IN US THAN THE MIDDLE EAST AND YOUR DEMONCRACKKK PARTY IS STANDING IN THE WAY OF ENERGY INDEPENDENCE!!!!


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