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Dem House Committee rejects drilling, leaving the oil to the Chinese

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posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 06:12 PM
Want some relief from the high gas prices? Democrats don't. Remember anything good for the country ruins Democrats chances in the 2008 elections. I guess the "Pelosi Premium" remains in tact.

Rep. John Peterson, R-Pa., spearheaded the effort. His proposal would open up U.S. waters between 50 and 200 miles off shore for drilling. The first 50 miles off shore would be left alone.

But the plan failed Wednesday on a 9-6, party-line vote in a House appropriations subcommittee, which was considering the proposal as part of an Interior Department spending package.

With record oil prices and gas prices projected to hover around the $4 mark for the rest of the summer, Republicans have ratcheted up their efforts to open up oil exploration along U.S. coastline. But the long-sought change has so far been unsuccessful.

"I'm disappointed. I did not expect a partisan vote today. I felt we had a chance of winning this. A lot of Democrats have been talking favorably about my amendment. They know we have to do something. But today was an absolute show of Pelosi power, it was dealt from the top down," Peterson said later

Democrats are determined to keep us in misery, they are determined to keep us dependent on other countries for oil Most of these countries are not exactly friendly to the United States, therefore jeopardizing our national security.

It's perfectly OK for China/Cuba to drill 60 miles off the shore of Florida, but if we want to do it, we get idiots who think its enviromentally dangerous.

Once again....CHINA is drilling off the coast of Florida, but we CAN'T. Somebody please explain this nonsense to me!

posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 04:14 PM
reply to post by RRconservative

Republicans and Democrats have a fundamentally different approach to tackling high gas prices. Democrats are being aggressive today to lower prices and reduce dependence on foreign oil while thinking ahead to tomorrow

- Working to Address Rising Gas Prices

- Enacted legislation to increase oil supply by temporarily suspending the fill of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the nation’s crude oil stockpile. (H.R. 6022)

- Gave the FTC new authority to crack down on those manipulating wholesale energy markets to keep prices high in the Energy Independence and Security Act (H.R. 6)

- Approved the Gas Price Relief for Consumers Act (H.R. 6074) to hold the OPEC monopoly accountable for price fixing that flouts the free market and artificially drives up the cost of crude oil.

- Passed the Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act (H.R. 1252) to investigate price gouging by retailers who may be using the cover of high prices to unfairly inflate their rates even further.

- Investing in a Sustainable, Energy Independent America

- Enacted the landmark Energy Independence and Security Act (H.R. 6) that raised vehicle fuel efficiency for the first time in 32 years and increased the renewable fuels standard.

- Passed the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Act (H.R. 5351) to end unnecessary subsidies to oil companies making record profits and invest in clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

- Approved the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act (H.R. 6049) to renew and expand tax incentives for renewable energy.

- Passed the Food and Energy Security Act (H.R. 2419) that promotes the development of biofuels, including those from non-corn sources.

posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 04:18 PM

Democrats are determined to keep us in misery, they are determined to keep us dependent on other countries for oil Most of these countries are not exactly friendly to the United States, therefore jeopardizing our national security.

Democrats? The Republican led deregulation program to allow speculators to drive up the cost is a huge reason why gas prices have jumped exponentially. Also more than 10,000 permits have been issued in recent years to allow for drilling on public lands...Refinaries aren't being used at capacity, and you hear people on here constantly going on and on about how it's the Democrats and environmentalists who are preventing more from being built. If this were the case one would think you would see more than "1" permit application for the building of a new refinary.

If it were truely the case what you said, I'd be one of the first to admit it, however the facts don't show this at all. You're being lied to. There is nothing to prohibit the drilling off of the shelf on over 400 million acres...don't buy the propaganda...there is not shortage, the oil companies are getting filthy rich, and the executive branch and agencies (staffed by Bush cronies) are not doing a damn thing about it. You get a bunch of oil executives in the White House and in federal agencies, what did you expect?

[edit on 12-6-2008 by skyshow]

posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 05:39 PM
Nice! 2 posts and you didn't even mention China.

Let me do a short recap...A bill that would open up drilling over 50 miles off of Florida, (A place that China is already drilling in...) is killed in committee by a 9-6 party line vote and you come back with....

A bunch a feel-good legislation that has done absolutely nothing to give us gas price relief. The most outrageous being the Food and Security not only do we have high gas prices, that just made the cost of food higher too.

The other stupid legislation was the Gas Price Relief for Consumers Act. Yeah that is working like a charm....
Holding OPEC accountable? You got to be kidding, right?

The only action that will give us relief is more supply. Open up ANWAR now! Open up the 81% of our shores that is offlimits. 1 new refinery in 30 will not cut it

posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 08:18 PM
reply to post by RRconservative

There is no evidence about China drilling off the coast of Florida. Even Bob Martinez from Florida said the Chinese are not drilling anywhere down there. This appears to be an urban myth. Where is the evidence?

Open ANWR: EIA estimates that if we open ANWR today, twenty years down the road, at peak production, gas prices would be lowered at the maximum by $1.44 per barrel, which translates to only a few cents a gallon. Increased conservation and the use of alternative technologies in the last three years have cut the projected need for imported oil between now and 2050 by more than 100 billion barrels (EIA) – ten times more benefit than what we might be able to get a decade from now from ANWR.

[edit on 13-6-2008 by skyshow]

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