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During the 2006 election, the Democrats tried to link the Republican Party with the cause of high gas prices. In 2006, the national average for gasoline was $2.18 per gallon, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said the Democrats had a plan to bring down skyrocketing gas prices. However, since the Democrat Party took control of Congress in January 2007, gasoline has doubled to $4.49 per gallon.
In 1995, the Republican-controlled Congress passed a bill to open a small region (ANWR) in Alaska to tap into the available oil. The Democrats protested, claiming there would be no results for 10 years. President Bill Clinton vetoed the bill. Even by the Democrats’ own timetable, America could have been energy independent of foreign oil by 2005.
The only energy plan of Democrats is to raise taxes on vehicles, gas and the people, while blaming high gas on the “evil” oil companies. While Big Oil made huge profits, the government made nearly four times as much.
The Democrats want to tax our energy even more with a 25-cent increase in the state gas tax, as well as a 50-cent increase in the federal gas tax. They also want to place a major tax on oil companies. What do the Democrats want — $6 gas? How would the increase in gas affect the prices of other common items, like food, that need gas to be transported? The cost, once again, would be passed along to the consumer.
WASHINGTON — A House subcommittee on Wednesday rejected a Republican-led effort to open up more U.S. coastal waters to oil exploration.
For example, using the methodology employed by Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats that suspending shipments into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (between 40-77,000 barrels of oil a day) would reduce gas prices by at least 5 cents, bringing ANWR online (at least one million barrels of oil a day) could impact gasoline prices by between 70 cents and $1.60.
Why is America NOT energy independent?
Because, over the past 30 years:
Democrats have blocked the development of new sources of petroleum.
Democrats have blocked drilling in ANWR.
Democrats have blocked drilling off the coast of Florida.
Democrats have blocked drilling off of the east coast.
Democrats have blocked drilling off of the west coast.
Democrats have blocked drilling off the Alaskan coast.
Democrats have blocked building oil refineries.
Democrats have blocked clean nuclear energy production.
Democrats have blocked clean coal production.
And, what is the democratic solution to the current energy crisis?
--Democrats want to tax oil companies and sue OPEC!
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.
What's the bottom line? In the six years since President Bush took office in January 2001 until Democrats took control in January 2007, the average price climbed from $1.47 to $2.20. That's 73 cents a gallon in 6 years. In fact, the average price of gas had been flat at about $2.20 a gallon for 5 monts prior to the Democrats taking control of Congress. Since then, the average price has skyrocked to record levels, now sitting at $3.23 a gallon. In just 5 months of Democratic control of Congress, the price has jumped more than a dollar.
President Bush and a Republican Congress: 6 years, $0.73 a gallon
Hillary, Nancy and a Democratic Congress: 5 months, $1.03 a gallon
Democrats, including Barack Obama, support increasing taxes and regulatory costs (environmental) on energy producers and consumers (you), limiting exploration for new oil and natural-gas supplies, and mandating conservation. Liberals like Obama have long argued for higher gas prices to force conservation and reduce emissions. The only concern he has expressed recently is that prices have not gone up gradually and that the sudden spike has hit Americans hard.
But, no. Up to this point, High-Priced-Energy Party Leader Harry Reid has blocked a straight up or down vote on drilling. The Nevada Democrat's reasoning? Only about 25 percent of leases currently held by energy companies are being explored for development. You see, it's not just oil speculators who are to blame for high prices; it's the oil companies themselves. So High-Priced-Energy Democrats proposed a bill requiring that oil companies drill on their current leases before they gain access to other locations.
Why, you might ask, are energy companies not drilling on current leaseholds? Because they discovered there isn't sufficient oil or gas on these lands to justify drilling. So, the Democrats' second answer to high energy prices is to force energy companies to drill, but only on unprofitable poor-producing fields.
Originally posted by semperfortis
Conservatives, stick to the facts as we have been and continue to fight the good fight and maybe the truth will win out over the continued and persistent bouts of emotions.
I won't be further baited into making this about Conservative vs Liberal ideologies. That's for children.
as it is directly in line with everything I have posted.
Who to Believe?
I applaud loyalty, even Liberal loyalty, but to ignore facts in order to prove a point is truly without merit.