Originally posted by mental modulator
Originally posted by flashback
I have to admit I didn't get a chance to read the bill, but... what a strange tally. Did you read it? Any opinion on the results vs. the content?
Just curious. Trying to learn something from this thread. Wonder why the votes were the way they were.
No honestly I cannot believe any public official would have voted against this...
It was a pure bill, it didn't ask for funding, no amendments, nothing...
I believe this one was actually just for the people which is unusual.
The bill would have opened up an investigation of sorts delving into, price gouging
speculation and possible market manipulation
I think the NEY votes are despicable! It was done on mass to protect the BIG OIL
INTERESTS or TO MAKE THE SENATE LOOK IMPOTENT or OUT OF LACK OF CARE
FOR THE CONSUMERS???
Anyhow its shameful and shows no regard for the everyday citizen...
Okay, take a step back and read the bill again. This bill does a lot more than just call for an investigation. In fact I'm not sure how you came to
the conclusion that all this bill did was open an investigation - it clearly shows in Section 2 that Congress (mainly Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid who is sponsoring the bill) has already made its' determinations.
This bill does the following:
* Raises taxes on domestic oil production
* Attempts to name the best and worst energy alternatives
* Imposes price-gouging legislation
Right now, we're not set up to switch to any form of alternative energy without spending some major money and we don't even know how beneficial any
of the alternative energy sources would be at this point because we haven't studied them enough. It's true that we need to get off of our dependence
on foreign oil, and the best first step to do that is to drill our own freakin oil right from our own back yard!
Keeping that in mind, the very LAST we need is to impost further taxes on domestic oil production. In fact, if you knew that domestic oil production
would bring prices down in the forseeable future, I fail to see why you would WANT to implement a such a tax - it seeks to block domestic oil
production! It's almost like Harry Reid is trying to make everyone in Congress sign off on the statement "Okay, we'll release ANWR for drilling,
but it's gonna cost you big time!".
As far as naming the best and worst of alternative renewable energies, there are none right now that are developed enough to put into mass production
on such a scale that could replace oil and not totally break the economy.
And the price gouging measure act the same way that price controls acted back in the 70's during the energy crisis of that era by making high prices
illegal. Price controls did limit the price of gas back then, but consumers also waited is horribly long lines and gas stations often ran out of gas
before everyone could fill up. So like the absurd tax hike suggestion, this price gouging measure would only discourage the supply that we need to be
producing from our own soil and end up doing more harm than good.
This bill, if passed, would raise energy prices for all American consumers, not lower them! The question you SHOULD be asking is why you the majority
of your congressional Democrats oppose drilling on our home soil as a first step toward energy independence? Are they the ones having their pockets
lined by the Saudis?
Something to think about. Please read the bill before you jump all over it and the people who voted against it. Remember these people weren't voted
into office because they vowed to screw America over.