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PoliCon
05-19-2011, 02:57 PM
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Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, May 19, 2011, 5:48 AM



For decades, Democrats have blocked one effort after another to responsibly develop the energy resources our country possesses, transforming vast areas of opportunity into “The No Zone.”

Because of current U.S. policy, U.S. companies are prohibited from developing oil fields that lie in Cuban waters and come within 50 miles of Florida. However, Cuba is exploring and developing these oil fields, estimated by the U.S. Geological Survey to possess more oil than the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, and Cuba is partnering with China and other countries, such as Spain, France, and Canada.

The Castro Regime will begin drilling off the coast of Florida this year and will go deeper than the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April.

But, US companies are not so fortunate.
In December the Obama Administration issued a massive new ban on offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

In April, Shell Oil announced that because of Obama’s radical EPA, they will be forced to stop drilling off the coast of Alaska. A village of 250 people 70 miles away may be harmed by emissions.

Yesterday, with gas prices at $4 per gallon Senate Democrats rejected a GOP bill to expand drilling in the US.
The Hill reported:

The Senate on Wednesday rejected Republican-backed legislation intended to speed up and expand offshore oil and gas drilling.

In a 42-57 vote, the Senate failed to move forward with the bill, which was opposed by the White House and most Senate Democrats. Republicans needed 60 votes for the measure to proceed.

Every Senate Democrat voted against the motion to proceed along with five Republicans: Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Mike Lee (Utah), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and David Vitter (La.).

The legislation – which is similar to bills the House approved in recent weeks – would set deadlines for several upcoming Gulf of Mexico lease sales.

It also would require lease sales off the coasts of Alaska and Virginia that the Interior Department had canceled following last year’s oil spill.

In addition, it would require the Interior Department to approve or deny offshore drilling permit applications within 60 days of filing, or the permits would be automatically approved.

Gas prices just aren’t high enough for democrats to take action.

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Arroyo_Doble
05-19-2011, 03:08 PM
Jim DeMint?

That is surprising.

pyackog
05-19-2011, 03:48 PM
While beginning to drill soon is not going to help as prices right now, I still don't get why the Democrats won't let this happen...its gotta be more than the greenies' influence.

PoliCon
05-19-2011, 03:54 PM
While beginning to drill soon is not going to help as prices right now, I still don't get why the Democrats won't let this happen...its gotta be more than the greenies' influence.

No idea. But I just called Sen Casey's office and raised hell about this. The fool on the line tried to pull out the "they already have leases" card - I shot that full of holes and then pointed out that China, Brazil, Cuba, and France are set to drill off our coasts and if he's going to continue to stand in the way of AMERICAN companies doing the same - then he'd best be prepared to see Pennsylvanian's standing in the way of his reelection. :mad: He is such a worthless son of a bitch that only got elected in the first place because of his father. :mad:

pyackog
05-19-2011, 04:02 PM
No idea. But I just called Sen Casey's office and raised hell about this. The fool on the line tried to pull out the "they already have leases" card - I shot that full of holes and then pointed out that China, Brazil, Cuba, and France are set to drill off our coasts and if he's going to continue to stand in the way of AMERICAN companies doing the same - then he'd best be prepared to see Pennsylvanian's standing in the way of his reelection. :mad: He is such a worthless son of a bitch that only got elected in the first place because of his father. :mad:

Even if the "they already have leases" card were true, it would beg the question, "why didn't we get a lease on some of our own damn coastlline???"

lacarnut
05-19-2011, 04:26 PM
I can not believer Vitter (R) and Landrieu (D) of LA voted against the interests of their own state. The oil industry is responsible for around 25% of state tax revenues. Fucking idiots. It is a shame we can not recall Senators.

Arroyo_Doble
05-19-2011, 04:38 PM
I can not believer Vitter (R) and Landrieu (D) of LA voted against the interests of their own state. The oil industry is responsible for around 25% of state tax revenues. Fucking idiots. It is a shame we can not recall Senators.

Actually, that makes sense. The coast off of LA is open and there are only so many rigs to go around.

DeMint in the one I can't figure out ..... unless he has coastal property in South Carolina that might have its view obstructed.

Speedy
05-19-2011, 05:48 PM
How can we be Brazil's biggest customer if we produce our own oil? Aren't you paying attention?

PoliCon
05-19-2011, 06:01 PM
I can not believer Vitter (R) and Landrieu (D) of LA voted against the interests of their own state. The oil industry is responsible for around 25% of state tax revenues. Fucking idiots. It is a shame we can not recall Senators.

Have you called their offices and raised hell yet?