Yesterday, one of the most prominent Democrat Senators advised colleagues to address skyrocketing gasoline prices head on. His five talking points?
1) Crack down on oil speculators.
2) Force a ‘use it or lose it’ bill on oil companies that aren’t drilling on leased land where there isn’t oil.
3) Support an anti-trust bill against oil cartels like OPEC.
4) Put pressure on those same cartels to increase production.
5) Have a photo op in front of a green energy company and vow to resist Republican cuts to ‘green energy’ projects.
Seriously, Chucky? We’ve seen your playbook before. Shirk your responsibilities then demonize industry and Republicans when people are unhappy reaping what you’ve sown.
The Democrats have shut down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Democrats prevent drilling off the coasts of California, Florida and Virginia.
The Democrats refuse to open up ANWR, admittedly a long term project but one which would be on line now if Democrats hadn’t blocked it in the last decade.
You Democrats go ahead and pose in front of gas pumps and try to sell this bull crap.
We’ll provide the laugh track.
Over the past two years, the Obama administration has delayed, revoked, suspended, or canceled an enormous range of development opportunities,” said Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate. “One month after the president took office, his administration cancelled 77 oil and gas leases in Utah – once the review was complete the administration refused to reinstate a single one.”
McConnell also notes that in January, the administration announced new restrictions for onshore oil and gas exploration in the Mountain West.
“Then, last April, the administration suspended 61 oil and gas leases in Montana that were issued in 2008 — then announced that all oil and gas leases in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota would be delayed indefinitely,” McConnell said.
And Front Page has an even more in depth analysis of the Obama administration’s deliberate actions to choke off the oil supply.
Right now, the Obama administration is severely restricting the issuance of permits to conduct seismic studies and to drill exploratory wells. The policy is commonly referred to as “permit-torium” within the energy industry. That is: while the Obama administration has not officially declared a moratorium on drilling, the fact that it has basically refused to issue permits for seismic studies and new drilling in all but a few cases effectively amounts to a moratorium.