Video: Energy Independence Day, one year later

posted at 7:55 am on July 1, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

In May 2007, Nancy Pelosi announced amid great fanfare that the Democrats had made July 4, 2007 Energy Independence Day.  Castigating George Bush for his inaction on energy policy, Pelosi noted that gas prices had reached record levels and that the newly-enacted Democratic majority would take charge of energy policy to take back the leadership from “Big Oil”.  Pay close attention to the chart behind Pelosi at the beginning:

Yes, that gas price listed behind Pelosi is $3.05, a slightly high estimate of the average pump price at the time. Pelosi brags about all of the action taken in the first 100 hours of the new Democratic Congress in boosting subsidies for ethanol — “sending money to the Midwest instead of the Middle East” — and stripping Big Oil of its “subsidies”, which were in fact tax breaks on production. What Pelosi failed to mention was that gas prices at the pump were $2.24 per gallon in January of that year, and that under Democratic leadership, prices went up over 30%.

And note that Pelosi complained that the highest price for gas could be found in her San Francisco district without ever explaining why. California socks its citizens with the highest taxes on gasoline, and Frisco tacks on even more.  If Pelosi worried about her district so much, why didn’t she ask her state and her city to ease its bite?

What has happened in the year since the last Energy Independence Day? Prices have risen another 30% on top of the last increase. The oil companies still can’t drill in new areas, so the supply crisis has gotten much worse. Despite all of the money Democrats sunk into federal mandates and renewables, they haven’t come up with a single new source of energy. Instead of energy independence, we are now so strapped for domestic supply that we’ve had to go beg the Saudis to start pumping more of their oil for us.  On top of the inflationary pressure from rising fuel prices, ethanol mandates have distorted the global food markets, creating shortages and starvation.

Pelosi promised us a New Direction and energy independence.  A year later, we see that New Direction, but energy independence is even farther away than ever.  Barack Obama would give us four years more of the same failed policies of demonizing energy producers, useless subsidies, and a clampdown on energy production.  Every voter who pumps gas knows that the Democrats have failed on energy policy, and that four years more of this New Direction would wreak economic disaster.


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I’ve said it before, and will say it again.

Despite all this, these are the people whom the American people will give more control of Congress to, and possibly the presidency.

The frightfully ignorant drones who are responsible deserve what they will be getting.

I just wish I did not have to suffer along with them.

(Rather elitist of me, I know, but I am just so sick and tired of plan-as-day facts being completely f-ing ignored. Because of HOPE. And CHANGE.)

Hawkins1701 on July 1, 2008 at 8:05 AM

(Rather elitist of me, I know, but I am just so sick and tired of plan-as-day facts being completely f-ing ignored. Because of HOPE. And CHANGE.)

Hawkins1701 on July 1, 2008 at 8:05 AM

Plain-as-day.

Hawkins1701 on July 1, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Energy Independence Day turned out to be one major egg in the kisser for the Democrats. Thing is that one year later, they are still singing the same old tune. Good Ol’ Harry Reid was whining on Fox News yesterday how coal and oil are making us sick and that we need to find new sources of energy to combat global warming and blah blah blah. About the only real independence I would like to see right now is to be free of idiots like Reid and Pelosi. They are driving the country into the ground!

pilamaye on July 1, 2008 at 8:07 AM

“Barack Obama would give us four years more of the same failed policies of demonizing energy producers, useless subsidies, and a clampdown on energy production.”

Not that I disagree with the message, but two points:

First, the term “four more years of failed policies” sounds awfully familiar…. ;-)

Second, the Dems didn’t take the congressional majority offices until Jan. of last year, so it seems there is plenty of blame to go around for our failed energy policies.

With that said, McCain is the only one in the running with a real plan on energy. I don’t care for Obama’s plan at all by comparison.

Jazz Shaw on July 1, 2008 at 8:11 AM

Hearings, no action.

Wade on July 1, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Pelosi is worthless as a legislator. We all know that, but this goes beyond Democrats and Republicans. Without some kind of accountability from the People, legislators are bound to go hog-wild. In the end, I don’t exclusively blame Pelosi and the Democrats, nor do I blame the Republicans for not holding them accountable. The job of accountability is the American People’s job. Rather than turning off the TV and spending at least five minutes a day looking at what’s going on in their nation and in the world, most Americans choose a life of apathy. Even if they do vote, they do so with a “fire and forget” attitude. We deserve this.
Now hopefully, folks will wake up from their stupor and recall that little thing called reason that they’ve chosen to neglect. Maybe folks will recall the obvious link between our rights and the responsibilities that go with them. Maybe more folks, after this circus of an election, will pay more attention, turn off the TV (including the worthless Foxnews, CNN, MSNBC channels), read a book or two, talk with others about politics, figure out what they believe and why they believe it… Maybe…
Considering that Obama will likely get elected, will have a Democratic Congress, and will have the opportunity to select a Supreme Court judge or two, I’m going to vote, but also take the prudent action of making sure my gun cabinet is quite full. If nothing else serves as a reminder to these folks as to the line in the sand they cannot cross, maybe that will.

Send_Me on July 1, 2008 at 8:23 AM

Do Nothing Congress

SoulGlo on July 1, 2008 at 8:24 AM

If we as conservatives stay home and pout that John McCain isn’t exactly what we want in a conservative president we will help to wreck the USA.

The only way to stop some of the democrat insanity is to get the Maverick into office, pressure him as his supporters to nominate good judges (Like President Bush has) and keep up the fight to drill here now while we bring nuclear power back online and shut out opec.

Folks – we won WW-I, WW-II, The Cold War, Split the atom, sent men to the moon, and spaceflight is now a somewhat common occurrence (manned and unmanned). Energy independence driven by the spirit of the USA (not the socialist crap from the democrats) under the protection of the finest military in the history of mankind will truly make the USA safe.

Colonel_prop on July 1, 2008 at 8:24 AM

Nancy Pelosi is really terrible at her job.

gridlock2 on July 1, 2008 at 8:24 AM

America, the only remaining super power, completely dependent upon others for much of our energy needs. Pathetic job by our elected officials dating back several decades.

Americans had better get loud; very loud. America needs to be completely energy independent. Americans need to understand a few basic truths about oil and the price of gasoline; the most important of which is that “big oil” makes approximately (9) cents profit on a gallon of gas sold, while doing all of the work and taking all of the risks… Big government makes approximately (18) cents on a gallon of gas sold, while doing none of the work and risking nothing… Then each state adds their taxes on, with some states exceeding the feds huge profits. In the meanwhile, our government (aided by the MSM) is busy placing blame on “big oil” companies in an all out effort to deflect the blame from themselves.

America can not afford to be held hostage by others; America needs to be energy independent. Our politicians have failed us big time!

Oh, and BTW; Democrats have only made a “real problem” a much worse problem. Pelosi, Reid, and the whole lot of them are void of solutions, and big on excuses and placing blame. Extreme times are coming; better stock up your pantries with lots and lots of dry and canned food, prices are going to continue to sky-rocket.

Keemo on July 1, 2008 at 8:31 AM

Coal kills us! Oil kills us!–Scalliwag Reid, Nevada

Man made atmosphere LOL.

Overexposure to the sun kills us, dehydration/skin cancer.
Overconsumption of corn kills us, obesity/heart failure.
Overexposure to radiation kills us, old school nuclear waste.

Pelosi kills us! Reid kills us! Socialism kills us!

maverick muse on July 1, 2008 at 8:31 AM

Did Charlie Rangel just say “Jesus Christ” when asked a question about congress and oil prices on Fox and Friends?

Bicyea on July 1, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Oughta be a checklist of DNC 2006 promises (perhaps from their election night victory speech or from her accepting the Speakership speech). It’d be great to see the
PROMISE vs RESULT
Even better to see how each D Congressman promised vs actions/result.

New Direction in Iraq
New Direction in Energy
New Direction in bi-partisanship
blah blah blah

scottm on July 1, 2008 at 8:33 AM

“Way to go, Kenobi.”

ZK on July 1, 2008 at 8:33 AM

The Democrat Marxists own the words “failed energy policies” — They blocked all new drilling, new refineries, new nuclear plants for 30 years running, and now have invested in windmills and burning corn.

They and their judges are now starting to block new coal power plants for Gaia. All for the non-pollutant CO2 which the Supreme Court, that bastion of science they are, deemed now regulatable. You wait, the regulations will come, it will be the EPA that does it — Your car will be limited on the amount it can spew. Diabolical in it’s simplicity, controlling in it’s desire.

As with most things liberal, it’s not working out right for them. Maybe if they weren’t so addled and Marxist inclined it would be easier for them. But alas, power is all they really crave, not caring one wit about the people or prosperity of the country that elected them.

Heck, they don’t care about the US Constitution, it’s just and obstacle to them, to be gotten around. Defend and protect doesn’t show with these Marxists.

Their only hope now is the US Government education system has done it’s job dumbing down people enough to accept their brand of Marxist ‘progress’.

Hey it’s not all bad, your library card is safe right? Or did that go down in a pile of glory with the new FISA bill too? Bleehh to all Democrat Marxists.

tarpon on July 1, 2008 at 8:35 AM

Saw an interesting bumper sticker on an SUV over the weekend. It was a new “take” on an old riff but it caught my eye.
Make our Country a better place, punch a Greenie in the face.
It appears the backlash is building and this was in Florida.
Imagine the repercussions this Winter when folks up North start freezing their asses off.
Reminds me of Cliff Robertsons’ character in Three Days of the Condor:

Higgins: Not now – then! Ask ’em when they’re running out. Ask ’em when there’s no heat in their homes and they’re cold. Ask ’em when their engines stop. Ask ’em when people who have never known hunger start going hungry. You wanna know something? They won’t want us to ask ’em. They’ll just want us to get it for ’em!

Liberals might be wise to beware of unintended consequences.
Buckle up!

there it is on July 1, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Send_Me on July 1, 2008 at 8:23 AM

Great comment with one exception; Obama is likely to be elected. I’m not buying into that line of thinking for several reasons, the biggest of which is simply that this man is not qualified as of this time. Obama needs 4-8 more years to meet the basic qualifications necessary to hold this position. We “the people” have the responsibility of electing qualified men/woman to govern our country. We have failed in the past, that is for sure, but I have a gut feeling that our people see the road ahead as very dangerous and critical times, and will not elect an absolute rookie for fear of the extreme consequences.

Keemo on July 1, 2008 at 8:40 AM

Did Charlie Rangel just say “Jesus Christ” when asked a question about congress and oil prices on Fox and Friends?

Bicyea on July 1, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Yes, he did.

forest on July 1, 2008 at 8:41 AM

With regard to San Francisco and Pelosi, I once again propose. . . . . . THE SOLUTION.

Vaporman87 on July 1, 2008 at 8:43 AM

In warfare amateurs talk about strategy and tactics, professionals discuss logistics.
In energy policy, amateurs talk energy independence, professionals research catalysts.
Ask your representative how much funding he has provided for heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis development. Does he back better Fischer-Tropsch catalysts?

NaCly dog on July 1, 2008 at 8:45 AM

Good grief.

I cannot afford any more of Pelosi’s lowering of energy prices!

drjohn on July 1, 2008 at 8:45 AM

under the Democratic leadership, prices went up 30%

Yes, but their intentions were good.

jgapinoy on July 1, 2008 at 8:49 AM

under the Democratic leadership, prices went up 30%

Yes, but their intentions were good.

jgapinoy on July 1, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Yep, and Bush is still in office, so they still have the old standby of blaming him for everything that goes wrong.

forest on July 1, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Every voter who pumps gas knows that the Democrats have failed on energy policy, and that four years more of this New Direction would wreak economic disaster.

actually alot of them will just blame bush and give the Dems a pass, Pelosi will say they were stopped by the President from making gas prices go down

jp on July 1, 2008 at 8:59 AM

McCain needs to tie in the weaker dollar to Energy prices. Its the biggest source of the trade defeceit, so now we in quick order are sending atleast twice as many dollars out of the country compared to what we were sending. This is a big source of whats driving the dollar down…….this is in contrast to the Dem narrative of High gas prices are because of the ‘weak dollar’.

jp on July 1, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Obama will end up crawling on his knees to Hugo Chavez for more oil. There goes our treaties with Venezuela and Ecuador. After he surrenders in Iraq the Iraqis will send all their oil to China. General Motors will declare bankruptcy and 300,000 workers will lose their jobs and over a million GM retirees will lose their health care. Ohio and Michigan will complete their slide into third-world states.

I’m feeling more and more confident that we will only suffer a few years though. Obama and a Reid-Pelosi Congress are guaranteed to produce another Republican majority in 2010. By that time we may be so broke we won’t even have enough money to hold electionsto China anymore.

rockmom on July 1, 2008 at 9:02 AM

OOps, I meant treaties with Colombia and Ecuador.

rockmom on July 1, 2008 at 9:03 AM

under the Democratic leadership, prices went up 30%

Are you sure? I mean, with the new math and all…………

BacaDog on July 1, 2008 at 9:03 AM

The Don Quixote Dems continue to tilt at windmills, and all that they generate is — ahem!– hot air.

Democrat “governance” = endless hearings, restrictions of liberty, attacks on enterprise and capitalism, sound bites of pabulum, etc. They are all talk, no walk while they cloak themselves with a mantle of righteousness.

onlineanalyst on July 1, 2008 at 9:04 AM

High gas prices? Who cares in Pelosi’s district which covers parts of SF and Marin county across the Golden Gate bridge. While she talks of conservation her whole district drives Suv’s. Money is no object to this crowd. How do I know? She’s my rep.

This year’s throw away car is a Maserati. They are every where.

http://www.maseratiamerica.com/

Here’s a photo op of Obama’s last visit here

http://www.zombietime.com/obama_visits_billionaires_row/

This is the area Pelosi hails from. She could care less if you told her that Dem politics and past policies have led to the current wrenching times we find our selves in as regards fuel prices. Heartless? No. The touchstone of all Dem policies these last thirty years has been the “backdoor”. If our policies fail the public will look to the government for solutions resulting in ever larger government. It’s a circle jerk back to their original reason to exist–to increase the size of the government’s footprint.

Pelosi and her friends, as the links above indicate, are beyond the constraints that a larger government would entail. In fact a larger government actually gives them more freedom. There will be fewer of the great unwashed flitting about their hideaway beaches. Kind of like first class on a 747 or better still a G5.

However there is a fly in the ointment. If crude goes any higher along with higher gas prices the great unwashed may end up wanting blood for oil.

patrick neid on July 1, 2008 at 9:06 AM

I’m John McCain and I’ve been in the Senate for a long time where we have done absolutely frigging nothing about getting more oil…nada…zip…zilch…zero…close but no cigar! I know that I’ve come to the table a bit late and have proposed drilling now that you are making decisions between selling your children and filling up your cars with gas, but we in the Senate really really really don’t give a rat’s ass what you little people are paying or we would have done something about this situation 10 years ago!!!

sabbott on July 1, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Every voter who pumps gas knows that the Democrats have failed on energy policy

Is that all? The way it looks to me is that the Dems have been failures at every single effort over the last 30 years and that includes their tiresome 300+ investigations to find something to nail Bush on. They are complete and utter failures and we just keep putting them in office. The only thing I can conclude from the state of the country and the popular leadership is that in fact conservatives are an insignificant minority. Just take a look at congress which is filled with democrats and leftists. Yes I know some of them have an R after their names but that doesn’t make them any less the democrat. To top it off we have a democrat and a Marxist running for the presidency this year. Where oh where have my Republicans gone?

jmarcure on July 1, 2008 at 9:14 AM

jmarcure on July 1, 2008 at 9:14 AM

its because the democrats care more than the rest of us..

and people deserve what they get…

right4life on July 1, 2008 at 9:19 AM

The fact that she knows she’s being dishonest really shows on her face in that video.

someguy on July 1, 2008 at 9:24 AM

However there is a fly in the ointment. If crude goes any higher along with higher gas prices the great unwashed may end up wanting blood for oil.

patrick neid on July 1, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Yeah right.
After BO takes over he will do something that we further entrench him as the savior and it will allow him to do a very simple thing. All he has to do is invoke a national emergency based on firearm violence and deploy the National Guard to collect all firearms. There will be some deaths and holdouts but lets face it 99% of firearm owners will had over their firearms and ammunition. Within a year it will go to the SC and be declared illegal but who cares because the firearms will already be confiscated. So ends the great civil war hopes of the right. Don’t think I’m sane. Take a look at Australia and England where people willfully and with great pride handed over their firearms. Do you really doubt we would be any different?

jmarcure on July 1, 2008 at 9:25 AM

It never ceases to amaze me that we allow the left to blame us for the crises that they themselves create. If we lose in November, dissatisfaction over the economy will probably be the main reason.

Finally their energy stranglehold has us on the verge of the worst economic decline since the Great Depression. Even in the face of real economic hardship over home heating costs this and succeeding winters, they stubbornly refuse to allow energy production to substantially increase. They would have us believe that increasing taxes on the oil companies will somehow help, somehow increase energy supply. We seem too intimidated by their PC bullying to repudiate the zealous climatological ruse that brings on the crisis.

Our children and their children may never see the standard of living that we have known. (Not to mention, thanks to the cultural Marxists, are they likely to understand the traditional concepts of individual freedom, integrity and responsibility.)

If any semblance of unrevised history is still allowed to be taught, they will attribute the fall of the Berlin Wall and Communism to the Reagan era, and the re-emergence of socialism/statism/collectivism to ours.

petefrt on July 1, 2008 at 9:26 AM

I never notice that many ticks before. She always had them ticks? Nancy Headroom

WoosterOh on July 1, 2008 at 9:41 AM

I just found out my electric bill is going to be going up 18% here in VA because of rising prices (coal, I believe). Gas, while cheaper than where my husband is, has us confined to the house to save money. I’ve finally figured it out, though. I’m not going to have the money to go to the polls in November, and I think that’s exactly what the Demoncrats want. They’ll bus in their dead people and illegals, and the rest of us will be at home or work trying to make enough money for dinner.

Anna on July 1, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Hypocrites.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 1, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Nancy-
A good, mellow Merlot will nicely complement that crow you’re having for lunch.
You’re welcome.

whitetop on July 1, 2008 at 10:03 AM

I just found out my electric bill is going to be going up 18% here in VA because of rising prices (coal, I believe).
Anna on July 1, 2008 at 9:57 AM

In my area, an electricity rate increase of about 40% was recently approved. It anticipates the state requirement that utility companies buy at least 20% of their electricity from much more expensive ‘green’ sources, such as windmills.

petefrt on July 1, 2008 at 10:04 AM

sabbott on July 1, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Check out the real price of regular unleaded over time at the EIA. Lots of back and forth, and prices in 2007 had just surpassed 1981 prices in real terms. 2+ decades of lower real prices in between.

McCain did try to raise CAFE standards in 2002, by the way. The Bond-Levin version passed instead.

DrSteve on July 1, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Americans should try turning their lights and air conditioners and refrigerators and all powered appliances off for a few days. This should be done NOT to conserve energy but to learn what is feels like to live under SOCIALISM which is the same as learning what it feels like to live with Democrats in power.

Maxx on July 1, 2008 at 10:20 AM

In my area, an electricity rate increase of about 40% was recently approved. It anticipates the state requirement that utility companies buy at least 20% of their electricity from much more expensive ‘green’ sources, such as windmills.

petefrt on July 1, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Wow. I’d be buying a pitchfork and forming an angry mob for that crap. You live in Cali?

Anna on July 1, 2008 at 10:27 AM

video no longer available :-(

ej_pez on July 1, 2008 at 10:31 AM

hmmm, erroneous error. reloaded and now it works

ej_pez on July 1, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Well America, it was a good run. Congratulations on defying the pattern of human history and creating a useful place on this earth, but all good things must come to an end.

Grafted on July 1, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Here’s precisely why nothing get’s done with Democrats at the helm …. Pelosi laid it out in her own words:

“A number of house committees are taking action, holding hearings over the next few weeks ….”

Holding hearings is not taking action, holding hearings is grandstanding by pointing a finger of blame at Bush, Big Oil, Haiiburton or any other perceived evil entity associated with the oil industry.

I’ve been hearing that speech delivered by Pelosi from the Democrats for decades. The speaker changes, the dollar amount changes, but what never changes is policy. Just drag out the canned speech and blame everyone else for the problems their inaction has caused.

How about eliminating the Fed Tax on gas, today. I know many pork projects would suffer as a result, but we the people would put more money in our pocket IMMEDIATELY. Not in 5 years, 10 or even 20.

How ’bout it Nanc??

fogw on July 1, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Every voter who pumps gas knows that the Democrats have failed on energy policy, and that four years more of this New Direction would wreak economic disaster.

No, the problem is that every voter who pumps gas doesn’t know how the Dems have failed. They need to know, but sadly, most are busy watching some idiotic dance reality show, or something just as bad.

Pope Linus on July 1, 2008 at 10:46 AM

not only are the dems hurting supply here but all their talk is making OPEc rethink its position:

The president of OPEC, Chakib Khelil, said on Tuesday that the oil cartel had concerns that future demand for oil might not be strong enough to justify investment to boost oil production.
“The concern we have is about the security of demand,” Khelil, who is also Algeria’s energy minister, told delegates at industry event the World Petroleum Congress in Madrid.

He said there were “big uncertainties” about making huge investments in infrastructure to increase output from OPEC member countries, which pump about 40 percent of world oil.

Benchmark oil prices hit record high levels above 143 dollars a barrel on Tuesday amid growing public anger at the rising cost of fuel worldwide and concern about the impact on inflation and economic growth.

Consumer countries are clamouring for higher output from OPEC and keen to see investments in future capacity to deflate the market, but the remarks from Khelil underline the resistance in many oil producing countries.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080701082809.h8x9bsrv&show_article=1

Yeah let the dems keep talking about oil “making us sick”

unseen on July 1, 2008 at 10:48 AM

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, whose nation is the world’s number one oil exporter, called on consumer countries to get used to high prices in comments published on Tuesday.
“Consumer countries have to adapt to the prices and the mechanisms of the market,” the king said in an interview published by the Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassah.

“We have nothing to do with the current sharp increase in crude prices,” he said reiterating the Saudi position that speculation, rising demand and the taxation of oil products in consumer countries were to blame.

“These countries must reduce their taxes on fuel.. if they want to contribute to easing the burden on ordinary consumers,” he said.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080701112646.vg97wut2&show_article=1

unseen on July 1, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Funny,

how I get severely chastised, whenever I tell someone I blindly pull the lever on a straight Republican ticket,

isn’t it.

franksalterego on July 1, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Hearings, no action.
Wade on July 1, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Hearing. No LISTENING.

Dimocraps like to hear themselves talk.

Mazztek on July 1, 2008 at 11:16 AM

I’m Insert any politicians name and I’ve been in the Congress for a long time where we have done absolutely frigging nothing about getting more oil…nada…zip…zilch…zero…close but no cigar! I know that I’ve come to the table a bit late and have proposed drilling now that you are making decisions between selling your children and filling up your cars with gas, but we in Congress really really really don’t give a rat’s ass what you little people are paying or we would have done something about this situation 10 years ago!!!

sabbott on July 1, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Made a little change that makes it more clear…

right2bright on July 1, 2008 at 11:18 AM

if you haven’t done so sign this petition:

http://www.americansolutions.com/actioncenter/petitions/?Guid=54ec6e43-75a8-445b-aa7b-346a1e096659

drillhere,drillnow

unseen on July 1, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Pelosi’s stunt about the “100 hours” was so hokey. Taking advantage of the MSM’s tiresome and mindless “100 days,” she tried to step it up a notch.

But it reminded me of guitarist Nigel Tufnel in the documentary This is Spinal Tap bragging that his amplifier was so awesome because the volume goes up not just to 10, but all the way up to 11.

Pelosi in a british accent: “most blokes can only get the job done in 100 days, you know, well we’re so freaking awesome, we’re gonna bloody well get it done in 100 hours, right, so we’re like, you know, one louder.

jeff_from_mpls on July 1, 2008 at 11:31 AM

The fact that she knows she’s being dishonest really shows on her face in that video.

someguy on July 1, 2008 at 9:24 AM

You were able to watch her for that long.

I could hardly stand to listen to her voice.

She needs to learn how to read, or at least read through the speech somebody else wrote for her a couple times befoe going public.

davidk on July 1, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Finally their energy stranglehold has us on the verge of the worst economic decline since the Great Depression. Even in the face of real economic hardship over home heating costs this and succeeding winters, they stubbornly refuse to allow energy production to substantially increase. They would have us believe that increasing taxes on the oil companies will somehow help, somehow increase energy supply. We seem too intimidated by their PC bullying to repudiate the zealous climatological ruse that brings on the crisis.

Our children and their children may never see the standard of living that we have known. (Not to mention, thanks to the cultural Marxists, are they likely to understand the traditional concepts of individual freedom, integrity and responsibility.)

If any semblance of unrevised history is still allowed to be taught, they will attribute the fall of the Berlin Wall and Communism to the Reagan era, and the re-emergence of socialism/statism/collectivism to ours.

petefrt on July 1, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Based on reading some of the more progressive sites I truly believe that the liberal democratic plan has always been to crash the economy. Just as the democratic socialist rode the depression to power back in the 30s so will they in the near future. They can not take over the country or control it if the people are economically happy. Just take a look at all the piss-ant third world hell holes around the world. Do you think that they are that way because they can’t get their sh*t together? They are that way because the populace can be controlled when they are in poverty. The plan is and always has been to bring this country down economically from within and I fear they are very near their goal.

jmarcure on July 1, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Coal kills us! Oil kills us!–Scalliwag Reid, Nevada

Overexposure to the sun kills us, dehydration/skin cancer.
Overconsumption of corn kills us, obesity/heart failure.
Overexposure to radiation kills us, old school nuclear waste.

Pelosi kills us! Reid kills us! Socialism kills us!

maverick muse on July 1, 2008 at 8:31 AM

It’s LIBERALISM which kills us!!!

Nothing but brain-dead, self-destructive “solutions” from crazed liberals!! Taxing energy suppliers into oblivion to “solve” the energy crisis!! Pushing politically-chosen technologies like “ethanol” which quadruple the cost of both food and fuel!!! Blocking access to oil, coal, and nuclear!!! Wasting tax money on the least efficient and most unreliable energy sources possible: solar (spend $30,000 and get less energy than required to run a single toaster) and wind (destroy massive plots of land and get no energy at all when you need it most).

landlines on July 1, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Who was that congressman that was teaching about How to speak like a Dem last week? He needs to pull this one out onto the floor – How Dems Cut Energy and Stop Big Oil. Bring on the visual aids. The Demorons don’t get it unless it makes them look like morons instead of just act like morons.

Enlightened on July 1, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Barack in 5…4…3…2…1…

That’s not the Energy Independence Day I knew.

profitsbeard on July 1, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Nothing good will happen with our energy policies until the gas prices affect Michelle Obama’s children.

Mallard T. Drake on July 1, 2008 at 1:28 PM

The reason the Republicans aren’t winning in the polls is simple. They didn’t do anything either.

Republican’s held the majority in Congress from 2000 on. In 2002, they extended their majority in both houses. Bush, the big oil guy, is a Republican.

For some reason, these Republicans didn’t do anything to extend the conservative idealism and principals, well except lampoon them and dumb when they had a chance.

For years, it was the Senate, where our great Republican Leader McCain opposed drilling in ANWR. Then when the Senate finally passed a bill over the objections of Democrats Reid and McCain, the House folded and voted it down.

Now, the Republicans hope to make Abortion, the Court, Gun Rights, and Gas Prices the predominate political topics of the election. Apparently the battle plan from 2006, that the Democrats are Soft on the War on Terror, hasn’t shown them that the people actually expect actions for their tax dollars.

So the Democrats are set to win huge in November. Possibly even getting enough Senate Seats to manage Cloture votes easily. Then the Republicans have to wonder how dumb the voters are. Apparently not dumb enough to fail to notice that the Republicans aren’t really all that interested in pushing legislation through when they were in charge. Apparently not dumb enough to swallow the rhetoric and partisan bickering as actual truth from either side.

If only they were right? Then the people could be counted on turning out every couple years to wipe drool from their chins and vote Republican like they’re supposed to, then we’d be just fine right? If only the people still believed that Republicans were going to do something about Abortion and other Conservative Issues, but alas, they don’t.

Hello President Obama, let’s see what you’ve got going for you.

Snake307 on July 1, 2008 at 2:02 PM

I hate to poop on this party, but I think you eminently reasonable people misunderestimate how many unreasonable people there are out there who blame Big Oil.

misterpeasea on July 1, 2008 at 2:30 PM

I hate to poop on this party, but I think you eminently reasonable people misunderestimate how many unreasonable people there are out there who blame Big Oil.

misterpeasea on July 1, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Which is why this is so important…Pelosi and the Dems dinged the Oil companies, they took away “tax breaks”, they worked to bring the oil companies under control, and this is what they got. A $2 per gallon jump in price.
So who is the culprit after one year?
That is why this video is so important. A chronicle of Dem failure, after assuring us they will fix the problem.

right2bright on July 1, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Don’t think I’m sane.

jmarcure on July 1, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Heh.

The National Guard would tell a President who ordered them to shoot Americans who didn’t disarm to stick it up his tailpipe.

I doubt even the arrogrant-to-the-point-of-solipsism Obama would try to pull a stunt like that… no, as always, control will be ratcheted up slowly over time.

Merovign on July 1, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Vote for anyone who is NOT an incumbent…… we need to clean house and this is the ONLY way we can do it. November 4th is our only chance. After that, God help us….

ultracon on July 1, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Prices for all energy are going up and the only thing that will change that is a big reduction in demand or more supply. That is the main push behind high food prices. People try to blame that all on ethanol, but the truth is if all ethanol and biodiesel were just taken off the market that would only push up prices more. And farmers can not grow $2 corn with $5 diesel. So prices will remain high until there is some overall relief in the energy sector. The weak dollar does not help either.

The Democrats have done absolutely nothing to help the situation in a long term meaningful way.

Terrye on July 1, 2008 at 4:04 PM