Cornyn, Palin: Let’s get some action on energy!

posted at 6:30 pm on July 16, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Tomorrow I’ll speak with Senator John Cornyn about energy policy and Democratic intransigence, but today voters can hear him loud and clear.  Cornyn delivered a speech today in the Senate, video of which can be seen at his website, criticizing Democrats for almost two years of inaction on energy policy.  Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took control of Congress with gas prices at $2.33 per gallon, and eighteen months later they still have delivered nothing on energy policy (via Michelle):

Now, there is some good news. We actually did finally after 145 days of going dark, listening to foreign terrorists, because we hadn’t reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Survelliance Act, finally we were able to get a bipartisan compromise and pass that legislation after 145 days of delay. But, here again, this is where the majority party, the Democrats, controlled the agenda, and, frankly, we’re seeing unnecessary delays which is causing harm not only to our intelligence gathering, but also here, 603 days since the Colombia Free Trade Agreement has been stalled. This is an example where my state sells $2.3 billion of produce from our farmers and manufactured goods to Colombia. They bear a tariff which would be removed if the Colombia Free Trade Agreement were to go through. Which would create additional markets and help create jobs and improve the economy and not only in Texas, but across the country. If we could persuade Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid to allow this to go through, we could see a boost in our economy as a result of that free trade. Then, of course, there’s the matter of judicial nominees that have been blocked because of the unwillingness of the Majority Leader to allow them to have a vote on the Senate floor, 748 days.

But I’m really here to talk about this last figure, and that’s 814. It has been 814 days since Speaker Pelosi said in anticipation of the 2006 election, she said, if Democrats get elected, and if I become Speaker, we’re going to have a commonsense plan to bring down the price of gasoline at the pump. Well, that was when gasoline prices were $2.33 a gallon. I mean, we thought gas prices were high then. But what are they today in they’re an average of $4.11 a gallon. And we’re still waiting for that plan. So we’re here to ask in the most respectful way that we know how for the Democrat Majority Leader in the Senate who controls the floor of the Senate to bring a bill to the floor which will allow us to deal with this national economic crisis. And to provide some relief to the hard-working families in Texas and across the nation who need some help. Because we know that high-energy prices not only impact the quality of life and the economic welfare of hard-working people in my state and across the country. It has a ripple effect on the price of food and other commodities which are driving up inflation and which are threatening our economy. So we need some action.

I was somewhat amused to hear the distinguished Senator from New Jersey, Senator Menendez, to come to the floor yesterday. He talked about the need to act more and talk less. Act more and talk less. I agree with the slogan. But I wish the Majority Leader and our friends on the other side of the aisle, who are in control of the agenda of the Senate, would take their own advice. Act more, talk less. We know what’s necessary in order to deal with the energy crisis in this country. But here’s what we encountered, nothing but obstruction.

Joining Cornyn today, in a guest post at his blog, is Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. Her state has enormous reserves of oil and natural gas, most of which goes untapped because of federal restrictions. Palin says that the debate over energy resources ceased being academic long ago, and it’s time for Congress to get practical:

In my opinion, the debate about energy policy is no longer theoretical or abstract. Our failure to enact an energy policy is having real consequences for every American in their daily lives and has begun to affect America’s place in the world. Alaska is ready, willing, and able to assist the nation in addressing our acute and expanding energy needs. Like many other states, we would like the opportunity to help.

Congressional approval of responsible petroleum development in the coastal plain of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) – the most promising unexplored petroleum province in North America – would be of incalculable benefit to my state and our nation.

In the last few weeks, proposals have been tabled to permit oil exploration and development in the 80 percent of the federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)which is off-limits to such activity. I strongly support OCS development in Alaska and elsewhere as a necessary component of a sound energy strategy. However, it makes no sense to consider the OCS and to ignore the possibility of exploration and development in highly perspective upland areas,including ANWR.

It may not make economic sense, but right now it makes political sense. The expansion of drilling to the OCS and with shale in the interior enjoys support from wide majorities, as much as 2-1 over opposition. That’s not true of ANWR, where a bare plurality support drilling, 47%-44%. Tying ANWR to OCS and shale could stall any efforts to access either of the latter. It’s better to get OCS and shale access, and address ANWR as a separate issue.

Otherwise, Palin and Cornyn have this exactly correct — and other Republicans should be shouting this same message every day. Fuel prices affect consumers all through the distribution chain, raising prices far beyond any real wage growth. The longer Congress stalls, the less buying power consumers have. It serves as a regressive burden on the economy, hitting lower-wage earners harder as it erodes disposable income and slows the economy.

Be sure to read both — and tune in tomorrow when we talk to Senator Cornyn right here at the Ed Morrissey Show at 3 pm ET.


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Ed, can’t you get a full-length shot of Sarah Palin?

Cicero43 on July 16, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Ed, can’t you get a full-length shot of Sarah Palin?

Cicero43 on July 16, 2008 at 6:36 PM

I think you got the wrong website man. You wanted governorsgonewild.com, hope that helped.

DFCtomm on July 16, 2008 at 6:39 PM

¡PALIN!

mad saint jack on July 16, 2008 at 6:39 PM

We need a pic of Sarah at the shooting range.

mad saint jack on July 16, 2008 at 6:42 PM

mad saint jack on July 16, 2008 at 6:39 PM

I will donate and campaign for McCain if he chooses her for vice president.

It's Vintage, Duh on July 16, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Ed, try to see if you can get Sarah on with you. Just remember your 3PM EST is 4 hours ahead of Alaska.

upinak on July 16, 2008 at 6:44 PM

HA poster TexasJew, who is a petroleum geologist, made some interesting comments the other night. He indicated the ANWR project would reate little relative enviormental disturbance with large yields, but that the interior shale exploitation would be much harder on the enviorment plus being very water intensive, in an area which can’t afford to have it’s water reservoirs used up.

a capella on July 16, 2008 at 6:45 PM

I will donate and campaign for McCain if he chooses her for vice president.

It’s Vintage, Duh on July 16, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Yeah, yesterday I said only if Mitt was the VP but I really like her, too. And with the specter of Crist looming in the distance, well, ugh…

NTWR on July 16, 2008 at 6:45 PM

An Interview with Gov Palin would be nice …

tarpon on July 16, 2008 at 6:47 PM

a capella on July 16, 2008 at 6:45 PM

I think TJ said it differently or maybe he said something that you misunderstood. They use Sea Water (distilled) as a UIC well (injection) other then use “ground water”. The water up there is fine… and they even use recycled sea water for the water you drink, and cook and bath with. If it is grey they have water disposal wells as well.

upinak on July 16, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Deja Vu, from at least as far back as the seventies, all over again. Everybody talks about the weather energy independence, but nobody ever ends up doing much at all about it.

MB4 on July 16, 2008 at 6:49 PM

LOVE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OT, but did you guys see this?
Hilarious. (But it might make you throw up in your mouth a little)

Rightwingsparkle on July 16, 2008 at 6:52 PM

upinak on July 16, 2008 at 6:48 PM

No, he wasn’t referencing ANWR regarding the water usage and enviormental damage. He was referencing the oil shale exploitation in the western U.S.

a capella on July 16, 2008 at 6:55 PM

This lady, Palin, is a credit to me. Look at her, to nancy. Go girl, you will go far.
L

letget on July 16, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Palin is dyn-o-mite!

WisCon on July 16, 2008 at 7:18 PM

a capella on July 16, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Gotcha.

But with that said.. they have some serious regulations up here. Let me take Alpine Camp and Field (please google it and look for Apline). They use sea water for everything water as they have a saline water converter and what they do not use they dispose of in the injection process. They also do not “fluch” any solids and have a specialized “patty maker” as the guys up there call it and little micros eat the raw sewage that turns it into nothing but goo. I won’t get into what they do with the “patties” sometimes but it is quite comical.
They are and have to be careful also because of testing. if they even think there is a problem someone comes up to test not just the converted water but the ground water(s). Penalties can exsist if something happens.

upinak on July 16, 2008 at 7:22 PM

HA poster TexasJew, who is a petroleum geologist, made some interesting comments the other night. He indicated the ANWR project would reate little relative enviormental disturbance with large yields, but that the interior shale exploitation would be much harder on the enviorment plus being very water intensive, in an area which can’t afford to have it’s water reservoirs used up.

a capella on July 16, 2008 at 6:45 PM

As far as it goes, what TexasJew is correct. Oil shale exploitation is terrible for the environment. And I have argued for a long time that ecologists should trade ANWR for much stronger restrictions in more ecologically important areas. I’m not saying ANWR is useless ice asphalt–a too frequent bit of nonsense here. I’m just saying other ecosystems are more important.

thuja on July 16, 2008 at 7:28 PM

Ot again, but Ed, did you see this?

Obama changed his website about the war.

Rightwingsparkle on July 16, 2008 at 7:29 PM

An Interview with Gov Palin would be nice …

tarpon on July 16, 2008 at 6:47 PM

And get it quick. She’s going to be very, very busy soon.

forest on July 16, 2008 at 7:34 PM

Well, score one for Pelosi here in California. Gasoline was $4.59 10 days ago, and because of her leadership, along with Harry Reid, the price had come down to $4.41 today. That’s almost 3%!!!

Thank you Nancy! Thank YOU Harry!

What’s that…it was HOW MUCH when they took over? $2.33…

NEVER MIND…

originalpechanga on July 16, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Many (most) of our offshore rigs have 3+ year contracts on them now. we are even seeing multi-year contracts on some jack-ups. It may be legal to drill, but not possible until the current leases expire.

We are trying to get all of our submersibles out of the Gulf because the new regulations make it prohibitive to re-fit rigs for all the extra mooring lines that are required now.

Maybe we can fill the void with some high quality Chinese and Russian rigs?

Oh, how has Congress screwed us, let me count the ways…

rgranger on July 16, 2008 at 7:42 PM

McCain people who read this blog, you better choose Gov. Palin or at least vet her for McCain’s VP. She is excellent, conservative, and combative. She is active and in charge. She excites us conservatives. She will be the perfect choice.

jencab on July 16, 2008 at 7:44 PM

rgranger on July 16, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Why don’t you explain to some of the people here how long it take to build or refit a offshore rig. I have more knowledge of the land then the sea and have only worked with the Rig built up here for our problem areas, then those in the gulf or off the coast comewhere.

upinak on July 16, 2008 at 7:45 PM

McCain people who read this blog, you better choose Gov. Palin or at least vet her for McCain’s VP. She is excellent, conservative, and combative. She is active and in charge. She excites us conservatives. She will be the perfect choice.

jencab on July 16, 2008 at 7:44 PM

Perhaps we should take it upon ourselves to contact McCain’s people and request that they choose her.

CurtZHP on July 16, 2008 at 7:49 PM

She has some cute cheeks.

What?

No, not those cheeks. In her picture, her smile makes her cheeks look…

Ah forget it.

Seriously though, any and all efforts to make this country as energy independent as possible should be pushed for with the utmost urgency.

Yakko77 on July 16, 2008 at 7:52 PM

Also, as much as I agree with Palin on this issue and many others that I know her stance on, doesn’t she suffer from that same inexperience that we are so critical of Obama on?

Yakko77 on July 16, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Yakko77 on July 16, 2008 at 7:54 PM

She has more executive experience than the Dem’s presidential nominee.

It's Vintage, Duh on July 16, 2008 at 7:57 PM

It’s ok to leave our children and grandkids a few gallons of American oil to pump.

Really, it is.

alphie on July 16, 2008 at 8:11 PM

CurtZHP on July 16, 2008 at 7:49 PM

are you being sarcastic?

upinak on July 16, 2008 at 8:20 PM

Cornyn/Palin ’08

CynicalOptimist on July 16, 2008 at 8:24 PM

Sarah!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 16, 2008 at 8:29 PM

It’s ok to leave our children and grandkids a few gallons of American oil to pump.

Really, it is.

alphie on July 16, 2008 at 8:11 PM

They won’t need it. The Obamassiah will use his supernatural abilities to give us cost-free power from perpetual motion machines. Si, se puede.

Cicero43 on July 16, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Cornyn, Palin: Let’s get some action on energy!

Nothing going to happen here folks, until the slime is voted out of Washington. In November, vote the Democrats out, or keep smiling as they empty your wallet!

byteshredder on July 16, 2008 at 9:00 PM

More people would favor drilling in ANWR if they knew the realities of it, but like global warming, they only know what they hear on TV. It’s up the the sane people to educate them.

Bob's Kid on July 16, 2008 at 9:23 PM

This is what I strongly recommend for Alaska, Texas, and any other state that wants to get out from under the heavy oppressive hand of the Federal government.

DerKrieger on July 16, 2008 at 11:33 PM

We built thousands of ships and tens of thousands of airplanes and won WWII in less than 5 years. Why does anyone think getting oil would take a long time? IF we can keep the enviros from taking everyone and their mother to court we should be able to get it pretty quickly. Probably could build a new refinery in under 3 years too without interference.

DerKrieger on July 16, 2008 at 11:36 PM

Did someone say that Sarah Palin wants some action?

It’s ok to leave our children and grandkids a few gallons of American oil to pump.

Really, it is.

alphie on July 16, 2008 at 8:11 PM

You’re great for a laugh alphie.

What are we down to, our last 4 or 5 barrels?

The dirty little secret none of you idiot leftists seem to grasp is that the ONLY way out of “dependence” on fossil fuels is research and development.

R&D is very expensive, and is one of the very first things to get cut when money gets tight.

So we need wealth/capital, and not just a little of it. We need huge amounts of excess wealth. We need huge amounts of energy to create that wealth. Cheap energy. Plentiful energy.

We have to get that eeevil fossil fuel, as much and as fast as we can, if we want to have ANY long-term hope of ridding ourselves of “addiction” to fossil fuels.

To steal a line from the idiots on your side, We Can’t Conserve Our Way Out Of This.

Conservation spells eventual doom for humankind.

misterpeasea on July 16, 2008 at 11:40 PM

Also, as much as I agree with Palin on this issue and many others that I know her stance on, doesn’t she suffer from that same inexperience that we are so critical of Obama on?

Yakko77 on July 16, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Yes. Her whole term as governor hasn’t been what you would call a model of conservatism. From her major tax increase on the oil industry , free money giveaways, spending increases to her handling of AGIA (a gas pipeline proposal). No way is she ready for primetime.

Let the flaming begin.

lowandslow on July 16, 2008 at 11:55 PM

Hey #1 up there, can you hear me?

Here’s as close as I have found to “full length”:
http://www.ak-prepared.com/dmva/images/2007_Gallery/07_Photo_Gallery_August/8_Gov_Lombrano.jpg

Enjoy!

SJBill on July 17, 2008 at 12:01 AM

If I were a vampire, I would sink my teeth into Sarah Palin’s neck.

Just sayin.

km on July 17, 2008 at 1:21 AM

I think you got the wrong website man. You wanted governorsgonewild.com, hope that helped.

DFCtomm on July 16, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Well, the site IS registered to GoDaddy.com

platypus on July 17, 2008 at 2:51 AM

Hillary’s entire campaign was based on the belief that voters wouldn’t really nominate such an inexperienced guy for POTUS. How’d that work out for her?

Sen. McCain, this is really quite simple.

1. Nominate Palin for VP
2. Let her make the case for ANWR
3. Secure the border
4. Win Presidency

Mr. Wednesday Night on July 17, 2008 at 3:59 AM

President Roslin, anyone?

mad saint jack on July 17, 2008 at 4:56 AM

Rightwingsparkle on July 16, 2008 at 6:52 PM

ewwwwww…that pic was nasty! lol too early in the AM to look at that. :D

becki51758 on July 17, 2008 at 7:43 AM

Gov. Palin is very concerned about fuel prices. You see, fuel prices in Alaska are at least 25% higher there than in the continental U.S. I think they have all their fuel delivered by tankers. Alaska has lots of oil and possibly gas. They need the government and environmentalist’s off their case so they can develope their resources.

2theright on July 17, 2008 at 9:53 AM

2theright on July 17, 2008 at 9:53 AM

We have 2 refineries up here, but they make fuel oil and diesel. We have the gasoline shipped in. As of today, in Anchorage when I drove by a Chevron, the prices rose last night to 4.46 a gallon. What I wouldn’t do for 1.50, or hell 2.33 a gallon.

upinak on July 17, 2008 at 11:10 AM

If I were a vampire, I would sink my teeth into Sarah Palin’s neck.

Just sayin.

km on July 17, 2008 at 1:21 AM

Easy, Lad, Easy…..

CynicalOptimist on July 17, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Great job by Sarah Palin and John Cornyn. Acting like leaders, unlike some…..

Sen. McCain, this is really quite simple.

1. Nominate Palin for VP
2. Let her make the case for ANWR
3. Secure the border
4. Win Presidency

5. retire after first term and make way for Pres. Palin.

james23 on July 17, 2008 at 1:11 PM