Video: Dems won’t act even at $10 per gallon

posted at 6:58 pm on July 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

How high will Democrats let the price of gas get before considering the option of drilling for more oil?  Ken Salazar (D-CO) has set the bar in today’s action in the Senate.  Gas can hit $10 per gallon and the Democrats still won’t act:

Let a thousand television ads bloom. Even Floridians and Californians now support drilling in the OCS:

With gas prices hovering at $4 a gallon, a majority of Floridians now support drilling for oil in protected areas offshore, according to a new poll.

The survey finds support for drilling at 60 percent, with 10 percent of respondents telling pollsters that they’d opposed offshore drilling in the past. Thirty-six percent of respondents said they remain opposed to offshore drilling.

And ….

A majority of Californians favor more oil drilling off the coast, according to a statewide survey released Wednesday, for the first time since oil prices spiked nearly three decades ago.

The support by 51 percent of residents polled this month by the Public Policy Institute of California represents a shift caused by renewed Republican advocacy for drilling as well as motorists’ reaction to soaring pump prices, according to the pollster.

Republicans should use a very simple message. We have enough oil to satisfy American needs for at least the next 100 years, but Democrats won’t let you have it. They’d rather you pay $10 per gallon at the pump and watch food prices increase 250% rather than agree to drilling. If you don’t want $10 per gallon gas, vote Republican.


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The line between liberalism and insanity has now been crossed. It has always been inevitable.

volsense on August 1, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Translation: Democrats will keep exploiting the poor and middle class even though they don’t give two craps about them.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 1, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Just imagine what a great country this would be if more people simply paid attention to what’s going on.

Akzed on August 1, 2008 at 9:45 AM

Where do the Democrats get talking monkeys like Salazar and what dim witted morons vote people like him into office. The Democraps are so far out of touch with what the country is experiencing or maybe they are just in denial…either way I think it’s time for a revolution, including term limits and interim elections if your states representatives aren’t doing their job.

PatriotPete on August 1, 2008 at 9:53 AM

At the risk of using a line that’s been used previously in this post, since I don’t have time to read everything before I have to get ready for work this morning…..

DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW!!!

……stupid democrats…

Vntnrse on August 1, 2008 at 10:08 AM

This is Democratic tyranny at its worst. I hope the American people wake up by election day and vote out the “Democratic” majority in Congress so we can fix America’s energy crisis.

Lance Murdock on August 1, 2008 at 10:23 AM

cost Paying four or five dollars a bottle for home or micro-brew beer just doesn’t make sense.

coldwarrior on August 1, 2008 at 5:13 AM

Try some of the Shiner beers.

Johan Klaus on August 1, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Keemo,
From that SFC article you cite:

A new CNN/Opinion Research poll released this week found that 69 percent of Americans favor more offshore drilling, while 30 percent oppose it. But the poll found the public was split over whether more coastal drilling would lower gas prices, with 51 percent saying yes and 49 percent saying no.

But the poll’s more interesting finding was about who Americans blame for $4-a-gallon gas prices: About two-thirds said oil companies and foreign countries that produce energy were the major causes. Just over half blamed the Bush administration, the war in Iraq and the moratorium on offshore drilling. But only about 1 in 3 – 31 percent – blamed Democrats in Congress for high gas prices.

Therein lies the rub. Pelosi and her Dem henchmen promote and rely on the public’s misperceptions of where the fault for high energy prices lies. The media protect and reinforce this misperception.

Attempts by Republicans in Congress to set the record straight are met with charges of partisanship based on “being in the pocket of Big Oil”.

Those SFA numbers don’t surprise me. This is what I hear from died-in-the-wool Dems where I live. They are like alphie.

onlineanalyst on August 1, 2008 at 10:44 AM

PatriotPete on August 1, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Blame the People’s Republic of Boulder for Salazar. I live in the more Conservative Colorado Springs but with the influx of Californians moving out here it is clearly moving from red to purple… and yes it sucks.

saltydogg14 on August 1, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Keemo on August 1, 2008 at 8:42 AM

If we were to open up drilling such that we replaced imported oil from everywhere except Canada and Mexico, that would be roughly 8.6M bbl/day.

If all of that were OCS where royalties would be paid to the Feds, at 15% of cost of extraction (I think that’s how it is based) and cost was somewhere about $50/bbl that would be $7.50/bbl.

Doing the arithmetic, daily royalties would be $64.5M/day or $23.5B/yr. That is equivalent to sending a check to each and every one of the 300M citizens in the amount of $78 each year. Family of 3 — $234. Family of five — $390.

(Just a note, I’m not sure whether state royalties come on top of the Fed’s or it is shared.)

“Oil Trust for the USA”
“Produced in America”
“Union Made”
“Buy American”
“Drill Here, Drill Now”

Dusty on August 1, 2008 at 10:50 AM

onlineanalyst on August 1, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Agreed… I just found it surprising to see such a Liberal rag of a POS news outlet having even a glimpse of truth attached to it’s story line.

Keemo on August 1, 2008 at 10:56 AM

saltydogg14

I feel for you. I am “blessed” with the likes of Chris Dodd but at least Joe Liberman screwed with the Dems last time around by going independent. To this day I love seeing the Ned Lamont stickers, and asking “how’s that working out for you?”

PatriotPete on August 1, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Wasn’t Salazar sold as a ‘new kind’ of Democrat to Colorado? Looks very much like the same old Democrat Marxist to me.

The battle is to be joined … sign up now.

tarpon on August 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Try some of the Shiner beers.

Johan Klaus on August 1, 2008 at 10:29 AM

I’ll second that recommendation .. ;)

I’ve skimmed thru the thread from where I left off yesterday and I’d like to ask alphie what’s up with this ‘keep defending them Texans’ bullsh!t? Do you think all those evil oil companies are based in Texas? Here’s a newsflash for you alphie, not even all US oil companies are based in the USA! Who owns the oil in Iran, Iraq, Russia, Venezuela, Brazil, Nigeria, Canada, Mexico etc.? How do US oil companies set the price for oil coming out of those countries? Ever heard of OPEC alphie?

And the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was mostly focused on research and development of alternative energy resources.

I’ll just add to the general discussion that when the Republicans were the majority in Congress, the states that border the OCS were against off-shore drilling except of course those of us who have been drilling and pumping for about 30 years now. That was mostly due to the environmentalist within those states. I don’t see the Republicans who basically represent a state’s rights policy over-riding that States policy. Now that has changed with $4 a gal gasoline, the citizens and governors of those States want to open their outter shelf (especially if the state gets a % of the deal) and we have the attention of the public to create an understanding that technology has improved, so now is the time to take advantage of that public awareness.

In addition alphie, there is not going to be in any short term alternative fuel for the transportation industry on any notable scale. They will always require fossil fuel for commerce and transportation. So in essence, the Democrats are not just responsible for putting a dent in the American personal vehicle budget but they are driving up the cost of everything we purchase. They want to bring down our economy for the sake of an election. Because as you point out onlineanalyst on August 1, 2008 at 10:44 AM, Americans don’t yet understand who the obstructionists are.

But the poll’s more interesting finding was about who Americans blame for $4-a-gallon gas prices: About two-thirds said oil companies and foreign countries that produce energy were the major causes. Just over half blamed the Bush administration, the war in Iraq and the moratorium on offshore drilling. But only about 1 in 3 – 31 percent – blamed Democrats in Congress for high gas prices.

Texas Gal on August 1, 2008 at 12:15 PM

So what do we all do now?

Congress is out on break.

Nothing looks good on the horizon.

What do you all think is going to happen for our future?

upinak on August 1, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Why is it that I always hear that congress is recessing in August to go and get in touch with their constituents? I have never heard of any town meetings. I think that this is just an opportunity for them to go on “fact finding” vacations at the taxpayers’ expense.

TimothyJ on August 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

TimothyJ on August 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

For the most part, Timothy, you got that right.

However, my Representative sent out a flyer listing his schedule in every county in his district…times and locations…where he will be to meet with individuals and groups during the recess. I have to believe he is the exception.

I plan to meet with him. Already called his local office to set up a time.

coldwarrior on August 1, 2008 at 12:38 PM

It is sad, but my congress critter is a republicrat.

TimothyJ on August 1, 2008 at 1:11 PM

alphie,

Do you know who owns the Citgo retail gasoline franchise?

Chavez in Venezuela. He sells those franchises around the world including right here in the USA.

Where do those Citgo gas stations get their gasoline?

From Citgo gasoline refineries.

Who provides the oil for those Citgo gasoline refineries?

Chavez in Venezuela.

Since Chavez is not an American oil company, and Citgo has their own gasoline refinery that supplies gasoline to their own franchised gas stations, why is the price of gas at Citgo the same as Exxon? Chavez has a direct chain from his oil fields to your gas tank.

Who owns BP Oil?

Who now owns Shell Oil?

Why is the price of gasoline at BP and Shell gas stations the same as Chevron/Texaco, Exxon/Mobil, Conoco/Phillips?

Texas Gal on August 1, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Texas Gal on August 1, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Not disagreeing, but BP actually seems to be a bit cheaper around my area. Shell and Citgo are the expensive ones, but that does vary, even from one block to the next.

Your point is well-made, though.

Anna on August 1, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Not disagreeing, but BP actually seems to be a bit cheaper around my area.

Yes, Shell is the most expensive here too. Chevron, Exxon and Texaco are the cheapest and those are US owner gasoline franchises. The franchise owner buys the gasoline at a base price and then has some wiggle room to add to that cost to the consumer. That’s what creates price wars at competing gas stations. They try to make up for the reduction is a couple of cents by selling volume and they also get some walk in customers if they sell goods inside, especially cigarettes and snacks.

Texas Gal on August 1, 2008 at 1:55 PM

Snake307: With their slim majorities, could the Republicans have overcome the filibustering?

onlineanalyst

Absolutely.

For one, and only one reason (the one reason we have a chance at winning this time)… the ban is yearly, and must be renewed every year. So a filibuster, or “no action” will remove (not renew) the ban.

A filibuster isn’t enough to renew the ban, that requires legislative action, a majority, and then beating or avoiding a veto.

For 6 years Republicans had majorities in both houses… are you telling me that even with a majority they couldn’t avoid their opposition getting veto-proof numbers?

Odd that we have to be in the minority to have a chance of getting something done here.

gekkobear on August 1, 2008 at 2:04 PM

Does anyone have the raws for this? I’d like to try my hand at making a little commercial of my own out of this one. It’s got SO much potential, and this video just doesn’t do it justice.

wearyman on August 1, 2008 at 2:58 PM

Video has been pulled from YouTube

E9RET on August 1, 2008 at 5:08 PM

Don’t worry, at $15 a gallon Dear Leader will work with Hugo to alleviate all our stresses. Dear Leaders cooperation with Hugo is foretold on a Columbian Freedom Fighter’s laptop.

James on August 2, 2008 at 10:31 AM

I’ve been trying to figure out who “alphie” really is. There can only be two possibilities. alphie has to be either Ken Salazar or Nancy Pelosi. I’ve ruled out every other person on Earth.

darwin-t on August 3, 2008 at 5:24 PM

At the end of September, when the ban is about to expire, I hope the republicans block a vote on renewing the ban.

That’s what is so stupid about Pelosi’s grand scheme. They are going to have to vote on it in less that two months regardless of what they did this week or what they do when they come back in September.

darwin-t on August 3, 2008 at 5:34 PM

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