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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Definitely NOT a winning strategy on behalf of the clueless Dems

gmoonster on July 31, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Would anyone like to start a petition concerning oil and those who have constantly voted agaisnt oil drilling or nuclear and circulate them in your States and around the Country?

Drill here Drill now was started by a politician… time to get Americans up and running on it.

upinak on July 31, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Democrats WTF..

Democrats have objected us right to the problems that we are now in..

OLD and debilitated Oil refineries(we havent built a new Oil refinery since the 70′s), only 20% of our electricity comes from Clean and Safe Nuclear power, and we now Import Most of our Oil ALL because of Democrats OBJECTING!!!

KICK THE DEMOCRATS IN THE A**!

Chakra Hammer on July 31, 2008 at 7:07 PM

I object to his objection.

Anna on July 31, 2008 at 7:07 PM

I do believe the RNCC and RNSC have their ad material for the next decade.

BKennedy on July 31, 2008 at 7:08 PM

The Democrats are definitely objectionable.

backwoods conservative on July 31, 2008 at 7:09 PM

To be fair, he states that his objection is his belief that increased drilling will not affect the price. He’s wrong, but its not like he’s saying, “No, I don’t want to lower prices!” Of course that is, in effect, what his objection means, but I don’t think he believes that.

jimmy the notable on July 31, 2008 at 7:10 PM

You won’t see this on mainstream tv news …… The trigger should have been two dollars per gallon.

gstrickler on July 31, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Anna on July 31, 2008 at 7:07 PM

and I concur withyour objection of his objection.

upinak on July 31, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Wow … just wow. What can you say? These people don’t work for the United States, they work for other entities.

I feel like I’m living in the Twilight Zone.

darwin on July 31, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Still trying to out-stupid the stupid party.

thirteen28 on July 31, 2008 at 7:14 PM

California could use the money too. They are always over budget and that offshore drilling would increase state revenues.

I grew up in Oklahoma back when they really did tear up 10 acres to drill a well. But it is not like that anymore and Americans understand that. We need the oil.

I don’t know what the Democrats are thinking here. I bet they have a hard time getting the blue dogs to stick with this.

Terrye on July 31, 2008 at 7:14 PM

“We (the Dems) care about the poor.”

Right.

Make them pay more to “freely” move about their business.
Make them pay more to heat their homes.
Make them pay more for food.

Raise their taxes to increase their misery and dependancy on government.

Offer to give them more handouts to alleviate their pain…

Drill here, drill now.

SouthernRoots on July 31, 2008 at 7:15 PM

OLD and debilitated Oil refineries(we havent built a new Oil refinery since the 70’s), only 20% of our electricity comes from Clean and Safe Nuclear power, and we now Import Most of our Oil ALL because of Democrats OBJECTING!!!

KICK THE DEMOCRATS IN THE A**!

Chakra Hammer on July 31, 2008 at 7:07 PM

The evironmental lobby still has the left by the gonads, or in Pelosi’s case,…..oh nevr mind.

I object to his objection.

Anna on July 31, 2008 at 7:07 PM

Luv it Anna!

Rovin on July 31, 2008 at 7:15 PM

Are the democrats really that obstinate?

That totally blows my mind. I guess when you consider the fact they will not acknowledge the surge worked, you can assume that any other policy of theirs that is wrong, that they would rather go down with the ship than admit it.

Crazy libtards!

Corey Wayne on July 31, 2008 at 7:16 PM

jimmy the notable on July 31, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Sorry, you don’t know the Colordao Ken Salazar…

He is opposed to any drilling, anywhere, anytime, economics be damed…

He has actualy helped the Governor here STOP already approved drilling, and “slow down” natural gas fields.

Its funny that here in Colorado, our two Senators have diametricly opposed viewpoints on just about everything.

Romeo13 on July 31, 2008 at 7:16 PM

The Dims must be holding on to the hope that they can pin high gas prices on Bush and associate McCain. Good luck with that.

I hoping the Ds stay stubborn all the way back into private practice and drag Obama with them.

Ordinary1 on July 31, 2008 at 7:17 PM

“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.”

That’s a conveniently facile way to present it. They are not “protected” areas. They are “prohibited” areas. Floridians and Californians what to Repeal Prohibition.

Dusty on July 31, 2008 at 7:18 PM

Romeo13 on July 31, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Okay then. I fully believe that. I was just playing devil’s advocate.

jimmy the notable on July 31, 2008 at 7:18 PM

Anyone sent this to the RNC…

ED! DID YOU SEND THIS TO THE RNC!?!

Oh…why bother, they wouldn’t know how to turn this into a good commercial anyway.

Scoreboard44 on July 31, 2008 at 7:19 PM

This really should be a commercial. Not just on You tube.

And they should run it…and run it…and run it…..and…

Scoreboard44 on July 31, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Ordinary1 on July 31, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Amen

Rodent on July 31, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Salazar is a tool and goes way back. What an idiot.

I hope that doesn’t make me a racist.

wccawa on July 31, 2008 at 7:22 PM

When all those ski lodges in CO are empty this winter, they will know where to look.

Texas Gal on July 31, 2008 at 7:22 PM

“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.”

Totally agree, Ed. Dems just cannot be trusted to protect or enhance the economic safety and security of the people. They could care less if you go bankrupt trying to live through their economic plans. They need to save the planet!!11!eleventy! Don’t vote for them.

Dusty on July 31, 2008 at 7:22 PM

Are the democrats really that obstinate?

Corey Wayne on July 31, 2008 at 7:16 PM

No, the Democrats are banking on the ignorance, apathy and stupidity of the American public. And why not? They have the mass media on their side to spin and lie and it worked for them in 2006 when the American public believed the spin and lies and voted them into power in both Houses of Congress. So why would the Democrats change their strategy when they believe most American voters are ignorant idiots who get most of their info from the Democrat media arm, the mass media?

If I were a Democrat, I would keep this up too. The American people voted in record numbers for John F. Kerry, they voted the Democrats in power in 2006 and they nominated John McCain and Barack Obama for President. Why on earth does anyone believe the American people have any intelligence whatsoever to vote properly?

The Democrats are going to keep this up until the American public makes them pay. Do people really have confidence that Republicans will win seats in Congress and John McCain will be elected in November? I don’t. Because the mass media will not allow that to happen. Besides, most right-of-center political pundits (NRO, people who came on Bill Bennett’s radio show the other day) are already stating that Republicans should give up on winning back seats in Congress in November. WTF? This just tells me that the American public is so controlled and ignorant by the mass media and the meme put out there by the Democrats, that the Republicans don’t even have the will to set the record straight. Hell, even political pundits have given up trying to set the record straight, telling people on Bill Bennett’s radio show to just give up now?

This is why I have no faith in the American public. Republicans could find the cure for cancer and the solution for world peace and the mass media and the Democrats would simply go out there and call them racists and the American public would believe it.

I’m waiting on November to be proven wrong, but 2004 and 2006 didn’t give me much about which to be positive…

Michael in MI on July 31, 2008 at 7:23 PM

It appears the Democrats were really counting on the war for oil and they bet wrong.

Topsecretk9 on July 31, 2008 at 7:23 PM

I guess a tuneup and a tire pressure check is really
the answer the libs expect to stick.

Hilarious and stooopid all at once. They’re so versitile.

Texyank on July 31, 2008 at 7:24 PM

The Dims must be holding on to the hope that they can pin high gas prices on Bush and associate McCain.

Ordinary1 on July 31, 2008 at 7:17 PM

There is a Barack Obama TV ad here in Michigan doing just that. It worked for Granholm in 2004. She blamed Michigan’s piss-poor economy on Bush for months, never taking any of the blame, and bingo.. she was re-elected. And people wonder why I have no faith in the American people to vote properly.

Michael in MI on July 31, 2008 at 7:25 PM

I don’t understand why unions support a party that depresses high paying union membership jobs and prevents so much “Produced in America” work for Americans.

Ask your Union leadership about this today!

Dusty on July 31, 2008 at 7:26 PM

idiots

unseen on July 31, 2008 at 7:28 PM

Michael in MI on July 31, 2008 at 7:25 PM

Right there with you brother. All I kept thinking about DeVos was “This is the best we can do against the Mole Queen?”

Scoreboard44 on July 31, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Don’t forget job creation as another argument in favor of domestic oil production. Thousands and thousands of jobs, plus a significant jump in the GDP.

aero on July 31, 2008 at 7:29 PM

on a postive note Pelosi’s book bombed.

unseen on July 31, 2008 at 7:32 PM

Ask your Union leadership about this today!

Dusty on July 31, 2008 at 7:26 PM

what’s the alternative? Repubs don’t care aboutunions at all. At least with the dems they get some of the bread crumbs.

unseen on July 31, 2008 at 7:33 PM

Michael in MI on July 31, 2008 at 7:23 PM

Dewey vs Truman.

The MSM wanted Dewey even stated that he won. Funny thing happened the americian people voted and the results was Truman victory.

unseen on July 31, 2008 at 7:35 PM

Senator Obama says it isn’t fair of the U.S. to expect so little of the world’s population to use such a high percentage of the oil needed. So I guess that makes us selfish. But isn’t it pretty presumptious of us to believe that the rest of the world must take the chance of some horrible catastrophic environmental disastor in their countries but ours must be protected above all? Still sounds selfish to me. I write to the two Senators in Florida on a weekly basis, they both need to go. They can drill in my backyard if it will help. Please excuse any crazy spelling.

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Fantastic. The American people need to see firsthand the Dems’ obstruction.

For them, it is all about control and only about control.

CP on July 31, 2008 at 7:37 PM

This is awesome, they have just hung themselves…the smoking gun. $10 per gallon is still not enough for them to consider drilling for more oil…priceless, you can’t write this stuff.
BTW, that guy objecting must have a very secure position, they usually use one guy that has a solid secure voting base.

right2bright on July 31, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Terrye on July 31, 2008 at 7:14 PM

It looks like some dems and some rep have worked on a bill that would undercut the leadership and special intrest groups and allow us to do what we need to . I just saw it on glenn beck show on the mini cnn channel . but from what they say the bill is done they want to bring it up after the vaction in sept . It on the face sounds good open up the continental shelves use the revenues from the leases to fund to alternative sources of energy , including reprocessing of nuke material so it can be reused .

Mojack420 on July 31, 2008 at 7:38 PM

I renew my objection when polling data shows this position cuts into the Democrat approval ratings!!!!!!!!!!!

HotAirJosef on July 31, 2008 at 7:39 PM

It’s the economy price of gas, stupid.

Kafir on July 31, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Mitch McConnell is one smart cookie.

EJDolbow on July 31, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Doesn’t it seem like McConnell is setting him up? He just keeps upping the ante trying to call his bluff and Salazar doesn’t flinch. Which-is good. Democrats are trying to flip CO? Thanks Ken! The GOP will be runing this video (I hope)in October and when you run for reelection.

Theworldisnotenough on July 31, 2008 at 7:44 PM

I object to his objection.

Anna on July 31, 2008 at 7:07 PM

+1

/Megasnicker!

Neocon Peg on July 31, 2008 at 7:44 PM

[unseen on July 31, 2008 at 7:33 PM]

Sure, but through the efforts of the Unions they are supporting $10 per gallon gas for their members. I doubt the members will appreciate that or the stifling of high paying union jobs. The folks losing jobs, e.g., in Michigan could be retraining and relocating for jobs of similar pay if it weren’t for the energy policies of or the Democratic Party. Heck the growth in demand for drilling, production, and refining equipment, alone, could help to revive the economy in Michigan.

Those jobs could start opening up this January if the Republicans win in November. Those union members should realize that.

Dusty on July 31, 2008 at 7:44 PM

While we’re (appropriately) decrying the Democrats’ refusal to get out of the way, in order to lower the price of gas, does any conservative have the stones to say:

THE OIL COMPANIES HAVE A MORAL AND LEGAL RIGHT TO DRILL WHEREVER THEY DAMN WELL PLEASE! Dems Oppose Property Rights

So far, I haven’t seen it. Sure, it’s good politics to point out and object to the practical consequences. But so long as the discussion is confined to that the Dems will always have an out. They can always claim that their alternative proposals have this or that financial benefit, without the ‘bad’ environmental consequences.

Nail them where they are, in fact, weakest — on moral grounds.

JDPerren on July 31, 2008 at 7:46 PM

We have enough oil to satisfy American needs for at least the next 100 years,

lol

Darth Executor on July 31, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Amazing! The caring, liberal progressive Democrats are actually boot stomping fascists. Wake up people, you’re being had.

rplat on July 31, 2008 at 7:49 PM

Honestly, though, I’m starting to feel the situation is hopeless. I mean, I can write to my Senators, telling them how this current situation is affecting our family and others, but that does nothing. I strive to keep educated, but the more I see, hear, and read, the more depressing the situation really becomes. Watching videos such as these only confirms my opinion that those in Washington really don’t care, that they find themselves comfortably enough above the common man that they can toss rhetoric willy-nilly around with little regard for the real problems.

I know that a few in power out there are for drilling, that they realize the actuality of this growing problem, but I fear they are so little in number as to be ineffective. I am tired of high gas, food, and energy prices, and yet, I am utterly powerless. I can’t imagine I’m the only one in this quandry. It would be nice if there were enough of us to rise up and do something, but that won’t happen either. I predict this situation will remain the status quo for the next few years at least, and those of us who are skipping/reducing energy consumption, trips, extras, and even meals are stuck wondering what the hell happened to the idea of representative government. That Dem in the video isn’t representing his constituents, he’s representing himself.

/glad to have that off my chest

Anna on July 31, 2008 at 7:49 PM

You actually believe that the oil companies want the price of gas to go down? So, if we all vote GOP, gas prices are going down? As a card carrying republican, I don’t buy it. The republicans were in power and we did not increase refining capacity, drilling, nuke plants, etc. Yes, democrats are useless, but repos are phonies.

saved on July 31, 2008 at 7:51 PM

It was almost like an auction.

Do I hear 7 dollars ? 8 ? or 10 ?

The dems just arent buying America they are selling.

William Amos on July 31, 2008 at 7:51 PM

wow..just wow. powerful piece and perfectly rendered, AP. this message is a winner for the GOP.

DrW on July 31, 2008 at 7:51 PM

There is plenty of oil, we just need to go get it!

Myth: The World is Running Out of Oil (Video) (5min) (John Stossel, 20/20)

- 1.8 to 6 Trillion barrels of oil are estimated in the U.S. Oil-Shale Reserves (DOE)
- 175 to 315 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in the Oil Sands of Alberta, Canada (AGS)
- 100 Billion barrels of heavy oil are estimated in the U.S. (DOE)
- 90 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in the Arctic (USGS)
- 89 Billion barrels of immobile oil are estimated recoverable using CO2 injection in the U.S. (DOE)
- 86 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (MMS)
- 60 to 80 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in U.S. Tar Sands (DOE)
- 32 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in ANWR, NPRA and the Central North Slope in Alaska (USGS)
- 31.4 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in the East Greenland Rift Basins Province (USGS)
- 7.3 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in the West Greenland–East Canada Province (USGS)
- 4.3 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in the U.S. Bakken shale formation in North Dakota and Montana (USGS)

Poptech on July 31, 2008 at 7:52 PM

saved on July 31, 2008 at 7:51 PM

You DO realize that just because many people work for a Oil Campany that they all do not make the “Mega Bucks”.

gimme a break.

upinak on July 31, 2008 at 7:52 PM

[aero on July 31, 2008 at 7:29 PM]

Right you are. Just keep hammering away with it.

High paying jobs. Produce in America. :-)

Dusty on July 31, 2008 at 7:53 PM

Someone mentioned the other day that allowing for more domestic oil we would cut the trade deficit, produce a lot of really nice paying jobs and lower the price of gas. And the down side is?????? All I can say is those tree huggers must have a bunch of money or have whining down to an artform. I may not whine but I can pester with the best of them and will continue to do so. They know that the high prices hurt the economy and this is fine with them until their guy is elected. I know I have mentioned this before but in the year of April 2007 to April 2008, the folks in Florida used fuel at a thirty-five year low. So even before $4 a gallon we could not conserve ourselves out the high prices.

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2008 at 7:53 PM

Opening up the OCS, going after oil shale, implementing pilot programs into full-scale coal gasification plants, building nuclear reactors, drilling in the Gulf and in Alaska…ALL of these can be done with current technology in environmentally safe ways.

Doing so would accomplish a number of things:

– Unemployment, low as it is, would become even lower.

– The worldwide price per barrel for oil would plummet.

– Our sending over $700 billion overseas for foreign energy would stop.

– We would no longer have to worry about every tin-pot(tin-kafiyyah?) oil sheik getting a burr up his backside and cutting off our oil.

– We could keep all the energy we need here at home…and then sell the excess overseas, at a price of our choosing, or at least at top market price for a while.

– We would open up all sorts of new technologies presently sitting in notebooks and laptops in our universities and labs or still fleeting thoughts in the minds of our best and brightest across the country to enable more and better exploration, extraction and processing of all these new energy sources.

– At the current tax rates, we could essentially pay off the entire national debt within a decade, end our dependence on foreign purchases of American Treasury notes, stengthen the dollar owrld wide, trim excess federal government programs as well by leaving the individual states to use their new energy revenue base to take care of their own.

— we can afford to buy time for the actuallization of solar power and wind and tidal power “green” proposals as part of a studied, steady program of research and development…not the panic-driven drivle that so many in Congress want to fund, untested, unproven.

And a whole lot more.

coldwarrior on July 31, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Someone mentioned the other day that allowing for more domestic oil we would cut the trade deficit, produce a lot of really nice paying jobs and lower the price of gas. And the down side is??????

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2008 at 7:53 PM

The downside is that we’ll remain dependant on a finite resource and as long as people’s lives remain comfortable nobody’s gonna do anything about it.

Darth Executor on July 31, 2008 at 7:56 PM

coldwarrior on July 31, 2008 at 7:54 PM

How about storing the excess instead of selling it?

No reason to sell it outside anymore.

your name looks familiar, are you in CA by any chance.

upinak on July 31, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Michael in MI on July 31, 2008 at 7:25 PM

If Republicans had not allowed themselves to get drunk off the kool-aid in DC, stuck to Republican principles and Conservative values, Liberalism could have been handed defeat after defeat for decades to come. Liberalism has remained the failed ideology is has always been; it’s our own elected people who for what ever reason (vanity), threw their principles away and governed like Liberals. Earmarks are the work of Democrats, not Republicans; at least until many from this current crop became addicted to earmarks and the corruption that accompanies such behavior.

If Republicans return to Conservative principles and values, they will win elections once again. This will take time if it happens. I can only hope Republicans will wake up and learn from these failures. When Senator Lott made the statement “something needs to be done about talk radio”, millions knew exactly what that meant. Senator Lott announced to us that many of our leaders had moved over to the dark side. When another Republican announced to us that “we must get over the Reagan years, that it’s time to move forward”; well simply put, there is only one way to rid our party of these creatures that have thrown my principles off the cliff, get rid of the bastards. If my people are going to govern like Liberals, then what an I to do other than get rid of them and hope the others learn by these mistakes.

Republicans will win elections again when they act like and govern like Republicans rather than Liberals. Principles and values have deep meaning to much of America. The talk had better match up with the walk, or the talker looks, smells, and tastes like a Liberal.

Keemo on July 31, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Used to be coldwarrior415 over at CQ. No, not in CA, but lived there a few times.

coldwarrior on July 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM

UGH The Dems have to be voted out of office!!

Funny..how all the nutroots said we only went into Iraq for the oil…um, where is it? Where are they now?

becki51758 on July 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM

I said it before, and I’ll say it again: when the price of gas per gallon reaches $5, or even $6, expect the 21st Century equivalent of the Boston Tea Party. Imagine $10!

The Democrats are asking for a mob riot. They’re going to get it!

newton on July 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM

[saved on July 31, 2008 at 7:51 PM]

I don’t care what the oil companies want. I want cheap gas and I know they’ll give it to me if the government gets out of the way. There is no way they’d hold back on oil production because competition will prevent it.

What’s holding us back are Democrats because the Republicans want to get out of the way. The oil companies don’t have more votes than the rest of the people voting.

Vote for “Produced in America”. Vote Republican. :-)

Dusty on July 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM

Used to be coldwarrior415 over at CQ. No, not in CA, but lived there a few times.

coldwarrior on July 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM

ever on yahoo?

upinak on July 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM

Keemo, they sold out..and RINO’s got elected, because they said they were listening to the voice of the people…

Unfortunately they were listening to the wrong people.

Simple Conservatism and Federalism need to become the foundation of the GOP and soon. Playing Democrat-Lite has gotten us exactly what for the past decade?

coldwarrior on July 31, 2008 at 8:01 PM

Heard a story this AM about a young father of three who is being forced out of business by the price of diesel fuel for his heavy equipment. He cannot be alone out there. I am beginning to wonder if the Dems/greenies have even the vaguest idea of how most of the country lives. If their goal is to control the Legislature, they certainly have an odd way of going about it. This young guy has extended family who are ticked off also(understandably). These are the kinds of events that steamroll once they get started. Few care any longer about the Bush’s perceived mistakes, they just want to keep it together.

jeanie on July 31, 2008 at 8:04 PM

This is all just a distraction.

If you clowns would just go out and check the air in your tires, we would not need to drill. So sayeth The Messiah. Amen.

Dingbat63 on July 31, 2008 at 8:05 PM

I watched this exchange on Fox…

Amazing. Rome is burning, and the DNC is fiddlin’ away.

madmonkphotog on July 31, 2008 at 8:06 PM

The downside is that we’ll remain dependant on a finite resource and as long as people’s lives remain comfortable nobody’s gonna do anything about it.

That should make a good campaign slogan for the Democrats: “Stop complaining about $10/gal gas. It’s for your own good!”

We’ve been pouring billions into alternative energy research over the last 30 years or more and none of the promised breakthroughs have happened. We need to continue to fund energy research, but to bankrupt our economy on the basis of nothing more than broken promises is insanity. As usual, liberals are destroying a good, working energy system in favor of the vague hope of a perfect one.

Socratease on July 31, 2008 at 8:07 PM

Absolutely amazing,its a run up to a Presidential
election,and stupid is what stupid does Liberals
are going to stand firm at $10.00 a gallon,before
Democrats want to move on a solution,outstanding!

Hey,Democratic Party,do you need more rope to
hang your party on the energy issue while your
fellow voters wallow in your misery of showing
how tuff you guys are sticking it to Republicans
while American’s cut back on badly needed vacations!

Another fine example of “I feel your pain”,caring
and compassionate Left!

canopfor on July 31, 2008 at 8:07 PM

The bottom line is Democrats do not care about America, Americans or the well being.

tarpon on July 31, 2008 at 8:07 PM

Re price: I live on the NC coast (OBX). My neighbor worked all night, every night, last week and caught and sold $1,100 worth of beautiful shrimp from NC’s waters.

His diesel bill for that week was $900 and he stayed close to home so as to not use much. I guess he is a Big Shrimper because he MADE $200.

Dingbat63 on July 31, 2008 at 8:09 PM

The downside is that we’ll remain dependant on a finite resource and as long as people’s lives remain comfortable nobody’s gonna do anything about it.

Darth Executor on July 31, 2008 at 7:56 PM

It’s becoming clearer every day that the old saw “oil is a non-renewable” is FALSE!!! It can be manufactured from coal…which comes from trees…which are a renewable CROP!!! Also, recent research has found that oil is constantly created from common and abundant inorganic substances about 15 miles down where 1500 degree temperatures facilitate the necessary reaction.

So “fossil fuel” and “non-renewable” are just false and misleading liberal labels which facilitate their fascist, pagan propaganda.

landlines on July 31, 2008 at 8:10 PM

jeanie, I know of five truckers in my neighborhood who are desperately looking for driving jobs from trucking companies because they can no longer afford to be independents…can’t compete with the trucking companies who can absorb the higher costs of diesel a lot more easily.

Their reactions to the Goracle-driven liberal spew about wind farms and solar energy?

“When they develop a solar system that can power a 18-wheeler…”

Obama is NOT going to win Ohio this year…or any year.

To lock in the Presidency, all McCain has to do is get out front, as a Senator, and introduce serious legislation to open up the OCS and enable all the other presently restricted/prohibited sources of energy beneath our feet.

coldwarrior on July 31, 2008 at 8:11 PM

luckybogey on July 31, 2008 at 5:45 PM

If they sell more it won’t make much difference if the price is lower.

unseen on July 31, 2008 at 7:33 PM

You are right, I could give a flying flip about unions but let me tell you something. I have tried to stand by American made goods every chance I get. I have never owned a foriegn car, even when American cars weren’t worth a damn. I want reasonable benefits for everyone but some of the “perks” unions have gotten for their members are ridiculous. And we could start another whole thread on teachers unions. When they became a big business unto themselves members and consumers alike were screwed.

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2008 at 8:11 PM

tarpon on July 31, 2008 at 8:07 PM

have they ever?

upinak on July 31, 2008 at 8:12 PM

Isn’t the RNC flush with cash? Why don’t I see RNC oil drilling commercials on TV?

lorien1973 on July 31, 2008 at 8:12 PM

Why in heaven’s name should the RNC run oil drilling commercials?

Campaign spots featuring the need to drill here, drill now, maybe, but commericals? Let BP and Exxon take care of their own ads. It is called capitalism. It works well when it is allowed to work.

coldwarrior on July 31, 2008 at 8:17 PM

coldwarrior on July 31, 2008 at 8:17 PM

If you can’t get fields open you can’t drill. RNC can run commercials to push democrats on this, and maybe just maybe not make this election a complete slaughter.

lorien1973 on July 31, 2008 at 8:24 PM

Since some folks do not want to drill for oil in the U.S., maybe us folks in Texas, Lousiana, Alaska and other states that see the need for drilling for oil should just keep our oil.

Johan Klaus on July 31, 2008 at 8:25 PM

Darth Executor’s posts are an excellent illustration of why it’s essential to propound the moral case for the property rights of the oil companies. Arguing over the amount of supply, the effect on current and future prices, etc is not sufficient.

Scoop the ground out from underneath all those who oppose freedom and the right side will win. Grant, or at least ignore, the underlying premises of those opposed to the fundamental requirement for prosperity — freedom — and they will continue to win.

JDPerren on July 31, 2008 at 8:25 PM

Isn’t thr RNC flush with cash?Why don’t I see oil drilling
commercials on TV?

lorien1973 in July 31,2008 at 8:12PM.

lorien: Excellent point,and I agree,Hello Out There
RNC,are you guys listening to the neverending
advice from Hot Air!

The campaign ad,just show what we all just watched,
because,the Liberals have a road block on the floor.

And enviromentals can sit home and knit,they are not
needed at any roadblocks of possible drilling sites!

And thats because the Democrats are obstructing from
the floor,and that means their against helping,it
means and shows, there part of the problem! :)

canopfor on July 31, 2008 at 8:26 PM

This might be a tad O/T,but those Ruskies are
rattling about the resources up north,and if i’m
right,thats in American/Canadian interests!:)

canopfor on July 31, 2008 at 8:29 PM

It’s becoming clearer every day that the old saw “oil is a non-renewable” is FALSE!!!

No it isn’t. At least not to any informed person.

It can be manufactured from coal…which comes from trees…which are a renewable CROP!!!

Yes, if you have a few dozen million years to wait. Or do you think artificially making coal has no energy cost? Maybe you’ve developed a practical perpetual motion machine that can produce virtually infinite power in which case you should run to the patent office asap.

In fact, I created one myself, seen here

See if you can figure out how it works!

Also, recent research has found that oil is constantly created from common and abundant inorganic substances about 15 miles down where 1500 degree temperatures facilitate the necessary reaction.

I have oceanfront property in Nevada. You buy yes?

So “fossil fuel” and “non-renewable” are just false and misleading liberal labels which facilitate their fascist, pagan propaganda.

landlines on July 31, 2008 at 8:10 PM

Please take your medication before replying to this comment. Thank you for your support.

Darth Executor on July 31, 2008 at 8:31 PM

gawd,sounds like a sc/fi movie,enviromentals,
should be Enviromentalists,ugh!

canopfor on July 31, 2008 at 8:31 PM

What the hell do the re-elected time and time again incumbent elitist Democrats care?

They’re fat as can be on Pork and Earmarks. They get a taxpayer paid luxury car filled with gas whenever needed by the taxpayers, whatever the cost. The same stands true for the Republicans, but at least they’re trying to ease our pain. The Defeatocrats revel in our pain.

Seriously. Why should they care? What are the taxpayers going to do? Unelect them? Fat chance. Murtha, Pelosi, Reid, etcetera ad nauseum are proof positive that they won’t. Besides that, the only other option for all of us are the Republicans who are either cruising bathrooms for gay sex or getting raked over the coals and imprisoned for unethical and unlawful behavior.

SilverStar830 on July 31, 2008 at 8:32 PM

The downside is that we’ll remain dependant on a finite resource and as long as people’s lives remain comfortable nobody’s gonna do anything about it.

Darth Executor on July 31, 2008 at 7:56 PM

So you are all for high dollar gasolene?

Johan Klaus on July 31, 2008 at 8:32 PM

[Darth Executor on July 31, 2008 at 7:56 PM]

While I agree with the fact that it is oil is a finite resource, I don’t agree that alternatives will not be devised if the price of oil is low. That wasn’t the case with nuclear energy, it hasn’t been with battery technology. The fact is that technical advancement was slow because of the process of research, invention, and refinement and it’s a stepping-stone process and often done in spurts. Just throwing more money at it isn’t going to make things go faster.

Advancements in computers is one thing that has sped up the process, but it’s still a process that has to run a course. My prediction: Even with cheap oil, in 50 years we won’t need oil any more. Other technologies will be born or refined to eliminate the need for it. Personally, I’d bet on nuclear power with electric cars. (Hmmm, electric muscle cars. I wish I could be here to see it.)

I just want these next 50 years to be good ones, not some 50 year long hell the Dems want us to live through.

Dusty on July 31, 2008 at 8:34 PM

lorien1973…big oops on my part. Campaign ad/commerical…OK.

They should run this Salazar garbage 24/7, even in states that are going to go GOP anyway. Drive it home. Hard.

The RNC also needs to run the info re: Poptech on July 31, 2008 at 7:52 PM 24/7 as well.

The biggest lie out there is that ALL of this drilling, gasification/coal mining/nuclear stuff is going to screw up the environment, take decades to bring on line, or not affect the global price of energy and this lie has got to be silenced.

We didn’t even have any oil spills caused by Katrina out in the Gulf, that is how overly redundant and safe our present drilling technology has become. Spills cost oil companies billions. It is a cost-benefit thing. It pays to drill in an envirnomentally safe way.

Seems too many on the Left are stuck on Jane Fonda’s China Syndrome or are still re-living the Exxon Valdez episode. Folks, the technologies have gotten light-years more advanced since then. They call it progress.

coldwarrior on July 31, 2008 at 8:35 PM

This is the man who is blocking any development of oil shale in the U.S.

I know this because I get his monthly e-mail where he was so proud of his actions… I wonder what his next e-mail will say.

But I remember his election. He ran as a “New Democrat” who will listen to the people rather than be beholden to the Democrat Party and partisan politics. He will do …

Yeah, there was a lot more there, but it was the same bull****. He certainly changed his tune once he got elected.

gekkobear on July 31, 2008 at 8:38 PM

So you are all for high dollar gasolene?

Johan Klaus on July 31, 2008 at 8:32 PM

No. I’d love to have low gasolene prices if people actually worked towards an alternative. But they won’t (sorry, I don’t believe in people), and if I have to pick between 50 years of comfort that ends in the collapse of civilization and 50 years of hardship that ends in a new golden age I’ll take the latter.

Darth Executor on July 31, 2008 at 8:39 PM

This is just surreal — Democrats can be this crazy, can they?

Richard Romano on July 31, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Christmas in July for the GOP. What a wonderful thing. You could almost see McConnell laughing.

Nelsa on July 31, 2008 at 8:42 PM

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