House GOP: Want more jobs? How ’bout we quit stalling on energy production?

posted at 3:21 pm on June 7, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

For the time being, President Obama has moved away from energy as the campaign theme du jour, especially as gas prices have calmed down. It therefore warms my heart that the House GOP is challenging Obama on his rhetorically cozy but completely fake “all of the above” energy narrative and continuing the push for more domestic energy production. And no, they don’t mean by making more green-energy “investments” on Americans’ behalf, either.

The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, sponsored by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) and other top Republicans, expedites permits for energy production, expands drilling leases in Alaska and forces the administration to allow more onshore drilling as a condition of releasing oil stockpiles. …

Meanwhile, a weaker-than-expected jobs report for May revived fears over the broader economy. “When we look at the jobs report numbers that came back last month, there is no better chance for us to create jobs than having an energy policy that makes us independent,” Mr. McCarthy said. …

His bill is unlikely to become law because of opposition in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

One need only look to the veritable boom towns picking up economic speed in places like North Dakota and Ohio to see the wealth of opportunity available in the oil and gas industry. To some degree at least, President Obama is right — oil prices have been steadily rising because worldwide demand has been steadily growing.

But that then begs the question: why for pete’s sake are we denying ourselves from getting in on the action? For what lofty purposes are we letting so many of our resources sit this round out? We have more proven reserves than you can shake a stick at, yet here we sit, just twiddling our thumbs, largely thanks to Obama’s Interior and Energy departments and EPA.

A great briefing from Rep. McCarthy:

While this country still needs a massive spending, tax, and regulatory overhaul no matter what, we could really alleviate a lot of the pain Americans are feeling right now with private-sector job growth, and that’s what the oil and gas industry offers. Not to mention, that would lead to a huge shot in the arm to government revenue to boot. This charade is getting tiresome, Mr. President — we need jobs and economic growth, now. We can make this happen. This is not a drill. (Heh, see what I did there?)


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Drill baby drill

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Yes, and for and lib/moderate that trots out the “there isn’t really much a President can do to create jobs” defense of O’s abysmal record, this is the answer:

Drill baby drill

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 3:23 PM

peski on June 7, 2012 at 3:27 PM

We really need to explore our own resources.

You can’t argue (as some have) that the GOP is hoping the economy will get worse so they can blame it on Obama. They’re putting forward bills that would improve the economy. If they wanted the economy to get worse, they’d sit on these ideas until after the election.

The Rogue Tomato on June 7, 2012 at 3:27 PM

…since the House holds the purse strings…how about stalling on any money for their pet projects?

KOOLAID2 on June 7, 2012 at 3:28 PM

With Obama and his puppet Senate still in power? No f’in way, gotta wait till after Jan 2013 I’m afraid.

cajun carrot on June 7, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Preach it!

Amen, sister!

For the life of me I’ve never figured out how a deliberate policy of scarcity could be attractive, even for Democrats.

jwolf on June 7, 2012 at 3:29 PM

2008 Drill Baby Drill

2012 “Romney has a policy of abundance; the other one is one of scarcity,” Hamm said.

tmitsss on June 7, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Keystone?

MeatHeadinCA on June 7, 2012 at 3:31 PM

You go girl
nicely played Erika

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 3:31 PM

And let the farmers farm in CA.

derecho on June 7, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I can already tell which articles are Erika’s without knowing the author.

Blacksoda on June 7, 2012 at 3:32 PM

House GOP: Want more jobs? How ’bout we quit stalling on energy production?

America to GOP: We want jobs! How ’bout you get off your butts and stop raising the debt ceiling and printing money to support your spending addiction!?! This isn’t a fight about whose cronies get to run away with all the money, D or R, we want both sides to stop running away with the money and cut spending! Stop printing, end the fed! You say you don’t want taxes, GOP, but it is a lie, inflation is a tax and you support the people responsible.

We’re on to your con game!

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

o/t, but…

Try this on for spin…

Holder Claims Emails Using Words ‘Fast and Furious’ Don’t Refer to Operation Fast and Furious…

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/holder-claims-emails-using-words-fast-and-furious-don-t-refer-operation-fast-and

**eyeroll*

Resist We Much on June 7, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Inflation is the easiest tax for The Party to raise because they don’t even have to collect it, they just counterfeit it. Both parties fully endorse the machinery that makes it happen so they can just keep borrowing and printing and spending with impunity, the costs be damned. Meanwhile they and their cronies are engaging in outright theft from young people, even entire generations that haven’t even been born and aren’t here to defend themselves from the crooks that run the show.

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Washington, DCD*

District of Cognitive Dissonance

Joe Mama on June 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Resist We Much on June 7, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Maybe he thought “fast and furious” was referring to Montezuma’s Revenge.

GrannyDee on June 7, 2012 at 3:39 PM

But that then begs the question: why for pete’s sake are we denying ourselves from getting in on the action? For what lofty purposes are we letting so many of our resources sit this round out?

Pretty sad when these questions have to be asked on a blog (no offense and welcome Erika) rather than “real journalists”.

The end for the LSM cannot come too soon.

kim roy on June 7, 2012 at 3:40 PM

It’s pisses me off to no end that they ignore the obvious solution.

Blake on June 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM

he wont.
we’ll win.
we will.
his party will be in the wilderness for 15 years; thanks to him.
its all good.

t8stlikchkn on June 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM

…since the House holds the purse strings…how about stalling on any money for their pet projects?

KOOLAID2 on June 7, 2012 at 3:28 PM

If we didn’t have a house leadership comprised of spineless, feckless losers, you just might be on to something there.

Lost in Jersey on June 7, 2012 at 3:43 PM

In 1943 the Fifteenth Air Force was tasked to stop the German’s oil industry production in Ploiesti, Romania. They ran near suicidal long range bombing raids out of Africa that lost 1/3 of their aircraft and crews with each mission…again and again and again and again.

So whe Catch-22 novel made the suicidal nature of that effort real.

What does our noble Congress do when the occupants at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave issue fiat orders to stop the American Oil industry using hoax EPA’s phony CO2 science about dirty Carbon?

Well like Milo Minderbinder they try to sell their votes and they are 100% cooperating in selling us out.

Treason is the game.

jimw on June 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Not good enough. More oil won’t benefit the economy at all. We’ll have a glut of oil and prices still won’t come down. These Republicans need to be talking downsizing government, starting with Obamacare. Expect to be disappointed by these guys under Romney.

rickv404 on June 7, 2012 at 3:50 PM

You know why gas costs so much? Not because of inadequate supply, but because The Party is printing so much money, causing so much inflation, to keep the money flowing to their cronies that are causing all of these problems.

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM

And don’t forget the national security aspect of the Drill Baby Drill. We could undercut Iran if we went whole-hog in the energy sector. If they’re funds start drying up, they’re gonna have a tougher time buying the parts they need for their nukes. To say nothing of undercutting other hostile countries like Russia and Venezuela. Lower energy prices would mean smaller profits for these guys and that would curtail their ability to make mischief. It would also give our allies a more stable alternative. They wouldn’t be held hostage as much to the middle-east (where they get most of their oil) and we might see more support for our goals their.

It would also help Israel, Greece, and Cyprus if they brought their newly found energy resources online.

I don’t know if pump prices will ever get down to 2 dollars again, but we have tremendous resources at our disposal, its foolishness not to use them.

Iblis on June 7, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Lower energy prices would mean smaller profits for these guys and that would curtail their ability to make mischief.

Iblis on June 7, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I don’t see much difference between them and us anymore, do you?

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Say it more, say it often, say it loud.

Beat that worthless idiot in the White House over and over and over and over and over and over the head with this again and again, until he’s ready to just quit.

This is for our children and grandchildren.

NoDonkey on June 7, 2012 at 3:59 PM

rickv404: “We’ll have a glut of oil and prices still won’t come down”

You don’t really understand the first thing about economics do you?

LakeLevel on June 7, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I don’t see much difference between them and us anymore, do you?

No, I doubt you do….

JFKY on June 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM

You don’t really understand the first thing about economics do you?

LakeLevel on June 7, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I support ‘drill here and drill now’ but we don’t have a supply problem, there is plenty of oil on the market because the worlds economies are hurting and people aren’t driving as much, the reason gas costs so much is inflation, not supply. While energy independence is a worthy goal, it’s the inflation and deficit spending that is destroying the future of our children and grandchildren.

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

he wont.
we’ll win.
we will.
his party will be in the wilderness for 15 years; thanks to him.
its all good.

t8stlikchkn on June 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM

:)

Seven Percent Solution on June 7, 2012 at 4:05 PM

It takes alot of different company’s with alot of workers to manufacture the parts to build 1 drilling rig.It is a huge mushroom of money all the way around.

docflash on June 7, 2012 at 4:08 PM

No, I doubt you do….

JFKY on June 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM

We’re the ones creating the oppressive global police state, not Russia or Venezuela.

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 4:12 PM

We’re the ones creating the oppressive global police state, not Russia or Venezuela.

Of course, the man first conspires to make sure that luaP noR cannot be POTUS and the next stop is the Oppressive Global Police State, gotcha…..you might want to sleep more and do a little less meth.

JFKY on June 7, 2012 at 4:16 PM

From Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s mouth to Romney’s ears and mouth? Romney needs to jump on this bandwagon big time!

Not good enough. More oil won’t benefit the economy at all. We’ll have a glut of oil and prices still won’t come down. These Republicans need to be talking downsizing government, starting with Obamacare. Expect to be disappointed by these guys under Romney.

rickv404 on June 7, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Was Rickv404 living under a rock in 2008? Remember when Bush lifted the executive drilling embargo in July 2008, and oil prices dropped 60% by January 2009? They dropped like a rock, and it must have landed on Rickv404.

I can already tell which articles are Erika’s without knowing the author.

Blacksoda on June 7, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Erika doesn’t mince words, something like the Boss Emeritus. Great writing, Erika!

Steve Z on June 7, 2012 at 4:18 PM

JFKY on June 7, 2012 at 4:16 PM

People like you are a much bigger threat to our freedom and liberty than distant enemies like Iraq and Iran. Iran is the least of my fears, it’s people like you who scare me the most.

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 4:21 PM

People like you are a much bigger threat to our freedom and liberty than distant enemies like Iraq and Iran. Iran is the least of my fears, it’s people like you who scare me the most.

As well you should, I’m parked in the flower van across from your mother’s basement right now…me & the other members of the “Team.” You never know when we’ll rappel in and steal the Cheeto’s. you know you Ronulans would be less laughed at if you weren’t so comical…I recommend http://reason.com/archives/2010/04/06/up-from-slavery by Boaz, hardly a Neo-con.

JFKY on June 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Saddam Hussein didn’t overturn our Constitutional rights and bankrupt America, it’s our own government that did that to us. Fear is their weapon, it’s the tool they use for the ever expanding police state.

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I support ‘drill here and drill now’ but we don’t have a supply problem, there is plenty of oil on the market because the worlds economies are hurting and people aren’t driving as much, the reason gas costs so much is inflation, not supply. While energy independence is a worthy goal, it’s the inflation and deficit spending that is destroying the future of our children and grandchildren.

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Exactly. We should, however, be full speed ahead to keep our dollars from eroding further once inflation really kicks in. Right now it’s hidden from the stats because food and energy are volatile and therefore not included in the primary CPI.

http://www.shadowstats.com/imgs/sgs-cpi.gif?hl=ad&t=

Real inflation has been well over 4% for the better part of a decade now and approaching Jimmy Carter territory with reckless abandon.

stout77 on June 7, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Saddam Hussein didn’t overturn our Constitutional rights and bankrupt America, it’s our own government that did that to us. Fear is their weapon, it’s the tool they use for the ever expanding police state

Hope you’ve got your “V” mask on as you type….What Constitutional right has been over-turned, pray tell?

JFKY on June 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM

We’re the ones creating the oppressive global police state, not Russia or Venezuela.

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Yeah. Because they’ve already reached their destination.

Don’t you have a Mitt Romney thread to dump in?

kim roy on June 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Hope you’ve got your “V” mask on as you type….What Constitutional right has been over-turned, pray tell?

JFKY on June 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM

The oldest one, the one that predates the Constitution and Bill of rights and goes back at least as far as the Magna Carta: the right that we’re innocent until proven guilty before a jury of our peers. The NDAA allows the government to detain American citizens for as long as they wish without any legal protections whatsoever. The Patriot Act overturns the 4th amendment. I believe that between the two of them I’ve read that at least three Constitutional protections are violated.

While I used to tolerate the Patriot Act even though I had problems with it, my support was always temporary. Now Saddam and Bin Laden are both dead. I am not willing to sacrifice the Constitution and Bill of Rights long term.

It’s time to end the Patriot Act and NDAA.

At my Republican Caucus up here in Chelan County Washington, we overwhelmingly removed support for the Patriot Act from the county platform. It sounded like most everybody cheered, not just the Ron Paul supporters.

Anyway, you asked, I answered, but I would suggest saving that topic for another time because this thread is about oil and gas.

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Don’t you have a Mitt Romney thread to dump in?

kim roy on June 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM

If that is another way to tell me to shut up, my answer is no.

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

FRAK baby FRAK.

barnone on June 7, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Was Rickv404 living under a rock in 2008? Remember when Bush lifted the executive drilling embargo in July 2008, and oil prices dropped 60% by January 2009? They dropped like a rock, and it must have landed on Rickv404.

Steve Z on June 7, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Prices went up and down from 2003 until Obama took over and they’ve gone up steadily and gone down only a little since he’s been president. It was and is the result of inflation – the Fed creating excess amounts of dollars to cover the excess amount of spending since 2003. Oil is the hottest, most desired commodity. Nothing gets done without it. That’s the only reason it’s affected so by inflation. We have to be taxed to cover all this spending under Bush and Obama and inflation is the tax they have opted for. They count on people like you to think we have a shortage of oil. What we have is an over abundance of dollars to cover prescriptions drugs, wars, bailouts, increases in food stamps and unemployment, increased farm subsidies, health-care and too much else to list.

rickv404 on June 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM

House GOP: Want more jobs? How ’bout we quit stalling on energy production?

THIS IS THE OBVIOUS LOGICAL SOLUTION FOR AMERICA

But, with the Obama Administration, we are dealing with socialists leftists marxists eco-scammers, and commies that don’t really want YOU happily employed. These people just want control over your lives :(!!

BigSven on June 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Is the teleprompter off camera? I guess I’ve got so used to the pos, er…. poTUs speaking with one that seeing someone without it looks a bit strange. Is it that the puppet has us mesmerized?

Molonlabe2004 on June 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Dang it, Floating Rock! You’re getting flecks of spittle on my computer. Are you sure you took your meds this morning?

smellthecoffee on June 7, 2012 at 7:10 PM

His bill is unlikely to become law because of opposition in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

I think the press now has that standard boilerplate on their office computer macros. Just push one key and add it to any story that talks about a House-passed bill. Of course that’s only those news organizations that bother to report on bills passed by the House. NYT, CBS, ABC, etc. don’t need it because the House does not exist in their little world.

But it’s the Republicans who are being obstructionist.

Exit question: How many more bills does the House have to pass before Harry Reid’s desk implodes from the weight of the stalled bills sitting on it?

AZfederalist on June 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM

We might also want to build up our capability to build heavy military weapons, that has just about been lost at this point. Even if we don’t actually build the systems, we should have the CAPABILITY to build them. Right now, we don’t.

http://blog.usni.org/2012/06/05/no-longer-the-arsenal/

crosspatch on June 8, 2012 at 2:58 AM

Dang it, Floating Rock! You’re getting flecks of spittle on my computer. Are you sure you took your meds this morning?

smellthecoffee on June 7, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Oh he took his meds allright, the problem is he bought them from an unlicensed pharmacist.

MelonCollie on December 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM