Posted by Thunder Pig on July 25, 2008
WASHINGTON – House Republicans on Thursday scuttled a bill that Democrats hoped would help lower gasoline prices by forcing the Energy Department to release 70 million barrels of oil — about a three-day supply — from the national stockpile.
Democrats vowed that the action would have produced immediate relief at the pump, as was the case with similar releases in 1991, 2000 and 2005. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve now holds about 700 million barrels.
Despite winning a clear 268-157 majority, the measure still lost. Democratic leaders had brought the proposal up for debate under rules requiring a two-thirds vote to pass.
But passing the bill by just a majority would have meant allowing Republicans to force a vote on new offshore drilling leases.
“They’re hiding from a vote,” said GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio. “They’re scared to death to allow us to … force their members to vote on drilling.”
Source: Raleigh News & Observer
Related: HR 6578
Related: Roll Call #527
How Local Congress Critters Voted on the measure:
NC-05 Virginia Foxx….Nay
NC-10 Patrick McHenry…Nay
NC-11 Heath Shuler…Yea
This election is very important, and the Senate and US House Races are now more important than ever. Due to their boneheadedness, the GOP will be playing defense this year as they attempt to prevent the Democrats from obtaining a supermajority of 60 seats in the Senate (which is likely to happen), and increasing their lead in the House.
One way out of this “prevent defense” is for McCain to choose an acceptable conservative running mate with credibility in economic matters, and I believe that to be Mitt Romney. This wish to pry Bobby Jindal away from his state before he can fix it is stupid. Jindal has decades ahead of him before he need to consider running for President.
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Posted by Thunder Pig on July 17, 2008
To pay less, save the environment, and stop sending trillions to foreign dictators. “We can’t drill our way out of our energy problem.” This daily mantra underscores an abysmal grasp of economics by the politicians, activists, bureaucrats and judges who are dictating US policies. If only their hot air could be converted into usable energy.
This is from Syrin, who hosts a radio show on Blog Talk Radio. She will be broadcasting live at 2.30 PM Eastern Time, and you can listen to her here:
Or on her show page, and join in the chat room (I don’t know if it will be open or not) and interact with her and the chatizens.
I enjoy downloading and listen to Syrin’s shows, and hope that you will, too.
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Posted by Thunder Pig on July 9, 2008
From T. Boone Pickens:
America is in a hole and it’s getting deeper every day. We import 70% of our oil at a cost of $700 billion a year – four times the annual cost of the Iraq war.
I’ve been an oil man all my life, but this is one emergency we can’t drill our way out of. But if we create a new renewable energy network, we can break our addiction to foreign oil.
On January 20, 2009, a new President gets sworn in. If we’re organized, we can convince Congress to make major changes towards cleaner, cheaper and domestic energy resources.
To get this done, I need your help. Check out the plan. If you think it’s worth fighting for, please join our effort.
Source: Pickens Plan
This is something I can get behind. Check it out, and help spread the word.
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Posted by Thunder Pig on June 13, 2008
This (high fuel prices, and the Democratic support of same) should be the thing the this entire election season revolves around.
We should dump half of our Strategic Reserve on the World market. The Democrats should agree to this, because they supported the idea in 2005, and more recently, Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for us to stop adding to the Strategic Reserve, so she understands the effect that putting more oil on the market will lower prices. Wonder why she won’t let us put millions of barrels of oil on the market every day? What does she have against $2 a gallon gasoline?
Compare the Democratic and Republican plans:
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Posted by Thunder Pig on June 2, 2008
It’s About Energy……Alaska’s natural resource development has been attacked again and again. International oil news this week, not Good for Alaska or the USA.
The show starts at midnight Eastern.
If you miss it, you can listen sometime during the day on Sunday.
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