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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Aug 01st 2008, 08:16 PM
They have had every chance in the world to present reasons why it is not necessary and will not lower gas prices. They have chosen not to do so.

They have had every chance to tell the public that this year over 33% more oil was sold overseas by US companies than in 2007. They chose not to discuss it.

They are forming groups among House centrists to push the plans for drilling offshore forward.

A month after we won back Congress in November 2006...the two Florida senators, Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez, started the push to bring back a bill about drilling.

From December 2006:

Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez seem determined to bring up drilling off Florida again.

Bill Nelson has been back and forth and wishy washy, but he is not against the drilling offshore in Florida.

Congressmen-elect Ron Klein and Tim Mahoney urged their soon-to-be colleagues Monday to reject a bill allowing for limited oil and gas drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, Florida's two senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Mel Martinez, urged the bill's passage.

Nelson spokesman Bryan Gulley said Nelson's staff has been pushing the bill in discussions with House staffers from Florida. Gulley said Democratic control of Congress does not mean there won't be pressure to drill in the gulf. He pointed to recent statements by incoming Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., urging more exploration in the gulf.

Gulley called the Senate bill a "hard-won compromise" and "the best deal we could probably get."

Oh, but wait until you hear what Jeff Bingaman D-NM has to say.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., criticized the Senate bill "not because it allows new drilling, but because it protects too much territory off the Florida coast from future exploration."

Senators Reid and Durbin just this July expressed their views that new drilling would not be a problem.

Democrats signal they could be open to compromise on offshore drilling

Democratic leaders showed varying degrees of interest Wednesday in opening up new areas for oil production, as public opinion veers in favor of drilling. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters that expanded offshore drilling, which the Republicans have long supported, is not off the table. He said he opposes giving the states the right to choose whether to drill off their coasts, but also said Democrats are “taking a look at that.”

“I’m not knee-jerk-opposed to anything,” Reid said. “We’re willing to work; we haven’t shut our minds to anything.”

...."..."Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Wednesday that he wants to “limit offshore drilling if there is any environmental impact.” He added that there are more than 30 million acres leased by oil companies that they should use to explore. “They ought to lose their leases if they aren’t going to use it,” Durbin said.

However, he also stated, “Beyond that, if there is a suggestion of some new area to go into, I’ll look at it."

More House Democrats are forming coalitions to get it through.

Reps. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, and John Peterson, R-Pa., are gathering a group of rank-and-file lawmakers — preferably split evenly between the two parties — for a meeting Monday in the hopes of quickly piecing together a legislative package. They plan to formally announce the group’s formation Tuesday.

“There is an effort that’s going on among members to try to … put together something that makes sense and is balanced,” Natural Resources Energy Subcommittee Chairman Jim Costa, D-Calif., said. Costa was one of 19 Democrats, predominately from oil and gas producing districts, who voted against a “use-it-or-lose it” plan sponsored by Democratic leaders shortly before the Independence Day recess

Put that together with Obama's words today, and we should realize we just lost another battle we never even had time to fight. It was a done deal before we ever admitted it.

I may be wrong as I tend to avoid the TV cable news lately, but I have not heard a thing about the US oil companies shipping record amounts of oil overseas.

US oil companies are shipping record amounts of gasoline and diesel fuel to other countries.

While the U.S. oil industry wants access to more federal lands to help reduce reliance on foreign suppliers, U.S.-based companies are shipping record amounts of gasoline and diesel fuel to other countries.

A record 1.6 million barrels a day in U.S. refined petroleum products were exported during the first four months of this year, up 33 percent from 1.2 million barrels a day over the same period in 2007. Shipments this February topped 1.8 million barrels a day for the first time during any month, according to final numbers from the Energy Department.

The surge in exports appears to contradict the pleas from the U.S. oil industry and the Bush administration for Congress to open more offshore waters and Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.

We have always excused the Democrats for not speaking out on issues because they don't have the media access. That has been a valid consideration. But I think we could get that media access if we so wanted now.

If we wanted it.

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