by John Hawkins | November 10, 2005 10:06 am
Oh, the irony just never stops up on Capitol Hill.
On the one hand, we have puffed-up Senators threatening oil executives with a windfall profits tax and grilling oil executives about “obscene profits” that are less than a third of what corporations like Citigroup and Microsoft rake in.
On the other hand, gutless Republicans in the house are refusing to allow the oil companies to tap into a large supply of oil on our own soil:
“House leaders late Wednesday abandoned an attempt to push through a hotly contested plan to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling, fearing it would jeopardize approval of a sweeping budget bill Thursday.
They also dropped from the budget document plans to allow states to authorize oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts — regions currently under a drilling moratorium.
The actions were a stunning setback for those who have tried for years to open a coastal strip of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, to oil development, and a victory for environmentalists, who have lobbied hard against the drilling provisions. President Bush has made drilling in the Alaska refuge his top energy priorities.
Still, the Senate has included ANWR drilling in its budget bill and GOP leaders will push hard for any final House-Senate budget bill to include it.”
The opposition to drilling ANWR borders on being completely irrational. The oil companies would be drilling on a small, isolated strip of land that is completely uninhabited by humankind. Furthermore, this isn’t even a “not in my backyard situation” because there is strong support for drilling ANWR in Alaska. Heck, even the Democrats’ strongest ally, the unions, support ANWR drilling because it would create jobs.
So why aren’t we drilling ANWR?
Primarily because a bunch of environmentalist wacko luddites, who’re reflexively opposed to letting the oil companies drill anywhere, for any reason, are hollering at the top of their lungs about this and scaring Democrats, RINOS, and people who don’t know anything about ANWR. It doesn’t matter whether people know what they’re talking about or are making any sense at all, they’re yelling loudly so the GOP feels compelled to give in.
Voting to allow drilling in ANWR should be the easiest decision the clowns up in Congress ever had to make — and they still can’t get it right. Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic…
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