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6/29/2008 8:06:00 PM
Offshore Drilling Sham

Dee Bonner

President Bush is again accusing Congress of blocking his energy proposals. This time, he says Democrats are to blame for high gasoline costs that are pinching Americans' pocketbooks because they are against offshore drilling.

Republican Presidential candidate, John McCain, who as recently as last month opposed offshore drilling, now agrees with the President. I guess that makes him a Flip-Flopper, doesn't it?

In urging Congress to lift the ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in order to increase U.S. energy production, Bush said, "This is a difficult time for many American families, rising gasoline prices and economic uncertainty can affect everything from what food parents put on the table to where they can go on vacation".

Sort of makes you wish Bush had the same degree of concern about the impact on American families back in 2001 when he allowed Dick Cheney and the oil industry to establish this country's energy policy, doesn't it?

Bush says offshore drilling could yield up to 18 billion barrels of oil over time, although it would take years for production to start. (President's radio address, June 21, 2008)

That's worth repeating.

"Bush says offshore drilling could yield up to 18 billion barrels of oil over time, although it would take years for production to start".

If Congress lifts the offshore drilling ban, Bush says the U.S. could have 18 billion barrels of oil!

Wow! That seems like a lot of oil, doesn't it?

Well, consider this.

The United States currently consumes approximately 20 million barrels of oil a day. So, based on our current level of consumption, Bush's offshore drilling proposal would only produce a meager thirty-month supply of oil. And since the administration admits it would take years before production could begin, lifting the ban would have a negligible impact on America's energy needs. It's scandalous.

For over thirty years, politicians have given mere lip service to calls for energy independence. Now, our economy is in shambles primarily because of the Bush administration's fossil fuel energy policies. The solution to our energy problems will not be found in additional offshore drilling. The solution is in conservation, hybrid and electric vehicles, alternative fuels, plus wind power and solar power.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Article comment by: Scott

Well put Dee. I'm sick and tired of Bush and McSame trying to shove offshore drilling down our throats like it's a viable energy policy.

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008
Article comment by: Alfred E. Neuman

Back in the 1970s, The Who had a song with the lyrics, "we won't be fooled again." Well, unfortunately, too many Americans have been "fooled" by Republican propaganda too many times over the years. They lied about "weapons of mass destruction" and they are deceiving about energy issues. But, we Americans continue to wave our flags and pound our chests (eat our pizzas, watch our movies, play our video games, talk on our cell phones) while our corporate-owned government schemes up ideas to destroy the environment even more quickly than Global Warming is already accomplishing. Drilling oil in Alaska is a NON-SOLUTION or a pseudo-solution to a problem that stems from world domination by the military-industrial-corporate stronghold in the world. Oh, by the way, military-industrial complex was a term first coined by the flaming liberal (being facetious here) Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican president and WWII hero. I agree with the late comedian George Carlin. He said not long before his death that it may already be too late for America. The Republicans just seem to want to help speed up the process with their greed.

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