Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pelosi's Fraud On America

After a year of mocking calls to drill for oil as no solution to the problem of oil supplies and gas costs, Nancy Pelosi listened to the polls and decided to put on a show for public consumption. Behind closed doors and with no Republican input, Pelosi wrote out a highly partisan energy plan. The plan did not go through committee. The plan was not made available to Republicans until 10 p.m. Monday night.

With the 88% of offshore oil between 3 and 50 miles from shore, the Pelosi Plan would put that off limits, it would only allow drilling more than 50 miles from shore, it would give the states a veto right but would not allow them to share in any of the royalties. It would do nothing to allow more nuclear power. It would do nothing to make it easier to build refiniries. This disaster of a plan crafted by a disaster of a speaker was passed by the House Tuesday, pretty much along a party line vote.

The entire purpose of this charade by Nancy Pelosi was to allow House Democrats the chance to say that they voted to approve offshore drilling. Pelosi has yet again perpetrated a fraud on the American people. The chance that one drop of energy will be produced pursuant to the terms of Pelosi's plan is nil. To give you an idea of how ridiculous this plan is, it has the support of the Sierra Club.

The bill now passes to the Senate. The Senate has three options - to do nothing prior to October 1, in which case the moratorium on drilling offshore upto three miles from the coast sunsets. The Senate can also play chicken with the President, putting a new moratorium on offshore drilling in a continuing budget resolution. If the President vetoes the legislation, the government would run out of funding. The third option would be to attempt to pass their own version of an energy bill and then negotiate with the House to pass a final bill before October 1, but that is going to mean moving at light speed. In any event, it seems clear that Democrats are going to try and spin this as much as possible while allowing the least possible amount of drilling. These people truly are scurrilous, and their near single digit approval rating is well earned.

Update: Michelle Malkin has more, including a link to the text of Pelosi's bill.

1 comment:

Ymarsakar said...

The funny thing is that Democrats have convinced people that if you kick out Republicans, better things will happen. So the Democrats make things worse and worse, and people still elect Democrats.