Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D-Moonbat City) is thwarting any vote from coming to the floor to allow states to determine if they would allow offshore drilling. The standard talking points are used, i.e. There are leases that aren't being used, so why should we give more, and it takes ten years to get the oil to market, and my favorite, "It's George Bush's fault."
Apparently, there is some massive conspiracy afoot, which is designed to drive up the price of oil, reduce world wide economic growth, resulting in higher stocks of petroleum, which then results in a drop in prices, which. . . wait a minute! That doesn't make any sense at all.
What are the facts then, are there really oil leases that aren't being used? Well, yes, but a lease is not the same as obtainable oil. It's a license to take a chance, providing that you have the money to invest in lawyers to fight the mindless enviros who oppose any drilling, no matter how small the impact.
How about the ten years to market bromide? I still can't find anyplace that can authoritatively say that. In fact, when you watch the Discovery channel, we already have the capability to drill in three mile deep water, what is the problem then? Okay, the shortage of available ships to do the job, since they are so expensive to lease. But why the ten year mantra? It kind of reminds me of the movie line: Your generation only wants instant gratification. No, that takes too long.
And what about the idea that more oil being made available will not reduce the price of gas. How in the heck is that supposed to work? More oil, means more gas, which means that it is not as scarce, which means that if one company wants to increase its market share, it lowers the costs to the consumer, which forces other companies to lower their price, which means lower cost gas, and less of an adverse impact on the economy. What am I missing, unless there is some grand secret collusion out there?
It couldn't be that there is another agenda behind this, is there? I mean if you were a real conspiracy buff, you could say that the oil companies are behind the Democrats refusal to drill, because the scarcity of available oil keeps the price up. Hmm, Democrats ostensibly for the enviros, while taking money from the oil companies at the same time. A win-win for them, so long as nobody notices.
Well, if you are willing to see further slowdown in the economy, greater unemployment, higher inflation and old folks being forced to eat dog food like in the Carter years, just keep that ban on drilling. If you are a Democrat, you could run on a platform to improve personal conditions, while at the same time, helping to keep those same horrible conditions going.
I suppose we are expected to believe that is "change we can believe in."