Our Energy Future

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by JWS11, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. JWS11

    JWS11

    From: www.AmericanSolutions.com

    "Dear Friend,

    I just finished up a radio interview with Sean Hannity and I wanted to share with you some exciting news. I was on Sean's show to debut country music star Aaron Tippin's new single entitled "Drill Here, Drill Now." The song was inspired by our "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" movement and masterfully captures the pulse of Americans who are tired of paying too much for gas while Congress does nothing about it. You can listen to the interview here.

    As a country music fan, I've always known Aaron as an outspoken artist who takes a stand for hardworking Americans. And when I first heard his song, I knew it would become the rallying cry for more American-made energy. Just read the opening lines of the song and you'll see why:

    Hello.....Is anybody out there listenin' in Washington D.C.
    This is the suffering voice of America crying out for relief
    Now I don't know what a gallon of gas costs up on Capitol Hill
    But we sure know what it costs down here in Realityville


    If you're anything like me, once you hear this song you'll immediately want to forward it to your friends and family so they can hear it too.

    Can you help us make this song a huge hit by downloading it today and asking your local radio stations to play it?

    You can download or preview the song at www.AmericanSolutions.com/DrillSong . A powerful collision between pop culture and politics, this terrific song is sure to take America's airwaves - and Capitol Hill - by storm.

    Thank you for everything you do.

    Your friend,

    Newt Gingrich

    P.S. In light of President Bush's July announcement to eliminate the executive ban on offshore drilling, the U.S. Minerals Management Service has decided to initiate a new plan to increase energy production on the outer continental shelf (OCS). As part of the regulatory process, the agency is calling for public comments on offshore oil and gas development through September 15, 2008.

    In the meantime, unfortunately, Congress is planning votes on bills that would actually make all or part of the offshore drilling ban permanent. Take immediate action by clicking here and letting your voice be heard in favor expanding American offshore energy production."
     
  2. Yannis

    Yannis

    Hey, I got one of those too and sent the letter in already :)
     
  3. Repblican forward thinking: Delay the inevitable transition for a few years.
     
  4. Yannis

    Yannis

    No, just play the full deck on hand: oil, natural gas, nuclear, wind, solar, etc - but try to get as much of it as possible locally, not from our friendly dictators out there.

    Even if we assume that prices remain the same, why not keep a few hundreds of $billions every year in this country instead of transferring that immense wealth overseas?
     
  5. Yannis

    Yannis

    Dawn of Energy Independence?
    by Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Sen. Jim DeMint


    "In just two weeks, on Oct. 1, Americans could be celebrating American Energy Freedom Day. That's the day the bans on oil shale and offshore drilling for oil and natural gas in America will expire.

    Right off American shores there are reserves estimated to hold over 20 billion barrels of oil and 97 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. And in the west, oil shale is estimated to be between 800 billion and 2 trillion barrels of oil -- that is more than three times the proven oil reserves in Saudi Arabia alone.

    So-called "compromise" legislation being considered in Congress would increase energy taxes and only open up a fraction of these vast reserves, while permanently banning nearly 80% of our energy resources offshore. It would be irrational in a national energy crisis to create any new ban on American energy, and that's why the best solution is for Congress to allow the current bans to expire on Oct. 1.

    Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the Democrats love to preach that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems. No kidding -- we all know that. Yet while drilling alone obviously won't solve every problem, tapping these important sources of American energy is desperately needed to lower gas prices and reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil.

    For more than 20 years, Democrats have blocked access to this American energy by including a ban on offshore drilling and oil shale into the yearly appropriations bills passed by Congress (or by including them in 'Continuing Resolutions' that keep the government functioning until appropriations bills are passed). Leave it to the liberal mind to find a way to revert back to the failed policies of Jimmy Carter during an energy crisis. We realize that this 1970's anti-energy mentality is tired, wrongheaded and simply out of gas -- no pun intended.

    But here's the good news -- if Congress simply does nothing, then on Oct. 1 Americans will be free to pursue vast amounts of our own energy. That's right -- once the current bans expire, we can finally be on our way to developing energy in America for Americans. We say it's time for Congress to get out of the way.

    Increasing our nation's own oil and gas supply is critical to our energy security, but we must also give Americans the freedom to pursue other sources of American energy. For months, we've made clear that we need conservation, but not just conservation. We need renewable energy, but not just renewable. We need alternatives, but not just alternatives. We need to produce more energy of all types in America so we can drive down the cost of gas and increase our energy independence.

    As we pursue these alternative and renewable energies, the only way to help ease the pain at the pump TODAY is to begin to meet the ever-increasing demand for energy. It is commonsense policy to drill here and to drill now so we can keep our nation strong and secure.

    It seems likely that Democrats, beholden to the radical left, will try to stop American Energy Freedom Day by sneaking a new drilling ban in a spending bill that Congress MUST pass to keep the government functioning before the current ban expires on the last day of September.

    How reckless will Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid be? We've seen press reports in which they are so adamant about enacting a new bans on oil shale and offshore drilling that they have started to talk about a government shutdown. Rather than help lower the cost of gas and home energy for struggling American families, they remain beholden to left-wing environmentalists. This is a battle we shouldn't have to face, but one that we cannot shy away from.

    So far, 155 Republican representatives and 39 senators have joined us in writing these Democrat leaders a letter warning them that we will oppose any attempt to extend the ban on American energy beyond Oct. 1.

    Make no mistake; the upcoming energy showdown could be the most important vote we take this year.

    If you believe that it is good for America to increase our dependence on foreign oil by continuing to send hundreds of billions of dollars each year to other countries to supply our oil and gas, then that is your right. But if you think we should drill here and drill now, join us in letting the Democrat leadership know that we want to celebrate Energy Freedom Day on Oct. 1. If you believe that it's time to produce American energy and lower gas prices -- stand up and tell all these Democrat leaders to step aside.

    One way to support our cause is to go to our Web site and sign the online petition to Pelosi and Reid.

    http://www.energyfreedomday.com/

    http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=jIHbSNNyTWI&eurl=http://www.energyfreedomday.com/

    Nothing in Congress ever comes easy, but this actually could. All that Congress must do is cause no harm by doing absolutely nothing. For Democrats, that's easier said than done."
     
  6. Yannis

    Yannis

    Dawn of Energy Independence?
    by Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Sen. Jim DeMint


    "In just two weeks, on Oct. 1, Americans could be celebrating American Energy Freedom Day. That's the day the bans on oil shale and offshore drilling for oil and natural gas in America will expire.

    Right off American shores there are reserves estimated to hold over 20 billion barrels of oil and 97 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. And in the west, oil shale is estimated to be between 800 billion and 2 trillion barrels of oil -- that is more than three times the proven oil reserves in Saudi Arabia alone.

    So-called "compromise" legislation being considered in Congress would increase energy taxes and only open up a fraction of these vast reserves, while permanently banning nearly 80% of our energy resources offshore. It would be irrational in a national energy crisis to create any new ban on American energy, and that's why the best solution is for Congress to allow the current bans to expire on Oct. 1.

    Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the Democrats love to preach that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems. No kidding -- we all know that. Yet while drilling alone obviously won't solve every problem, tapping these important sources of American energy is desperately needed to lower gas prices and reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil.

    For more than 20 years, Democrats have blocked access to this American energy by including a ban on offshore drilling and oil shale into the yearly appropriations bills passed by Congress (or by including them in 'Continuing Resolutions' that keep the government functioning until appropriations bills are passed). Leave it to the liberal mind to find a way to revert back to the failed policies of Jimmy Carter during an energy crisis. We realize that this 1970's anti-energy mentality is tired, wrongheaded and simply out of gas -- no pun intended.

    But here's the good news -- if Congress simply does nothing, then on Oct. 1 Americans will be free to pursue vast amounts of our own energy. That's right -- once the current bans expire, we can finally be on our way to developing energy in America for Americans. We say it's time for Congress to get out of the way.

    Increasing our nation's own oil and gas supply is critical to our energy security, but we must also give Americans the freedom to pursue other sources of American energy. For months, we've made clear that we need conservation, but not just conservation. We need renewable energy, but not just renewable. We need alternatives, but not just alternatives. We need to produce more energy of all types in America so we can drive down the cost of gas and increase our energy independence.

    As we pursue these alternative and renewable energies, the only way to help ease the pain at the pump TODAY is to begin to meet the ever-increasing demand for energy. It is commonsense policy to drill here and to drill now so we can keep our nation strong and secure.

    It seems likely that Democrats, beholden to the radical left, will try to stop American Energy Freedom Day by sneaking a new drilling ban in a spending bill that Congress MUST pass to keep the government functioning before the current ban expires on the last day of September.

    How reckless will Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid be? We've seen press reports in which they are so adamant about enacting a new bans on oil shale and offshore drilling that they have started to talk about a government shutdown. Rather than help lower the cost of gas and home energy for struggling American families, they remain beholden to left-wing environmentalists. This is a battle we shouldn't have to face, but one that we cannot shy away from.

    So far, 155 Republican representatives and 39 senators have joined us in writing these Democrat leaders a letter warning them that we will oppose any attempt to extend the ban on American energy beyond Oct. 1.

    Make no mistake; the upcoming energy showdown could be the most important vote we take this year.

    If you believe that it is good for America to increase our dependence on foreign oil by continuing to send hundreds of billions of dollars each year to other countries to supply our oil and gas, then that is your right. But if you think we should drill here and drill now, join us in letting the Democrat leadership know that we want to celebrate Energy Freedom Day on Oct. 1. If you believe that it's time to produce American energy and lower gas prices -- stand up and tell all these Democrat leaders to step aside.

    One way to support our cause is to go to our Web site and sign the online petition to Pelosi and Reid.

    Nothing in Congress ever comes easy, but this actually could. All that Congress must do is cause no harm by doing absolutely nothing. For Democrats, that's easier said than done."
     
  7. And then what?
     
  8. 50_Bip

    50_Bip

    Didn't George H.W. Bush originally propose/pass this ban on OCS drilling?
     
  9. Yes that's correct.

    In fact, the Democrats introduced a bill allowing drilling to within 50 miles of shoreline and the Republicans (last I heard) were outraged and objected to it.
     
  10. Yannis

    Yannis

    We produce as much oil and natural gas as we can while the alternative technologies get proven in and gradually capture the market. It'll probably take 10-20 years. Perfect plan.
     
    #10     Sep 19, 2008