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Saturday, October 29, 2005

High Oil Prices GOP Fault

John Dingell, D-Mich in the weekly radio address has decided the GOP is to blame for high energy prices. Now, I kind of agree with the idea that there has been a little bit of gouging since Katrina and Rita. At the same time, because of layoffs and shutdowns of refineries, etc, the oil industry has had a lower cost base since the storms, but market prices have gone up, which always results in profits. (Econ 101). Consider the savings to an oil company if it has to shut a refinery for two or three weeks. Just the electricity savings are tremendous.

I will take exception with Mr. Dingell on the idea the GOP is to blame for all energy woes. What needs to be asked is:

1)Which politicial party's allied special interests have fought to keep a single new refinery from being built here in 30 years?
2) Which politicial party's allied special interests have fought to keep the coast of California from expanding it's oil production?
3) Which politicial party's allied special interests have fought to keep to keep the coast of Florida from being explored for oil and natural gas?
4) Which politicial party's allied special interests have fought to keep any new LNG terminals from being built to allow the import of liquified natural gas?
5) Which politicial party's allied special interests have fought to keep a new natural gas pipeline from Canada from being built?
6) Which politicial party's allied special interests have fought to keep a new natural gas pipeline from Alaska from being built?
7) Which politicial party's allied special interests have fought to keep any new nuclear reactors from being built?
8) Which politicial party's allied special interests have fought to keep the ANR from being explored?
9) Which politicial party's allied special interests have fought to keep clean coal technology from the market, and force electricity producers to use natural gas turbines? (See #4-6 to see if this makes sense!)
10) Which political party had a president sign a law allowing the export of north slope crude from Alaska?

If you answered the Democratic party to all of the above, give yourself a cookie. The truth is, the environmental activists that the Democrats are beholden to are as much to blame for our current energy situation as anyone. Their nimby policies and politics, scare tactics have kept us from keeping pace with our needs in the energy realm.

4Comments:

Blogger meesterjoneser said...

Dingle needs the word "Berry" after his name.

This fool has never understood anything, and is one of the country's leading gun grabbers.

The hell with him!

PD

2:07 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

He's definitely a piece of work. Right up there with Charlie Rangel and Ted Kennedy as my least favorite guys in Washington.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Nedreck Milhunky said...

I cant figure why they keep fighting against new refineries. With population growth, influx of immigrants, personal finance growth it should be evident that more refineries would be needed to keep up.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

They do smell, and they do have rather spectacular explosions occasionally, or at least that is my recollection of the ones in Long Beach, Ca. However, we do need more, especially in Ca. where they aren't allowed to sell gas refined in other states.

11:13 PM  

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