Pelosi Slams the GOP on Offshore Drilling

ImageNancy Pelosi was on ABC’s This Week and she blasted the Republican offshore drilling plan as decoy. Pelosi was asked why she won’t allow a straight up or down vote on offshore drilling. She said that Republicans are misleading the American people.

“What we have now is a failed energy policy by Bush/Cheney two oil men in the White House. Four dollar a gallon gasoline at the pump and what they are saying is lets have more of the same. Let’s have more of big oil making record profits, historic profits, you see the quarterly reports that just came out. Who want to be subsidized, they don’t really want to compete and let them use those subsidies to drill oil in protected areas. Instead we are saying free the oil, use it don’t lose it. There’s 68 million acres in the lower 48 and 10 or 20 million acres in Alaska where they are permitted, where they could drill anytime. This is a diversionary tactic from a failed energy policy,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi called offshore drilling a decoy, “The misrepresentation is being made that this is going to reduce the price at the pump. This is a decoy, not an energy solution. Host George Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi why she won’t allow a debate and a vote on drilling, “We have debates everyday on the subject. What you saw in the Congress this week was the war dance of the hand maidens of the oil industry on the Republican side.”

Pelosi accused the GOP of using a tactic to undermine a comprehensive energy bill. Pelsoi said that she is blocking a vote on drilling because President Bush won’t allow oil to be released from the Strategic Reserve, and he is opposed to ending oil speculation, or allowing people with leases to drill to use them. She said that if the government subsidizes drilling, there is no incentive for the private sector to develop alternative energy.

If you read between the lines, what Pelosi is saying is that she is not going to allow a vote on offshore drilling unless she gets some of the proposals that she wants as part of a comprehensive energy bill. She is correct in saying that the offshore drilling issue is a decoy, and that the oil companies don’t want competition.

However, there is huge degree of election year politics involved in this issue too. In my opinion, the real reason that Pelosi won’t allow a vote on offshore drilling is that she doesn’t want to hand John McCain anything to campaign on this fall.

You can watch the entire Pelosi interview here.

3 Replies to “Pelosi Slams the GOP on Offshore Drilling”

  1. My guess is that miss Pelosi has a bunch of stock in oil and wants this prolonged oil crisis. We need to drill now. We won’t drill in Florida but the Vietnamese and Chinese are about to drill right off our beautiful Florida coast. Open sea drilling is getting to be others planning to drill right off our coast. Why would we not beat them to that? There’s so much ignorance about some of our over zealous environmental policy. We won’t drill, but we’ll pump the air full of coal suit for Ohioans to breathe. OMG, if we’re going to protect something let’s start with the dang air we breathe.

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  2. Come on.
    Up or down vote.
    What are you afraid of. The Dems have been stalling long enough.
    Up or down Lady.
    Or shut your mouth.

  3. Since when should ANY SINGLE PERSON have the power or think they have the ability to BLOCK THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS??? That is what this is all about people! There are so many topics of discussion we are going to disagree upon, but to act like this is childish, unprofessional, narcissistic and bordering on treasonous! So Comrade Peloski is the only other annointed one (besides Obama) who knows what is best for the People’s Republik of Amerika?

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