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Pelosi Wavers on Drilling Vote

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Posted on Aug 11, 2008
White House / David Bohrer

Once again, the Republicans have managed to take a nonsense issue and make rain. Nancy Pelosi wants to save the planet, and she knows offshore drilling is a “hoax,” but the House speaker is under fire and she’s starting to budge.


The Hill:

Republicans, reacting to high gas prices, have demanded a vote on additional oil exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf, where drilling is currently blocked by a moratorium. Until now, Pelosi (D-Calif.) has resisted the idea as a “hoax.” But in an interview on CNN’s Larry King Live, she indicated that she was open to a vote.

“They have this thing that says drill offshore in the protected areas,” Pelosi said. “We can do that. We can have a vote on that.”

She indicated such a vote would have to be part of a larger package that included other policies, like releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which she said could bring down prices in a matter of days.

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By Reubenesque, August 16, 2008 at 9:28 am Link to this comment

Another dimorat implosion at the ligature of their wasteful, sound-bite-conditioned constituency.

If illusion, hypocrisy and introspective deficite have value Oceani…I mean America, is indeed the richest country in the world.

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By fiarminded, August 14, 2008 at 9:17 am Link to this comment
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I hope that Speaker Pelosi does schedule a vote on energy and cancels the “food for fuel” subsidies, $9 billion+ a year, to the Corn industry. Any windfall profits on the Oil industry needs to include the huge windfall to the ethanol profiteers too!

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By greenriverkate, August 12, 2008 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment
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I have never liked pelosi but this flip flop is making all democrats look a mccain clone. The oil co. have a million acres to explore for oil. They just hit it so big in N.Dakota/Montana they are dizzy. They are trying to get -all- mineral rights on all Indian Reservations for little to no money. Off shore drilling is just plain bad for environment, for wildlife and in huge storms. We can’t afford another Valdez, that we are all still suffering from and oil companies have been forgiven the fines. Is she an idiot or a republican

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By samosamo, August 12, 2008 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment

There is what, 5 months until hopefully a tranfer of power happens? More than enough time for w and dick and even pelosi to create more damage to the world and this country all for the sake of money. Screw the dwindling eco-system(science will handle that,HA!) And no telling how many more wars washington d.c. will enter into at the expense of more misery and with either of the 2 wannabe presidents’ making no encouraging noises, shoot, I don’t remember either one taking a stance on a real issue that plagues the US and world. Unless this stupid idea of more drilling will set us free again to play nascar on the roads which is one of those corporate ploys to feign lower energy prices, boy, howdy did they ever see us coming.

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By QuyTran, August 12, 2008 at 5:42 pm Link to this comment

Bitch !

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By mill, August 12, 2008 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment

Don’t know, but think the prices dropped because inventories were bigger than expected because Americans were using less oil, especially gasoline.

That may be a sufficient explanation, maybe not

the president’s announcement - which can not be implemented in isolation, and was reported as such surrounding the announcement - may have had a spike effect.

maybe the pressure on futures trading practices to discourage ghost trading helped

maybe the lack of sabre-rattling by Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney the last couple of weeks has helped.

can’t count on these prices lasting though. world demand is increasing - we’ve lost purchasing power in global markets for several years running, so it’ll be hard to keep taking some 25% of the world energy supplies at prices we can handle

smart conservation practices seem compelling

aside - asking for proof there isn’t a correlation distorts the question -  it should be easy to track oil markets and see if his comments created movement, showing positive proof (if there) of Doc Tom’s hypothesis

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By mill, August 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm Link to this comment

Maybe Speaker Pelosi could use some help stiffening her political spine.  Would Gingrich cave in so during his congressional leadership?  Look at what Senator Helms did from just one senate seat to influence American policy

Speaker Pelosi can’t help educate Americans about the choices we face?  how conservation may help more than drilling, to counter the utter nonsense disseminated by the presidential campaigns and Fox News? 

Presuming a positive vote, why lock in drilling rights now for Mr. Bush’s and Mr. Cheney’s cronies through this exploration extension?  why try to drain America dry of oil quickly?  why not hold back some, let other suppliers tap out before we take “our” last drops?

no wonder Congress rates lower than the president, lower than an ant’s belly, in our view of the institution’s performance of late

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By KYJurisDoctor, August 12, 2008 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment

But, of course, Pelosi is right on this one! OsiSpeaks.com

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By Bruce Webb, August 12, 2008 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment
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The drilling off-shore conflict is totally foolish. The oil companies don’t want to drill off-shore but would rather just buy from the Middle East regardless of the price and apply their usual markup. That way they avoid the additional cost of the most expensive way of drilling. Off-shore Deep Water Rigs lease for in excess of $300,000 a day plus all the move in, tools and labor costs associated with offshore drilling. As of August 2007 ther were only 16 deep water rigs in the Gulf. In order to make and impact on the price of fuel we would have to double or more the number there now. There are only a few rigs under construction now and most of these rigs are headed for the Middle East.

There are plenty of acres already approved for drilling on dry land and that is a cheaper way to drill. Also there is little or no danger of enviornmental disaster on dry land.

As T. Boon Pickens says it all “we can’t drill our way out of this problem”

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By LibertyWatch, August 12, 2008 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment

Pelosi once again shows a lack of power and leadership skills. She has failed consistently to stand against the Repukes and their machinery of destruction!

Pelosi should retire she is not fit to lead the Democratic House of Congress.

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By Jim Yell, August 12, 2008 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment
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The treason in the country is the direct result of the Republican and Corporation grab for complete power and destroy the “Republic” in the process.

For anyone to blame the policy of the Democratic Party for the mess we are in is quite frankly a lie. The problem with the Democratic Party is that the leadership instead of doing what is right will not do anything for fear they will lose their access to huge amounts of money, which of course is furnished to them by Corporations, the same Corporations that furnish the money to the Republicans.

The impeachment of George Bush and Cheney should have happened a long time ago. To blame the Democrats for opposing the wonderful Republican Designs is like an abusive husband who refuses to see his aggressive and criminal behavior for what it is.

The only traitors in this scene is the Republican Party, American Investment Community and a passive Democratic Leadership.

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By Ron, August 12, 2008 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment
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As usual she has an agenda, she would consider off shore drilling and when it comes up for a vote she will have the bill so packed with usless democratic bs that she knows the Republicans won’t go for and vote it down, than she can come back and blame the Republicans for the failure of the bill, typical democratic tactics. It just shows you that all they are interested in is the power, to hell with the people of the US, the democrates should all be tried for treason and trying to destroy our great country.

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By bat guano, August 12, 2008 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment
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A wavering Pee-losi is news? How?

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By Reubenesque, August 12, 2008 at 10:25 am Link to this comment
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Doc Tom:

If merely talking about drilling lowers gasoline prices then all we need to do is talk more about drilling til it gets down to the comfortable levels of the Clinton administration.

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By Allan Krueger, August 12, 2008 at 10:01 am Link to this comment

The idea of supporting Pelosi is OFF THE TABLE!

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By doc tom, August 12, 2008 at 9:43 am Link to this comment

Interesting that within a short while following Bush’s announcement that he was lifting the ban on off shore drilling the price of oil fell. Can you with 100% certainty say that there is no correlation?
Please explain.

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By Sang Ze, August 12, 2008 at 8:19 am Link to this comment
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Once more Pelosi shows why it’s time to vote her and the rest of the democrat wimps out and vote in people with spine and integrity. She has turned the party and its values into a sad joke.

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By Reubenesque, August 12, 2008 at 8:02 am Link to this comment
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Hollow nancy.  She obtained the berth in the people’s body of enforcing accountability and steering America toword a new direction and instead serves merely as a corporatist and dog and pony show political lackey.  She should step down.  We need Dennis Kucinich in her position.  Go Cindy Sheehan!

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By xypher, August 12, 2008 at 7:51 am Link to this comment

of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is nothing more that a shill for the Bush Regime’s Anti-Democratic Far-Right Elitist Radical Extremism.

Defend America…Recall Pelosi, elect Cindy Sheehan!!!

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