SEARCH BLOG: POLITICS and OIL
Our Democrat-led Congress is going to protect us from those evil oil companies that are causing so much economic pain from high gasoline prices.
Wednesday, I posted an email from Sen. Levin [D-MI] outlining the four steps that he recommends, as well as an article about how the Democrat-led Senate rejected a plan to expand drilling for oil offshore. Now the Democrats have shot down a proposal to allow development of vast tracts of oil shale. [HT www.instapundit.com]
Senate panel retains oil-shale moratoriumCareful there Democrats, one of your own is trying to express some honesty in this whole oil production/gas prices issue.
By M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Rocky Mountain News (Contact)
Originally published 03:20 p.m., May 15, 2008
Updated 03:21 p.m., May 15, 2008
The Senate Appropriations Committee today narrowly defeated Sen. Wayne Allard's attempt to end a moratorium related to oil shale development in Colorado.
It was a big day for Colorado energy issues on Capitol Hill as Gov. Bill Ritter testified before a senate committee asking lawmakers to move cautiously on oil-shale development until more is known about the environmental impact and other issues.
Meanwhile downstairs, the appropriations committee was considering a massive Emergency Supplemental Spending Bill. Allard, a member of the committee, attempted to insert an amendment that would reverse the moratorium that lawmakers approved late last year.
The moratorium prevents the Department of Interior from issuing regulations so that oil companies can move forward on oil-shale projects in Colorado and Utah. Allard said the moratorium has left uncertainties at a time when companies need to move forward and in the long term make the United States more energy independent.
"If we are really serious about reducing pain at the pump, this is a vote that would make a difference in people's lives," Allard argued.
But in a 14-15 vote, the committee spilt strictly on party lines and rejected the amendment.
One of the key votes was from Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who said Sen. Ken Salazar had urged her to reject the amendment even though she personally thinks the moratorium on oil-shale development is unjust.
Landrieu vowed to try to lift the moratorium when the large appropriations bill reaches the floor of the U.S. Senate in coming weeks.
But it appears the Democrats are safe: you can fool enough people enough of the time.It appears they are more concerned about polar bears than humans.