Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Joe Knollenberg and Republicans Running on Empty

Joe Knollenberg and the Republicans have been screaming lately about increasing domestic production as a way to bring down prices at the pump. Guess what they did though, when the Democrats proposed a bill that would increase the amount of drilling on federal lands, most of the Republicans, including Joe Knollenberg, voted against it. Why would he do that you ask? Well, it turns out the proposed legislation didn't increase the amount of land available for drilling. That's Joe for you, hypocrite through and through.

Republicans Vote Against Quick Oil Drilling On Existing Leases

For the last couple of months, Republicans in Congress have been whining and complaining that gasoline prices in the United States would go down a whole bunch, if only the the Democrats in Congress would do only something to increase the amount of oil drilling taking place on federal lands.

Well, wouldn’t you know it, but last Thursday, the Democrats in Congress did just that. They proposed a law that would increase the amount of drilling for oil taking place on federal lands.

Funny thing - almost all the Republicans voted against the bill. Why? Well, H.R.6251, called the Responsible Federal Oil and Gas Lease Act, moves to increase the amount of drilling for fossil fuels on federal lands without increasing the amount of land available for oil drilling. Instead, the law would force oil drilling companies to stop slacking off and to use the federal lands they’re already leasing more efficiently.

You see, although oil companies complain that oil supply is low because there isn’t enough public land available for them to drill on, those same companies are moving as slow as slugs to actually begin drilling on the public land they’re already leasing. The huge majority of land leased for the purposes of oil exploration hasn’t actually been tapped by the oil companies yet. They’re just sitting on that land, not drilling it.

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