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Pelosi Using Financial Crisis to Ban Drilling (Update)

John on September 23, 2008 at 4:08 pm

The current ban on offshore drilling is set to expire at the beginning of next month. Democrats, for reasons that are both obvious and impenetrable, do not want to see drilling proceed. So last week they cooked up a sham bill which permanently bans drilling in all but a few areas, areas more than 25 miles off shore and unlikely to produce any actual oil or gas.

With time running out on their scheme and the nation distracted by the financial crisis, Pelosi has hit on a new plan:

Congress must pass a continuing resolution before September 30 in order to prevent a government shut-down for lack of funding.

(The Democratic leadership has managed to do what hasn’t been done for about 70 years: go through an entire year without passing a single appropriations bill.¬† Without appropriations measures, government agencies lack funds to operate. The CR will include measures to keep all agencies going at least until congress returns either later this year or when it reconvenes next year.)

Now, the House leaders have included the “drill nothing” bill in a new draft Continuing Resolution.

In other words, Pelosi is threatening to shut down the federal government in the midst of a financial disaster so that she can eliminate any future hope of energy independence in the United States. I hope sensible Democrats are paying attention to this.

Update 9/24: Kudos to President Bush for facing down the Congressional Democrats:

Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in a months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told reporters Tuesday that a provision continuing the moratorium will be dropped this year from a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after Congress recesses for the election.

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“The White House has made it clear they will not accept anything with a drilling moratorium, and Democrats know we cannot afford to shut down the government over this,” said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “We look forward to working with the next president to hammer out a final resolution of this issue.”

Did you catch that? They’re counting on Obama to reverse this. Keep that in mind. A vote for Obama is a vote against energy independence.

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