Saturday, July 19, 2008

Brian Davis joins Bachmann and Kline in disregard of oil prices

Jeff Rosenberg, writing at Minnesota Campaign Report, has quickly become one of my favorite bloggers!

He writes about Bachmann and Kline's hypocrisy on oil prices. Simply put, Michele Bachmann and John Kline will only support their solution to the energy crisis in America. Their solution, drill everywhere and drill now.

Brian Davis continues to ride Bachmann and Kline's coattails on this issue while continuing in his failure to provide a reasonable bi-partisan solution.

Ollie provides insight into the latest Brian Davis attack release.

She provides the Walz press release on the Davis attack and the DRILL Act.
As usual, millionaire Dr. Brian Davis is distorting the facts. In today’s negative attack, Dr. Davis accuses Walz of voting against new oil drilling. But his facts are wrong. Tim Walz proudly co-sponsored H.R. 6515, the DRILL Act, which would increase our domestic oil supply by speeding the development of the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska, fast-tracking completion of its oil pipeline so we can bring that oil to market, stopping Alaskan oil from being sold to the Chinese and other foreign nations, and passing ‘Use It or Lose It’ which makes oil companies drill on the leases they have or give them up to another company. Republicans in Congress stopped the bill because it didn’t include enough favors for their friends and contributors at Big Oil. Once again, the Davis plan favors Big Oil and partisan politics, while Tim Walz’ plan helps middle-class families through common sense solutions." Chris Schmitter, Campaign Manager, Tim Walz for U.S. Congress

Isn't it common sense to make the oil companies drill on land they already have a lease on?


eric zaetsch said...

There are two versions of the simplistic lie around, Gingrich has his website promoting the slogan, "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less."

Bachmann rips him off, rewording it, "Explore Here, Explore Now, Pay Less."

It all ignores the "Pay Less" part. No good reason to presume that further deregulation of a situation where the oil companyes are hosing people will lead to anything but more of the status quo.

"Pay Less" simply does not follow from the drilling/exploring thing.

First, there are the leases you note and Walz notes, that are going tied up but unused. So where's wisdom in allowing the same crowd to tie up more potential sites the same way? Making it easier for them to tie up things to lessen any chance of new entry/competition.

After all, it is an oligopoly. Few players, extreme capital barriers to new entry, and integrated vertically in the US, from refinery to retail.

What's drilling got to do with the bottleneck being the refinery capacity? Zilch. It's a big lie.

eric zaetsch said...

One other very obvious thing - about calling the bluff: What is "Drill Here, Drill Now," other than exactly what the Walz cosponsored bill says, "Here" being the leasehold you already hold and are not utilizing.

If that is not "Drill Here, Drill Now" what is?

Jeff Rosenberg said...

Eric, I agree about how ridiculous this slogan is. Sadly, if we're not careful, it will become effective. From here on out, I will be referring to it as "Drill Here, Drill Now, Drill Everywhere."

By the way, thanks for the compliment, Blue Man! I really appreciate all the support I've been getting.