Despite Record Gas Prices Democrats Kill Another Arctic Drilling Project

US gas prices at the pump have doubled since the Obama took office.

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And despite the fact that 70% of American voters favor increased access to oil and gas resources democrats just killed another Arctic drilling project.
The News Tribune reported, via Orbusmax:

Sen. Maria Cantwell, a longtime opponent of oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, has helped defeat the latest Republican plan to open up the refuge for new energy exploration.

The Washington Democrat and member of the Senate Finance Committee raised objections Tuesday when Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch offered a plan that would have allowed drilling rigs into the refuge and protected waters off the coast of Florida and southern California
Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

“We all know that gas prices going up are a very big challenge to us and we need to find alternatives to foreign oil,” Cantwell said. “But just drilling more as our strategy to pay for this bill is just not going to get us there….It’s as if we think now that we can go ahead and open up all of the drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.”

Hatch ended up withdrawing his proposal.

Cantwell should be jailed.

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  • aprilnovember811

    They’ve seized our God given natural resources and are holding them hostage from us.

  • aprilnovember811

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  • Nelle

    Democrats step away from the oil, we intend to use it.

  • mpetrie98

    Sounds like Kabuki theater to me. Hatch offered up something he damn well knew wouldn’t pass in a Democrat Senate and gave Maria CantDoWell an opportunity to spew her vile talking points. I suppose Hatch should get an A for effort, but that’s about it.

  • listingstarboard

    I have this crazy theory that the criteria for China lending us all this money has been that we reserve our energy supplies for them as collateral. The Chinese are too smart to lend us money without strings. Maybe all of our untapped energy resources belng to them.

  • Oh Noes!

    The people of Alaska should vote all the bastids out! We the people should throw them all out in 2012

  • Skandia Recluse

    If there were a food shortage in this country the democrats would say that increasing the food supply would not solve the problem. That the only way to solve the problem would be for everyone to eat less, because there are too many people, you see. …. and if everyone (else) could be made to eat less, there would be more food for the democrats and their friends.

  • squeaky

    “We all know that gas prices going up are a very big challenge to us and we need to find alternatives to foreign oil,” tell that to the folks who use oil for heat and the last i knew it was$3.93 per gallon. somehow waiting for an alternative isn’t very encouraging.

  • Blackbird

    The Scorpion and the Frog

    A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
    scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
    frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion
    says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

    The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
    the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
    paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
    but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

    Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature…”

  • Obama’s regime and socialist liberals,envionmentalists don’t want us drilling for own oil………….these are the same people who bashed Bush when gas-prices started to go up under his adminastation……….They want us to keep buying from anti-american Islamic-regimes…….just sayin


    The coc& sucker mooslime in charge can not see any growth from America ….abosloute POS… needs to stop breathing very soon

  • owl

    Where are our ELECTED NITWITS??????? Democrats have an army of Professional MSM Pooper-Scoopers to do their poop scooping. I am sick to death of our side not doing a darn thing.

    If this bunch in Washington can’t do anything about the steady stream of horrible things being inflicted on us, we need a new bunch. Start by having Boehner step down and put a LOUD MOUTH in his place. A he**raiser.

  • Larkin

    “Cantwell should be jailed.”

    You’re being too kind.

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  • nuknuk1000

    Idiot children !!! The reason fuel prices are up – exports to latin america. 800k barrels a day..children. Repubs want to give our oil to foreigners..see alaska 1995 gingrich oil exports. google it! useful idiots!!
    nuk nuk

  • Sasja

    “We need to find alternatives to foreign oil…..” And wouldn’t that alternative solution to our problem be drilling on our own land? Can’t do that. Makes too much sense.


    Saw where another $489B or so stimulus dollars went.

  • does anyone know how high the price of gas went up when bush was in office? i remember the media making a big deal out it. oh it was terrible people, couldn’t afford to drive, cut back on food, can’t go on vacation, can’t pay the rent, it was just horrendous.

    when the myth took office the price of gas was $1.79/gal. its well over $3.00/gal. now and everyone in american tass thinks its fine.

  • #15…if that is true why haven’t the democrats stopped it?

  • ChillytheAlaskan


    You are correct, the commies in control of our government along with the enviro-extremists are planning on giving our resources to the commie chinese. It isn’t about the environment, they are allowing the chinese to drill everywhere like off the coast of Florida. They plan on giving away our country after they bankrupt us and collapse the economy.

    The “excuse” will be they need to sell all the GOVERNMENTS land and assets (natural resources) to pay the “debts” (they ran up to bankrupt us).

    Does that make sense when we could harvest our own resources, gain royalties and jobs by doing it return our country to prosperity?


  • api

    #15 Where did you get your info, the Huffington Post? LOL We export little true AMERICAN oil and that goes to Canada due to the cheaper shipping costs because CANADA is closer to Alaska than the continental US. If Obama hadn’t blocked the Canadian pipeline, gas prices would have dropped astronomically.

    The majority of the exported oil that you are referring to is NON-AMERICAN oil brought into this country BY Venezuela, Mexico, et al, to be refined in the refineries OWNED by them and exported back out to their country. We also refine their oil and sell it back to them while keeping some for ourselves. The cost of shipping oil to Mexico is much less than shipping oil to Maine. If you idiot democrats would let us build more refineries, drill more, and stop blocking the Canadian pipeline, we wouldn’t be in the shape we are now.

    I work for API. This is one person you cannot BS with your lies.

  • Molon Labe

    Alaskans should tell the lower 48 to go to hell. Its their land not some treehugger’s in Washington or NY. The Dhimmies are just plain evil and Luddites.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Within one minute after we start to drill for oil, and begin to build the refineries that we would need to process it all, OPEC will either cut us off or jack the price up to $1,000 a barrel.

    Our “leaders” have made us subservient to the OPEC nations, I have no doubt.

    It’s not like we can secretly begin drilling for oil. For the 5-10 years it would take to get as self-sufficient as we need to be, we would still need to buy oil from OPEC, who would know that, soon, the sales will end. What do you think they would do? Jack up the prices, ramp up the terror, bribe every politician (the three or so who haven’t already been bribed to keep us from using our own resources these last 40 years or so…)

    Not seeing any hope for the United States waking up anytime soon.

    OPEC and China “have us by the short hairs”.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    #20 api

    Excellent comment.

    (see my previous comment)

    How are we ever going to go against our current “supplier”?

    It’s like telling the Mafia, “Okay, we’re coming up with our own operation and distribution now… and in a few years we’ll no longer be purchasing your product, mmkay?”

    Only these folks in OPEC are far beyond the Mafia in terms of evil and all that that entails.

    And pretty much all our “leaders” have been quite obviously bought off by this Oil Mafia.

    The big evil “Big Oil” companies own 7% of the oil reserves on the planet.

    This Oil Mafia known as OPEC, Russia, and China? The other 93%.

    And they have spent enough money on enough people to convince most of America that Big Oil is evil. Shell. Exxon/Mobil. BP. SEVEN PERCENT OF ALL THE OIL IN THE WORLD.

    My cynicism goes up by the day.

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  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Hatch ended up withdrawing his proposal.

    See, this is the problem with the current batch of Republicans. They have no fight in them.

    The Democrats whine and shriek, and the Republicans fold.

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  • randyin rocklin

    #28 you are so right…I hope whoever is challenging Hatch wins this election. DO NOT FORGET he confirmed Ginsberg. please Utahans get rid of this RINO!

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  • nuknuk1000

    This is obviously a repub brain suck site for the infantile. Note the genius above who works for the API..who cares about API-synonomous with head up your as* propagandists. Im no API/Huffington poster. I trade energy dumb ass’. The press are bought and paid for retards for the parties and the corporate oligarchs. Keep drinkin the kool aid Fo children/boys from Brazil. Yeehaaah. The GOP sucks corporate schlong!!!!

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