ENRAGED PELOSI Tells Press: "Drilling Is a Hoax" (Video)
Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not about to let the United States drill or develop our energy reserves no matter who else is planning on drilling there.
Democrats like to attack evil American oil companies and block them from drilling the energy deposits off our coasts. It doesn’t seem to bother Democrats that China and Cuba are finalizing plans to drill for oil in these same areas 50 miles from Key West.
Pelosi in her weekly press conference called drilling a “Republican hoax.”
The Hill reported:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday shut the door on expanding oil and gas drilling beyond areas that have already been approved for energy exploration, drawing a clear distinction from her counterparts in charge of the Senate.
“This call for drilling in areas that are protected is a hoax, it’s an absolute hoax on the part of the Republicans and this administration” Pelosi said at her weekly press conference. “It’s a decoy to punt your attention away from the fact that their policies have produced $4-a-gallon gasoline.”
Here’s the unbelievable video:
Pelosi’s answer to the gas crisis: “Drilling is a hoax.”
Over the past 30 years Democrats have effectively created “No Zones” for US energy exploration and development:
(Republican Senator Craig put together this map in 2006.)
Is is really an “absolute hoax” that over the past 30 years Democrats have blocked drilling and exploration in the vast majority of our coastal waters?… No.
No wonder this Democratic Congress is the worst Congress ever.
Their answer to a crisis is to distort the facts.
Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic House are so worried that Republicans will force a vote on domestic drilling that the leadership has scrubbed the floor schedule of the energy legislation that it vowed to tackle after the Fourth of July recess.
Republicans pounced, saying Democrats were backtracking after realizing they would be unable to defeat a Republican vote on increased domestic oil drilling in new areas.
“It’s panic time for Democrats,” said a senior Republican aide. “They are on the wrong side of three-quarters of the American people who support increased production of American-made energy.”
While Democrats were in their districts advocating their plans to end gas price-gouging, rein in speculation, pass “use it or lose it” and even call for President Bush to release millions of barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), Republicans were touting polls showing that a healthy majority of Americans now support increased domestic energy production.
That is proving to be a particular concern for Democrats in that any non-suspension-calendar energy vote would be subject to a Republican alternative, almost certainly calling for offshore and Arctic drilling, that would very likely pass.
Related… Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today announced that he will lead a GOP delegation to Colorado and Alaska next week to highlight meaningful solutions to help reduce gas prices and break America’s dependence on foreign sources of energy.
If they are smart, they’ll liveblog it.
More… Let Freedom Ring has more on this crisis of choice.