The Big Energy Lie — Blog round-up

big-lie.jpgThe big energy lie of course is that either John McCain or the Republicans in Congress actually believe in an “all of the above” energy policy. You can read great posts about that from

Here is Roberts:

I’m not sure what’s more astonishing, the current political drama around energy or the utter and complete failure of the media to portray it accurately.

Let’s recall what’s happened over this past session. Congress had some 13 chances to support renewable energy, as bill after bill was put forward by Democrats. Republicans blocked them all.

Now Republicans have gotten the idea in their head that drilling for oil in protected areas in the U.S. is a political winner, so they are camping out in D.C., throwing a hissy fit, demanding that Pelosi bring Congress back into session and allow them and up-or-down vote on drilling.

They are packaging this fiasco as an “all of the above” energy strategy — as in, they support renewables and efficiency, but they also want drilling. Sounds so reasonable, right?

So a group of 10 legislators, five from each party, has put together a compromise bill, which would do exactly what they Republicans say they want: it would open up protected areas to drilling, while also boosting efficiency and renewables.

Obama and Pelosi have both signaled in the last week that they would be willing to support the bill. They will give a little ground on drilling, which they don’t favor, in order to put in place measures that support renewables, which they do favor. For their efforts, the media has now said they’ve “flip-flopped” on drilling.

Meanwhile, McCain has refused to support the compromise. House Republicans have refused to support the compromise. Rush Limbaugh and his band of dittoheads are going absolutely ballistic on the compromise, flooding the legislators responsible with angry phone calls and claiming that it’s going to sink McCain’s presidential campaign.

To summarize: Democratic leaders have signaled that they are willing to meet Republicans halfway in order to pass a comprehensive energy policy. Republicans have refused, demanding a vote that would do nothing but serve the interests of their oil company donors.

Sad, really.

4 Responses to The Big Energy Lie — Blog round-up

  1. Albert says:

    Did you hear the piece on public radio yesterday afternoon stating that McCain and Obama’s positions on global warming and alternative energy are virtually the same? Arg. Even the “good” traditional media are getting it wrong. I don’t recall whether it was All Things Considered or Marketplace.

  2. Peter Black says:

    Joe, I published a map yesterday showing where the offshore oil resources lie : 80% of them, according to the MMS, are in areas where drilling is currently allowed. As many have already pointed out, lifting the moratorium would do little to curb gas prices through increased supply: The MMS estimates that about 2.4 years of oil exist in the moratorium areas (at current levels of US consumption)…hardly enough to validate lifting the moratorium.

    If this map got more publicity, I have a feeling that many folks’ minds would change on the issue.

    Check it out at:



  3. David B. Benson says:

    Joe — I thought you were on vacation. :-)

    [JR: You and my wife! I blog while we watch the Olympics.]

  4. Tim Brown says:

    Thanks for the link Peter. I can’t believe how much I am loving Climate Progress. Sooo much to learn! Hear is a hilarious article on big wind: