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House Dems embrace “Drill, baby, drill”

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The AP reports:

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 an month-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer.

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….

Democrats had clung to the hope of only a partial repeal of the drilling moratorium, but the White House had promised a veto, Obey said.

Amazing, really. Would Bush have shut down the government before the bailout bill was passed — assuming the Democrats had been smart enough to do the stopgap spending bill (with limits on drilling plus a renewable tax credit extenstion) first?

I doubt it, but we’ll never know. If someone can explain to me why the House Democrats went all the trouble of passing a big Energy Bill with far less drilling last week, I’m all ears.

I have repeatedly asked Congressional Dems and enviros what their end-game strategy was. Turns out they never had one. They should have immediately embraced and passed the original Gang-of-10 compromise.

Lousy messaging and no strategy means failure is inevitable. I can hardly wait for the 2009 debate over cap-and-trade.

Sad.

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5 Responses to House Dems embrace “Drill, baby, drill”

  1. Andrew says:

    Joe, I’m a bit confused. What exactly is going to become law…or expire. Will the plug in credits? or is that in the energy bill Bush will veto.

    Also what about these 18 billion in tax credits? Are these a version of the Alt Energy bill (or of the drill bill) that will be veto’ed by Bush if the house aproves it?
    http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/senate-oks-18b-in-tax-credits-
    1456.html

    Please clarify…….

  2. Dean says:

    Unfortunately, there seems to be no Democrat in the house with authority on this issue willing to hold the line on drilling. On the financial crisis, you’ve got Barney Frank, who is as respected in DC as Paulsen and Beranke, and whose ideas carry real weight, but no one of that stature on energy and climate change (Markey is not, though he’s a good man).

  3. TomG says:

    Bush?
    He has his piorities….he would veto…

  4. max says:

    Although I prefer the Democrats to the Republicans, it is hard for me to understand the rationale of the Democratic actions here-it would be nice to see them lead rather than follow.

  5. shop says:

    Amazing, really. Would Bush have shut down the government before the bailout bill was passed — assuming the Democrats had been smart enough to do the stopgap spending bill