Gingrich Solves The Energy Crisis
I got this link through the Personal Democracy Forum. It's a site set up by Newt Gringrich. It's title is "Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.
A Real Change Campaign to Lower Your Gas Prices"
According to the site, they have over a million signatures on their petition
The Republicans think this is one issue they can get traction on against the Democrats. It has been the topic of endlessly repeated propaganda on right wing radio for weeks. Larry Kudlow has pushed it over and over.
And, as I'm writing, Kay Bailey Hutchinson is on This Week also pushing the same mimi, that the Dems have stopped all expansion of our oil supplies for the last 25 years as well as nuclear. And that is why we are having $4.00/gallon gas. She is also saying that bi-partisanship could end in some legislation to alleviate the problems.
On Fox, Tom Ridge and Daschle are facing off on the same issue. Fox's Chris Wallace is asking Daschle where we would be if we had opened drilling in ANWR 30 years ago.
Stephanopolous is playing Devil's Advocate by asking why not drill offshore and in Alaska even if it is distastful?
I have to say the Dem side of the argument sounds weak in the face of the repeated line that the Dems have been blocking development of domestic supplies as well as nuclear for the last 25 years. Along with this goes the idea that if we do it now, oil will be freely flowing in no time. If you do some research, you see how questionable the arguments for drilling are. But who does that?
The Republicans are also able to use this "energy crisis" to blur the issue of global warming. I have not seen one of these debates where anyone asks supporters of drilling what the result would be if we were actually able to expand domestic production of oil. And the Dems don't seem to want to talk too much about nuclear.