Why Democrats don’t want to lower gas prices

Senator lets cat out of the bag on Bloomberg TV show

Posted: July 22, 2008
10:22 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
WASHINGTON – A Democratic senator on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee inadvertently explained why her colleagues have no intention of ending the moratorium on offshore oil drilling or increasing the areas open for exploration and production – no matter how popular the idea might be with gas prices soaring.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV’s “Money and Politics” last night, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., explained Democrats don’t want to increase supplies of oil and gasoline because they want to wean Americans off of petroleum products.

Asked point-blank if Democrats in the Senate would consider how increasing the supply of oil would lower the prices that are pinching U.S. consumers, Cantwell replied: “Oh, we definitely want to move beyond petroleum. And so there will be a supply side offered by the Democrats and it will include everything from battery technology to making sure that we have good home domestic supply, and looking, as I said about moving faster on those kind of things like wind and solar that can help us with our high cost of natural gas.”

In other words, no.

The point was underlined by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, who said Democrats are not even permitting debate on legislation and amendments designed to increase the supply of oil and gasoline to U.S. consumers.

“Today, the appropriations markup that was going to include amendments that would open up the outer continental shelf and maybe even shale in Colorado and Utah was canceled,” she told the same Bloomberg interviewer. “It wasn’t postponed, it was canceled. So that indicates to me that the majority is not going to try to have an open debate, but I hope I’m wrong. If they have an open debate, and we’re allowed to have amendments, and we have a balanced plan that includes production in all the sectors, then I believe we can meet this problem in a bipartisan way, and that’s what we should be doing for America.”

WND’s Joseph Farah is spearheading a grassroots battle to flood Congress – and particularly the Democratic leadership – with e-mails, phone calls, letters and text messages demanding action that can lead the country in the direction of energy independence.

“Right now, that means lifting the moratorium,” he says. “That’s the first step. If we can’t agree on that as Americans today, then we are in for a long period of national economic decline. If we can’t push Congress to do the right thing with even a strong majority of Democrats behind us, then this country is simply no longer a place where the will of the people means anything.”

Farah’s goal is to force Congress to act in the next two months – before it adjourns for the year.

“There’s an election coming up one month after that adjournment date and even the most entrenched incumbents know how sensitive this issue is,” says Farah. “Now is the time to let them hear you.”

Farah’s plan is simple: “I want to bring Congress to its knees,” he says. “I want to melt down their phones. I want to flood their e-mail boxes. I want to hold them as political hostages. The ransom demand is to unleash the free market to begin exploring and pumping domestic crude oil and getting it to market as fast as possible. We’ve got two months to make our voices heard. Let’s make history by bringing this recalcitrant body of elitists into compliance with the will of the people and the rule of law.”

After eagerly waiting for someone else to take the lead on demanding action of Congress, Farah came to the conclusion no one else was going to do it.

“We’re running out of time,” Farah says. “If we let these rascals, these scoundrels, leave town before they lift all their ridiculous bans and restrictions on drilling for domestic oil, this country is headed for a major recession. Even worse, we’ll head into a new year and a new presidency with the Washington elite thinking they put one over on us again.”

Farah says the only thing that can prevent the disaster of gasoline prices of $6, $7, even $8 a gallon in the near future is a general uprising of the American people.

Besides the call to action, Farah is also devoting the current issue of Whistleblower magazine, the monthly print complement to WND, to the critical topic of “the energy independence revolution.”

“It’s time to stop business as usual,” he says. “Every day, you need to make some phone calls, you need to write some emails, you need to use Skype and text messages and even send some letters through the Post Office. This grass-roots movement has to build steadily for the next two months. We cannot allow Congress to adjourn without lifting the ban on drilling in ANWR, offshore and on public lands under which we know there are vast reserves of oil.”

Farah says it’s a national emergency and needs to be treated as such.

“I hope radio talk show hosts across the country will embrace this bipartisan, non-partisan movement,” he says. “There is no question in my mind this is what the American people want. Now it’s just time for them to impose their will on their elected representatives who, in their chauffeured limousines and taxpayer-supported travel, are hopelessly out of touch with their constituents, with people who are finding it difficult to make ends meet.”

Farah says he is convinced Congress will act only if the people steamroll members into action. He points to the way the Dubai port deal and so-called “comprehensive immigration reform” were killed by popular uprisings in recent years.

“We can make this happen, again,” he says. “But this time, we won’t just be stopping something bad from happening. We will be doing something that is very good for the country – something that will improve the lives of all of us, something that will improve national security, something vital for the future of the nation.”

Congress is set to adjourn in late September.

“I’m going to do everything in my power to push Congress into action in the next two months,” Farah says. “I know I can’t do it by myself. But I know if the American people get mobilized nothing can stop them. You have to let members of Congress know you are serious. You have to persuade them and their staffs they are not returning to Washington next year if they fail to act in America’s interest before they leave town.”

Before then, you can reach members of the House by calling 202-224-3121 or 202-225-1904. The official House website contains web pages for all members and includes email addresses for most.

You can reach members of the U.S. Senate by calling 202-225-6827. The official Senate website also contains web pages for all members and includes email address for some.

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