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Boehner Bashes Obama's Drilling Plan

March 31, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

This is how you know for sure that the Republican strategy in Congress is to simply oppose anything Obama does. Following this morning’s announcement that Obama is proposing opening up a huge amount of off-shore oil reserves to drilling for the first time ever, Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner’s [R, OH-8] first response was, essentially, “no”:

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) dismissed the president’s plan as not going far enough in opening up U.S. waters for exploration.

Obama’s decision “continues to defy the will of the American people,” Boehner said in a statement, pointing to the president’s decision to open Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters, while leaving Pacific and many Alaskan waters largely closed to exploration.

“It’s long past time for this Administration to stop delaying American energy production off all our shores and start listening to the American people who want an “all of the above” strategy to produce more American energy and create more jobs,” the House GOP leader added. “Republicans are listening to the American people and have proposed a better solution – the American Energy Act – which will lower gas prices, increase American energy production, promote new clean and renewable sources of energy, and encourage greater efficiency and conservation.”

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  • justamick 03/31/2010 1:02pm

    No arguments here.

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    justamick 03/31/2010 1:09pm

    Although I think offshore drilling is just delaying the inevitable. Alternative energy sources have to be developed.

    To be honest, Obama is wondering off one of the Democrat’s central policies regarding offshore drilling and the environment. Seems reckless to me.

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    spender 03/31/2010 7:30pm

    I’m rather surprised to agree with you, but it really does seem reckless. With how partisan support for the Administration and for the HRC are, ending offshore drilling prohibitions anywhere is no way to strengthen the liberal/left base. (My local Pacifica station has been bemoaning the fact that the HRC law isn’t full on single-payer for a week now. NPR’s national programming has been mentioning it as well, albeit not so angrily as Pacifica. But I digress.)

    I’m curious to see how strong the left/liberal backlash is. Maybe it’ll be impotent and lame, but it’s possible Obama will find that (given Republican opposition) he has to recourt his base every time he wants to act, which throws any non-traditional liberal policies out the window.

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    justamick 04/01/2010 4:31am

    lol, everyone seems to think that because I oppose Health Insurance Reform Law that I’m an ultra conservative. I’m not, I’m a moderate. Just because I believe in different methods of insurance reform doesnt mean that I’m not pro-alternative energy or anti-offshore drilling. Simply put, I’m not a Republican ;).

    I think that the left/liberal backlash will be limited to pro-enviromental groups. You might even hear Al Gore come out and denounce this. But in the end, I think that there will be a concentrated effort by the Democrats to stay united behind Obama simply because they know it’s the only way to keep a hold on the Presidency.

  • chrisnull 03/31/2010 4:18pm

    If the pres was truely committed to energy production and getting the US off of Saudi oil he would open up the rest of the off shore waters for exploration. Then we could breath a little and spend that money that goes to the terrorist on research for alternative energy or some nuvlear plants. Billions of dollars are wasted on oil shipments from the Mid-east. Even worse the lives lost to war for resources. I thought the libs wanted out of Iraq and Afganistan? There is no better way to stop those wars than to stop funding them via oil profits.

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