Nancy Pelosi held a press conference yesterday in which she slammed President Bush on gas prices:
Remember one thing: If you want to be energy independent … and Democrats intend to achieve that within 10 years … and if you want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and therefore improve our national security situation, you can’t do it if you’re a Republican because you are too wedded to the oil companies.
We have two oilmen in the White House…. The logical … follow-up from that is $3-a-gallon gasoline. There is no accident. It is a cause and effect. A cause and effect.
And what, exactly, is the cause and effect she’s talking about? If she has an accusation she wants to make, she needs to come right out and say it.
How dare the President of the United States make a speech today in April … many, many, many months after the American people have had to undergo the cost of home heating oil? The woman told me she almost fainted when she received her … uh … home heating bill over this winter … and when so many people making the minimum wage, which hasn’t been raised in eight years, which has a very low purchasing power, have to go out and buy gasoline at these prices?
Where have you been, Mr. President? The … middle class squeeze is on, competition in our country is effected by the price of … energy and of oil … and all of a sudden you take a trip outside of Washington, see that the fact that the public is … outraged about this, come home and make a speech. Let’s see that matched in your budget, let’s see that matched in your policy, let’s see that matched in your separating yourself from your … patron, Big Oil. Cut yourself off from that anvil that is holding your party down and this country down. Instead of coming to Washington and throwing your Republican colleagues under the wheels of the train, which they mightily deserve for being a rubber stamp for your obscene, corrupt policy of ripping off the American people.
She is throwing this fit because she’s trying to take advantage of a situation she has no intention of fixing. If she is so concerned about the high price of gas and home heating oil, why isn’t she demanding that more refineries be built so more gas and home heating oil can be refined. If she is so concerned about oil dependence, why isn’t she demanding that we open up ANWR for drilling? After all, every barrel we produce in our own country is one less barrel we have to buy from a nutball dictator. However, when she was asked about drilling in ANWR immediately after her press conference, she said no:
REPORTER:And what do you think of Republicans saying now we have to go back and try to pass ANWR?
REP. PELOSI: It’s just consistent, let’s take it under the frame. What is good for big oil versus what works for the consumer, the environment, our national security, our economy? What works for the few versus what works for the many? They are so devoid of ideas, they are so tied to big oil they can’t possibly think in any innovative positive way that makes America competitive.
This is nonsense. Her rant is nothing but political demagoguery designed to manipulate the American people into voting for the Democratic party in November.