I learned two things today. One was that there was people from Idaho are called ‘Idahoans,’ and the other wasn’t that the Democrats in DC are a bunch of obstructionists. I’ve known that for quite a few years, actually. The other thing I learned was that Larry Craig (R – ID) actually cares about the price of gasoline.
His office does a little investigative journalism (the job that American journalists won’t do), and finds that there’s a stunning sameness to the Democratic Party response to every energy policy proposal: “No.”
We are experiencing higher gasoline, oil, and natural gas prices today because of decades of restricted development of new sources of petroleum.
From ANWR to off-shore development such as Lease Area 181 in the Gulf of Mexico, we have identified oil and natural gas reserves that can be developed and used responsibly. Yet time and time again efforts to increase supply, and reduce prices, are blocked. For instance, ten years ago President Clinton vetoed development in ANWR.
For decades, the minority party has blocked one effort after another to responsibly develop the energy resources our country possesses, transforming vast areas of opportunity into “The No Zone.”
Because of current U.S. policy, U.S. companies are prohibited from developing oil fields that lie in Cuban waters and come within 50 miles of Florida.
However, Cuba is exploring and potentially developing these oil fields, estimated by the U.S. Geological Survey to possess more oil than the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, and Cuba is partnering with China and other countries, such as Spain, France, and Canada.
Now, as we sit idly by, worried about development 100 miles from Florida, China is actively exploring oil fields 50 miles from Key West, Florida. U.S. companies are barred from working in this area because of U.S. policy . So, instead of allowing the most environmentally responsible companies to operate there and increase our domestic supply, China, who has a dismal environmental record, is sucking close, lucrative oil reserves dry.
More downloadable charts at Sen. Larry Craig’s site, including a frustrating display showing how Cuba is slinging it’s drilling rights to the highest bidder. Of course, one of those being China. So, yeah, the US can’t drill in the Gulf of Mexico, but China can.
Then again, that’s probably what the Democrats want.
Link from Gateway Pundit.