Monosyllabic Pedantry

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Queen Nancy's Strategy

I read this a while ago, but haven't had time to comment on it. Politico had an article out that outlines the democrats' strategy for making sure you keep paying more at the pumps.

Basically, it comes down to Nancy taking all the heat on no-drilling, while secretly telling at-risk democrats to scream like they want drilling, in order to get re-elected. All the while, Nancy will block the issue from coming to a vote and the rest of the democrats will tell their voters that they they are doing all they can.

Nancy doesn't have to worry about her job, since the dirty hippies that make up her district will only love her more for 'sticking it to Big Oil'. (cause they're dumb, that way).

Sadly, the rupublicans are dumb enough to play right into this. Notice that they had their big temper tantrum, bringing more attention and focus on Nancy, exactly as she wants.

Instead, they should be hammering the news with the point that the other democrats are in on this scam. Take the long view, republicans. Your first goal should be to get more seats in congress, so you can get rid of Nancy and Harry.

“There is no crisis on our side of the aisle,” a top House Democratic leadership aide said. “We have a plan, and we will stick to it.”

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  • So tell me again who owns those off-shore drilling rights? And the refineries to which that oil will flow? And the distribution networks through which the refined products will move?

    I'm sorry, but I don't really care if Exxon has to share its milkshake with Saudi Aramco or whether it gets to drink the whole thing by itself. Drilling offshore, even factoring out environmental impact, would only have a price-lowering effect if somehow a sudden bump in supply (how sudden? not very...those rigs take a while to build) meant a necessary drop in pump price. Just ain't so.

    Your stronger argument would be in energy independence, but considering how much of "US" oil company stock rests in Middle Eastern hands...

    By Blogger Bridgett, at 5:43 AM  

  • Nice try, but the world oil market is a little more complicated than that.

    Why do gas prices go up whenever there is a forecast of a hurricane in the gulf or violence in the ME?

    Speculation in the commodities market.

    Hell, just having Bush announce the withdrawal of the executive order banning offshore drilling dropped gas prices by a nickel.

    No direct change in supply.

    Besides, going after other sources gives us at least some leverage with OPEC.

    I've heard guys who work in the Alaska oil fields say that it would take five years of permitting and one year of construction to get ANWR yielding oil. Think what we could do if we sped up the permit process.
    Whatever time it takes, that time is going to pass anyway, so why not get started now, like we should have done during Clinton's presidency.

    "My plan" for energy independance includes all of the above.

    By Blogger Exador, at 9:31 AM  

  • And what is Queen Nancy's solution?

    Tap into the strategic oil reserve.

    Tell oil companies to drill in areas where they know is no oil.

    Keep repeating the "2 cents in 10 years mantra".

    She might as well tell us to eat cake!

    Now that's leadership! No wonder her congress' approval ratings are so high.

    By Blogger Exador, at 9:42 AM  

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