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Democrats Force Gas Prices Up;
Bush Sends Oil Prices Down

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.   Well, how about comparing these two graphs… is that like 2,000 words?

Check out how the Democrat Congress’ (lack of) action has resulted in a significant spike in USA gas prices since they came to power.  Michelle Malkin did all the work on this one.

 

Now let’s observe how President Bush’s lifting of the Presidential Executive Order on offshore drilling has impacted the price of crude oil.  (Chart created at GasBuddy.com)

One goes up, the other goes down.

July 17 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil fell more than $5 a barrel, dropping below $130 for the first time in six weeks, as natural gas futures tumbled and global economic growth slows.

But (not my) Speaker Pelosi’s reaction to Bush’s announcement?

“Once again, the oilman in the White House is echoing the demands of Big Oil.”

“The Bush plan is a hoax. It will neither reduce gas prices nor increase energy independence.”

She is shameless.

I think most Americans know that we need to drill now, drill here, save money.  Well, the Americans that aren’t beholden to Environmental Wackos, Inc.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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  1. The liberal Democrats are going to ride old “Inconvenient Truth” until he bucks what remains of their common sense out of them.

    November may well increase the Democrat hold on Congress, but if so, I expect to see Nancy (and Harry) with a load of centrist Democrats who will not play the wild left games.

    But, I also hold the thought that Nancy and Harry will fashion an epiphany that will be breath taking. They may well come up with a plan to …… drill …… for ….. oil.

    Comment by heliotrope — July 18, 2008 @ 9:55 am - July 18, 2008

  2. San Fran Nan today called President Bush “a total failure.”

    Pot, meet kettle.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — July 18, 2008 @ 10:13 am - July 18, 2008

  3. Tidbit on the second chart: Bush’s lifting of the offshore drilling ban was somewhere around 7/14 or 7/15, where oil prices start their $10 drop. The ban won’t be fully lifted until Congress also acts; but Bush’s action told speculators (who drive up prices on expectations of future scarcity) that the political tide is turning to greater future supply.

    The Pelosi statement is a wonderful example of her demented psychosis.

    “If the President wants to bring down prices in the next two weeks, not the next two decades…”

    Oops, too late Nancy. He’s already done more than you to bring them down.

    “…he should free our oil by releasing a small portion of the more than 700 million barrels of oil we have put in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.”

    Hey, dummie. Do you think there might be a reason it’s called the ***Strategic*** reserve? Because, say, we might need it in a real crisis – like, say, the more-devastating version of 9-11 that YOU are constantly toying with, in your policies that comfort and enable terrorists?

    “It’s time to tell the oil industry: ‘You already have millions of acres to drill. Use it or lose it.'”

    OK, fine. Say that Queen Nan, in her wisdom, makes those bad ol’ recalcitrant oil companies lose all those leases to land they actually can’t drill on. How will that increase production? Anyone not a demented psycho would know that the way to get people (or companies) to produce more is to lift bans and let them earn market rewards… not to threaten them with ever more handicaps and punishments. She may as well be saying, “The floggings will continue until morale improves.” Genius.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 18, 2008 @ 10:16 am - July 18, 2008

  4. The Democrats Big Lie (TM) on domestic drilling is that it won’t have an impact on gas price for 10 years. First, this is wrong because the obstacles to getting domestic oil to market are regulatory, not technical. If Congress would get the hell out of the way, the oil would be flowing within 1 – 2 years. Second, how long is it going to take to get those magical new technologies that Democrats are so fond of talking about to market… the ones that don’t even exist today?

    The truth is, our energy independence is being held hostage to the radical environmentalists. They don’t want any new energy at all, they want to lower our standard of living, and they control the Democrat party.

    Sadly, the Republican party is too stupid to make an issue out of this. They should be bludgeoning the Democrats with the energy issue… especially in oil-patch states like Texas, Louisiana, and Alaska. Where there are several Democrat congressional seats and at least one vulnerable Democrat senator.

    Comment by V the K — July 18, 2008 @ 10:18 am - July 18, 2008

  5. San Fran Nan today called President Bush “a total failure.”

    That, too, goes to the bitterness and psychosis (or is it the fascism?) of the Left. It proves what we’ve been noticing these last 5 years. The surge is a success… Bush has beaten Queen Nan, in Congressional votes, on most issues… so it’s time to dig even deeper with the denial and psychosis (or is it Big Lie technique?), upping the ante from “failure” to “total failure”.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 18, 2008 @ 10:19 am - July 18, 2008

  6. #3-4: ILC, great reasoning. Hence the 9% approval rating of Congress.

    Just goes to show you “denial” ain’t just a river in Egypt.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — July 18, 2008 @ 10:31 am - July 18, 2008

  7. Right on, ILC. The Democrats “plan” to get more energy by punishing those who produce energy for producing energy … summarizes exactly why those socialist nitwits cannot be trusted with the economy,

    The other Big Lie (TM) of the Democrat left is that “it will take ten years for domestic drilling to bring oil to market.” There is no technical reason drilling in the US will not bring oil to market within 1-2 years. The only obstacles are regulatory. New off-shore oil fields off Brazil and Russia are brought on-line within months of discovery.

    And how long will it take to bring these vaporware “new technologies” Democrats are always talking about to market?

    What Pelosi will not admit to is that US energy policy is being held hostage to a radical environmental left that has, as its objective, a dramatically reduced standard of living and zero new energy production.

    Republicans should be pounding this message home, especially in oil-patch states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana where there are many vulnerable Democrat seats.

    Comment by V the K — July 18, 2008 @ 11:06 am - July 18, 2008

  8. I read that the ban on offshore oil statute wise ends in September 2008. Thus, Congressional action after that would not be required. Has any one heard differently?

    On a different note, W spent more then LBJ (in today’s dollars) on budget matters and created a new entitlement. W has been as successful (if not more) then LBJ in getting his agenda through Congress. About the only thing he didn’t get was Social Security reform and I bet if he said ok, investing in the stock market on a Social Security plus (i.e. let employees deduct from their payroll an additional amount of money to go into a Social Security 401 Freedom Account he would have a better sell and would have passed Congress in 2005.)

    W (whether one agrees with him or not) has been very successful in strong arming Congress to get what he wants..just the way LBJ did in his day..must be something in the Texas air…..both knew/know how to get what they wanted from Congress and they did.

    Pelosi….well, the gang that can’t shoot str8…..and W threatens off shore oil exploration and the price of a barrel of oil drops in record levels in a day…..

    hmmm….now which energy plan do we want? drill now (and it can be done) and drill often (including offshore and done in a year) and drill everywhere and be energy independent and also nuclear(which is extremely clean energy, no carbon emission), build up the electric grid to sustain more energy, more natural gas, clean coal, create
    wind and solar and electric cars and say bye bye to the Islamic fascists…or

    keep the Dems plan and watch us continue to slide into hell……and we are….

    Comment by Rocket — July 18, 2008 @ 12:52 pm - July 18, 2008

  9. We need to reduce our dependency on oil, period. We need more people walking, car pooling and biking. Imagine how it would reduce that dependence. It doesn’t shock me that the Oilman in the White House (since corporate interests always rules American Politics) would make sure oil prices fall after that famous July the 4th Week traveling rush.

    Comment by Pinky Bear — July 18, 2008 @ 12:55 pm - July 18, 2008

  10. #7 – Pinky, get real. Try biking or walking to work in and around the DC beltway or Atlanta.

    What world do you exist in?

    Springfield (as in The Simpsons) ??

    Comment by Bruce (GayPatriot) — July 18, 2008 @ 12:57 pm - July 18, 2008

  11. @10: Hence the Democrats efforts to increase walkability in cities and mass transit. See the connection?

    Comment by torrentprime — July 18, 2008 @ 2:15 pm - July 18, 2008

  12. Shorter original post:
    Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.

    Keep it up, GP!

    Comment by torrentprime — July 18, 2008 @ 2:16 pm - July 18, 2008

  13. And if more and more people are forced to live in the cities, then that increases Democrat strong holds and weakens GOP strong holds……and so it goes!

    Comment by Rocket — July 18, 2008 @ 3:02 pm - July 18, 2008

  14. #10 – Bruce, it’s typical libtard logic that you dictate to others what they should be doing, but fail to do it for yourself.

    Good examples: Pinky Bear and exercise, Algore and limousines, SanFranNan and conservation, Obama and foreign policy etc. You get the idea.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — July 18, 2008 @ 3:04 pm - July 18, 2008

  15. Guys, what’s funny about TP’s contribution here is that TP *seriously* thinks that he/she/it is being clever.

    Never mind the missing steps / facts that TP is apparently ignorant of. 🙂

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 18, 2008 @ 5:47 pm - July 18, 2008

  16. Dear Bruce,

    I live in the 5th largest city in the US so, I do walk and use public transportation. Car Pooling wont hurt either. Sooner or later, the gas will be gone. Everyone agrees with that. DC has a very good transit system which many people use.

    Comment by Pinky Bear — July 18, 2008 @ 8:15 pm - July 18, 2008

  17. It’s really nice what powerpoint can do, isn’t? Let’s see…How about some data that actually shows a real correlation between a Democratic controlled congress having an affect on oil prices? Oh, that’s right….THERE IS NONE. That’s because this is completely fake and Miss Malkin has no concrete evidence actually showing it to be fact (of course, she thinks Rachel Ray is wearing terrorist clothing – is Miss Malkin next on the list to go Bats**t since Anne Coulter is the last conservative cutie who’s pretty much already done that?)

    Your graph shows 2 major spikes to the then-highest prices ever. Nope, no blaming the Republican congress on that one. We’d see something a bit more representative if you showed gas during the period of 2001-2004. Oh right, I forget, Republicans don’t like living in the past do they? (unless of course they’re waxing poetic about Mr. Reagan)

    Or how about this: How about a chart on how the number of sub-prime mortgages grew exponentially during the Bush presidency/Republican controlled congress?

    Comment by Kevin — July 18, 2008 @ 9:42 pm - July 18, 2008

  18. I’ts quite simple Kevin: The Dems have stated it’s their policy to be against expanded drilling.

    That pushes prices higher.

    Comment by Vince P — July 18, 2008 @ 10:00 pm - July 18, 2008

  19. Vince, you used Kevin and Simple in the same sentence, but I think their placement is wrong.

    Even SanFranNan admits that increase of supply curbs demand, she just won’t admit that it’s a more permanent supply than syphoning the gas tank that’s needed.

    Pinky, I work in a business where people have to drive an hour+ to work because that’s where the jobs are. I’m sure your solution is to mandate they move closer, or force my fast aft to bike 5 miles to work. (for the record, I can’t ride a bike)

    My state’s been screwed up Republicrats, and now the Democrats are here to… make it worse. And they are.

    Comment by The Livewire — July 18, 2008 @ 10:16 pm - July 18, 2008

  20. Number 1 Rule of statistics and graphs:

    CORRELATION DOES NOT EQUAL CAUSATION.

    Comment by Aerothorn — July 18, 2008 @ 11:30 pm - July 18, 2008

  21. Carpooling and bike to work is fine for the urban liberals, but out here beyond the ‘burbs there’s not much choice other than trying combine errands and commuting to economize on the number of trips. It’s 12-miles round-trip just to the supermarket, 10-miles each way to work and 16-miles each way just to get to a shopping mall, the movies or the nearest Borders Book store.

    Oh, and the closest gay bar is 40-miles away in the next state.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — July 18, 2008 @ 11:35 pm - July 18, 2008

  22. Dear Ted,

    Carpool to the Gay Bar, the mall and the store.

    Comment by Pinky Bear — July 19, 2008 @ 12:54 am - July 19, 2008

  23. Carpool to the Gay Bar, the mall and the store.

    That’s fine if you know people who are going to the same places at the same time.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — July 19, 2008 @ 1:34 am - July 19, 2008

  24. The Democrats Big Lie (TM) on domestic drilling is that it won’t have an impact on gas price for 10 years.

    The reality is that you can have a hole drilled, depending on how far you need to dig, within a few weeks. You can have a pump jack in place pumping oil out of the ground in a day.

    Even a child with a rudimentary concept of time can watch Black Gold and see that it doesn’t take too long at all. Long story short, you can be pumping oil within a month, if all goes well. Obviously it takes a bit longer offshore.

    As to the “Use it or lose it” proposal, the lease agreements already require that the companies return the land to the government after a certain period of time (as explained here). Therefore, “Use it or lose it” is redundant. Either Pelosi and the liberals are incredibly f-ing stupid, or they’re betting that we are.

    Not to mention the fact that the government is making billions off the “idle” oil leases.

    A thought occurs: Would the liberals demand the end of Meals On Wheels to cut carbon emissions and save gas??? Would you, Pinko?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — July 19, 2008 @ 1:50 am - July 19, 2008

  25. ILC,

    Democrats see the Strategic Oil Reserves like they see everything, as the Politically Strategic Oil Reserves. Last time is was Clinton who actually did open them during the 2000 campaign to bring down prices just long enough to help Al Gore. Again, no emergency — just for political expediency.

    But this lays bare the Democrats big lie that drilling for more oil wont bring prices down. Unlike their idiot constituents *tips hat to Pinky and Kevin* they know that increasing supply lowers prices, and they have proved it by calling for Bush to open the emergency reserves.

    Meanwhile while Democrats call for Americans to cut back, do without, and change their lifestyles, their environazi god, Algore is travelling in private jets, stretch limosines, and SUV caravans. President Bush’s ranch is entirely energy self-sufficient, and recycled rainwater is used for all the non-drinking and bathing water, while Al Gore uses more electricity in his home in one month than the average American home uses in one year!

    But lets not forget, Nanzi Pelosi said “If we start drilling, we might as well go home.” That one little statement says so much. Preventing drilling is one of their top priorities! They want high gas prices. Environmentalism has nothing to do with the environment for Democrats. It is all about their political agenda. Or, to paraphrase Vaclav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic: Environmentalism is the new totalitarianism. There is no aspect of your life that cannot be controlled by the State if saving the planet is the goal.

    Comment by American Elephant — July 19, 2008 @ 7:29 am - July 19, 2008

  26. Again, libtards are all for others conserving and making do with less, but heaven forbid that it affects them.

    I’d love to see if Rep Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is getting along without her one-block commute to Capitol Hill without her limousine.

    Yeah – as if. In her own words, “I am a queen.”

    Whatever, Miss Thang.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — July 19, 2008 @ 2:03 pm - July 19, 2008

  27. I drive everywhere, even if I don’t have to. I’m just doing my part to use up all the gasoline so we can move on even sooner to those wonderful alternative energy sources everyone is talking about.

    Comment by Draybee — July 19, 2008 @ 2:40 pm - July 19, 2008

  28. Draybee: You mean Unicorn Energy?

    Comment by Vince P — July 19, 2008 @ 2:45 pm - July 19, 2008

  29. I like Coulter’s idea (paraphrasing) designing cars to run off the abundant liberal BS. Maybe flex-fuel that with their endless supply of arrogance and condecension.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — July 19, 2008 @ 7:36 pm - July 19, 2008

  30. Also, a brief answer to the decrease in the price of gas that you have shown. It is a very moderate one, only a few cents. (Though I admit that really adds up for big companies, and over time.) This is not shown to be a trend, though. I’ll grant that it is probably related, but not that it certainly is (see again the aforementioned pirate graph).

    However, this could just be an enthusiastic response by a market desperate for good news. We have no indications of it being a trend, nor is there any proof that this decrease is even anything more than an excited burp on the part of the market.

    Comment by PSUdain — July 20, 2008 @ 12:20 am - July 20, 2008

  31. May I express irritation that 3/4 of my comments in the past two days have not gone through? This also serves to explain my seemingly nonsensical reference to an “aforementioned pirate graph”.

    Comment by PSUdain — July 20, 2008 @ 12:29 am - July 20, 2008

  32. Make that 5/6.

    Comment by PSUdain — July 20, 2008 @ 12:32 am - July 20, 2008

  33. One of mine is lost too, PSU. I assume it’s lost in Moderation

    Comment by The Livewire — July 20, 2008 @ 9:51 am - July 20, 2008

  34. 19: So, why didn’t the Republican controlled congress under Bush get it? Or why was the Bush administration’s energy policy always secret? Or why did Bush work so hard to roll back / stop new governmental requirements for better fuel efficiency in vehicles from the day he walked into office?

    It’s very simple – profits of large corporations have trumped the general welfare of the citizens of this country from the moment Bush entered office. energy, health, education have all taken back seats to Bush, Cheney, et al., helping out all their big corporate buddies (with special emphasis on the oil and “military support” industries (all at the expense of the american taxpayer to boot). It’s no wonder we haven’t caught Osama Bin Laden in nearly 7 years – the attacks on America gave the Bush & Company a huge gift of distraction (fight terror) while they and their buddies have swilled like swine unapolgetically at the public trough.

    it’s a huge mess that will take years to clean up / fix.

    Comment by Kevin — July 20, 2008 @ 5:28 pm - July 20, 2008

  35. #33 – You must have already gotten your DNC talking points early this week, Kevvie ol’ girl. Must be the mail system.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — July 20, 2008 @ 6:31 pm - July 20, 2008

  36. Something else happened on July 17th when crude prices fell. Al Gore gave his speech with the ambitious goal of independence from fossil fuels in 10 years. Is it possible that some investors saw the handwriting on the wall?

    Comment by Robert — July 20, 2008 @ 7:49 pm - July 20, 2008

  37. #35: “Is it possible that some investors saw the handwriting on the wall?”

    No, Robert. That’s NOT possible. It is public record that Al Gore can’t manage to reduce HIS OWN energy consumption by even 1% from one year to the next. Investors know that Al Gore is incapable of making HIMSELF independent from fossil fuels in 10 years, much less our entire nation. It’s just another mortifying, unbelievable lie Gore has fed to his adoring fans (the MSM). It is as likely to occur as dinosaurs hatching and running wild in Costa Rica, or an army of evil unicorns invading our planet and taking over. (Hence, it’s no surprise that idiot liberals see it as an “ambitious goal.”) It’s complete fantasy, primarily because Al Gore doesn’t plan to do anything to reduce his own fossil fuel consumption or anyone else’s. He’ll just continue crucifying Republicans for destroying the planet–that’s what will keep his snake-oil business profitable well into the next decade.

    So, no, Robert. Nothing Al Gore says has any affect on ANYONE beyond the usual sycophantic adoration he gets from the MSM and his band of irrational eco-dupes, like yourself. Liberals will sign onto anything as long as it attacks and discredits Bush, no matter how ludicrous or silly. The price of crude went down because Bush lifted the executive order on domestic drilling, PERIOD. It didn’t happen because of anything Gore said, and it is also not attributable to the other HOWLER being peddled by the MSM: that Obama caused the price reduction when he made a speech mentioning those new-fangled “innovative” windmills and solar panels that are going to be the centerpiece of his suicidal energy policy. There is clearly NO LIMIT to what liberals will say to push their ridiculous agenda. For years, liberals have been telling us with straight faces that domestic drilling will do NOTHING to the prices–as if the economic axioms related to supply and demand simply don’t apply to oil. It’s unbelievable and totally insane, but there it is–start printing the bumper stickers! If the Obamassiah told you to, you ignorant puppets would argue that gravity only applies to some tangible objects, but not others. I just find it shocking how gullible and stupid Gore and Obama’s supporters are–they are literally willing to say or do anything they are told by the DNC. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if liberals started telling us that the Sun, in fact, occasionally rises in the West and sets in the East, if it would help Obama get votes somehow. It literally blows my mind.

    Comment by Sean A — July 21, 2008 @ 1:40 am - July 21, 2008

  38. Carpooling isn’t that difficult Peter. I am sure you have a local bulletin board to have people sign up for certain outings. You and your neighbors could share a ride to the market. Take turns and chip in for gas.

    It’s a nice way to get to know people and have fun.

    Comment by Pinky Bear — July 21, 2008 @ 2:08 am - July 21, 2008

  39. #37: Good Riddance, I live six blocks from work so I walk. But even if I did need daily transportation, I would sooner eat guacamole with chips made of shards of broken glass before I would peruse some f-ing bulletin board to round up a posse of dim-witted eco-hysterics like you to ride to work with. When I need to take my car to work, I listen to Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh all the way there. In a carpool, I’d probably have to leap out the window onto the freeway just to get away from NPR and some scintillating report about the Beijing Women’s Conference or Mumia Abu-Jamal’s noble and courageous 1,645th appeal. And more importantly, I REFUSE to be made to feel guilty about it based on some laughable leftist moralizing about how I owe it to “future generations” to carpool. I don’t “owe” future generations ANYTHING and I fantasize about having the opportunity to tell Al Gore to his face to shove his elitist, Earth-in-the-balance snake oil straight up his mammoth ass. Gore’s ridiculous tales about global warming and the extinction of the human race coming to pass in as soon as 5 years are filthy, f-ing lies, PERIOD. I paid for the car, I bought the gas and I have every right to drive myself to work without having to go on some morning car rally to pick up a bunch of idiots like you and then coordinate my schedule with you losers to get myself home at some point in the evening. My ride to work isn’t about “getting to know people” and “having fun”–it’s about getting to work without piling on a list of daily hassles to contend with all because some fat-ass, failed Presidential candidate scolded me about “doing my part” for “future generations” that don’t even exist. The truly intolerable part is that the guy who is trying to shame people like me into carpooling and riding a bike is the same fu*k-head that takes a Boeing G5 to the Piggly-Wiggly just to pick up a gallon of milk. Al Gore is a disgusting, elitist hog and I utterly reject the “nobility” of his global warming crusade to enslave us all.

    The fact that I even have to DEFEND driving myself to work alone in these unequivocal terms and clarify for you that I will not feel guilty about it or apologize for it (and have NO moral obligation to do so) just proves how totally and completely out of control you leftist, village-of-the-damned, eco-dip-sh*ts have become. Who the fu*k do you think you are telling other people how to live their lives?! How dare you try to make anyone feel guilty for not capitulating to a list of rules and regulations that Al Gore pulled out of his ass for no reason but his own narcissism and GREED? Just take your tendencies to cooperate with any fascist plot the liberals put in front of you, and cram it. You and your nazi soldiers are terrified that domestic drilling will reveal new, abundant sources of oil, thereby causing prices to drop and keeping free Americans driving their own cars because they want to. The fact that you and your ilk actually PREFER a system where the state keeps us under its thumb, riding government buses and trains MAKES ME SICK. Presented with an option that preserves freedom (and the economy) and an option where the state has significant control over our daily lives, liberals ALWAYS choose the option that is closest to totalitarianism, and worse, tries to shame everyone around them into capitulating and giving up their freedom too because it’s what government thinks “is best.” It’s cowardly and pathetic, which is what you can always expect from liberals.

    So, you go right along with your constant, desperate attempts to give away your freedoms to whatever empty suit you are currently worshipping. I will not submit and I’m sure as fu*k not going to feel guilty because I refuse to become a socialist lap-dog like you.

    Comment by Sean A — July 21, 2008 @ 3:22 am - July 21, 2008

  40. I dont want to carpool. I dont want to ride public transit with smelly homeless people and other unemployed liberals. I dont want to walk or ride a bike. If I had wanted to do these things, I would not have purchased a car.

    I love gasoline. I love oil. I love carbon! I want to INCREASE my carbon footprint, and in so doing, I will accomplish more for the environment than all the smelly liberal environmentalists put together.

    You see, the way to make the environment cleaner is not by cutting back consumption, but by increasing it. It is economic prosperity that allows society to become so wealthy and spoiled that they can give the environment any consideration in the first place, it is economic prosperity that ushers in the technology that has made usincreasingly cleaner, and it is energy that allows that prosperity.

    It is for these reasons that anyone who doesnt want to increase our energy supply is an enemy of the environment.

    Comment by American Elephant — July 21, 2008 @ 4:31 am - July 21, 2008

  41. The sooner we use up all the oil, the quicker the terrorist states go bankrupt.

    Comment by Attmay — July 21, 2008 @ 5:12 am - July 21, 2008

  42. #38 – Right on, AE. My sentiments exactly.

    I spent Earth Day 2008 putting the thermostat to 72 degrees and snacking high on the food chain. Then I went out and filled up my car with premium unleaded and drove for about 1 hour.

    Deal with THAT, enviro-wackos.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — July 21, 2008 @ 1:23 pm - July 21, 2008

  43. LOL @ Peter. Excellent! (He says in his best Mr. Burns voice)

    Comment by American Elephant — July 22, 2008 @ 5:18 am - July 22, 2008

  44. I, too, am going to start looking for ways to increase my carbon footprint. To counteract all the smelly, stupid “liberal” fascists.

    At my workplace (a small company), the “liberal” fascists have started a campaign to get people to cut back on the number of paper cups they use for coffee, etc. I’ve increased the number of cups I use.

    Someone should start a Web site, “Easy ways you can increase your carbon footprint”.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 22, 2008 @ 12:25 pm - July 22, 2008

  45. Response to 33…Who cares if he Bush energy policy was made in secret secret…it was dead on arrival when it was publically delivered to Congress (those folks that actually make laws). Don’t let your liberal desire to worry about the process and not the result get in the way. Big oil may have had a lot of input into the Bush plan, but all Congress gave us was ethanol. What Big Oil told Dick Cheney was flushed down the Congressional toilet with our tax dollars used as the toilet paper.
    Further, my parents owe their comfortable retirement in part to the huge dividend checks that they get from ExxonMobil. I don’t want that party to stop too soon or they are going to come an live with me, and they are truly mad old people and would drive me nuts.

    As for the GOP being at the trough, do a little reading about your DEM buddies and Freddie Mac and Fannie May and Acorn and Friends of Angelo. That little slopfest has been going on for years with Dodd and Frank at the front of the line. Now, we the taxpayers, are going to be in line for a five trillion dollar bailout.

    Comment by Hunter — July 22, 2008 @ 2:43 pm - July 22, 2008

  46. #42 – We can print up t-shirts with a picture of GWB or Dick Cheney flanking an oil field, holding up a middle finger with the caption reading: “I Stole Your Credit Carbon, Wimp!”

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — July 22, 2008 @ 4:37 pm - July 22, 2008

  47. As I’m having trouble getting through, I’ve posted a comment to this post at my blog. It addresses comments 38, 40, and 42.

    Comment by PSUdain — July 22, 2008 @ 5:02 pm - July 22, 2008

  48. with special emphasis on the oil and “military support” industries (all at the expense of the american taxpayer to boot

    I sometimes wonder if leftist liberals really hear themselves.

    Perhaps we should make it publicly obvious that Barack Obama believes all defense contractors and suppliers are corrupt and that the US government should no longer pay them and shut down their programs, since military equipment is not necessary.

    That should throw a few tens of millions people out of work in a hurry.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — July 22, 2008 @ 7:18 pm - July 22, 2008

  49. #43: Five trillion? Where do they expect to get that? To end the war right this second wouldn’t get anywhere near enough to cover that.

    Ethanol will do only two things: reduce the food supply and make “Big Corn” the new “Big Oil.”

    Comment by Attmay — July 22, 2008 @ 7:58 pm - July 22, 2008

  50. You really should fix your comments section, proprietors. Some reason that 8/10 of my last comments won’t go through?

    My comment on ethanol at my blog.

    Comment by PSUdain — July 23, 2008 @ 1:59 am - July 23, 2008

  51. PSU: All WordPress blogs have the problem with the blog software being too aggressive blocking comments. It’s really not the blog owner’s fault.

    Comment by Vince P — July 23, 2008 @ 2:25 am - July 23, 2008

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