Dick Cheney -- A Would-Be Planetary Dentist!

Fri, 2008-06-13 09:57Ross Gelbspan
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Dick Cheney -- A Would-Be Planetary Dentist!

Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday called for a substantial increase in domestic drilling for oil and other natural resources, including in environmentally sensitive areas, saying that only increased production – and not new technology – will satisfy the nation's demand for energy:

“We are an economy that runs on petroleum.

Some 20 million barrels of it a day. That can and will change over time, but it will be a very long time,” said Cheney, former head of U.S. oil company Halliburton. “We'd be doing the whole country a favor if more of that oil were produced here at home.”

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Of couse we meed more oil. There world demand for gold and diamonds is soaring.

Apparently Cheney didn’t read the EIA that concluded that the US does not have the ability to influence petroleum prices, by drilling more. http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/servicerpt/ogp/pdf/sroiaf(2004)04.pdf

The oil companies have launched a major campaign for more drilling. I received a phone call polling me 2 or 3 weeks ago. It was a bunch of slanted questions clearly in the interest of the oil companies. After the 3rd question I asked t he poller (Harris poll I think it was) “Are there going to be any questions on global warming?” He laughed nervously and said no. They were questions like “didn’t I think we should drill for national energy independence?” “Wouldn’t offshore drilling be safe because we had 2 major hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and there wasn’t any oil spill?”
And sure enough, I’m seeing all kinds of propaganda, including a poll result favorable to drilling, going on now.
So of course, Cheney, VP of Oil, is touting this.

Take a look at this.

Looks like McCain/Cheney/Gingrich Oil drilling rhetoric is extremely weak when you look at the facts.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/18/mccains-offshore-drilling_n_107872.html http://climateprogress.org/2008/06/04/opening-anwr-cuts-gas-prices-two-cents-in-2025

Why wouldn’t we want to drill as much as we can? However, I dislike the current model where we just give away drilling rights on our land for nothing or next to nothing. American citizens should be compensated for every drop of oil that comes out of public lands. That oil is our birthright.


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