It's not just drilling

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We agree with President Bush that America needs to start drilling for oil again.

It's not just a matter of convenient or cheaper fuel. It's a question of national security.

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin's energy policy is clear: He wants all of it, and he wants his country to use it as a lever. Ask Europe. Or the animals of the arctic, where Putin has planted his flag and claimed the land and resources for Mother Russia.

Then there's China, which isn't shy about drilling off the coast of the United States for its energy -- which it is, in Cuban waters some 50 miles from the Florida Keys.

"China is trying to lock up resources around the world, and they are locking up resources in our own backyard where we can't even compete and play ball," Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel .

Energy will dictate the future. Countries that control it will control many other things. Energy, as much as military might, will dictate whether one is a superpower or an also-ran.

The Democratic approach is to simply oppose energy expansion. Shooting down everyone else's ideas is not a substitute for having your own policy. Democrats will increasingly find themselves behind the curve -- dangerously so -- if they continue to blindly oppose every traditional form of energy known to man.

Having said that, drilling alone isn't enough. It's a knee-jerk reaction, not a policy.

Even if President Bush somehow makes the Democratic leaders in Congress see the light -- and what it takes to keep it burning -- the country needs a more comprehensive energy policy than just offshore drilling.

We need a Manhattan Project-style program for alternative energy sources, particularly for transportation. We need to encourage the development of more hybrid, electric or hydrogen-fueled vehicles. We need to accelerate development of nuclear energy, which we haven't done for 30 years.

We need all that and more in our national energy policy.

Drilling and refining are just the start.

But if Democrats are against that, what do they propose in order to lower the cost of gasoline and to lessen the drag on our economy?

Just what are they for? Fred Flintstone's feet?

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/03/08 - 03:01 am
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Not drilling is way dumber

Not drilling is way dumber then drilling. It always has been and still is. Not refining is pretty dumb, too. I foresee neither happening soon. Politics, gotta love it. I think drastically raising taxes on oil is a great way to get the price of gas down. Obama '08!

Ga Values
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Ga Values 07/03/08 - 05:03 am
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"China is trying to lock up

"China is trying to lock up resources around the world, and they are locking up resources in our own backyard where we can't even compete and play ball," Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel .

Wonder if the interview was in the MEN"S ROOM?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/03/08 - 05:06 am
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Very funny tomgahunter.

Very funny tomgahunter. What's your point? Gas prices to low for you? Stand by, funny guy. They'll be a lot higher if the taxes go up as much as Obama says they will.

christian134
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christian134 07/03/08 - 05:47 am
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Very true and well stated

Very true and well stated patricia...Now if the powers that be will pull their collective heads out of the "outhouses" before all efforts to jump start our our energy program become moot...Or in other words all efforts will come a day late and a dollar short...

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/03/08 - 05:54 am
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It's a an urban legend that

It's a an urban legend that China is drilling off the U.S. coastline. The very serious Vice President, Dick Cheney, a man with "gravitas", repeated that lie just like he lied when he said "there is not doubt whatsoever that Saddam Hussein has reconstituted his nuclear weapons program." China is NOT drilling for oil in Cuban waters 50 miles off the Florida coast. The Chronicle is using fear tactics to stampede the American people & Congress into giving Bush & Big Oil what they want. Why were CAFE standards relaxed during the 1990s? Why hasn't this country become more energy efficient like Europe has? Why aren't our appliances (stoves, refrigerators, washing machines & clothes dryers) more energy efficient & why don't they conserve water? Why don't we have more public transit & rapid rail? Why aren't we moving move people & goods by rail instead of in cars, trucks & airplanes? Why are there not more tax incentives for produces & consumers to adopt efficient/alternative technologies? The Chronicle raves for private enterprise. The oil companies have record profits. Why aren't they using those profits to drill on lands they already have leased? Republican "leadership" has failed us.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/03/08 - 06:01 am
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Cain, still insane and poorly

Cain, still insane and poorly informed, by choice. The questions you ask have been answered on this site and hundreds of others many, many times. You only see what you want to see. It's a trait of your mental condition. See your doctor and have him adjust your meds. Your conclusions may improve.

shivas
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shivas 07/03/08 - 06:23 am
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The intellect on these posts

The intellect on these posts has steadily diminished. Where's the daily "Obama is a closet Muslim." I find it more distressing to now discover more truths concerning the sanctioned torture at Guantanimo. The torture for which we have condemned the Chinese. The torture that some Military commanders argued to not engage in because it was a war crime and against American values. That it was torture that would only elicit false confessions. All this coming from American serviceman. Sanctioned by Rumsfeld and Cheney. And you people have the audacity to label Obama as unpatriotic.

SisterAbdullahX_
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SisterAbdullahX_ 07/03/08 - 06:27 am
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Don't worry PT....this is

Don't worry PT....this is normal behavior for Cain. He has never been concerned with the truth, only his point of view. Examples are his repeating, ad nauseum, that the President knowingly lied to congress about Iraq, yet when asked to prove it, he has NEVER provided anything more than links to other people who say he lied. His mental health is clearly lacking as he demonstrates on numerous occasions, such as his inability to tell the difference between his opinion and a fact.....or his inability to type the word "fiasco" without using all caps. And by the way......MY stove, refrigerator, and dryer are 100% efficent on their water usage, mr. Cain. Oh yeah....how about proving that Cheney lied...or do you just intend to say it over and over until people believe you....or maybe just quote someone else who said he lied. That's your usual proof.

christian134
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christian134 07/03/08 - 06:31 am
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I have no problem whatsoever

I have no problem whatsoever about labeling Obama as a lying, racist, inept closet Muslim, and friend to terrorist shivas in my opinion :-)...Good morning to you....

shivas
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shivas 07/03/08 - 06:33 am
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Of course you don't. You are

Of course you don't. You are a pitiful person filled with ignorance and hate. You are the reason the right-wing is becoming insignificant. Most Americans are tired of lies and hate.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/03/08 - 06:49 am
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Vice President Dick Cheney

Vice President Dick Cheney lied when he said "there is no doubt whatsoever that Saddam Hussein has reconstituted his nuclear weapons program". Cheney also lied for months about WMD in Iraq after none were found by U.S. inspection teams. Cheney continued to state "We don't know that Saddam was not linked to Al Qaeda & the attacks of 9/11/01" for months - even after President Bush publicly stated there were no WMD & no connection between Saddam & Al Qaeda. Now Dick Cheney & The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff are repeating the lie that China is drilling for oil in Cuban waters off the U.S. coastline. They are not! Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice categorically stated that the U.S. gov't had no hand in Iraq's puppet gov't awarding no-bid oil contracts to Exxon & other U.S./western oil companies. That was a lie too. The U.S. State Dept played a direct role as gov't documents attest. The American people were lied to again. Bush also lied when he said that the U.S. gov't did not play a role when the Kurdish region of Iraq awarded an oil contract to Hunt Oil Company of Texas. The White House played a DIRECT role in facilitating that contract as well. The American people have been lied to by Bush "administration" officials for years!

christian134
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christian134 07/03/08 - 06:50 am
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And what's your point

And what's your point shivas...At least I am not trying to undermine this nation's fight for freedom by singing the Black Anthem in place of this nation's National Anthem...Go fling your little words at someone who cares what you and others of your kind that want to flaunt your black theologies and black anthems in every American's face...Take your treasonous ways and create your country...Leave mine alone...Americans of all races, colors and creeds have died for this land..A land that is free to all...Our Constitution was for all, our Anthem was written as that flag was tattered and torn and blood spilled for all...Like I said tell someone who really care one little whit what you think because I most emphatically do not...

Rose
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Rose 07/03/08 - 06:56 am
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right on, Cain and Shivas.

right on, Cain and Shivas.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 07/03/08 - 07:07 am
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Well these stupid post are

Well these stupid post are much smarter than the AC editorial & have more basis in fact....

Bizarro
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Bizarro 07/03/08 - 07:29 am
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How can you tell the

How can you tell the difference between someone lying and someone being misinformed and giving misinformation. Cain makes this point so aptly by example. China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec) signed a memorandum of understanding with Cupet to explore four blocks and to conduct geologicalstudies over six months. This agreement could lead to the signing of a production sharing contract.Almost all current production is heavy crude from onshore wells in northeastern Cuba. Several IOCs operate in Cuba today through joint ventures with Cuba Union des Petroleo (Cupet). These companies include Sherritt International (Canada), Petrobras (Brazil), Repsol-YPF (Spain), Pebercan (Canada). Several other companies from the UK and China have also signed contracts. The Helms-Burton Act prohibits US oil companies from investing in Cuba despite the fact that US oil companies started the Cuban oil industry.15 In December 2003, the Government of Cuba invited US oil companies to join offshore exploration efforts. I should not the Helms-Burton Act was introduced by the Rep. I believe Brazil has just finished their exploratory operation, and the contract with China is a done deal. Make you wonder which beliefs are myths doesn't it.

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aftbrn 07/03/08 - 07:44 am
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It's not going to stop until

It's not going to stop until we all cry uncle loud enough. So far we have managed to take it on the chin, I predict by the end of the year we will lose the middle class and it will be the haves and have nots. Crime rates will soar, and we will all be defending our homes as anything thats not tied down and defended will be stolen by the have nots. The cascading effects of what is going on right now with energy costs has only bugun to show with the rise in food and electric costs. This is a perpetual sustained wave of cost increases in everything we do or consume that has no end in sight until energy costs fall or at least level off.

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dashiel 07/03/08 - 07:47 am
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Shivas is right. Only the

Shivas is right. Only the dumbest of the dumb are still buying this b.s. Just follow the money. Big Oil is loyal to shareholders, NOT its customers. Why is this so difficult for some people to observe and comprehend? Could it be because their portfolios bulge with Big Oil stock?

fredinaiken
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fredinaiken 07/03/08 - 07:52 am
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Two comments to the editors

Two comments to the editors of this fine newspaper: (1) Excellent editorial. Exactly 'on target'! And (2), Pray consider offering your readers the option of sending such fine and vitally important pieces directly to our Washington People over our individual signatures (this accomplished by 'clicking' some appropriate sequence of keys on our personal computer keyboadrs?).

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/03/08 - 08:00 am
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President George W. Bush in

President George W. Bush in the State of the Union Address in January 2006 said "America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world." That was when Republicans controlled both the House & the Senate - 10 months before the Nov 2006 elections that brought Democrats into control in the House & Senate in Jan 2007. Did Bush & the Republican controlled Congress do anything to make us less dependent on foreign oil during those 10 months when they had uncontested control of power? No! Also when someone is addicted to something, the solution is not to give them more of what they are addicted to. The solution is the wean them off the addicting substance. Heroin hurts the body. Burning fossil fuels hurts the planet. If oil prices decreased to $3.00 a gallon Americans would forget about the "crisis" & Congress would do nothing again.// "China-Cuba rumors fuel renewed offshore drilling debate: Rumors of China drilling in Cuban waters are rallying support for drilling off Florida's coast, but experts say they're untrue." [Miami Herald] 12 Jun 2008
http://www.miamiherald.com/campaign08/story/567156.html

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DuhJudge 07/03/08 - 08:03 am
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Slow down, buy better gas,

Slow down, buy better gas, and carpool. Energy price crisis solved. Remember, this energy crisis is not the same as the one in the late 70's. This is a crisis of lifestyle disruption. There are no lines, nobody is out of gas. You like having cheap gas to get yourself where you want to go when you want to go. Trains can't do that, buses can't do that. What has changed, and rather quickly, is that gas has gone from being a wallet expense to being a household expense. If everyone would think of driving like eating, the price would come down. In other words, diet.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 07/03/08 - 08:04 am
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I prefer to be follow a

I prefer to be follow a similar philosophy as the Buddhist and follow the Middle path. I find both extremes of liberal and conservative nauseating. After all the arguments, rhetoric, and delusional behavior they mirror each other just in antithetical ways. I don't know where Cain gets his sources, but Cuban documents demonstrate he is in error. China and Cuba have a signed agreement for China to do exploratory drilling. I should ask why aren't we too given Canada, Spain, and Brazil have and the U.K. has a signed agreement also. Secondary sources are never as good as primary sources-from the horses mouth. China has 16 agreements with Cuba looking at mineral deposits also. To my knowledge China is not yet drilling but just has been invited to and they have signed agreements in that regard. We were invited to the party too but abstained. France has already had exploratory operations off Cuba, and so has Spain.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/03/08 - 08:16 am
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Anybody who does not think

Anybody who does not think there is illegal collusion among oil traders a la the Enron scandal is extremely naive. Increasing worldwide demand for oil is not the primary factor driving the large spike in oil prices over the last year. Speculation, profiteering, and the ever weakening U.S. dollar are the biggest factors IMHO. Today oil spiked near $146 a barrel. The OPEC oil President says oil will hit $150 - $170 in the near term. Today the EU is set to raise interest rates which means that the U.S. stock market will take a hit and the U.S. dollar is set to plummet against the Euro. Oil is priced in dollars. That means the price of oil will only increase. The Bush/Cheney regime's policy of having a weak dollar leads to these consequences. The oil dependent U.S. economy is bound to suffer. Look for the Dow to fall below 10,000 by year's end. That from John Carter, president of Trade The Markets. Economists forecast the U.S. job market will not hit bottom until 2009. Bush & the Republic Party of war, sleaze, corruption & incompetence has to have someone to blame for their failure. Of course they blame the Democrats. United States needs fundamental change not a cheap fix.

Pay What U Owe
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Pay What U Owe 07/03/08 - 08:22 am
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China has leased the land but

China has leased the land but no drilling (possibly because itsa propaganda move to scare us, possibly because the oil there is not as accessible as you might think). US companies have thousands of miles of shore line leased for the same reason. It's raw greed. We give them a lease and no ....thats not where the oil is ...it's over there ....we give them a lease ....no ...it's over t here ....we give them a lease .... wherever we draw the line, Big Oil will insist that's where the oil is. Is a scam for maximum control. We need to break this pattern and find our balls. Drive less, carpool, ditch the Hummer, diversify the energy marketplace. With the restoration of serious competition, capitalist economics will handle the rest.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 07/03/08 - 08:23 am
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and there was no

and there was no "incompetence" when the dims were in power for those previous 8 years?

Bizarro
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Bizarro 07/03/08 - 08:28 am
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Please don't tell me

Please don't tell me PayWhatUOwe you consider a blog-a secondary source more reliable than primary Cuban documents. China hasn't drilled but has been invited along with France, Spain, U.K., Venezuela, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S. Some have done so and others signed agreement to the effect. However that doesn't mean they will drill. I don't see a problem with that other than we aren't there too.

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toldya 07/03/08 - 08:29 am
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bought a small S-10 for hubby

bought a small S-10 for hubby and i carpool- what to do about groceries though? We buy almost the identical things (like most people) and I am paying $50 more. What to do now?

Pay What U Owe
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Pay What U Owe 07/03/08 - 08:31 am
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Actually, con,prior to Bush,

Actually, con,prior to Bush, we had split governance back to Carter. Reagan and Bush with a Dem Congress, Clinton with a Republican congress. The problem is not Bush exactly, since, while he is a miserable evil fool, he is only one man. The problem is a lock-step party that never questions it's leadership while marching off a cliff. Congressional buffering of Reagan and Clinton forced compromise and ultimately, democracy rests on that. Single party rule got us into the mess and only now are we starting to swing back the other way (I know you are smart enough to realize that current economics don't represent that past 18 months of laws that are not in force yet). We will probably have a period of overshoot in the opposite direction under President Obama which is good but ultimately, we need to pull back again toward the center. It's the swings, ultimately, that will kill us.

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Fed Up1 07/03/08 - 08:32 am
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I was listening to one of the

I was listening to one of the news shows last week about oil prices. Newt Gingrich had just talked about "Drill Now." He was saying that it cost the Saudis $2 to extract that barrel of oil and they are charging $140. I calculated that if Exxon drill for a quarter and bought the rest, the price would go from $4 a gallon of gas to $3! The more Exxon drills domestically, the cheaper the price at the pump.

But then the next quest shot down this theory. This guest (I don't remember who) was saying any oil extracted domestically would only be sold on the open market, at the going price of $140. His point was that this barrel would still cost Exxon $140. It wouldn't matter if Exxon drilled for it or bought it from the Saudis.

But why is this case? Congress can pass legislation mandating all oil remove from out country can only be sold in this country. While I hate regulation, it may be necessary to regulate what Exxon sells that barrel of domestic oil for. If it cost Exxon $2 to extract the barrel, I wouldn't have a problem with them charging $10, an $8 profit. Congress says they can't do anything. Well here is something they can do.

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