Americans may be a little premature in celebrating the reluctant decision by the Democrats not to reinstate the bans on oil drilling and shale oil production.
Realising that the ban was forcing up oil prices and they would suffer in the election for it, they very publicly made a show of appearing to withdraw from their avid support for it. This was a sham.
Democrats believe in what they have always believed, that Americans should be restricted in their access to oil. They still do. That way they can point to the massive cost of imports and use it as an excuse for higher taxes, excises, and presumably some sort of government intervention in the supply and distribution of energy supplies.
The first attempt at reinstating the ban is already under way from them, using the current financial bailout as a smokescreen to cover a ban on shale oil.
Town Hall released details today.
Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to ban shale oil exploration while most members of Congress are focusing on the $700 billion financial bailout.Buried in the depths of a 77 page amendment to be moved by Slippery Harry and Bob Byrd (The Dixiecrat and former Klukker who spoke for fourteen hours to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1964), is a short passage: -
Sen. Jim DeMint (R.-S.C.) posted the text of Reid’s proposed ban on shale on his Senate blog Thursday afternoon. "It would be an insult to all Americans if Senate Democrats worked to bailout Wall Street while damaging our future prosperity by banning development of vast energy reserves in oil shale,” a DeMint staffer wrote.
Colorado Sen. Wayne Allard’s (R.) staff also sounded the alarm once they got wind of Reid’s plans. Allard’s state would be directly affected by the shale ban, as most of the nation’s shale depositories are in the Western states.
Approximately 800 billion to 2 trillion barrels of oil are estimated to be located there.
The congressional ban on offshore drilling and shale exploration is set to expire on September 30. Conservative proponents of domestic energy exploration have declared October 1 “Energy Freedom Day” to celebrate the ban’s termination. …….
SEC. 1602. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, including section 152 of division A of H.R. 2638 (110th Congress), the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009, the terms and conditions contained in section 433 of division F of Public Law 110–161 shall remain in effect for the 19 fiscal year ending September 30, 2009.This looks innocent enough on its own, just standard political crap talk and easily overlooked, which was of course the intention.
“Freedom Works,” saved me the trouble of sorting through a lot of information to find just what this meant: -
It is only when you go to Public Law 110-161 that it becomes more clear. The specific section of relevance, section 433 of division F of Public Law 110-161 reads:So here’s how it works, the Dems slip his through on the quiet, and presumably one on oil somewhere else, while maintaining their feigned acceptance of the peoples wish until after the election, then when everybody is looking towards more and cheaper oil in the future, they notice a couple of legislative obstacles.
SEC. 433. None of the funds made available by this Act shall be used to prepare or publish final regulations regarding a commercial leasing program for oil shale resources on public lands pursuant to section 369(d) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law109–58) or to conduct an oil shale lease sale pursuant to subsection 369(e) of such Act.
“Aw Shucks, it can’t be done.”