Al Gore Doesn’t Want You To Know This

While all eyes are on the health care ripoff, regular business is ignored in hopes you will not notice. Pay some attention to this.

Whether or not we drill for more American oil and gas before at least 2015 could be decided in 20 days.
And Al Gore and his environmental allies are working hard behind the scenes to make sure that we don’t drill.  So we need to work even harder.

The U.S. Department of Interior decides when and where we drill, and they decide based on public feedback.

This means that if they hear from more people that are opposed to drilling than are for it, then no new drilling will happen until at least 2015. And they’re only accepting comments until September 21.

Those of us who want to drill now must rule the day.

The environmental groups are already collecting hundreds of thousands of signatures and we need to surpass them to win the public comment period.

The way for you to help right now is to submit your comment at

Everything is pre-written for you, so all you have to do is enter your information and hit “Submit Letter.”

This is about creating more American jobs by developing more American energy. This is about making sure that our energy needs are never held hostage to foreign countries that don’t like us.

Please submit your comments right now at and ask your friends to do the same.

Thanks so much for your time and participation.

Dan Varroney
Senior Vice-President & COO
American Solutions for Winning the Future


Offshore Oil Still Years Away?

From those optimists at Associated Press.

A quarter-century ban on offshore exploration expires in this coming week, but don’t expect to see a chain of drilling platforms from the beaches anytime soon.

It will take a couple of years, at least, before any oil or natural gas leases are issued, years more before any oil is found and perhaps a decade before any of it begins to flow to refineries.

And what if Congress, after completing a bill Saturday that removes the freeze, changes its mind next year and again puts some of the coastal waters off-limits?

Who wins the Nov. 4 presidential election is the biggest factor.

It’s the government’s oil and gas. The Interior Department, directed by the White House, will have wide discretion over where leases will be made available and how soon.

If McCain is President:

“We will drill offshore and we will drill them now,” Republican nominee John McCain proclaimed at the GOP convention. He probably would direct the department to accelerate its leasing schedule to include the newly opened regions.

If Obama is President:

Democratic Barack Obama is certain to take a more measured approach if elected. While Obama has said he favors limited expansion into areas that have been off-limits, he has given no specifics, and insists it should be done only as part of a broader agenda that promotes alternative energy and conservation.

The oil isn’t 10 years away as they like to say. I’ve heard it said that oil can be flowing in as little as 3-4 years. It’s no time to be a wimp. Drill It Now! Drop the regulations, issue the permits, and let’s get on with it. We need to get out of this mess now, and fix it for good. With the current economic trouble, this could save us in two ways, more jobs and less dependence on countries that would like to think they can bloody our nose while we are weak. We can still develop alternative power while we drill our own oil. In my opinion, everything needs to be fast tracked like we did during WW2. And that also means a President that has determination and a mind of his own. Not one that waits to see what Soros and the daily kos wants him to do.


Drill Here Drill Now, One Step Closer

Looks like the pressure is paying off.

The wind goes out of their sails

The wind goes out of their sails

WASHINGTON – Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in a months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told reporters Tuesday that a provision continuing the moratorium will be dropped this year from a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after Congress recesses for the election.

Republicans have made lifting the ban a key campaign issue after gasoline prices spiked this summer and public opinion turned in favor of more drilling. President Bush lifted an executive ban on offshore drilling in July.

“If true, this capitulation by Democrats following months of Republican pressure is a big victory for Americans struggling with record gasoline prices,” said House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio.

Democrats had clung to the hope of only a partial repeal of the drilling moratorium, but the White House had promised a veto, Obey said.

The House is expected to act on the spending bill Wednesday. The Senate is likely to go along with the House.

The Rest

H/T Instapundit

More Reason To Drill Now

If we needed any more reason to drill here, drill now, take a look at this.

Allowing drilling isn’t the giveaway to industry that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and environmentalist dead-enders claim. In fact, liberating publicly owned resources could net the Treasury as much as $2.6 trillion in lease payments, royalties and corporate taxes, according to one estimate currently knocking around Capitol Hill. The returns wouldn’t roll in overnight, but that’s almost a full year of spending even for this spendthrift Congress.

Already, with the ban in place, offshore development is one of the federal government’s greatest sources of nontax revenue, amounting to $7 billion and change in 2007. Energy companies bid competitively to acquire leases upfront, then pay rents. The feds are also entitled to a royalty on the market value of oil and gas when sold. Corporate income taxes on producer profits add to the bank.
All told, studies (some industry-funded, some independent) estimate that the total government take from leases in the Gulf of Mexico ranges from 37% to 51%, depending on the location of the lease. The take is somewhat higher is Alaska.

If the ban were lifted, how much Congress might rake in depends on how much oil and gas is recovered, as well as energy prices, royalty rates and taxes at any given time. A 2007 study by University of California economists Matthew Kotchen and Nicholas Burger concludes that opening up a small portion of the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would generate $251 billion in government and state revenue, with oil at its 2005 price of $53 per barrel. Prices are now double that.

So we get our own oil and tons of money to boot. What’s not to like? Who could be against this solution to a couple of our most pressing problems?

Not on my watch

Not on my watch

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Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay NOTHING

Have some fun. You could also win some FREE GAS!

Congress is failing to adopt a long-term American energy plan, and it’s standing in the way of developing more American energy now. Common sense is losing out to political posturing.

So, we turn to you – the creative American – to demonstrate in a short video why we must adopt a ‘Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” approach.

Since Congress is not acting to lower your gas prices now, American Solutions will be offering the winner a break – free gasoline for an entire year.

While we all work together to enact a policy of “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less,” one lucky person will be able to “Pay Nothing.”

Videos will be judged on two qualities – substance and creativity.

This is your chance to demonstrate to Congress and the American people why a “Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less” approach is best for your wallet and your country.

Try to think outside-the-box. Here are a few examples:

  • Showcase your sense of humor or your musical talents.
  • Think about pop culture and current events.
  • Think about your favorite movie and how it would have changed with $4/gallon gasoline.

We do ask that you try to follow a few guidelines:

  • Keep your videos short and to-the-point. Videos should not exceed 2 minutes.
  • Keep your focus on the issue, not personal attacks.

For a full FAQ, please go here.

Once all videos are submitted, American Solutions will choose the Top 3.

The Democrats, Republicans, and independents that make up the American Solutions member community will then vote for a winner.

  • August 13th: Contest Begins
  • September 15th: Deadline for Video Submission
  • September 22nd: Top 3 Videos Announced/Voting Begins
  • September 27th: Winner Announced at Solutions Day 2.0

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