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"Drill, baby, drill" and the Florida delegates

ST. PAUL - Florida Republicans are hobnobbing today with former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, who it would seem has his eyes on Florida's coastline.

He started the "drill, baby, drill" call and response Wednesday that fired up the crowd in the convention hall: "So, do you want to put your country first?" Steele asked the crowd to cheers, "Then let's reduce our dependency on foreign sources of oil and promote oil and gas production at home. In other words, drill baby drill! And drill now!"

It'll be a different response Friday from Sen. Bill Nelson who is scheduled to deliver what his office bills as a "major energy policy speech" at the Forum Club of The Palm Beaches. Here's some of what he has to say and it isn't "drill, baby, drill."

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He said he wants energy independence, but cautions "against listening to the misguided rhetoric and hollow chants like those heard on the floor of the Republican convention this week: 'Drill, baby, drill.'

"Such a seemingly swift and simple solution to high gas prices has no basis in reality.." Nelson said in remarks prepared for delivery. "More leasing will only delay America’s freedom from oil. And, if we do - 'drill, baby, drill' - we will dirty and destroy our state’s economy...More fundamentally – no matter what anybody says or writes – the U.S. has only three percent of the world’s oil reserves, while it uses nearly one-fourth of the world’s supply. That means we cannot drill our way out of this problem."

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jaguar

Bill Nelson is opposed to "misguided rhetoric and hollow chants"?, sorta like the congregation of Obama chanting "yes, we can"?
And, oh yeah, please properly inflate your tires -- THAT is a strategy for energy independence! Way better than producing more oil.

michaelt

Of course the Republican chant is "Drill Baby, Drill". The GOP is now the Grand Oil Party and anyone who cannot see that has been wearing blinders for the past decade. Just where did the profits from our current drilling efforts go? In the pockets of the oil industry. Where did the profits come from? Out of our pockets. So just where do we, as citizens, figure into the energy policy of "Drill Baby, Drill"? OH, that's right, our pockets.

Wake up people, oil profits are private and we don't figure into the formula - unless you live in Alaska. Any new production here in the States goes into the world oil market. It's NOT ours once it comes out of the ground.

Just because the GOP is owned by the oil industry doesn't mean I am or that my vote is.

Kevin

the corrupt repulicans are in the big pocket of the oil companies, they dont want alternative energy as what cut off their billion dollar profits, palin and mcain will even further cripple the economy, america's image, the envioroment. the only winners are ceos and oil companies, palin too ignorant to handle alaska

happyplanet

Cross posted from Environment America's Daily Kos Diary

Here
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/8/15457/79891/662/591234

I couldn't quite believe it myself when I heard the crowd at the Republican National Convention last week, whipped up into a frenzy over the idea of opening our precious coasts to new drilling.

Go here to see and hear it for yourself.
http://www.environmentamerica.org/action/drill-baby-drill-congress?id=COM

In the last few days, 10,000 of us have urged our representatives and senators in Congress to say no to new offshore drilling, no to putting our beautiful coasts at risk of devastating spills, and no to the false hope of a quick-and-dirty fix to our energy problems. That's a fantastic accomplishment in such a short time.


But frankly, we need to do more to make ourselves heard over the din of "drill, baby, drill" -- especially when Big Oil's propaganda machine can so easily amplify their call on Capitol Hill.

As soon as the next few days, Congress will vote on whether to pass an energy policy paid for by Big Oil or one that puts us on a path toward a clean, sustainable energy future. Tell Congress to put a stop to the Big Oil agenda right now.

Take Action
http://www.environmentamerica.org/action/drill-baby-drill-congress?id=COM

We're raising the voice of people from all over the country to expose Big Oil's self-serving agenda, which includes:

* Saying NO to clean energy and energy efficiency tax credits,
* Saying YES to $13.5 billion in tax giveaways to the oil industry, and
* Saying YES to new drilling off our coasts.

Let's face facts. Big Oil's agenda is not about saving us money at the pump. It's about making them more money any way they can.

As outrageous as that is, we cannot win without Congress hearing from more Americans like you.

Click here to tell Congress to pass a sensible energy policy.
http://www.environmentamerica.org/action/drill-baby-drill-congress?id=COM

"Drill, baby, drill" is no solution to our energy problems, not by a long shot. Help us stand up to Big Oil today.

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