Born Again Oil Man: John “spud” McCain–Praise The Lord and Start Drilling

Posted on June 18, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Links, Politics, Rants, Raves, Resources, Reviews, Science, Taxes, Technology, Video, War |


Today in Houston, Texas, the capital of the oil and gas industry in the United States, Senator McCain in a speech said: 

“The next president must be willing to break with the energy policies not just of the current administration, but the administrations that preceded it, and lead a great national campaign to achieve energy security for America. So, in the days ahead, I plan to return to the subject in a series of discussions to explain my reform agenda. And I will set forth a strategy to free America once and for all from our strategic dependence on foreign oil.” 

Drill For Oil You Hypocritical Democrats. DRILL DRILL!!!

Democrats Vote Against Drilling for U.S. Oil – TREASON?

Top 10 reasons to blame Democrats for soaring gasoline prices

By William Tate

“…10) ANWR  If Bill Clinton had signed into law the Republican Congress’s 1995 bill to allow drilling of ANWR instead of vetoing it, ANWR could be producing a million barrels of (non-Opec) oil a day–5% of the nation’s consumption. Although speaking in another context, even Democrat Senator Charles Schumer, no proponent of ANWR drilling, admits that “one million barrels per day,” would cause the price of gasoline to fall “50 cents a gallon almost immediately,” according to a recent George Will column. …”

Apparently Senator McCain needs the financial support of the energy industry–coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear–to counter Senator Obama’s lock on the green socialists campaign contributions including those of George Soros. 

Senator McCain was told that unless he lifted the ban on drilling, he would not get the financial support of the energy sector nor the votes of the American people, especially Texans. 

Unlike the late President Ronald Reagan who was a noted reader and great communicator, Senate McCain apparently does not read many books, but he does read the polls:

67% Support Offshore Drilling, 64% Expect it Will Lower Prices

“…Most voters favor the resumption of offshore drilling in the United States and expect it to lower prices at the pump, even as John McCain has announced his support for states that want to explore for oil and gas off their coasts.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey—conducted before McCain announced his intentions on the issue–finds that 67% of voters believe that drilling should be allowed off the coasts of California, Florida and other states. Only 18% disagree and 15% are undecided. Conservative and moderate voters strongly support this approach, while liberals are more evenly divided (46% of liberals favor drilling, 37% oppose).

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters believe it is at least somewhat likely that gas prices will go down if offshore oil drilling is allowed, although 27% don’t believe it. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of conservatives say offshore drilling is at least somewhat likely to drive prices down. That view is shared by 57% of moderates and 50% of liberal voters.

Nearly all voters are worried about rising gas and energy prices, with 79% very concerned and 16% somewhat concerned. …”

Movement conservatives have known for many years that Senator McCain is a Rockerfeller Republican. 

Senator McCain is now a certified Rockerfeller Republican. The torch has been passed. 

Rockefeller Republican 

“In the politics of the United States of America, the Rockefeller Republicans were a faction of Republicans who hold liberal views similar to those of the late Nelson Rockefeller (1908-1979), governor of New York from 1959 to 1974 and Vice President of the United States under President Gerald Ford from 1974 to 1977. 

Thomas Dewey, governor of New York from 1942 to 1954 and the Republican presidential nominee in 1944 and 1948, was the leader of the moderate wing of the Republican Party in the 1940s and early 1950s, battling conservative Republicans from the Midwest led by Senator Robert Taft of Ohio, known as “Mr. Republican”. With the help of Dewey, General Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated Taft for the 1952 presidential nomination and became the leader of the moderates. Eisenhower coined the phrase “Modern Republicanism” to describe his moderate vision of Republicanism. 

After Eisenhower, Rockefeller emerged as the leader of the more liberal wing of the Republican party, running for President in 1960, 1964 and 1968. Rockefeller Republicans suffered a crushing defeat in 1964 when conservatives captured control of the Republican party and nominated Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona for President. 

Senator Prescott S. Bush (1895-1972) of Connecticut (father and grandfather of then future presidents) was a moderate Republican who largely agreed with Rockefeller’s policies, though the two were estranged. Other leaders include Pennsylvania governor Raymond P. Shafer

After Rockefeller left the national stage in 1976, this faction of the party was more often called “moderate Republicans” or Nixonians, in contrast to the conservatives who rallied to Ronald Reagan. …” 

In Texas there is a saying, money talks and bullshit walks. 

Unfortunately McCain is still falling for a lot of green BS. 

Senator McCain is still against drilling in ANWR: 

“We called it a ‘refuge’ for a reason,” he says. 

Yes we do, the green socialists changed it from “range” under President Carter, for propaganda reasons, and Senator McCain fell for their propaganda lies, hook, line and sinker. 

McCain: OCS “should be open to exploration and exploitation”

“…CARL: Thank you. The lifting of the moratoria comes as an awful lot of Republicans are saying, ‘We got to drill! We got to drill! and we got to go into ANWR.’ And last week you went up the coast of Florida, you went to the Everglades, you went to the Grand Canyon, but ANWR is still off that list. To what extent is the lifting of the moratoria addressing that, and how do you persuade Republicans that you are not in their face about an important part of their domestic energy bill?

MCCAIN: I try not to get into their face. I believe that ANWR is a pristine area. Obviously I’ve felt that way ever since we put it into permanent preservation status. But I also believe that lifting the moratoria from off-shore drilling and natural gas exploration is something that should take place at a very high priority. And again, I don’t want to dictate to the states what they should do. But I think that the states can be provided with additional incentives, such as a greater share of the revenues than is presently the case. So I do believe that there are places in the world, as I said, that we should not drill. But I certainly think there are places off our coasts that should be open to exploration and exploitation. And I hope that we can take the first step, by lifting the moratoria in order to do so. …”

Here is a more accurate description of ANWR: 

“…In this sense the whole area is really just a Rorschach test for the imagination. There’s little doubt that for much of human history most reasonable people would have considered this spot the definition of the word “godforsaken.” You need not look back, for evidence, to the ancient pilgrims who died on the frozen tundra. You could simply read an old copy of the Washington Post from 14 years ago: “[T]hat part of the [ANWR] is one of the bleakest, most remote places on this continent, and there is hardly any other where drilling would have less impact on the surrounding life.” 

Two decades have intervened, and an environmental fatwa has been issued declaring that the word “pristine” is synonymous with “beautiful” or “sacred.” Of course, anyone who has seen a mint-condition AMC Gremlin knows that pristineness and aesthetic appeal have only a coincidental relationship. Even ANWR fetishists concede that in the winter, with its complete darkness and 70-below-zero temperatures-not counting wind chill-this is no paradise. 

But then, it’s no paradise in the summertime either. During the winter, the entire coastal plain is covered by a vast tarp of ice; when the sun comes back, the resulting thaw creates, well, lots of puddles. These patches of freestanding water pock the flat tundra for as far as the eye can see; that’s why this barren region is the only place the U.S. government recognizes as both a desert and a wetland. The water in an old tire can breed thousands of mosquitoes; a puddle in a junkyard, millions. ANWR is the Great Kingdom of the Mosquitoes. …” 

Suggest Senator McCain read the green socialist Senator Patrick Leahy’s web site:

History of ANWR 

“In 1960 President Eisenhower established the 8.9 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Range, in order to protect its “unique wildlife, wilderness, and recreational values.” In 1980 Congress and President Carter expanded the Range and renamed it the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Further additions enlarged the Refuge to 19.5 million acres. Congress permanently protected most of the Refuge but set aside 1.5 million acres in the coastal 1002 area for oil exploration and potential development, subject to further Congressional approval. Several subsequent efforts to open the 1002 area for development failed in Congress, one after the Exxon Valdez disaster and one by presidential veto. The 1002 area is the last 5% of Alaska’s northern coastal plain that is not open to oil and gas development. …” 

Then Senator read my previous post: 

ANWR: Pristine–Pristine–Pristine–Desolute–Desolute–Desolute–Drill–Drill–Drill– McCain/Romney: Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less! 

Better yet Senator take your next summer and winter vacation with your entire family in ANWR!

Invite Barrack “dud” Obama and his family as your guest.

Better yet invite your good friends the Clintons as well.

Write a book–Presidential  Pristine Pleasures & Privilleges–on your vacations in ANWR.

Bring along an economics introductory book to read, may be both of you would learn something.

May I suggest two by Thomas Sowell:

Basic Economics 2nd Ed: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy, Revised and Expanded Edition (Hardcover)

Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One (Hardcover)

For additional reading on your long journey in the wilderness:

Thomas Sowell on Barrack Obama

obama Says- Americans Want Higher Gas Prices

Senator Obama does not have a clue how markets work or prices are determined or what the American people want.

Cocky Ignorance
By Thomas Sowell
June 10, 2008

“…The media have been crucial to Barack Obama’s whole candidacy. His only achievements of national significance in his entire career have been media achievements and rhetorical achievements.

Perhaps his greatest achievement has been running as a candidate with an image wholly incompatible with what he has actually been doing for decades. This man who is now supposedly going to “unite” us has for years worked hand in glove, and contributed both his own money and the taxpayers’ money, to people who have sought to divide us in the most crude demagogic ways.

With all his expressed concern about the war in Iraq, he has not set foot in Iraq for more than two years– including the very years when progress has been made against the terrorists there.

You don’t need to know the facts when you have cocky ignorance and the media behind you.”

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30 Years of Useless Polticians on Oil

“Mr. Bush, Tear Up That Offshore Drilling Ban”

By Michelle Malkin

“… reported yesterday that GOP Rep. John Peterson’s effort to rescind the offshore drilling ban was rejected by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment. As I noted, California and Florida-pandering members of the Senate and the White House both oppose the measure. Thomas Pyle of the Institute for Energy Research sent this statement and letter to President Bush today: …” 

Bush in offshore drilling call

President Bush has asked the US Congress to end a ban on offshore oil drilling. …”

Bob Barr: Energy Policy & ANWR

Bob Barr On Energy Independence On Glenn Beck 06/05/2008

Barr on Glenn Beck 06/06/2008 – Part 1

McCain on offshore drilling: For it before he was against it before he was for it again;

“…Just a recap: McCain was AWOL on the windfall profits tax debate in the Senate (a failed Carter relic that he says he’d be “glad to look at”). He had nothing to say about Rep. John Peterson’s effort to lift the offshore drilling ban when it was up for a vote last week. And as I noted back on May 22, he has channeled the entire Democrat presidential field’s class warfare rhetoric and repeatedly referred to the oil industry’s “obscene profits.”

Now, he’s announced he wants to lift the offshore drilling moratorium and will give an energy speech tomorrow. He was for it before he was against it before he was for it again. Positively Kerryesque:

McCain calls for end to offshore drilling ban
GOP candidate in Houston today to mend fences with oil industry 

“…As McCain revealed Monday, his speech today includes a proposal to end a federal ban on offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and much of the the oceanic coasts, giving states the option to approve oil production within their waters. 

“As for offshore drilling, it’s safe enough these days that not even Hurricanes Katrina and Rita could cause significant spillage from the battered rigs off the coasts of New Orleans and Houston,” he says in the prepared text of the speech. “Yet, for reasons that become less convincing with every rise in the price of foreign oil, the federal government discourages offshore production.” 

The ban, which McCain favored in some of his legislative votes, stems from environmental concerns and preservation of coastal scenery. 

McCain also suggests in today’s speech that the federal government relax regulations on nuclear power and the development of oil refineries. 

But he also asserts that the nation must be mindful of the effects on global warming of the use of oil and other carbon-based fuels. And he calls for an eventual reliance on alternative, clean fuels, as well as a commitment to conserving energy. 

McCain Seeks to End Offshore Drilling Ban 

Sen. John McCain called yesterday for an end to the federal ban on offshore oil drilling, offering an aggressive response to high gasoline prices and immediately drawing the ire of environmental groups that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has courted for months. 

“We must embark on a national mission to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil,” McCain told reporters yesterday. In a speech today, he plans to add that “we have untapped oil reserves of at least 21 billion barrels in the United States. But a broad federal moratorium stands in the way of energy exploration and production. . . . It is time for the federal government to lift these restrictions.”  …” 

Spudd or Spudding In

“The Question:

In the oil drilling industry there is a term called “spudding.” What is it and how does it work? 

The Answer:

“…To spud comes from the Middle English word, “spudde” meaning a short knife. In oil drilling “spudding” means the very start of drilling on a new well. The American Petroleum Institute offers the following definitions using the word spud:

Spud Contractor Name

The name of the contractor spudding the well.

Spud Date
The day when the drilling bit penetrates the surface utilizing a drilling rig capable of drilling the well to the authorized total depth.
Spud Time
The actual time (hours and minutes) when the drilling bit penetrates the surface utilizing a drilling rig capable of drilling the well to the authorized depth.
Spudding In
The very beginning of drilling operations of a new well.  …” 

Money Talks, Bullshit Walks 

Congressional Democrats Vote For Dependence on Foreign Oil

Thomas Sowell

Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow
The Hoover Institution
Stanford University

Executive Summary

Generation: While average temperatures prevailed across most of the Nation in January 2008, warmer-than-average temperatures in the more densely populated Northeastern United States led to a total heating degree day level for the contiguous U.S. that, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was 3.7 percent lower than the average for the month of January, but 5.0 percent higher than the fairly mild January 2007. According to the Federal Reserve Board, industrial production was 2.3 percent higher than it had been in January 2007. The higher heating demand and rise in production led to a net generation total that was 3.1 percent or 10.9 million MWh higher than January 2007. The increased generation was largely met with natural gas-fired capacity, although coal and wind generation also increased, offsetting the decrease in hydroelectric and nuclear generation from January 2007.

Of the four major sources of net generation (coal, nuclear, natural gas, and conventional hydroelectric), only coal and gas-fired generation showed an increase from January 2007 to January 2008. According to NOAA, “26 percent of the U.S. was in moderate to exceptional drought in January 2008,” and 39 percent of the Southeast was under “extreme or exceptional drought.” These conditions, particularly those in the Southeast, contributed to the 15.3 percent or 4.0 million MWh drop in conventional hydroelectric generation from January 2007.

Coal generation in January 2008 was 3.8 percent or 6.7 million MWh higher than it was in January 2007. Net generation attributable to nuclear sources was 4.5 percent or 3.3 million MWh lower than the year before. Natural gas-fired generation was 20.8 percent or 12.4 million MWh higher than its January 2007 level, while petroleum liquid-fired generation was 29.3 percent or 1.3 million MWh lower compared to a year ago, with its overall share of net generation still quite small compared to coal, nuclear, and natural gas-fired sources. Wind-powered generation was 52.0 percent or 1.3 million MWh higher than it was in January 2007. Wind-powered generation contributed 11.7 percent of the increase in total net generation. Even with these significant increases, the contribution of wind-powered generation to the national total was only 1.0 percent in January 2008.

In January 2008, 50.3 percent of the Nation’s electric power was generated at coal-fired plants (Figure 1). Nuclear plants contributed 19.5 percent, 19.8 percent was generated at natural gas-fired plants, and 1.2 percent was generated at petroleum-fired plants. Conventional hydroelectric power provided 6.2 percent of the total, while other renewables (primarily biomass, but also geothermal, solar, and wind) and other miscellaneous energy sources generated the remaining electric power. Figure 2 shows net generation by month for the last 12 months.

Nuclear Power

EIA2007 f4.jpg

The above is background information for my comment below.


John McCain wants to LOWER Gas prices…


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You want to know the REAL reason we are at the mercy of foreign (and hostile) oil producing countries? The Republicans. It has been their unswerving paid alligence to Big Oil and Coal and conspiracy to back-burner and trivialize clean and renewable energies like solar and wind every step of the way. It’s a scandal of the first order. We never should have been in this predicament. People have been calling for clean alternatives for decades now but Congress, in bed with Fat Cat CEOs, have done all they could to favor Oil and Coal by giving them huge subsidies and tax breaks while simultaneously roadblocking R&D into renewables. Why? Because de-centralized alternatives would mean no longer being dependent on a large central corporation to provide one’s energy needs. A population with their own solar panels or wind turbines etc. would OWN their energy and not have to continually pay for it and they simply couldn’t have that. Frankly, it’s just insane.

One would think that with the sudden spiking of gas prices recently, though, they would remember their supposed role of looking out for the American people and would realize that we should be investing in renewables – but you’d be wrong.

“Separately, Democrats also failed to get Republican support for a proposal to extend tax breaks for wind, solar and other alternative energy development, and for the promotion of energy efficiency and conservation. The tax breaks have either expired or are scheduled to end this year…. The oil companies could have avoided the tax if they invested the money in alternative energy projects or refinery expansion. It also would have rescinded oil company tax breaks — worth $17 billion over the next 10 years — with the revenue to be used for tax incentives to producers of wind, solar and other alternative energy sources as well as for energy conservation.”

When Bill Clinton tried to make it fairer again the Republicans put the breaks on anything that could lead to a switch away from dirty energy (oil, coal, nuclear).

Read the book, The Bottomless Well, that I recommended in my post above, Facing Fundamental Facts.

As a classical liberal or libertarian, I oppose any and all subsidies to rent seeking businesses no matter what their form.

Neither wind nor solar will supply the American people’s need for inexpensive electrical power.

Electrical power will be supplied by coal and nuclear powered plants for at least the next fifty years and more likely next one hundred years.

While I favor nuclear power with no government subsidies, it will take at least twenty to thirty years to increase the percentage to 80% from it current level of about 20%.

The United States will follow the lead of China and build more coal and nuclear power plants for the foreseeable future.

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