Standing shoulder to shoulder – almost (Souder was absent but I am sure he was there in spirit), the Four Apopletic Republican Horsemen from Indiana demanded that a vote on opening up more land and coastal areas to drilling be taken before Congress’s August recess. Of course, those familiar with the situation have said that it will be a good ten years before the drilling produces any results.

But the four have never let reality get in the way of politicking, so no one expects them to start now. After all, it is an election year. Their posturing sounds great to the American people who have been coping with high gas prices, high food prices, and an economic downturn. However, the four deftly avoid any discussion about the far-off, in-the-future production.

Their hypocrisy is evident in their actions. While they were demanding that additional drilling be undertaken, they opposed H.R. 6251: Responsible Federal Oil and Gas Lease Act, a bill that would have prohibited the Secretary of the Interior from issuing new Federal oil and gas leases to holders of existing leases who do not diligently develop the lands subject to such existing leases or relinquish such leases. The goal of the bill was to encourage oil companies to utilize already existing lands and make better efforts to manage and produce from those lands.

What a novel idea – have the oil companies better manage their existing leased lands rather than go after prohibited lands.

Their actions are just one more example of the real prize at the end – opening up coastal waters and ANWR to drilling. The four horsemen aren’t interested in measures that would encourage the oil companies to more responsibly manage the lands they already lease. They – as well as the other big business Republican supporters want one thing and one thing only – drilling in the coastal waters and, especially, drilling in ANWR.


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. John Good says:

    Time to send these throwbacks home; where they can quietly disappear into the knuckle-dragging crowd they arose from. . .

  2. mark garvin says:

    Everybody always pushes people to save for their retirement, but they never mention that it takes ten years or more before you will have saved anything of consequence (relative to retirement needs). If they did admit that obvious fact, it would expose the fundamental flaw in the savings strategy.

    And I think Congress should pass a resolution requiring ALL businesses to better use their existing resources, capital and assets. Especially timely would be a resolution requiring GM and all of the airlines to operate at a profit. These businesspeople probably know a little bit about their business, and have a little incentive to run it well so they make a profit, but they aren’t as bright as Congress people and federal regulators. Businesses are too important to the country to leave them in the hands of those who created them.

  3. J. Q. Taxpayer says:

    This kind of thing will not fix our problems. All it will do is drag the econ of the US further down the drain. The people from both sides if the isle need to get off the darn grandstanding! Otherwise the US is going to go right down the tubes…. It may be in two years or five years but if we don’t address the issue for the best of the entire country we (middle and poor class) will suffer.

    The answer is between drilling for oil and finding a new fuel system. Plus providing time to fix it. There is no “silver bullet” to fix this one!!!!!

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