DRILL BABY DRILL RESPONSE. This is a good one, this whole drillin’ off the Virginia coastline thing. This is a test of how partisan politics operate. Here we have the so-called liberal socialist President agreeing and pushing for a long held GOP idea. Let’s see if Randy Forbes, Rob Wittman and Gov. Bob McDonnell will put out a supportive response to President Obama’s new policy on oil drilling… off the coast of Virginia. The same policy George Allen and Sarah Palin have been blabbing in favor of for years. Let’s watch. Of course silence is heard so far lest these Republicans get on the record supporting the President on something — even a policy they’ve been pushing for for years.
Glenn Nye, Jim Webb and Rob Wittman are silent so far… Let’s look at who has responded:
Rep. Bobby Scott:
“I am very concerned with the President’s announcement to go forward with the previous Administration’s flawed lease sale plan for Virginia. Any lease sale that is to take place off Virginia’s coast should consider the same environmental concerns as those that have apparently protected the West Coast from new exploration. The Commonwealth’s beaches and the Chesapeake Bay should not be put at risk while the public may only enjoy negligible benefits. This plan should also not jeopardize the critical military training that takes place in the Virginia Capes Operation Area.”
Rep. Jim Moran
“Eighty percent of our country’s recoverable natural gas has yet to be tapped in areas where drilling is currently allowed. Enabling more drilling, when these sources have yet to be exhausted, only feeds our economic dependence on fossil fuels…”
Sen. Mark Warner. The Warner statement is unclear to me. If anyone can go to his web site here and figure out what his position is let me know cause I sure can’t. This is part of it:
“This is not a ‘silver bullet’ solution to our nation’s chronic energy challenges. But I have long advocated an ‘all-of-the-above’ approach that incorporates increased R&D into bio-fuels and other renewables, development of our nation’s off-shore oil, gas and wind resources…”