End Gang Violence Against Reason NOW!

I’ve had it with this “gang” meme in Congress.

A Gang of 16 in the Senate is pushing an energy bill that would spend billions of dollars, raise taxes, and do nothing to lower the price of gasoline. And they’ve only been back for three days!

The bill would open up a tiny little smidgen of space on the Outer Continental Shelf for oil and gas exploration — just enough that Democrats who vote for it can claim to be pro-drilling, neutralizing one of the Republicans’ most energizing issues going into the November elections. But the benefits of the bill’s meager drilling provisions would be negated (and then some) by $30 billion in tax hikes on U.S. oil companies, placing our own domestic producers at an additional disadvantage compared to their overseas competitors. In exchange for very little new supply, these companies would pay higher taxes related to the crucial activities of exploration and refinery-capacity expansion.

...The money raised by taxing U.S. oil companies would go to pay for $84 billion in new spending on dodgy renewable energy projects… Since 2005, Congress has passed two energy bills chock full of subsidies for renewable energy, and gas prices have increased nearly $1.50 per gallon.

...These biofuel subsidies explain why the gang has attracted Republicans like Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson, John Thune, and Bob Corker, all of whom come from states that stand to reap tremendous financial benefits from biofuel handouts.

...The gang’s proposal would actually leave most offshore areas off-limits in exchange for allowing four states — Georgia, Virginia, and the Carolinas — the option of approving new oil leases 50 miles off their shores. The bill would open a little new acreage in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida, but Florida’s eastern shores would remain off-limits, as would the oil-rich Pacific.
[emph mine - e~C]

Here’s the info for the RNC Finance Department:
Phone: 202-863-8747 |

Fax: 202-863-8589 |

E-mail:

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss (GA)—202-224-3521—770-763-9090
Sen. Johnny Isakson (GA)—202-224-3643—770-661-0999

Sen. Bob Corker (TN)—202-224-3344—423-756-2757

Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC)—202-224-5972—864-250-1417

Sen. John Thune (SD)—202-224-2321—605-334-9596

You know what to do.

Ace

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
09/16 at 05:17 AM •
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