Thursday, June 19, 2008

Drill or Get Off the Pot

The "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" petition created by Newt Gingrich's American Solutions organization has reached one million signatures. Nice work!

You can't miss this discussion on the airwaves whether you're watching TV or listening to the radio lately. The price of gasoline is now at over $4 per gallon and the debate about how to become less dependent on foreign oil has FINALLY pushed this debate into the mainstream. As some of us will recall, this debate has been going on since the gas rationing days of the 1970s. While gasoline was cheap, Americans were deaf and dumb to the debate. Now that it's painfully pricey, we're all ears, aren't we?

Anyone remember this speech?


Sound familiar?! Geez. We've been hearing that same old "alternative energy" speech since the 1970s. Environmentalists have been telling us we're ruining the planet since the 1970s. The "windfall profits tax" was tried in the 1970s. I feel like I've entered Peabody and Mr. Sherman's Way Back Machine!

Take a look around now -- Brazil has claimed its energy independence with their jackpot oil find. We have 66-115 billion barrels of oil waiting for us within the federal borders of our Outer Continental Shelf and about 16 billion barrels under the frozen tundra of the Alaskan National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR). We now have clean coal technology on which to draw as well as safer and more efficient off-shore oil drilling techniques and smaller footprints for drilling.

All this while President George H.W. Bush has an Executive Order in place to prevent off-shore drilling in our very own Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), and while President Clinton vetoes drilling in ANWAR. Here we are more than 10 years later wondering why we're paying over $4 a gallon for gasoline. Smack yourself in the forehead; pound your head on the wall; splash some ice water in your face and wake the frig up, folks!! It's time. It's long past time to get with the program.

It's time to step up the "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" program to reach three million signatures by the time the Democrats and Republicans hold their conventions this election year. Click here to donate $10 to the cause and receive a bumper sticker to promote the program as you burn that pricey gasoline on the road. (If you spot a red Mazda 3 hatchback on I-71 in Kentucky with this bumper sticker in the window, honk at your friend, ConservaChick!)

President Bush outlined the most sane and practical approach to the problem yesterday in his speech. Now, President Bush, let's just back up that plan with an Executive Order rescinding your father's Executive Order, shall we? Then, it's "drill or get off the pot" time for Congress.


Anonymous said...

Peabody and Mr. Sherman? Tell me, Chick, did you prefer Quake or Quisp, or my fav, good old Captain Crunch? SCOOBY Class of 75 Whatsamatta U

Anonymous said...

OMG I used to watch Bullwinkle with a huge bowl of Quisp. Do they still make that stuff?

Dawn said...

Ah yes, Scooby! I was a Cap'n Crunch w/Crunchberries gal when I was younger. I didn't fall for that new age Quisp stuff! ;o)

Hey, evidently you CAN still buy Quisp, Anonymous! Check this out:

-- Dawn, Whatsamatta U, Class of '78

Anonymous said...

Thanx Dawn I ordered 6 boxes today. When they get here I will check the use by date!