Linda Lee

To the Editor:

In response to the July 4th letter of J.Ray Hunt which was filled with unsubstantiated statements.  In fact, it sounded like talking points of the left wing.   Unfortunately, at least 92%, if not more, of the mainstream media vote one party and are very unsympathetic to any views that do not fit their own. Most of his  railing was against Republicans, linking them to all our “oil problems.”  Here are some facts:

The energy plan put out by the administration is being bottled up in committee  by Nancy Pelosi .  Not one Democrat has signed the discharge petition to bring the plan to a vote.  The speaker wishes to do nothing until her party is in the White House.  Meanwhile, the citizens and the economy are suffering.   Pressure is being put on congress and they do not like it.  Gas prices have risen 76% since the democrats took office in 2006.  What happened to their promise to doing something to lower prices?

HERE ARE SOME MORE FACTS THAT CAN BE DOCUMENTED.

For 31 years Democrats in Congress have prevented the US from building any new oil refineries.

In 1995, when oil was $19 a barrel, President Clinton vetoed legislation passed by the House and the Senate to begin new drilling in 

ANWR - which would today produce one million barrels of US oil per day (the amount imported from Saudi Arabia daily).

Congressional Democrats have defeated all bills that would allow the U.S. to drill offshore (100 miles out in deep sea).

The American Energy Protection Act of 2008 would have removed restrictions on exploration and drilling in ANWR and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) containing about 24 billion barrels of oil- enough to provide U.S. needs for five years with no foreign imports.  In May, Democrats (including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama) voted as a block to deny passage.

Senate Bill 2958, also in May, would have removed commercial leasing restrictions on oil-shale-rich areas of Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah, containing an estimated two trillion barrels of oil.  No Democrats voted in favor of oil-shale development. 

A motion on the Senate floor to allow state governors authority to explore the OCS was defeated by Democrats with a vote of 51 to 44. 

According to the U.S. Dept of Energy, U.S. oil consumption has grown more than 30%  since 1985, while U.S. oil production has fallen by 40% - thanks to Democrat obstruction.

According to the Dept of the Interior, 19 billion barrels under U.S. public lands is off limits to drilling.  I wonder who we have to thank for that.

Why must we continue to fatten the wallets of our enemies.  Go to americansolutions.com to dill here, drill now, pay less.  Let congress feel some heat.   Call or write your legislators.

I also wanted to address the issue of Medicare, but it will wait until another time.

Linda Lee

Grove, OK