Fox News: "House Democrats call for nationalization of refineries"

Well, this will obviously solve all our energy problems. The discussion is here:

House Democrats responded to President's Bush's call for Congress to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling. This was at an on-camera press conference fed back live.
Among other things, the Democrats called for the government to own refineries so it could better control the flow of the oil supply.
They also reasserted that the reason the Appropriations Committee markup (where the vote on the amendment to lift the ban) was cancelled so they could focus on preparing the supplemental Iraq spending bill for tomorrow.
At an off-camera briefing, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said the same. And a senior Republican House Appropriations Committee aide adds that "there were multiple reasons for the postponement" including discussion on the supplemental. But the aide said there was the thought that Democrats may wish to avoid a debate today on energy amendments.
Here are the highlights from briefing
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), member of the House Appropriations Committee and one of the most-ardent opponents of off-shore drilling
We (the government) should own the refineries. Then we can control how much gets out into the market

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodness, gracious! the leftists must be feeling very comfortable with their grip on power. what else could one think about the kind of private property, power grabbing tactics of communist dictatorships that our elected masters--oops! I mean leaders--are not spouting out loud.

Just another glimpse of what's ahead for the country if the Obamaessiah or anyone like him seizes the reins of power.

6/18/2008 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like concerns about oil supplies and gas prices are making a lot of folks in Washington act a bit whacky. Rep. Hinchey's remarks have to take the cake.

I'm visiting Montreal right now and gas here is $1.47 per liter or about $6.00 per gallon which almost 50% per higher than the States. Pretty odd considering that Canada has the second largest oil reserves in the world after Saudi Arabia.

If one looks at the big picture, the President's proposal to do more drilling in the U.S. is unlikely to lower prices at the pump. The immediate problem we face right now is that oil imports from Mexico, our number 3 supplier, are dropping rapidly. New U.S. production is unlikely to keep up with the Mexican decline. Another curious fact is that the U.S. exports about a million barrels of oil per day or about 15% of our domestic production.

6/18/2008 9:15 PM  
Blogger Christen Hathaway said...

Scary, scary! Doesn't Chavez in Venezuala control his refineries? If our government is successful, we can kiss our freedom -- and capitalist system -- goodbye.

6/19/2008 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Rep. Hinchey is taking a cue from Hugo Chavez's playbook! Next thing you know all the petroleum exchange engineers (fancy term for gas station attendants) will be provided government benefits and pensions!

6/19/2008 10:45 AM  

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