Friday, June 20, 2008

Power to the people

Let’s devote some energy to this Jake Tapper report from earlier this week:

Last night in Detroit, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, assailed the process by which the 2005 Senate energy bill -- helmed by Vice President Cheney -- was created.

“When Bush assigned Cheney to create energy policy, he met with the environmental groups once, the renewable energy groups once, he met with the oil and gas companies 40 times," Obama said.

"Washington has become so dominated by the powerful, by the well-connected, that the voices of the American people are no longer heard.”


Riiiiiiiight. Those oil and gas companies are so overwhelmingly powerful, compared to the environmental groups.

Why the outer continental shelf is just teeming with oil rigs. Right?

Oh...

Huh, for such an all-powerful industry, with the weight of Dick Cheney himself behind it, those oil and gas companies sure show a disturbing level of impotency in getting to the oil.

OK, let’s read that last sentence again:

"Washington has become so dominated by the powerful, by the well-connected, that the voices of the American people are no longer heard.”

Well. If we actually listen to the voices of the American people, what are they saying these days? You are interested in actually listening, rather than just talking about listening, right, Senator Obama?

Two out of every three voices of the American people are saying drill:

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey—conducted before McCain announced his intentions on the issue--finds that 67% of voters believe that drilling should be allowed off the coasts of California, Florida and other states. Only 18% disagree and 15% are undecided.

Why won’t you listen to the voices of the American people, Senator Obama?

We’ll state the reason, since you likely aren't even listening to the question.

You have become dominated by the powerful, by the well-connected, and you have no intention of listening to the voices of the American people.

The oil and gas companies care more about Americans than Barack Obama.



MORE: Fred Barnes points out some more people-powered voices on drilling:

Not many polls bring good news to Republicans, but a new survey by John Zogby certainly has. Zogby found that 74 percent of likely voters favor drilling for oil and gas offshore in coastal waters. Here’s the breakdown of those who support drilling: 90 percent of Republicans, 58 percent of Democrats, and 75 percent of independents. Not bad, and it gets better. A quarter of the likely voters said they’d be more likely to vote for John McCain if they knew he backed offshore drilling for oil and gas, which he does.

If Obama cared to listen.

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