Democrats are engineering another energy swindle that will cost consumers and taxpayers
Since publication of my book, Energy Keepers - Energy Killers: The new civil rights battle, millions of
Americans have become aware that this country has vast untapped energy resources.
Three-fourths of US voters now support expanded onshore and offshore drilling. A bipartisan coalition in
Congress wants to increase domestic petroleum, coal and nuclear power, while fostering conservation and
wind, solar and other energy opportunities.
They’ve been blocked at every turn by liberal Democrats, many of whom are working with radical
environmentalists to eliminate proven hydrocarbon and nuclear technologies that provide 93% of our
energy, and replace them with systems that currently generate less than 1% of the energy that safeguards
our jobs, homes, security and prosperity.
However, political realities and voter outrage over soaring gasoline, food and heating costs forced House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid to devise an elaborate hoax. It had the
trappings of a pro-energy bill – but was as authentic as the betting house and announcer in the classic
Newman-Redford film, The Sting.
Their legislation “expanded offshore leasing” – but only beyond 100 miles off most of our coasts, and 50
miles off four states that would get no revenues from leasing or production, and thus would have no
incentive to permit leasing. In other words, it allowed leasing only where there was no petroleum, or
where drilling and production would be so far offshore and so expensive that no sane company would do
it. The bill made 88% of our nation’s offshore oil and gas permanently off limits – along with jobs and
some $800 billion in revenues that development would generate for state and federal governments.
The pseudo-energy bill also imposed new subsidies to promote unreliable wind and solar power – paying
for them with higher taxes, higher electricity rates and new taxes on o