Lie Alert: O'Reilly Claims ONLY Democrats Oppose Offshore Drilling

  • 6-23-08 -- Note to Bill O'Reilly: Google is a wonderful thing. It lets people like me prove what a GIANT JACK ASS OF A LIAR YOU ARE. And think about this, O'Reilly knows that all these REPUBLICANS opposed offshore drilling, yet he still does a talking points memo saying that only Democrats are opposed to it.

    Fact: In 1981 Congress passed the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Moratorium, since then oil and gas companies have been prevented from drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States. Congress has to pass annual extensions to the ban. And they have, every single year, including every year when the REPUBLICANS had the majority in Congress.

    Fact: The federal moratorium on Outer Continental Shelf drilling was signed into law by President Reagan and extended by President George H.W. Bush.

    Fact: The extension was passed every year for 12 years, from 1994 to 2006 when the REPUBLICANS had a majority in the House. And btw, the REPUBLICAN Ronald Reagan was president in 1981 when the OCS ban was passed.

    Fact: The REPUBLICAN George H.W. Bush not only supported extending the ban every year, he backed an extension of the ban that lasted 12 years, rather than the year-at-a-time ban that came before.

    Fact: While Governor, REPUBLICAN Jeb Bush signed legislation to protect the Everglades and opposed federal plans to drill for oil off the coast of Florida. Not to mention that when Jeb Bush was running for re-election in 2002 George W. Bush opposed offshore drilling, president Bush took that position to help get Jeb re-elected.

    Fact: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a McCain backer, and a REPUBLICAN said he opposes offshore drilling near California.

    Fact: The REPUBLICAN Florida Senator Mel Martinez is opposed to offshore drilling.

    Fact: Congress was under Republican control for most of the Bush presidency, until 2006, and they are not blocking any drilling. The number of off-and on-shore drilling permits has exploded in recent years, going from 3,802 five years ago to 7,561 in 2007. Between 1999 and 2007, the number of drilling permits issued for development of public lands increased by more than 361 percent.

    Fact: Congress and the Bush administration have already opened the floodgates for more oil and gas drilling. Since 2002, the number of permits issued has greatly outstripped the number of new wells drilled. In the last four years, the Bureau of Land Management has issued 28,776 permits to drill on public land, yet, in that same time, 18,954 wells were actually drilled. That means companies have stockpiled nearly 10,000 extra permits to drill that they are not using to increase domestic production.

    And yet O'Reilly claims that only Democrats oppose offshore drilling. And claims to have a no spin zone. Then he spins his head off with his biased and dishonest talking points memo. O'Reilly is basically repeating the Bush lie, last week George W. Bush said this:
    My administration has repeatedly called on Congress to expand domestic oil production. Unfortunately, Democrats on Capitol Hill have rejected virtually every proposal - and now Americans are paying the price at the pump for this obstruction.
    Both George W. Bush and Bill O'Reilly are spewing out these right-wing talking points lies, they both blame Democrats, when Reagan, Bush Sr. and the REPUBLICAN Congress extended the OCS drilling ban for 12 years from 1994 to 2006, and many many REPUBLICANS also oppose offshore drilling. Then Bush and O'Reilly both claim if Congress votes to allow offshore drilling it will lower gas prices now, when that is also a lie, and they know it.

    Now lets have some real no spin.

    Fact: The Energy Information Administration says that new offshore drilling would not have "a significant impact" on gas prices for 10 years, or more. Tonight O'Reilly even admitted that any new oil that comes from drilling would just be put on the world market at current oil prices and not lower the cost of gas, all it will do is make the oil companies more money.

    Fact: Even the REPUBLICAN John McCain was opposed to offshore drilling, until recently when he flip flopped to support Bush in lifting the OCS drilling ban, but his top economic adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, told reporters that new offshore drilling wouldn't help lower current gas prices:
    On June 17th, 2008 Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a senior advisor to McCain's campaign, acknowledged in a conference call to reporters that new offshore drilling would have no immediate effect on supplies or prices.
    Reality: THERE IS NO DRILLING BAN. There is only a leasing ban!

    Reality: 80% of all off potential offshore sites are already drillable. There's only a ban on giving out further leases for the unclaimed sites. The oil companies want to monopolize all that property, then wait on it. Why would they want to drill more oil to bring down the price for us when they are making record profits?

    Funny how O'Reilly never said a word about any of this:
    When are the oil companies going to start drilling in the 65,000,000 acres they already hold the leases to.

    The Responsible Federal Oil and Gas Lease Act of 2008 (H.R. 6251) is a direct response to the facts outlined in the recent House Natural Resources Committee Majority Staff report, "The Truth About America's Energy: Big Oil Stockpiles Supplies and Pockets Profits", that illustrate how energy companies are not using the federal lands and waters that are already open to drilling. The legislation is co-sponsored by Reps. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA), and John Yarmuth (D-KY).

    The 68 million acres of leased but inactive federal land have the potential to produce an additional 4.8 million barrels of oil and 44.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas each day. This would nearly double total U.S. oil production, and increase natural gas production by 75 percent. It would also cut U.S. oil imports by more than one-third, reducing America's dependency on foreign oil.
    Reality: The oil companies already have the leases to drill on 65 million acres, but they are not doing it, because if they do it would lower the price of gas and cut into their record profits. They do not need more leases to drill offshore, when they are not even using the leased property they have now.

    And Bill O'Reilly (the so-called truth teller) does not tell you any of that, then blames it all on the Democrats, when the REPUBLICANS signed the OCS ban into law, and extended it every year, even when the House had a Republican majortiy for 12 years straight, and O'Reilly says this all while he is telling his viewers he is non-partisan. And if you believe that you are as insane as Bill O'Reilly is.

    Anyone who says that if Congress votes to lift the ban on offshore drilling it will lower gas prices in the next year, or two years, or five years, is LYING TO YOU. They are LIARS, and it is not possible. If they put drills in the ground, or the water today, it would take 5 to 7 years before any of that oil would make a difference in the oil supply. Yes they can get some of that oil to the market in a couple years, but it would be very little, we would need at least a million barrels of oil a day to make a difference, and that would take 5 to 7 years to get that level of production from any new drilling. America has 2 percent of the worlds oil supply, yet we use 24 percent, so we can not drill our way out of the problem, ever.

    O'Reilly is trying to make it into a political issue to make Obama and the Democrats look bad, so his buddy John McCain can be the next president. How the hell he has the nerve to call that a no spin zone is beyond me, it's all spin, and nothing more than right-wing spin, right-wing talking points, and right-wing propaganda.

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