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Remember how Republicans were opposed to financial regulation because they were sucking money in from big banks? Recession be damned, Republicans were willing to stand with their natural political allies. Well, that same story is playing out again, but this time it’s the teat of Big Oil Republicans can’t quit even in the face of the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

The leading House Republican John Boehner has already come out in favor of more drilling:

“This tragedy should remind us that America needs a real, comprehensive energy plan, like Republicans’ ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy,” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday in a statement. The GOP proposal, which was first rolled out in the summer of 2008 and has made multiple appearances since then, would, among other things, open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration and lift the moratoriums on drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Sarah Palin is also ready to renew the Drill, Baby, Drill chant. Here’s a snippet from here Facebook post titled “Domestic Drilling: Why We Can Still Believe.”

I repeat the slogan “drill here, drill now” not out of naiveté or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills – my family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences. How could I still believe in drilling America’s domestic supply of energy after having seen the devastation of the Exxon-Valdez spill? I continue to believe in it because increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation.

Not to be outdone, Lousiana Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, wants it clear who pays the bills:

Landrieu has repeatedly called on colleagues not to “react with fear…not to retreat” from plans for more drilling, once the BP investigation is complete.

How about instead of subjecting ourselves to catastrophic spills every few years, we actually move away from oil and start building more wind farms and solar power plants. Hell, doesn’t nuclear power have a better track record?

One Comment

  1. Ian

    Alternative energy is definitely a requirement but replacing fossil fuels in the next 30+ years just isn’t going to happen. The technology and infrastructure is not in place for it. The current economic goal of the solar industry, for example, is to simply reduce dependence on fossil fuel during peak usage hours. They have a 20-year or so road map which places them at like 10% of the energy market by the end. Also wasn’t Obama giving clearance for new nuclear plants?

    Let’s be honest here: drilling offshore will happen as long as there is oil there. It might be delayed temporarily, but its going to happen no matter what. As fossil fuels are consumed around the world, the worth of each barrel of oil rises. That oil off the US coasts will become increasingly valuable, making the pressure on our government to allow drilling stronger.

    What we really need, at least in the immediate time frame, is some serious spill prevention systems put in place. We also need some serious spill clean up systems developed. I’m talking about real good systems that would be ridiculously hard to screw up, kind of like the safety systems in nuclear plants. I don’t think its unreasonable for our government to ask the oil industry to develop these systems BEFORE getting clearance to drill. How about the company who develops the best systems gets the contracts?