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ANWR Drilling and the Republican Platform: More Lies

No surprise here - the GOP convention Committee has decided to lie (by omission) to the American people in order to help their candidate get elected. While the GOP fully intends to drill in Alaska National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) if McSame is elected, they've decided that, for now, they aren't going to tell the American people about those plans.

Republicans are putting John McCain's presidential prospects above their wish to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Members of the GOP platform committee voted Wednesday to stick with an energy plank that doesn't mention drilling in the refuge, saying it would only highlight an area where they differ with the Arizona senator. McCain opposes drilling in that protected land, and some committee members said they would rather bring him around on the issue once he's in the White House than widen their disagreement now.

That's right, the GOP plans include drilling in ANWR, but they've decided not to tell us that.

"He's not there yet," said delegate Jeff Grossman of Oregon. "Prudence would dictate that we leave the text as it is until our candidate catches up with us."

Delegates endorsed expanded drilling generally, both offshore and in Alaska, North Dakota and Montana, and declared that the Alaskan refuge should not be put off limits to the oil industry permanently.

Who's running for office, McCain or some back room, cigar-chomping, oil company-loving pack of fat-cat Republicans?

So the deal has apparently been struck and no doubt McCain is on board, ready to lie by omission -- McCain and the GOP just won't talk about drilling in ANWR for now.


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Comments (7)

ke_future:

lee, it has always been the case that the presumptive candidate has a strong influence on the party platform. it's no surprise that something that mccain opposes would not be in it.

and it's not isolated to one party or the other. if we looked at each party's platform from the past elections we would see similar things. that's because no 2 people are going to agree 100% on everything.

Ruth's husband Ben:

You libs got a funny definition of lying. Since I guess you didn't channel this info up yourself Ms. MacClaine, they must be telling someone about this disagreement with McCain, eh?

They are omitting it from the platform because their standard bearer is against it, not to hide it from the unwitting masses. In other words, it has no wings, so don't try to make it fly.

Not everything is a conspiracy by Bushie McHitler and that evil Karl Rove (although I did hear that the real RNC Convention is being held secretly in Area 51).

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

I've never considered the term I used -- "lying by omission" as being funny -- but ot each their own sense of humor.

"They are omitting it from the platform because their standard bearer is against it, not to hide it from the unwitting masses. In other words, it has no wings, so don't try to make it fly.

Nice try at channeling 'integrity' but remember that this is the GOP. You're starting from a negative number.

""He's not there yet," said delegate Jeff Grossman of Oregon. "Prudence would dictate that we leave the text as it is until our candidate catches up with us."

They didn't say "drop it from the platform" they said "leave the text as it is". In other words, omit it from the text, not the platform.

They didn't say "if" he catches up to us -- but
"until" he catches up. He'll come around -- after the election.

Meanwhile, the GOP will lie by omission.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

ke: "lee, it has always been the case that the presumptive candidate has a strong influence on the party platform. it's no surprise that something that mccain opposes would not be in it.

Strong influence? Then why isn't McCain's opposition to ANWR drilling in the platform?

Because the GOP platform has no room for McCain's position?

Larry Summers:


And what is wrong with drilling in ANWR?

As a sidenote, why not drill in ANWR and then cap the wells to keep the oil as part of our strategic reserve. Pipelines have proven no harm to the environment. The drilling footprint is like .o1% of the total territory and we ARE going to need the oil at some point in time.

Larry Summers
Winters, TX

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

"And what is wrong with drilling in ANWR?"

Ask John McCain -- he opposes drilling in ANWR.

Wanderlust:

Larry, there are those who believe the oil companies capped finds in OCS back in the late 1960's when they found reserves but prices were low. If that is true, once allowed to drill in OCS again, oil could be flowing - and reducing the cost of gasoline - in about six months.

Evidently the kids here haven't yet learned that oil is the bedrock of modern society, and is the closest thing as fungible as cash - it doesn't matter where the oil comes from, so long as someone is supplying it from somewhere. And since WE are not doing it, WE are not keeping the cash in-country; a fact that Tsar Vlad I is currently quite pleased with.

The kids here are evidently too young to remember the global economic climate back in 1998 when oil was USD$11/bbl - the Saudis were almost bankrupt, and so was Russia. Now the Saudis (and by extension, the middle east) and Russia are swimming in cash, thanks to oil prices that even now are still around $120/bbl.

These kids are also evidently too naive to understand that where cash goes, so does influence in the world. But nevermind that, as Nancy says, we have a planet to save - never minding that our refusal to drill in the US means that we are forcing someone to drill elsewhere, in places where they could care less how much oil is spilled, or how many animals are displaced or killed by it.


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