NRCC - Would Hodes and Shea-Porter Nationalize American Energy Companies?

Void of Energy Solutions, Some Democrats Look to Hugo Chavez for Answers

Washington– With gas prices continuing to skyrocket and no plan of her own to offer up, does Reps. Paul Hodes (NH-02) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) endorse a prominent Democrat’s plan to nationalize the energy industry? Clearly devoid of any ideas or solutions, Democrats are taking a page from Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez’s book and calling for a government takeover of America’s oil refineries. While these half-baked “solutions” might seem misguided or even comical, Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter have refused to state their public position one way or the other.

At a press conference yesterday, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee had this to say:

“Should the people of the United States own refineries? Maybe so. Frankly, I think that’s a good idea…So if there’s any seriousness about what some of our Republican colleagues are saying…about improving the number of refineries, then maybe they’d be willing to have these refineries owned publicly.” (Rep. Maurice Hinchey, 6/18/08)


Reps. Hodes and  Shea-Porter, who continue to choose partisanship over productivity, have not yet weighed in on this newest proposal to socialize America’s energy industry.

“New Hampshire voters deserve to know whether Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter want to reshape America’s energy industry by government fiat,” said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain. “While Hodes, Shea-Porter and Democrats in Washington are busy tearing pages out of Hugo Chavez’s socialist playbook, the American people are hurting at the pump. The time for action on gas prices is now, and Paul Hodes' and Carol Shea-Porter's record of standing with their do-nothing Democrat leadership will not sit well with voters in November.”

While Democrats have been standing in the way of sensible energy solutions for years, a recent Rasmussen poll shows that 67 percent of Americans support expanding production of American-made energy. Washington Democrats are at odds with the overwhelming majority of voters across the country. The American people are screaming to be heard, but are Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter hearing it?