NH GOP - Shaheen Takes Anti-NH Position; Opposes Drilling Despite Support From Senate Democrats

While Jeanne Shaheen Opposes OffshoreDrilling…. 

JEANNE SHAHEEN: "More drilling is the answer the oil companies are looking for, not the answer New Hampshire families are looking for." (Shaheen Campaign Press Release, John Sununu Votes To Continue Bush-Cheney Energy Policy, Open Up ANWR, Atlantic Costal Waters To Drilling, 5/13/08) 

…Thirteen Senate Democrats Have Indicated Support For Increased Offshore Exploration:

SEN. KENT CONRAD (D-ND): “We Have Got To Deal With Conserving, Using Less. We Also Have To Produce More.” “Well, I think we all know there are several elements to this. We have got to deal with conserving, using less. We also have to produce more. Those are the two sides of the equation in terms of the supply/ demand relationship.” (CNN’s“American Morning,” 07/15/08)   

SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): “There Should Be Offshore Drilling, If Appropriate … All The Measures Should BeThere On The Table.” (“‘Gang Of 10’ Fights For Increased Drilling,” Politico, 07/23/08)

 SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-LA): “There’s Going To Be Substantially More Drilling.”“‘There’s going to be substantially more drilling and substantially more conservation,’ Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.) said ofthe plan her moderate colleagues are hoping to cobble together.” (“‘GangOf 10’ Fights For Increased Drilling,” Politico, 07/23/08) 

SEN. JEFF BINGAMAN (D-NM): “I've Supported Increased Production Of Domestic Oil And Gas. And I Also Think It Makes Sense To Look At Whether Or Not There Are Some Areas In The Outer Continental Shelf That Could Be Opened For Production.” “First of all, as all of you know, I'm from an oil producing state, oil and gas producing state, and I've supported increased production of domestic oil and gas. And I also think it makes sense to look at whether or not there are some areas in the outer continental shelf that could be opened for production in addition to what's already open.” (Sen.Bingaman, Press Conference, 07/14/08) 

SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): “I’m Open To Drilling And Responsible Production.” (“To pDemocrat May Back New Offshore Drilling: Report,” Reuters, 07/09/08) 

SEN. BEN NELSON (D-NE): “We Have To Do Some Drilling. Let’s Accept The Fact That We Have To Do Some Drilling.” (Fox News’“Your World With Neil Cavuto,” 07/07/08) 

SEN. BLANCHE LINCOLN (D-AR): “I Think You Would Find A Lot Of Support For Offshore Drilling.” “I think you would find a lot of support for offshore drilling if it was tied to other things like-- renewable fuels, wind energy, solar energy & other rene wabletransportation fuels.” (“OffshoreDrilling?” KNWA, 06/24/08) 

SEN. BYRON DORGAN (D-ND): “I Support Drilling Offshore.”(Sen. Dorgan, Congressional Record, S.6351-2, 07/07/08) 

SEN. TOM CARPER (D-DE): “Sen. TomCarper (D-Del.) Said He Sensed There Were Enough Votes From His Democratic Colleagues To Expand Offshore Drilling Into New Areas…”(“DemsSearching Their Souls On Drilling,” Politico,07/10/08) 

SEN. JOHN TESTER (D-MT):[W]e Must Take Advantage Of Our Untapped Oil resources In Places Where It Makes Sense.” “Although our country cannot simply drill our way out of this energy crisis, we must take advantage of our untapped oil resources in places where it makes sense.” (“GuestColumn From Senator Tester: Energy Independence This Independence Day,”06/30/08) 

SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D-OH): “Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, Who Had Adamantly Opposed Such Drilling, Is Among Those Warming To The Idea. He says any exploration would have to be far from the coast and that the oil produced would be used in the United States,not abroad.” (“DoWe Lift The Ban On Offshore Drilling?” TheColumbus Dispatch, 07/11/08) 

SEN. JIM WEBB (D-VA): “We Need To Look At All Our Assets.”“Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), fresh from his GI Bill victory, said that he is now making energy a major priority. ‘We need to look at all our assets,’ he said, suggesting a large package including expanded offshore drilling, alternative energy, nuclear power and technology to make coal cleaner.” (“DemsSearching Their Souls On Drilling,” Politico,07/10/08) 

SEN. MARK PRYOR (D-AR): “We Need To Really Sit Down And Talk About AllThe Options On The Table.” “Partisan bickering will notlower gas prices or put us on a course toward energy independence. … Weneed to really sit down and talk about all the options on the table, evaluatetheir merits and move full speed ahead on meaningful reform.” (Sen. MarkPryor, Letter To Senators Harry Reid And Mitch McConnell, 06/26/08)