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Saturday
Jul262008

NRCC - Shea-Porter Blocks "All of the Above" Energy Plan

Refuses to Listen to Voters Asking for a Real Energy Solution

Washington- Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) joined arms this week with Democrat Party leaders to block a vote on the American Energy Act, which is an “all of the above” proposal to expand American exploration, promote energy efficiency and conservation and unleash the power of American innovation.

Shea-Porter and the Democrat-led Congress have adjourned every single week this summer without passing a single bill to reduce energy costs.  And after three failed attempts to pass sham energy bills in order to provide political cover for vulnerable Democrats like Shea-Porter, the leader of the “most open Congress in history,” House Speaker Pelosi, is refusing to hold an open vote on energy bills.  As today’s Washington Post editorializes:

Instead of dealing with the issue on the merits, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a staunch opponent of offshore drilling, has simply decreed that she will not allow a drilling vote to take place on the House floor.” (Washington Post, 7/25/08)

Carol Shea-Porter has once again failed to get the job done by choosing to side with Washington’s Democrat establishment instead of the people of New Hampshire who feel the effects of the Democrats’ do-nothing approach.  Shea-Porter's vote to block H.R. 6566 The American Energy Act (House Roll Call 524) has told the people of New Hampshire that she is dedicated to standing in the way of: 

  • Opening the Arctic coastal plain and our deep water resources to drill for oil and natural gas;
  • Allowing development of our nation’s shale oil resources;
  • Easing refinery restrictions to increase domestic production;
  • Promoting coal-to-liquid fuel technology;
  • Permanently extending the tax credit for alternative energy production;
  • Eliminating barriers to the expansion of emission-free nuclear power production.  

Carol Shea-Porter has continuously rewarded herself with long weekends this summer instead of delivering relief to the people of New Hampshire calling for a real energy solution,” said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain. “Republicans have introduced a sensible and effective energy policy, but Shea-Porter is more interested in standing with her do-nothing Democrat leadership than backing a real solution to one of the country’s most pressing issues.”

Republicans in Congress proposed a 21st Century energy package that would move America toward energy independence and energy self-sufficiency.  Meanwhile, Shea-Porter and the Democrat Majority in Congress have failed to pass one single bill to help solve the energy crisis that the American people are dealing with each and every day.  This fall, Shea-Porter can expect the people of New Hampshire to vote for someone who will actually represent their needs and interests. 

Saturday
Jul262008

NH GOP - Power Failure: Shaheen's Empty Energy Rhetoric

CONCORDCampaigning in Plymouth this week, Jeanne Shaheen unveiled an energy “plan” that does nothing to reduce rising fuel prices. Shaheen also called for an increased dependence on foreign sources of oil while continuing to oppose efforts to expand offshore exploration and increase our domestic supply of energy.

 

In her “five steps” to solve our energy crisis Shaheen discusses her proposals to alter energy trading regulations and to “stop filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve” – apparently unaware that recent legislation has already addressed both issues. She also calls for more unproductive commissions and “task forces” to study the energy regulations. Shaheen’s plan also fails to expand offshore energy exploration, tap energy reserves in ANWR and lower gas prices for New Hampshire families and small businesses.

 

“Apparently Jeanne Shaheen copied the wrong set of talking points for her latest policy proposal, because recent legislation has already made many of her ‘groundbreaking’ ideas completely obsolete. Her empty rhetoric and staunch opposition to expanded domestic oil production will do nothing to reduce the pain at the pump.” said New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen.

 

“The bottom line is that Jeanne Shaheen has yet to offer any real solutions to make our country more energy independent and control skyrocketing fuel prices. Her latest botched attempt to lay out a comprehensive energy policy reminds Granite Staters of the abysmal leadership and poor judgment that plagued her failed term in office,” Cullen said.

 

Jeanne Shaheen Wants To “Put An End” To The So Called “Enron Loophole”…

 

Shaheen Campaign: “Shaheen believes we need to put an end to this practice and let the forces of supply and demand, not Wall Street traders, determine oil and gas prices.”(Shaheen Campaign Press Release, Jeanne Shaheen Discusses Proposals To Lowe rGas Prices And Help New Hampshire Families Struggling In Today’s Economy,7/23/08)

 

…But She Doesn’t Realize That Recent Legislation Has ALREADY Closed It

 

Office Of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA):“The United States Congress has approved a measure to close the‘Enron Loophole.’ The measure was included in the Farm Bill conference report.”(Feinstein Press Release, Congress Approves Measure To Close “Enron Loophole,” 5/15/2008)

 

Senator Feinstein: “The provisions in the farm bill closing the Enron loophole are the culmination of five years of work…”(Feinstein Press Release, Congress Approves Measure To Close “Enron Loophole,” 5/15/2008)

Office Of Senator Carl Levin: "The farm conference report includes the Feinstein-Levin-Snowe measure that would close the so-called "Enron Loophole." (Levin Press Release, 5/2/08)

Jeanne Shaheen Wants To “Stop Filling The Strategic Petroleum Reserve”…

Shaheen Campaign: “Stop filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.” (Shaheen Campaign Press Release, Jeanne Shaheen Discusses Proposals To Lower Gas Prices And Help New Hampshire Families Struggling In Today’s Economy, 7/23/08)

 

…But Nobody Told Jeanne That We Have ALREADY Stopped Filling It

 

Reuters: “[O]n Monday [President Bush] signed into law the measure Congress passed in an effort to lower gasoline prices The legislation forbids the Bush administration from adding to the stockpile until crude prices drop below $75 a barrel. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, crude oil for delivery in June hit a record high of near $128 on Friday.” (Bush Signs Law Halting Oil Shipment To Reserve, Reuters, 5/19/08)

Jeanne Shaheen SUPPORTS Increased Production From Foreign Oil Suppliers…

 

Shaheen Campaign: Pressure OPEC to increase production”(Shaheen Campaign Press Release, Jeanne Shaheen Discusses Proposals To Lower Gas Prices And Help New Hampshire Families Struggling In Today’s Economy, 7/23/08)

 

…But OPPOSES Every Reasonable Attempt To Increase Domestic Oil Production And Make Our Country More Energy Independent

 

Nashua Telegraph: “Sununu has voted to drill for oil in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge and lift the ban on offshore drilling. Shaheen opposes both.” (Sununu Faults Shaheen Energy Plans, Nashua Telegraph, 6/26/2008)

 

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)

Saturday
Jul262008

RNC - Energy Is Top Economic Issue for Voters

Conservation Steps Increase, Poll Finds; Support for Drilling

By Stephen Power, Sara Murray and Siobhan Hughes

Wall Street Journal

July25, 2008; Page A3

http://online.wsj.com/article_print/SB121694403620182961.html

WASHINGTON-- Congress will likely break for the summer without passing legislation to curb high gasoline prices. But Americans are fashioning their own energy policy, founded on conservation and support for more production.

 

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC news poll finds that energy -- including gasoline and utility costs -- ranks as the economic issue that voters say affects them the most personally.

 

New data indicate Americans are conserving energy with fervor.

 

The Energy Information Administration reported Wednesday that gasoline stocks posted a 2.8 million-barrel build in the week ended July 18, exceeding the200,000-barrel increase forecast by analysts. In the past two weeks, the price of crude oil has fallen 14% from its New York Mercantile Exchange record close of $145.29 reached July 3, in part due to weakening demand. Thursday on the Nymex, crude oil for September delivery rose $1.05 per barrel, or 0.8%, to settle at $125.49.

 

The prolonged stalemate over energy policy raises the stakes for both parties heading into the fall election. Republicans, emboldened by polls indicating rising support among Americans for increased domestic drilling for oil and natural gas, are trying to cast Congress's Democratic leaders and the party's presidential candidate, Barack Obama, as obstructionists responsible for the country's energy crisis.

 

Polls indicate voters trust Democrats over Republicans, by substantial margins, to do a better job on energy. The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 42% of respondents preferred Democrats for dealing with energy policy, versus 22%favoring Republicans.

 

The poll indicated that Democrats' edge on the issue may be slipping; the July pollgave Democrats a 20-point advantage on the issue, versus a 28-point lead in aJanuary poll by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News.

Polls of likely voters in four battleground states, conducted this month by Quinnipiac University in partnership with The Wall Street Journal and Washingtonpost.com, show voters in each state say energy policy is more important to them than the war in Iraq.

 

By margins of 22 to 31 percentage points, voters in each of the states -- Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin-- said they support offshore oil drilling, according to the polls, which were released Thursday.

Both candidates face political trade-offs in addressing offshore drilling. Exploring off the coasts is more politically popular in industrial Midwest states, where voters worry mostly about high gasoline costs. But in key coastal states, voters worry more about the environmental risks. The shift in voter sentiment in the Midwest toward favoring offshore drilling could give a boost to Sen. McCain, as it is one of the primary issues that sets his energy plan apart from Sen. Obama's.

 

"These numbers point to an opening for Sen. McCain to redefine the economic issue as being about energy," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

 

In recent days, Sen. McCain's campaign has sought to highlight Sen. Obama's opposition to overturning a federal ban on offshore drilling, with a TV ad that shows a picture of a smiling Sen. Obama on the screen next to a gas pump while a voice blames "some in Washington" for "still saying 'no' to drilling in America."

 

The Obama campaign has fired back by pointing out Sen. McCain's far longer record of serving in Washington. Environmental groups also note that a 2007 analysis by the EIA concluded that opening drilling in the areas covered by the federal moratorium "would not have a significant impact on domestic crude-oil and natural-gas production or prices before 2030."

 

Prospects look dim for major changes in U.S. energy policy before Election Day.

 

Congress remained stuck Thursday in a partisan stalemate over whether to open more of the U.S. to drilling, as the Bush administration and many congressional Republicans favor, or to tap the emergency's petroleum stockpile and limit speculative oil trading, as Democrats prefer.

 

Thursday, House Republicans thwarted a Democratic measure that would have increased supply by releasing 70 million barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a network of salt caverns along the Gulf Coast where the government has been stockpiling oil in the decades since the 1973-74Arab oil embargo.

 

Separate measures to curb speculative oil-futures trading appear unlikely to clear the Senate, where Republicans have vowed to block any energy legislation that lacks provisions to expand domestic drilling.

 

Push for drilling benefits McCain

By Valerie Richardson

Washington Times

Friday, July 25, 2008

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jul/25/push-for-drilling-benefits-mccain/

 

DENVER| Sen. John McCain's efforts to tap voter discontent over soaring energy prices have helped produce his first poll lead in Colorado, a near dead-heat in Michigan and improving numbers in two other states.

 

The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday showed Mr. McCain topping Democratic presidential opponent Sen. Barack Obama 46 percent to 44 percent in Colorado, after trailing by five percentage points a month ago. The results surprised politicos in the state, many of whom were predicting that Mr. Obama would win Colorado as part of the Democratic Party's recent successes here.

 

"We'd gotten into this mind-set that 2008 would be a good year for the Democrats," said Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli. "What this shows is that issues still matter."

 

The fortunes are changing as Mr. McCain and Republicans on Capitol Hill make a concerted effort to overcome Democratic hurdles to expand U.S. areas open to drilling and as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama focuses on foreign relations in a trip overseas.

 

"The results show increased support for additional drilling, which McCain supports and Obama opposes," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Hamden, Conn., which conducted the survey with the Wall Street Journal and Washingtonpost.com.

 

"Roughly one in 10 voters say they have changed their minds and now favor drilling because of the jump in energy prices," he said. "They support Obama, but with voters saying that the energy issue is now more important to their presidential vote than is the war in Iraq, this group represents an opportunity for the Republican."

 

In Colorado, Republicans have had to hand Democrats control of both legislative houses, the governor's office and a U.S. Senate seat since 2004. Still, Republicans consider it essential for Mr. McCain to win a state that supported President Bush in 2004.

 

Campaign ads here tout Mr. McCain's support for a portfolio of energy strategies, including wind and solar power, as well as expanded drilling offshore. The Republican candidate continues to oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

 

"John McCain has presented a plan for more domestic oil drilling, a gas tax suspension, more nuclear power, and Barack Obama has been stubbornly opposed. Voters know that if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem," campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds said.

 

Mr. Obama has called for energy alternatives, conservation and restrictions on speculation.

 

"The energy issue was working for the Democrats until April, when gas prices hit $4[per gallon], and then people began looking at traditional sources like oil, which Republicans dominate," said Mr. Ciruli. "When you're paying $4and looking at $5, you start to get very realistic about your energy sources."

 

The energy issue also is creating a divide in Washington.

 

House Republicans on Thursday blocked a Democratic proposal to sell 10 percent of the nation's emergency petroleum reserve, or about 70 million barrels, on the open market in the next six months. Proceeds from the sales would have been used to buy heavy crude, which is cheaper, to replace the reserve.

 

It was the third time in recent weeks that Democratic leaders have refused to allow amendments on energy-related measures, a move they say is necessary to expedite bills of national importance. Republicans accuse Democrats of employing the tactic solely to avoid a vote on a Republican proposal to lift a ban on offshore drilling.

 

The Quinnipiac Poll focused on four states considered critical to winning the White House in November.

 

Mr. Obama continued to lead in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, but his margin of victory slipped in all three states. In Minnesota, Mr. Obama's edge over Mr. McCain dropped from 54 percent to 37 percent last month to 46 percent to 44 percent in the latest poll.

 

In Michigan, Mr. Obama topped Mr. McCain by 46 percent to 42 percent, compared with 48 percent to 42percent last month. In Wisconsin, Mr. Obama stumbled slightly, leading 50 percent to 39 percent compared with 52percent to 39 percent last month.

 

"Senator Barack Obama's post-primary bubble hasn't burst, but it is leaking a bit, "Mr. Brown said.

 

A Pew Hispanic Center poll showed Mr. Obama winning 66 percent to Mr. McCain's 23 percent among Hispanics registered to vote.

 

Mr. Bush won 40 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004, and Mr. McCain has made Hispanic outreach a hallmark of his congressional career and of his presidential campaign. The poll found that Mr. McCain is paying the cost of the Republican Party's loss of Hispanic voters overall.

 

The poll also found Mr. Obama's race is a net positive among Hispanic voters.

 

A Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll found Mr. Obama leading Mr. McCain 40 percent to 37percent nationwide, but that the Democrat's lead increased to 48 percent to 39percent if Mr. Obama selects Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York as his running mate and Mr. McCain chooses former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as his.

 

That suggests a significant number of Mrs. Clinton's supporters are awaiting Mr. Obama's decision on a vice-presidential nominee.

Saturday
Jul262008

NRCC - Democrat Dirty Laundry: No-Drill, No-Vote Congress

Pelosi Says “NO” to Even Allowing Vote in House on Offshore Drilling Options

SPIN CYCLE:
Democrats Promised to Work Across the Aisle to Deliver Solutions


“When they took the majority, House Democrats proclaimed that ‘bills should generally come to the floor under a procedure that allows open, full and fair debate consisting of a full amendment process that grants the Minority the right to offer its alternatives.’” (Washington Post, 7/25/08)

RINSE CYCLE:
Democrats Refuse to Allow Amendments or Hold Vote on Offshore Drilling


“Why not have a vote on offshore drilling? There's a serious debate to be had over whether Congress should lift the ban on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf that has been in place since 1981. Unfortunately, you won't be hearing it in the House of Representatives -- certainly, you won't find lawmakers voting on it -- anytime soon.

“Instead of dealing with the issue on the merits, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a staunch opponent of offshore drilling, has simply decreed that she will not allow a drilling vote to take place on the House floor.”

“Meanwhile, the dispute has snarled progress on spending bills for fear of having drilling amendments attached. Citing ‘the uncertainty in how the oil and gas drilling issue is currently playing out on the Senate floor,’ Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) called off committee consideration of spending bills on which Republicans were threatening to offer drilling amendments. The result threatens to be the first time since at least 1950 that lawmakers will go home for the August recess without either chamber having passed a single appropriations bill.

If drilling opponents really have the better of this argument, why are they so worried about letting it come to a vote?”  (The Washington Post, 7/25/08)
Saturday
Jul262008

McCain For President - McCain 2008 Announces NH State Leadership Team

MANCHESTER, NH -- U.S. Senator John McCain's campaign today announced its New Hampshire leadership team. In addition to activists from McCain's successful Granite State primary bids and top supporters from every major 2008 Republican primary campaign, the grassroots group includes Democrats, independents, and leaders in the education, environmental, veterans and small business communities.

"John McCain's New Hampshire leadership team reflects the broad spectrum of individuals who supported his candidacy and led McCain to historic victories here in 2000 and 2008," said Peter Spaulding, the Chairman of McCain's New Hampshire campaign. "These activists bring decades of invaluable New Hampshire expertise to McCain's campaign. With a strong focus on grassroots organization and spreading John McCain's message in communities across the state, this team will help John McCain win New Hampshire in November."

Nancy Merrill, state McCain co-chair, added: "John McCain has traveled extensively across the Granite State, attracting strong and loyal support in all corners of New Hampshire. Working community-to-community, our statewide leadership team will continue to expand and energize an already strong McCain grassroots network. Our efforts will be guided by John McCain's powerful record of bipartisan reform and his commitment to bringing the change we need to Washington."

McCain delivered remarks and answered questions at a town hall meeting in Rochester on Tuesday, his third such event in New Hampshire since March. During the 2008 primary campaign, McCain held more than 100 town hall meetings across New Hampshire.

JOHN MCCAIN 2008 NEW HAMPSHIRE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Peter J. Spaulding, Chairman, Hopkinton
Nancy Merrill, Co-Chair, Lebanon

Charlie Arlinghaus, Canterbury
Larry Ballin, New London
Jack Barnes, Raymond
Maureen Barrows, Exeter
Curtis Barry, Concord
Charles Bass, Peterborough
Bill Beauregard, Keene
Juliana Bergeron, Keene
Greg Boguslavsky, Hanover
Fred Bramante, Durham
Richard Brothers, Tilton
Beverly Bruce, Center Tuftonboro
Jim Burke, Amherst
Mark Carter, Peterborough
Karen Cervantes, Lebanon
Gene Chandler, Bartlett
Paul Chevalier, Hudson
Liz Christoffersen, Hollis
Bobbie Coffin, Hancock
Mark Cookson, Nashua
Griff Dalianis, Nashua
Shaun Doherty, Pelham
Chuck Douglas, Concord
Ed Dupont, Durham
Steve Duprey, Concord
Susan Duprey, Concord
Doug & Barb Dutile, Haverhill
Nancy Dwight, Lyme
Tom Eaton, Keene
Lud Flower, Orford
John French, Hopkinton
John Gallus, Berlin
Vic Goulet, Manchester
Frank Guinta, Manchester
Ruth Griffin, Portsmouth
Jim Hardy, Pelham
Judy Havenstein, Alton
Peter Heed, Westmoreland
Scott Hilliard, Northfield
Steven Hodges, Gilford
Carol Holden, Amherst
Dan Hughes, New Castle
Carl Johnson, Meredith
Joe Kenney, Wakefield
Bruce Keough, Dublin
Rich Killion, Bow
Fred King, Colebrook
Dave Knox, Wolfeboro
Ovide Lamontagne, Manchester
David Lee, Derry
Bob Letourneau, Derry
John Lyons, Portsmouth
Mary Lyons, Portsmouth
Gordon MacDonald, Canterbury
Sean Mahoney, Portsmouth
Kerry Marsh, Concord
Matt Mayberry, Dover
Jim McConaha, Concord
Wayne McDonald, Londonderry
Dave McLaughlin, Nashua
Jim Merrill, Manchester
Jayne Millerick, Bow
Valery Mitchell, Concord
Leann Moccia, Atkinson
Maureen Mooney, Merrimack
Marcia Moran, Concord
Walter Morse, Hillsborough
Matt Norman, Rye
Jim O'Brien, Contoocook
Walter Peterson, Peterborough
Joseph and Augusta Petrone, Dublin
Tom Rath, Concord
Alison Raymond, Claremont
Brendan Ristaino, Portsmouth
Wayne Semprini, New Castle
Doug and Stella Scamman, Stratham
Dan St. Hilaire, Concord
Rick St. Hilaire, Enfield
Nancy Stiles, Hampton
Bernard Streeter, Nashua
Mark and Sharon Sykas, Stratham
Donna Sytek, Salem
David Tille, Concord
Tom Thomson, Orford
Chris Wolfe, Derry
Chris Wood, Concord
Phyllis Woods, Dover
Jen Wrobleski, Manchester