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Texas Energy Boom Goes Bust
Texas Energy Boom Goes Bust

Texas Energy Boom Goes Bust

High oil, gas prices insulated state from economic turmoil, but no longer

(Newser) - Oil’s tumbling price is causing the Texas economy to slip, narrowing the economic gap between it and the rest of the US as unemployment flares and tax revenues and housing prices slide, reports the Wall Street Journal. “Until 30 days ago, there was no feeling at all that...

Dems Ditch Ban on Offshore Drilling

Current moratorium expires Oct. 1, GOP hails victory

(Newser) - Democrats are removing a ban on offshore drilling from the budget resolution to avoid a White House veto, Politico reports. The move aims "to take a budget standoff of the table so we can address the larger Bush financial crisis," said a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelos....

Why McCain Longs for 19th Century Fuels
Why McCain Longs for 19th Century Fuels
OPINION

Why McCain Longs for 19th Century Fuels

He's making every debate, even energy, a 'cultural wedge issue'

(Newser) - Why are Republicans chanting "drill, baby, drill," a call for an outdated, 19th-century technology like fossil fuels? Because they are turning every political debate into a cultural "wedge Issue," Thomas Friedman writes in the New York Times—"including even energy policy, no matter how stupid...

Democrats Switch Policy to Back Offshore Drilling

GOP pressure, $4 gas behind sea change on energy position

(Newser) - The Democrats are tossing a big part of their environmental policy overboard to reach a compromise on offshore drilling, reports the New York Times. A shift in public opinion, coupled with Republican pressure on the issue, has convinced the party to reverse its long-held opposition to back a deal allowing...

Palin Perfect on Energy: 'Drill, Drill, Drill'

Alaskan gov's call to 'drill, drill, drill' will resonate

(Newser) - Sarah Palin’s Alaska experience gives her just the right expertise for a year when the price of gasoline is going to be the hot-button issue, writes Larry Kudlow in National Review. Her energy policy? “I call it drill, drill, drill,” says Kudlow approvingly. "Our abundant country...

Palin Pick Completes De-Greening of McCain
Palin Pick Completes De-Greening of McCain
OPINION

Palin Pick Completes De-Greening of McCain

Green voters left with one choice after McCain ceases being a maverick

(Newser) - John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin completes his transformation from the most green-leaning GOP candidate for years into just another mouthpiece for Big Oil, Thomas L. Friedman writes in the New York Times. Palin backs drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and she does not believe humans play any...

Bush to Tour Post-Gustav La.
 Bush to Tour Post-Gustav La. 

Bush to Tour Post-Gustav La.

President will visit tomorrow

(Newser) - President Bush will travel to Louisiana tomorrow to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Gustav. He met today with Dick Cheney, several Cabinet secretaries, and about 20 other advisers to assess the damage the hurricane caused to Gulf Coast oil drilling and refining operations. He said it's too early to...

Palin All for Drilling—and Has Been Tough on Big Oil

Positions put McCain's running mate in good stead with more than just conservatives

(Newser) - Gov. Sarah Palin wants the US to drill for oil, offshore or in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in her home state. Not only does recent drilling convert John McCain get backup, Andrew Leonard writes in Salon, but Dems will have a hard time branding Palin a pawn of Big...

GOP Leaves Alaska Drilling Off Platform

Policy committee shelves difference with McCain—for now, at least

(Newser) - The committee assembling the Republican Party’s election platform has officially taken drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off the table, in an effort to help John McCain’s presidential campaign, the AP reports. McCain doesn’t support tapping the protected lands, and committee members say they’d rather...

GOP Energy-Bill Protest Could Overlap With Dem Convention

Letter turns up heat on Pelosi to reconvene

(Newser) - Republicans say their measures to suspend the House’s August recess and force a vote on a national energy bill could continue until just before the Democratic National Convention—or beyond, the Hill reports. “Republicans will not rest until we have an honest, up-or-down vote on the American Energy...

Oil Rhetoric Gets Silly
 Oil Rhetoric Gets Silly
Opinion

Oil Rhetoric Gets Silly

Promises get bigger, and policy gets dumber

(Newser) - It might as well be a mathematical formula: High gas prices + oncoming election = stupid policy, writes Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post. John McCain, once the possessor of a sensible energy plan, now screeches incessantly about outer-continental shelf drilling, as though this would instantly solve the energy crisis....

GOP Boosts Effort to Force Oil-Drilling Vote

House protest will last 'as long as it takes' to get Dems back to DC

(Newser) - House Republicans said today reinforcements are on the way in their attempt to force the Democratic majority to interrupt the August recess and vote on domestic oil drilling. “There are plans underway to be here into next week,” Rep. Mike Pence told Politico. “We will be here...

Pelosi Teaches America's Daughters to Complain
Pelosi Teaches America's Daughters to Complain
BOOK REVIEW

Pelosi Teaches America's Daughters to Complain

Dem's 'tiresome' tome not worth (short) read

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi’s new book is titled Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters. But if its contents, and the Democrat’s actions, are any indication, America’s daughters mostly have the power to whine, Samantha Sault writes in the Weekly Standard. Amid “tiresome feminist complaining,”...

5 Man-Made Natural Disasters
 5 Man-Made Natural Disasters
OPINION

5 Man-Made Natural Disasters

Floods to mud, there's lots we can take responsibility for besides global warming

(Newser) - Humans can do a righteous job of messing up the planet in the long term. We're also more than capable of wreaking short-term havoc with these man-made natural disasters, reports the New Scientist:
  1. Mud volcanoes: While we can't create the real thing, shoddy mining practices in East Java have made
...

Obama Shifts Tack on Offshore Drilling

Candidate says he would accept drilling as part of energy package

(Newser) - Barack Obama softened his opposition to offshore oil drilling yesterday, telling the Palm Beach Post in an interview  that he would be willing to accept  "a careful, well thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage"  it if necessary to avoid a deadlock on...

Save the Earth: Drill in the US
 Save the Earth: Drill in the US 
Opinion

Save the Earth: Drill in the US

Letting other countries produce oil cures nothing: Krauthammer

(Newser) - Asked why she so vehemently opposes offshore drilling, Nancy Pelosi recently replied, “I’m trying to save the planet.” Which is a nice thought, Charles Krauthammer writes in the Washington Post, but it’s completely illogical. We’re not saving the planet by leaving the drilling to the...

Ex-Pentagon Official Eying Iraq Oil Deal

Noted war booster Perle denies deal, Kazakh connection

(Newser) - Former Pentagon official Richard Perle is on board with a consortium seeking to drill for oil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the Wall Street Journal reports—though both Baghdad and Washington want a national oil law passed before regional business is done. The Iraq war backer denies that he’s...

Pickens Drills Into McCain Campaign
Pickens Drills Into McCain Campaign
OPINION

Pickens Drills Into McCain Campaign

Oilman's environmental turn enrages GOP, writes columnist

(Newser) - The reinvention of oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens as an environmentalist represents a huge political about-face, writes Timothy Egan in the New York Times. Four years ago, Pickens bankrolled the Swift Boat campaign that derailed John Kerry's presidential bid. Now Pickens, "looking a bit like the John Huston character...

Bush is Botching $4.11, Just Like He Did 9/11
Bush is Botching $4.11,
Just Like He Did 9/11
OPINION

Bush is Botching $4.11, Just Like He Did 9/11

Drilling will only worsen America's addiction

(Newser) - If a "crisis is a terrible thing to waste," then George Bush's reactions to 9/11 and the $4.11 average gas cost make him a doubly terrible leader, writes Tom Friedman in the New York Times. Instead of using rising gas costs to spur the nation to energy...

Bush Will Lift Ban on Offshore Drilling

White House spins decision as attempt to motivate Congress

(Newser) - President Bush is about to lift the ban on offshore drilling that's stood since his father was in office, White House press secretary Dana Perino announced today. The move will be meaningless unless Congress follows suit, the AP reports. Two bans on the practice are in place: an executive order...

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