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Primaries, general election spooks lawmakers on spending; budget, big price tags shelved

There are 23 comments on the Portland's CW32 KRCW -TV story from Jun 7, 2010, titled Primaries, general election spooks lawmakers on spending; budget, big price tags shelved. In it, Portland's CW32 KRCW -TV reports that:

The 2010 elections have changed the direction of government only half way through the primary season, with voter anger and economic jitters causing lawmakers to balk at their most basic duties as well as key elements of President Barack Obama's agenda.

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Boogie Beater

Harrisburg, PA

#1 Jun 7, 2010
Primaries, general election spooks lawmakers on spending; budget, big price tags shelved

Oh oh.......... that is being racist, talking about spooks.
obama is a muslim LIAR

Lutz, FL

#2 Jun 7, 2010
EVEN THE PRESIDUNCE odumba MEDIA SUPPORTED THE HORRIBLE MOVES BY OUR IDIOT-IN-THIEF!!!

THE FAILED STIMULUS, TARP, obamacare, FAILED OLYMPIC BID, THE WASTE OF TRILLIONS ON ENTITLEMENTS, odumba's CORRUPT GOVERNMENT MOTORS, odumba's $4 TRILLION DOLLAR BUDGET, THE odumba $13,000,000,000,000 DEBT & RISING, SUPPORTING ILLEGALS OVER US LEGALS WITH THE ARIZONA BILL - WITHOUT EVEN READING IT, AND odumba's HUGE FAILURE WITH THE BP OIL SPILL - AFTER TAKING A MILLION DOLLAR BRIBE FROM BP!!!!!!!

AND THE LIBERAL MORON DEMOCRAPS HAD THE CHANCE TO SAY NO - BUT FOLLOWED odumba RIGHT OFF THE CLIFF!!!
obama is a muslim LIAR

Lutz, FL

#3 Jun 7, 2010
OH YEAH, I FORGOT THAT PRESIDUNCE odumba PROMISED TO CREATE MILLIONS OF JOBS & WOULD KEEP UNEMPLOYMENT BELOW 8%- HE LIED!

odumba FAILED TO CLOSE GITMO!
odumba SENT AN ADDITIONAL 30,000 TROOPS INTO HIS AFGHAN WAR AFTER PROMISING TO BRING ALL TROOPS HOME WITHIN A YEAR!

THE LIST OF FAILURES GOES ON, AND ON, AND ON...

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Warrenville, SC

#4 Jun 7, 2010
Obama is a big part of the problem. Impeachment is a large part of the solution.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Warrenville, SC

#5 Jun 7, 2010
The basic problem is that the President is terrible and even dangerous with reckless Deficit spending, Amnesty, Assassinations, Bribery, etc. while his party cheers him on.

Combine that with a republican party that over spent and added an unsustainable entitlement.

We have voters afraid of both parties but at least know Obama must be stopped and Congress split or moved to repub control so he can't do any more or as much damage.

What a mess.

“More taxes ???”

Since: Jan 09

Need MORE taxes ???

#6 Jun 7, 2010
what gets me is the "public financed campaign funding" ... now that's a much more waste of tax payer money than paying people to stay "retired" , ala pensions.

“Detroit:Progress ive's Paradise”

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#7 Jun 7, 2010
I love it, they are on the ropes now and even obozo, the clueless clown, can not save them. The cowards are even afraid to show their face at town halls. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/us/politics...
Bill

United States

#8 Jun 7, 2010
CUTBACKS, not increased spending.

NO automatic raises for congress

NO Obama raises for federal workers

NO more federal workers hired

Cut aid to foreign countries

PELOSI/REID=DEMOCRATS=SPENDING

Vote ALL democrats OUT

You better do it locally, cuz your local democrats will spend, increase fees and licensing, too.

Your local democrats are a reflection of your federal democrats

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#9 Jun 7, 2010
THE LOONS TRIMBLE AS REALITY HITS THEM IN THE FACE.

RUNNING SCARED: DEMS SCRAP NEARLY ALL 'TOWN HALL' MEETS...TYPICAL LOONS, CAN’T FACE PUBLIC ON BACKROOM DEALS….OR THEIR VOTES.

Obama loses the Left: suddenly, it's cool to bash Barack...

OBAMA'S SECOND MUSIC PARTY OF WEEK...PARTY PARTY, GOLF GOLF..WHAT A JOKE.

Election spooks lawmakers, curbs Democratic Congress spending...

THIS WEEK: Obama public-relations offensive timed to $250 rebate checks for Medicare...

OBAMA TO DO TV SHOW WITH SENIORS...This guy is not presidential material….
__________
Helen Thomas high school speech canceled over flap...Hate Speech From the Left. DAMAGE CONTROL FOR THE JEWISH VOTE.

Since: Jan 07

Washingtonville, PA

#10 Jun 7, 2010
My husband and I attended an out of town wedding a number of years ago. We came home to a house that was sparkling clean, well-vacuumed and in perfect order. Some time later, we learned that our college-age "children" threw a "banger" of a party but had, with their friends, secured the homeland before our return.

I am reminded of this because those incumbants who are facing tough primaries are doing the same thing. They are trying very hard to clean house, hide the evidence and try to give the appearance hardworking, altruistic and dedicated public servants. Unfortunately, the last year has been a reelection killer for many.

There is a media trail of damage that cannot be obscured, and no matter how diligently they try to hide such elephants in the room as "cap 'n tax," and the 2000 page Health Care bill that exposed almost criminal bribery and deal-making, those big ol' elephants are plopped right there, where everyone can see them.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#11 Jun 7, 2010
No Child Left wrote:
My husband and I attended an out of town wedding a number of years ago. We came home to a house that was sparkling clean, well-vacuumed and in perfect order. Some time later, we learned that our college-age "children" threw a "banger" of a party but had, with their friends, secured the homeland before our return.

I am reminded of this because those incumbants who are facing tough primaries are doing the same thing. They are trying very hard to clean house, hide the evidence and try to give the appearance hardworking, altruistic and dedicated public servants. Unfortunately, the last year has been a reelection killer for many.

There is a media trail of damage that cannot be obscured, and no matter how diligently they try to hide such elephants in the room as "cap 'n tax," and the 2000 page Health Care bill that exposed almost criminal bribery and deal-making, those big ol' elephants are plopped right there, where everyone can see them.
Agree.
Lucretia

Elyria, OH

#12 Jun 8, 2010
Voters' support for members of Congress is at an all-time low, poll finds
By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, June 8, 2010; A01

As voters head to the polls Tuesday for a crucial set of primary elections, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds antipathy toward their elected officials rising and anti-incumbent sentiment at an all-time high.

The national survey shows that 29 percent of Americans now say they are inclined to support their House representative in November, even lower than in 1994, when voters swept the Democrats out of power in the that chamber after 40 years in the majority.

The poll also finds growing disapproval of the "tea party" movement, with half the population now expressing an unfavorable impression of the loosely aligned protest campaign that has shaken up politics this year.

And at a time when Republicans anticipate significant gains in House and Senate elections, there is also fresh evidence of the challenges facing the GOP.

SIX IN 10 POLL RESPONDENTS SAY THEY HAVE A NEGATIVE VIEW OF THE POLICIES PUT FORWARD BY THE REPUBLICAN MINORITY IN CONGRESS, AND ABOUT A THIRD SAY THEY TRUST REPUBLICANS OVER DEMOCRATS TO HANDLE THE NATION'S MAIN PROBLEMS.

(That's 60% with a negative view of Republican policies and 33.3% who cay they trust Republicans to handle the nation's main problems!!!)

...On Tuesday, hopefuls in Virginia and 11 other states will find out. It is the busiest single primary day of the year, and a big test of just how deep anti-incumbent and anti-establishment feelings go

.... Elected officials nationwide are feeling their constituents' dissatisfaction. In the new Post-ABC poll, 69 percent of all Americans say they are either dissatisfied or angry with the government, and 60 percent say they are inclined to look for other candidates in November, the most ever in a Post-ABC poll.

Democrats are likely to suffer disproportionately from the tough climate: They are in the majority in both houses of Congress and are defending many more districts than Republicans. The public sees little improvement in the nation's direction or the state of the economy. Six in 10 say the country is on the wrong track and 88 percent rate the economy as not good or poor, with just 30 percent saying it is improving.

Yet Democrats maintain at least one advantage: They hold a DOUBLE-DIGIT EDGE OVER THE GOP as the party that people trust to handle the country's main problems.

Another big element that may mute the threat to Democrats is that the GOP has not gained significant traction.

Most Americans -- including NEARLY A THIRD OF SELF-IDENTIFIED REPUBLICANS -- say they are dissatisfied with or angry at the policies of congressional Republicans.

These numbers have changed little since last November, despite the GOP's focus on offering a more concrete agenda rather than simply Democratic proposals.

Obama's overall approval ratings have remained fairly steady. More than half of those surveyed, 52 percent, say they approve of the way he is handling his job, and for the first time since last fall, half approve of how he is dealing with the economy...

The poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday among a random sample of 1,004 adults contacted by conventional and cellular telephone. The results from the full poll have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#13 Jun 8, 2010
Obama Addressing High School Graduates -- With Teleprompters...

Election spooks lawmakers, curbs Congress spending...

Progressives criticize White House, Dems...

RUNNING SCARED: DEMS SCRAP NEARLY ALL 'TOWN HALL' MEETS...
Lucretia

Elyria, OH

#14 Jun 8, 2010
Here's what voting for Republicans in Congress gets you:

The Energy Policy Act of 2005, signed by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005, achieved many of the goals set out by Cheney’s secret task force in 2001 and ushered in a new era of deregulation, self-regulation, and utter disregard for environmental and safety laws.

It also coincided with a culture of deep and widespread corruption at the Interior Department, including the Minerals Management Service.

This era unquestionably set the stage for the BP oil catastrophe — Cheney’s Katrina.

With two oilmen in the White House and two more Texans leading an emboldened Republican majority in the House of Representatives, Big Oil had an unprecedented opportunity to set U.S. energy policy. Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s National Energy Policy Task Force concluded in May 2001:

Advanced, more energy-efficient drilling and production methods: reduce emissions; practically eliminate spills from offshore platforms; and enhance worker safety, lower risk of blowouts, and provide better protection of groundwater resources.

Fortunately, the Democratically controlled Senate prevented final passage of a bill during the 107th Congress from January 2001 to January 2003.

After Republicans took the Senate in 2003,
oil-funded House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX) pushed for an even more sweeping bill that fulfilled the pro-oil blueprint crafted by Cheney’s secret energy task force.

After months of intense debate, a bipartisan filibuster in the Senate barely killed the bill.

In 2005, after retaking the White House and increasing their majorities in both houses of Congress with the help of over $2.5 million in oil money, Bush and Cheney worked with oil-funded Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) to pass yet another bill that included tens of billions in subsidies for Big Oil and other forms of dirty energy and dozens of other provisions to reduce or eliminate royalties paid by Big Oil to taxpayers, waive or eliminate environmental and safety reviews, and otherwise enhance Big Oil’s ability to exploit our natural resources with little or no oversight and with maximum profit.

Andrew Lundquist, the executive director of Cheney’s energy task force, left government to actively lobby for the legislation on behalf of BP and other energy companies.

One of the worst elements of what has come to be known as the “Dick Cheney energy bill” had a direct role in eliminating the kind of regulatory oversight that may have prevented the blowout of BP’s Mississippi Canyon 252 well on April 20 of this year:

Section 390 of the legislation dramatically expanded the circumstances under which drilling operations could forgo environmental reviews and be approved almost immediately under so-called “categorical exclusions” from the National Environmental Policy Act.

The use of such exclusions went on to widespread abuse under the Bush administration. BP’s blown-out well did not undergo an environmental review thanks to a categorical exclusion. BP was lobbying as recently as April to expand the use of such exclusions.

The expansion of categorical exclusions in the bill is far from the only giveaway to Big Oil at the expense of the environment and taxpayers. Cheney’s energy bill also relieved oil companies of paying royalties to the taxpayers for millions of barrels of oil produced from deepwater wells (Sec. 345), weakened states’ ability under the Coastal Zone Management Act to have a say in projects and federal activities that affect their coasts including limiting appeals related to pipeline construction or offshore oil development (Sec. 381-82), and created a loophole to allow oil companies to drill under a national seashore by transferring the mineral rights to private ownership or ownership by the state of Texas (Sec. 373).
http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/06/04/...
Lucretia

Elyria, OH

#15 Jun 8, 2010
Here's what voting for Republicans for Congress gets you:

The Energy Policy Act of 2005, signed by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005, achieved many of the goals set out by Cheney’s secret task force in 2001 and ushered in a new era of deregulation, self-regulation, and utter disregard for environmental and safety laws.

It also coincided with a culture of deep and widespread corruption at the Interior Department, including the Minerals Management Service.

This era unquestionably set the stage for the BP oil catastrophe — Cheney’s Katrina.

With two oilmen in the White House and two more Texans leading an emboldened Republican majority in the House of Representatives, Big Oil had an unprecedented opportunity to set U.S. energy policy. Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s National Energy Policy Task Force concluded in May 2001:

Advanced, more energy-efficient drilling and production methods: reduce emissions; practically eliminate spills from offshore platforms; and enhance worker safety, lower risk of blowouts, and provide better protection of groundwater resources.

Fortunately, the Democratically controlled Senate prevented final passage of a bill during the 107th Congress from January 2001 to January 2003.

After Republicans took the Senate in 2003,
oil-funded House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX) pushed for an even more sweeping bill that fulfilled the pro-oil blueprint crafted by Cheney’s secret energy task force.

After months of intense debate, a bipartisan filibuster in the Senate barely killed the bill.

In 2005, after retaking the White House and increasing their majorities in both houses of Congress with the help of over $2.5 million in oil money, Bush and Cheney worked with oil-funded Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) to pass yet another bill that included tens of billions in subsidies for Big Oil and other forms of dirty energy and dozens of other provisions to reduce or eliminate royalties paid by Big Oil to taxpayers, waive or eliminate environmental and safety reviews, and otherwise enhance Big Oil’s ability to exploit our natural resources with little or no oversight and with maximum profit.

Andrew Lundquist, the executive director of Cheney’s energy task force, left government to actively lobby for the legislation on behalf of BP and other energy companies.

One of the worst elements of what has come to be known as the “Dick Cheney energy bill” had a direct role in eliminating the kind of regulatory oversight that may have prevented the blowout of BP’s Mississippi Canyon 252 well on April 20 of this year:

Section 390 of the legislation dramatically expanded the circumstances under which drilling operations could forgo environmental reviews and be approved almost immediately under so-called “categorical exclusions” from the National Environmental Policy Act.

The use of such exclusions went on to widespread abuse under the Bush administration. BP’s blown-out well did not undergo an environmental review thanks to a categorical exclusion. BP was lobbying as recently as April to expand the use of such exclusions.

The expansion of categorical exclusions in the bill is far from the only giveaway to Big Oil at the expense of the environment and taxpayers. Cheney’s energy bill also relieved oil companies of paying royalties to the taxpayers for millions of barrels of oil produced from deepwater wells (Sec. 345), weakened states’ ability under the Coastal Zone Management Act to have a say in projects and federal activities that affect their coasts including limiting appeals related to pipeline construction or offshore oil development (Sec. 381-82), and created a loophole to allow oil companies to drill under a national seashore by transferring the mineral rights to private ownership or ownership by the state of Texas (Sec. 373).
http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/06/04/...

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#17 Jun 8, 2010
Lucretia wrote:
Here's what voting for Republicans in Congress gets you:
The Energy Policy Act of 2005, signed by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005, achieved many of the goals set out by Cheney’s secret task force in 2001 and ushered in a new era of deregulation, self-regulation, and utter disregard for environmental and safety laws.
It also coincided with a culture of deep and widespread corruption at the Interior Department, including the Minerals Management Service.
This era unquestionably set the stage for the BP oil catastrophe — Cheney’s Katrina.
With two oilmen in the White House and two more Texans leading an emboldened Republican majority in the House of Representatives, Big Oil had an unprecedented opportunity to set U.S. energy policy. Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s National Energy Policy Task Force concluded in May 2001:
Advanced, more energy-efficient drilling and production methods: reduce emissions; practically eliminate spills from offshore platforms; and enhance worker safety, lower risk of blowouts, and provide better protection of groundwater resources.
Fortunately, the Democratically controlled Senate prevented final passage of a bill during the 107th Congress from January 2001 to January 2003.
After Republicans took the Senate in 2003,
oil-funded House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX) pushed for an even more sweeping bill that fulfilled the pro-oil blueprint crafted by Cheney’s secret energy task force.
After months of intense debate, a bipartisan filibuster in the Senate barely killed the bill.
In 2005, after retaking the White House and increasing their majorities in both houses of Congress with the help of over $2.5 million in oil money, Bush and Cheney worked with oil-funded Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) to pass yet another bill that included tens of billions in subsidies for Big Oil and other forms of dirty energy and dozens of other provisions to reduce or eliminate royalties paid by Big Oil to taxpayers, waive or eliminate environmental and safety reviews, and otherwise enhance Big Oil’s ability to exploit our natural resources with little or no oversight and with maximum profit.
Andrew Lundquist, the executive director of Cheney’s energy task force, left government to actively lobby for the legislation on behalf of BP and other energy companies.
One of the worst elements of what has come to be known as the “Dick Cheney energy bill” had a direct role in eliminating the kind of regulatory oversight that may have prevented the blowout of BP’s Mississippi Canyon 252 well on April 20 of this year:
Section 390 of the legislation dramatically expanded the circumstances under which drilling operations could forgo environmental reviews and be approved almost immediately under so-called “categorical exclusions” from the National Environmental Policy Act.
The use of such exclusions went on to widespread abuse under the Bush administration. BP’s blown-out well did not undergo an environmental review thanks to a categorical exclusion. BP was lobbying as recently as April to expand the use of such exclusions.
The expansion of categorical exclusions in the bill is far from the only giveaway to Big Oil at the expense of the environment and taxpayers. Cheney’s energy bill also relieved oil companies of paying royalties to the taxpayers for millions of barrels of oil produced from deepwater wells (Sec. 345), weakened states’ ability under the Coastal Zone Management Act to have a say in projects and federal activities that affect their coasts including limiting appeals related to pipeline construction or offshore oil development (Sec. 381-82), and created a loophole to allow oil companies to drill under a national seashore by transferring the mineral rights to private ownership or ownership by the state of Texas (Sec. 373).
http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/06/04/...
You like those left loon think tanks for sure........babble babble babble.....

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#18 Jun 8, 2010
I would have fired BP chief by now, Obama says
Ex-EPA lawyer brands oil company as 'recurring environmental criminal' BUT ODOODLE HAS DONE NOTHING ABOUT HIS STAFF THAT HAS BOTCHED THIS WHOLE PROCESS………WE THINK YOU SHOULD FIRE RAHM SO HOW ABOUT THAT.

PAPER: Spill reveals Obama's lack of executive experience...

Nancy Pelosi heckled...SHE SHOULD BE TARED AND FEATHERED……

They are 'throwing stuff'...LOOK AT ALL THE CRAP YOU’VE THROWN AT US.

VIDEO: STUDENT FALLS ASLEEP DURING OBAMA LECTURE...BLAH BLAH BLAH THEY ARE ALL THE SAME CAMPAIGHN RETORIC TELEPROMPTER SPEECHES….YADA YADA YADA.

“The enemy is in our camp.”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#19 Jun 8, 2010
Good, they dug this hole now they can just shake in their boots. They're all going home and wifey-dear can console the little crybabies.
Lucretia

Elyria, OH

#20 Jun 8, 2010
Hey, Jumbo,
Facts is facts! And the following is all factual.

"The Energy Policy Act of 2005, signed by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005, achieved many of the goals set out by Cheney’s secret task force in 2001 and ushered in a new era of deregulation, self-regulation, and utter disregard for environmental and safety laws.

It also coincided with a culture of deep and widespread corruption at the Interior Department, including the Minerals Management Service.

This era unquestionably set the stage for the BP oil catastrophe — Cheney’s Katrina.

With two oilmen in the White House and two more Texans leading an emboldened Republican majority in the House of Representatives, Big Oil had an unprecedented opportunity to set U.S. energy policy. Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s National Energy Policy Task Force concluded in May 2001:

Advanced, more energy-efficient drilling and production methods: reduce emissions; practically eliminate spills from offshore platforms; and enhance worker safety, lower risk of blowouts, and provide better protection of groundwater resources.

Fortunately, the Democratically controlled Senate prevented final passage of a bill during the 107th Congress from January 2001 to January 2003.

After Republicans took the Senate in 2003,
oil-funded House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX) pushed for an even more sweeping bill that fulfilled the pro-oil blueprint crafted by Cheney’s secret energy task force.

After months of intense debate, a bipartisan filibuster in the Senate barely killed the bill.

In 2005, after retaking the White House and increasing their majorities in both houses of Congress with the help of over $2.5 million in oil money, Bush and Cheney worked with oil-funded Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) to pass yet another bill that included tens of billions in subsidies for Big Oil and other forms of dirty energy and dozens of other provisions to reduce or eliminate royalties paid by Big Oil to taxpayers, waive or eliminate environmental and safety reviews, and otherwise enhance Big Oil’s ability to exploit our natural resources with little or no oversight and with maximum profit.

Andrew Lundquist, the executive director of Cheney’s energy task force, left government to actively lobby for the legislation on behalf of BP and other energy companies.

One of the worst elements of what has come to be known as the “Dick Cheney energy bill” had a direct role in eliminating the kind of regulatory oversight that may have prevented the blowout of BP’s Mississippi Canyon 252 well on April 20 of this year:

Section 390 of the legislation dramatically expanded the circumstances under which drilling operations could forgo environmental reviews and be approved almost immediately under so-called “categorical exclusions” from the National Environmental Policy Act.

The use of such exclusions went on to widespread abuse under the Bush administration. BP’s blown-out well did not undergo an environmental review thanks to a categorical exclusion. BP was lobbying as recently as April to expand the use of such exclusions.

The expansion of categorical exclusions in the bill is far from the only giveaway to Big Oil at the expense of the environment and taxpayers. Cheney’s energy bill also relieved oil companies of paying royalties to the taxpayers for millions of barrels of oil produced from deepwater wells (Sec. 345), weakened states’ ability under the Coastal Zone Management Act to have a say in projects and federal activities that affect their coasts including limiting appeals related to pipeline construction or offshore oil development (Sec. 381-82), and created a loophole to allow oil companies to drill under a national seashore by transferring the mineral rights to private ownership or ownership by the state of Texas (Sec. 373).
http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/06/04/
Lucretia

Elyria, OH

#21 Jun 8, 2010
Hey, Jumbo,
Facts is facts. And this report is factual.
We'll soon see what these facts mean when Hayward appears before Congress next week.

"The Energy Policy Act of 2005, signed by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005, achieved many of the goals set out by Cheney’s secret task force in 2001 and ushered in a new era of deregulation, self-regulation, and utter disregard for environmental and safety laws.

It also coincided with a culture of deep and widespread corruption at the Interior Department, including the Minerals Management Service.

This era unquestionably set the stage for the BP oil catastrophe — Cheney’s Katrina.

With two oilmen in the White House and two more Texans leading an emboldened Republican majority in the House of Representatives, Big Oil had an unprecedented opportunity to set U.S. energy policy. Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s National Energy Policy Task Force concluded in May 2001:

Advanced, more energy-efficient drilling and production methods: reduce emissions; practically eliminate spills from offshore platforms; and enhance worker safety, lower risk of blowouts, and provide better protection of groundwater resources.

Fortunately, the Democratically controlled Senate prevented final passage of a bill during the 107th Congress from January 2001 to January 2003.

After Republicans took the Senate in 2003,
oil-funded House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX) pushed for an even more sweeping bill that fulfilled the pro-oil blueprint crafted by Cheney’s secret energy task force.

After months of intense debate, a bipartisan filibuster in the Senate barely killed the bill.

In 2005, after retaking the White House and increasing their majorities in both houses of Congress with the help of over $2.5 million in oil money, Bush and Cheney worked with oil-funded Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) to pass yet another bill that included tens of billions in subsidies for Big Oil and other forms of dirty energy and dozens of other provisions to reduce or eliminate royalties paid by Big Oil to taxpayers, waive or eliminate environmental and safety reviews, and otherwise enhance Big Oil’s ability to exploit our natural resources with little or no oversight and with maximum profit.

Andrew Lundquist, the executive director of Cheney’s energy task force, left government to actively lobby for the legislation on behalf of BP and other energy companies.

One of the worst elements of what has come to be known as the “Dick Cheney energy bill” had a direct role in eliminating the kind of regulatory oversight that may have prevented the blowout of BP’s Mississippi Canyon 252 well on April 20 of this year:

Section 390 of the legislation dramatically expanded the circumstances under which drilling operations could forgo environmental reviews and be approved almost immediately under so-called “categorical exclusions” from the National Environmental Policy Act.

The use of such exclusions went on to widespread abuse under the Bush administration. BP’s blown-out well did not undergo an environmental review thanks to a categorical exclusion. BP was lobbying as recently as April to expand the use of such exclusions.

The expansion of categorical exclusions in the bill is far from the only giveaway to Big Oil at the expense of the environment and taxpayers. Cheney’s energy bill also relieved oil companies of paying royalties to the taxpayers for millions of barrels of oil produced from deepwater wells (Sec. 345), weakened states’ ability under the Coastal Zone Management Act to have a say in projects and federal activities that affect their coasts including limiting appeals related to pipeline construction or offshore oil development (Sec. 381-82), and created a loophole to allow oil companies to drill under a national seashore by transferring the mineral rights to private ownership or ownership by the state of Texas (Sec. 373).
http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/06/04/

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