Saw this group running an Ad on Washington Post and was a bit curious. It turns out they are a 527 group formed by Newt Gingrich. They claim to be a non-partisan and I have real hard time believing Gingrich could do anything non-partisan. In addition, when you go to the site it encourages you to sign a petition that offers you no option to add your own comments or the change the original message you are signing on to. It other words all you can do is say “ditto”, which reminds me of the term “ditto-head”, which refers to a faithful listener to the Rush Limbaugh Radio Show. I digress.
Back to the content of matter. The group is purposing that the US increase drilling of domestic resources to reduce the cost of fuel and energy. Side note – the US consumes 25% of the world’s oil and sits on top of about 2% of the world’s oil. Just by the math alone this concept won’t work. We need to move away for carbon based energy to renewable energy sources.
While we are on the topic, some are saying that Cuba and China are drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and that the US should do the same. I live in Florida, if Cuba and China were building an oil rig or drilling in the Gulf of Mexico it would be all over the news. I have not gone out there in my boat yet to verify my assertion but I am pretty confident Cube and China are NOT drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
By the way, did you know that oil companies have current leases on Federal property to allow for drilling of oil and the oil companies have not built the drilling sites to harvest the oil. Take your pick of any link off this google search query to learn more about this issue.
If true, why should we advocate for
“We, therefore, the undersigned citizens of the United States, petition the U.S. Congress to act immediately to lower gasoline prices (and diesel and other fuel prices)* by authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries.We, therefore, the undersigned citizens of the United States, petition the U.S. Congress to act immediately to lower gasoline prices (and diesel and other fuel prices)* by authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries.”
If anything we should first encourage the oil companies to utilize the leases they have been granted and are paying for, and not the US Congress, while we make the move toward renewable energy sources
American Solutions for Winning the Future – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
American Solutions for Winning the Future is a non-partisan 527 group (a group intended primarily to influence the nomination, election, appointment, or defeat of candidates for public office) created by former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and which claims as its purpose the mutual engagement of citizens and elected officials in a dialogue intended to synthesize and propose solutions to problems affecting American society. Republican Tom Delay said of the organization,”[it is] not in sync with the base of the party… take his whole American Solutions idea. I’m very skeptical about finding solutions for government. Government is the problem, not the solution.” Minimal government appears to be among its ends, however, as Gingrich hosted a teleconference through the group “on how to transform government from bloated bureaucracy to lean machine.” Currently their main program is the Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less. petition which aims at making congress aware that nearly half a percent of Americans including representatives from both major parties want them to open oil drilling in Alaska, in the Rocky Mountains and off of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to make the country independent from foreign oil. As of June 20, 2008 over 1,000,000 citizens have signed.