Tuesday, May 23, 2006

What John Boehner’s E-Mail about ANWR Should Have Said

Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.

Boehner sent out a pretty good e-mail today (permalink is here) about drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR).

I said it was pretty good. Here is how he should have revised it:
May 23, 2006

Environmentally safe energy production .... (would require) just 2,000 of ANWR's 20 million acres using 21st Century technology. That's just 0.01 percent of the total ANWR acreage. This common sense legislation is aimed at increasing U.S. energy security and independence, safeguarding our economy, and creating new American jobs.

Who supports ANWR energy development?
- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters
- The International Union of Operating Engineers
- The Laborers International Union of North America
- The AFL-CIO -- Building Trades Department
- The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters
- The Seafarers International Union
- The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Who opposes ANWR energy development?

Senator Mike DeWine, a couple of other supposedly Republican senators, and a band of Capitol Hill Democrats.

Despite its support from organized labor, a consituency whose rank and file the GOP should be actively courting, DeWine has voted AGAINST legislation creating new jobs and bolstering America's supply of energy several times in the last five years alone. In the 1990s, DeWine opposed and President Clinton vetoed legislation calling for ANWR energy development -- energy that could be fueling the American economy today.

So why has DeWine recklessly OPPOSED environmentally safe energy development in ANWR? Because opponents insists ANWR reserves possess "an insignificant amount of oil." But the Energy Information Administration contradicts that notion, saying ANWR would produce nearly 1.5 million barrels a day or more, every day, for roughly 30 years. According to a new study conducted by the National Defense Council Foundation, recovery of these barrels would create more than 1 million new jobs in the United States.

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) addressed the issue in his weekly press conference. National Journal's On Call blog includes the text from his remarks.

Boehner also noted one of the political difficulties DeWine faces on the issue, charging DeWine "is on the wrong side of the issue of American energy independence with regards to the policy AND politics. Even their supporters in the labor movement recognize that Democrats and dingaling Republicans like Mike DeWine are standing in the way of increased American energy production."

Capitol Hill Democrats and Mike DeWine appear more beholden to left-wing environmentalists than to American workers. They are single-handedly putting the squeeze on the American energy market, driving up costs, preventing job creation, and boosting profits for oil companies. After thirty years of "NO" action, can we really afford more of the Democrats' and Mike DeWine's chronic negligence?

Majority Leader's Press Office
House Majority Leader John Boehner

Unfortunately, that's not how Boehner's e-mail read. But it should have.

What, we're supposed to be worried about hurting Mike DeWine's feelings? HE should be worried (REALLY worried) about getting our votes.

You see, ANWR has had the votes for passage in the House at least as far back as 1995. It's the Senate, specifically Mike DeWine and a couple of other "chronically negligent" GOP senators, that has held up drilling in ANWR.

The announcement should have been directed to DeWine and his fellow anti-ANWR Senatorial dingalings.

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