Nancy Pelosi’s response to House debate domestic drilling for oil on Friday was to turn off the lights & cameras and send everyone home. The Republicans want to debate the merits of drilling for some of the over 100,000,000,000 barrels of oil sitting discovered, but untouched under federal lands and coastal waters. The Democrats lacking any real response to such a suggestion opted for a 5 week vacation to avoid the issue.
The unfortunate “secret” is that the Democrats don’t want gas prices to come down. Either because A) price shock at the pump will encourage ecological ends or because B) they feel that gas prices will be blamed on Bush (and not on the Congress that was elected with reducing fuel costs as a political promise) which will help Obama in November.
Despite the lack of session, several Republicans are making a stand on the floor of the House again today. Approximatly 30 Republicans will hold an Energy Debate for “as long as it takes” to get Pelosi to start official bipartisan debate.