While some in the “drill baby drill” crowd have been chastened by reality, others have not.
Not surprisingly, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has a novel proposal: expanding oil drilling. Roll Call reports that, yesterday, Boehner said the “tragedy should remind us that America needs…[the] Republicans’” pro-drilling energy plan:
Meanwhile, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), “perhaps the oil industry’s best friend in the Democratic Party,” is using the tragedy to call for “accelerated” oil revenue sharing from the federal government and to demand that we “not…retreat” from further drilling:
Despite the threat to her state — the second-largest U.S. seafood producer — Landrieu has repeatedly called on colleagues not to “react with fear…not to retreat” from plans for more drilling, once the BP investigation is complete.
What makes matters worse, by all accounts, off-shore oil from the Gulf of Mexico accounts for such an infinitesimally small portion of our daily oil use that the loss of it would have no impact at all on oil availability or oil prices.
Several dozen environmentalist groups, like the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Greenpeace, wrote to senators this morning in opposition to expanding offshore drilling. “Expanding exploration and drilling into previously protected and remote areas is unacceptable when it is clear that we are not capable of responding to oil spills in a timely manner,” the groups write. MoveOn is launching an ad campaign calling on President Obama to reinstate the ban on new offshore drilling.