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“Great American” Hannity’s Solution To High Oil Prices: Environmental Groups “Should Go”

Reported by Ellen - June 19, 2008 -

Despite his claim to love America, Sean Hannity found yet another part of it that he just can’t tolerate. Tuesday night, it was habeas corpus. Last night, it was environmental groups opposed to offshore drilling, even though polls show that a majority of Americans share their concerns. Exactly where Hannity thought environmentalists should go was not clear. With video.

Newt Gingrich was the lone guest on Hannity & Colmes last night (6/18/08) for a two-part discussion about President Bush’s proposal to lift the ban on offshore drilling and drilling in ANWR. The discussions were a debate on Bush’s proposal only, without consideration of alternatives to solving the energy crisis. While an occasional guest can be found on Hannity & Colmes promoting the development of alternative energies, it’s hard to imagine such a guest would get two segments of his or her own to discuss it. Unless, of course, Bush’s proposal was put forth by Nancy Pelosi or Barack Obama, instead.

Hannity disingenuously told Gingrich during the first segment, “I don’t want to turn this into a political issue.” Hannity continued, “But I think people are mad enough that it should be a political issue. Am I fair or am I partisan when I say the following: Liberal policies being beholden to environmental groups have caused this dependency to grow over the last couple of decades. They are the problem and, frankly, if I have an American solution, mine is they should go. Am I accurate or am I being partisan?”

Gingrich chuckled. “I think that the liberals in Congress have a period now in June, July, August and September where they can rethink their position... I think that there’s an opportunity here for everybody in both parties to decide that it’s better to produce energy in America rather than send money to foreign dictators.”

When Alan Colmes took his turn, he said, “Bush’s own Energy Department and other studies all claim that drilling and drilling alone is not going to bring down the price of oil appreciably. That’s not what’s gonna change any time soon, even in 10 or 15 years when the oil becomes available, in the amount we pay at the pump.”

Gingrich quickly proved himself a “blame America first” kind of guy. First, he attacked the Energy Department: “Alan, those studies are baloney.” His reasoning was that we’ve had no studies for 25 years. But, as Colmes pointed out, Gingrich could offer no proof that there is a lot of oil. So Gingrich attacked Colmes, albeit indirectly. Gingrich said,“The fact is, until you start looking, you don’t know. And if you start off by stipulating we’re hopeless, then why not just send all the money to Saudi Arabia?”

Besides omitting alternative energy sources from the discussion, the “we report, you decide” network also failed to mention that Bush’s proposal would be a boon to big oil companies. And I have yet to see anyone on the show talk about the importance of the declining dollar in our predicament at the pump.

Maybe we should just send the money to China, not Saudi Arabia, eh, Mr. Speaker?