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FOX Friends promise oil drilling will bring relief at the pump in 2-4 years

Reported by Chrish - July 29, 2008 -

Once again this morning 7/29/08 the FOX Friends promoted the Republican plank of "drill here, drill now," Newt Gingrich's petition to rally support for the oil industry. Apparently all the cheerleading has paid off, because Alisyn Camerota told viewers they, FOX, had debunked myths (put out by the US Energy Department) that it would be decades before we saw any appreciable products and it will only be 2-4 years before we get cheaper gas.
With video.

(This segment came thirty minutes before the BOR segment angrily denying that FOX takes talking points from the White House, not that their viewers can add two and two anyway).

Camerota in all seriousness claimed that FOX and Friends debunked the Energy Department's assessment that

"access to the Pacific, Atlantic, and eastern Gulf regions would not have a significant impact on domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices before 2030. Leasing would begin no sooner than 2012, and production would not be expected to start before 2017."
because (swallow your coffee now) someone from their Business Network (you know, the one nobody watches because it's so bad) spoke with "the number one driller in the country" who says that's absolutely a farce, a fallacy - it'll only be 2-4 years... because we already have the equipment, you just have to position it in the right place and "punch a hole in the Earth," as Doocy regularly puts it. What a shocker, the top driller is on the side of drill here drill now. Just talking about it seems to have already made a dent! Idiot.

Adam Siegel adds some perspective at Alternet:

"And, in 2030, that drilling would give us only a 3 percent increase over the 5.1 million or so barrels we currently produce. The EIA estimates that additional offshore drilling would add 200,000 barrels to the 2030 production. To place this into context, U.S. consumption is about 21 million barrels per day. Thus, the entire Republican effort to open up offshore drilling is about providing 1 percent of today's consumption levels, 22 years from now. Or, if you were to go and conceive a child right this second, you'd save a few cents per gallon and realize a minuscule savings at the pump when you drive down to see that child graduate from college."

Steve Doocy's nuggets: "John McCain took a chance" when "he reversed his course" because we're hurtin', not "he flip-flopped, he's a flip-flopper, can't trust him, political expediency," etc. "This is really the time for the Republicans to jump on this" and "they" should be beating the drum, we should be drilling now. (We should also look into solar and all that other stuff, as an afterthought.) If we can win WWII in 4 years, we can do this. Doocy knows a thing or two about beating the drum.

Nowhere on FOX is the promotion of Al Gore's magnificent call to the country to make a commitment to get AWAY from oil and to invest in renewables, for our national independence and ultimate security, and for the health of the planet, for generations to come.

FOX is shamelessly shilling for the Bush administration and their oil company cronies in a last ditch effort to get their hands on even more of our natural resources before they leave office. They are doing their job and influencing Americans (who get their info from teevee and believe it's news) to once again vote against their own best interests and for the corporate masters.

FOX has also ignored another McCain MisSpeak (TM) as reported in the Washington Post:

"McCain told reporters last month that "we have untapped oil reserves of at least 21 billion barrels in the United States." In fact, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that there are "undiscovered conventionally recoverable resources" of 17.8 billion barrels. That's not the same thing as "reserves." In the oil business, "reserves" refers to oil that has been found and "proven," whereas "resources" refers to promising geological structures where the presence of oil remains uncertain."
Details, details! So what if he doesn't know what he's talking about, he's FOR it!