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FOX Friends continue push for off-shore drilling; timeline for American relief now down to one year

Reported by Chrish - July 31, 2008 -

This morning 7/31/08 FOX and Friends continued the White House Talking Point that they took up on June 11, a full fifty days of urging Congress to open up the now all-too-familiar OCS (outer continental shelf) to drilling - or, as Doocy likes to oversimplify, just "punch a hole in the Earth and suck the oil out," like it's a juice box. Kind of strains any credulity that they don't do WH talking points when they go on and on and on and on about the Bush Oilco agenda for seven weeks.

In the segment "Congressional Clog," two representatives discussed: Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Pete DeFazio (D-OR). The first frame asked if Congress would come together in time to do something about this energy crisis? Next was a challenge to DeFazio, who was asked why Democrats had not lowered gas prices as promised in 2006 when they took back the house - "what's your party done?" (Blaming Democrats for ineffectiveness.) As DeFazio answered that they tried yesterday to pass anti-price gouging legislation, Doocy interrupted to demand who is price gouging. Big oil companies are using their profits to buy back stock rather than develop new resources; we need them to get out there and develop new resources, but we need a new energy strategy. Our transitional fuel should probably be natural gas as we move towards a renewable future.

Blunt wants to send the same unpopular bills that they've unsuccessfully sent to the Senate for the six years of Republican control back again, so that now it's in the forefront of everyone's attention they can blame Democrats for blocking them - deep water drilling, coastal drilling, more nukes, more alternatives, oil shales... It would have an immediate economic impact on world price, he claimed, if one of the energy-rich nations in the country (sic) would look at our natural resources as an economic asset and not as an environmental hazard.

Doocy then turned to DeFazio to ask why is it OK for China to take oil from the Gulf area (he did note that it is not happening yet) but it's not OK for us, per the Democrats, to drill the OCS? DeFazio said Democrats are for drilling, they just want oil companies to explore the millions of acres already under lease first. He said the oil industry claims they don't have the rigs; why did Exxon-Mobil spend 3/4 of its profits buying back stock and profiting stockholders and execs instead of byuing new oil rigs to develop some of those leases they're sitting on?

Blunt "replied" that more Democrats are joining Republicans (sigh) and they may have the numbers soon to force it to a floor vote. We're the only country that doesn't "maximize" its off-shore drilling potential. And we wouldn't have to ever see the rigs, they'd be 50-100-175 miles offshore. We know there's a supply there (like we knew there were WMD's in Iraq?) and that will have an immediate impact on price.

Doocy said Americans are angry and 2/3 want offshore drilling and he hopes they do something before they go on vacation.

About 12 minutes later Doocy announced that they had gotten "some emails from some people"
who defended Exxon-Mobil against DeFazio's question (which you'll note Blunt did not respond to), saying the oil giant is not in the business of building rigs - that falls to companies like Transocean, which would have to be contracted by E-M. According to Doocy Transocean has told Eric Bolling of FBN that "there are certain sections around the Gulf Coast and uh, some other spots around the US, it would take less than one year toa ctually punch a hole in the ocean floor and start sucking oil out, so when you hear Democrats, Eric Bolling says, say ten years, that is not accurate. It would take
perhaps one year."

This is down from the 2-4 years we heard just Tuesday; the promises are getting deep! Kilmeade said that Senator Byrd said if it was put to a vote it would be approved; Martha McCallum added that it would have an immediate impact on futures.

NOT according to the Department of Energy.

"The projections in the OCS access case indicate 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. Total domestic production of crude oil from 2012 through 2030 in the OCS access case is projected to be 1.6 percent higher than in the reference case, and 3 percent higher in 2030 alone, at 5.6 million barrels per day. For the lower 48 OCS, annual crude oil production in 2030 is projected to be 7 percent higher—2.4 million barrels per day in the OCS access case compared with 2.2 million barrels per day in the reference case (Figure 20). Because oil prices are determined on the international market, however, any impact on average wellhead prices is expected to be insignificant."

Note the tactic of presenting a "fair and balanced" debate, in which the host challenges the Democratic guest's answers only, and then, after he is gone, refuting what he said and re-bolstering the Republican talking points.

Americans are (as usual) not paying attention. Bush is an OIL MAN; this is an OIL ADMINISTRATION. If Bush wants to do something (invade Iraq, Iran; open the OCS for drilling) you can bet it is to benefit the OIL COMPANIES. And FOX, denials and all, is doing his bidding and pushing popular support for policies that will only benefit the oil companies.

Propaganda, all day long.