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Gingrich gets two segments to promote Republican strategy, book, movie, and website

Reported by Chrish - August 7, 2008 -

Newt Gingrich appeared on FOX and Friends earlier today 8/6/08 to push the "drill here, drill now, pay less" big lie with some of his biggest supporters. Apparently they didn't promote his upcoming book and movie sufficiently because he got an encore after the break and reiterated all the misleading talking points while he was selling his wares.
With video.

These talking points have been rehashed over and over the past 2 months, since Gingrich launched his petition in concert with FOX News and talk radio, drumming up support from misguided Americans who think a.) we get to keep the oil produced, b.) it will have an effect on prices short-term, and c.) it will make us independent from the international oil market (a.k.a. those murderous Muslims, a.k.a. "Islamo-fascists" (tm)). News flash you won't hear on FOX: oil and gas prices ain't going down materially. It's over.

Regardless of reality, Gingrich ranted about the "illegality" of offshore drilling and the need to force Congress to put the issue to a vote, where the presumably (and predictably) cowed Democrats will vote with the monolithic Republican minority in order to appear to be taking action on behalf of their constituents. But it's the oil companies who will benefit. I hate to sound like a broken record but hey, it works for them: The Department of Energy states

"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."

Gingrich offered to acquire a guest for F&F, a Princeton University junior and intern at AEI, who understands energy policy better than Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, who are refusing to put the issue to a full vote. Asked pointedly when we could expect to see savings from the drilling, should it be authorized, Gingrich said this lad had found a paper that said we could expect a drop immediately based on expectations - oil has already dropped $20 since we've been talking about the possibility! Again they fail to inform that demand has dropped and the market is working.

Although AAA reports that the national average is now well below $4 ($3.86) during the segment you'll see that the producers continually looped video of gas station signs reading in the $4.50-$5.00+ range.

Asked if Americans will drop the fervor as gas prices drop, Gingrich responded that Americans want fundemental change. He's right on that, but then he elaborated the Republican view of "change": "clean" coal, nuclear energy, and (finally) solar and wind power. Should Americans get distracted, as they are wont to do, House Minority Leader Boehner has plans to introduce an energy bill the first week back in September, and demand Congress vote "with Speaker Pelosi and high energy prices, or for more drilling and lower energy prices." With us or against us redux.

But Nancy Pelosi, accused of playing politics with the issue, sees no reason to rush through this legislation for the oil companies in the final three months of Republican rule. (Banner: "Pelosi pushes politics over people.") Counting on a Democratic president and super-majorities next year, she and Reid want to take their time and enable the next administration to carefully craft a policy emphasizing conservation and renewables. Note how it is Democrats accused of making the issue political even as Gingrich and others announce that they will make it the issue of the fall.

It's still amazing to watch the machine in action. Offshore drilling went from nothing, not a blip on America's radar, to being touted as THE issue in the 2008 election, the topmost issue for Americans, etc, etc. All done with the daily drilling, pun intended, by FOX News and talk radio. Google "drill here drill now" and you get literally millions of hits for right-wing sites with Newtie's right at the top. It's no coincidence that it is high on the Bush wish-list, which has to be granted quickly, so the right is blatantly exploiting an issue of serious personal economic pain for millions of Americans to make empty, undeliverable campaign promises and garner votes.

We can only hope that Democrats come back strong and figure out how to trumpet their message of weaning ourselves from oil and changing our basic way of thinking. It's no coincidence, either, that Hollywood liberals have been so thoroughly stigmatized and ridiculed by that same FOX News and talk radio echo chamber that the one asset Democrats have to help get their messages out has become off limits. Democrats need to stop letting Republicans dictate the rules and be bold again.

I have not seen, in my viewing during this two months of propaganda, Al Gore or another famous, strong, knowledgeable guest, unopposed, to promote renewables and getting off oil , and the topic of global climate change and food shortages is not tied into the repititions as if there's no correlation. There have been debates but the overwhelming message, as indicated by growing polling numbers supporting the practice, has been "drill here, drill now." Pffft, fair and balanced my arse.