Amanda Carpenter

"For us to do anything but address this issue [energy] in a comprehensive way and [Reid] trying to get off it tells you something - he’s not leading for America, he’s leading for political power…. What is best for the country is to get us out of the $700 billion we send to the people who hate us every year and to start producing those resources here!” Coburn said.

Most Democrats are opposed to any expansion in domestic energy production and would instead prefer to put more federal money towards alternative energy, although a recent surge in public opinion in favor of drilling is causing some moderate Democrats to waffle.

Reid’s hardline Democrat counterpart in the House, Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recently told CNN she has “no plans” to allow any votes on offshore drilling, despite that a recent CNN/Opinion research poll showed more than 74 percent of Americans supported lifting the ban on offshore drilling.

Amanda Carpenter

Amanda Carpenter is the author of “The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy's Dossier on Hillary Clinton,” published in October 2006.
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