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Congressman Kimble Says, “Drill Baby Drill”

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I keep an eye on Congressman Kimble’s website to see what our blog’s favorite congressman is up to, but he rarely posts full transcripts of his speeches. Today, he spoke to the Pacific Coast Petroleum Institute and his speech was a rare demonstration of courage in a rough political climate for off shore oil drilling. I think his sentiments are something all conservatives can get behind.

My friends, this is not an easy time for any of us. A cataclysm of unspeakable proportions threatens the Gulf of Mexico. Thousands of barrels of oil have spilled into the Gulf and every five days an Exxon Valdez worth of oil spills into the Gulf. The damage is immeasurable and the full impact of this disaster will not be seen for years to come.

It is natural that at this time of crisis our prayers and our sympathies go out to the BP shareholders and board of directors. I see the suffering on the faces of my friends who lobby for them, in the stock ticker, and I want to help in anyway that I can. However, even as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives there is very little I can do to alleviate their suffering.

I am reminded of President Reagan after the Challenger disaster when he said, “Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue.”

Those words are truer now that ever. We choose to drill for oil offshore not because it is easy, but because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone by using renewable energy, and because as Americans we know we look stupid in small electric cars. As Americans it is our God given right to explore this great country from sea to shining sea and to do so at 14 miles per gallon.

Already, the forces of big government want to use this tragedy as an excuse to apply big government solutions to cleaning up this spill and putting in so called “common sense” regulations into place. Do not be fooled. I heard Rush Limbaugh earlier today and he makes an excellent point, “The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there,” Limbaugh said. “It’s natural. It’s as natural as the ocean water is.”

We know that eventually the oil will simple mix into the waters of the ocean and be so diluted by the huge quantities of water to be harmless, but unfortunately the damage will already be done. Oil prices may be reaching $100 a barrel by mid-Summer and as Americans we cannot accept this.

I am calling on President Obama to work with Republicans in Congress to look for new places where we can drill. We should not rest until every usable drop of oil is extracted from the Earth for it is the lifeblood of our economy. This is a time where we can make no small plans. This is a time for action. This is a time for America to again stand tall. This is a time to drill, baby drill.

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May 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Giant Oil Spill Threatens New Orleans – Should We Care?

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Anybody who has recently seen the HBO series Treme, can tell you that New Orleans is a city with a vibrant cultural heritage.   I tried to watch it myself, but when one of the characters played by Steve Zahn held Professor Longhair as being greater than Jesus, I found I could not take anymore.   Still, New Orleans is where food like Popeye’s Chicken and red beans and rice comes from as well as the musical art form frequently called Dixieland Jazz.  When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on 2005, it was wisely decided to rebuild and while New Orleans hasn’t been completely fixed, it now boasts a Super Bowl champion.

Now, comes news that a large 5,000 barrel a day oil spill is in the Gulf of Mexico and spreading towards New Orleans.   I for one have had enough.   With our current troubled economy, can we really afford to spend millions of dollars protecting the city’s shoreline?   If New Orleans is ever going to be self-sufficient, the government needs to get out of the way and let private industry clean up the spill.  5,000 barrels of oil a day could be extremely valuable on the open market and we should encourage oil companies to clean up the spill by allowing them to keep any oil they clean up.  I can almost guarantee that BP and American companies would be fighting for the rights to reclaim the oil.

The large question though is the future of New Orleans.   The city was built precariously on the Gulf of Mexico and will forever be vulnerable to oil spills like this.   Only Representative Jack Kimble (R-CA) has had the courage to speak out against rescuing the city saying, “”That doesn’t make sense to me. … And it’s a question that certainly we should ask.”

Kimble continued, “It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed anyway.”

Kimble was quickly attacked for his candor, but he certainly brings up a good question and if you read the whole interview instead of taking quotes out of context you reallize that what Kimble is speaking of is New Orleans’ terrible location so close to oil drilling.  Former Dartmouth English professor E.Y. Hansen told the Heritage Valley Times-Gazette this week, “”New Orleans naturally wants to be an oil slick.  A city should never have been built there in the first place.”

As long as New Orleans is located so close to so much oil production, it will forever be in peril.  It’d be wonderful if we could just ignore the facts, but we can’t.   This will not be the last oil spill to impact the city.  We have to ask ourselves, is this the last oil spill we will pay to clean up or will we just keep bailing out New Orleans?

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April 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm