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Obama at Missouri campaign event yesterday
WASHINGTON – If you think there isn’t urgency to getting Congress to drop its bans on offshore drilling and development of the ANWR oil reserves, listen to what Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama had to say in Missouri yesterday.
“There are things you can do individually, though, to save energy,” Obama said. “Making sure your tires are properly inflated – simple thing. But we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling – if everybody was just inflating their tires? And getting regular tune-ups? You’d actually save just as much!”
That’s his energy plan? Inflate your tires? Get more tune-ups?
WND Editor Joseph Farah, organizer of a campaign to step up the pressure on Congress to drop its moratorium on offshore drilling and reverse its decisions to ban exploration for oil in Alaska’s ANWR reserves before adjournment at the end of September, says Obama’s apparent naiveté illustrates why the country has no time to waste.
“My goodness, it’s time to educate America’s so-called leaders about the law of supply and demand,” he says. “I don’t care if they really understand it. But let’s make sure Congress acts before it’s too late. Energy prices are robbing our country of jobs, seriously hurting real Americans’ ability to make ends meet, driving up prices for every other product and service imaginable. This is no time to be talking about tire pressure. Let’s put some pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.”
Farah urges every American to watch Obama deliver these words in this YouTube video:
The campaign is picking up steam.
Democratic leaders in Congress have been promoting compromise legislation that opens up new territory for drilling – even while avoiding the critical offshore ban and the ANWR restrictions.
Reid has proposed a plan to open new areas for oil exploration – outraging senior members of his own caucus. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ever aware of the way average Americans are being squeezed at the gas pump and through rising inflation due to higher energy prices, is supporting the plan.
While the proposal is drawing shrieks from those Democrats occupying safe seats in the House and Senate, it shows how vulnerable congressional Democrats might be to an uprising from voters in November.
But that plan is too little, too late, says Farah.
“It will be a shame if Americans don’t hold Congress’ feet to the fire before members quietly adjourn for the year,” Farah says. “This is an election year and the Democratic majority is clearly out of step with the will of the people on this issue. But the people’s will must be expressed clearly and forcefully.”
Oil has doubled in price over the past year, triggering inflation and pinching U.S. consumers who are dealing with a depressed housing market, job uncertainty and soaring food costs.
Farah is calling on Americans to flood Congress with e-mails, phone calls, letters and text messages demanding action that can lead the country in the direction of energy independence.
“Right now, that means lifting the moratorium,” he says. “That’s the first step. If we can’t agree on that as Americans today, then we are in for a long period of national economic decline. If we can’t push Congress to do the right thing with even a strong majority of Democrats behind us, then this country is simply no longer a place where the will of the people means anything.”
Farah’s goal is to force Congress to act in the next two months – before it adjourns for the year.
Farah’s plan is simple: “I want to bring Congress to its knees,” he says. “I want to melt down their phones. I want to flood their e-mail boxes. I want to hold them as political hostages. The ransom demand is to unleash the free market to begin exploring and pumping domestic crude oil and getting it to market as fast as possible. We’ve got two months days to make our voices heard. Let’s make history by bringing this recalcitrant body of elitists into compliance with the will of the people and the rule of law.”
After eagerly waiting for someone else to take the lead on demanding action of Congress, Farah came to the conclusion no one else was going to do it.
Farah says it’s a national emergency and needs to be treated as such.
“I hope radio talk show hosts across the country will embrace this bipartisan, non-partisan movement,” he says. “There is no question in my mind this is what the American people want. Now it’s just time for them to impose their will on their elected representatives who, in their chauffeured limousines and taxpayer-supported travel, are hopelessly out of touch with their constituents, with people who are finding it difficult to make ends meet.”
Farah says he is convinced Congress will act only if the people steamroll members into action. He points to the way the Dubai port deal and so-called “comprehensive immigration reform” were killed by popular uprisings in recent years.
“We can make this happen, again,” he says. “But this time, we won’t just be stopping something bad from happening. We will be doing something that is very good for the country – something that will improve the lives of all of us, something that will improve national security, something vital for the future of the nation.”
Congress is set to adjourn at the end of September and will take most of August off for recess.
“I’m going to do everything in my power to push Congress into action in the next two months days,” Farah says. “I know I can’t do it by myself. But I know if the American people get mobilized nothing can stop them. You have to let members of Congress know you are serious. You have to persuade them and their staffs they are not returning to Washington next year if they fail to act in America’s interest before they leave town.”
Before then, you can reach members of the House and members of the U.S. Senate by calling 202-224-3121. The official House website contains web pages for all members and includes e-mail addresses for most. The official Senate website also contains web pages for all members and includes email address for some.