Freeze Congress and start drilling

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Amer­i­cans must wake up to the ab­sur­dity of the Demo­cratic lead­ers’ un­re­lent­ing de­mo­niza­tion of the oil in­dus­try.

Af­ter some 40 years of sup­posed po­lit­i­cal ded­i­ca­tion to “re­duc­ing our de­pen­dency on for­eign oil,” never has it been more dif­fi­cult for these com­pa­nies to re­ceive reg­u­la­tory ap­proval in their search for do­mes­tic sources of oil and other fu­els.

Pres­i­dent Obama and his covey of clowns in­clud­ing Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, Bar­ney Frank, Dick Durbin, etc., don’t have the com­bined com­mon sense of a sin­gle oil field rough­neck.

When you need more of some­thing (do­mes­tic oil pro­duc­tion), you don’t re­move ex­ist­ing sub­si­dies, you sim­ply re­move the reg­u­la­tory oc­to­pus that is stran­gling this in­dus­try with its ten­ta­cles.

How about two sim­ple things to make Amer­i­cans happy? Re­peal the in­sane home light bulb re­stric­tions, and place a 24month mora­to­rium on the Depart­ment of En­ergy and any other cur­rent agen­cies re­strict­ing deep wa­ter or shal­low wa­ter or shale ex­trac­tion pro­duc­tion per­mits. Let peo­ple do what they were born to do. Maybe the only pos­si­ble way to get this coun­try back on track would be for the Congress to take a 24-month va­ca­tion, along with all of the reg­u­la­tory agen­cies they have in­sanely cre­ated. Wil­liam W. Wat­son St. Joseph, Louisiana

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