July 9th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
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Republicans to head to ANWR

Boehner is leading a group of Republicans to ANWR.

Boehner is leading a group of Republicans to ANWR.

(CNN) - As congressional Republicans step up criticism of Democrats for not allowing votes on legislation that would open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration, House GOP Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, is expected to announce Thursday that he’s leading a group of 10 House Republican freshmen on a trip to ANWR next week, a senior Republican aide told CNN.

Calling the trip the "American Energy Tour," the Republican Members will stop first at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado on Friday, July 18. From there the group will travel to Alaska and visit Prudhoe Bay on Sunday, July 20th, and then embark on an aerial tour of the potential drilling area in ANWR. The group will also meet with local tribal leaders in the small community of Katovik, Alaska.

Nadeam Elshami, spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said: "Depending on how long their weekend is, there are 68 million acres already leased to oil companies that could be drilled today and which Republicans can visit - and to lower gas prices now instead of ten years from now - they should join the Speaker in calling on the President to release some oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve."

The Republican aide said the purpose of the trip is to highlight the GOP’s comprehensive approach to help lower gas prices, calling it “the all of the above energy strategy."

“This is not just about drilling in ANWR. This is a roadmap to our energy future," the aide said. “We'll be looking at our immediate short term goal, and then the longer term, looking at renewable sources like solar and wind, research in every area, in the next generation of energy technology."

Republicans going on the trip include Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fl, Rep. Mary Fallin R-Okla, Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Oh, Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Co, Rep. Robert Latta, R-Oh, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Ca, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La, and Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Ne.

Boehner is expected to announce the trip at his weekly press conference on Thursday on Capitol Hill.

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soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Enlightened Voter

    The republicans don't care about the environment, the energy crisis, the economy or civil rights (the patriot act). They don't care about anything or anybody but the rich.

    July 9, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Mike Harley

    I hope they get attacked by Polar Bears and dragged into the water abd drowned.

    July 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. AdamW

    Don't people get it? Opening up this land will not decrease gas prices only make the rich ricjer/ They would still have to spend millions to set up teh whole operation. How about create a whole new economy by outlawing gas powered cars and making it mandatory that all American driver solar or elecrical powered cars by 2010. This will be the first huge boost to the economy, creating jobs and helping the environment. We have to stop these oil mongers now!

    July 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Paul, Chicago

    Why don't you drill in the places that can be drilled right now instead of looking for other places to drill. It reminds me of a child that wants a new chocolate bar before even finishing the one he started. Renewable technology is the simple and only logical solution for the energy adiction we have and in lowering prices by reducing demand for oil.

    July 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. HH

    Stay there my friend. You will not be missed.

    July 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Robert in Seattle

    Where's Boehner's flag pin?

    Must be stuck up Big Oil's Behind!

    Let's drill the republican's heads as oil seems to be all that's on their minds.

    Next non issue please.

    July 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. Sit Down!!!!!

    CNN) – As congressional Republicans step up criticism of Democrats for not allowing votes on legislation that would open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration, House GOP

    IT is ELECTION TIME........JUST for SHOW!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. Peter E

    Just a few numbers:
    The oil companies themselves adimitted that at full production (which wouldn't come for a decade) the AWLR oil would be at around 1 million barrels a day.
    They also admitted this oil would be slightly more expensive due to the capital expenditure needed to transport that oil.
    The current daily consumption of America is over 20 million barrels a day. (about half of which is imported) Thus the AWLR wouldn't fix our long term problems, it wouldn't even aleviate our short term problems. The average American consumer would barely see any benefits to it. The oil companies of course would reap in billions in profit.
    ...Oil companies who, despite the trade imbalance coming from oil are still exporting a lot of their oil. It's the free market they say...

    July 9, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. William,from Cali!

    I'm at a lose! I don't think, my "comments" on this 'trip" is really necessary, at this time.............................Just more "Pandering for oil drilling".............................................You can't make this stuff up! This is real.....................

    July 9, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. MikeH

    It's all about Oil Company profit and the Republicans who rape and pillage and loot their way around the world.

    ANWR only holds about 6 months worth of oil reserves if it were the only source the US had. Would take about 10 years before any ANWR oil makes it out to export after the first exploratory crew goes in.

    The profit margin on such oil, ten years out, would be phenominal.

    This could be a wonderful opportunity for the Democrats to show just what kind of venal greedhead scum the Oil-Lobby Republicans are.

    July 9, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Peter E

    BTW, before liberals start praising Obama's great vision and clean hands, you should probably read that lovely Newsweek article (yes, the otherwise far-left biased Newsweek) about how the senator himself has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from oil companies!
    Obama 08! If you parrot it enough you might start believing it...

    July 9, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. NickNas

    These crooks are just DROOOOOOLING over the Oil ...you can just feel it. They know now that our country is owned by China and Dubai they need Oil to remail weathy as we all go down the tubes.

    July 9, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Robert in Seattle

    All of the above, exept solar, which you just cut funding for. Do you think we are not paying attention?

    July 9, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. Ed

    Where's Barack when there's a boon doggle trip. Oh yeah. He's riding around in his big oil burning jet.

    July 9, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    "American Energy Tour," they insult us!!!!!!!!

    it is SCARY how far these thugs are willing to go, or maybe they ARE that stupid, i dont know. but we have GOT TO get the repugs out of both houses!!!

    going out on a stupid field trip isn't DOING anything. the dems have been fighting for alternatives to fossil fuels for years, but you dont really believe anything like that would get past the oil man's desk without a veto, do you???

    July 9, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. Judy

    What great timing, I am sure that the fact that an election is coming up has nothing to do with this sudden concern about our energy problems. If the republicians really want to do something worth while lets get Chaney to release information about the people he met with to develope the US energy policy. This is all for show; after the election nothing will be done unless it profits the oil company's.

    July 9, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. Peter E

    Once again people mistake the symptom for the disease! Gas prices aren't the problem. They are a symptom of two problems:
    First, uncontrolled waste of resources. Liberals like to talk about protecting the environment and conserving energy, but in the end they still use their SUVs to drive one block over, a distance they easily could have walked, and they still leave the AC on in their house when they're not home 'so that it'd be cool when they get home.'
    Second, an ever weakening dollar. This comes largely from budget deficits (see Iraq war... which we blame on Bush and yet 80% of Americans approved it at its start) and trade deficits. (which we like to blame on China, while showing our patriotism by waving our flags on July 4th... most of those flags having been imported from China too...)

    If you want lower gas prices start taking a long hard look in the mirror! Criticism should start at home! Until we clean up our own act we have no right blaming others!

    July 9, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |

    Shannon-because they want to use the high gas prices, they've created, to get us to support more off'shore and ANWR drilling. They are stockpiling permits. They don't want to use the ones they have or the reserves. It is manipulation just like the Iraq war where they used fear to go after oil.

    July 9, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. Dave Knickerbocker

    What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi????? She needs to get a grip on reality and quit using our sovereign safety net for political purposes. The Strategic Oil Reserve is exactly that......a reserve of oil to be used for national defense or other national emergencies which could effect this country and it's ability to sustain our democracy. In light of Iran's threats and other unstable areas the USA is facing on the world front............HOW WOULD WE LOOK RUNNING OUT OF FUEL FOR OUR SHIPS, PLANES, TRAINS, WAR VEHICLES AND OTHER NEEDED MODES OF DOMESTIC TRANSPORTATION BECAUSE OF A LACK OF OIL ??? D.K.

    July 9, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  20. Robert in Seattle

    Oil addicts drilling for oil is like cocaine addicts planting coca, and heroine addicts planting poppies. It still takes time to refine and distribute. Why not use what we already have and end speculation!

    July 9, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Brad - California

    What a nice vacation trip. I'm sure their convoy of SUV's will not be in the backdrop of their photo-ops. Get off your dead butts and do something, and while you're at it, STOP doing everything at the expense of American citizens.

    The smart November vote for House or Senate (where applicable) is neither Democrat or Republican – it is non-incumbent. Dump these people. They've screwed our nation long enough.

    How many drops of oil is ANWR going to provide us with? And after years and years, when it finally begins producing, then peaks and dies out, how much of it are we going to export.

    It's time to grow up. The longer oil prices remain high, the more aware of our situation many apathetic Americans will become.

    July 9, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Not The Truth

    What the GOPs are doing is the opposite of coping with the problem – they are sucking up to their sleezy oil buddies, pure and simple.

    There are plenty of other places in the U.S. to drill that don't pose the controversies of ANWAR. The GOPs are trying to seize on the hysteria of oil prices to force through a phony "solution" that opens up wilderness otherwise off-limits. Just like they used the confusion around 9/11 to invade Iraq. Those scumbags never miss a trick.

    Don't give in Dems!

    July 9, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. Jim Wilke

    I love the argument, 'we shouldn't drill in ANWR because it won't produce much oil...'

    ANWR is forecast to be about the same size as Prudhoe Bay which has been pumping oil for THIRTY ONE YEARS and supplying as much as 1/4 of the nation's needs in the process.

    'But it will take years to get to market...'

    Guess the farmers better not plant any wheat today, you can't bake bread tomorrow. And don't go to college, it will take years to get a degree.

    July 9, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Florida democrat

    How much gas are these stupid republicans using for this 'energy tour'? I sure could use some of that in my car!

    Whey don't we tell the oil companies to drill in places they are already allowed to drill into....there is a lot of oil there too.

    July 9, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Ken

    And after this expensive trip The Congressman and Freshman Senators will make an announcement to the public stating tht we can drill in America's sacred land, and Solar,Wind, and other alternative energy methods are good, just not as good as oil and will take us longer to depend on than oil, So lets get to drillin; Wahhhahooo

    July 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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