(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.
Thank you AGAIN republicans for wasting my hard earned money for your nice little trip. I hope they get lost and can't come back.
Beware of Democrats wearing Polar Bear suits! They know no boundary when it comes to scamming people for votes.
Why don't they go visit the THOUSANDS of square miles that are ALREADY open to drilling and have NOT been drilled. If they had started using the land that they already had available SEVEN years ago, then they wouldn't be so far behind. But that's just the republicans, never do anything with what they got, simply look for more stuff they will never use.
This 'offshore drilling' ploy is nothing but pure horsecrap by the republicans. They have a TON of open land available to research/explore but haven't even BEGUN to check it. They need to stop going after more when they can't even get the job done with what they have.
Wake up and vote for change, no more wasting time on vacations to ANWR. Vote Obama.
Give it up Pelosi. You are just totally out of touch! :(
Drilling is essential now. We need to explore every avenue. Obama will soon follow McCain in his drill position because it is the wise thing to do.
Republicans are determined to destroy the fragile ecology in ANWR for a year's worth of oil instead of investing in the future of the nation and the world. Fossil fuels are a dead end. Blindly refusing to invest in renewable energy sources is shortsighted and foolish. As demand increases and supplies dwindle, desperation will only lead to more wars for control of what little oil and coal remain. We're already late in seriously seeking alternatives and future generations will curse us for our selfishness and greed.
What will they say about a record that reveals that our leaders knew, had the scientific evidence in their hands, and intentionally altered reports to avoid public pressure to act responsibly?
The party of distraction is at it again, of course ........ it's election time. Bring out the homo-phobes, religious radicals, corporate facisim, etc. Here comes the right wing circus. To bad the number one clown will be off stage and out of a job Jan 20, 2009. Mabe Banher will cry for us again. It's always been better for us when the republicants "do" sit on their hands.
I would love to take a trip to Alaska too. Boy, I am sure glad our tax dollars are giving them a nice vacation. Great way to beat the heat.
Since when have Republican Congressmen and Senators become Oil experts.
Conserve, Reuse, Recycle...
Whoever does not want to search for more oil should be the first to quit using it. The price is cheap as it is.
We also need to find alternative energy sources and do it in a serious way.
Quit buying import merchandise, that drives up oil prices.
Blame both democrats and republicans when you blame, its been since 1973.
Since Pelosi, Reid., and the rest of the majority party have been in control, the average price of a gallon of gas has tripled.
Way to go Dems! Keep blaming Bush for your own lack of initiative.
Oh wait, you are already threatening to sue OPEC. I forgot about that genius strategy. I'm sure the sheiks are shaking in their sandals.
Obama would prefer us not to drill and us our own resources so we will continue to be dependent on foreign oil?
Sarah Palin of Alaska is for drilling its her own state??
She would make an excellent vice president...she's no Hillary but she would serve Mc Cain well.
It is so sad that most of you bloggers know so little about the oil industry.
And y'all lack any common sense at on the subject..
And the down right LIES that most of you are stating, or is it shear ignorance?
If it were left up to most of you, we'd be paying $9 a gallon for gas just like in Germany.
Before you continue down your paths of destroying this country, you need to take a look all around you a see what all is made from oil.
Sad, so Sad.
Drill, drill, drill. I listened to McCain's speech today and he attacked Barack for not wanting to drill. Hmmm...seems Barack has the right idea on not wanting to drill off shore and in places like the wildlife reserve.
My family has an oil rig on our land, it has been proven the oil is there and yet the rig is just sitting there. No pumping going on there. We are willing to let them pump, have authorized the pump on the land and yet, it just sits like so many hundreds others around the country.
If you do drill for oil in Alaska and find it , I really hope you don't think you're going to put a pipeline through Canada to the U. S. to transport it. The Canadian people will never allow it. When we dammed James Bay to transfer water to you over l0 thousand elk drowned in the first migration. I will never forget that sight as long as I live.
You better get yourselves a lot of ships.
Leaveit to Republicans to have a myopic, one dimensional solution to our energy problems. The stop at the renewable energy lab is just a token gesture.
Let's try to remind the Republicans of one major fact; oil is a finite resource. It will run out, sooner or later. Why wait until oil is $200, 300, 500 a barrel until pushing alternatives? Republicans are just wasting good air.
These clowns are just making tax payers foot the bill for their vacations. The McCain campaign should be billed for this trip because it has no purpose other than to make political hay.
We should table the idea of finding resources that will only come on line ten years from now. We'll wait 10 years and decide that'll it'll take 10 years and decide to table it again...We've done that with global warming, thinking that it would be decades away.
I say use every possible solution. Oil, renewable, whatever else we haven't thought of.
One final note (actually a question), if we went solar or wind, how long will it take before we realize REAL benefits?
I would love to get real details and take the politics out of finding ways to keep our society going (in terms of energy). I abhor the politicizing of all this as it slows us down further. There's enough common interest here.
I have no problems with oil exploration and extraction from ANWR. Just as long as the following things are true:
(1.) Darth Cheney and all his oil & energy buddies are not allowed to have anything to do with the ANWR enterprise.
(2.) All profits from ANWR must be returned to development of new energies and/or the Nation's transportation infrastructure.
(3.) The GOP is 'NOT' to have any say regarding ANWR policies and future enterprises UNTIL Darth Cheney provide the GAO all notes and information requested in the Decider's first term.
Darth Cheney held a meeting with his oil buddies to help set future U.S. energy polices. 7-years later we see the resulting utter disaster of that strategy meeting. The GAO rightfully requested only information related to U.S. policies on energy, but Darth played hide-and-seek with the information.
(4.) No established oil company is to run ANWR, and that includes Exxon, Shell, Texaco, etc. However the government can contract oil companies to help explore, extract, refine and distribute oil & gasoline; but only to the lowest bidding contractor. Also contracts must be renewable after an established period.
Until the above items are met, , , NO DEBATE IN CONGRESS ON ANWR.
INDEPENDENTS FOR DEMS IN '08
Let them go. I'm sure the bears are hungry.
Just because an area is leased DOESN'T MEAN IT HAS OIL! Oil companies picked up millions of acres of leases before they did seismic surveys on them back in the 80's. They found that much of these leased acres had no oil under it.
The quantum leap in 3-D seismic technology back then enabled us to drill directly into the oil deposits, thus eliminating all the "dry holes" one used to hear of in the earlier days. Couple that with the directed well drilling (from one platform, an entire oil field can be drilled) and the environment will remain relatively untouched in ANWR.
If we had drilled back when Clinton vetoed it, we would be reaping the rewards. Ten years from now we will be even more dependent on foreign oil. What a disaster! Even the die hard Dems I know are questioning the refusal to drill.
So, I guess this falls into McCain's clean renewable energy resources. Who needs nature when there's all that oil to be had! Wildlife?!? pfft!
Hydro? Solar? Wind? HELL NO!!! We need more depleted uranium and potential targets (Nuclear Towers) for evildoers to attack.
What's wrong with the oil wells we already have, but are inactive? How about the record stockpile of oil that bush is sitting on? I did the math. It's worth a trillion dollars by today's barrel prices. Is bush going to sell us back our own oil at the pump that we paid for, or is someone else holding stock on the u.s. oil reserves?
McCain's plan is to keep doing things that put us hardworking folks into financial limbo. Work to live?
As a Democrat, I can respect a Republican who is honest with voters about what he believes and what he would do in office than I ever could respect a failed Democratic leader like Pelosi or whatever Obama is.
I've been unenthusiastic about candidates fielded by the Democratic Party before, but I've never been as ashamed of the leadership of my own party in my whole life so much as I have been this year.
Maxine – read the whole article before you spin off.
Sean – What are the long term consequences?
Some of you folks have bought into Gore's "convenient lies".
Chris K – Are you still using any kind of petroleum products? If so, you are being hypocritical along with all the other gas guzzlers (or sippers for that matter!) Go Amish if you're going to complain.
Chris K – Are you still using any kind of petroleum products? If so, you are being hypocritical along with all the other gas guzzlers (or sippers for that matter!) Go Amish if you're going to complain