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. That's Reality

    The Truth, tells it like it is

    July 9, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. RCH, St. Paul, MN

    The Republicans won't learn a thing about reality in their little trip. They want to rape the ANWR and are just looking for an excuse, despite the fact that it would take years to harvest a drop of oil and the shale isn't cost effective to work. Time to get rid of the Republicans and their wars, debts and ineptitude...

    July 9, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |

    This is unbelievable. I guess everyone is so freakin' gullible they will let these pigs have their cake and eat it too. The science to get off of oil dependence exists now, and has for so long it's crazy. These companies will suck every last drop out of the ground with the help of the government despite the enviromental and economic impact before conveniently switching us over to new technology. What about "Industry's" big conversions to war time mode during World War 2 & Kennedy's Space Race with the Russia, OUR GOVERNMENT COULD'VE HAD US OFF OIL AFTER SEPT 2001 – BY NOW- IF WE WERENT SO LAZY AND BRAINWASHED INTO NOT DEMANDING CHANGE. Obama-maniacs why can't you get this man to say and do more on this issue?

    July 9, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  4. John

    Blame the democrats, not the republicans on this one folks. In the past 2 years the price of oil has more than doubled. What has the democrat led congress done about it? Nothing. Their solution? Let's just tax our way out of this. If you raise the taxes on an industry that is already on of the highest taxed industries, who will pay the tax? THE CONSUMERS! The other part of their solution makes sense: find alternative clean fuels. But in the meantime, American families are going deeper into debt while the democrat led congress twiddles their thumbs and argues over which energy plan should we go with. The Republicans are more than willing to work with them if they will only allow more drilling as a way to buy us more time. Whatever energy source we move to, we have to build the infrastructure to support that source. More than 1.4 million citizens have signed the Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less petition. This petition calls for more drilling here in the U.S. in order to bring down gas prices while the country develops alternative fuels. Have the democrats listened? When have they ever listened to the people? They are too busy getting money for their pet projects or getting unnecessary money for people who won't go out and get a job. Electing Obama this fall will mean only the rich like Obama will survive financially. He's just in this for power, nothing more. Nothing less.

    July 9, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  5. America's future

    Republicans have leased out America, borrowed money from our foes like China, and are allowing foreign Arab nations to buy up American property like the Chrysler building in New York. EMBARRASHING to say the least. They are ruining our Country and putting us in a sink hole. Whatever they are doing, we should run and go the other way.

    July 9, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. Will-18E

    Here the GOP goes again. By reframing and asking the same question over, and over again into a newer question. They are insulating themselves from any kind of failure, by pretending that they have not been siting on there hands. In the 1970 President Nixon started the first energy policy to rid the U.S. of dependance on imported oil. This policy was followed and expanded by both President's Ford and Carter. Reagan and the GOP came in and dismantled these policies. And the Saudis rewarded us with $12 a barrel oil. President W signed two energy bill to kick start & fast track nuclear power plants. Shortly after this, 2005, Constellation Energy withdrew it's approved application to start a second reactor at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power plant in Md, and two years later raised electric rates by %72 in 2006, and an other 7% in 2008. These companies are profit driven and do not care about the greater economy or national security. Just like the GOP taking a field trip to Alaska.

    July 9, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |

    liberal hate oil but need oil

    July 9, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. That's Reality

    Brian – and all the liberal environmentalists love to sit around and complain but do nothing to really solve the problem; the reality is , we won't have enough alternative energy to meet the demand for a long time. I suggest all the anti-oil drillers live like the Amish and hopefully there are enough of you so the demand for oil can be met. How's that for putting your money where your mouth is? Shortage solved.

    July 9, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  9. wbw

    Why is it that the oil company's are not drilling the millions of acres that they all ready have the mineral rights for?????

    July 9, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Sue in MI

    How abut burning garbage at high temps? It's cheap, it works, and there's no pollution. They are doing it in Florida already, where there is no room for piles of garbage that sit for 50 years decaying...is this the answer? No more drilling!

    July 9, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  11. Crush Rush

    You have my one finger salute Boneheader.Yes drill there and sell it to the Japanese,makes sense to most morons.

    July 9, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  12. scotty

    Just a question Whats with all the counting lately? Are all the so called educated showing us they can count and a

    July 9, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  13. Carmen Colorado

    Who cares where the Republicans go it is sad that the tax payers have to pay for this a waste of time and money. They are a bunch of Morons just like the president.

    July 9, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  14. Jack from California

    Sounds like the republicans want the last cookie in the jar to go along with all the others they have stolen!

    The congressional republicans need to get back to work and do the job we are paying them for, finding solutions to the problems instead of grandstanding.

    We have a country of gas guzzling cars and for the past 30 years the republicans keep telling us that American manufactures can't afford to design a more fuel efficient car and truck. Well the Japanese manufactures have done it and now our dollars and jobs are going overseas.


    July 9, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  15. Richard

    I haven't voted for a Democrat for President since Jimmy Carter, and in the end probably won't this cycle. But I am really fed up with the GOP who have been in power and done not one thing to improve alternative energy sources or more fuel efficient vehicles. Instead, they have taken money from big business to maintain the status quo.
    So, when I see this minority mouthpiece say what he would do, it's only because he is in the minority now. He is still flapping his lips
    hoping somebody will buy what he is trying to sell.

    Problem is, so is Obama. He is already changing his positions on "change" and doesn't have the least idea of what he and his cronies will do on any issue. Just selling notions and hoping people will buy them.

    It is a sad state of affairs when the best this country can come up with for the office of President is a junior Senator without any track record and a worn out old man. If McCain wants to improve his chances, see if he can get Democratic Senator Jim Webb to run as his VP.

    July 9, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  16. Bayousara for Hillary in November

    CONSERVATION is the answer!

    Not more drilling!

    It is time for Americans to stop being so spoiled–you don't need three or four cars per family!

    America's young have NO CLUE what cutting back means.

    Here's a hint: Learn how to keep a huge pot of soup cooking on the back burner. That is an old Depression idea that kept families alive.

    What was in the soup? Everything that we normally toss in the garbage or down the disposal.

    July 9, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  17. Scott L

    Dems have no clue about ANWR. Research the SIZE of the area compared to the entire state of Alaska that they want to drill in. There is no lush mountainous wilderness that they want to drill in. It is a barren wasteland that offers nothing to the environment nor the animals.

    Please do some research. I don't care about ANWR anyway. They need to start drilling offshore.

    Dems, what beats 5-10 years out? Hydrogen cars? LOL! More hybrids? LOL! Solar? LOL!!! Please enlighten us with your plans...

    July 9, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  18. MD

    Maybe this issue should be solved by experts and the citizens of Alaska...not the feds!

    July 9, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  19. cherish

    They better not start drilling in ANWR. It's not going to get us anywhere.

    Pushing to drill in ANWR is another PRIME example of the Republicans biting the hand that feeds them.

    I'm not a Republican and I'm not a Democrat but this is BS for sure. We can't drill our way out of this AT ALL.

    Man up and come up with a real solution already, legislators!!!

    July 9, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. Reggie , Anaheim, Ca.

    Don't you get the feeling that the republicans are watching
    a marathon of the Twlight Zone! Over and Over again!

    Who owns the Refineries? Duh

    There are millions of acres to drill on & Exxon and the bush
    crime family are crying about ANWAR! Pitiful

    Siphon from the Oil Reserve for immediate relief! Duh again!

    Beam them up Scotty!

    July 9, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |

    What time is it .....Election Time ........Americans are not STUPID !!

    July 9, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Wow, these guys just keep helping out those oil companies. What good guys, I mean we all know oil companies are having a tough time of it while we all just breeze along. No wonder they hand those good republicans all that money to run campains. geez thats, so good for America

    July 9, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. PCS / North Carolina

    GOP take Cheney and all other oil barons with you. Drilling in ANWR IS NOT GOING TO SOLVE OUR ENERGY CRISIS.
    Global demand for oil is going up and up.(China and India)
    even if they drill in ANWR, it is going to be 10-12 before we get any oil production

    We have to reduce our consumption. (If you want to drive gas guzzlers 6-8 miles a gallon) ANWR is not going to help

    July 9, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  24. Tom

    I think it is a bit hypocritical of the Republicans and McCain to want to grab landleases in sensitive areas when they haven't even used their 68 million acres already granted. It's not about saving Americans money by lowering gas prices...it's about grabbing all the land they can without regard for the consequences to future generations. If the Bush mentality were in effect last century...we wouldn't have our National Park system, it'd all be run by coporations ala Disney-like, exploited and made useless instead of something of beauty and pride in our more natural places. That includes the beautiful coastlines off Florida and California. Besides...by the time they get the oil out...we should be onto more renewable energy or domestic souces by then, like ethanol and methanol, or liquified coal. Our vast stores of natural gas (LNP) can also power cars without a drop of middle east oil. Let's get to it!!!

    July 9, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  25. M Murphy

    Just another free paid vacation. Leave the area alone. There isn't enough oil to warrant the drilling. The oil companies just want to have more oil to ship over seas instead of leaving it in our country. It will be nothing more than a drop in comparison to the US needs. Wind, Solar and Electric cars, that's what we need. Where's the tax incentives and billion dollar subsidies for these kinds of energy ... the government doesn't seem to have any difficulty supporting big oil. Republican or Democrat!

    July 9, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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