August 12th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
10 years ago

DeMint, Hensarling launch 'energy freedom' countdown Web site

Two Republicans in Congress launched this Web site Tuesday.

Two Republicans in Congress launched this Web site Tuesday.

(CNN) – As House Republicans continue to focus on energy policy, Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas launched a new Web site Tuesday that highlights October 1 as the day the congressional ban on offshore oil drilling will end unless Congress takes some action to continue the ban.

The site prominently features a YouTube video clip of DeMint and Hensarling discussing energy policy and encouraging the public to contact their representatives in Congress about lifting ban on offshore oil drilling and oil shale recovery. The site also contains a clock-like widget counting down the time until October 1. Visitors to the site can copy the HTML code for the widget so that they can embed the countdown clock on their own blogs or Web sites. Visitors can also sign an online petition on the site and read a blog about energy policy.

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, also recently launched a Facebook application that allows users to add a gas-pump-shaped October 1 countdown clock to their profiles on the popular social networking site.

These online developments come on the heels of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement Monday on Larry King Live that she would be open to holding a vote on offshore drilling if it were part of a larger energy package. Pelosi’s change in position echoes a similar change in position by Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Since August 1, House Republicans have been staging a protest against Pelosi’s refusal to hold a vote on an energy bill before Congress’ five-week recess began.

soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Jim from Boston

    Are we so ignorant of global markets and likely price trends in the next decade that Americans will buy this? Really a shameful indictment of our understanding of the energy economy. I am seriously considering Europe when I retire. Americans are simply becoming too unsophisticated and jingoistic in their thinking.

    By the way, Representatives, oil is fungible. That offshore oil will be in the world markets, not some little USA boutique. Many of us Americans are not the fools you take us to be.

    August 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. keesa

    I guest the american people caught on to their terror attacks fear schem now they are messing with the gas prices another fear tactic the Republican party trying to fear us with. america you been step on by the Republican party for so long you should catch on to when they are scheming the american people 1. why all of something we are winnig the war in iraq 2. Why are the food an gas prices are going up. the Republican party are in with Big Oil Company AN IT AINT NOTHING BUT A FEAR CARD THEY ARE PLAYING ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE ARE TO BE TIRED OF THESE THUGS WALKING ALL OVER US AN PLAYING MIND MUNIPLUTIVE GAMES. WHEN THEY GOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SIDE WITH THEM ON OFFSHORE DRILLING NOW THE PRICES ARE FALLEN. AMERICA WE ARE BEING DUP BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    August 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. Bob G

    Here we go Demos are going to cave. Keep it up Republicans grind the Demos. Stuff it to them it is payback time.

    August 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Rob DaPour

    Apparently $1,500 a second profit was not enough for our 'Legislative Brokers'. So the propaganda campaign for big oil kicks it up enough on the web. I have news for the House and people like them (read Heritage Foundation) On Oct 2nd – we will STILL be dependent on foreign oil. George Orwell was right "Freedom IS slavery!"

    August 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Bernard La Chancer

    We have been warned about such actions by Naomi Klein in her book "The Shock Doctrine: Disaster Capitalism." Powerful interests take advantage of a traumatized public to circumvent the majority will. In this case high prices provide the trauma to overcome the American public's sensible, well-established desire to protect the environment in which we live.

    August 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Jordan Fleuriet

    Off shore drilling will not have an immediate impact AT ALL. Do the research. Stop being sheep!!

    August 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Hunter

    Good for them. The sooner the Democrat party realizes that their respective jobs as elected representatives is to do what their constituents tell them to do, the sooner this country can move forward and eliminate our dependence on foreign oil.

    We should start building nuclear power plants next, and then build some more coal fired power plants. Combine that with more efficient vehicles and we could become a net energy exporter like Brazil. The problem is, Democrats don't want a strong America, that goes against their socialist ideals.

    August 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Rob DaPour

    Apparently $1,500 a second profit was not enough for our 'Legislative Brokers'. So the propaganda campaign for big oil kicks it up a notch on the web. I have news for the House and people like them (read Heritage Foundation) On Oct 2nd – we will STILL be dependent on foreign oil. George Orwell was right "Freedom IS slavery!"

    August 12, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Craig a Texas Democrat

    Im Gonna start one too to see how much time we got till republicans are out of office.

    August 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Adam

    Come on! Domestic oil isn't the solution for foreign oil. We need hydrogen, electric, or something else powered things! I bet opening up off shore drilling might even raise oil prices as the oil companies will need us to pay for their new derricks. Really beating a dead horse here...

    August 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. David S Labadie

    Jane Fonda,is the real leader of the democratic party and we know what she is!!! Shame on them.

    August 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Paul

    This is a political scam. All the oil available in the shelf and protected areas won't be online at the gas stations or in our heating oil tanks for another 5 to 10 years so it isn't going to effect fuel prices one way or the other. The real culprit is our foreign policy that has cut off supplies from Iraq and disrupted the peace in the middle east causing undo speculation which has driven up the price of Oil. The speculation is being driven by a poor dollar to euro or pound thus driving investors out of dollars and into oil. The recent improvement in the dollar relative to other currencies has dropped the price of Oil. The housing loan fiasco caused by poor regulatory over site was a big contributor to the poor performance of the dollar as investors fled the US and went else ware (read oil).

    This stuff isn't really the hard people but your first task is to always doubt what these guys say and do your own research and thinking.

    Don't be scared.

    August 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |








    August 12, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. acmejack

    The Republican clown car never gets empty, does it? One stunt after another and unfortunately, there are folks out there who lap it up. As Obama said, "It's like these people take pride in being ignorant!"

    August 12, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. David

    Why are we discussing oil? The US has been @ the forefront of so many revolutionary technological surges. What's the point of sticking with oil? It's expensive, and hard to find.

    Wind is where it's at... and solar... and hydro-electric. Oil is old. Like the GOP

    August 12, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. Don

    There's a blog over on that site as well. I suggest the real American people (and not the brainwashed, mindless followers of their backward, repressive, evil-minded policies) go tell them what we really think about continuing our dependence on oil, be it foreign of domestic.

    Or just thank them for keeping up the ridiculous decisions that have put this country where it is today so we will be sure to vote them all out in November.

    I still say Congress's low approval rating is because there are ANY republicans in it.

    August 12, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. Rupublidude

    Awesome, $1 gas here we come... I'm not filling my car until October 1!

    August 12, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. Angi's mom

    There was a good reason for the ban on offshore drilling.

    Protect our oceans. NO OFFSHORE DRILLING.

    August 12, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. Charles Darwin

    Right on guys! Show Nancy whose boss!

    August 12, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Kristen

    I notice there is no link to the Countdown Website but only links to Democrats activities. What irresponsibly biased news reporting. CNN, your reputation for balance continues to slide. I'm not a devotee to either party, but in this case shame on elected officials and their constituents standing in the way of American independence by blocking off-shore drilling and securing our dependence on the Middle-East. New technologies in drilling make this a safe alternative for the present time and all off-shore drilling sites are so far out to sea they aren't even visible from US shorelines. Democrats won't have to worry about they're coastal property values going down.

    August 12, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. Doom

    That's too general, we don;t know who you're talking about. Even though you're from NY, I wouldn't presume to guess.

    I've heard all the Dem's excuses for not drilling, and they all fail miserably. Especially the "it wouldn't have an effect for five years." The threat has ALREADY had an effect, or haven't you been watching the price of oil lately? Besides, if you'd started SEVEN years ago, when we told you to, we'd be at minus-2.

    "Windfall profits" tax? Yeah, like we'd EVER see that money back in our own pockets. No thanks. Russia and Mexico tried that plan. It worked good until the cost of getting oil out of the ground went up. Now, it's failing, their production is plunging, – one of the reasons oil is expensive, declining production – and they're repealing those taxes. Intentionally advocating a failed plan... there's a word for that, and it ends with "tupid."

    There's no one solution, and BOTH the D-s and R-s need to wake up and realize that. It's going to be a combination of efforts – drilling to decrease the price while we conserve, increase efficiency, and find new and better sources of power. (Hint, there's a HUGE, safe, non-polluting fusion reactor in the sky! And it's never dark in orbit!)

    August 12, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. McCan't

    Coastal states will never allow off-shore drilling, Arnold already flat-out opposes any attempt to drill off CA. It's easy for people who live away from the coast to want drilling, but if it was in their backyard i'm sure they would feel differently.

    Funny how these Repubs who claim to love America so much are so ready to destroy it's nature and wildlife just so they can sound tough.

    August 12, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. Julie

    The site should be called COUNTDOWN TO THE TRIUMPH OF IDIOCY DAY

    "If you still believe offshore oil drilling will reduce gasoline prices and set America on the road to energy independence, you've been badly bamboozled.

    Even the politicians and pundits espousing the plan don't believe it will do anything of the sort.

    They're counting on the fact that you don't understand the oil market and can be suckered into mistaking slogans for solutions to the very complex energy problem."

    Read the article:

    August 12, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. THOM

    this is as repulsive and short sighted as most everything the republicans have done for eight years. it should be a count down clock to their going away party. is there some magic drill they have in their possession that will immediately bring the gas to the pump? if they have THAT they should have used it long ago.

    August 12, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. Perry

    Jim DeMint is the king of the poison pill. He is a thoughtless obstructionist posing as a conservative. He hates America. He hates freedom. And sadly, he is the poster child of the the majority of so called conservative republicans, not only in the senate but the house too –the whole party– all the way to the Nazi Bush.

    He and his kind need to be beaten up and banished from American politics once and for all. For ever. Fascist lunatics.

    August 12, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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