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. Dem

    Can we please put an oil rig or nuclear power plant in each of their backyards?

    August 12, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. David Dungan

    Truly. What a bunch of idiots. Only the ignorant and absolutely non-cerebral will not be insulted by this infantile display of laughable politics. Drilling offshore will not produce enough oil to make a dent in our dependence on oil imports. There are things we could do that would make a difference but I don't hear these boys even hinting at them. One has to wonder why drilling offshore is sooooo darn important and nothing else is worth talking about. We produce 41% of the oil we use now. Increased efficiency in the use of the resource and shifting to alternatives is the most immediate way to reduce or eliminate our dependence on oil imports. So the question that come to mind again is "Do they just want to drill offshore or do they want to become energy independent?" Now don't get me wrong. I'm not necessarily opposed to drilling but I just see ways to become more energy independent more quickly. So what's the goal here?

    August 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Matt Woolery

    "Physician, heal thyself." And I am giving these greedy handmaidens to plutocracy a lot of credit calling them "physicians". Truly they are just greedy oil people. Willing to ignite our atmosphere into sterility for a few more shekels.
    'Pathetic, dishonest and greedy. But hey, Thanks CNN, for giving them credence where none is deserved. I'm sorry.... did I say thanks? I meant "Thanks For Nothing!".

    August 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Ian

    What about the millions of acres the oil companies already have leases on that aren't being drilled?

    August 12, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. chuckamuck

    Finally, movement! Doesn't it feel good?! Let the Games begin!!

    August 12, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. Danielson

    God what a ridiculous stunt.

    What's more ridiculous is that over half of America is falling for it.

    Drilling offshore lines pockets, not gas tanks. By the time this "gold mine" is opened...there'll be two customers on the block with MORE demand than we have...(India and China). That means we'll be third in line for any preferential treatment, folks.

    Someone care to explain to me how WE'RE going to save a thin dime if our revenues and supplies AREN"T nationalized?

    August 12, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Karen - Missouri

    We HAVE to get off oil...period! Republicans are getting to be a real pain in the you-know-what!

    Pelosi and Obama are agreeing to a COMPROMISE that is greatly needed...alternative energy. The Republicans who don't like that should go take a cold shower.

    August 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. RapidRay

    Oh, thank heavens! They have finally found the awe inspiring answer to our nations energy woes at last...

    ....a widget.

    84 days
    2018 hours
    121111 minutes
    7266700 seconds...until the election. Can you put "Job security" into a widget, too?

    August 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. Raymond Duke

    Good maybe that stupid ban will go away.

    August 12, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. Indiana Bob

    And Pelosi changing her position after Obama flip-flopped is what is scary. We just seen what 6 years of a rubber stamp congress did with a Bush presidency. A Democrat president and a Democrat rubber stamp congress will be jusy as bad. Either way it is unbridled power. That is not what this country needs. A Democratic congress certainly won't keep Obama in check, they are too afraid of a black backlash. Our only hope is stopping Obama.

    PUMA - Vote McCain

    August 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Nick Wright

    Countdown to......... ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

    I feel bad for any poor fool who actually downloads this and thinks it means something. Better increase that clock to 17 years, bucko.

    August 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    Whatever they decide to do should be part of a larger energy policy because if they don't we are going to be in more serious trouble than we already are.

    August 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    oBoama's an idiot:

    c'est moi, moi et moi says Obama. Obama's worldview as expressed in Berlin is much closer to the whining, hand wringing critics of Truman, Kennedy and Reagan than it is to the views of these three stalwarts of freedom.

    Obama's response to evil in the world is not "We are staying in Berlin, period," "Ich bin ein Berliner" or "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

    His response is "everybody hold hands and sing Kumbaya, cuz golly gee if the world will only 'act as one,' all our troubles and all the bad guys will go away." Ein Reich, Ein Volk, Ein Obama

    August 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. Ron Nebraska

    Just amazing to me how, when the republicans had the majority and a lazy, compliant President, off shore drilling was never brought up as an issue. But now that the republicans need an issue to divide and manipulate ignorant voters at election time, off shore drilling is the most important priority of the ages.

    August 12, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. MikeH


    Shriek louder little girls, throw your tantrums, no one is taking you serious.

    August 12, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Buck in NC

    Instead of really facing the problems inherent in a lifestyle/economy based on a dwindling finite substance, these guys are pimping for Big Oil. Losers.

    August 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Foreign Observer

    Political compromises aren't "changes of position." If the dems have to agree to a little bit of entirely pointless drilling in exchange for, say, a few billion dollars of development money for clean and renewable energy, go for it. Did I mention that drilling is nonetheless entirely pointless, as the government's own energy website suggests?

    August 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. plb

    They need to go home and enjoy what vaction they have left, most of them will be voted out in Nov.

    August 12, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. Barr '08

    Things younger than John McCain:
    Howdy Doody
    Area Codes
    FM Radio
    Peany Butter & Jelly sandwiches
    Automatic Car Transmissions
    40-Hour Work Week

    I'm leaning towards voting for the presidential candidate NOT endorsed by the worst president in American history.

    August 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. Richie

    Drilling is just plain stupid. Stupid stupid stupid. We need high energy prices to properly incent business. We do not need environmental catrastrophie to further destroy God's earth, which care we are entrusted.

    August 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    If Pelosi is smart and has the gonads she'll jerk these grand standing repugs around until they are dizzy with Parlimentary procedures until Obama gets in the WH so he can include some form of reasonable off shore drilling concepts in a more comprehensive energy independence policy. Drilling for drilling's sake is NOT in this countries best interests at this time – only big oil interests...

    August 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    what a bunch of tools!!!

    how dare they take us for such fools; to think that we are stupid enough to believe their offshore drlling scam will lower prices now-that is a COMPLETE LIE!!!!!!!!

    people, they played you for fools for EIGHT YEARS, dont give them even one more day-THINK AND READ FOR YOURSELVES!!! you OWE the rest of us for the past 8 years of the destruction of our country and our constitution-if you dont CARE about either of those things, then vote mccain, he's your man!!!

    August 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |


    August 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. Peter (CA)

    The old ways die hard don't they......
    if the price of oil stays down, watch everyone run out and get another SUV.

    It's time to move forward, come up with a prudent plan but know that coming off oil has to be at the top of the plan.

    August 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. LeMonton


    But if we want real energy freedom, we will never get it by voting republican.

    We need to turn the page and start moving America in the right direction on energy and all other issues.

    And that starts by voting for OBAMA in November.

    August 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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