July 9th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Republicans to head to ANWR

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/09/art.boehner.gi.jpg caption="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. Please, No Obama

    Quick, BHO, time for a speech. Instead of sitting at a town hall meeting and debating McCain on issues, please go out and make a speech about the environment. While you are at it, how about a few speeches about the nut running Iran?

    July 9, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  2. PUMA 4 Obama

    I voted Republican all my life, and I contributed to McCain's campaign, but no longer. Drilling in ANWR? That's part of the "comprehensive approach to help lower gas prices"?

    It's time for us PUMAs to rally for Obama. We need a change we can believe in. With 18 million PUMAs voting for Obama, we can send a message to McCain and the other party sell-outs: Not this time!

    - PUMA 4 Obama

    July 9, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. Bayou Joe

    No comments critical and truthfull about CNN's candidate Obama are allowed to be posted. So much for a Free Press.

    July 9, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Raymond Duke

    I agree with the republicans . Go to Anwr and take pictures and come back to the states and show where they are wanting to drill. I have hunted since i was a young boy. I have never seen an animal run into something or a tree and kill itself. Animals adapt to objects placed in the wild. Now I have seen or heard of a lot of two legged dumb animals killing themselves on objects or out in the wild. The liberal democrats are wrong on this as they are with most things. Drill the heck in anwr and off the coast and drive the prices down and simultainously start working on alternate energy resources in the meantime.

    July 9, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Tara

    Take a close look at the lawmakers in Washington , they drive SUV's , fly private planes and as most of them are wealthy , it doesn't hurt them financially to fill up their tanks.
    It has been 3 years since I was last in Europe , but I remember seeing such an abundance of new windmills and I was impressed with the increase of solar panels on so many buildings.
    An election is coming up and it is your chance to ask your candidates some tough questions and yes , do demand some decent answers.
    So far McCain is the only one who is trying to come up with some solution and explore other venues , Obama has become a total flip flopper and it is insulting that he thinks he can get away with it.
    He is arrogant and has started to believe his own hype.

    July 9, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. Raymond Duke

    If some of you democrats saying wgat a waste of time would keep up with wrold affairs you might learn somethimg and you wouldn't be brain dead from american idol or rap music. Anwr has a minimuin of 10 years of oil, the coast has a lot of oil. The chinese has already made a deal with mexico and will be drilling 50 miles of off the coast lines of texas, florida, lousianna. The technology they will use will not be as safisticated as ours but still good enough to get the oil right up to the u.s. beaches.Somebody is going to get it. You can put americans to work and supply our on oil or you can pay the chinese and whoever else decides to cut the deal.The republicans wanted to drill off the coast and anwr 20 years ago and guess what the democrats have always blocked it. So when you pay that high price for your gas tank or for that food and everything elsa , thank the democrats..

    July 9, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. AW

    This an indoctrination session for the newbies masquerading as a political stunt on OUR dime!

    Gotta make sure those future dissemblers toe the party line!

    Even the announcement is double-speak: WIND and SOLAR are CURRENT technologies that can be expanded NOW. They make the difference between black-out or full power in California NOW, not in the "longer-term".

    What does "longer-term" mean, anyway? Maybe longer than the next quarterly dividend from Big Oil oligarchs in Houston.

    July 9, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  8. Richard

    These republicans are rediculous..No new drilling. Thats not the answer. Give Ford and GM government grants to build hybrid cars and sell them cheap.

    Wouldnt it be nice to only have to fill up once a month?

    July 9, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  9. No McCain!

    There are other ways to improve the economy... Republicans.

    There's only ONE environment... if you screw it up, there's nothing you can do.

    Obama '08

    July 9, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  10. Miguel

    Oh, this is a nonissue. It's not going to matter what happens, either way, we' re not getting any oil price reduction.

    July 9, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  11. @HusseinIsAmerican2

    How many of John McShame lobbyist and his colombian & Mexican drug cartels gonna be on the trip?!....

    more tax breaks to oil companies to in drill ANWR, then sell to americans at sky rocketing prices and make record breaking profits.....while McSame = Gdubya and Dchanney Halliburton smile to the banks with our billions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    McBush = 4 MORE YEARS OF FAILED GEORGE BUSH ECONOMIC POLICIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  12. Michael, Lorain, Ohio

    Maybe while they are up there they can look at the melting polar ice cap that hasn't happened before in known human history. But I'm sure they wouldn't dare call it global warming

    July 9, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  13. Eric

    Drill Drill Drill! The world is run on oil, and it will be in the foreseeable future. If there are feasible alternative fuels, the free market will take care of it... leave the marketplace alone.

    ANWR is nothing special... it is a barren wasteland. None of you people have been there, and probably never will.

    And do you people even know what market speculation is? Speculators do not drive the price of anything. It's simply a bet on what they think will happen to prices in the future. If they bet prices will go higher and they do, they win. If not, they lose. Their actions have no effect on the spot price of the commodity.

    You guys need a lesson in ECON 101 so you can lose your Socialist mentality...

    July 9, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  14. marty


    July 9, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  15. McLooser to old 3 times removed G. Pa

    Before you start posting ideas first Google

    "Oil Capped Wells "posted by Len In Washington

    July 10, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  16. Z

    Did the US during WW II take over some factories to help in the effort to fight the war? Maybe the US Gov should take over the Oil Companies because we are fighting two wars and the American People need help.

    Also, with the price per barrel up from $32 in 2004 to $146 in 2008...how come a quart of oil has not gone up 3 to 4 times compared to 2004 prices? Do I hear price fixing by the BIG OIL COMPANIES...hmmmmm....

    July 10, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  17. Robert

    The Republicans are idiots. How can anyone take their short-term political calculating seriously.

    July 10, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
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