August 12th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
12 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. Barbara Campbell

    What the Republicans are calling "energy freedom" translates into more obscene "energy profits".

    August 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. ran

    If the Republicans are serious about energy they will work with the Democrats to make a comprehensive bill. Let's hope. But don't hold your breath people because there is a lot less money for Big Oil if we were to have a sound comprehensive plan. Don't be fooled by the Republicans who so far only want a Drill Bill. I say NO WAY.


    August 12, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Anita from Arizona

    That bill does not have all the energy alternative and things that are needed to help with oil independence. It just has that oil ban lifting. That alone will do nothing to help. Republicians are trying to spin this recess in Congress into their own politicial gain. Don't fall for it. It's pandering at it's finest.

    August 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. JC

    Which uneducated Americans actually think offshore drilling is the answer? Do they not realize that there are roughly 600 MILLION, yes MILLION, acres in the sea that they can already drill on that have not even been touched. Why, when they have 600 million acres available, are they wanting more? Because the oil companies know that after they open this up, they will own the offshore ocean, and that will lead to more money in their pockets. Why does no one else see this?

    August 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Seth, OH

    Energy independence? Seriously? It'll take a lot more than that to make the United States "energy independent." Nice spin, Republicans.

    August 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    The Republican Party: A minority of selfish and greedy slugs who pander to the lowest educated of America with fear mongering and wedge issues in order to make more profits for themselves and their financial backers (lobbies).

    Who cares about our fragile ecosystem when we can ride our SUV to the mud haul!! GO USA! Bomb everyone else and carry a bible!

    August 12, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. mello doug New Mexico

    Big oil owns these guys too I guess. Lets just finish wrecking the earth so we can get pennies off our gas in ten years when the cost will likely be $7 or more. How stupid and ignorant.

    August 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. McCain is the man

    Ignore the fact that they haven't done anything in the last 8 years, it's "whinning" about it now that counts.

    August 12, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Scott L

    The sooner that ban is lifted, the more prices will continue to drop. Bush announced 25 days ago to lift the ban and voila prices dropped like a stone...


    August 12, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown

    They are STILL howling at the moon!

    August 12, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. Carl Justus

    DeMint and his republicans friends would give the deed to the country to the oil companies that own them lock stock and barrel if they thought for one minute they could get it done.
    The oil companies own the republican party and 90 percent of the republicans in the party.
    If you do not believe that then why do not they ask the oil companies to drill on the 68,000 million acres they already have leases on and 10,000 of those acres are in Alaska.

    August 12, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. The Surly Scholar

    Hooray, energy freedom! Nope, no Orwellian code-wording here, loyal republican voters! Nothing to see, no sirree! Yep, just move along to energy freedom and even bigger profits for ExxonMobil!

    Maybe republicans just like insulting the intelligence of their constituents.

    August 12, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. TXBad1

    Funny Rep. Jeb Hensarling, is from My District witch is a very impoverish area where a lot of People are on fixed incomes and suffering Financially and no big oil controls on him! and as Far as integrity, why do you think he ran un opposed? Because both Partys in his district are Happy with the job he is doing! so critics rethink! Bush sold us out to O.P.E.C and let them Price fix and should be prosecuted for it, and neither party stopped it ! so its great to see someone acting!

    August 12, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. Independant Thinker

    These guys are doing what 80% of Americans want, whereas the Wicked Witch of the West, Nancy Pelosi wants to hold American hostage to high gas prices and wants us to conserve while she flies around the country in a PRIVATE jet burning fuel and adding to the GLOBAL WARMING that she claims to oppose.

    Pelosi's motto "Do as I SAY, not as I DO"

    August 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. Roy - River Falls, WI

    Yo, Obama is wrong in his numbers.

    It isnt a few cents in ten years. Its 20 percent immediately. Or did you forget the huge drop oil prices just took when the executive ban was lifted?

    Are you really that blinded by what your candidate says as versus facts right in front of your face?

    August 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Jim

    What a surprise. Big Oil expects the government that it's bought and paid for over the last eight years.

    August 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. Rocky

    If the Dem's vote to extend this ban Obama is toast. On the other hand I do believe it should include some alternative energy pieces.

    August 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. Sacto Joe

    Look, there's only ONE WAY to stop an addiction: You have to stop taking the drug.

    There's only one way to stop America's addiction to oil. And drilling for more is not it.

    T. Boone Pickens has offered up a true alternative solution. We are blessed with huge reserves of natural gas. Presently, we burn much of it in power plants to make electricity. Instead, we should start switching our cars over to burn natural gas. This has been technologically possible for decades!

    Then we should start building wind and solar power plants to phase out the coal and natural gas burning power plants.

    We could cut our foreign oil dependency in half in ten years!


    A vote for McCain is a vote for continued oil addiction.


    August 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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