Yesterday, Icarus asked this question:
“What, exactly, are we getting from Democrats, the MAJORITY party in Congress?”
The answer to that question is Democrats are constantly and consistently introducing and passing legislation that addresses the major issues of American society today including reducing our country’s reliance on foreign oils, making our country more energy independent, and investing more into renewable energy resources.
Since the Democratic Party became the majority party in Congress, nine bills have passed the United States House of Representatives dealing with lowering gas prices and promoting energy independence. Of those nine bills, four have become law while the other five have been held hostage by Republican opposition in the Senate and veto threats from the White House [Source: “Rising Gas & Energy Prices,” Speaker.gov].
Yesterday, four of Georgia’s Republican members of Congress, led by Lynn Westmoreland, signed a pledge that reads, “I will vote to increase U.S. oil production to lower gas prices for Americans.” In response, a better pledge was offered:
“I will vote to enact laws that reduces America’s reliance on foreign oil, invests in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and cracks down on gas price gouging and oil price fixing.”
As of 10AM this morning, none of Georgia’s GOP congressional delegation have signed the pledge, so one must examine their votes to see if they support putting Georgia and the rest of the country on a path towards energy independence.
On the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act (HR 6049), all seven Georgia Republicans opposed. On the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act (HR 5351), again all seven Georgia Republicans opposed. On the Gas Price Relief for Consumers Act of 2008 (HR 6074), five Georgia Republicans opposed. On the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (HR 6), which was signed into law by President Bush, six Georgia Republicans opposed. On the America COMPETES Act with Energy Research & Development of Clean Energy Technologies (HR 2272), also signed into law by President Bush, five Georgia Republicans opposed. On the Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act (HR 1252), every Georgia Republican in Congress at the time was against. And finally, on the No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels “NOPEC” Act (HR 2264), every Georgia Republican opposed [Source: House Roll Call #344; #84; #332; #1177; #802; #404; #398].
The record speaks for itself.
On each piece of legislation that would put Georgia and the rest of the country on the path towards renewable energy, energy independence and lower gas prices, most, if not all, Republicans from the Peach State opposed and voted against the bills.
For Republicans like John Linder and Lynn Westmoreland, their answer to our nation’s energy problems is to drill, drill, and drill some more. In comparison, the Democrats have offered bill after bill that A.) reduces America’s reliance on foreign oil; B.) invests in renewable energy and energy efficiency; and C.) cracks down on gas price gouging and oil price fixing.
In other words, we’re getting solutions from the Democratic Party.