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“Representation Without Taxation” And The Drilling Moratorium

“Representation Without Taxation” And The Drilling Moratorium
July 19
13:35 2010

As we posted last week, an amendment offered by Rep. Bill Cassidy which would have done away with the Obama administration’s illegal (according to federal courts at the district and circuit levels) moratorium on deepwater drilling was beaten in the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday by a 26-22 vote. (Click here for the tally sheet of the committee vote.)

And as we posted last week the vote on that amendment was decided by “no” votes by five “non-voting delegates” from Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, America Samoa and the Virgin Islands.

The five, all Democrats, are not allowed to vote on the House floor, though in committee their votes are binding. They can also vote on amendments on the House floor thanks to an innovation courtesy of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It’s also no surprise that the five populate the House Natural Resources Committee, as a subcommittee of that group handles the nation’s oceans policy.

The jurisdictions represented by those delegates pay no taxes to the federal government. Thanks to their votes on the moratorium Thursday, many Louisianians will be paying far less in taxes over the next six months and beyond.

Connie Hair at Human Events, in a piece today on the topic, recounts a conversation with Cassidy in which the Congressman notes that the “non-voting delegates” voting against his amendment were only part of the problem – the bulk of the votes against the amendment came from representatives of non-energy producing states who live under the assumption that energy grows on trees.

Cassidy said there’s a great sense of relief that no new oil is currently leaking into the Gulf but there’s a sense of impending doom in Louisiana over the drilling moratorium.

“There’s just a sense here that Obama hates Louisiana,” Cassidy said.  “This moratorium is not hurting Tony Hayward or BP.  They’re just going to move their rigs to Libya and start drilling there.  The people it is hurting are families.  Imagine the typical middle class family if you interrupt their income for six months what that would do to their finances.  This is a people moratorium.”

“There is an ideological bias in this Congress starting at the top against domestic energy production unless it is the ephemeral promise of windmills and solar panels,” Cassidy said.  “If it were not for the representatives of the territories, she would have stacked it with someone else.  There are only three Democrats on that committee who represent areas that produce energy:  the Chairman [Nick Rahall (W.V.)], Jim Costa (Calif.) and Dan Boren (Okla.).  Those are the three that voted for my amendment to end the moratorium.”

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6 Comments

  1. Mark
    Mark July 19, 21:51

    Is Obama standing there with a gun to prevent anyone from drilling? Salazar, maybe? Reid? Pelosi? Just WHO is stopping the drilling? And WHY isn't anyone taking action against THEM in light of the court rulings?

  2. Mark
    Mark July 19, 21:51

    Is Obama standing there with a gun to prevent anyone from drilling? Salazar, maybe? Reid? Pelosi? Just WHO is stopping the drilling? And WHY isn't anyone taking action against THEM in light of the court rulings?

  3. holleywood601
    holleywood601 July 26, 17:25

    In essence, yes! I work in the industry, and without permits, you cannot drill. Or complete. Or do workovers. It is surely a group effort, but for scapegoat purposes one would have to say that it is Salazar who is stopping us. I ask you (and anyone else who would care to offer an answer), what could we do against them? Rallys are held, these "leaders" are called out using the media, legal action by the federal courts has either been ignored or circumvented. I am thankful, though, that some permits are still being issued. I know of two permits that were obtained within the last month, both for completions only.

    • macaoidh
      macaoidh July 26, 20:50

      I don't think anything can be done using traditional means of political pressure. Obama and his people proved with the health care mess that they can't be moved even by massive national protests.

      If the moratorium is to be beaten, Louisiana will have to make its effects so painful on the national level as to make governance by Obama impossible. That means things like shutting off oil & gas pipelines coming out of Louisiana, shutting down the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port or shutting down oil refineries. Gov. Jindal could do those things, at least temporarily, and in doing so place the administration in absolute economic crisis. They're the kinds of things Charlotte Randolph was talking about last week, and frankly they're the only real way this moratorium will become politically toxic enough to change the administration's thinking.

  4. holleywood601
    holleywood601 July 26, 12:25

    In essence, yes! I work in the industry, and without permits, you cannot drill. Or complete. Or do workovers. It is surely a group effort, but for scapegoat purposes one would have to say that it is Salazar who is stopping us. I ask you (and anyone else who would care to offer an answer), what could we do against them? Rallys are held, these "leaders" are called out using the media, legal action by the federal courts has either been ignored or circumvented. I am thankful, though, that some permits are still being issued. I know of two permits that were obtained within the last month, both for completions only.

    • macaoidh
      macaoidh Author July 26, 20:50

      I don't think anything can be done using traditional means of political pressure. Obama and his people proved with the health care mess that they can't be moved even by massive national protests.

      If the moratorium is to be beaten, Louisiana will have to make its effects so painful on the national level as to make governance by Obama impossible. That means things like shutting off oil & gas pipelines coming out of Louisiana, shutting down the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port or shutting down oil refineries. Gov. Jindal could do those things, at least temporarily, and in doing so place the administration in absolute economic crisis. They're the kinds of things Charlotte Randolph was talking about last week, and frankly they're the only real way this moratorium will become politically toxic enough to change the administration's thinking.

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