One of the things that will stoke the flames of change in Washington is Speaker Pelosi’s unwillingness to bring true pro-drilling legislation up for debate. My representative Michele Bachmann chastizes Ms. Pelosi for Ms. Pelosi’s obstinance in this NY Post op-ed. Here’s the opening of Rep. Bachmann’s op-ed:

THIS summer, rather than taking a family vacation, many Americans had to take on a second or third job to offset rising energy costs. Meanwhile, Congress has done…nothing. For that, we can thank the Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives.

Since the start of the 110th Congress, the House has had many opportunities to vote on energy legislation to decrease skyrocketing prices. But the leadership ignored the cries of the people and sent everyone on vacation, for all of August.

Speaker Pelosi has avoided voting on the American Energy Act, or AEA, like a vampire avoids wooden stakes. That’s why I’ve called for the House GOP leadership to highlight the AEA. In addition to highlighting the AEA, the House GOP Caucus also put together a graphic showing what the Democratic majority did while gas prices rose. Here’s what they did:

When the national average for gas hit $2.22/gallon, the Democratic majority congratulated the UC-Santa Barbara soccer team. When gas hit $3.03/gallon, they voted to commend the Houston Dynamo soccer team. When the national average for gas hit $3.77/gallon, they voted on National Train Day. When the national average for gas hit $3.84/gallon, they voted on the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act. When the national average for gas hit $4.09, they voted on the International Year of Sanitation. When the national average for gas hit $4.14, they voted on the Monkey Safety Act.

Considering all the BS that Ms. Pelosi and her minions have perpetrated on the American people, it’s probably best that they think about sanitation. The truth is that Pelosi and her minions haven’t done crap since they retook the majority. I didn’t call them the No Solutions Congress because they were productive or solutions-oriented.

Rep. Bachmann nails it in this paragraph:

All year long, Republicans have introduced key energy bills, only to be denied even a floor vote by Speaker Pelosi. She’s even blocked many Democratic energy bills. Instead, floor time has gone to trivial issues such as post-office namings and commemorative resolutions.

This fall, it’s teh activists’ role to tell everyone they know that the Democrats controlling the House and Senate have played the role of obstructionists. Historically speaking, I can’t think of that type of precedent. When’s the last time the majority party was the obstructionist party? Isn’t that role left for the loyal opposition?

The main point to this is that Democrats obstructed while people felt the pain at the pump. Isn’t it time you asked yourself if your legislator did anything to help bring prices down? If he/she hasn’t, isn’t he/she part of the problem, not part of the solution? Isn’t it time that you elected someone that will help put more than change in your pockets?

I can’t post this without first reminding visitors of the sensible provisions in the AEA:

To increase the supply American-made energy in environmentally sound ways, the legislation will:

  • Open our deep water ocean resources, which will provide an additional three million barrels of oil per day, as well as 76 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, as proposed in H.R. 6108 by Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC). Rep. John Peterson (R-PA) has also worked tirelessly on this issue.
  • Open the Arctic coastal plain, which will provide an additional one million barrels of oil per day, as proposed in H.R. 6107 by Rep. Don Young (R-AK);
  • Allow development of our nation’s shale oil resources, which could provide an additional 2.5 million barrels of oil per day, as proposed in H.R. 6138 by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI); and
  • Increase the supply of gas at the pump by cutting bureaucratic red tape that essentially blocks construction of new refineries, as proposed in H.R. 6139 by Reps. Heather Wilson (R-NM) and Joe Pitts (R-PA).

To improve energy conservation and efficiency, the legislation will:

  • Provide tax incentives for businesses and families that purchase more fuel efficient vehicles, as proposed in H.R. 1618 and H.R. 765 by Reps. Dave Camp (R-MI) and Jerry Weller (R-IL);
  • Provide a monetary prize for developing the first economically feasible, super-fuel-efficient vehicle reaching 100 miles-per-gallon, as proposed in H.R. 6384 by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT); and
  • Provide tax incentives for businesses and homeowners who improve their energy efficiency, as proposed in H.R. 5984 by Reps. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Phil English (R-PA), and Zach Wamp (R-TN), and in H.R. 778 by Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL).

To promote renewable and alternative energy technologies, the legislation will:

  • Spur the development of alternative fuels through government contracting by repealing the “Section 526” prohibition on government purchasing of alternative energy and promoting coal-to-liquids technology, as proposed in H.R. 5656 by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), in H.R. 6384 by Rob Bishop (R-UT), and in H.R. 2208 by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL);
  • Establish a renewable energy trust fund using revenues generated by exploration in the deep ocean and on the Arctic coastal plain, as proposed by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA);
  • Permanently extend the tax credit for alternative energy production, including wind, solar and hydrogen, as proposed in H.R. 2652 by Rep. Phil English (R-PA) and in H.R. 5984 by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD); and Eliminate barriers to the expansion of emission-free nuclear power production, as proposed in H.R. 6384 by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT).

Doesn’t our sputtering economy need lower gas prices so it can start humming along again?

More importantly, don’t hard working Americans deserve an up or down vote on this sensible legislation?

Most importantly, don’t hard working Americans need a new Republican majority that will work hard on finding solutions?

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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