Drill here, drill now, send oil

| June 13, 2008

[06/17/08: Many thanks for Rand Simberg for the link from Transterrestrial Musings, one of my favorite blogs. C’mon, folks, I want Rep. Dicks to have a lifetime supply of motor oil. I want the whole Subcommittee to have a lifetime supply of motor oil. And then some.]

It’s time for action. Oil is at $130/barrel, gasoline is at $4/gallon. We have vast reserves that are untapped.

Newt Gingrich has coined the phrase “Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.” and wants us to sign a petition. I like the phrase, but a petition is not going to do it. Here’s my suggestion: send a quart (or case!) of oil to anyone who is blocking domestic exploration and production. The nice thing: you can do it via Amazon.com. (No, I’m not an Amazon shill, and I don’t get any money if you follow that link. Just trying to make this easy.)

Who should be getting this oil?

House Subcommittee Rejects Plan to Open U.S. Waters to More Oil Exploration

WASHINGTON — A House subcommittee on Wednesday rejected a Republican-led effort to open up more U.S. coastal waters to oil exploration.

Salazar Blocks BLM Director Over Colorado Drilling

RIFLE, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar on Wednesday officially blocked the confirmation of President Bush’s nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management. He vowed to relent only when Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne pledges that the department’s conflict with the state of Colorado over energy development won’t end in a “train wreck.”

And, of course, neither John McCain nor Barack Obama have given us much hope to date in this regard, either.

I’d recommend focusing on Rep. Norman Dicks (D-WA, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment) unless one of the other committee members happens to be your rep.

I’ve just sent Rep. Dicks a case of motor oil with the gift message: “Drill here, drill now. Stop blocking domestic oil exploration.” [06/18/08: According to UPS, the case of oil was delivered at 10 am EDT, Wednesday, 06/18/08.]

Please consider doing the same. Addresses are after the jump. ..bruce w..

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment

Norman D. Dicks (D-WA, Chair)
2467 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5916

James P. Moran (D-VA)
2239 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4376

Maurice D. Hinchey (D-NY)
2431 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6335

John W. Oliver (D-MA)
1111 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
202-225-5335

Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
2302 Rayburn House Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4172

Tom Udall (D-NM)
1410 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-6190

Ben Chandler (D-KY)
1504 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202)-225-4706

Ed Pastor (D-AZ)
2465 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4065

Dave Obey (D-WI), Ex Officio
2314 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4907
(202) 225-3365

Relevant United States Senators

Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO)
702 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-5852

Presidential Candidates

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
241 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-2235

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)
713 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-2854

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[UPDATED 1231 MDT, 06/13/08] I wrote this post less than 3 hours ago. As far as I know, nobody has linked to it [until Ace of Spades did at 1233 MDT — thanks, Ace! — be sure to check out this post over at Ace’s also]. And I’m not exactly a prominent blog (my Technorati rank is 49,813). Yet a check of my SiteMeter incoming visits yield two very curious ones within the past hour:

— U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms (IP 156.33.12.80) — 1211 MDT

— U.S. House of Representatives Information Systems (IP 143.231.249.141) — 1223 MDT

Do the US Senate and House have systems that search for references to Congresspeople?

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.