Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Ribble vote for Big Oil Secrets, Continued Irresponsible Drilling Practices, and Great Lakes Oil and Gas Drilling.

Why would small government Republicans want to keep what oil companies pay us in royalties a secret? Apparently, taxpayers don't need to know these things, say Wisconsin Republicans. Who do we think we are anyway? Wisconsin State Journal:
OIL DRILLING, FINANCIAL RULES: Voting 256 for and 171 against, the House on June 27 passed a Republican bill (HR 1613) to implement a Gulf of Mexico deepwater-drilling treaty in a way that would exempt U.S. oil companies from transparency rules in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-regulation law. Those rules require companies to publicly disclose how much they pay the U.S. or foreign governments for rights to extract oil, gas and minerals. A yes vote was to pass the bill.
Voting yes: Paul Ryan, R-1, James Sensenbrenner, R-5, Tom Petri, R-6, Sean Duffy, R-7, Reid Ribble, R-8

Voting no: Mark Pocan, D-2, Ron Kind, D-3, Gwen Moore, D-4
Maybe somebody should ask "why the secrecy? 

Like the their continued support of the Bush tax cuts and Wall Street deregulation, our House Republicans refuse to learn any lessons from the BP Oil spill:
BP OIL SPILL LESSONS: Voting 194 for and 232 against, the House on June 27 defeated a bid to ensure that safety lessons from the BP-Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 are applied to deepwater drilling in the western gulf that occurs under HR 1613 (above). This motion by Democrats also sought to require companies responsible for spills to pay all cleanup costs. A yes vote backed the motion.
Voting yes: Pocan, Kind, Moore

Voting no: Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, Ribble
But the following vote reveals how our own House Republicans are planning to drill for oil and gas in the Great Lakes. And like our valuable fresh water shores, California’s pristine waters off Santa Barbara are ripe for drilling too:
GREAT LAKES DRILLING BAN: Voting 195 for and 225 against, the House on June 28 defeated a Democratic attempt to bar HR 2231 (expanded offshore drilling) from authorizing oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes. Though the bill contains no mention of the Great Lakes, backers of this motion said it contains language sufficiently broad to lead to possible drilling in these inland waters. A yes vote was to bar drilling in the Great Lakes. SANTA BARBARA MORATORIUM: Voting 176 for and 241 against, the House defeated a bid to strip HR 2231 of its language to lift a moratorium on oil and gas drilling offshore from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in southern California. The ban was imposed after a major oil spill in that area in 1969. A yes vote was to retain the drilling moratorium.
Voting yes: Pocan, Kind, Moore

Voting no: Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, Ribble

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