Sunday, April 23, 2006

DeWine: Mining for Coal in Ohio O.K.; But don't drill for any oil in ANWR!

Update and keeping on top:

A quick review of DeWine's political contributions since 1997 show that contributions from coal related entities amount to $24,000:

  • ARCH COAL INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ARCHPAC): $2,000
  • COALPAC A POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION: $5,000
  • CONSOL ENERGY INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE FKA CONSOL INC COAL GROUP PAC: $2,000
  • FOUNDATION COAL CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE: $1,000
  • OHIO VALLEY COAL COMPANY PAC: $14,000

Senator DeWine's support for the mining (both underground and surface) of Ohio's coal reserves as a way to promote energy security (see 'Mike DeWine supports energy security' from his official Mike DeWine’s Policy Points) adds more fuel to the Porkopolis argument that his energy policy is hypocritical and schizophrenic:

Schizophrenic (adj):

1. Of, relating to, or affected with schizophrenia.

2. Of, relating to, or characterized by the coexistence of disparate or antagonistic elements.

3. For an example see the actions of Ohio Senator DeWine first calling for the Department Of Justice and Federal Trade Commission to immediately investigate escalating gas prices followed by his recent vote against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) (see SEC. 4001. of S. 1932 - the Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 2005).

Update: Arctic drilling vote may cost DeWine: Senator changed position, voted no

U.S. Senate candidate Bill Pierce supports exploration in ANWR as a prudent component of a national energy polciy.

Republican voters should take the time to look into DeWine's inconsistency (environmental considerations: drilling for oil in Alasaka vs. mining for coal in Ohio) and see that they are the acts of a RINO not deserving of our vote and support.

More fuel for thought: According to the Ohio Department of National Resources:
  • Ohio remains a leading producer of oil and gas, ranking in the top half of all producing states in the nation

  • As of 2004, the number of oil and gas wells drilled in Ohio reached 270,897 wells yielding 1.1 billion barrels of crude oil and more than 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas

  • Total number of wells drilled: 270,897; Ohio ranks 4th nationally behind Texas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

  • In 2004, the Ohio oil and gas industry . . .

    * Drilled an estimated 578 oil and gas wells in 42 counties
    * Monroe County was the most active county with 47 wells drilled
    * Over 310 wells were drilled to the Clinton Sandstone in 26 counties
    * Oil production: 5,785,338 barrels
    * Value of oil production: $219 million
    * Gas production: 90.3 million mcf
    * Value of gas production: $557 million

Disclosure: Porkopolis has been assisting the Pierce for Senate campaign, as an unpaid volunteer, with the publishing of the campaign video to the web and has also endorsed Pierce.

4 Comments:

Blogger BizzyBlog said...

Great post. And over the long haul, relying more on oil and less on coal is safer from a worker's persepctive.

April 23, 2006 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Brian Duffy said...

DeWine, what a piece of work. Good post.

April 23, 2006 at 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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April 24, 2006 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

I have been disapointed with DeWine as it relates to ANWR. But I think we know how Sherrod Brown would vote on this issue.

April 27, 2006 at 12:07 AM  

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