Seventh District Congressman ERIC CANTOR, met with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in March specifically to promote offshore oil drilling.  Cantor has been promoting drilling in Virginia’s waters as soon as next year!   Has Cantor not heard of the BP catastrophe?
Even in the midst of an oil spill that scientists suggest may be the single greatest natural disaster in American history,  Eric Cantor has not backed down from his “Drill, Baby, Drill!”  position. (A report on the Salazar meeting is here.) At a time when currents from the Gulf could bring oil all the way up to the shores of North Carolina, Eric Cantor STILL has been advocating for offshore drilling in Virginia’s waters as soon as 2011.

Is this what you want to see when you visit the Virginia shore?  Here’s a more interesting question: why is Eric Cantor so in love with oil?  We know that oil lines the pockets of some of Cantor’s friends, but we also know that our oil dependence is the equivalent of a U.S. government stimulus for the petro-dictators who are our national-security threats.   The effort spent seeking new locations to drill oil in the U.S. is effort and money that could be spent on clean solutions, on adapting our economy so that we are no longer dependent on the whims of Saudi Arabia’s government.  No matter how much we drill here, we will still need to get almost 90% of our oil from overseas.  Why does Cantor insist on a stimulus for Saudi Arabia and Nigeria and Venezuela?   The American economy needs help right here at home.

Oil and gas PACs contributed over $4 million dollars to Congress during the current election cycle.  Republicans received 65% of the oil and gas industry’s largesse.  

Mr. Cantor, Congratulations, your PAC made the most money this current election cycle to donate to other Republican candidates around the country.

Is it all for something like this?

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  1. The Destructionist says:

    In light of the BP oil calamity it’s quite obvious that something must be done, and fast, if we are to save our world from corporations that would prefer to place huge profits above that of our environmental and financial welfare.

    As large corporations gobble up smaller corporations in an attempt to seize an even bigger piece of the global economic pie, it seems that businesses have been allowed to grow, unfettered, into unwieldy corporate behemoths (a.k.a., British Petroleum) with little, if any, regulations regarding their obligations to national sovereignties or allegiances.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I believe that if a corporation begins its “life” in a particular country, than it has an obligation to that country and its people: due in part to the patronage of its citizens throughout the years in helping that corporation to grow. When I hear about American businesses pulling up stakes and moving to other countries in lieu of cheaper labor and supplies elsewhere, I feel both embarrassed and betrayed. (They would be nothing if it weren’t for people like you and me. After all, we purchased their services, time and time again, fostering them constantly by giving them the opportunity to flourish. Our final reward for all our efforts? Millions of fellow Americans out of work, all desperately hoping that their unemployment benefits never run out.)

    I agree that the bad news is not just happening here in America, but around the globe. I blame that on the evolution of the business model: over the years, it has been compressed into a precise science in an effort to squeeze every last drop of profit out of the proverbial “bottom-line.” I began to notice the change in the late 1970’s when I was in my teens. Back then, it was a different world for me and I didn’t seem to care too much. Today however, it is a different story.

    What can we collectively do as Americans?

    Contact your representatives in the House and Senate. Let them know that

    big business should be regulated and ask them to enact laws to:

    1.Ensure that all corporations “born” within the United States deter from any and all actions that would adversely affect our country;

    2.Place high tariffs on imports from American businesses that move their bases of operations (not to mention our jobs) to other regions of the world;

    3.Work to limit their corporate power and influence in Washington D.C. by passing laws whereby politicians, found to have ties with said corporations or corporate lobbyists resign.

    4.Endeavor to ban all corporate favors and corporate lobbyists from Washington D.C.

    Essentially, it’s up to us to fashion our own future. If we don’t, rest assured that someone, or some corporation will.

    •(I know that BP was not born and reared here in the United States. I was merely using it as a reference as to what corporations are capable of doing if left to their own devices.)

    • J. Brown says:

      Walter, I am totally with you on this. My problem is I can’t ever get through to Cantor. No one can. He never speaks directly to constituents, only via his staff. However, that does not mean contacting his office would be in vain. At least there would be a record of it.

      We must be about the same age, because I also saw our country’s transformation from independent small businesses, or even large ones, disappear. As the child of a tradesperson, I have watched as our country’s towns and small cities died because the industries that sustained them (particularly manufacturing) left. In Virginia, Levi’s used to be made about 1 1/2 hours northwest of Richmond, until about 15-20 years ago. It was a sad day when the manufacture of jeans & cords I and all my schoolmates wore in the ’70’s was no longer in the U.S.

      But I digress, rest assured Rick Waugh would agree with your suggestions for our government to divorce itself from big corporations. It’s a tough sell, but perhaps some fresh faces who haven’t depended on corporations for their power and income for years and years will be elected into office.

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