Al Gore: Patrick Murray Favors “more drilling and more carbon pollution”

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    At a fundraiser this past weekend, Al Gore praises Jim Moran as “prescient” on offshore oil drilling and a “leader” on other environmental issues. In contrast, Gore points out, Moran’s opponent (Patrick Murray) believes in “more fossil fuels…more drilling…more carbon pollution.”  Tough choice, huh?

    P.S. Great job by Patrick Murray’s “Social Media Director” for shooting this video that’s so helpful to…Jim Moran! Ha. 😉

    UPDATE: The video was posted by the Murray campaign (by their “Social Media director”) then taken down in an apparent panic after we posted it here at Blue Virginia.  Fortunately, through the wonders of the internets, it’s now back by popular demand. Enjoy! 🙂

    UPDATE #2: I hear that Jim Moran is receiving the endorsement of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Political Action Committee.  Patrick “I’m a veteran and that’s my only qualification for higher office” Murray is going to be piiiiiiiiiiiissed! 🙂

    • ncaanan

      Lowkell of Blue Virginia must think you’re stupid.  Are you?  

      Most intelligent voters would read about each politicians issues and not take what some hack says at face-value.

      Here’s how Patrick Murray feels, according to his website:

      ENERGY

      “And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as president: In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.”                                                                                  – President Barack Obama

      I support President Obama’s goal to wean America off of OPEC oil. Unfortunately after two years in office, the Obama Administration has not really done much toward accomplishing this goal, and there are few members of Congress who have any interest in looking beyond how to get themselves reelected. In fact, presidents and Congress have been taking about this for about 30 years (my opponent Jim Moran has been present for 20 of those years. He is very successful when it comes to getting reelected, but he has done nothing to improve America’s energy situation). I want to help this President accomplish this goal, so we need a plan and we need to get busy.

      Here is the situation:

      The U.S. uses approximately 21 million barrels of oil per day. Of that amount, 13 million barrels are imported, 5 million barrels of which are from OPEC. Not only is this an unprecedented transference of wealth, it is also a national security issue, as this ends up funding Islamic extremists and renders our energy supply vulnerable to events in the volatile Middle East. To put it slightly differently, we are funding both sides of the war while making us much more vulnerable to events and decisions in the Middle East by hostile regimes such as Iran.

      We need a comprehensive national strategy that will accomplish the following:

      •    Near Term: Eliminate American reliance on OPEC oil and put us on a glide path to energy self-sufficiency. In 2008, our reliance on foreign oil amounted to over $405 billion leaving our pockets for foreign markets. Think of the massive growth in our economy were we to keep that revenue here. While weaning ourselves from foreign oil, we will be creating jobs here at home, reducing the price of gas at the pump and choking off revenue streams the terrorists rely upon to fund their attacks on us. This is a “win-win” situation regardless of which political party you are in.

      •    Long Term: Empower the private sector to develop large scale renewable energy solutions. As Americans who believe in the power of the free market, we have the ability to accomplish anything we set our minds to. However, if we really do care about future generations of Americans, we need to learn to look beyond the next election cycle when it comes to long-term strategic planning. This is particularly true when it comes to alternate sources of energy. It is in U.S. national interests to pursue multiple sources of energy.

      As your Congressman my Energy priorities will be:

      •    Near Term: Pursue American energy independence from OPCE by maximizing our own oil and gas exploration.  Set annual goals of reducing the number of barrels of oil we import, so that by 2018 (President Obama’s stated goal) we no longer will need to import any OPEC oil. One viable way to do this quickly would be to maximize our own domestic exploration and to increase our use of natural gas. The U.S. has vast natural gas reserves, and gas is both cheaper and burns cleaner than oil.

      •    Long Term: Incentivize the private sector to invest in and develop the technology and infrastructure necessary to maximize our use of wind, solar and nuclear energy. Also, incentivize homeowners and the owners of commercial buildings to upgrade their insulation and other energy saving options.  Set national goals of gradually increasing our energy supply from clean sources. For example, in 2008, nuclear power accounted for about 20% of the total net electricity generated in the United States. By contrast, France currently generates over 75% of its energy from nuclear power. We should strive to build an average of two new nuclear power plants every year here in the U.S. Also, we only get about 2% of our energy from solar and wind. We should pursue these renewable sources on a larger scale. As our ability to employ these sources increases we can concurrently reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

      Like I said, Blue Virginia must think their readers are stupid.

    • ncaanan

      Why confuse you with the facts when you can watch a video (that’s no longer there) of sore loser Al Gore make a pitch for soon-to-be sore loser Jim Moran.  It’s clear that Gore didn’t even read Murray’s site.  Isn’t that the Democrat mandate though?  Contempt prior to investigation?

    • ncaanan

      So he/she/it rates the facts as “troll”.  What happened to your video?

    • ncaanan

      Glad you guys brought the video back to life…  The wide majority of people feel that an Al Gore endorsement of Jim Moran is, in effect, more damaging to leaning Ds and Independents.  Please remember that this only energizes a very miniscule portion of the liberal base.  As does Jim’s endorsement by MoveOn.org.  

      Update #3 Jim Moran has repeatedly lied about his endorsements by Veterans groups.  Several that we’ve tracked down say that they don’t endorse politicians, yet Jim continues to enumerate them as such.  

      Update #4 Anthropogenic global warming = hoax

    • ncaanan
      • DRILL BABY DRILL

      • n/t

      • KathyinBlacksburg

        This empty headed commenter apparently thinks everyone (but him) is stupid.  “Incentivize?”  “Glide path.”  Hahahah…What bs buzzwords. It’s laughable.  I imagine he peddles “government in a box” too, and that you’d buy it, hook, line and sinker.

        PS This is a democratic blog.  Do not (and I repeat not) paste oppo bull on this site.  Besides, you plagiarized.  And that violates the terms of service on this site.  Duh! Even many 5th graders know not to do that.

        PPS: Patrick Murray and his fan (I mean, very special guest) John Bolton???????  Heh!  

      • Dan Sullivan

        What does he offer other than API near term objectives rationalized by dangling long term bait? Same old switch and bait employed successfully for decades.

      • Does the Patrick Murray campaign approve of your postings here, since you’re using one of their email addresses?  

    • Fiona Usa

      Democrats: Good.

      Everyone else:  Bad.

      That’s the message. Stay on message. You’re paying a lot for this advice, boys.