Friday, May 19, 2006

Fueling the Fire

Oil is fueling a political fight from Congress to the hearts and minds of the voters.

The House Thursday repealed $7 billion dollars in oil company subsidies. With high gasoline prices a top of mind issue with voters in a tough election year -- who didn't see that coming?

Air War

Ads are going out in e-mails and on websites in a viral video campaign from two sides in the fight over energy laws.

This video from the Center for American Progress takes on US energy policy -- the the lack of one. Part of their campaign.

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire blog critiques it this way:
"Democrats connect President Bush and U.S. dependence on oil with Iraq and Iran, Exxon Mobil Corp., the rising national debt, Enron founder Kenneth Lay, global warming and other unpopular notions in a video they are hoping will soon make a splash on the Internet."

On the other side -- the Competitive Enterprise Institute has a video out telling us what a wonderful friend carbon dioxide is. Oh, I should tell you, CEI is a wonderful friend of ExxonMobil and the other oil companies who fund CEI:

Aw! Heartwarming global warming. It's like curling up next to a warm fire -- pumping six trillion metric tons of carbon into the air. (WSJ/Center for American Progress/Think Progress/CEI)

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