Is Clinton Currying Favor With the Oil Companies to Win Texas?
by Texas Nate, Mon Feb 18, 2008 at 08:45:49 AM EST
Today's Houston Chronicle has a feature article where both candidates discuss issues near and dear to Houston voters: space exploration and oil exploration. Bowers has covered the space exploration angle at Open Left.
Some interesting tidbits emerge on the oil issue however. In a bright contrast to the tough talk about reigning in the oil companies she did in New Hampshire, Clinton is now making nice with the oil companies.
She said she voted for legislation to expand oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico because she backs such projects that have local support and are environmentally sound. Obama voted against, she added.
"I think on that issue alone, I should be able to make a strong case to the energy community" for support, the New York senator said.
Clinton added that energy companies have to be part of a national push for conservation and cleaner energy sources.
Jerome's post on the Oil Accountability Project outlines some of the stakes here. The oil companies have colluded with the Bush administration to systematically underpay royalties owed for taking petroleum off public lands. Numerous whistler blowers have come out and documented the atrocities.
The sad thing is that neither Democratic candidate has publicly pledged to end the corruption. And from hearing Hillary's remarks to the Houston Chronicle it looks like her position at least is up for negotiation.