Is Clinton Currying Favor With the Oil Companies to Win Texas?

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.

Clinton said her White House agenda would include environmentally friendly policies that would create millions of jobs. But she said the plan "also recognizes the continuing vital role of the oil and gas industry," another huge Houston-area employer.

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.

Tags: Oil Accountability Project (all tags)

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18 Comments

Re: Is Clinton Sucking Up to the Oil Companies to

Her position is UP FOR SALE. Not negotiation.

by crazymoloch 2008-02-18 08:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Clinton Sucking Up to the Oil Companies to

Not just money, but clearly votes as well.

by crazymoloch 2008-02-18 08:48AM | 0 recs
TRUTH PATROL

Sen. Obama voted for Dick Cheney's energy policy, the 2005 Energy Bill.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/ro ll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?con gress=109&session=1&vote=00213

by KnowVox 2008-02-18 08:50AM | 0 recs
Re: TRUTH PATROL

Yep. Pretty shameless vote on Obama's part. Even the pork for Illinois in that bill isn't even close to sufficient justification.

by crazymoloch 2008-02-18 08:57AM | 0 recs
Re: TRUTH PATROL

Factcheck.org mythbusted that Clinton talking point. That bill raised, not lowered, taxes on the oil companies and included billions for renewables.

by EMTP democrat 2008-02-18 10:02AM | 0 recs
Re: TRUTH PATROL

Well come on, I mean they are cousins.  Family first!

by kasjogren 2008-02-18 10:28AM | 0 recs
What a title!

What a nice title! Certainly has nothing to do with the content of the diary. "Sucking up?" a great choice! Wonderful tactic, indeed! Like Fox, you seem to believe that putting a question mark at the end of the sentence makes everything o.k. Just perfect.

by praxis1 2008-02-18 08:54AM | 0 recs
Re: What a title!
fair enough. changed.
Substance of her remarks hasn't changed though.
by Texas Nate 2008-02-18 09:05AM | 0 recs
Re: What a title!

Agree.  And I was just praising the mature, civil tone of this blog elsewhere.  How disappointing.

by Larissa 2008-02-18 09:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Clinton Currying Favor

I'm not understanding from Clinton's comments how she is sucking up to the Oil Companies.  Here in Texas we do lots of drilling offshore.  We don't have a big constituent like Florida or California that is against offshore drilling.

So here is the money quote from the Houston paper:
"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."

She does continue to use the line in her stump speech that she would revoke the tax giveaways to the oil companies.  I don't see why she can't support more drilling while also refuse to continue unneeded tax credits.

by wasabi 2008-02-18 09:21AM | 0 recs
So it's not O.K. for Clinton...

"to recognize the continuing vital role of the oil and gas industry"... but it IS o.k. for MyDD to accept the continuing [funding] from the oil and gas industry giant "Chevron" in the form of their green-washing revolving ads?

by NCDem 2008-02-18 09:38AM | 0 recs
Cheap shot

Maybe Clinton should tell Shell, Mobil, we're gonna f*** u up? Is that what you would like to see Clinton say?  I'm sure the GOP and Obama zealots would love it. In 2000, Gore said he favored a 30 yr program to fund devel of alternative energy sources.  The wingers went nuts.  My airplane buddies said we had to vote for Bush because Gore was going to outlaw the internal combustion engine.  So apparently Clinton doesn't think we can turn this country on a dime and switch to solar electric overnight.  Sounds realistic to me.

by cj51 2008-02-18 09:47AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Clinton Currying Favor With the Oil Compan

I disagree with Obama on space exploration, particularly manned exploration. Our planet is most likely doomed, and even if it weren't, we need to escape (the planet) to fulfill our potential.

by MNPundit 2008-02-18 10:02AM | 0 recs
Manned space exploration

Obama is quite correct that we need to prioritize investments right now.  I'm a space exploration fanatic, but it's clear we need to address the problems here on Earth first.  The republicans have squandered our treasury on war and tax give-aways to the rich.  

I really respect Obama's willingness to tell the truth in Texas, where it's not a popular position.  

Hillary, on the other hand, continues to demonstrate that she will say anything and do anything to win.  It's pretty disgusting.

by susanWAstate 2008-02-18 10:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Clinton Currying Favor With the Oil Compan

Careful, careful crazymoloch-

Her position is UP FOR SALE. Not negotiation.
by crazymoloch on Mon Feb 18, 2008 at 01:48:15 PM EST
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Senator Obama and donors from the Carlyle Group.

www.politicalamnesia.blogspot.com

by darlamc 2008-02-18 10:10AM | 0 recs
Wow

This surprises people?  Come on!  Hillary is in the deep pockets of lobbyists and has been for years.  Obama doesn't take any money from lobbyists while Hillary leads in this dirty money.

by crackerdog 2008-02-18 11:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Ask Obama, he voted for the Oil/Energy bill.

Considering Obama voted for Cheney's Energy bill, and Clinton didn't, I'd say you're grasping at straws here.

by Catriley sez 2008-02-18 11:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Clinton Currying Favor With the Oil Compan

Of course, she has their money and Bill has gotten money form several oil producing countries.  Having the Clintons at the Whitehouse will be like keeping Bush and his VP.  It will be oil all over again.  The job the Clintons will expand will be for the oil companies and to get millions of $$$ for themselves on the way.  

by Abigail 2008-02-18 04:44PM | 0 recs

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