It wasn't his original plan, but he had read the GOP Talking Point Memo carefully, and he was a 100% conservative soldier. Whatever the Memo said, he would sell it.
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This happened to be the Memo hawking the GOP idea of opening up more land to oil well drilling. The GOPer idea hadn't been selling well lately, and their client Big Oil had become restless, so they had injected the old reliable fear into the mixture to push it along.
McCain's Cruel Offshore Drilling Hoax - Yahoo! News If there's only one thing Scalise is good at, it's sellin'oil . . .
Big Oil already had millions of acres of unexplored and undrilled land under leases, and thousands of unused drilling permits, but that just wasn't enough to satisfy their greed. The GOPers had already voted down requiring them to use those leases and permits, so they wouldn't. GOPers Vote Against Quick Oil Drilling On Existing Leases There was more out there, and Big Oil had to have it.
It also didn't matter that even if they had the land, it would be easily 5-10-or more years before it would have any impact on the price of gasoline. Drill Bandits: $140-a-Barrel Lies - Candide's Notebooks They would have control, and that's what mattered.
Because they need to reinforce the drilling idea, Scalise and other GOPers need photo-ops to illustrate how safe and desirable more drilling will be - especially in places like ANWR. the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve. Boehner Announces American Energy Tour No matter that opening up more land to drilling won't make a wit of difference in our lifetime . . .
Steve is already on the Natural Resources Committee with his mentor Don Young (R-AK), so he's gonna get some great pics for the guys back home. GOPers Head To ANWR . . Scalise