The media has given Elizabeth Dole a pass. She has been hidden from the voters of North Carolina. Her campaign site - still no list of events. Her Senate site - no updated events since July. Why is Elizabeth Dole, who is losing to Kay Hagan, hiding from the voters?
Google searches reveal that Bob Dole has been campaigning all over North Carolina for his wife, but that she has been largely cloistered.
She finally pops out of Dick Cheney's undisclosed location long enough for a small gathering in Wilmington on the 15th, where she blatantly lied to the clueless reporter about Hurricanes and offshore drilling, repeating McCain's lies that Katrina did no damage to rigs. On the contrary:
According to press reports, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita “tore through the Gulf of Mexico’s offshore oil and gas fields, toppling production platforms, setting rigs adrift and rupturing pipelines.” The U.S. Minerals Management Service reported that the hurricanes totally destroyed 113 offshore oil platforms.
The hurricanes cost Transocean, the largest offshore driller, “about $135 million in repairs, downtime and equipment upgrades” alone, and damage to offshore producers accounted for 77 percent of the oil industry’s storm costs. One offshore rig, the Ocean Warwick, drifted 66 nautical miles before running aground.
Recall that when this happened Katrina was a Cat 2/3 Hurricane and not a Category 5 hurricane. Should we build based on the belief that no Category 5 will ever come roaring up the coast? When it does, what will our coast look like?
Can you say goodbye tourism, goodbye fishing, goodbye North Carolina economy.
Dole also popped in at an event in Onslow County and continued to lie about energy.
Other voters at the rally had gas prices on their minds.
"I have to drive 15 miles to work one way," said Jennie Bendis, a Hubert resident who works in Jacksonville. "I saw everyone lining up to buy gas, but I couldn't because won't get paid till next week. I want to know what anyone, Republican or Democrat, can do about that."
Dole told The Daily News that the answer to high gas prices is 50 miles off the coast.
"The technology is changed now," she said, explaining why she switched from a longterm stance against off-shore drilling. "They can go into the ground with a hole the size of a closet and reach out five miles."
Drilling off the coast of North Carolina will not lower gas prices in our near future. Inflating tires would save more money and lower the price of gas more than drilling offshore.
So, I challenge the media to show up and ask Elizabeth Dole four questions:
- How soon will drilling off North Carolina's coastline provide relief and what is the basis for her answer? Compare/contrast this to how quickly we could increase CAFE standards to 50mpg and its effect
- Did Hurricane Katrina cause damage to the oil platforms? If she answers no, I expect you to confront her with the facts.
- Given that Hurricane Katrina caused significant damage to oil platforms when only a Category 2/3 Hurricane, what will happen when a Category 5 Hurricane hits the oil platforms off the coast of North Carolina?
- Are you willing to risk North Carolina's tourism income, fishing income, and boating income on almost no gain in oil capacity which will have almost no effect on gas prices?
You are not doing your job.