Drill Baby Drill
Yesterday, the White House indicated President Barack Obama would veto a House Republican bill, H.R. 6082, that would require the Interior Department to allow oil and gas leasing at sites off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts that remain off limits for the next five years under the Obama Administrations current energy plan. Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul responded by releasing a statement this morning saying the veto is proof “President Obama doesn’t have a clue when it comes to America’s energy future.”
“As energy prices have risen and our economy continues to struggle, President Obama insists on hindering efforts to expand domestic production and create American jobs. His self-described ‘hodgepodge’ energy policy has been an abject failure,” Ms. Saul said. “Whether blocking job-creating initiatives like the Keystone pipeline or wasting taxpayer money on boondoggles like Solyndra, President Obama doesn’t have a clue when it comes to America’s energy future.”
While campaigning in Ohio last night, Joe Biden stopped at the Naples Spaghetti House where he crossed paths with a Romney campaign spokesman, Ryan Williams, who questioned him about his policies on coal. Mr. Williams discussed his run-in with Mr. Biden with The Politicker.
“I was sitting at a table next to him. One of his staffers seemed to inform the Vice President that I was a spokesperson for the Romney campaign,” Mr. Williams said. “The Vice President mentioned me by name, asked me to come over. I walked over, I shook his hand, he introduced me to his dinner companions, asked me to sit down. I didn’t sit down. … I asked him, I said, you know, Mr. Vice President, it’s interesting that you’re here in coal country today given your staunch opposition to coal. Do you disagree with that?”
Mayor Bloomberg is visiting Singapore and Vietnam next week to “deliver a lecture on urban sustainability and deliver awards on behalf of his philanthropic foundation.” He is technically remaining in control of the city during his Asian trip.
Manhattan won’t get a casino if the Legislature’s plan to open seven commercial gambling facilities goes through this year.
Governor Andrew Cuomo on this week’s night of dealmaking and pre-dawn votes in The New York Times: “I failed. I failed. … “My legislative proposals were asking for the moon.”
The Post scores Governor Cuomo had a night of “legislative wins.” “I think legislators heard the message, and I think at the end of the day, the legislators did the right thing.”
Did Congressman Rangel get hacked on Twitter?
Get your Indian reservation cigarettes while you still can! Governor Cuomo won’t confirm or deny rumors he’s going to start seizing shipments of the tax-free stogies.
Albany County Executive-elect Dan McCoy has quite an entourage.
Drill Baby Drill
During his visit to New York today, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain commented on one of the state’s most hot button issues–hydrofracking. Mr. Cain came down in favor over the controversial natural gas drilling technique, which some energy companies want to use in New York though many environmental activists and scientists say it has dangerous side effects.
A new Quinnipiac poll found that New York voters largely agree with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. New York Republicans, however, do not support the movement. The poll also found New York voters support the so-called “millionaire’s tax” and are divided on natural gas drilling.