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Vote Grand Oil Party! Multi-layered deception coming to a street corner near you

September 16th, 2008 · 6 Comments

In my neck of the woods, the local Republicans are showing a real green thumb (actually, perhaps green hammer) as there is green sprouting all over. Green signs with a gas pump are appearing with the words “Drill Now! Pay Less! Vote GOP!”

Now, other than the direct linkage of a gas pump and the Republican Party (the Grand Oil Party), it is hard to see any honesty in this poster. It is a continuation of the concerted Republican efforts to mislead and lie to the American people about critical energy issues. It is, in fact, impressive that this sign can be deceptive and simply dishonest on so many levels at the same time.

[UPDATED from Taking Deception to Extremes: “Drill Now! Pay Less! Vote GOP!

1. A green sign? A green sign associated with a gas pump, drilling, and the Republican Party? Am I the only one to see the irony of this? And, well, this greenwashing cannot be considered accidental. No, this is part and parcel of a systematic attempt to greenwash the McCain campaign and Republicans into something that they are not.

2. Drill Now? Reality is that new drilling doesn’t happen overnight in newly opened areas and, in any event, the world does not have the drilling rigs to expand offshore drilling in the near term. Opening up new lands (ashore or at sea) to drilling, as the Republicans are demanding, will not lead to more drilling for at least five more years (and probably more than than in any notable amount) and not significant amounts of production for well over a decade (eg, the 2020s) … at the minimum. That additional production from offshore drilling: about 200-250 thousand barrels per day or about 1 percent of US and 0.25 percent of current global consumption.

3. Pay Less? Okay, the Department of Energy analysis suggests that opening up drilling would contribute to a to about a 1.2 cent reduction in gasoline prices … twenty years from now.

4. Vote GOP? If you want “green”, if you want to be “paying less” for your (overall) energy, it is clear that voting for the GOP won’t get you there. And, as noted above, they can’t deliver drilling now. Oops, perhaps this isn’t fully dishonest, as it is the Graft-ridden Grand Oil Party, after all.

So, at least four major truthiness elements in one sign with six words. Unlikely to be a record in stretching credularity and creating confusion, but this sign is definitely in competition for the most misleading elements with so few words as the Republicans continue to press forward with Drillusion.

A Draft LTE …

Here is a draft letter to the editor that I will send to my local newspapers. Please provide comments, thoughts, reactions below. And, when (not if) these sorts of signs start appearing in your neighborhood, listen to the Boy Scouts, and Be Prepared

A deceptive sign is sprouting up like mushrooms around our neighborhoods. This green sign reads “Drill Now! Pay Less! Vote GOP!”

Some facts from the Department of Energy:

  • Drilling “Now” is not a possibility in any newly opened drilling areas. Drilling would not occur for years and notable production would not occur until the 2020s.
  • New offshore drilling would add about 200,000 barrels per day to the world supply … in 2030. (Note that, in the past year, US consumption has dropped almost 1,000,000 barrels per day due to increased energy efficiency and conservation moves.) In 2030, this increased production would help lower prices … about 1.2 cents per gallon.
  • And, can anyone not see the utter deception of coloring a pro-drilling, pro-fossil fuel sign green?

    The only element not dishonest here: encouraging votes for the Grand Oil Party.

    We need real solutions to problems, not empty and misleading slogans.

    Does that work? Let’s go through the list:

  • Short? 150 words, check!
  • Relevant to a current and, now, local issue? Check!
  • Fact based? Check! (note: when sending in LTEs, I always seek to provide references to expert organizations to back up any cited facts. In this case, Department of Energy should do well. (Please check Get Energy Smart! NOW!!! for any updated versions with reference material when these signs appear in your neighborhood and you want to write letters to the editor.)
  • Pithy, strong, catchy? I think so, do you?
  • Sent? Not yet … waiting for feedback …
  • And, as a reprise, some words from the Words of Mass Deception from the 2004 RNC …

    Tags: 2008 Presidential Election · 2008 presidential campaign · Energy · oil · political symbols · politics · republican party · truthiness

    6 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Evidence that deception, truthiness, and lies work: polling on energy // Sep 23, 2008 at 5:28 pm

      [...] again this is just one poll and one question, my opening supposition: deception, truthiness, and lies are working when it comes to energy [...]

    • 2 Offering hope … and fighting darkness … take action // Sep 24, 2008 at 7:13 am

      [...] on the Earth and the lies of Drill Here! Drill Now! Pay Less! (for debunking talking points, see: Vote Grand Oil Party: Multi-layered deception coming to a street corner near you and lies to an ugly future and [...]

    • 3 Not necessarily Energy Smart Bill // Oct 14, 2008 at 11:29 am

      [...] of Stupid” Republican dishonesty and drillusion, building on Newt Gingrich’s truthiness, Bill Foster chose to follow an easy path of deception rather than seeking to educate and lead. In [...]

    • 4 MN-3: Energy Smart vs Energy Dumb? // Oct 29, 2008 at 9:21 pm

      [...] Simply, purely, bluntly, truthfully: CANNOT DO IT! What Paulsen is doing is offering up a one percent, one cent, 20 year from now solution to a very real problem today. Nothing about energy conservation. Nothing about electrification of transport. Nothing [...]

    • 5 “I’m a Petro-holic …” // Aug 31, 2009 at 3:55 pm

      [...] To deal with this set of challenges, we must transform our energy system and that doesn’t mean “Drill, Baby, Drill“. [...]

    • 6 Drill, Baby, Drill: THE answer to Libyan oil disruption // Feb 23, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      [...] … e.g., 20 years from now. These stark facts call out the lie of those who promoted “Drill Now, Pay Less“. That 200,000 barrels per day increase in productivity by 2030 will, as Krugman notes, [...]

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