Democratic Convention Goers Say “We’re For Drilling, Just Don’t Tell Anyone Here!”
According to an ABC News “Political Radar” Report from the Democratic National Convention, party opposition to expanded domestic oil-drilling is so staunch, the topic can’t even be brought up in platform discussions on energy policy…
Offshore oil drilling is too controversial to be presented as part of the platform.But how likely is it that the Democrats will be able to make a meaningful change in an area they’re afraid to talk amongst themselves about?
Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., co-sponsor of HR 6709, says, “If we could change the platform to show us as centrists, it would take the wind out of the Republicans and give us momentum coming out of the convention. But many convention-goers are activists. They would not support this change.”
Democratic supporters of comprehensive energy legislation like HR 6709 confirm they will not play hardball at the convention by introducing an amendment to the platform. But they will continue to pressure the party’s leaders and the Democratic ticket to make comprehensive energy policy, including offshore oil drilling, their top priority.