Our Readers Speak: Tester’s votes on oil and gas hurting economically

2012-10-05T00:15:00Z Our Readers Speak: Tester’s votes on oil and gas hurting economicallyBy Ken Keiper Montana Standard
October 05, 2012 12:15 am  • 

I was not surprised to see the news about gas prices rising more in Montana than the rest of the country (Avg. MT gas price up 5.3 cents, 9/17).

Prices go up when things are scarce – and we can directly link oil to how Sen. Jon Tester has voted in Washington.

He voted against the Offshore Production & Safety Act of 2011, which would have opened up fields for access, improved safety and required bureaucrats to process permits efficiently. And he voted specifically against offshore drilling in Virginia – which his Democrat colleagues from that state supported.

Tester has repeatedly attempted to raise taxes on oil and gas producers – raising costs for energy companies, which would in turn be passed on to us in higher prices. The non-partisan Congressional Research Service found that Tester and the Democrats’ proposed energy tax hikes would “make oil and natural gas more expensive for U.S. consumers and likely increase foreign dependence.”

He supported cap-and-trade and the EPA’s efforts to regulate carbon dioxide, too – both of which would essentially shut down the Bakken fields before they get going, as it’s a more intensive process to drill.

I’m tired of paying more out of pocket. Thanks but no thanks, Senator.

Ken Keiper


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  1. JackO
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    JackO - October 10, 2012 5:34 pm
    If I fall off a cliff. my family gets 1 million. If I don't fall off a cliff they get nothing. Am I hurting them economically if I decide to NOT fall off the cliff? Should that question require a Yes or No answer? I trust Jon Tester. Really trust him. I don't trust Denny Rehberg.
  2. montanastrong
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    montanastrong - October 08, 2012 3:28 am
    Watching the news over the weekend about the ice caps melting much faster than predicted, I have to think it is fair to be asking the polluters to consider the damage caused by their products. Why aren't we questioning the massive amounts of money spent by oil and gas in ad media - making political ads seem dim in spending power. They are trying to blast us with opinions like Ken's. Thanks, Carl Rove.
  3. reality22
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    reality22 - October 06, 2012 2:39 pm
    If those voters are considering the rider for wolves they need to remember that Tester has yet to sign on to the bill that would remove the gray wolf from consideration under the ESA. When he attached the rider the state was about to revolt, the Governor was telling the ranchers to SSS and people were spitting made. The environmental obstructionist knew they were in trouble and tried to get their pet Judge molloy to go back on his 8/5 ruling. Testers rider was the best case scenario for all the bad publicity of the environmental wackos. He did it for them (environmental radicals) not the Montana or (especially) American public! Right now we have 9 law suits in the works for wolves! The rider he put in could have put the issue to rest & allowed states to manage their wildlife appropriately.

    Colorado - suing for wolves in the Small Rocky Mountain National Park.

    New Mexico - suing because allowing chronic depredating wolves to do their thing is more important than protecting private property & running ranchers off their private land is high priority.

    Oregon - sue so they don't have to follow the Oregon Wolf Management Plan for removing chronic depredating wolves.

    Wisconsin - suing to severely limit any kind of control sportsman have and will need to effectively control these vermin.

    Wyoming - suing because they need to sulk for they didn't get there way AND because the state has the correct management strategy that the local people want all while hoping to get activist Judge molloy to hear their case.

    Maine (New England) region - suing because the oversized coyotes they have aren't good enough to replace what sportsman are doing effectively.

    Minnesota - suing just for the fun of it - and because 3000 wolves isn't enough and killing 200 of the vermin yearly on the governments dime isn't enough!

    Idaho / Montana - suing because laws from congress aren't good enough and they think they have a ("separation of powers") leg to stand on.

    Alaska - suing because they want to know every wolf that is managed via "Aerial" management.

    I don't know how they stand on all the issues, But If wolves and abuse of the ESA are the issue your concerned about. Send Tester PACKING

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