Democrats love free trade (of oil)

May 29, 2008


The free trade agreement with Colombia is a no go with Democrats but when oil is involved, goddamnit, we need more free trade. From the House NOPEC Bill (sadly supported by many Republicans):

It shall be illegal and a violation of this Act for any foreign state, or any instrumentality or agent of any foreign state, to act collectively or in combination with any other foreign state, any instrumentality or agent of any other foreign state, or any other person, whether by cartel or any other association or form of cooperation or joint action–

`(1) to limit the production or distribution of oil, natural gas, or any other petroleum product;

`(2) to set or maintain the price of oil, natural gas, or any petroleum product; or

`(3) to otherwise take any action in restraint of trade for oil, natural gas, or any petroleum product

(emphasis added)

Agricultural price supports restrain trade. Import tariffs on steel restrain trade. But don’t fucking mess with our (their) oil.

I like Mark Steyn’s take on this nonsense:

The NOPEC bill is, in effect, a suit against OPEC, which, if I recall correctly, stands for the Oil Price-Exploiting Club. “No War For Oil!,” as the bumper stickers say. But a massive suit for oil – now that’s the American way.

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One Response to “Democrats love free trade (of oil)”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    Yeah, Baby! Send in the lawyers!


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