We thought it was bad enough that Fidel Castro can drill for oil 45 miles off our shores when we can't, but now comes Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), to call attention to the fact that fierce US competitor China is partnering with Cuba to explore these same oil fields.
Lou Dobbs reported on this on Thursday, too -- as did Fox News -- but Lou's reporter Kitty Pilgrim got it a bit wrong saying, "But U.S. companies, because of the U.S. embargo of Cuba and hostile relations with Fidel Castro, are locked out of the game."
She is right that there is an embargo in effect with Cuba. But the big problem isn't that US companies can't tap Cuba's oil. The big problem is that we are not allowed -- by our own government -- to tap US oil! Eighty-five percent of this treasure trove of oil and gas (80 billion barrels of oil and 420 trillion cubic feet of gas) are subject to a federal embargo.
We have no one to blame but ourselves, the only country that limits access to its own natural resources.
Drop your elected representatives a note and ask them to 'splain why they won't open US resources to US companies.
Kitty Pilgrim just exposed her bias, trying to throw in a "defense of Castro" line with that one. They just can't make their liberal, left wing, castro-loving bias any more obvious, can they?
There is an interesting discussion going on at RedState.com as well--check it out.
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