Will the Judiciary Committee have the firepower to see this legislation through or will the oil patch and their "K" Street lobbyists and the White House kill it?
Compared to the suave, hypocritical double-talk we hear from our "friends" in Saudi Arabia, Chavez's billingsgate is oddly refreshing.
There's a compelling case to be made for drilling in our coastal waters. But it needs be developed in a manner where the nation's interests stand front and center.
Shareholders of Exxon Mobil need to speak up about unjustly high executive salaries (as in ex CEO Lee Raymond's near $400 million retirement package)....
What strikes me as perhaps most significant to Korea's world-beating success is the fact that there are no easy riches here.
Most people have been bamboozled by the oil industry led by its flacks, by compliant analysts, by peak oil spinmeisters, a snoozing press, and the heavy artillery brought to bear by OPEC.
The city is swathed in an amber mist, the smog of unfettered and incautious economic development unchecked by environmental standards or until recently, concerns.