PI Original Adam Doster Tuesday September 23rd, 2008, 10:28am

Roskam Continues To Peddle Offshore Drilling Lie

While touting his and Rep. John Shimkus' Energy VISION Act amid the first wave of the Republicans' "Drill Baby Drill" hysteria in July, GOP Rep. Peter Roskam grossly misrepresented how much oil was available on the Outer Continental Shelf, as we documented at the ...

While touting his and Rep. John Shimkus' Energy VISION Act amid the first wave of the Republicans' "Drill Baby Drill" hysteria in July, GOP Rep. Peter Roskam grossly misrepresented how much oil was available on the Outer Continental Shelf, as we documented at the time:

[Roskam and Shimkus'] press release states that extending offshore drilling to the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) would replace 2.4 million barrels per day that we currently import. Their source for this projection is the U.S Energy Information Agency (EIA), which recently released a report examining how drilling in the OCS would affect production.

But curiously, the EIA estimated that opening up the OCS would only increase production by about 200,000 barrels a day and "would not have a significant impact on domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices before 2030."

There's a big difference between 2.4 million and 200,000. So where did the GOP congressmen get the larger number? It appears that they took the total amount of offshore production once the OCS is opened up -- including the 2.2 million barrels a day already being extracted by offshore rigs here in the U.S.

Fast forward two months and Roskam appears to be peddling the same faulty math. This time, it's in an email to supporters (emphasis added):

Drilling for American oil is just the first step. The outer continental shelf has enough oil and gas to get us off foreign oil while we pursue cleaner, sustainable technologies.

Again, drilling offshore will not provide a short-term respite to oil prices, let alone replace 2.4 million of the nine million barrels of oil imported by the U.S. every day.  If Roskam is going to keep exaggerating in this fashion, it'd be nice to see a reporter press him on the details.

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