Obama to expand off-shore oil drilling

posted at 11:36 am on March 31, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

If Barack Obama thought the Left was angry over his expansion of the war in Afghanistan, wait until he sees their reaction to his new energy policy.  The President has decided to expand America’s oil and gas drilling on the coastlines, with new leases for Virginia coming as soon as two years from now, according to the Washington Post.  That will be good news for American energy production, consumers, and for job seekers — which makes it bad news for Obama’s friends in the enviromental movement:

The Obama administration will approve significant oil and gas exploration off America’s coasts, including a possible sale two years from now of leases off Virginia’s coast, administration officials said Wednesday.

The move, which President Obama will announce Wednesday morning with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at Andrews Air Force Base, ends a long-standing moratorium on oil and gas drilling along much of the East Coast, from Delaware to central Florida.

The new strategy, an administration official said, calls for also developing oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, more than 125 miles from Florida’s coast; and in large areas in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas in the Arctic Ocean, north of Alaska, after the government conducts detailed studies. …

The administration’s decision to open up large swaths of the Outer Continental Shelf, even as it keeps some key preserves off-limits, is likely to anger environmentalists and several key lawmakers who had pressed Obama to keep the moratorium in place. But oil and gas companies are sure to welcome the proposal.

The timing seems a little odd, although certainly welcome.  Obama has a cap-and-trade proposal languishing in the Senate that would disincentivize precisely this kind of exploration and production.  Not only would that release more carbon, but the drilling and production would also push against the thrust of his global-warming policies.

Obama could see this concession to conservative and industry pressure as a means to have them relax their opposition to cap-and-trade.  However, that bill will have devastating effects on the energy sector, and trading off for domestic resources isn’t going to be a good deal for them in any case.  The effort to produce that raw material will cost billions, and if Obama and Congress impose a cap-and-trade system on energy production, it will be a money loser for them in the long run.  In fact, cap-and-trade is specifically designed to make carbon-based energy production a red-ink affair in order to force industry towards so-called “green” energy alternatives, even if those alternatives can’t possibly keep up with our energy needs.

A trade-off seems unlikely.  It seems much more likely that Obama has realized that without cheap and plentiful energy, the American economy is not going to get off the floor and start expanding.  That would explain his recent push for nuclear power stations, a welcome change in attitude, as well.  Freeing up the coastlines for oil and gas production will add close to a million jobs, most of them high-paying union positions, in the first couple of years of expansion, which will be appealing to an administration that has proven itself inept at job creation.

However, Obama will find himself the target of unbelievable ire from the enviro-Left after making this decision.  He just spoke at Copenhagen about the need to curtail this very kind of energy use, and now he’s not only backing oil drilling but ending decades of official federal hostility to off-shore drilling.  Expect the backlash to be severe, and expect that to play into the midterms as well.


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He’s a liar it will never happen…playing both sides of the issue, trying to appease conservatives and middle of the roads, but will also put more power into the EPA to regulate that restrictions will be so stringent that nothing will get drilled…except us at the pump.

bhawknine on March 31, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Via here:
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100331/D9EPI2PG0.html

Under Obama’s plan, drilling could take place 125 miles from Florida’s Gulf coastline if lawmakers allow the moratorium to expire. Drilling already takes place in western and central areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dear Liar: “Gosh, I wanted more exploration, but goldurnit, Congress just wouldn’t go along. I’m being a pragmatic centrist here, America.”

rbj on March 31, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Someone’s been looking at his own poll numbers.

But don’t worry, years and years of costly lawsuits will keep it from ever actually happening.

29Victor on March 31, 2010 at 12:28 PM

except us at the pump.

bhawknine on March 31, 2010 at 12:25 PM

How about your electric? Or your heat, with natural gas which include hydrates?

This goes BEYOND drilling. This has to do with mining and using coal. Drilling for oil, natural gas… and WATER.

Everyone forget that in quite a few areas in the country you will have to drill for a water well. Imagine this if you will. You decide to leave and move some where, in which you need a new well.. either because it doesn’t have a source of water or the old well is shot. Are you going to need a Federal Permit to drill a water well now?

Please think about it.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 12:29 PM

It’s either ammnesty (which I think is next) or something more sinister….

Miss you MAN!

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 12:23 PM

I’ll go with amnesty. Expect the news to actually report about the boarder this summer to drum up the fear machine, all the while Cap and Trade will fly under the radar. IMO

Ozprey on March 31, 2010 at 12:29 PM

A flip-flop or a flip-flop on the way?

JoeySlippers on March 31, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I am going to give him credit for a good beginning here until or if I find out otherwise.

jeanie on March 31, 2010 at 12:30 PM

It is a trap for sure, TheOne talks about preserving Bristol Bay Alaska which by the way is on his list of National Monuments, 50,000 acres in Alaska alone

AlaskaLady on March 31, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Repeating what I said in yesterday’s QOTD:

Drilling offshore? ObaMao is pulling a PR move to distract the populace from its unhappiness over creeping gasoline prices and disgust over O-care, outflank Palin (She is in his head.), and play Lucy football with Republicans to extort another concession, probably on “carbon emissions.” His EPA will thwart every move to go ahead with drilling plans, and he will come out smelling like a rose with an “I tried, but my hands were tied.

Energy production will be ObaMao’s next fascistic takeover. Mark my words.

onlineanalyst on March 31, 2010 at 12:37 AM

From the comments so far, you folks all have his number. O is gaming us in a very transparent way.

onlineanalyst on March 31, 2010 at 12:31 PM

I don’t know if anyone else has done this, but here is Boehner’s response:

Mirimichi on March 31, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Glad you pointed that out. I saw that earlier. ObaMao’s decision isn’t all that the press (Ed included) is making it out to be. Mostly smoke and mirrors.

mwdiver on March 31, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Ozprey on March 31, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I can see both. Like TJ and I who have friends in industry… if something comes along with Crap and Tax you know these guys are going to start screaming, they scream the employees scream.. the employees start screaming… other companies who help the Oil comps are going to start screaming. Crap and Tax may be more on the down low.

As for amnesty though…. who is going to notice it right away if under an assumed name?

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 12:32 PM

just how long do you think it will take for the first drop of oil to come from these new drilling sites? By the time the eco-friendlies, the lawsuits, the debates in Congress…..it will be the next decade before they even start!!

whatzit2u on March 31, 2010 at 12:33 PM

It is a trap for sure, TheOne talks about preserving Bristol Bay Alaska which by the way is on his list of National Monuments, 50,000 acres in Alaska alone

AlaskaLady on March 31, 2010 at 12:31 PM

If Point Hope has anything to do with it, it will always be shut down, whether other Native Co-Ops and Villages want it to or not.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 12:33 PM

I am going to give him credit for a good beginning here until or if I find out otherwise.

jeanie on March 31, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Just curious why? Because he’s been so honest till now? ;-)

Ozprey on March 31, 2010 at 12:33 PM

You don’t give a PROVEN LIAR the benefit of a doubt. Until he can once again prove he is trustworthy.

I haven’t seen that proof yet.

PappaMac on March 31, 2010 at 12:33 PM

It’s meaningless, actually. He knows that local environmental lawsuits will keep these leases from being used, perhaps *ever*, tying them up in courts for years/decades.

This is a throwaway, to give the appearance that he’s doing something, when in fact, he is not.

Midas on March 31, 2010 at 12:35 PM

upinak google obama land grab huffington post you will find the list of lands throughout the us to become monuments by executive order

AlaskaLady on March 31, 2010 at 12:36 PM

man Ed you don’t get it at times. this is payment to get GOP Sneators on board his cap and trad ebill. to give them a fig leaf to vote for cap and trade. then the taxes kick in on day one and due to court cases the rigs never get built.

unseen on March 31, 2010 at 12:37 PM

I can’t help but thonk that opening up exploration will be buried in a massive cap and trade bill which will render exploration useless.

Sorry, but after the stimulus and healthcare bills i’m a little skeptical of this President.

indy8 on March 31, 2010 at 12:38 PM

This is a throwaway, to give the appearance that he’s doing something, when in fact, he is not.

Midas on March 31, 2010 at 12:35 PM
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To get cap and trade passed. Period he needs the taxes of cap and trade to coninute his socialist agenda

unseen on March 31, 2010 at 12:38 PM

DON’T YOU BELIEVE IT!

This from a friend of mine who works in Congress:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jill Strait or Spencer Pederson
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 202-226-2311

As gas prices rise, President blocks energy production and job creation in vast majority of America’s offshore areas… See More
“Obama Moratorium” defies American people’s support for new offshore drilling… See More

Washington, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement that his Administration will delay a new offshore drilling plan until 2012 and include only a fraction of offshore land that was available under the 2010-2015 lease plan:

“With this announcement, the Obama Administration is attempting to pull the wool over our eyes. President Obama’s rhetoric conveys support for increasing American oil and natural gas production, while the reality is he’s proposing a plan that will close more areas to drilling than it opens and the few areas still available won’t be open for years.

“When the plan closes off more areas than it opens and could delay any new drilling until after President Obama’s term in office, this plan really deserves to be called the ‘Obama Moratorium.’

“President Obama’s plan is to make the American people wait longer and receive less – both for more American-made energy and new jobs. Hardly anyone would consider that a good deal – in fact, most would probably call it a clever trick.

“The moratoria on offshore drilling were lifted in 2008 and over 500 million acres became available for energy production and job creation. The Bush Administration’s 2010-2015 leasing plan would have resulted in new areas being opened this July, yet the ‘Obama Moratorium’ plan would close the vast majority of these 500 million new acres and allow only a tiny fraction to be open in the future.

“Along with delaying new energy production, the President is also delaying the creation of millions of new jobs that would revitalize our economy and generate billions of dollars in revenue to the federal government that would help reduce the record deficits run up in the past year. The costs are too high for this President to continue blocking valuable American energy production.

“It is my sincere hope that Congress will act, in a similar bipartisan fashion that we used to end the moratorium, and pass the Republican American Energy Act that will put a plan in place this year to truly open America’s Outer Continental Shelf to energy production and job creation.”
# # #

http://republicans.resourcescommittee.house.gov
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JRWARHAWK on March 31, 2010 at 12:39 PM

upinak google obama land grab huffington post you will find the list of lands throughout the us to become monuments by executive order

AlaskaLady on March 31, 2010 at 12:36 PM

I don’t go to huffington. I don’t deal with the insanity.

But you can go to the BLM website as well as the USGS and a few others under DOI and find them. I know all about them. Like the 10% flip flop on Alaska land going to the DOI for trading of North Slope land. Or how about the Cook Inlet area that belong to the Muni that will be taken over by the Feds due to the belugas.

And if you ask them why they are taking it. Environmental reasons is the only statement you will get.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I sincerely hope that we,who did not vote for this egomaniac,will see thru this charade of his.I read the headline and I immediately wanted to rip into someone this morning.

ohiobabe on March 31, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Mind you they will be left in the lurch in the oil sector as we still don’t have any new refineries going up to help get the refined petroleum products the economy needs…

ajacksonian on March 31, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Refinery capacity is not an issue, as can be seen here. With refineries running at around 80% of capacity, several of the financially weaker ones are shutting down.

GnuBreed on March 31, 2010 at 12:42 PM

bhawknine on March 31, 2010 at 12:25 PM

You said it. He’s full of baloney.

dogsoldier on March 31, 2010 at 12:43 PM

How will this be different than expanding oil exploration on land while perpetrating a gigantic land grab to stifle oil exploration?

Maybe this will be different than opening up nuclear energy and stopping the Yucca mountain storage facility.

Ummm no, I somehow doubt it.

Speakup on March 31, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Yeah… this ain’t going anywhere.
This is obviously a pretty controversial issue, especially with his crowd. To get this done, he’s going to have to fight.
Anyone here think he’s going to tie on the gloves and get into the ring against his own party now?
This is a “See what I did!” buffer against Cap N’ Trade. He knows with the regulation that will be piled on offshore drilling with that bill, offering it up now won’t be a problem. It’ll never get done anyway.

12thMonkey on March 31, 2010 at 12:45 PM

this “drill baby drill” is a tactic that he’s adopting similar to the “common sense” thing he’s been inserting into his speeches. It’s merely a ruse, meant to taint its use by those on the right. I doubt his motivations to pursue offshore drilling until they are followed by concrete results.

Talk’s cheap.

ted c on March 31, 2010 at 12:47 PM

I don’t go to huffington. I don’t deal with the insanity.

I go when I need a good laugh

AlaskaLady on March 31, 2010 at 12:49 PM

It’s a 3 Card Monte con-job, pure and simple.

He offers to “possibly” drill,

Republicans go for the bait, and vote for his Cap n’ Tax agenda,

Then, he laughs, and pulls the rug out from under them.

All promises come with an expiration date.

All you need to know about Two-bit Street Hustlers:

Fool me once, shame on you… Fool me twice, shame on me.

franksalterego on March 31, 2010 at 12:50 PM

“Millions of acres of oil deposits, mapped in the 1980s when then-Interior Secretary James Watt and Energy Secretary Donald Hodel pushed for California explorationlie a few miles from the forested North Coast and near the mouth of the Russian River, as well as off Malibu, Santa Monica and La Jolla in Southern California.” SFGate.com 12/29/08

New drilling off the coast of California is noticeably missing. For a sinking state, you would think the possibility of massive income from new oil production would be appealing to its citizens.But no, they believe things will magically improve continuing business as usual.
which has worked so well already. /

redslippers on March 31, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Seriously Ed needs to stop falling for this crap.

Check out Gateway Pundit to know the truth.

Heck even the former boss Michelle has info on this.

This site is definitely going soft.

MobileVideoEngineer on March 31, 2010 at 12:51 PM

President Obama clearly sees oil as one of the keys to solving America’s problems with terrorism. I believe the timing of this announcement has to do with his Middle East policy as well. Obama is trying to make nice with the Arab countries, thwarting Israel, and now pushing to give the US a backup fuel reserve through off-shore drilling. Might it also be beneficial to the economy? Perhaps, in his announcement, he’s talking to the Saudi’s who are pressuring him on Israel. Has this also got to do with Iran? It looks to me like he is covering all his bases and not dissimilar in style in the way he worked through health care. I may be wrong, but this is surely fuel upon which to think.

Halli Casser-Jayne
http://www.thecjpoliticalreport.com

The CJ Political Report on March 31, 2010 at 12:53 PM

AllahPundit, ever the optimist, trying to see the good in Barak Obama and his ideology. /lol

Skandia Recluse on March 31, 2010 at 12:57 PM

@JRWARHAWK on March 31, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Thanks for the link. I’ve sent it forward to everyone I e-mail.

redslippers on March 31, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Skandia Recluse on March 31, 2010 at 12:57 PM

I know you are being sarcastic. But Ed wrote this.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Skandia Recluse on March 31, 2010 at 12:57 PM

I know you are being sarcastic. But Ed wrote this.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 1:02 PM

ya…well….it still works.
It’s getting to the point where you just have to laugh.

Skandia Recluse on March 31, 2010 at 1:05 PM

It’s getting to the point where you just have to laugh.

Skandia Recluse on March 31, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Or pull your hair out.

I mentioned this last night in here. It is a red herring for something else. I am just sitting back and watching as I know it will come to the light soon enough.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Just heard a soundbite from C-BS Radio “News” with the head guy of Greenpeace. He was not a happy camper.

Del Dolemonte on March 31, 2010 at 1:09 PM

I suppose it is worth noting that the segment of drilling involved abuts states that in all likelihood, aren’t going to be key Democratic strongholds in 2010, but have a couple of states (Virginia, Florida), that Obama might want to get back into play in 2012. Better to do it now than when he personally is up for election, and you’ll note the new rule doesn’t extend to any drilling off the California coast, where you’ve got a state that can really use the $$$ but a larger environmental movement that could cause Golden State Democrats to lose both campaign donations and seats they consider safe this fall.

(And the obvious answer to see if Obama really believes in expanding energy exploration domestically or if this is simply a move of political expediency is to push further here and call for the president to allow ANWR exploration. It’s nowhere near a Blue State, but it’s become such a sacred cow for environmentalist it would be the first actual sign that Barack is willing to overtly tell any faction of his core supporters to pound sand on a new U.S. initiative, as opposed to angering them by not scuttling Bush policies like the War on Terror as fast as the left wants.)

jon1979 on March 31, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Refinery capacity is not an issue, as can be seen here. With refineries running at around 80% of capacity, several of the financially weaker ones are shutting down.

GnuBreed on March 31, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Actually, this is not on the whole correct. Refinery capacity in the US is an issue. As someone who used to deal with this issue on a daily basis, I can shed some light on this. Refinery capacity is usually lower in the spring, due to scheduled maintenance. Sping is when most of the refiners do their maintenance, in order to be able to produce more during the summer months. Percent of capacity in the spring being lower is not unusual, although it is lower now than usual, due to the economy. Refineries cannot run at full capacity, which is why you will never see it at 100%. There may be the rare times when you see capacity posted over 100%, but this is a ruse, as you can easily determine by the fact it is over 100%. Obvously impossible. Running at “full capacity” leads to problems, often-times only small disruptions, but occasionally explosions. Hot weather makes these more likely. Refiners just don’t run at full capacity. In these economic times, we are in better shape, but we also import gasoline and heating oil, not just crude oil. Our own refineries cannot produce as much as we need, even in times such as these. As a result, increasing reinfery capacity in the US would be extremely helpful.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.

Refinery capacity since 2000, on a month per month basis:

2000 85.7 86.4 89.7 92.6 94.7 96.2 96.8 95.8 94.2 92.2 92.6 93.9
2001 90.2 90.5 89.4 94.9 96.4 95.6 93.9 93.3 92.2 92.0 92.2 90.2
2002 87.7 86.6 87.9 93.0 91.5 93.1 93.5 92.9 90.4 87.5 92.6 91.1
2003 87.2 87.4 90.5 94.1 95.8 94.7 94.0 95.0 93.1 92.4 93.6 93.0
2004 89.1 88.8 88.5 92.5 95.6 97.5 96.8 97.1 90.1 90.2 94.4 95.0

2005 91.3 90.6 90.8 92.8 94.2 97.1 94.2 92.7 83.6 81.3 89.3 89.4
2006 87.0 86.5 85.8 88.0 91.2 93.0 92.5 93.2 93.0 87.9 88.0 90.6
2007 88.2 84.7 87.1 88.1 89.7 88.5 91.2 90.8 88.9 87.4 88.9 88.7
2008 85.8 85.0 83.2 86.2 88.8 89.5 88.8 87.1 74.6 85.3 85.8 83.9
2009 82.1 81.5 81.5 82.5 83.8 86.1 84.2 84.0 84.8 81.3 80.9 81.3

mwdiver on March 31, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Everyone.. do this.

Bing Salazar and when he banned drilling. You will be surprised.

That is one reason why industry people know this is BS.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 1:12 PM

ANWR! ANWR! ANWR!

KS Rex on March 31, 2010 at 1:13 PM

We still haven’t built refineries…

Tim Burton on March 31, 2010 at 1:13 PM

It seems much more likely that Obama has realized that without cheap and plentiful energy, the American economy is not going to get off the floor and start expanding.

Fascists are not above using capitalism to help pay for their national socialism.

MB4 on March 31, 2010 at 1:14 PM

We still haven’t built refineries…

Tim Burton on March 31, 2010 at 1:13 PM

They will be built. They’ll be built by the same magical elves building our new nuclear power plants right now.

darwin on March 31, 2010 at 1:17 PM

They will be built. They’ll be built by the same magical elves building our new nuclear power plants right now.

darwin on March 31, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Awesome! Can’t wait! Is there a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow too?

Tim Burton on March 31, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Control business

Control health care

Limit energy expansion and make existing energy costly, thereby having a “chilling effect” on business expansion

Alienate our allies

Encourage our enemies
What exactly, is Obama setting us up for?

darwin on March 31, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Sorry, but after the stimulus and healthcare bills i’m a little skeptical of this President.

indy8 on March 31, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Only a little?

angryed on March 31, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Obama is trying to catch a few Rays off his enemies.

First he tries to compare Obamacare to Romneycare (fines and jail versus loss of a tax credit)

Now he is trying to do a little Palin dance

Next thing you know, he will be pretending to be a Christian

entagor on March 31, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Sorry, ED. I think you’re way off on this one. He’s just looking for a token gesture to use as evidence of moderation on the issue. Before long, it will be full steam ahead on enviro-whacko-ism, and when he’s called on it, he’ll say, “But. But. I am for offshore drilling (as long as no one actually starts doing it). See there? I’m taking a moderate approach (to sucking the life out of the economy)!

stvnscott on March 31, 2010 at 1:35 PM

mwdiver on March 31, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Here is a recent article about refinery shutdowns. I recently read another article, which I cannot find, talking about refiners closing plants as they do not expect demand to ever recover sufficiently.

Looking at your data, it is clear that for the last two years refinery utilization rates have dropped substantially. If these guys could be making a buck with their plants, they would be doing it right now.

I’m sure that we are importing refined products, but I suspect it is more of an economic issue. For example, if operating a refinery in CA carries a heavy regulatory and labor burden, it may be cheaper to import refined products instead.

GnuBreed on March 31, 2010 at 1:43 PM

I don’t have time to go through all the posts to see if this was already posted or not but John Kerry’s office has admitted that this is what Obama has to do in order to get 60 votes for Cap and Trade.

Shiny_Tiara on March 31, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Obama is trying to catch a few Rays off his enemies.

First he tries to compare Obamacare to Romneycare (fines and jail versus loss of a tax credit)

Now he is trying to do a little Palin dance

Next thing you know, he will be pretending to be a Christian

entagor on March 31, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Why not, Obambi just finished pretending to be President Bush and made a surprise visit to Afghanistan…complete with wearing the leather jacket (only his didn’t fit as well as Bush’s…)

lovingmyUSA on March 31, 2010 at 1:50 PM

This is a good move for the American economy. The right needs to be smart about how this is criticised in the world of politics. Obama needs to be recognized for finally getting something right, but in the same breath, the public needs to be reminded that every promise by this POTUS comes with an expiration date.

lionheart on March 31, 2010 at 1:51 PM

I don’t have time to go through all the posts to see if this was already posted or not but John Kerry’s office has admitted that this is what Obama has to do in order to get 60 votes for Cap and Trade.

Shiny_Tiara on March 31, 2010 at 1:46 PM

They need this for 60? The Cap and Trade bill already passed the House and Lindsey Pelosi Grahamnesty has been talking up this crap for the last couple of months.

Who else could possibly be holding out?

MobileVideoEngineer on March 31, 2010 at 1:54 PM

GnuBreed on March 31, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Agreed. To ever be self-sufficient, or as close to it as possible, we need to get rid of all the red tape that is preventing us from doing so. And for the self-sufficiency to happen, we need more refineries in the US.

mwdiver on March 31, 2010 at 1:57 PM

mwdiver on March 31, 2010 at 1:57 PM

We need them to stop being taxed first, which in turns lowers the price for us as well.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 2:01 PM

What an incredibly lame attempt to “triangulate” by the Messiah.

olesparkie on March 31, 2010 at 2:02 PM

One of the few things he has done the I agree with. I hold my breath in hopes that it does happen. But, I give credit where it is due. This is a good move.

Just have to watch for the follow thru…..

EliTheBean on March 31, 2010 at 2:11 PM

They’ll be built by the same magical elves building our new nuclear power plants right now.

What, this better not cut into my cookie supply.

reaganaut on March 31, 2010 at 2:12 PM

The exploration plan, which Salazar called “a new direction” for energy policy, reflects the administration’s effort to drum up support for comprehensive energy and climate legislation by making concessions to those who want expanded domestic energy production. According to several sources, the administration is hoping to appeal to key senators such as Alaska’s Mark Begich (D) and Lisa Murkowski (R), as well as Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)…

From the article….we need to target these senators..

lovingmyUSA on March 31, 2010 at 2:12 PM

This will have the fastest expiry date of any of The One’s promises.

This is nothing but a bone to the right. A very old dirty one that has been already been chewed on for years and buried in the rose garden by Rex (Ronald Reagan dog) circa 1987

tjexcite on March 31, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Also from the article(emphasis mine):

But many Republicans criticized Obama’s initiative as a half-hearted measure. House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) called the move “a smokescreen,” adding that “only in Washington, D.C., can you ban more areas to oil and gas exploration than you open up, delay the date of your new leases and claim you’re going to increase production.”

lovingmyUSA on March 31, 2010 at 2:16 PM

What an incredibly lame attempt to “triangulate” by the Messiah.

Obama is simply trying to pull a Clinton “in name only” by appearing to go to the center “in words only”.

I guess he’s trying to trick the folks (and he will), but I still have some hope(tm) that 2010 will be like 1994. Obama won’t really go to the center though. I’m just waiting for the impending implosion when all of his lies and triple-talk comes to a head.

reaganaut on March 31, 2010 at 2:17 PM

From the article….we need to target these senators..

lovingmyUSA on March 31, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Loving.. Begich is a lost cause. Trust me. Murkowski (I called her this morning) and I warned her against this as the BLM may be pulling 2 leases right now in lew of what is going on with this smoke screen.

Landrieu.. well that is Mississippi’s problem.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Control of exploration and drilling is authorized by the commerce clause.

darwin on March 31, 2010 at 2:37 PM

I can see Obama giving these contracts to China to pay off our debt.

moonsbreath on March 31, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Has anyone checked on NYT’s Frank Rich?

TN Mom on March 31, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Obama is just so confusing. If I remember correctly Bush signed an order to drop that moratorium back in 2008, and then when Obama became president, he rescinded that order. Or so I though. I do remember Pelosi refusing to allow Congress to go along with Bush’s order. She said she just wanted to save the planet. So, will the Democrats in Congress go along with this order since it comes from another Democrat?

Wasn’t Obama on Pelosi’s side back then?

Terrye on March 31, 2010 at 3:21 PM

From MMs site this is what Mike Pence had to say about this.

“As usual the devil is in the details. Only in Washington, D.C., can you ban more areas to oil and gas exploration than you open up, delay the date of your new leases and claim you’re going to increase production.

“The President’s announcement today is a smokescreen. It will almost certainly delay any new offshore exploration until at least 2012 and include only a fraction of the offshore resources that the previous Administration included in its plan.

“Unfortunately, this is yet another feeble attempt to gain votes for the President’s national energy tax bill that is languishing in the Senate. At the end of the day this Administration’s energy plan is simple: increase the cost of energy on every family in America and trade American jobs oversees at a time when millions of Americans are looking for work.”

Vince on March 31, 2010 at 3:34 PM

This is a ruse to put through Cap and Tax. I was for offshore drilling until last week, when I read about the Bakken Field in N. Dakota. Supposedly has enough oil to suit our energy needs for something like two thousand years at current levels. Has two hundred times what Saudi Arabia had to start with. Estimates are that if we tapped into it, oil would be going for $16 a barrel and we would be EXPORTERS!!!!!

Of course if American energy companies can make profit, the pain at the pump would ease for Americans, Commie Obammie wants nothing to do with it to ruin his plans for the One World Government Brave New World. Can’t kill his commie plans ya know. He’s been plotting the downfall of America since he was knee-high to a grasshopper at Frank Davis’(Communist Mentor as a youth)feet. God Almighty, I’m living in a Twilight Zone episode. Hope it ends in November.

adamsmith on March 31, 2010 at 4:08 PM

There was a newscast just now talking about a DOI investigator office saying that before they drill for Oil in offshores (mostly Alaska) that there is STILL oil to be pulled out of remaining wells and pools before they should even concider drilling offshore.

Oooohhhh this is going to get interesting!

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 4:15 PM

I wrote here that it’s a sham. It isn’t Drill, Baby, Drill. It’s a Cap & Trade bait & switch.

LFRGary on March 31, 2010 at 4:15 PM

The Left won’t really complain because they know their Messiah is lying to the bitter clingers.

DANEgerus on March 31, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Give me a freaking break!
The dipstick who said $4.00 a gallon gasoline is not a problem now says offshore drilling is O.K?
Does anyone think he doesn’t have a plan to Nationalize the oil industry?
Anything Hugo can do,Bambi can do better.Bambi can do anything better than Hugo.

DDT on March 31, 2010 at 5:23 PM

As it stands now, the EPA must do everything it can to prevent this from happening. Unless Obama expressly directs the EPA to get out of the way, this is going nowhere. Until I see a directive or executive order to the EPA to let this go forward, it’s Admiral Akbar at Death Star #2.

Jason Coleman on March 31, 2010 at 6:36 PM

This thread deserves top billing. Thank goodness, not many Republican senators are taken in by this ruse. I hope that they can influence those on the Energy Committee (and hide Lindsey Graham somewhere during the vote.)

From “The Corner” (Costa):

Sen. Bob Bennett (R., Utah), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, tells National Review Online that President Obama’s proposal to open areas of the American coastline to oil and natural gas exploration is “more of this administration talking a good fight about moving toward domestic sources of energy.” Yet when “you get into the details,” he says, “they’re clearly moving as strongly as they can in the opposite direction.”

While the administration may act like it is moving to the political center on energy, Bennett says that “tucked away in the language of its policy are countless actions that make it all the more difficult” for exploration. “Just look at what’s happening in Utah,” he says. “I’m trying to push Secretary Salazar in our direction. He keeps telling us that the administration is interested in natural gas, yet there is always some regulatory or legal hang-up that’s cited to keep anything from moving forward. They’re not serious about this. They want to implement onerous regulations. Same goes for coastal exploration.”

Bennett adds that energy will be a key issue in many states come November, and that “the marketplace, the ability of companies to explore,” will be how success in this sector is measured by voters. “[President Obama] is not going to get away

(I accidentally cut off the remained of the remark.)

onlineanalyst on March 31, 2010 at 6:37 PM

There must be something wrong with it, if Obama supports it. The man’s main goal, after all, is to destroy America.

disa on March 31, 2010 at 8:58 PM

I think most people agree that this is a smokescreen and total BS. Here’s a question for the financial guru types who frequent Hot Air: In the short term, does a mostly empty gesture like this still have enough power or “authority” to depress the global price of oil enough to keep gas prices low enough (say, under $3.00 a gallon) through the rest of the year to maybe save a few Dem congressional seats in November?

I’m just looking for the motivation from a different angle.

Dukeboy01 on March 31, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Maybe it’s to defend himself from political attacks by Palin? Is there a technical term for “Fear of Sarahcudas?”

didymus on March 31, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Until that oil hits the gas pumps…..it’s a LIE!!!!!!!!!!

lilium on April 1, 2010 at 11:21 AM

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