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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Why is Clinton promoting abortion in Canada?

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ninjapirate on March 31, 2010 at 11:39 AM

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ninjapirate on March 31, 2010 at 11:40 AM

IT’S A TRAP.

ParisParamus on March 31, 2010 at 11:40 AM

don’t you think that maybe just maybe the President already knows that any real expansion will be tied up in the courts for years by the envirostatists? In the courts which are likely to side with those environuts. So in the end this gesture gets people like McCain and Snowe and Collins on board for a bi-partisan energy rollercoaster of fun…and in the end the courts kill it.

arbin82 on March 31, 2010 at 11:40 AM

The questions is “why?”

drjohn on March 31, 2010 at 11:40 AM

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.

I really, really doubt that… this move on off-shore oil drilling is just a PR stunt…

ninjapirate on March 31, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Good.

D2Boston on March 31, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Google Destin Dome.

Texaco found millions of cubic feet of Natural Gas about 25 miles offshore, then Carter refused to let them develope the field.

barnone on March 31, 2010 at 11:41 AM

On the news this morning they were saying that he made this announcement today because tomorrow the EPA will announce new carbon emissions restrictions.

sammypants on March 31, 2010 at 11:41 AM

LOL … We need to stop the Democrat’s lies about energy independence.

tarpon on March 31, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Correction: Obama to expand offshore exploration.

Daggett on March 31, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Drill Baby Drill!

However, if this is a stand alone bill I will be greatly surprised.

jpmn on March 31, 2010 at 11:42 AM

The only winners in this decision are lawyers.

Let the law suits begin!!

rickyricardo on March 31, 2010 at 11:42 AM

http://twitter.com/markknoller/status/11372410049

Obama ends remarks calling for bipartisan cooperation on a comprehensive energy/climate bill to create jobs & protect the planet.

This is a PR stunt… and a bad one at that…

ninjapirate on March 31, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Someone needs to ask McCain what he thinks of this. Pull the mask off, so to speak.

huckleberryfriend on March 31, 2010 at 11:43 AM

The timing seems a little odd, although certainly welcome.

No it’s not… gas is starting to creep up, and was expected to crest $3 possibly $4 over the summer. That would spell bad news for the election cycle.

All this is, and it’s insultingly small areas opened, is early campaigning.

Enoxo on March 31, 2010 at 11:43 AM

What’s the fine print associated with this promise? I don’t think we should take this at face value at all. The promise was to not drill, now it’s expansive drilling…. So, which is it? Obviously, the first promise expired at some point, when will this one expire? What other turd burger is attached to this and is this merely a move to salve the pain of last week’s healthcare debacle and a full court effort to turn the page on that by simply issuing another promise akin to closing Gitmo in a year? Color me skeptical.

ted c on March 31, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Dunno all the ins & outs of the process, but these lines are… interesting.

The strategy that Obama and Salazar announced will guide both the current 2007-2012 offshore oil and gas leasing program authored by George W. Bush’s administration, as well as the new 2012-2017 program that will be crafted by the current administration.

If there is enough interest from industry and if the government determines that offshore drilling does not harm the environment or interfere with military activities, the Interior Department intends to hold a 2012 lease sale for exploration 50 miles off the coast of Virginia, as well as a similar one for Alaska’s Cook Inlet.

An attempt to defuse a “drill here, drill now” argument by Palin leading up to the election, by allowing Obama to say “we are moving forward with exploration?”

cs89 on March 31, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Expiration dates!

I still don’t buy it. Dear Liar is making a promise with one hand, but what is he going to take away with the other.

rbj on March 31, 2010 at 11:44 AM

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.

How naive you are. Obama is trying to crash the economy, not trying to grow it.

Daggett on March 31, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Actually Chukci and Beufort are still off limits. Those areas have more oil than the entire middle east

ConservativePartyNow on March 31, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Somebody noticed how his numbers are tanking…

MadisonConservative on March 31, 2010 at 11:45 AM

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

http://twitter.com/markknoller/status/11372410049

Obama ends remarks calling for bipartisan cooperation on a comprehensive energy/climate bill to create jobs & protect the planet.

This is a PR stunt… and a bad one at that…

ninjapirate on March 31, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Thread winner.

tetriskid on March 31, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Do we know how far off the coast he is talking about drilling? If it is 100 or 200 miles of the coast, it is essentially meaningless.

Conservative in NOVA on March 31, 2010 at 11:46 AM

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

Ed,
You really need to stop taking those “it’s politics as usual pills”. After all you have seen and learned about this man you still.. STILL believe he is working towards finding ways to expanding this economy?

It’s an election year. It’s Iran. It’s Lucy and the football with the Republicans. It’s a lot of things Ed.
But it’s nowhere close to your unicorns and skittles analysis.

*slaps head in complete and utter disbelief*

katy on March 31, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Obamao to take over the Oil Industry in 3…2…1…

jbtripp on March 31, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Where will the new refineries be built?

Does anyone think we will see oil from offshore drilling in our lifetime?

d1carter on March 31, 2010 at 11:46 AM

I put this in the category of “Um, yeah, I’m gonna quit after I finish off this pack of smokes”.

I’ll believe it when it actually happens.

forest on March 31, 2010 at 11:46 AM

The only place in AK where he said it was ok is where they have been drilling for years

ConservativePartyNow on March 31, 2010 at 11:47 AM

don’t you think that maybe just maybe the President already knows that any real expansion will be tied up in the courts for years by the envirostatists?

I have to agree. I think this is a method to try to permanently shut it down while allowing Bambi to say he tried to do something.

drjohn on March 31, 2010 at 11:47 AM

I’ll file this in the same folder that I file Obama’s pledge to rein in the deficit.

PackerBronco on March 31, 2010 at 11:47 AM

TRIANGULATION, PEOPLE! He also visited the troops in Afghanistan.

He’s moving to the center to soften us up before November.

fossten on March 31, 2010 at 11:47 AM

This is only to get his “energy” bill thru the senate. Any actual drilling attempts will be held off indefinitely by environmentalists.

Oleta on March 31, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Sure now he’s for it, because his cronies, Soros etc, can now profit, not his oppositions interests. Remember that Brazilian deal?

Ozprey on March 31, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Meh. This is like him embracing the GOP idea of tort reform in the health deform bill.

The problem is that he has poisoned the goodwill of Americans to the point of cynicism. Everyone believes knows it is either a sleight of hand or something that is done only because it benefits him. He’s already shown his hand and it isn’t about US, it is all about HIM.

PrincipledPilgrim on March 31, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Correction: Obama to expand offshore exploration.

Exactly. He’s not increasing DRILLING. Notice he’s not drilling in places in the gulf where there are KNOWN oil reserves, or in ANWR.

This is a preemptive bribe for weak GOPers in Congress for the coming push for Cap-n-Tax.

He has no intention of spitting in the face of his enviro-whackjob base. This will be tied up in courts for years, will be fought by the EPA, etc.

DO NOT FALL FOR THIS.

Good Lt on March 31, 2010 at 11:50 AM

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.

Or, it could be he knows that if cap’n trade passes before two years, they won’t exercise the option to buy but he can say he tried. Then it’s big bad oil that’s the problem.

Big John on March 31, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Actually Chukci and Beufort are still off limits. Those areas have more oil than the entire middle east

He will allow drilling anywhere except for where the oil is.

That’s about right.

drjohn on March 31, 2010 at 11:50 AM

ninjapirate on March 31, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Considering how much trouble the whole AGW thing has been, this may be a way to help put cap-and-tax to bed. That is, until the next GOP President comes along, and the nutroots need the AGW issue again…

BradSchwartze on March 31, 2010 at 11:50 AM

It’s bogus, he is not really going to do this. He will approve it only on certain waterways for now, to get Senators to sign on for his cap and tax that are currently against it. The time interval to begin the drilling is more than 5 years from now. At some point in the future, he will rescind the order because of environmental concerns. The end result is that it is a snipe hunt. He will giveth and he will taketh away.

paulsur on March 31, 2010 at 11:50 AM

TRIANGULATION, PEOPLE! He also visited the troops in Afghanistan.

He’s moving to the center to soften us up before November.

fossten on March 31, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Desperation.

PrincipledPilgrim on March 31, 2010 at 11:51 AM

*slaps head in complete and utter disbelief*

katy on March 31, 2010 at 11:46 AM

You and me both.

Daggett on March 31, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Meh. This is like him embracing the GOP idea of tort reform in the health deform bill.

Exactly, you see… he embraced tort reform by offering up $50mil for a study on tort reform…

I’m disappointed that Ed isn’t able to see Obama’s M.O. here…

ninjapirate on March 31, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Here conservatives, have a cookie. Now leave me alone on healthcare.

faol on March 31, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Has the EPA stopped trying to kill coal?

If not, then more oil and gas are necessary as they go after big, bad, evil coal producers in some of the poorest parts of the Nation.

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… probably end up shipping the stuff overseas to be refined and then buy it back at a premium. Just like Iran. Who said he wasn’t learning anything from observing Iran?

ajacksonian on March 31, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Desperation.

PrincipledPilgrim on March 31, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Way too little, way too late.

VegasRick on March 31, 2010 at 11:53 AM

This is as cynical a move as Putin would make.

bloviator on March 31, 2010 at 11:53 AM

APRIL FOOL!!!

DrAllecon on March 31, 2010 at 11:53 AM

fossten on March 31, 2010 at 11:47 AM

How many jobs can this economy create in order for that “softening up” to be a success? If the ADP report is any indication, don’t bet on too many jobs being created.

Which means, Ogabe will still have to deal with poor polls on Nov. 2.

BradSchwartze on March 31, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Pyrrhic victory, plain and simple.

allanbourdius on March 31, 2010 at 11:54 AM

An attempt to defuse a “drill here, drill now” argument by Palin leading up to the election, by allowing Obama to say “we are moving forward with exploration?”

cs89 on March 31, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Here is the answer right here. Also, he is opening up a very small area. So, he’s not really doing anything except just stirring things up.

Mirimichi on March 31, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Does anyone think we will see oil from offshore drilling in our lifetime?

d1carter on March 31, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Certainly not under this President.

PappaMac on March 31, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Sure now he’s for it, because his cronies, Soros etc, can now profit, not his oppositions interests. Remember that Brazilian deal?

Ozprey on March 31, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Last year, a mere three days after Obama’s puppet master, and self proclaimed “owner of the democrat party,” George Soros, bought controlling interest in Brazilian oil giant, Petrobas, our President loaned Brazil $10 BILLION American tax payer dollars. Chicago thug politics at it’s finest.

Here’s a recent mention:
http://www.thecypresstimes.com/article/Columnists/A_Time_For_Choosing/SARAH_PALIN_OBAMA_HAS_SNOOKERED_YOU_AGAIN_AMERICA/28524

Ozprey on March 31, 2010 at 11:55 AM

This is most certainly a ruse on Obama’s part. However, the eco-terrorist will be livid, which makes it at least enjoyable.

Jim-Rose on March 31, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I don’t know what he’s actually doing, but I support nuclear power and I support drilling for our own natural resources. If it really happens then he will deserve credit. If he only gets this right, it’s something he gets right.

As much as I disagree with Obama, I don’t want to be like the Bush-eats-babies people foaming at the mouth with hatred at the mere mention of his name. If conservatives want to seem level headed we have to give credit where it is due. Whether it’s due yet remains to be seen, but I like the proposal.

deewhybee on March 31, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Expiration dates!

I still don’t buy it. Dear Liar is making a promise with one hand, but what is he going to take away with the other.

rbj on March 31, 2010 at 11:44 AM

I’m not sure what to think of this. Is this an Executive decision to open new offshore areas for drilling leases, or does it need Congressional approval?

If this is a purely Executive decision, which does not need Congressional approval, then drilling companies can start bidding for leases, and this is bound to create some jobs in the oil-prospecting and drilling industry in the short term (yay!), even though we probably won’t get new oil for several years, until the oil is found, full-scale drilling rigs are built, and the oil is pumped.

If Obama wants to subject this to Congressional approval, the Dem Congress might want to lump oil-drilling enticements into a Cap-and-Trade bill on carbon dioxide, using the drilling as an incentive to get Republican votes, which Republicans should refuse.

Drill, Baby, Drill, but let’s be careful…what’s the catch?

Steve Z on March 31, 2010 at 12:01 PM

How to push Crap and Trade? Tell the rubes you’re willing to drill. What. A. Tool.

Key West Reader on March 31, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Rule #290

Don’t listen to what Obama SAYS, but what he DOES.

portlandon on March 31, 2010 at 12:01 PM

This ‘statement’ will be shown to be expire in nano-seconds

Let’s see…
Advocate of drilling in a few small patches to gain political capital.
Put restrictions, like no pumping except on days not ending in the letter Y.
Do nothing about various agencies like EPA from slowing/litigating approval process.

Let’s not forget that the one bill Obama did introduce as a Senator, the ‘Oil SENSE Act’ :

would repeal the 2005 Energy Policy Act’s authorization of these inventories. S.115 would leave decision makers with Carter Administration maps drawn with pre-PC technology. This is like engineering a Space Shuttle mission with slide rules.

Obama’s bill would prohibit expanded use of 3-D seismic techniques that locate and measure underwater oil deposits. In October 1999, President Clinton’s Energy Department evaluated the environmental quality of 1970s’ 2-D equipment against last decade’s 3-D technology. With the latter, Energy concluded, “Overall impacts of exploration and production are reduced because fewer wells are required to develop the same amount of reserves.” In 1970, 17 percent of offshore wells struck oil. By 1997, that figure was 48 percent.

phreshone on March 31, 2010 at 12:01 PM

This “possible,new strategy ” that wont see a drill rig in 2 years, if EVER is simply hot air from a President that loves to hear himself. The only people that will see any work from this are lawyers and of course the requisit “regulators”.
Not to mention, the only people that seem to need exploratory drills are the Obamaites , who cant believe theres really oil there. Funny, a couple weeks ago the TRILLION dollar President held an off-shore lease auction off Alaska and got no bids. Maybe his buds in Venezula , Cuba or China will drill for Barry…….no Americans will do squat for him.

Rick554 on March 31, 2010 at 12:02 PM

I am waiting to see what this is actually doing….

jeffn21 on March 31, 2010 at 12:02 PM

This is the new Stupid Stupak Executive Order on limiting abortion funding.

drjohn on March 31, 2010 at 12:03 PM

This will actually never happen, but I think it is still a movement in the right direction. It’s a very small concession, considering how much Bush was willing to open up for drilling. As others have mentioned, this will be tied up in court and will never see the light of day. Still, the fact that numerous libs will get their panties in a twist over this is always a good thing.

WarEagle01 on March 31, 2010 at 12:03 PM

This is more smoke and mirrors, since the courts can be expected to stop any drilling. That lets Obow off the hook when nothing happens from this phony ‘offer’, as I imagine he intends in the first place.

Call me an empiricist, but I need to see the oil.

Liam on March 31, 2010 at 12:03 PM

color me skeptical…it sounds like a great idea (about darn time)…however, dear leader is a little weasley imho

cmsinaz on March 31, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Some key lines you missed from the article.

If there is enough interest from industry and if the government determines that offshore drilling does not harm the environment or interfere with military activities, the Interior Department intends to hold a 2012 lease sale for exploration 50 miles off the coast of Virginia, as well as a similar one for Alaska’s Cook Inlet.

and

Bush lifted the presidential ban in 2008, and Congress declined to impose its ban yet again through the annual spending process.

You think Queen Pelosi is going to keep letting the ban expire in congress?

So what does this really mean? There is the link with the make at the article that shows the tiny area he is willing to open.

http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2010/03/16/GR2010031604447.gif

This that is really going to do anything?

JeffinSac on March 31, 2010 at 12:05 PM

IT’S A TRAP.

ParisParamus on March 31, 2010 at 11:40 AM

That was my first impression, too. Hold the lease sales, and as soon as the checks clear, Moratorium Time!

Lucy always pulls the football away before poor Charlie Brown can kick it. It’s her nature.

iurockhead on March 31, 2010 at 12:05 PM

most of them high-paying union positions, in the first couple of years of expansion,

This is a red herring IMHO.

But Ed, you say this is going to be huge for Unions. I don’t know any Oil or Gas Comps that LIKE to use Unions unless it is building camps and that is only if they can’t find private contracts.

Also, this may be a quagmire as I heard that they may be pulling other leases to “make nicey” with the enviro-nuts AND if they do open leases, it will be at least a 3 year study probably before drilling ever begins. Minimum.

I smell something else in the wind.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Forgot to mention with that highlighted first section, you think the Obama run EPA is going to find there is no environmental harm and allow it to go forward?

JeffinSac on March 31, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Considering how much trouble the whole AGW thing has been, this may be a way to help put cap-and-tax to bed. That is, until the next GOP President comes along, and the nutroots need the AGW issue again…

BradSchwartze on March 31, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Sens. Graham and Kerry are currently working on a “climate change” bill and Obama wants this to help gain republican votes to pass it. Even if we do eventually succeed in drilling the small positive will be grossly outweighed with the devasting impact of “climate change” law.

darwin on March 31, 2010 at 12:08 PM

ANYTHING to get the topic off the destruction og the Amrican Health Care system as we know it.

michaelo on March 31, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Whenever you think Obooba has done something smart or helpful, think again.

Akzed on March 31, 2010 at 12:08 PM

I agree with what Stuart Varney said this morning on FOX News. This is a diversion. He is making this announcement now to steal the headlines for the next few days, so he can “sneak through” his new EPA regulations on CO2 this week.

Cap and Trade is next.

UltimateBob on March 31, 2010 at 12:10 PM

ConservativePartyNow on March 31, 2010 at 11:44 AM

*Hugs*

But it is Chukchi and Beaufort.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 12:10 PM

1. All Obama promises come with expiration dates. 2. I will believe we are drilling for oil/gas, when we are actually drilling and the oil/gas is flowing out of the ground. 3. I will believe the nuclear energy promise when the DOE grants the permits necessary and the plants are on line. Otherwise, I will continue my efforts to extrude as much carbon as possible into the atmosphere, and I will not purchase a singe \”carbon credit\”

kringeesmom on March 31, 2010 at 12:10 PM

The Republican response in unison to this move by Obama should be…

Don’t believe it unless you see it

ninjapirate on March 31, 2010 at 12:11 PM

UltimateBob on March 31, 2010 at 12:10 PM

I hope you have trees. Cause it is looking to be cold and dreary in the coming future.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Don’t believe it unless you see it… and you probably won’t…

ninjapirate on March 31, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Sit little GOP doggie.

Here’s a bone.

uknowmorethanme on March 31, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Head fake.

fogw on March 31, 2010 at 12:14 PM

This is the same thing as his Nuclear plant announcement earlier this year. He’ll allow the permit process to start for a couple of nuclear plants. Of course, it’s not an appoval of the nuclear plants or even a fast track for the approval of a nuclear plants. But in return he wants Cap and Tax. He’ll cry to the camera’s and any reporter who will listen and not ask questions (thats about 99% of them) that he’s reaching out to Republicans but their being ubstructionists.

These nuclear plants will never get built and oil will never be retrieved from the east cost under Obama’s or a Democratically controlled Congress. As has been noted, they are moving in the opposite direction by pulling leases and buying land so it can’t be drilled on.

I trully sickens me.

WisRich on March 31, 2010 at 12:15 PM

The questions is “why?”

drjohn on March 31, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Why now?

That is the real question, as in his surprise trip to a combat zone or this. If the jug-eared dictator thinks that this will assuage public anger over healthcare then he is as stupid as he looks.

highhopes on March 31, 2010 at 12:15 PM

I hope you have trees. Cause it is looking to be cold and dreary in the coming future.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Heh. I do, and about 1/3 acre of lawn. Will that help?

I better hide my pets when the EPA comes to my house to audit me for CO2 emissions.

UltimateBob on March 31, 2010 at 12:16 PM

“truly”

WisRich on March 31, 2010 at 12:17 PM

“A tradeoff seems unlikely.”

Sure about that? Seems like me that he’s just laying the groundwork to flip some of the squishy Repubs to a yes on cap-and-trade. Lindsay Graham, your phone is ringing!

Vyce on March 31, 2010 at 12:17 PM

I’ll believe it when I see that first barrel being pumped, not before.
He got a good reaction in the SOTU when he said more nuke plants, then killed it when he tied it to cap and tax. I’m sure this is the same bait and switch.
I’m not buying any of it.

JusDreamin on March 31, 2010 at 12:18 PM

“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.”

–Mike Pence

RushBaby on March 31, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Get back to us when they actually issue permits to drill.

Until then, I think it’s just a ruse.

jeanneb on March 31, 2010 at 12:20 PM

President Bullsh**

ORconservative on March 31, 2010 at 12:20 PM

I smell something else in the wind.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 12:06 PM

This is all Cap n’ Trade BS, upinak, of course.
Where’s ANWR, Utah, the Rockies and pretty much anywhere with billions of barrels of actual oil that can be drilled within our lifetimes?
Up in ND, they’re talking about an upcoming Obama EO declaring CO2 to be a pollutant.
My industry friends are all laughing about this transparent scam of Obama’s. It’s really pretty pathetic.
That doesn’t mean that an idiot like Lindsey Graham can’t be fooled. He likes bright shiny things…

TexasJew on March 31, 2010 at 12:20 PM

From the AP: “‘We’re announcing the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration but in ways that balance the need to harness domestic energy resources and the need to protect America’s natural resources,’ Obama said, standing in front of a Navy F-18 fighter scheduled to fly on Earth Day with a half-biomass fuel mix.”

Maybe this is Obama’s way to convince the Left,
“See, we’re blowing the enemy away…and saving the planet at the same time!”

Obama: so “green” in soooooo many ways…

Lockstein13 on March 31, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Heh. I do, and about 1/3 acre of lawn. Will that help?

I better hide my pets when the EPA comes to my house to audit me for CO2 emissions.

UltimateBob on March 31, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Carbon Offsets.

upinak on March 31, 2010 at 12:22 PM

I hope Grahm, McCain, Snow, and Collins are listening to Pence.

WisRich on March 31, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Dunno all the ins & outs of the process, but these lines are… interesting.

The strategy that Obama and Salazar announced will guide both the current 2007-2012 offshore oil and gas leasing program authored by George W. Bush’s administration, as well as the new 2012-2017 program that will be crafted by the current administration.

If there is enough interest from industry and if the government determines that offshore drilling does not harm the environment or interfere with military activities, the Interior Department intends to hold a 2012 lease sale for exploration 50 miles off the coast of Virginia, as well as a similar one for Alaska’s Cook Inlet.
An attempt to defuse a “drill here, drill now” argument by Palin leading up to the election, by allowing Obama to say “we are moving forward with exploration?”

cs89 on March 31, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Great catch. It’s a case of, “I’ll gladly let you drill Tuesday for a Cap-and-Tax today.”

Given Teh Won’s penchant for expiring statements, those 2012 auctions won’t happen.

steveegg on March 31, 2010 at 12:23 PM

TexasJew on March 31, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Well TJ as you know, like I know, like you know like WE know… this is such a red herring that is is only brought up to hide something else.

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

It’s bogus, he is not really going to do this. He will approve it only on certain waterways for now, to get Senators to sign on for his cap and tax that are currently against it. The time interval to begin the drilling is more than 5 years from now. At some point in the future, he will rescind the order because of environmental concerns. The end result is that it is a snipe hunt. He will giveth and he will taketh away.

paulsur on March 31,

The LA Times article this morning stated that all of these proposals are incumbent on passing enviromental tests, military ok’s, ad naseum. I don’t ever see this happening. He won’t even have to recind. He’ll just say, “The drilling cannot proceed, other agencies are not approving. SORRRRY!”

conservative educator on March 31, 2010 at 12:25 PM

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