Obama cancels off-shore drilling lease sales

posted at 11:36 am on May 27, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Come on, now, admit it.  We knew this day would come when the national media latched onto the Gulf spill story and wouldn’t let it go, didn’t we?  Of course we did:

An Obama administration official says that President Obama has canceled the August offshore drilling lease sale in the Western Gulf and the lease sale off the coast of Virginia.

The announcement comes as the president and his administration face increased criticism for the failure of BP and the government to plug the leak and further contain the significant ecological damage to the region, and as he prepares to travel to the Gulf for a second time tomorrow.

“The president’s eyes have been opened” as to the risks of offshore drilling, a senior White House official tells ABC News, in terms of the inability of the Minerals Management Service to reliably regulate the industry, and the inaccuracy of claims by the oil industry that companies are able to stop catastrophes like these from happening, and in the event that they do happen that the industry can contain the damage.

All of those assumptions have been proven false, the senior White House official told ABC News. So for now projects are being canceled or delayed.

After sixteen months in office, and after going out on a big limb in relation to his environmental Left, Obama has only just noticed the problem at MMS?  One might think that a competent executive would have reviewed the infrastructure for regulation on drilling, which has always been a risky but necessary activity for a nation as dependent on energy as the US.  After all, in announcing the expansion of off-shore drilling less than two months ago, Obama certainly knew the political risks, which directly related to the perceived environmental risks.

Is the White House now admitting that no one undertook a review of these risks and the manner in which the federal government could minimize them before announcing the expansion?  Did Ken Salazar even get asked about it, or did Obama make a purely political decision off the cuff?  If the White House did investigate it, what did Obama get told by Salazar, and what did Salazar do to conduct a rational evaluation of MMS and risks associated with deep-water drilling?  From here, it looks as though no one at the White House even bothered to check into MMS and its response plans until the national media began reporting on all of its failures.

If Obama hopes to get off the hook by canceling his eight-week-old drilling initiative, then he’s very much mistaken.  The Left may feel temporarily vindicated by this decision, but the White House management of the oil-drilling issue has been incompetent since Day 1.  It looks like more than just British Petroleum and Transocean are out of their depth.


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Pretty clear this is what Obama wanted all along. Not surprising at all.

jwolf on May 27, 2010 at 11:38 AM

WSJ says he has put a moratorium on ALL ARCTIC Drilling as well.

ginaswo on May 27, 2010 at 11:40 AM

No problem, I heard he’s gonna’ fill my tank from his stash.

Way to weaken Americas position in the world Mr. President, you are a regular Albert Einstien, brilliant move.

JusDreamin on May 27, 2010 at 11:41 AM

B. Hussein Obama, murdering America faster than any foreign nation.

Good job democrats!

Inanemergencydial on May 27, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I wonder how many union jobs Toonces just disposed of?

Jimmy Carter…miss him yet?

MNHawk on May 27, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Hey this will only help the Repubs in November. Gas prices are only going to go up as a result of this stupid decision.

Johnnyreb on May 27, 2010 at 11:42 AM

I knew this was a ploy from the beginning and he would find a way to weasel out of it. I just didn’t expect it to happen quite like this.

So I wonder if oil prices will rise more than normal this summer due to speculation or actual shortages in supply? Zero couldn’t hope for a better outcome from a purely ideological point of view, but it sure will be hard on Dems in Nov if it does happen.

stvnscott on May 27, 2010 at 11:42 AM

So……where are the nutjobs who will say that the Obama Admin released the odd (odd for libs) recommendation to increase offshore drilling and then there’s this unexplained explosion that ruins the Gulf Coast which causes them to stop ALL drilling….hmmmmm…..can you say “drilling truther”

jawbone on May 27, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Right, champ, because shipping oil in tankers is sooo much safer.

Most Recent Tanker Spill

PattyJ on May 27, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Should be interesting to see the look on his puss when gasoline hits $8.00/gal by the 4th of July…

… Oh, that’s right, he’ll be vacationing in Hawaii.

Seven Percent Solution on May 27, 2010 at 11:44 AM

BP’s job was to plug the hole. They may have succeeded.

Obama’s job was to contain the oil spill. He never started.

faraway on May 27, 2010 at 11:44 AM

The Left may feel temporarily vindicated by this decision, but the White House management of the oil-drilling issue has been incompetent since Day 1.

fxt

Abby Adams on May 27, 2010 at 11:45 AM

I knew it was coming, but somehow I’d hoped we could avoid this. On the bright side, those high gas prices and other consequences of this idiotic decision are going to help shoo in Republicans in November.

Laura on May 27, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Drill Baby Drill
========================

It appears that no Liberal male can
go the distance,

their always pulling out,er,of drilling!!!!

canopfor on May 27, 2010 at 11:45 AM

If it was not about leftist politics, he would have simply banned BP from bidding, instead of stopping the lease process.

Vashta.Nerada on May 27, 2010 at 11:45 AM

this country is a mess

just a real “hot, tranny mess.”

blatantblue on May 27, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Don’t worry guys – green energy and the green economy will save us! /SARC

gwelf on May 27, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Sooooooo, let me get this straight…

1) Google, big Obama backers, capture proprietary wirelenss network data in the UK, so now we need net neutrality.

2) Goldman Sachs, Big Obama donors, participate in some vague and nebulous misdeeds, so now we need the financial reform package.

3) BP, massive donors to Obama, have an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so now we need to cancel offshore drilling leases.

I hate to put on the tinfoil hat, but I almost feel like a bigger idiot not connecting these dots than connecting them. Unless of course its a coincidence that all of O’s biggest supporters also happen to be the bad actors he can point to for justification to move his agenda forward.

Kataklysmic on May 27, 2010 at 11:46 AM

So, instead of using our own oil, we buy oil from Iran?

faraway on May 27, 2010 at 11:46 AM

So, Obama gets the luxury of occupying both positions on oil drilling, huh? He’s done a complete 180 on this issue. He didn’t have the MMS up to speed before he announced his first position, and now has had to fire the head of the MMS as a result of his second.

Nice.

ted c on May 27, 2010 at 11:47 AM

For you conspiracy theorists, don’t forget about the coal mine explosions.

faraway on May 27, 2010 at 11:48 AM

WSJ says he has put a moratorium on ALL ARCTIC Drilling as well.

ginaswo on May 27, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Wow, it’s almost like Obama didn’t respond for a month and let the families, businesses, and wildlife of the gulf slowly suffer.

Now he is screwing the economy even further.

tetriskid on May 27, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Rumour has it,that they plugged the dam* hole!!

Can’t wait for the spin on that one!!

canopfor on May 27, 2010 at 11:48 AM

heh, a guy on fox just said that Hurricane Katrina didn’t give Bush $80,000 before it hit New Orleans….

priceless.

ted c on May 27, 2010 at 11:49 AM

For you conspiracy theorists, don’t forget about the coal mine explosions.

faraway on May 27, 2010 at 11:48 AM

+1

ted c on May 27, 2010 at 11:50 AM

this country is a mess

just a real “hot, tranny mess.”

blatantblue on May 27, 2010 at 11:46 AM

blatantblue: You got that right,it seems,Liberals
can’t go the distance!!:)

canopfor on May 27, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Of course Giggles was going to use this crisis to cancel all off-shore drilling sales. If anyone didn’t see this coming they’re either stupid or willfully blind. After all, this is the administration who’s mantra is “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

crazy_legs on May 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

heh, a guy on fox just said that Hurricane Katrina didn’t give Bush $80,000 before it hit New Orleans….

priceless.

ted c on May 27, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Every gas pump in the USA should have a sticker with that slogan on it.

BP bribed Obama… no regulations… then what happened?

tetriskid on May 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Guess they don’t want any additional tax inflow or $$ they could get from the new leases, either. Or oil (hello gas price increases!)

After all, it isn’t like the government needs money to pay for all of it’s entitlement spending and endless growth, right?

Good Lt on May 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

So,I guess in ObamaNomics this will increase jobs,
and the economy too!!

canopfor on May 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

This was his plan all along. He announced before the election that his green plan would make electric cost necessarily sky rocket. It’s not just electric costs, either, everything that has plastics as a component will increase in price as well.

Kissmygrits on May 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

For you conspiracy theorists, don’t forget about the coal mine explosions.

faraway on May 27, 2010 at 11:48 AM

I’m becoming more and more a believer, every day.

Shiny_Tiara on May 27, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Of course Giggles was going to use this crisis to cancel all off-shore drilling sales. If anyone didn’t see this coming they’re either stupid or willfully blind. After all, this is the administration who’s mantra is “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

crazy_legs on May 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

crazy_legs: Thats Crazy Talk!!!!(I’m kidding)

canopfor on May 27, 2010 at 11:54 AM

The Left may feel temporarily vindicated by this decision, but the White House management of the oil-drilling issue has been incompetent has been actively undermining the economy of the United States with malice aforethought since Day 1.

fxt

Abby Adams on May 27, 2010 at 11:45 AM

My thoughts…

After all, if it were your express desire to destroy this nation from within, what would you have done differently than what Obama has already done since taking office?

turfmann on May 27, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I’ve read the “North Korea sunk the Oil Rig” conspiracy theory floated. Is there one yet on the Environmental Left sinking it, for the gain of no new drilling elsewhere?

jp on May 27, 2010 at 11:57 AM

I can hardly wait to see CHUCK TODD ask the question to Obama the White House provided him.
Expect Obama take all the credit for stopping the leak and scold ” those darn Republicans for wanting affordable domestically produced oil ”
Hypocrisy should be at an all time high during the Q & A .
Perhaps Obama should buy Lotto tickets and donate the winning to the Treasury as the odds of him getting asked ONLY questions that are softball are roughly equal to picking the POWERBALL winning numbers

ELMO Q on May 27, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Sooo, is nobody at the helm regarding energy policy? Could this whole administration’s position on “green jobs,” coal and oil be positioned in any way to make things worse? I’m curious, what could they be doing right now to make us:

A: More energy dependent on foreign sources and bad actors.
B: Poorer for having to pay higher prices to same foreign sources and bad actors.

I got nothing. As far as I can tell, they are doing the best job possible to accomplish A and B without literally blowing up our reserves… or selling them off, thanks Gore, you dum#$*^

WitchDoctor on May 27, 2010 at 11:57 AM

After sixteen months in office, and after going out on a big limb in relation to his environmental Left, Obama has only just noticed the problem at MMS? One might think that a competent executive would have reviewed the infrastructure for regulation on drilling, which has always been a risky but necessary activity for a nation as dependent on energy as the US.

..knee-jerk with emphasis on “jerk”.

The War Planner on May 27, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Barry was for offshore drilling before he was against it.

Jocundus on May 27, 2010 at 12:01 PM

There is no way I believe that BP couldn’t plug the leak before today. It is interesting that it got too hot in the kitchen for baby Obama and suddenly BP can plug the hole.
I am seriously tired of conspiracies but it sure is looking pretty damn convenient that all of these “bad guys” are big baby supporters.

ORconservative on May 27, 2010 at 12:02 PM

As if Sarah needs another reason to get PO’d.

ProudPalinFan on May 27, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Obama cancels off-shore drilling lease sales!!
Orders GM to ramp up production of CLown Cars!!

BigWyo on May 27, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Perhaps Obama should buy Lotto tickets
 
ELMO Q on May 27, 2010 at 11:57 AM

 
I’d love to see the press coverage explaining how his numbers were the best they’ve seen in modern history and how there must’ve been something wrong with the drawing that kept him from winning, followed by his subsequent press conference blaming the numbers on the prior administration and “do-nothing” (R)s.

rogerb on May 27, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Why are we permitting the environmental fanatics to stampede us into making yet another bad choice? Why are we jumping to the conclusion before learning what went wrong, why and how so we don’t make the same mistakes again?

When there is a plane crash with loss of life do we stop flying or do we examine the crash, the black box data, and try to understand what went wrong so we don’t make that same mistake again?

Skandia Recluse on May 27, 2010 at 12:05 PM

So, instead of using our own oil, we buy oil from Iran?

faraway on May 27, 2010 at 11:46 AM

The absolute BEST part of all this is this will not stop drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s just that it will only be conducted by other countries, who are drilling there right this minute and have no intention of stopping.

Laura on May 27, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Militant Muslim Murderers order new planes and send thank you note to Barry Soweto for not shutting off their money supply.

frizzbee on May 27, 2010 at 12:07 PM

So an isolated accident causes the cancellation of the whole.
Effing brilliant.
The next time I’m in an accident, my entire family can’t drive any cars for an indefinite period.

jjshaka on May 27, 2010 at 12:08 PM

ORconservative on May 27, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Barry certainly wanted this to drag out as long as possible, hence the blame game instead of describing what actions the Fed had been taken… The spill and its aftermath is just another weapon is Barry Soetoro’s War on Prosperity… And the more production wells a company owns, the greater incentive to curtail exploration and increase pricing…

phreshone on May 27, 2010 at 12:08 PM

There is a HUGE MONEY leak in the US Government; will Obama “plug the damn hole” and freeze spending in Washington??

TN Mom on May 27, 2010 at 12:08 PM

BP’s job was to plug the hole. They may have succeeded.

Obama’s job was to contain the oil spill. He never started.

faraway on May 27, 2010 at 11:44 AM

+1,000!

The War Planner on May 27, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Why are we permitting the environmental fanatics to stampede us into making yet another bad choice? Why are we jumping to the conclusion before learning what went wrong, why and how so we don’t make the same mistakes again?

When there is a plane crash with loss of life do we stop flying or do we examine the crash, the black box data, and try to understand what went wrong so we don’t make that same mistake again?

Skandia Recluse on May 27, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Hey, who let common sense in here? We’re talking about Obama and energy policy right?

Next question?

JohnnyD on May 27, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Banking Industry Control, CHECK
Mortgage Industry Control, CHECK
Auto Industry Control, CHECK
Oil Industry Control, CHECK

From a worthless thin-skinned dude who knows nothing, zero, nada, about managing any kind of industry.

fogw on May 27, 2010 at 12:12 PM

This man hates the idea of a free and independent USA.

Insufferable weasel that he is.

Hening on May 27, 2010 at 12:13 PM

It seems to me that the biggest problem is with the environmental activist who don’t want drilling on land or in shallower oceans. Wouldn’t it be easier to contain or prevent accidents?

Vince on May 27, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Banking Industry Control, CHECK
Mortgage Industry Control, CHECK
Auto Industry Control, CHECK
Oil Industry Control, CHECK
Greivence-monger Industry (SEIU) Control, CHECK

From a worthless thin-skinned dude who knows nothing, zero, nada, about managing any kind of industry.

fogw on May 27, 2010 at 12:12 PM

FIFY

JohnnyD on May 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Smooth move, Gilligan.

I predict Obama/Dem approval numbers will have an inverse relationship to gasoline prices.

And as energy costs go up, economic recovery will be slowed. Incompetent doesn’t begin to cover the pandering lunacy behind Obama’s energy policies.

novaculus on May 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM

if it were your express desire to destroy this nation from within, what would you have done differently than what Obama has already done since taking office?

turfmann on May 27, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I’ve really tried to resist this explanation, but it’s the only one that makes any sense. Obama must be removed from office if our country is to survive.

Bugler on May 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM

“The president’s eyes have been opened”

Well someone had been open the eyes of the Democrats in Sacramento. They plan on ‘securitizing’ $8.2 BILLION in borrowing by SELLING OFF-SHORE OIL LEASES.

But that’s okay. They LOVE Barry in Sacramento! Guess we’ll just have to brace for MORE taxes to cover that $20 BILLION budget shortfall. It will do wonders for our unemployment rate.

In this time of “crisis”, perhaps we might want to think about post-phoning the November elections. After all, we wouldn’t want an ANGRY electorate deciding the political future of our over-lords.

GarandFan on May 27, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Anyone who was paying attention when the house passed Crap & Tax knew that off-shore drilling was doomed from the get go, all posturing otherwise by BHO not withstanding.

HR 2454 calls for US CO2 levels to be reduced to those of 1910, when the population was appx 70mil and the industrial [can't use the word] was really kicking in. With our population now at 309mil to make up the difference we need to match the CO2 output of 1867.

To create the progressive Eutopia the eco-fascists have in mind they mean to hurl us back to a time when life expectancy in the was 47yrs. Rest assured they will not be joining us in this purgatory, as I stated it best last year when I wrote,

“Obama’s district on Chicago’s near south side Englewood, where his former constituents reside, is a hell hole of abject poverty and violence to rival any of the 3rd world and has been left to rot as he found it. Meanwhile he and his fellow travelers wallow in appropriated wealth derived from their altruistic efforts to engender “social justice” for these hapless souls. As with all prior proponents of centrally planned utopias, the jet-set humanitarians never seem to join their fellow citizens in the bleak reality they hath wrought. In every instance where misbegotten collectivism has been unleashed, the plight of the underprivileged is never sustainably improved. They are merely there amongst the resultant ruins of an evaporated tax base to welcome the formerly comfortable middle class into their now mutual desolation.”

Archimedes on May 27, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Ya know, Barry, if an oil well on land in ANWR started leaking, the oil company could plug it a lot faster than a well under a mile deep of water. It wouldn’t hurt any fish or shrimp either.

Steve Z on May 27, 2010 at 12:23 PM

So is ObaMao going to turn a blind eye to the other nations involved in such drilling in the Gulf? Is this the Harrison Bergeron style of handicapping our own nations so that other country’s energy production can be “more equal” to ours?

onlineanalyst on May 27, 2010 at 12:25 PM

When there is a plane crash with loss of life do we stop flying or do we examine the crash, the black box data, and try to understand what went wrong so we don’t make that same mistake again?

Skandia Recluse on May 27, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Well said.

Heralder on May 27, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Zero cancels lease sales.

Gasoline prices skyrocket.

Yet another example why this pathetic LOSER needs to go.

SeniorD on May 27, 2010 at 12:27 PM

IGNORE ANUS!

CynicalOptimist on May 27, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Laura beat me to it. Now what happens if China or some other country has such a spill. Will Obama ban them from drilling to? Of course not. He’ll continue to kowtow (literally), next time to Castro, and we’ll continue to be screwed. The Left traded the increased danger of this blowout for a rig-free view of the ocean. Now they have a rig-free view of oily beaches. It’s their fault. Deal with it.

liberty0 on May 27, 2010 at 12:34 PM

The experience of Apollo 13 has taught us that going to the moon is too dangerous the manned space program is canceled.

tmitsss on May 27, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Smooth move, Gilligan.

I predict Obama/Dem approval numbers will have an inverse relationship to gasoline prices.

And as energy costs go up, economic recovery will be slowed. Incompetent doesn’t begin to cover the pandering lunacy behind Obama’s energy policies.

novaculus on May 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM

The way that the Dems have always gamed the war against Big Earl is to blame the increase of gasoline prices on “obscene profits” of the industry. To punish these supposed windfalls, the government imposes a punitive tax, which of course is passed along to the consumer. The government is thus, “hands clean” in the inflationary spike in energy costs.

Somebody with common sense had better shout out how ObaMao’s methods are leading to the failed economy of his buddy Chavez.

onlineanalyst on May 27, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Phase 6: Punish the Innocent!

KS Rex on May 27, 2010 at 12:48 PM

The Arabs are ecstatic!!

On April 1 Obama declared we would have offshore drilling increase. On April 1 Rush Limbaugh said it was a head fake. Obama would not let it happen. Rush was proven accurate in less than 60 days.

seven on May 27, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Why don’t we just cancel his lease at the White House?

Redneck Woman on May 27, 2010 at 12:58 PM

How many different ways are they of pronouncing SUCKERS … So the Chicoms will shutdown drilling off Florida?

tarpon on May 27, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Indeed, just another bruising body blow to our economy and the average citizen. Destroying the economy is not my idea of raising revenue and creating jobs. God save us because this imbecile certainly won’t. Please read the following:

Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do.

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.”

“The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.

The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

LarryG on May 27, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Now what happens if China or some other country has such a spill. Will Obama ban them from drilling to? Of course not.
liberty0 on May 27, 2010 at 12:34 PM

He can’t, not in international waters.

Laura on May 27, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Chump

JohnnyMojo on May 27, 2010 at 1:04 PM

How is the 2 billion for drilling Partner George Soros and Brazil going?
We are spending money on drilling in other countries.

seven on May 27, 2010 at 1:07 PM

If there isn’t going to be any more offshore oil wells (in US controlled waters) then the MMS can just be abolished and its staff fired, right. Because we don’t need them anymore, right.

LarryD on May 27, 2010 at 1:08 PM

If there isn’t going to be any more offshore oil wells (in US controlled waters) then the MMS can just be abolished and its staff fired, right. Because we don’t need them anymore, right.

LarryD on May 27, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Ha! Yes, indeed.

Laura on May 27, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Knee jerk reaction from a President who cracked under pressure.

OxyCon on May 27, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Obama cancelling offshore drilling.
+ NOAA predicting very active Hurrican season.

=high gas prices this summer

Are we going for a double dip or triple dip recession?

journeyintothewhirlwind on May 27, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Obama cancelling offshore drilling.
+ NOAA predicting very active Hurrican season.

=high gas prices this summer

Are we going for a double dip or triple dip recession?

journeyintothewhirlwind on May 27, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Forget ‘dipping’, we might be looking at a one-way nosedive! I remember how awful things got last time gas got expensive and a repeat may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

The US economy is like a crippled plane that’s been losing altitude, gaining it back for a short time after a long descent, after which the engines start sputtering again. We may be about to run out of fuel…and I don’t just mean in the metaphorical sense either. There is no saving throw for a modern nation that runs out of both gasoline AND money.

Dark-Star on May 27, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Duh. Like that will keep other countries from drilling for oil off our shore. This has the smell of just another Obama ploy to take advantage of a crisis.

docdave on May 27, 2010 at 1:49 PM

The BP event has done it’s job. The crisis has not been wasted. The media will not find the droids they are looking for. Obama’s past actions will go down the memory hole. Our saviour still reigns.

AnotherOpinion on May 27, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Plane crashes-Obama bans airliners.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

This is what makes me think he tried to make the problem worse on purpose until he started getting blamed for neglect.

Also makes me wonder why he initially sent the SWAT team in for an “accidental” explosion. Enviro-wackos would know this kind of stop all drilling scenario would be the likely outcome of sabotage.

Something seriously wrong going on here, but probably unprovable.

scotash on May 27, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Limit Obama’s travels to a 50 mile radius of the White House until he lifts the drilling ban. what a blithering incompetent.

johncorn on May 27, 2010 at 11:54 PM

If you guys end up paying fivwe bucks a gallon there, we’ll be paying six or seven here in Alaska. How ironic.
The outlet here for gas to stations and such charges a price equal to what it would cost to send the crude out, refine and return it as gas, diesel n’ such.
Thing is, the refinery is right here in Alaska. They charge what it would cost to send it out because anyone that competes with them will have to do just that. Yeah…by the short hairs. They hose us because they can. Nice.
Anyway, if drilling in the ocean is a bad thing then how about drilling in a God forsaken swamp full of mosquitoes and biting flies? ANWR…a tiny portion thereof. Two thousand acres max and 8 million barrels an acre. Never mind the exploratory drilling that was about to take place in the Chuckchi Sea. Thousands of jobs killed by Obama. NO offshore drilling. This after jumping through innumerable hoops and fighting every freakin’ Green Taliban type on the planet in court.
Never let a Crisis go to waste. He seeks to kill our economy and this is just one more step in that direction. Baby steps to our destruction and rebirth as a socialist nightmare.
Here’s some Truth about ANWR. No mountains. No waterfalls. No Elk. Not in the area they want to drill in. I saw all this in an ad in the lower 48 where some green group was fighting the drilling there. Blatant lies. No Elk in Alaska at all. ‘Bout died laughin’.
Sure as hell no waterfalls in the swampy mess there.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/anwr.asp

Army Brat on May 28, 2010 at 1:37 AM