Obama to reverse position on offshore drilling

posted at 12:55 pm on December 1, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Obama administration will reverse its policy on offshore drilling announced last March and bar further new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts.  The new ban will last seven years, and that will deliver a body blow to American exploration and energy independence:

The Obama administration won’t allow any new oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least the next seven years because of the BP oil spill, a senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The area that includes the waters off Florida’s coast had been considered for drilling as part of the management plan for the OuterContinental Shelf. Just a month before the April spill, the Obama administration had announced plans to allow drilling in the eastern Gulf.

“In light of the BP spill, we’ve learned a lot and understand the need to elevate the safety and environmental standards,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision hadn’t been announced yet. “We took a second look at the announced plan and modified it to remove the Eastern Gulf ofMexico from leasing consideration.”

The Washington Post reports that the moratorium will apply to the OCS in all other states as well:

Obama administration officials will announce Wednesday afternoon they will not allow offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as part of the next five-year drilling plan, according to sources briefed on the plan, reversing two key policy changes President Obama announced in late March.

The original position was positioned by the White House as a centrist effort to explore and produce American resources as well as pursue alternative energy resources through Porkulus and the cap-and-trade bill passed by the House.   At the time, I wrote that economic pressure on the Obama administration probably had a lot to do with that decision as well:

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.

The official explanation will be that the Gulf oil spill requires a lot more reform in regulatory practices, which we certainly discovered in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill.  The White House began backpedaling on this policy almost immediately after the disaster in April, even before Obama bothered to spend more time addressing the issue than the Arizona immigration-enforcement law.  The complete reversal was almost inevitable, and delaying it until after the midterms even more so.

That doesn’t make the new policy any less inane.  America needs to develop its own energy resources regardless of the state of the MMS.  That’s why it’s incumbent on Obama to make those reforms as quickly as possible.  Why should it take seven years to reform MMS and to fix the regulatory apparatus on offshore drilling, especially after the demonstration of incompetence and impotence shown in the BP disaster?   For that matter, why penalize those companies who are performing well in offshore drilling for the mistakes made by BP and MMS?

This is an admission of further impotence, and not just in reforming a regulatory structure that Obama wants to expand across the entire economy.  It’s a gesture of impotence on Obama’s part in defending any centrist moves to challenges from his hard-Left base, to which he’s caving with this new seven-year moratorium.  When gasoline starts hitting $4 a gallon again, Obama will have much more criticism to handle as a result of this policy reversal.


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Obama is a monster. It’s obvious that he wants the country to fail.

Boxy_Brown on December 1, 2010 at 2:40 PM

No one can be this stupid. It is IMPOSSIBLE not to understand how this will impact the economy. Just as it is impossible not to understand how letting taxes go up 30% will kill the economy.

This is intentional. I don’t know why, though…why why why are the democrats doing this? How does killing the economy get them more power or money?

JustTruth101 on December 1, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Thought experiment: If you hated America and wanted to destroy Her from within, would you do anything different than what Obama has been doing the last two years?

glockomatic on December 1, 2010 at 2:39 PM

And Some, no, many among us have taken an oath to defend against Enemies domestic!

So much for oaths I guess!

dhunter on December 1, 2010 at 2:50 PM

This is a direct attack by the Obama administration on the economies of the RED Gulf States.

There’s absolutely no other way to describe this. This would NOT be happening if TX, LA, MS, AL, and FL weren’t all RED states.

HondaV65 on December 1, 2010 at 2:55 PM

This is a direct attack by the Obama administration on the economies of the RED Gulf States.

HondaV65 on December 1, 2010 at 2:55 PM

um more like any coast state who is trying to take the resources off their coast. I just heard Alaska’s drilling prospect land in the water.

upinak on December 1, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Look … here’s the little known secret …

The oil did NO lasting damage. In fact – I have many friends who are fisherman, shrimpers, etc by trade and they tell me privately – that the oil spill was the best thing to happen to the industry in a long time.

Why? Well, it’s not because the oil caused a “marine fishery population explosion” … but the waters were shut down to commercial fishing for months. This little “reprieve” for the ecosystem allowed a lot of commercially harvested species to get a “jump” on making up their population numbers.

The ONLY thing … and I mean the ONLY thing that seems to have been impacted is the oyster industry – and that’s because some beds are still closed to fishing. But … that doesn’t mean there won’t be a boon in oysters also – as soon as those beds reopen. Oysters are ocean “filters” – if there are toxin in the water – it always shows up in oysters – so we close beds all the time down here whenever there is some kind of toxic threat. But I’m willing to bet that the few beds that are closed now are only closed for “observation” and “testing” or … because DMF wants to use the spill as a convienient excuse to give the oysters a break from harvesting.

The Casino’s on the Gulf all buy Gulf fish – by the metric tons – they serve it in the Casino buffets every night. I have never seen such huge and delicious shrimp as I have been eating down here lately.

HondaV65 on December 1, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Obama to reverse position on offshore drilling

Or “How to kill an economy in one easy step”.

44Magnum on December 1, 2010 at 3:04 PM

The thing is, if we here in the US do not mine the oil, china, brazil and others will. They can and will use new techniques such as new horizontal drilling to remove the oil from the areas that are now off limits. They will park their rigs just outside our waters and side-drill into the reserves.

Funny how the administration waited until after the election to make this announcement! What a total joke!

JeffVader on December 1, 2010 at 3:20 PM

More money for Soros…

right2bright on December 1, 2010 at 3:26 PM

um more like any coast state who is trying to take the resources off their coast. I just heard Alaska’s drilling prospect land in the water.

upinak on December 1, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I agree in principle, but no “blue” states will ever drop new wells. So it really only affects “Red” states.

JeffVader on December 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Well, the Republican House next year can issue an ultimatum: either Barry rescinds this order and allows offshore drilling OR the House defunds EPA, FCC, Dept of Labor, HUD, and Education…for starts. None of those are critical to government function. Nanny-state bureaucrats and unions hardest hit.

sdillard on December 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Well, the Republican House next year can issue an ultimatum: either Barry rescinds this order and allows offshore drilling OR the House defunds EPA, FCC, Dept of Labor, HUD, and Education…for starts. None of those are critical to government function. Nanny-state bureaucrats and unions hardest hit.

sdillard on December 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM

That’ll never happen. They lack the testicular fortitude to take a meaningful stand. Plus, the entrenched GOP isn’t really that opposed to big government. They just want to be the ones running it.

Laura Curtis on December 1, 2010 at 3:32 PM

I agree in principle, but no “blue” states will ever drop new wells. So it really only affects “Red” states.

JeffVader on December 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Well Washington was thinking about it.. but you are correct, west coast is more or less doomed due to the greenies. As for the East Coast (Not Gulf States) it is NIMBY. Alaska and Gulf States it is. Very sad though.

upinak on December 1, 2010 at 3:32 PM

It’s easy to get mad at our punk in chief but he’s no more than a pitch who hasn’t had an original thought since he was born

the “Vince shlomo” of politics

it’s the filthy megalomaniac tyrants behind him that must be identified

bongo will be thrown into the abyss if it aids their goal

He’s temporary but the architects of this attempt at tyranny are here for the long term and must be identified

Sonosam on December 1, 2010 at 3:38 PM

HondaV65 on December 1, 2010 at 3:03 PM

freerepublic linked a story from The Hill that said that the WH will be using mucho Gulf seafood for the upcoming holiday season’s events, according to its chef.

onlineanalyst on December 1, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Well, the Republican House next year can issue an ultimatum

sdillard on December 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM

In response, the Repubs should keep ramming bills through that open up vast new onshore drilling and ANWR. Just keep the energy debate on the front burner.

John the Libertarian on December 1, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Oil and coal are two things we have plenty of that could turn our economy in an instant

that’s why they are prevented from being used

our futures markets could turn overnight with the right legislation

build some refineries and nuke plants and you have the path out of the cave

this country isn’t dead but it’s being choked to death by commies and regulations

the gobal warming sheet has just been the excuse to support such insane policies that invariably effect only autonomous democracies

there are no shortage of people who in another age would have been hanged as traitors

what happens when the dollar dies and our economy collapses?

The bureaucrats take over

I don’t do servitude well

Sonosam on December 1, 2010 at 4:02 PM

One step closer to SHTF!

Jason Coleman on December 1, 2010 at 1:32 PM

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Haven’t been there (or there or there), but I hadda look up shtf. LOL

odat on December 1, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Just for kicks

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

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He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
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He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
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For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
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Column 1
Georgia:
   Button Gwinnett
   Lyman Hall
   George Walton
Column 2
North Carolina:
   William Hooper
   Joseph Hewes
   John Penn
South Carolina:
   Edward Rutledge
   Thomas Heyward, Jr.
   Thomas Lynch, Jr.
   Arthur Middleton
Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
Column 4
Pennsylvania:
   Robert Morris
   Benjamin Rush
   Benjamin Franklin
   John Morton
   George Clymer
   James Smith
   George Taylor
   James Wilson
   George Ross
Delaware:
   Caesar Rodney
   George Read
   Thomas McKean
Column 5
New York:
   William Floyd
   Philip Livingston
   Francis Lewis
   Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
   Richard Stockton
   John Witherspoon
   Francis Hopkinson
   John Hart
   Abraham Clark
Column 6
New Hampshire:
   Josiah Bartlett
   William Whipple
Massachusetts:
   Samuel Adams
   John Adams
   Robert Treat Paine
   Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
   Stephen Hopkins
   William Ellery
Connecticut:
   Roger Sherman
   Samuel Huntington
   William Williams
   Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
   Matthew Thornton

I like the; he has erected offices and sent officials to eat out our substance

Sonosam on December 1, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Hmm. keep digging.

ted c on December 1, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Not to mention that oil spills aren’t anything near the disaster they’re made out to be. Just look at the Gulf Coast today. Fishing and shrimping are back big time. The layoff from fishing has resulted in bumper crops!

Water, especially sea water is an excellent solvent. Combined with the microscopic life that eats oil and the oceans can clean themselves up from spills. One needs only to consider the huge amounts of oil that is naturally released in the oceans from undersea events (earthquakes, vulcanism, etc) and how the oceans survive them just fine.

MJBrutus on December 1, 2010 at 4:54 PM

That is one more declaration of war upon the United States by its own government. This cannot be allowed to stand.

jimw on December 1, 2010 at 4:55 PM

He just wants to give us more reason to look forward to 2012. Maybe less, let’s see what the Repubs do starting in January.

Obama is like the gift that never stops giving.

odannyboy on December 1, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Joe Wilson is proved right again and again.

Obama, YOU LIE!!!

scotash on December 1, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Obama will have his Cap and Tax, one way or another.

Kini on December 1, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Purposeful destruction of the American economy and way of life is obviously the central theme of this thug administration.

Just Goddamn.

hillbillyjim on December 1, 2010 at 5:25 PM

That’s okay, I think Cuba & China have a join project in the works for the Gulf. I’m sure it will be just as inexpensive and that they safety regulations will far surpass anything the U.S. could even dream of implementing.

Cindy Munford on December 1, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Obama will have his Cap and Tax, one way or another.

Kini on December 1, 2010 at 5:23 PM

by all means.

upinak on December 1, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Not to mention that oil spills aren’t anything near the disaster they’re made out to be. Just look at the Gulf Coast today. Fishing and shrimping are back big time. The layoff from fishing has resulted in bumper crops!

Water, especially sea water is an excellent solvent. Combined with the microscopic life that eats oil and the oceans can clean themselves up from spills. One needs only to consider the huge amounts of oil that is naturally released in the oceans from undersea events (earthquakes, vulcanism, etc) and how the oceans survive them just fine.

MJBrutus on December 1, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Not just from the layoff; for many organisms the oil is food, and they are at the bottom of the food chain. As long as the seafood we eat don’t actually ingest the crude oil itself, the oil is good for the seafood industry.

slickwillie2001 on December 1, 2010 at 5:35 PM

This is intentional. I don’t know why, though…why why why are the democrats doing this? How does killing the economy get them more power or money?

JustTruth101 on December 1, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Because the democrat party is the marxist socialist/democrat party. Destroying the economy gives the government more control over it and our lives. “See” they tell you, “Capitalism doesnt work. We have to step in and regulate everything.” This is part of Obama’s agenda – collapse America and institute a new economy with government at the helm. It’s the Cloward-Piven strategy.

abcurtis on December 1, 2010 at 5:37 PM

HondaV65 on December 1, 2010 at 3:03 PM

I have a cousin in Louisiana with a fishing boat and he said the same thing. I was shocked. He said the oil spill was not bothering him other than shutting down a few areas for shrimping. He said the media was blowing it way out of proportion.

Fallon on December 1, 2010 at 6:31 PM

One more last-straw.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 1, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Hey Obama, it’s two years, not seven. As soon as the Conservatives hit Washington, you and your little trained minions are gonna be looking for a job. I hope no one hires you. And now the US is loaning money to the EU????
What money????? We’re on an express elevator to hell, going down.

gordo on December 1, 2010 at 6:55 PM

He might as well kiss the Gulf Coast voters bye bye. This clown is toast.

NavyMustang on December 1, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Well, the Republican House next year can issue an ultimatum: either Barry rescinds this order and allows offshore drilling OR the House defunds EPA, FCC, Dept of Labor, HUD, and Education…for starts. None of those are critical to government function. Nanny-state bureaucrats and unions hardest hit.

sdillard on December 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM

NO,NO, AND NO!

Defund them! Every one of them defund completely or so much that just an empty shell is left to perform only the most basic functions.
NO NEGOTIATIONS WITH HOSTAGE TAKERS

Defeat him annilate the liar and his party and their obviously corrupt and failed policies!

Rush was right, “I Hope He Fails”!

He has, now attack, everyday flood the zone with defunded agencies, programs, policies and limit the damage, balance the budget and render the lying fraud completely impotent!

dhunter on December 1, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Hey Obama, it’s two years, not seven. As soon as the Conservatives hit Washington, you and your little trained minions are gonna be looking for a job. I hope no one hires you. And now the US is loaning money to the EU????
What money????? We’re on an express elevator to hell, going down.

gordo on December 1, 2010 at 6:55 PM
Unfortunately, if Obama is defeated, he will remain in the taxpayers pockets forever.

mobydutch on December 1, 2010 at 8:04 PM

When you think it can’t get worse, it gets worse.

That’s life under communism.

Dhuka on December 1, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Not to worry. Obama only has two years left, and then every stupid he’s done will be up for repeal.

RebeccaH on December 1, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Ground Air Force One for the next two years!

And impeach this bastard.

Highplains on December 1, 2010 at 8:26 PM

What a dick

darwin-t on December 1, 2010 at 8:34 PM

You have to wonder: is Obama punishing the South for turning Republican?

njcommuter on December 1, 2010 at 8:43 PM

He might as well kiss the Gulf Coast voters bye bye. This clown is toast.

NavyMustang on December 1, 2010 at 7:38 P

We didn’t vote for him before. This is cold and pure payback for not electing him, and payoff because he can’t get a cap-and-trade through congress.

Jerk.

itsspideyman on December 1, 2010 at 8:49 PM

Obama trying to punish Bobby Jindal for his new book criticizing Obama.

enoughalready on December 1, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Saboteur-in-Chief.

AshleyTKing on December 1, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Obama wages war on the Reddest states of America.

Daemonocracy on December 1, 2010 at 11:17 PM

Our local economy here in south Louisiana had been doing pretty well until Obama’s “arbitrary and capricious” drilling moraaaaaatorium.

Bobby Jindalcame to town and we sent a message to Washington loud and clear at the Rally For Economic Survival.

Obama responded with this big “F-U.”

The last couple months, you should SEE the “For Sale” signs going up everywhere I look.

Hard-working people, including my girlfriend, are losing their A$SES!!

Son-of a BEAST.

The split lip is only the beginning of a karmic payback deserved like no other president in my lifetime.

BAA$TARD.

cane_loader on December 2, 2010 at 1:40 AM

“In light of the BP spill, we’ve learned a lot and understand the need to elevate the safety and environmental standard

You’ve learned absolutely nothing you fool. How long has it taken for a disaster of such magnitude to occur? Decades and decades? Fools, the entire lot of them, and to the detriment of our economy and our national security.

Big John on December 2, 2010 at 3:31 AM

This is either an act of gross incompetence or willful malice. And I’m not so sure about the former.

ZK on December 2, 2010 at 8:49 AM

I just watched the videos of morons saying that Obama should let the bush tax cuts expire and basically raise taxes on everyone. They played that video of him promising this would happen during the campaign.

I say we put together a video of the Obama promising to get us off of foreign oil and then show that he is preventing us from drilling our own oil.

jeffn21 on December 2, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Then where are we going to get the money to buy foreign oil? This is terrible for us.

Paul-Cincy on December 2, 2010 at 11:26 AM

This is either an act of gross incompetence or willful malice. And I’m not so sure about the former.

ZK on December 2, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Our biggest problem is people like you who are still giving the guy the “incompetent” pass. Sure he’s a lousy administrator but this isn’t an administrative error this is a policy decision. When will everyone admit this guy is working to diminish American stature and power?

rcl on December 2, 2010 at 11:39 AM

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