Video: The wages of a permitorium are … no wages

posted at 2:15 pm on April 20, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The Heritage Foundation gives us this three-minute look at the effects of the “permitorium” in the Gulf on drilling, talking with the owner and employees of R and D Enterprises on the anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout.  The Obama administration has done everything it can do to stall new drilling in the Gulf, which has the region’s economy reeling.  Leslie Bertucci tells Heritage that Hurricane Katrina destroyed the economy through force majeure, but the permitorium is doing exactly the same through deliberate and intentional action by Washington:

Leslie Bertucci, a native of New Orleans and the owner of the oilfield equipment company R and D Enterprises, isn’t shy about sharing her views:

“My message for President Obama is that I would love for him to come to R and D Enterprises in Harvey, La., and meet us and see us and talk to our employees and get a real, true understanding of the reality of what is really happening because of this moratorium that shouldn’t be in place in the first place,” Bertucci says.

For this hard-working mother of six — who, with her husband, built her business from its start in a spare bedroom of her home to the industrial campus it is today — says the drilling moratorium has caused her company’s revenue stream to all but dry up. R and D Enterprises supplies equipment to transport chemicals to and from deepwater oil rigs. When those rigs aren’t allowed to drill, R and D’s equipment sits idle.

The best course forward is clear: The Obama Administration needs to resume the usual rate of permitting in both deep and shallow water to reinvigorate the Gulf, recover lost government revenue, decrease dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, and prevent even higher gas prices in the future. No policy can reverse last year’s spill — but better energy policy could ease the burden that the Administration itself imposed on the Gulf.

For an administration that claims to be all about job creation, their track record in the Gulf speaks to the exact opposite.  Like the EPA ignoring regulatory impact on jobs while promulgating its global-warming regime, Obama’s social and environmental agenda trumps jobs the economy every time, which is one reason that we’re stagnating economically while gas prices skyrocket.


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Obama’s social and environmental agenda trumps jobs the economy every time, which is one reason that we’re stagnating economically while gas prices skyrocket.

Obama: Success!

Badger40 on April 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Seriously, hasn’t this administration screwed enough normal people yet for him to lose any chance of staying in the White House?

He’s pretty well fricked everybody in the country on one level or another except the unions, can there be enough union members to re-elect this shyster??

Tim Zank on April 20, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Wear a cape, lady!

Shy Guy on April 20, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Obooba’s not really trying to destroy the country, it’s just that everything he does has that effect.

Akzed on April 20, 2011 at 2:24 PM

“My message for President Obama is that I would love for him to come to R and D Enterprises in Harvey, La…”

Unfortunately, the only way you could get B.O. to come anywhere near your place of business would be if someone happened to open a golf-pro shop next door.

pilamaye on April 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

I want a cape…

golfmann on April 20, 2011 at 2:27 PM

He wants to destroy the domestic drilling industry. It’s a feature, not a bug.

mbs on April 20, 2011 at 2:31 PM

I am, I am Superman.

carbon_footprint on April 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Put on your cape and become FunEmployment Man.

portlandon on April 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Ummm . . . does Obama appear to be this awful every day, or is today an exceptional one for him? I admit, I can’t get to HA during the workday very often.

DrStock on April 20, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Unfortunately, the only way you could get B.O. to come anywhere near your place of business would be if someone happened to open a golf-pro shop next door.

pilamaye on April 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Perhaps a $35K per plate mudbug feed would do the trick? I notice that the One is off in California hosting plenty of fundraising events. Pay $25 to see The One. Meanwhile there is devastation in the south from the tornados including 40 something fatalities. Where is The One to comfort the greiving??? Guess these folks don’t have the $25 per person to get the Presidential visit.

kringeesmom on April 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM

For an administration that claims to be all about job creation, their track record in the Gulf everywhere speaks to the exact opposite.

Fixed it for ya.

itsnotaboutme on April 20, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Ummm . . . does Obama appear to be this awful every day, or is today an exceptional one for him? I admit, I can’t get to HA during the workday very often.

DrStock on April 20, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Yep pretty much everyday. He gives us a lot of ammunition by barely even trying.

NJ Red on April 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

can there be enough union members to re-elect this shyster??

Tim Zank on April 20, 2011 at 2:23 PM

The real question is are there enough union cars with uncounted ballots in the trunks.

jdkchem on April 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Good news! Obama’s already conceded the South—this should spread quite nicely from Florida and the complete southwest—real “slick” move Barry.

Rovin on April 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

The domestic oil industry exists largely in states that do not vote for liberals. Denying citizens of red states their livelihood is just another punishment doled out to political enemies by the Obama administration.
When you think of the Space Shuttle Program, what is the very first city that you think of? Houston. But did the Obama administration send one of the retired space shuttles to Houston? No, they did not. They could not allow additional revenue that would be generated in Texas due to the presence of a space shuttle. Another punishment.
North Carolina and other surrounding states were pounded by by tornados on Saturday. Obama did not come to the area to show support for the thousands of families who were devastated in the storms. He went, instead, to California, to hobnob with rich celebrities and raise money. Tons of money. Not for the U.S., not for lives destroyed by massive tornados, but for his reelection.

maryo on April 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Oil drilling and production is about 30% of the deep South economy (LA, MS and AL). There is so much work that goes into drilling and servicing drilling rigs. Stuff you wouldn’t really think about that service the oil/gas industry.

My hubby works in shipbuilding and is out of work, there is no work around here right now. A lot of oil work includes building/repairing offshore rigs, tug boats, service boats etc. etc. There is nothing happening right now. If they opened up the Gulf tomorrow, hubby could have a job in a hot minute. As it is he may have to go out of state to find work. It could be getting real ugly here real soon.

kringeesmom on April 20, 2011 at 2:43 PM

The real question is are there enough union cars with uncounted ballots in the trunks.

jdkchem on April 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

LOL…I think.

NJ Red on April 20, 2011 at 2:43 PM

“My message for President Obama is that I would love for him to come to R and D Enterprises in Harvey, La., and meet us and see us and talk to our employees and get a real, true understanding of the reality of what is really happening because of this moratorium…

Ah, dear Leslie.

*sigh*

You see, the problem isn’t that Obama doesn’t understand what’s really happening.

He understands quite well what’s happening.

It’s by design.

And he couldn’t possibly care less what happens to you, your business, your employees, your families, etc.

Midas on April 20, 2011 at 2:43 PM

When you think of the Space Shuttle Program, what is the very first city that you think of? Houston. But did the Obama administration send one of the retired space shuttles to Houston? No, they did not. They could not allow additional revenue that would be generated in Texas due to the presence of a space shuttle. Another punishment.

maryo on April 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

And did you hear Shumer’s comments regarding this? Man, I’m not sure my blood pressure ever doubled as quickly as it did when I heard the soundbyte today, with the ‘fuhgetaboudit’, and droning on about why the shuttle belongs in NY because NYC is the tourism capital of the country or something.

That smug bastard needs a size 12 cowboy boot up his arse.

Midas on April 20, 2011 at 2:46 PM

This is considered a huge victory by the left. They see it as a battle against “Big Oil” and R and D Enterprises are part of “big oil” in their eyes.

They do not lament the idling of this company. They rejoice in it.

They would advise this company to use their assets and employees to segue to “green jobs”.

Opposite Day on April 20, 2011 at 2:48 PM

It has become impossible to adequately express just how outrageous this administration is. Wish I had the key to Obamas brain just to figure out how to tell him how much I think he has overstepped his competency.

fourdeucer on April 20, 2011 at 2:49 PM

That smug bastard needs a size 12 cowboy boot up his arse.

Midas on April 20, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I’d pay good money to see that.

NJ Red on April 20, 2011 at 2:49 PM

But, under Obama, America is producing more oil than ever! Never mind that the people who produce oil say differently.

hawksruleva on April 20, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Leslie Bertucci tells Heritage that Hurricane Katrina destroyed the economy through force majeure, but the permitorium is doing exactly the same through deliberate and intentional action by Washington

Farmers in California’s Central Valley new dust bowl would probably wonder whether there is a concerted plan by the socialists in Washington to destroy the economy wherever possible.

Cicero43 on April 20, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Oil…..$111.41/Barrel

PatriotRider on April 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM

That smug bastard needs a size 12 cowboy boot up his arse.

Midas on April 20, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I’d pay good money to see that.

NJ Red on April 20, 2011 at 2:49 PM

You’d run into Chris Matthews.

slickwillie2001 on April 20, 2011 at 3:02 PM

But, under Obama, America Brazil is producing more oil than ever! Never mind that the people who produce oil say differently.

hawksruleva on April 20, 2011 at 2:55 PM

fixed…

PatriotRider on April 20, 2011 at 3:08 PM

deliberate and intentional action by Washington

Well Barry has to get gas up to $5 gallon in order to make ‘alternative’ energy sources more competitive.

Sorry folks, you just got in the way. Besides you’re a BLUE state and don’t count.

Where is Kayne West now? Considering the economic impact – can’t it be said that Barack Obama hates Black people?

GarandFan on April 20, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Ojesus:

Everything is proceeding according to plan, Uncle George.

Soros:

Heh. Be quiet, nimrod. Do you think we can keep this pretense up forever? Now be a good little stooge and go back to grinning like an idiot and reading POTUS word for word. No more ad-libbing, dammit.

Ojesus:

Sorry, Uncle George.

hillbillyjim on April 20, 2011 at 3:12 PM

POTUS = TOTUS

Oops.

hillbillyjim on April 20, 2011 at 3:14 PM

By the time Failbama is through, we all will be.

dogsoldier on April 20, 2011 at 3:19 PM

kringeesmom on April 20, 2011 at 2:43 PM

It’s looking more and more like it’s not accidental. If someone were trying to deliberately wreck the economy of the US, what would they do differently than Ojesus has done so far?

hillbillyjim on April 20, 2011 at 3:19 PM

hillbillyjim on April 20, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Give the unemployed folks a cape? oh wait….

dogsoldier on April 20, 2011 at 3:23 PM

I disagree with anyone who says Obama is not consciously trying to destroy our private economy.

CliffHanger on April 20, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I disagree with anyone who says the systematic dismantling of our private economy is not a premeditated act by Obama.

CliffHanger on April 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

The South is being punished for its failure to support the Once.

Mutnodjmet on April 20, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Leslie Bertucci tells Heritage that Hurricane Katrina destroyed the economy through force majeure, but the permitorium is doing exactly the same through deliberate and intentional action by Washington
Farmers in California’s Central Valley new dust bowl would probably wonder whether there is a concerted plan by the socialists in Washington to destroy the economy wherever possible.
Cicero43 on April 20, 2011 at 2:58 PM

It’s not a coincidence that the Central Valley that obama, Feinstein and Boxer turned Into a dust bowl is Republican, the reddest parhoof the state. There is no doubt that Democrats are evil and will be driven out of power one way or another.

CCRWM on April 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM

It’s looking more and more like it’s not accidental. If someone were trying to deliberately wreck the economy of the US, what would they do differently than Ojesus has done so far?

hillbillyjim on April 20, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Yup, either it is on purpose, or he is an absolute positive idiot.

kringeesmom on April 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM

kringeesmom

on April 20, 2011 at 2:43 PM
It’s looking more and more like it’s not accidental. If someone were trying to deliberately wreck the economy of the US, what would they do differently than Ojesus has done so far?
hillbillyjim on April 20, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Exactly!

CCRWM on April 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM

He thinks we’re all slugs anyway. He is the most insulent, uncaring, uneducated, uncivilized,(the list is so much bigger) person I think I have ever seen!
Guess he learned it from his child molester mentor davis, his religion advisor wright, his political counselor ayers and his new religious counselor w (can’t remember his full name). How could we expect him to have any couth or any manners at all and add to that he comes from chicago?
Please everyone get behind the republican candidate and get this screw up out of office.

Bambi on April 20, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Over 60% of the petroleum in American waters is due to natural seepage.

One tonne of oil equivalent is approximately 7.1 to 7.4 barrels depending on the grade of the oil. This means about one million barrels of oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico each year regardless of drilling or spills.

http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10388&page=70

… Studies in parts of the Gulf of Mexico (MacDonald et al., 1993; MacDonald, 1998; Mitchell et al., 1999), using these new technologies, have resulted in an estimated seepage rate for the entire Gulf of Mexico of 140,000 tonnes per year (range of 80,000 to 200,000 tonnes per year)…

Laurence on April 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Laurence on April 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Good Lord, we need to drill more oil wells quickly to relieve the pressure and stop all those leaks!!

slickwillie2001 on April 20, 2011 at 5:59 PM

The “transformation” is proceeding according to plan. C’mon America, President Jesus Unicorn just needs one more term to finish the job!

Django on April 20, 2011 at 6:20 PM

IMPEACH NOW!
Just for drill.

OkieDoc on April 20, 2011 at 6:22 PM