Landrieu blasts Salazar, White House over drilling moratorium

posted at 9:50 am on February 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I know, I know — the White House claims they don’t have any drilling moratorium in place.  They claim that they want to increase domestic oil production.  As Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) explains to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, their actions don’t match their rhetoric.  After Salazar insisted that the administration has been processing permits and Sen. Al Franken claimed that Exxon profits show that oil companies are doing well, Landrieu blasts both while setting the record straight in hearings yesterday:

I want to say that, despite the Administration’s arguments that are laid out, that you all are all guns blaring and green lights for drilling, the facts that I checked, and if you disagree tell me, only 21 permits for offshore drilling have been issued by this date. In 2010 there were 32 permits. I just left the annual conference of LOGA, which is Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, Mr. Secretary, yesterday. They are beside themselves with not being able to get their permits processed and to answer you, Mr. Franken, let me just say Exxon and Shell may be making record profits but according to a study recently done by the Greater New Orleans, Inc., 41% of our oil and gas independent operators and service companies, I’m not talking about Exxon and Shell that have operations all over the world, I’m talking about companies in the Gulf Coast, in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. Let me tell you what the studies show about their profits: 41% of them are not making a profit at all, 70% have lost significant cash reserves, 46 have moved operations away from the Gulf, and 82% of business owners have lost personal savings as a result of this slow down.

When Salazar tried to claim that the Obama administration has expanded drilling zones, Landrieu lost patience with her former colleague:

Secretary Of The Interior Ken Salazar: Here, Here’s, Mary, Senator Landrieu, the fact of the matter is, that there are tens, and I think it’s, maybe it’s, it is, it is over f – thirty, forty million acres that we just did in the one lease sale, there’s more that will be leased. The lease sale that I did in New Orleans in December, I think was 38 million acres, about 2 million acres of it was leased. So when you make available in one lease sale tens of millions of acres and you have some of it that’s bid on, the companies that are going to where they know the oil and gas is. So the fact is we are moving forward with a very robust OSC leasing program.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA):  We are never going to get, in my view Mr. Chairman, we’re never going to get clear as long as we continue to talk around and throw statistics out that try to make both sides look good. I’m not trying to make you look any worse, I’m just trying to get the facts out to the public. When you speak you get people thinking that we’re drilling everywhere, onshore and offshore, and the facts are not – don’t justify that. You know that 98% of our offshore is limited to drilling, we can’t even explore there. We’re talking about what we’re drilling within that 2%.

Michael Ramirez gives his perspective on  White House rhetoric on energy policy in his latest editorial cartoon for Investors Business Daily.  So far, Obama’s energy policy consists of beaming a lot of sunshine, but not a lot of reality:

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.


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So why is she in the same party as those who are harming her state and her country?

rbj on February 29, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Because she is a liberal who is doing puppet theater for the rubes back home.

Aplombed on February 29, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Funny cartoon. Lot of truth in it, even if the “Truth Dispenser” is on the fritz.

Paul-Cincy on February 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

It must be frustrating, the poor little dears.

Mord on February 29, 2012 at 9:57 AM

This is the one area where she displays common sense, because she knows she must fight this fight to get repelected. On just about every other issue, she is a rubber stamp for whatever Dingy Harry tells her to do.

Rohall1215 on February 29, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I’ve seen Mary do this before. Tough talk for one day, then nothing. She won’t make a cause out of this issue, anymore than any Republican would dare a prolonged fight against its establishment.

newtopia on February 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

More fake outrage from Mary Landrieu. Landrieu is a rock-solid obama-democrat; she has no credibility.

Pork-Chop on February 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Oil is a near and dear issue to Louisiana. For all of her positions I disagree with the Democrat Senator, she knows her state’s bread and butter.

She’d go against oil issues at her political peril.

Logus on February 29, 2012 at 10:02 AM

only 21 permits for offshore drilling have been issued by this date. In 2010 there were 32 permits.

How many applications for permits were received? What percentage of applications resulted in permits in past years and now this last one? That info would be more helpful in pushing this point, IMO.

ted c on February 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

When it came to gathering at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana, for the Rally for Economic Survival in July 2010 to protest 0bama and Salazar’s “arbitrary and capricious” moratorium – a rally in which Jindal tore 0bama a new one, every significant state official was there, from the Governor on down.

David Vitter was sitting right behind me. The whole power structure showed up.

Except…. Mary Landrieu.

She skipped the whole thing and kept her mouth shut.

cane_loader on February 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Ramirez just provided the best laugh I’ve had all week.

backwoods conservative on February 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Ahhhh, Democrats and truth, it must be reelection time!!!

Cindy Munford on February 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I e-mailed Sens. Vitter and Landrieu over the SOPA internet legislation.

Vitter’s office responded the next day. Landrieu’s office took a month to get back to me.

Vitter sends me a monthly update on what he’s doing in Washington.

Landrieu ignores me until it’s time to get elected and sends out robocalls.

cane_loader on February 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!!”

And all of this is “unexpected?”

Of course all of it is.

Unexpected that one of their own would disagree in public and offer proof of her objections. Unexpected that their plans to stifle fossil fuel production and replace it with solar and algae are not working out well at all. Unexpected that more and more Americans are finally ready to admit what they knew all along – that Obama is an empty suit who surrounds himself with con-men, hustlers and thieves.

Now, tell me why Senator Landrieu still has a (D) after her name. If she had a lick of sense she’d change parties, and pronto.

coldwarrior on February 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Vitter’s office picks up the phone.

I have never gotten through to a human being in Landrieu’s office.

She’s a fraud.

She’s also just about the only Democrat of any significance left in the state. I hope we can throw her out next go-’round.

cane_loader on February 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Michael Ramirez. Brilliant political cartoonist. No one even close to his talents.

DaveDief on February 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Now, tell me why Senator Landrieu still has a (D) after her name. If she had a lick of sense she’d change parties, and pronto.

coldwarrior on February 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Mary is a product of nepotism…. riding on the coattails of her father, Moon Landrieu, ex-corrupt mayor of New Orleans.

Su’prise, su’prise, su’prise, now her brother is mayor of New Orleans.

cane_loader on February 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM

….they’re gonna need a bigger boat solar panel…..

challenges.

ted c on February 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM

I did a quick Google search and could not find a single news story on the hearing. Remember when a Republican senator would bash a Bush appointee we’d get news stories praising the appointee for speaking out for what right, yada yada yada. When a Dem is fragging the president’s appointee we get zip from out fair and balanced media.

Aplombed on February 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM

I think Landrieu has run out of rope. She’s pulled conservative stunts before to get re-elected and it seems to have gotten old. She’s pleading for oil industry related jobs because her job IS an oil related job.

cartooner on February 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

How many applications for permits were received? What percentage of applications resulted in permits in past years and now this last one? That info would be more helpful in pushing this point, IMO.

ted c on February 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

But then why bother to go through the expense of applying for a permit if you know you’re going to be denied. How much economic activity isn’t even being attempted because of this regime’s policies?

rbj on February 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Now, tell me why Senator Landrieu still has a (D) after her name. If she had a lick of sense she’d change parties, and pronto.

coldwarrior on February 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

She’s pro-drilling – most of the time – because it’s politically profitable for her to be so. She’s a blue dog Democrat, and as liberal as she is able to be and still get re-elected.

@cane_loader – yes, that’s been my experience, too. Vitter is a LOT more responsive to his constituents. Regular telephone town halls, quick with emails, even if they are the “rest assured, I understand your concerns,” variety.

Laura Curtis on February 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I think its great that she is standing up for her constituents. When Democrats do this it helps our cause. The WH can’t say its just Republicans. This is their own party calling them out on their lies. Here, here Mary!

magicbeans on February 29, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Now, tell me why Senator Landrieu still has a (D) after her name. If she had a lick of sense she’d change parties, and pronto.

coldwarrior on February 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Because Democrats know she doesn’t mean it.

Cindy Munford on February 29, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I give her 0.001 point of credit for telling the truth about this issue even though her cronies wish she’d shut up. But she’s only doing this because she wants to keep her power.

yhxqqsn on February 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM

The citizens, of the State of Louisiana have it almost figured out and, when they get to re-elect Mary, I hope they have it all figured out and vote in another Republican. If the Senate weren’t in the Democrats hands, there’d be legislation flying at Obama that, if he were to veto it, wouldn’t look good. The Democrats, in the Senate, are not only protecting themselves from making tough choices, they’re also protecting Obama from making tough choices.

The sooner we get a Republican House, Senate, and White House, the sooner we can get this country straightened out.

bflat879 on February 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Living in Louisiana, I’ve watched the Democrats load bus after bus with people in New Orleans, have them vote, then turn them around and send them home. Next voting cycle, the same thing.

This is the one where I hope they all stay home for the sake of Louisiana.

itsspideyman on February 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I don’t doubt that there are a few good Democrats out there, but they crossed the line when they were sold a false bill of goods. It’s time for them to go home now.

DDay on February 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Mary Landrieu discovers that Ken Salazar and his boss Barry are liars.

roux on February 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Is she up for re-election?

Vince on February 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Once or twice a year, Landrieu earns her check. That’s it.
She will make this speech, and then vote in lockstep with the likes of Franken. So, thanks for the words Mary. They mean a lot. Really. You go girl.

Sugar Land on February 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM

If you Google news “Landrieu Salazar drilling moratorium” you get exactly one hit, this very post.

Yet if this were two repubs going at it, it’d be the lead story on all the networks and the top story on Obama’s news aggregation sites, i.e. yahoo, aol, etc.

The most blatant and corrupt form of media bias is not how they spin stories. It’s what they black out; what they refuse to report. Basically anything that shines a bad light on Obama/Dems.

kevinkristy on February 29, 2012 at 10:41 AM

In a related story from the Heritage Foundation:

February 29, 2012 at 8:40 am

With the national average of gas prices hitting $3.65 a gallon, nearing $6 in some parts of the country, and poised to head even higher, America’s families are wondering when the bleeding at the pump will stop. But for Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu, those steep prices aren’t even a concern. In fact, he says his goal is not to get the price of gasoline to go down.

Chu delivered those stunning remarks in testimony before Congress yesterday. When Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) asked Chu whether it’s his “overall goal to get our price” of gasoline lower, Chu said, “No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy.”

As shocking as his remarks are, they shouldn’t come as a surprise. Chu has a long record of advocating for higher gas prices. In 2008, he stated, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Last March, he reiterated his point in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, noting that his focus is to ease the pain felt by his energy policies by forcing automakers to make more fuel-efficient automobiles. “What I’m doing since I became Secretary of Energy has been quite clear.

What I have been doing is developing methods to take the pain out of high gas prices.” (all emphasis mine)

It has become quite clear that the objectives of this administration is to keep fuel prices high to advance their pathetic agenda to put all of us into Chevy Volts—damn the free market conditions—your government knows best how to run this economy.

Rovin on February 29, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Is she up for re-election?

Vince on February 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Not until 2014.

Laura Curtis on February 29, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I’d like to think that Sen. Landrieu is being sincere.
Maybe in her “God’s little acre”, but where has she been re: the issue in toto?

Present.
Hopefully, she’ll drag other clueless Democrats into 21st Century realities.
(hopefully, but i won’t hold my breath)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Did you hear the prevaricator?

Uh, um Mary, ah uh Senator, um uh ah we have uh granted um millions of acres uh . . .

Even if you knew nothing about the issue, you’d know he was uh, um LYING!

Nemesis of Jihad on February 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM

That smug look on that bastage franken’s lying face makes me rage. Why did you let that fool steal the election, MN?

Spectreman on February 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Regarding Ramirez’s cartoon, you could have that on almost every statement Obama’s made: The economy is fixed, the auto bailout was a great success, there’s no abortion funding in Obamacare, Congress was in recess for my last appointments, the mandate does not affect the church, Obamacare saved billions, etc. The only thing he’s said that is true: “We are going to fundamentally transform America!”

Christian Conservative on February 29, 2012 at 10:52 AM

The corrupt Louisiana Purchase Landrieu must be running for reelection.

jqc1970 on February 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM

ted c on February 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Heh.

ShainS on February 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I do not care for Mary and never voted for he. You ask why she still has a D behind her name. You might not understand that the only reason she got elected is voters in New Orleans. Another reason she has to call them out is for her brother Mitch, now Mayor of New Orleans.

LSUMama on February 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

The thugs in the White House have tried their best to destroy our economy. it`s not just the rigs that suffer it`s the crew boat owners and staff, supply stores, any business that caters to the offshore men. So far Mitch is a better Mayor than what we had in the recent past.

LSUMama on February 29, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Here, Here’s, Mary, Senator Landrieu, the fact…

Waiting to MoDo to claim she heard a “calm down little lady, don’t worry yourself so”

AH_C on February 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM

What Boemre (pronounced “bummer” down here in Louisiana) has done is made it quite difficult to obtain a drilling permit in shallow water. Shallow water has become pretty much the domain of the independent companies. They don’t have to raise $billions for lease, drilling, development, pipelines and a new production platform built in Singapore, or China, or S. Korea.

Kermit on February 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM

jqc1970 on February 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM

If only some showed video of her at Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness in the time after Katrina and before she finally opened her mouth on national TV, she would not have gotten a single vote from New Orleans from the “flooded poor black folk”. I was there and shocked.

The REAL deal she got from Obama for her Obamacare vote was that there was not any serious opposition to her brother’s late entry into the mayoral race in New Orleans. Lo and behold all campaign contributions for his opponents suddenly dried up. After the election, suddenly Federal funds started flowing to the corrupt city.

Kermit on February 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Leasing the land and allowing exploration and drilling are two different things. The government is will to take the money for the land leases but will gum up the works to keep any drilling from going on. Doesn’t that constitute fraud?

chemman on February 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

The sooner we get a Republican House, Senate, and White House, the sooner we can get this country straightened out.

bflat879 on February 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM

It is more than just a republican House, Senate and White House. We had that from 2000 – 2006 and it didn’t work out so well. It needs to be a conservative House, Senate and White House. Otherwise we just ride the slow boat to the economic disaster instead of the speed boat.

chemman on February 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Mr. Chu, what good is energy that no one can afford… this sounds like old Russia, no one had money, but those in Government had power, and that was more important than money!! We are well on our way there, watch, don’t listen.

rgranger on March 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM