Interior report: Energy development on federal lands created 1.5 million jobs

posted at 5:21 pm on July 9, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

On Monday, Obama’s Department of Interior released a new report detailing how energy development on federal lands helped to create 1.5 million jobs and contributed $275 billion to the economy in just the last fiscal year. To that, I have only one thing to say: Ya’ think?!

The Interior Department claimed its activities contributed a total of $385 billion to the economy in fiscal 2011, with energy development comprising more than 71 percent of that amount.

So, all of that wealth and economic growth created as a direct byproduct of the federal government allowing some of “its” (a.k.a., our) lands to be developed for energy production — was it because of all of the permits that the Interior Department has lately given out for solar panels? Nein. Granted, conventional fuels are obviously much larger industries with larger operations, but given the track record of the Interior Department’s regulatory partner-in-crime, the Department of Energy, on gifting solar companies with loan guarantees, I find myself obliged to wonder what the Interior Department is doing playing politics with our lands at all:

Oil, gas and coal production were the biggest economic drivers for Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, generating an estimated economic contribution of $119.6 billion last year and supporting 558,976 jobs, according to the report. Wind energy on federal lands added $100 million in economic activity, along with 688 jobs. On-site solar construction yielded $1.4 billion in economic activity to go with 6,747 jobs.

Interior said renewable energy, and especially wind and solar power, will play a larger role in the nation’s energy production in the years ahead. It cited a Bureau of Labor Statistics report that said job growth in renewable production is possible despite an overall decline in utility jobs through the end of the decade.

Yes, no doubt wind and solar will play a larger role in the nation’s energy production in the years ahead — especially if the Obama administration continues to subsidize them like there’s no tomorrow, with money we don’t have.

This report is just a taste of what we’re missing out on while the Interior Department continually takes Americans out of the game by keeping such a tight hold over the use of our federal lands. As much as the Obama administration likes to tout that they’ve opened up new areas for drilling at a reasonable and responsible pace, the reality is that the rate of federal permitting has generally declined during Obama’s tenure. Instead of allowing Americans to tap into our abundantly available resources, creating jobs and economic growth at no expense to the taxpayer, the Obama admin insists upon pouring our money down the green-energy pipeline and then yelling about the munificence of their romantic clean-energy notions. It’s nothing but a poorly-orchestrated waste of everybody’s time and money.

ICYMI, Team Obama recently released their five-year plan for domestic drilling. If you were hoping that the Obama administration was finally planning on reversing course on its coventional-energy-hatin’ ways and allowing private-sector American ingenuity to bolster our flailing economy with much-needed jobs and growth… you can stop now.


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Bmore on July 9, 2012 at 5:26 PM

To that, I have only one thing to say: Ya’ think?!
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No Sh*t Sherlock………….oy!!

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 5:26 PM


Obama Jobs meme:

2009 – Created or saved

2012 – Lost and found

PolAgnostic on July 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Interior report: Energy development on federal lands created 1.5 million jobs

Probably mostly government employees too. Regulators, EPA, enforcement agents, etc……

HotAirian on July 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar distorted moratorium purposely to ban drilling which led to thousands of lost jobs and decreased American energy production in the Gulf of Mexico

Another Cabinet Contempt of Congress soon!

Kini on July 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Wind energy on federal lands added $100 million in economic activity, along with 688 jobs. On-site solar construction yielded $1.4 billion in economic activity to go with 6,747 jobs.
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Um,is this after all the bankruptcys and so,this is more than likey
fancy created Progressive math!
(sarc).

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

This worthless spineless below slug did not do squat! All he and bho’s team have done is keep us from drilling, getting gas/oil, coal all over the US.

I can not say how much I detest this whole blooming bunch!
L

letget on July 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Ok, sumbuddy help me out … WHERE are these federal lands with such glorious expansion ??
I really don’t know, and have dinner to cook.
Any help ??

pambi on July 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

On-site solar construction yielded $1.4 billion in economic activity to go with 6,747 jobs.

Hmmmm……..wonder if they remembered to SUBTRACT that ‘solar development project’ in California that recently declared bankruptcy.

Let’s just say that absent DOCUMENTATION, I wouldn’t take anything at face value that this administration puts out.

GarandFan on July 9, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Oil, gas and coal production were the biggest economic drivers for Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, generating an estimated economic contribution of $119.6 billion last year and supporting 558,976 jobs, according to the report. Wind energy on federal lands added $100 million in economic activity, along with 688 jobs. On-site solar construction yielded $1.4 billion in economic activity to go with 6,747 jobs.

Instead of allowing Americans to tap into our abundantly available resources, creating jobs and economic growth at no expense to the taxpayer, the Obama admin insists upon pouring our money down the green-energy pipeline and then yelling about the munificence of their romantic clean-energy notions.

Solar and wind projects generated 1.3% of the jobs, and 1.3% of the economic contribution, while fossil fuels contributed 98.7%. We’re supposed to strive for energy independence, but we’ve got to stop those dirty, greedy 99%ers, don’t we?

Somebody at the Romney campaign needs to wake people up to the elephant in the energy room!

Steve Z on July 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Stick that hat up your a$$, Sleezar.

msupertas on July 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar distorted moratorium purposely to ban drilling which led to thousands of lost jobs and decreased American energy production in the Gulf of Mexico

Another Cabinet Contempt of Congress soon!

Kini on July 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I’m surprised Salazar wasn’t found in contempt of court by the 5th Circuit over his actions.

He pushed the moratorium through twice, got slapped down both times, then continued to hold the permitorium until threats were made over his office’s refusal to issue permits.

teke184 on July 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM

On Monday, Obama’s Department of Interior released a new report detailing how energy development on federal lands helped to create 1.5 million jobs and contributed $275 billion to the economy in just the last fiscal year. To that, I have only one thing to say:

…oh now we’ve gone from lying…to FICTION…!!!

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 5:38 PM

1.5M jobs? Must be some of that f’n Pelosi-math.
I don’t believe that total for a moment. It’s some democrat projectionist’s projection

rayra on July 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Remember the leftist talking points is that it takes 10 years to get any oil. So all of these jobs and economic benefits are a result of that previous administration. It’s Bush’s fault.

chemman on July 9, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Salazar is such a punk. He runs around shutting down offshore drilling at every opportunity and then claims to be a big “All Of The Above” guy. I met him at a reception in his office a while back. He was a total jerk when he found out I work for a republican.

dczombie on July 9, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Steve Z on July 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

The humanities Prof. says we should. Head on up to the Global Warming meme in the headlines and see what he wrote.

chemman on July 9, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Probably mostly government employees too. Regulators, EPA, enforcement agents, etc……

HotAirian on July 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM

first thing that came to mind…good job

DanMan on July 9, 2012 at 5:42 PM

If you have a gltch with Erika’s linky,
here it is!
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http://www.doi.gov/americasgreatoutdoors/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=308931

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

i do hope that mitt wins…we’ve got to get the hacks, leftist zealots, crackpots et al. out of the government.

r keller on July 9, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Salazar…like others of the Obami…

is a lying SACK OF SPIT.

Ragspierre on July 9, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Does the BLS know about this? If this was true why this must mean that the net job creation in other areas was virtually negative.

Does anyone believe anything that comes out of this administration?

clippermiami on July 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Salazar…like others of the Obami…

is a lying SACK OF SPIT.

Ragspierre on July 9, 2012 at 5:51 PM

…nice job with the “P” there!

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 5:56 PM

2009 – Created or saved

2012 – Lost and found

PolAgnostic on July 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM

…lol!

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Bull!

coldwarrior on July 9, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Look at me! I’m authentic guy wearing a cowboy hat! Bloody tool.

yubley on July 9, 2012 at 6:09 PM

It’s nothing but a poorly-orchestrated waste of everybody’s time and money.

Pretty much summed up the entire 0 administration, there, Erika. Nice shootin’.

iurockhead on July 9, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Is it like those jobs they give to foreign exchange kids from Japan I saw at Glacier National Park in MT last year, yeah those are summer temps, Yeah, that doesnt count Mr Obama.

ninjacoastie on July 9, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar distorted moratorium purposely to ban drilling which led to thousands of lost jobs and decreased American energy production in the Gulf of Mexico

Another Cabinet Contempt of Congress soon!

Kini on July 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

You forgot to add that Mexican Gulf “moratorium” freed up some drilling platforms for Soros’ company to move to Brazil. With a $2 BILLION “loan” to help Soros out in his endeavor as well.

riddick on July 9, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Have no idea why you guys are questioning the number of jobs created by Hussein. I am sure the number is pretty accurate, 1.5 Million of jobs created. In China, Brazil, India and other countries. Probably even more than listed.

riddick on July 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM

We must return federals lands to their pristine natural condition so that they can…er, burn down!! Naturally.

PattyJ on July 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Oh geez please. They are counting gas station employees(they pump ethanol right? and the like….talk about a bunch of lies.

CW on July 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Yeah, every time they ship a single windmill blade they hire a trucker and 2 escort vehicles. I don’t see why they don’t just make the windmills at the wind farm location. I think they are importing most of this stuff so I suppose they count the people on the ship and the people unloading it at the docks. Gotta count the guys who built the truck to transport the blade. Gotta count the guys who processed that 500 gallons of diesel and 100 gallons of gasoline in the escorts that it took to transport that blade.

I’m sure 75% of these counted jobs are unnecessary and illegitimate.

Buddahpundit on July 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Created 1.5 million jobs where none, absolutely none, had ever existed before?

Uh huh.

Who’s the rodeo clown in the big hat, again?

ya2daup on July 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

They put in a huge solar array on the Air Force Academy that will “pay for itself” in 40 years. Only problem is, the solar panels only last 20 years max. That there’s the Federal Govt. for you! Besides that, it looks like sh!t!

kirkill on July 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Okay, saying that on the remote doubtful implausibly slim chance that I theoretically maybe might possibly conceivably hypothetically with reservations but never in a blue moon believe IntSec Sleazy’s claim of 1.5 millions jobs, I know that they flushed way more than $385 million down Osquanderer’s greenie patronage sewer.

stukinIL4now on July 9, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Members of the Obama administration know they can lie with impunity because the media will never challenge them. As dumb as she is, even Debbie Wasserman Schultz can figure that out.

bw222 on July 9, 2012 at 8:23 PM

This is an absolute joke! Ask any Oil&Gas Professional.
Almost all of the development is on private or state land
because dealing with the Feds is a regulatory nightmare!

Waldoni on July 10, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Ok, sumbuddy help me out … WHERE are these federal lands with such glorious expansion ??
I really don’t know, and have dinner to cook.
Any help ??

pambi on July 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Off the coast of Alaska is the only one I know of right now which is the BOHMERE or the formerlly known MMS. There are some areas in Alaska that are BLM (which is also interior) and in North Dakota, the lands that are being drilled are BLM as well… just because the farmers own the surface rights, doesn’t mean they hold the mineral rights. WY has quite a bit of BLM land that is being drilled.

But then again, This is already DRILLED, not leased out for exploration.

especially if the Obama administration continues to subsidize them like there’s no tomorrow, with money we don’t have.

Erika, the only “entities” that are subsidizing are the states that are drilling… Alaska, Texas, North Dakota and Wyoming. As far as I know, there is no subsidizing in the federal government at the moment, and those subsidies were under the Bush policies that expired over a year ago and it was ON exploration.

People forget these.

upinak on July 10, 2012 at 2:58 AM

Someone needs to tell Cowboy Kenny to take off that idiotic hat!

pilamaye on July 10, 2012 at 5:54 AM