Nice: GOP looking to thwart Obama admin’s restrictive five-year drilling plan

posted at 7:21 pm on July 10, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

The Obama administration’s recently released five-year drilling plan leaves much to be desired. It essentially offers American industries access to a mouth-watering morsel of our abundantly available natural resources while masquerading as a large-scale “all of the above”-ish energy plan. As the Interior Department detailed in their own report, however, we’re willfully passing up huge potential for economic growth and job creation through our quixotic, self-imposed limitations.

In response to the administration’s meager permitting plan, House Republicans are mounting an offensive to undermine it with the Congressional Replacement of President Obama’s Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan. Yes, that’s what it’s called. The proposed bill is only at the draft legislation stage with the Natural Resources Committee right now, but I like it the sound of it — it’s telling, straightforward, and just the tiniest bit cheeky.

The bill includes a plan that would replace the Obama Administration’s final offshore drilling plan, announced on June 28th, which keeps 85 percent of America’s offshore areas off-limits to energy production. Under current law (Section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Act), President Obama’s proposed plan does not become final and in effect until it undergoes a mandatory 60-day Congressional review…

“President Obama’s rewritten offshore plan represents a giant step backwards for American offshore energy production and a giant lost opportunity to create over a million new American jobs. The Obama plan closes off 85% of America’s offshore resources and effectively reimposes the drilling moratoria lifted by Congress and President Bush in 2008 when gas prices set record highs. Under the law, Congress has 60 days to review President Obama’s plan before it takes effect. The legislation that the Committee will act on would replace the energy-restricting and job-limiting Obama plan with a responsible, robust offshore drilling plan that will create new jobs by safely opening new areas known to possess the greatest offshore energy resources,”said Chairman Hastings.“The replacement plan specifically provides for opening offshore Virginia to drilling, with the first of several lease sales starting in 2013. President Obama cancelled a lease sale off Virginia scheduled for 2011 and the President’s plan doesn’t allow energy production off Virginia until 2017 or later.”

The Natural Resources Committee provides a few visuals that aptly illustrate the extent to which Obama’s plan would cut us off from our own assets. This is what the Obama administration’s plan looks like (hint, red means no):

And this is what the GOP’s plan looks like:

If there is one surefire method of creating productive, private-sector, economic growth-encouraging, federal revenue-boosting jobs, of which our economy is in dire need, it’s allowing the American energy sector to just do its thing without the strangling regulations and limited use imposed by the politically-influenced federal government. Please, Obama administration — get out of our way.


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Erika Johnson, you are a fantastic addition here.

the new aesthetic on July 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

EXCELLENT

cmsinaz on July 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

if dear leader can circumvent the laws, so can congress….

tee hee

cmsinaz on July 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Man, that first map is really something to behold, a stark example of just how clueless TFGRP and minions are.

Bishop on July 10, 2012 at 7:26 PM

James Earl Jones to speak shortly….

Electrongod on July 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I can not wait until it gets to the Senate for a vote- Hopefully before election day

Natebo on July 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Nice.

CW on July 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

So what’s the story with the purple area?

What happens in 2022?

Electrongod on July 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM

GOP looking to thwart Obama

See? The Tea Party and the GOP are racist.

/James Earl Jones

VibrioCocci on July 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

FUBO and the skittle-pooping unicorn he rode in on.

Naturally Curly on July 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Man, that first map is really something to behold, a stark example of just how clueless TFGRP and minions are.

Bishop on July 10, 2012 at 7:26 PM

You assume clueless and incompetence where the evidence clearly indicates malevolent intent.

The GOP Map put’s the offshore continental shelf off Southern California in play, where their is potentially as much if not more oil as their is in the Gulf.

SWalker on July 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM

…GOP plan looks good to me…now do a fracking map and where drilling should be in flyover country.

KOOLAID2 on July 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I’m seriously impressed. The GOP has a bad habit of being short on answers besides “the Democrat plan is bad” and “keep things the same”. Those are great lines for hardcore conservatives, but for the rest of the voting bloc it’s really worn thin by now.

Now the question of the hour is “can you enforce this plan?”

MelonCollie on July 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM

OT but too interesting….

Scranton PA cuts all workers pay to min. wage…..

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/scranton-minimum-wage-city-police-firemen-140229063.html

CW on July 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Sounds like another Hopey’s Abyss…MMM..MMM..MMM!!!

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 7:47 PM

CW on July 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Lovely. So now law enforcement and fire-control services are making no more than some zit-faced highschooler at McDonalds? I’m sure that isn’t just begging for mass desertions to better jobs…

MelonCollie on July 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM

But…but..if we become energy-independent, our Arab allies will be mad at us!

And…and…what about the spotted snail-darter owl micro-lizardfish? There are only five left in CA! We can’t drill in Alaska!

OMG!*

*all comments made here are in a high liberal falsetto of hysteria…

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

So,the Hopey colour is RED,for no,

and,O.M.G…….and thats the same colour as
COMMUNISTS……crap,I’m…..

GobSmacked sumpin..sumpin!!

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

CW on July 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Lovely. So now law enforcement and fire-control services are making no more than some zit-faced highschooler at McDonalds? I’m sure that isn’t just begging for mass desertions to better jobs…

MelonCollie on July 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM

You’d think….

it cannot end well.

CW on July 10, 2012 at 7:52 PM

OMG!*

*all comments made here are in a high liberal falsetto of hysteria…

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Liam:

Since we have had the same time stamp,it appears,we have had a
(O.M.G.) moment,haha!:)

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I’m sure that isn’t just begging for mass desertions to better jobs…

MelonCollie on July 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM

And which better jobs would those be? Why did Scranton have to cut their pay in the first place?

SWalker on July 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

CW on July 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Don’t you just love that? Liberalism run amok has trashed the place. I used to live 60 miles from there.

Funny is that union lawyers are suing if Federal court. Fine, fair enough. Too bad the city didn’t push an ‘escape clause’ for such emergencies. Problem is, can you get money after winning a suit when there is nothing to be had?

Also of note: The report didn’t mention the Party affiliation of the mayor (who wanted tax increases). Not to read too much in this but, in my experience, if the mayor was a Republican that detail would have prominent note in the story.

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Can we start filling in RED areas where President Obama is no longer allowed to be President over?

Varchild on July 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Lovely. So now law enforcement and fire-control services are making no more than some zit-faced highschooler at McDonalds? I’m sure that isn’t just begging for mass desertions to better jobs…

MelonCollie on July 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Frankly, I agree.

ladyingray on July 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM

OMG!*

*all comments made here are in a high liberal falsetto of hysteria…

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Liam:

Since we have had the same time stamp,it appears,we have had a
(O.M.G.) moment,haha!:)

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Seems we have done the worst thing possible against the left: Knowing them as they are. *LOL*

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 7:58 PM

And…and…what about the spotted snail-darter owl micro-lizardfish? There are only five left in CA!

OMG!*

*all comments made here are in a high liberal falsetto of hysteria…

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Tell me where they are. I’ll stomp them myself.

Patrick S on July 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM

And a nice way to end the day:

Obama drops to 44%-Gallup

hillsoftx on July 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Funny is that union lawyers are suing if Federal court. Fine, fair enough. Too bad the city didn’t push an ‘escape clause’ for such emergencies. Problem is, can you get money after winning a suit when there is nothing to be had?

Also of note: The report didn’t mention the Party affiliation of the mayor (who wanted tax increases). Not to read too much in this but, in my experience, if the mayor was a Republican that detail would have prominent note in the story.

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I wonder what a court could do IF it can be proven that is all they can afford…I suspect the court would not care. Roberts didn’t actually improve my opinion of judges.

And yes he is a D.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Doherty

Funny how that was left out Liam. Nice catch.

CW on July 10, 2012 at 8:01 PM

You’d think….

it cannot end well.

CW on July 10, 2012 at 7:52 PM

No. It will NOT end well, and you can take that to the bank. We are talking about two of the most important public services, for God’s sake. Not even the biggest John Galtian I ever knew wished that we all suddenly return to the era of no organized police forces and penny-ante fire brigades.

More generally, societies pay the most to the people they value the most. Compare the wages of, say, a (c)rap-music ‘star’ and a soldier. Who is more ‘valuable’ to society, even though the one isn’t worthy to shine the boots of the other? Food for thought.

MelonCollie on July 10, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Tell me where they are. I’ll stomp them myself.

Patrick S on July 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM

That would be a waste. Catch ‘em, cook ‘em, and either eat ‘em for yourself or feed ‘em to the cat.

You know, it’s amazing–for people who believe in Darwin and his theory of natural selection/survival of the fittest, liblets sure go a long way to try ‘preserving’ a species that has lost the ability to last on its own.

Maybe a metaphor on liberalism? ~wry grin~

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM

CW on July 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Sounds like Democrat policies colliding. A mayor who wants to raise taxes and a City Council who wants to spend.

Last week, Doherty abruptly cut pay for all 398 city employees to $7.25 per hour, saying it was the only way to keep Scranton solvent.

According to the paper, Scranton—which faces a $16.8 million budget deficit—had $133,000 in cash on hand as of Monday, but owed $3.4 million in various vendor bills, including health insurance

The mayor, meanwhile, blamed the City Council for Scranton’s financial woes.

“If they’d gone with my budget, we wouldn’t be having this discussion,” Doherty said. “The taxes would have been raised. The bills all would have been paid because we would have had a dedicated revenue stream.”

Health insurance bills and Taxes. It’s like a bad song.

txhsmom on July 10, 2012 at 8:06 PM

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Seems we have done the worst thing possible against the left: Knowing them as they are. *LOL*

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Liam:True dat,Hopey has BOINKED my country over,on the KeyStone
Oil Pipeline Project,and now this,its nuts!!:)

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM

No. It will NOT end well, and you can take that to the bank. We are talking about two of the most important public services, ….

MelonCollie on July 10, 2012 at 8:01 PM

That is where the Ohio GOP and Kasich screwed up….well hey at least this guy’s a Dem. I wonder if most people though will think he is an R due to our wonderful media.

CW on July 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

For some reason I can’t see the maps…any suggestions?

Barred on July 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Funny how that was left out Liam. Nice catch.

CW on July 10, 2012 at 8:01 PM

I caught that because from when that CA Congressman was questioned about a missing aide. He was suspect during the investigation (later proven without doubt to be totally innocent).

Normally, when a Congressperson is interviewed, the TV format is Name(D) or Name(R). This guy under suspicion was a Dem. But during an interview on CNN, the notation on the bottom of the screen was Name(Rep).

He was a Representative. But, really, seeing (Rep) would make people think he was a Pub when in fact he was a Dem.

I guess, in my cynicism, I tend to watch for the subtle trickeries of the left.

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

canopfor on July 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Liberals love admitting their liberals, except when called on the things they create and therefor own.

Liberals, when all is said and done, end up being like a snake that eats its own tail.

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

For some reason I can’t see the maps…any suggestions?

Barred on July 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Enable Javascript?

Liam on July 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

I am an exploration geologist

California killed their offshore operations decades ago

The most lucrative area – the Gulf Coast – Has been gutted by the Obama administration
Permitting in the Gulf of Mexico has slowed down to a snail’s pace witth ten times the red tape and only the major oil companies including BP able to compete. Many companies have abandoned offshore entirely, never to come back

Offshore Fla panhandle 50 miles plus has established hydrocarbon trend but is shut off to industry

The east coast really isn’t perspective based on exploration efforts in the 1970-80s

Oil shales are low rate wells, drill a lot of them and watch them trickle
The money made there is the land owners and the companies that get in early then monetize

Open up ANWAR and the north slope gas pipeline – now we are talking

audiotom on July 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM

audiotom on July 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM

How about offshore East Coast since ultra deepwater is now drillable and new seismic survey capabilities, 3D & 4D?

You are correct about the Gulf especially shallow water having to use new regs for deepwater and the Freedom Works backed congressional candidate in LA, Landry who wants to force drilling companies to have workboats on hire just floating around.

Kermit on July 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM

RNC, put this in an ad, now. Complete with the graphics. Put this up against Harry Reid’s tax gimmick proposed today for small businesses. Put this in an ad along with Obama delaying the Keystone XL pipeline and holding off thousands of jobs that could go into effect right now.

HoosierStateofMind on July 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

audiotom on July 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM

How about offshore East Coast since ultra deepwater is now drillable and new seismic survey capabilities, 3D & 4D?

You are correct about the Gulf especially shallow water having to use new regs for deepwater and the Freedom Works backed congressional candidate in LA, Landry who wants to force drilling companies to have workboats on hire just floating around.

Kermit on July 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM

The East Coast has a different geologic history
Potential rift basins like offshore Newfoundland – Triassic / Jurassic in age

Would have to start with wide spaced reconassiance 2d seismic, gravity data, then shoot 3d over areas deemed more prospective. 3 year lead time minimum. Younger organic rich sediments preferentially went down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. No guarantee the exploration effort would be successful.

In Louisiana We always had lift boats, just not as many and the upfront bonds needed to work offshore keep all but the majors and larger midsized companies out of the Gulf.

BP took an incredible number of safety shortcuts that led to their irresponsible actions and a catastrophy that killed 11 people and didn’t need to happen. The environmental effects will be long lasting.

Look at the safety record in the Gulf over the last 70 years. You don’t ground all airplanes for one rogue airlines safety issue on one plane crash

Obama and his ivory tower boys were helpless to address the problem and instead started the green energy spin and major hits to the industry and ajoining economys. Red states – move along

audiotom on July 11, 2012 at 1:29 AM

I find it amazing that the area of the BP Horizon is banned. Now that we know that there is a high pressure supply of crude there, why not just go get it? Close to refineries; why make things hard?

KenInIL on July 11, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Why on earth would we want to use our national resources? Don’t you know that the world is going to blow up from overheating in the next 5 years if we don’t stop emissions?

Monkeytoe on July 11, 2012 at 8:35 AM