More public lands to be closed to shale oil drilling

posted at 5:31 pm on November 10, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

In the final days of the election I made what turned out to be a clearly futile effort to demonstrate that the future of energy production, as well as the associated jobs and economic boost which go with it, could be significantly affected by the outcome. One candidate had a substantially pro-energy policy which included completing the Keystone pipeline and unshackling promising areas of domestic energy development. The other did not. Taking a line from Bruce Willis for a moment… I hate it when I’m right.

The Interior Department on Friday issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development.

The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration…

Interior’s Bureau of Land Management cited environmental concerns for the proposed changes. Among other things, it excised lands with “wilderness characteristics” and areas that conflicted with sage grouse habitats.

Well, that didn’t take long at all. If you check your watches, that was actually less than 72 hours after the polls closed. Of course, it’s not final yet. There will be a 30 day protest period and a 60 day review, all carefully overseen by the fair minded members of the Obama administration who will certainly be open to…

Oh, who am I kidding? They’re going to ram this through like the Texans blowing past the defensive line of the Jets. So no drilling, leading to no investment by energy companies, no new jobs and decreasing domestic supplies. When you combine that with the already beginning job losses in the coal industry, the picture becomes fairly grim. But America had a choice to make and they apparently chose to stay warm this winter by huddling around the smoldering remains of their hybrid cars.

But it’s not as if we weren’t given fair warning. During the debates, Mitt Romney called out the President on his claims over oil production being up and noting that permits on federal lands had fallen by 36%. Obama responded by saying that the lazy oil companies were sitting on the permits for too long and they needed to “use it or lose it.” Of course, he didn’t mention that we’d be losing them forever

But look on the bright side, little campers. The price of Sage Grouse sandwiches should be coming down.


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NYC—-Sandy Style

A whole city waiting on SOMEONE ELSE……SANTA CLAUS?……..to help them.

Oh is the lefty left left upsetsy wetsy about being called Santa?

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PappyD61 on November 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Sorry about the bold…….iPad thingy. :-)

PappyD61 on November 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

I would love to smack that arrogant ass in the mouth!

ultracon on November 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Charlemagne at 6:17

Have Boehner provide just enough R votes so that any purely economic plan that is generated by the WH passes–provided the Dems support it 100%. Same with McConnell in the Senate to overcome filibuster…although I kinda hope Reid does away with that tactic.

johnny alpha on November 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM

The Traitor-in-chief has made it clear that you are going to be paying $10p/gal. before he’s done! This is only the beginning. The insane regulations that will follow this Idiocy, will make Morons think this is Stupid! Oh, and get ready for your Carbon Credit Scam!
Fight the Obama Enemy media or Kiss the Constitution Goodbye: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

http://www.floridapoliticalpress.com/2012/11/10/st-lucie-county-reports-141-1-voter-turnout-results-impact-allen-wests-failed-reelection-bid/

OT, but there was 141% turnout in one county in Florida where Allen West was “defeated” The number of extra votes in that county exceeded Obama’s margin of victory in the state.

talkingpoints

Apparently this is nothing new. And apparently republicans are ok with it.

In 2008, John McCain Ignored Vote Fraud to Avoid Civil Unrest

xblade on November 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Uhm, oil shale isn’t “drilled”. It is basically strip mined, crushed, and heat/steam treated to release the oil.

crosspatch on November 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM

The 141% turnout story is bogus. People are trying to compare card count to registered voters. Trouble is because of all the ballot initiatives, the St. Lucie ballot was two cards long. While some did turn in only a single card, the full ballot was two cards so basically divide that card count by two.

crosspatch on November 11, 2012 at 12:21 AM

The 141% turnout story is bogus. People are trying to compare card count to registered voters. Trouble is because of all the ballot initiatives, the St. Lucie ballot was two cards long. While some did turn in only a single card, the full ballot was two cards so basically divide that card count by two.

crosspatch on November 11, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Not to nitpick overmuch, but the baseline FL full ballot I saw was 3 cards, printed front and back. Gotta love bilingual full-text on 12 proposed State-Constitution amendments. If St Lucie County had additional proposals, that’d only drive the card-tally higher.

What’s irritating about West’s loss is that his court bid to have the ballot-boxes sealed and kept in a locked room in the County courthouses (to prevent casual tampering) failed. It failed because the Judge who heard the petition denied that the court had the authority to order it (!).

Such basic ballot-integrity procedures should be mandatory, for every precinct in the Union. We’re not even to Stalin’s infamous “who counts” yet – we’ve got election officials traipsing around with unsecured ballot-boxes before they even get counted at all! Then there’s the shock that the US lacks voter-ID requirements – expressed by election observers sent by the UN (that honored and respected bastion of personal honesty and political integrity, ahem).

The conclusion is clear: we MUST have immediate and comprehensive election-process reform, before we can truly say that we live again in a free nation.

Blacksmith on November 11, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Obama is so full of it he represents a walking natural methane pocket. That ought to be good for something.

Sherman1864 on November 11, 2012 at 5:08 AM

Uhm, oil shale isn’t “drilled”. It is basically strip mined, crushed, and heat/steam treated to release the oil.
crosspatch on November 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Yeah, so??

Sherman1864 on November 11, 2012 at 5:22 AM

Blacksmith, if you think you’re going to have any such reform without massive violence, I have a bridge to sell you. Nice view of Brooklyn.

SDN on November 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM

The Messiah wants Americans to go back to world of kerosene lamps and candles.

The Messiah was re-elected. Repeal the 22nd amendment and he will rule forever.

Hallejuah!

technopeasant on November 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Do the people who voted for this POS have heating bills to pay?

petefrt on November 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Let’s let the libs have everything they want, so that the whole system comes crashing down and we can start over. The voters decided to go full retard on election day, so let’s give them what they were asking for.

jfkfc on November 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

The price of Sage Grouse sandwiches should be coming down.

Can we put Sage Grouses in our gas tanks? Anyone with a clue knew it was coming so why are we grousing?

America has the government we deserve. That’s democracy. All of those stupid, gullible, naive rubes who put this clown in office for a second term by either not showing up or actively voting for him can suck on Sage Grouse.

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Let’s let the libs have everything they want, so that the whole system comes crashing down and we can start over. The voters decided to go full retard on election day, so let’s give them what they were asking for.

jfkfc on November 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

We don’t have to “let” them. They have it. You’re right, though, if Boehner had an ounce of sense he would drop all resistance in the house and take away the one excuse Obama has left.

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I would love to smack that arrogant ass in the mouth!

ultracon on November 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I’d hold his arms behind his back for ya.

avagreen on November 11, 2012 at 3:11 PM

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