Less red tape, improved speed on oil-and-gas permits? Ok, let’s see it

posted at 9:21 pm on February 13, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Sorry to barrage you with the tiresome train wreck of platitudes that was President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, but this little fact-check nugget just caught my attention and you know I can’t let it go without commenting.

Now, four years ago, other countries dominated the clean-energy market and the jobs that came with it. And we’ve begun to change that. Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America. So let’s generate even more. Solar energy gets cheaper by the year. Let’s drive down costs even further. As long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must we. Now, in the meantime, the natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. We need to encourage that. That’s why my administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits.

(APPLAUSE)

That’s got to be part of an all-of-the-above plan. But I also want to work with this Congress to encourage the research and technology that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and our water. In fact, much of our newfound energy is drawn from lands and waters that we, the public, own together.

Yes, there is a bunch of pent-up energy just waiting to be tapped from the lands and waters that we, the public, own together — but President Obama has been talking a big game on an “all of the above” energy plan for awhile now, without a lot of meaningful action in terms of oil and gas. If the president is serious about substantively speeding up new oil-and-gas permits and removing red tape, then awesome, let’s allow Americas to have out those public assets you mentioned; but you’ll understand if I’m skeptical, seeing as how some of the Obama administration’s biggest ‘accomplishments’ have been adding regulatory impediments to our domestic energy industry. As the House Natural Resources Committee pointed out today:

Under President Obama’s leadership, it has taken on average 30 percent longer, compared to the previous four years, to approve new drilling permits.

The Obama Administration is playing fast and loose with the facts by obfuscating the difference between the lengths of time it takes BLM to complete an APD with the total time an APD takes to be approved. In fact, President Obama has added new burdensome regulations, which has bogged down energy producers in mounds of new red tape and paperwork, increasing their average processing time by 76 percent (see chart).

If President Obama wants to see how APDs should be approved, he needs to look no further than the state of North Dakota, which has increased their oil production by nearly 800% and can approve permits to drill in 10 days rather than 307.

This is just the latest example of how the Obama Administration is misleading the American people and being disingenuous about their desire for increased energy production on federal lands.

I’m kinda’-sorta’ semi-hopeful that the Obama administration will start exercising more relatively lenient permitting habits than most of what we saw throughout his first term and let Americans take fuller advantage of that cleaner energy and greater energy independence he so magnanimously acknowledged, but there is no doubt that they have definitely added red tape at the expense of both clamoring companies and taxpayer resources — and did anybody else notice how he called for the reintroduction of a cap-and-trade bill, without actually saying those distasteful words? Sneaky.

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Congress to pass a cap-and-trade bill on greenhouse gas emissions, warning that he may use his executive powers to impose pollution controls if the legislature does not act.

He also said in his State of the Union address that he would speed up approval of new oil and gas drilling permits, and proposed that the US use some of its oil and gas revenue to fund alternative fuels research.

“I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago,” he said, referring to two senators who have three times in the last decade proposed bills — none of which passed — that would have capped carbon emissions but allowed open-market trading of emissions allowances.


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Bark is only in this for the parties, he doesn’t even understand half the words and terms he throws out in his speeches. How the hell we got this guy as Preznit boggles my mind.

Bishop on February 13, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Putting your money where you mouth is?

My money that Obama calls his…

Is being put in an orifice that is not his mouth..

Electrongod on February 13, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Liar…

BigWyo on February 13, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Sorry to barrage you

You could do a story on Brennan.

Bmore on February 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Bishop on February 13, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Nice to see you in your rightful place. But can you do it again on the next thread?

Bmore on February 13, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Bark is only in this for the parties, he doesn’t even understand half the words and terms he throws out in his speeches. How the hell we got this guy as Preznit boggles my mind.

Bishop on February 13, 2013 at 9:23 PM

I’ve often thought this to be true…he just reads whatever gets chucked up on the TOTUS…

But he get’s away with it all because no one ever calls him out on it..

BigWyo on February 13, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Yawn….

Drip feeding the lefties.

Pandering to the Greenies…

We get left out in the cold by this lying azz4ole…

Go stuff yourself 0…

Scrumpy on February 13, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Go stuff yourself 0…

Scrumpy on February 13, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Stuffed with and LAPD Burner..

Oh…

Did I post that out loud?

Electrongod on February 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

‘Proposed’ and ‘Urge’ are now 2 words he uses that I hate to hear any more…

Scrumpy on February 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Electrongod on February 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Hehehehe…

Blunderbuss! ;-p

Scrumpy on February 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Scrumpy on February 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

*clink*

Electrongod on February 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM

If the Limousine liberals who control Wall Street realize that there is a lot of money they can make from Shale gas and oil then Obama will be forced to oblige… Hopefully this will be the case…

mnjg on February 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Electrongod on February 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM

*clink*

We’re gonna get tipsy you know! ;-)

Scrumpy on February 13, 2013 at 9:40 PM

mnjg on February 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM

If Big Oil would stop backing solar and wind, maybe…just maybe.

I won’t hold my breath tho…

Scrumpy on February 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

We are so screwed until this Jug-eared fool leaves office.

GarandFan on February 13, 2013 at 9:50 PM

…LYING POS!

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2013 at 10:16 PM

New Mexico’s the place to watch to see if Obama’s once again all talk and no action. The state’s southeastern counties share the same underground shale formations as counties in neighboring Texas, but while fracking-related oil and ‘wet’ gas drilling has soared over the past three years there — both on private and on state-owned land — the number of wells being drilled in New Mexico has barely budged since 2007, when George W. Bush was in office.

Most of the land in New Mexico is controlled by the Bureau of Land Management, and while you don’t have the same situation as, say, New York, where fear of Yoko Ono coming to his office and singing about contaminated wells is keeping Gov. Cuomo from allowing any fracking activity upstate, oilfield companies in N.M. have been angry since 2010 about the glacial permitting process to speed up drilling on BLM lands.

jon1979 on February 13, 2013 at 11:02 PM

I don’t believe him. This is the evidence you need.

nazo311 on February 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM

You might have missed that on Thursday there is supposed to be some Senate hearing on a Carbon Tax, per WUWT.com.

As the gun restricting ‘debate’ dies down, the apocalypse theory begins new life. Timing is impeccable and I expect tornado season and then hurricanes and then the eternal-drought-maps, it’s going to be a long year. This will be the year of rescusitation of CAGW/AGW/Climate Change.

My favorite response is: Show me anywhere that the climate has changed.

John Kettlewell on February 14, 2013 at 1:25 AM

As long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must we.

That must be why their air is so clean. Is China “all-in” on civil rights now too? Well, let’s copy them!

forest on February 14, 2013 at 6:38 AM

Under bo federal lease revenues were 12 billion in 2012 vs 24 billion in 2008 and we are importing more oil than 20 years ago.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/02/13/sotu-energy-fabrications-falsehoods-and-fantasies/#more-79574

tim c on February 14, 2013 at 8:04 AM

We are so screwed until this Jug-eared fool leaves office.

GarandFan on February 13, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Yeah, we’ll be so much better when we get hillary and a gay arab or hispanic VP. It will be paradise.

acyl72 on February 14, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Anyone, yes anyone, who takes this man at his word is a fool!

Anyone who judges this man by his actions is almost non existent!

Pardonme on February 14, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Obama is the most dishonest and deceitful president this nation has ever known. And he proves it nearly every day.

sadatoni on February 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

There is always a scratch my back aspect to anything the left does. He is holding the XL hostage for a carbon tax. They just haven’t negotiated the amount of the ransom. After that happens, dear leader will come out and declare the pipeline is safe and it will be completed. See how this works. The only thing is we’ll be screwed out of more money. It won’t be just women and children hardest hit. I’m sure he’ll come up with a govt program to help.

Kissmygrits on February 14, 2013 at 9:54 AM

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Congress to pass a cap-and-trade bill on greenhouse gas emissions, warning that he may use his executive powers to impose pollution controls if the legislature does not act.

He already HAS used executive powers to impose controls on greenhouse gas emissions, back in 2010. The EPA imposed “Rules” on power plants emitting more than 250,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to about 80 Megawatts (MW) of power from natural gas.

Trouble is, most commercial gas turbines produce over 200 MW each, meaning that EPA’s “Rule” prevents the permitting of new natural-gas-fired power plants, despite the fact that they produce less pollution per megawatt than coal-fired plants.

What good is a natural gas boom if we can’t generate power with it?

The only reason “wind added nearly half of new power capacity in America” is because Obama has prevented the development of other, cheaper power sources…such as natural gas!!!

Steve Z on February 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM

That will happen when Carville’s hair grows back!!!

logicman_1998 on February 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Less red tape, improved speed on oil-and-gas permits? Ok, let’s see it

Don’t get your hopes up. Erika.

The immense fogbank known as “Obama’s Rhetoric” is the stuff of legend. I hear that The Weather Channel may elevate it to “named storm” status in the near future.

dissent555 on February 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM