The Obama administration is definitely not prioritizing oil and gas permits

posted at 4:01 pm on March 25, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The American energy sector has been one of the more powerful engines moving right along in our otherwise largely stalled-out economy in the last few years, a fact that President Obama isn’t hesitant to note — even though the oil-and-gas industry’s growth has largely been due to burgeoning technological innovation and heightened exploration on state- and private-lands, rather than any major federal-level actions.

In yet another of his “I want to have my cake, and eat it, too”-type energy policy proposals (re: “all of the above”), the president unveiled a new plan for an Energy Security Trust a couple weeks back, which in theory will divert billions of dollars from oil-and-gas revenues on federal lands into a fund for subsidizing politically-favored “green” energy technologies. So many flaws, so little time:

The Administration’s plan has three fatal flaws. First, it neglects expanding oil and gas production on federal lands and off America’s coasts. Second, it would duplicate already-tried-and-failed attempts to subsidize energy technologies. Third, it ignores that competition in the marketplace is most effective in driving technological innovation. …

The White House proposal does not address expanding onshore or offshore leasing and exploration. This is a costly missed opportunity. At least 19 billion barrels of easily recoverable oil lie off the currently restricted Pacific and Atlantic coasts and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

The proposal extends the senseless restriction on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where an estimated 10 billion barrels of oil lie beneath a few thousand acres that can be accessed with minimal environmental impact. Federally owned land in the western United States would also continue to be off limits.

Yes, oil and gas revenues and private-sector growth have been proceeding apace — but not nearly at the pace that they could be if the federal government wasn’t conspicuously neglecting to expedite more oil and gas permits. There’s no shortage of companies clamoring for access, and every declined or stalled application is a chance for the private sector to grow the economy and create jobs — as a recent USDA report attested, via the WFB:

The report is the latest addition to a mounting body of evidence undercutting the administration’s claims that it has fostered increased oil and gas production, critics say. …

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) inspector general examined 1,881 applications for drilling permits on public land. Fewer than 4 percent of those applications were “recent,” or filed in the last 180 days. The rest had experienced prolonged delays.

“By not processing these nominations as expeditiously as possible,” the Forest Service, a division of the USDA, “may be causing the federal government to forego revenue or prevent or delay the efforts of the private sector to provide energy to the public.”

Two words: Opportunity costs. That is all.


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Opportunity is knocking, but Obama is out playing golf.

The Rogue Tomato on March 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Barry WANTS $8/gallon gasoline.

GarandFan on March 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Opportunity is knocking, but Obama is out playing golf.

The Rogue Tomato on March 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Not that it would matter – Obumble would slam the door in THIS opportunity’s face.

dentarthurdent on March 25, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Erika…

… If you really want to drive traffic to your posts, you really need to get with the program:

“Oil permits for gay marriage…

… Natural gas permits, against!”

/

:)

Seven Percent Solution on March 25, 2013 at 4:11 PM

The Obama administration is definitely not prioritizing oil and gas permits

Of course he is, you just mistake what the priority level is. Dead last is a priority, and dead last is exactly where the Obamanation Administration has placed oil and gas permits.

SWalker on March 25, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Opportunity is knocking, but Obama is out playing golf.

The Rogue Tomato on March 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

0bama is knocking on the door of opportunity, then running away.

cozmo on March 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Just another tool for Obama to ruin America so he can rebuild it into a marxist country.

The GOPe are willing accomplices.

Go gulch.

davidk on March 25, 2013 at 4:18 PM

He is still in the “saving jobs” mode, saving them for what and when only he knows. Self sufficient energy production would solve so many of our domestic and international problems only a bull headed malefactor would choose to ignore it.

fourdeucer on March 25, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Say one thing, do another. Give with one hand, take away with the other. Whatever’s required to downsize America.

petefrt on March 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Another thing he is using, a porous border, now made more porous: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/us-border-patrol-uniforms-manufactured-mexico

We gave them guns; now they have ready access to Border Patrol uniforms.

And they want to reward the illegals already here while inviting more to come on up.

Who in DC gives a crap?

davidk on March 25, 2013 at 4:21 PM

If the democrats were truly interested in “revenues” they would permit away seeing as how the oil companies pay the damn light bill for the country.

But since the democrats are all about stratifying the country into a ruling class and the serfs, denying oil permits advances their agenda of squeezing the middle class.

To hell with every last one of them.

tom daschle concerned on March 25, 2013 at 4:24 PM

If it doesn’t help foto’s or if by some slim chance would help the US bho is NOT for it!
L

letget on March 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

OT: Shocker! At Ace’s:

Cyprus Border Guards Seizing Money From Suitcases

tom daschle concerned on March 25, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Ruh roh: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/conservative-hero-ben-carson-to-beck-you-have-no-right-to-semi-automatic-weapons-in-large-cities/

davidk on March 25, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Blast from the past eh?

10:26 am, March 3rd, 2013

Besides…”Conservative Hero?” Just because someone comes along that isn’t a blue blood old guard rockefeller republican generates some interest among the base dosn’t make that person a “conservative hero”. This is just narrative building and wedge driving by the godless reprobates of the left.

tom daschle concerned on March 25, 2013 at 4:42 PM

If he does in fact owe his career to the Saudis, then his top priority is to keep us dependant on mid-east oil.

For Sorros, the eventual hyper-inflation of the dollar will provide numerous opportunities to short the dollar in the futures market.

Not sure that these two goals are compatible, but the Suadi connection smells rather strong.

esblowfeld on March 25, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Sorta makes you wonder what the Federal Imperial government needsall that land for.

tngmv on March 25, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Sorta makes you wonder what the Federal Imperial government needsall that land for.

tngmv on March 25, 2013 at 5:19 PM

That’s the real problem. That land should revert to the states so it can be developed and the property taxes would help the states that are in trouble. The only land the federal government should own is that under federal buildings and military bases.

slickwillie2001 on March 25, 2013 at 5:44 PM