House GOP bill: How about we get this offshore-drilling show on the road?

posted at 5:21 pm on May 30, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

After the BP oil spill in 2010, the Obama administration backed way off of their stated plans to allow for a good bit of offshore drilling in certain mid-Atlantic and southeastern regions, and last summer they released a five-year drilling plan that was conspicuously underwhelming in its permitting proposals. That current plan allows for some drilling in certain areas of the Gulf Coast region and a few sales off of the coast of Alaska in the final couple of years, but restricted access on the eastern seaboard and west coast until the next plan comes due in 2017 — outright denying those coastal states their very rich opportunities for energy and economic development, which could only be helpful in this extended age of embarrassingly sluggish employment growth. Last week, however, Virginia Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine tried to take down the effective “Gone Fishin’” sign the Obama administration has hanging over the issue with a bill that would open up the commonwealth’s coastline to offshore drilling, and he’s feeling pretty good about it:

“I’m not expecting that there will be a challenge in the White House. Maybe I’m naïve about it, but I think our work is in this branch,” Kaine said of Congress on Thursday.

Despite Kaine’s optimism about the bill he and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced this week, the White House has given little impression that it intends to allow drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.

The administration blocks such activity in its offshore leasing plan that runs through 2017. It had originally planned to offer lease sales in the mid-Atlantic, but backed off the idea after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The White House also has said it won’t budge on offshore drilling, even to get one of the president’s energy goals — a so-called “Energy Security Trust” — off the ground.

The issue of whether or not the White House would automatically nix the idea is moot, though, until the Senate can manage to get an offshore drilling bill through the Senate’s Democratic majority; there are already several other bills out there, and over on the House side, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings just added his own version to the mix. The Hill again reports:

“The Obama Administration has said ‘no’ to new energy and ‘no’ to new jobs, but House Republicans are once again saying ‘yes.’ This legislation is a pro-energy, pro-jobs plan that will strengthen our economy and increase our energy security by responsibly and safely harnessing our vast offshore energy resources,” Hastings said in a Thursday statement. …

Several red-state Democrats facing tough reelection battles — such Sens. Kay Hagan (N.C.), another coastal Democrat, and Mark Pryor (Ark.) — could also grease the wheels for movement….

Hastings’s bill would require Obama to submit a new five-year leasing plan — which does not need congressional approval — running from 2015 until 2020. The current one, which the White House implemented last year, spans 2012 through 2017.

Hastings’s legislation calls for new drilling off the coasts of Virginia — in the same plot Warner and Kaine have endorsed — as well as South Carolina and Southern California. And 50 percent of areas estimated to contain at least 2.5 billion barrels of oil or 7.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas must also be made available to drilling.

The Obama administration’s current plan comes at the direct opportunity cost of the economic growth and job creation of which we as a country are sorely in need, and I gather that they’ve been hoping they’ll be allowed to just let the issue fly under the radar while they continue to pretend that their ostensible “all of the above” energy plan isn’t really just ambiguous, friendly-sounding code that that really means continuing to provide wildly outsized subsidies for politically-profitable, so-called renewable energy technologies and continuing to unleash undue regulations and restrictions on oh-so-hateful hydrocarbon energies. We’ll see if the idea of getting the administration to ease up on the offshore permitting restrictions gains any traction, but it sounds like the political timing is at least getting increasingly opportune.


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Barry’s plan is really very simple. NO oil. No coal.

GarandFan on May 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

The administration blocks such activity in its offshore leasing plan that runs through 2017. It had originally planned to offer lease sales in the mid-Atlantic, but backed off the idea after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

They backed off after the spill, but they didn’t back off after 34 “green” energy companies tanked and cost us taxpayers billions.

Priorities.

VibrioCocci on May 30, 2013 at 5:29 PM

They are waiting for the next Al Gore book, “Another inconvenient truth: we are headed for an Ice Age”.

kirkill on May 30, 2013 at 5:32 PM

There should be NO drilling or any risk of increasing the income of blue states.

Let liberals die on the vine, as they want of everyone else but never have to suffer.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM

…is the hole plugged yet daddy?

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM

…is the hole plugged yet daddy?

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM

I swear, that sounds like something libfree would ask. And with a lilt.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

House GOP bill: How about we get this offshore-drilling show on the road?

So how will Shoomer’s Republicans vote on this issue ?

burrata on May 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

So how will Shoomer’s Republicans vote on this issue ?

burrata on May 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

They’ll be for it until there is a Republican in the White House.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

I swear, that sounds like something libfree would ask. And with a lilt.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

…the lilt is probably lurking…and you just pushed its buttons…again!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

I swear, that sounds like something libfree would ask. And with a lilt.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

…the lilt is probably lurking…and you just pushed its buttons…again!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Act right Liam. I just caught up reading morning QOTD. He’s going to show back up and call you boo boo or sweetie.

arnold ziffel on May 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM

…the lilt is probably lurking…and you just pushed its buttons…again!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Liberals hate the idea of being rejected, of being considered unwelcome and unwanted. Unless they’re the ones running the show.

The way to defeat a liberal isn’t to try beating his argument. Invalidate a liberal as a person (liberals aren’t persons to begin with), and you trash their entire world. They can’t handle that.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Act right Liam. I just caught up reading morning QOTD. He’s going to show back up and call you boo boo or sweetie.

arnold ziffel on May 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM

He needs ‘recovery time’.

At a-dime-a-dozen, liberals are overpriced.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Adoption–safe, legal, and rare:

Adoptive families have also been targeted. A recent IRS Taxpayer Advocate Report revealed that 90% of all families claiming the adoption tax credit experienced an IRS audit of some sort, so our family is definitely not alone. I was not able to find out how many adoptive families experienced two successive audits, as was the case with our family.

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/the-irs-audited-our-adoption-expenses-twice/

davidk on May 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Adoption–safe, legal, and rare:

davidk on May 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM

And terribly expensive. Lawyers make a mint on it.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

And terribly expensive. Lawyers make a mint on it.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

And that, too, is because of governmental red tape.

davidk on May 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM

The 2010 BP oil spill cost over 40 billion dollars to clean up. Many small businesses were forced out of business costing plenty of jobs.

I dont have a personal feeling one way or the other but simply stating that drilling offshore can increase profits and provide new jobs seems like telling only the partial truth with out stating that it can also decrease profits, endanger wildlife, end peoples livelihoods and cost billions as well.

Politricks on May 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM

And that, too, is because of governmental red tape.

davidk on May 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Yes, absolutely.

By the ways of government, love comes with a price tag.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Politricks on May 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Far as I’m concerned, blue states should PAY OUT THE AZZ for being liberal. I mean, if liberals demand the rest of the country pay for their ideas and ideals, liberals should be the first ones to pony up.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 6:20 PM

The only offshore drilling Zero thinks is good is in Saudi Arabia and such places.

IrishEyes on May 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Fundamental Rule of Survival:

If you cannot GROW it, then you have to MINE it.
(For the mentally handicapped ‘it’ refers to ANYTHING that relates to SURVIVAL.)
Any trools wish to debate the Fundamental Rule?

If you do, we’ll start with THERMODYNAMICS.
OK?

Missilengr on May 30, 2013 at 8:16 PM

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Grand at 5:26 PM

cableguy615 on May 30, 2013 at 8:51 PM

The way to defeat a liberal isn’t to try beating his argument. Invalidate a liberal as a person (liberals aren’t persons to begin with), and you trash their entire world. They can’t handle that.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 5:58 PM

That’s why they go absolutely apes–t when someone not on the left mocks their Sandra Fluke tendencies or the thieving greed they hide behind a thin veneer of fairness. Because while liberals can and do convince themselves that their arguments have merit…it is literally built in to human beings to know when you’re a worthless POS and only the coldest monsters can totally repress that knowledge.

Liberals flip their lid for being pointed out as a murderer-hugging thief who worships the rocks and trees like a tribal for the EXACT same reason a young punk in a police station does when he’s finally cornered with a busted alibi and caught on tape. Someone has just exposed them for precisely what they are and they hate what they’ve become.

MelonCollie on May 31, 2013 at 7:54 AM