Interior chief: New drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific? Yeah, we’re not doing that

posted at 8:41 pm on June 6, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

And presto, there it is — the implicit veto threat I’ve been waiting for. The House Natural Resources Committee has been working on legislation that would force the Obama administration to rewrite some of the awfulness out of their 2012-2017 drilling plan; they would have to submit a new plan through 2020 expanding the permissible zones beyond the current Gulf- later on Alaska-only limitations and opening up areas in the mid-Atlantic and off of the coast of California. When asked about the possibility of a revised plan for offshore drilling during a hearing today, however, Obama’s new Interior chief didn’t demur from pretty much nixing the idea:

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Thursday that the White House won’t allow drilling in the Atlantic Ocean while House Republicans are putting the finishing touches on legislation to do so.

“We’ve done a five-year plan — it doesn’t include the Atlantic. I don’t expect to go back on that,” Jewell told reporters Thursday after a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.

President Obama’s five-year drilling plan, which runs through 2017, doesn’t offer any lease sales in Atlantic or Pacific coastal waters. A 2010 draft of his plan included Atlantic waters, but Obama pulled back on it following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill later that year. …

Jewell’s remark hints strongly that Obama would veto the bill should it ever get to his desk — but Republicans plan to forge ahead regardless.

Yes, I know all about your already-completed five-year drilling plan, and it stinks. As The Hill pointed out late last month, however, it isn’t just House Republicans floating the idea this time around. Both of the Democratic senators from Virginia have also proposed legislation that would allow for some leeway in the administration’s current plan:

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told The Hill that he doesn’t think President Obama would veto his bill to authorize oil and gas drilling off Virginia’s coast.

“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.

Optimism, indeed. There is plenty of headlining egregiousness coming out of the Obama administration’s scandalous bureaucratic abuses these days, but smaller policy decisions like this are continuing to rob struggling Americans of the opportunities that could help to create private-sector jobs and grow our still-’recovering’ economy. Fails all around.


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Every government worker should be required to car pool in a Chevy Volt.

abobo on June 6, 2013 at 8:46 PM

The GOP has so many things to run on in 2014 … if it has the b@lls to.

bw222 on June 6, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Obama “If you like your $4.00 a gallon gas prices you can keep them.”

Obama “If you are worried about increased food costs, don’t. If you are on SNAP, you is good to go.”

arnold ziffel on June 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

They’re too busy digging up dirt on the Tea Party

faraway on June 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

They have a five-year plan, eh? The Soviets use to have five-year plans. They were about as useful as Obama’s.

Bitter Clinger on June 6, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told The Hill that he doesn’t think President Obama would veto his bill to authorize oil and gas drilling off Virginia’s coast.

“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.

Naive doesn’t begin to cover it, Timmykins.

Your Messiah is devoted to John Holdren’s manic dream of “de-industrializing” civilization. Holdren to “save Holy Mother Gaia”, The One to punish Western Civilization for…not being Ancient Persia. (Complete with earth and water worship and using astrology to “cure” illnesses.)

And you believe that having a “D” next to your name will get The Self-Exalted Ultimate Totality God to give in?

Boy are you in for a surprise, Junior.

I’d laugh, but it’s not anywhere close to being f’ing funny.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 6, 2013 at 8:56 PM

“We’ve done a five-year plan

They love their five year plans, don`t they?

ThePrez on June 6, 2013 at 8:56 PM

“We’ve done a five-year plan

They love their five year plans, don`t they?

ThePrez on June 6, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Thank you sir. That sailed right over my head at first. These miserable fkrs aren’t even masking it any longer.

arnold ziffel on June 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Environmentalism..the socially acceptable face of mental illness.

Mimzey on June 6, 2013 at 9:09 PM

They love their five year plans, don`t they?
ThePrez on June 6, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Sure.

How else can they make their Great Leap Forward

LegendHasIt on June 6, 2013 at 9:11 PM

… but smaller policy decisions like this are continuing to rob struggling Americans of the opportunities that could help to create private-sector jobs and grow our still-’recovering’ economy.

Erika, your astonishment and/or disgust is based on the false premise that the Obama thugocracy desires the creation of any private-sector jobs or any economic growth at all.

Quite the contrary …

ShainS on June 6, 2013 at 9:14 PM

If Obama had his way there would be no drilling here in this country and we’d only import oil from his pals in Saudi Arabia and Iran

sadsushi on June 6, 2013 at 9:18 PM

When this regime is gone there will be a fundamental rebirth of U.S.A.

tim c on June 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Obama found himself – wait for this – another real jewel, didn’t he?

Drained Brain on June 6, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Interior chief

…will they hold retreats and conferences on that?…or have they?

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM

When this regime is gone there will be a fundamental rebirth of U.S.A.

tim c on June 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM

…we’ll have to rename this country… PHOENIX!

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

FIVE-YEAR-PLAN

What is that? Sounds familiar, is it a new phrase?

John Kettlewell on June 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

What part of NO OIL don’t you folks understand?

GarandFan on June 6, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Way things are going, we won’t need that much oil anyway, so what the hell.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM

will they hold retreats and conferences on that?…or have they?

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM

They will make Star Trek videos for their conferences entitled “To boldly go nowhere at all”

KW64 on June 6, 2013 at 11:42 PM

How is so much authority over energy exploration vested in so few people and why is that authority vested in the Executive branch?

It’s outrageous that an infinitesimally small group of eco-Marxists have so much say so over US, i.e. public, resources.

Charlemagne on June 7, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Sebilius on oil, basically. Some countries die, others live. Frankly I don’t care.

pat on June 7, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Obama and his environmental fanatics really are Rick Perry’s best friend, since the inability to drill off the coasts, combined with the Gulf offshore moratorium, the Keystone pipeline delays and the red tape thrown up in drilling on federal BLM land means Texas becomes the default drilling location (along with North Dakota), reaps the oil drilling revenues and helps keep state taxes low.

jon1979 on June 7, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Yeah, Obama cannot see the fortunes of his Muslim Brotherhood decline…..

Time to rout out all the commies in the federal government.

Can you read me now?

redguy on June 8, 2013 at 10:24 AM

When this regime is gone there will be a fundamental rebirth of U.S.A.

tim c on June 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM

And we have to make working for the federal government suck.

Slash pay, benefits and outlaw public sector unions as a start.

redguy on June 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM