Obama administration opening the door to offshore Atlantic drilling. Maybe. In 2017. Or later.

posted at 6:41 pm on February 27, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

It’s difficult to overstate just how much President Obama owes to the shale oil-and-gas boom that incidentally took off concurrent with his White House tenure, but here are just a few bullet points from a recent Manhattan Institute report by Mark Mills that start to paint a picture:

-Overall U.S. employment has yet to return to its prerecession level, but the number of oil & gas jobs has grown 40 percent since then.

-In the 10 states at the epicenter of oil & gas growth, overall statewide employment gains have greatly outpaced the national average. …

-The shale oil & gas revolution has been the nation’s biggest single creator of solid, middle-class jobs—throughout the economy, from construction to services to information technology.

Chart: Growth in oil and gas employment outpaces the rest of the economy

In a nutshell, the oil and gas sector is one of the biggest factors keeping this otherwise piddling “recovery” afloat. President Obama should be thanking his lucky stars that most of the industry’s success has happened, not because of his policies, but in spite of them, and helped to mask just how weak most of his economic policies really are.

Policies, like, oh — the virtual lockdown on offshore drilling through which his Department of Interior has insisted on preventing us from taking still better advantage of our abundant energy resources. Coastal states are clamoring for permission to do more and create the best possible conditions for the sort of job- and wealth-creation that’s been going down in shale states, and I suppose it’s good news that Interior is finally showing signs of amenability to that endgame. You know, at some nebulous point in the future. Via The Hill:

The Interior Department on Thursday released an environmental impact review that lays out safeguards for contractors that conduct seismic surveys to test Atlantic waters for potential energy sources.

If the process continues without delay, the release of the environmental review would set Interior on a five-year planning process that would open up the Atlantic to development for 2017 and 2022.

“With this underway the secretary of Interior will be able to make a judgment about when to schedule any potential lease sales,” for oil and gas or renewable energy companies, an Interior official said Thursday. …

Geological contractors must submit applications for permits to conduct tests. There are currently nine contractors who have submitted applications to Interior on behalf of companies for air gun testing, the department said, which are likely for oil and gas development.

Which is nice, I suppose, but it would have been nicer if they had been doing/prioritizing this kind of thing all along, no?


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2017.

After this administration ends.

How magnanimous.

RyanB06 on February 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Um…Bishop?

(I think I did it right.)

RyanB06 on February 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Seems like the same Administration shell game as they are doing re Keystone XL…..

….Driving the perception of maybe doing something over the reality of not doing anything at all that will antagonize it’s ‘watermelon’ base.

Athos on February 27, 2014 at 6:54 PM

2017.

After this administration ends.

How magnanimous.

RyanB06 on February 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Either that or he’s planning on staying for another term.

kcewa on February 27, 2014 at 6:54 PM

RyanB06 on February 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Nope

kcewa on February 27, 2014 at 6:55 PM

RyanB06 on February 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

There can be only one.

Vary your route to work, just a suggestion.

Bishop on February 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM

2017.

After this administration ends.

How magnanimous.

RyanB06 on February 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

That is an assumption I would NOT make. In fact, I would be shocked at this point if it doesn’t require force to dislodge him from office in 2017 or any point after.

One doesn’t build the Presidency into what Obama is building it into just to hand power over to someone else…

ConstantineXI on February 27, 2014 at 7:02 PM

This is like your mother-in-law telling you she’s finally moving out and just when you think your life will get better, she says…”just kidding”.
The b*stard enjoys watching us squirm.

AppraisHer on February 27, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Um…Bishop?

(I think I did it right.)

RyanB06 on February 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

If you have to ask, you are not doing it right.

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM

That is an assumption I would NOT make. In fact, I would be shocked at this point if it doesn’t require force to dislodge him from office in 2017 or any point after.

One doesn’t build the Presidency into what Obama is building it into just to hand power over to someone else…

ConstantineXI on February 27, 2014 at 7:02 PM

That’s tinfoil hat territory. Leave that stuff for the leftists.

WitchDoctor on February 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM

But the trillion dollar stimulus boondoggle waste? We can’t wait!!!!!

Whitey Ford on February 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Well should drill an exploratory hole in his head, just to verify that something’s in there.

platypus on February 27, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Well s/b We

platypus on February 27, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Lolz!

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 7:15 PM

If the process continues without delay, the release of the environmental review would set Interior on a five-year planning process that would open up the Atlantic to development for 2017 and 2022.

Writing checks for the next administration isn’t cool. If the pig-in-a-pantsuit was smart she’d figure out that she’s (or whoever comes next) is being set up for a big fall. The rat-eared-coward is engaging in the Presidential version of dine-and-dash.

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Screw this socialist pig. IMPEACH NOW

TX-96 on February 27, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Didn’t Oil Can O’ actually mean 3017? We’ll have to have oil by then just to lube LGBT pathways…

vnvet on February 27, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Writing checks for the next administration isn’t cool.

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Of course not.

But this thin-skinned, petulant, narcissistic, sociopath knows he’s entitled to do this because, according to him and those around him, his predecessor did it to him when 43 handed him that dismal economy, the failed foreign policy, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a feckless domestic policy, and so many problems that need a pen and a phone to fix.

To Barack Obama, it’s ‘fair’…and if the next President is Hillary, you can bet that she will still be blaming 43.

Athos on February 27, 2014 at 7:40 PM

…everything good … that could happen…happens after JugEars leaves!

KOOLAID2 on February 27, 2014 at 7:51 PM

But this thin-skinned, petulant, narcissistic, sociopath knows he’s entitled to do this because, according to him and those around him, his predecessor did it to him when 43 handed him that dismal economy, the failed foreign policy, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a feckless domestic policy, and so many problems that need a pen and a phone to fix.

To Barack Obama, it’s ‘fair’…and if the next President is Hillary, you can bet that she will still be blaming 43.

Athos on February 27, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Ah! But more to the point. Can you imagine the next President’s “advice” in the media from the rat-eared wonder? Republican or Democrat, the next President is going to have to deal with a narcissist who won’t do what GWB did (get out of the public spotlight to give his successor breathing room). Obama has even made it clear that he intends on sticking around DC after leaving office!

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I suspect that not only is Jimmy Carter sending daily ‘Thank You’ notes to BHO for replacing him as the worst President since 1900, and quite possibly the worst of all time, he will also be sending him a ‘Thank You’ for replacing Jimmy as the most despised ex-President.

We’ll see photos of the living former President’s – with all but BHO standing in a cluster, and BHO looking at them as if he was with Putin.

Athos on February 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

WitchDoctor on February 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Once upon a time, I would have thought that a President who repeatedly ignores the Constitution on the basis that virtually no one has “standing” before SCOTUS to challenge him would have been “tin foil hat territory”, too.

Five years in, however…to quote Capt Miller, things have taken a turn for the surreal.

These are strange days.

Wanderlust on February 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Everything is just political expediency to this godless basterd.

Murphy9 on February 27, 2014 at 8:14 PM

We’ll see photos of the living former President’s – with all but BHO standing in a cluster, and BHO looking at them as if he was with Putin.

Athos on February 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

You raise an interesting point. Presidents traditionally are loathe to be critical of other Presidents because they know that, once in the club, you can’t leave. From leaving office to death there are occasions where you will have to be seen with the other members.

I’m guessing that Obama won’t care who he alienates once he leaves office. It has always been about him.

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2014 at 8:35 PM

They’re always going to do something IN THE FUTURE.

GarandFan on February 27, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Testing..:)

Dire Straits on March 2, 2014 at 4:06 PM

123..:)

Dire Straits on March 2, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Yes..:)

Dire Straits on March 2, 2014 at 4:19 PM

No..:)

Dire Straits on March 2, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Maybe..:)

Dire Straits on March 2, 2014 at 4:29 PM