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Posted on 05/27/2010 3:04:48 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
President Obama will announce on Thursday a suspension of all applications for offshore oil drilling in the Arctic through the remainder of the year, an Alaska senator said late Wednesday.
The decision essentially extends an informal moratorium that Mr. Obama had set shortly after the BP accident on April 20 that led to the spewing of millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The new restrictions would suspend new offshore drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico and off the North Slope Alaska until the cause of the accident is determined and stricter safety and environmental safeguards are imposed.
One major oil company, Shell Oil, had been hoping to begin a controversial exploratory drilling project this summer in the Arctic Ocean, which the new restrictions would put on hold.
Senator Mark Begich, Democrat of Alaska and a staunch supporter of drilling in the Arctic, said he was informed of the new restrictions by the Interior Department. Sen. Begich said he was frustrated because the decision will cause more delays and higher costs for domestic oil and gas production to meet the nations energy needs.
The Gulf of Mexico tragedy has highlighted the need for much stronger oversight and accountability of oil companies working offshore, but Shell has updated its plans at the administrations request and made significant investments to address the concerns raised by the Gulf spill, Senator Begich said in a statement. They make an effective case that we can safely explore for oil and gas this summer in the Arctic.(continued)
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That won’t reduce the environmental risk, since other countries will drill, unless other countries are harder to bribe than the Obama Regime. The only reason to do this is to pander to libs who don’t think deeply about their tactics (which is most libs) and to shift profits from the USA to Obama’s foreign friends.
reactionary....would anybody expect anything more from the TOTUS?
what. an. idiot.
Voters frustration with high energy costs aren’t a good thing in an election year, dear leader.
Yet another data point in the “deliberately trying to destroy the United States” connect the dots puzzle...
Yeah. That will fix what is going wrong in the Gulf.
Every other country that drills in the Gulf is just continuing on drilling happily, with fewer restrictions and safety regulations, laughing at us as we commit energy and economic hari-kari.
He must be removed from office. We won’t make it to 2013 if he serves out his term.
I wonder what The King would do if one of those foreign (e.g. China) drillers had the same sort of accident (if it was an accident) that befell BP, and their oil was washing up on our shores?
Would he play golf, throw a party for the Hollywood glitterati, or go on vacation?
Not that I'm a huge fan of the modern day Republican Party (I count myself a Conservative first and foremost) but I just can't wait until this November to vote STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN to neuter this stupid bastard that occupies OUR White House.
It’s a curious domino effect for November’s election. Gas prices will start to go up...maybe 50 cents higher by November this year and another 50 cents by November of next year. But if he were smart, and suddenly open up both again by fall of next year...prices would recover and everyone would “be happy” by November of 2012 for regular gas prices. Manipulation.
Another study done by X-Acorn organizors.
Good thing he wasn’t around when the 1st steam engine blew up.
He’s the only thing standing between the oil companies and the pitchforks.
Yes - MAO-bama forcing greater submission of America to his saudi/mooslim superiors.
400 YEAR supply of oil in Alaska.
200 YEAR supply of natural gas in Alaska.
Lindsey Williams - The Energy Non-Crisis - Part 1 of 8
Sounds like he’s figured out a way to “not waste a good crisis” in the Gulf. It’s become an excuse to punish Alaska for Sarah Palin.
Words... words... words... they escape me again.
Data point #2,381,947 that proves that Baraq Hussein Obama is committing treason.
Yep. No good “crisis” and all that...
Once a Muzzie...always a Muzzie
Screw Obama, we don’t need no stinkin fake President telling us what to do in Alaska.
The day he can prove he has the legal powers to sit in the Whitehouse as POTUS will be when Alaska stops drilling.
The pipeline had to shutdown temporarily, what if a few maintenance glitches were to shut it down for a few weeks?
You dont even have to meet me halfway. Ill bring most Democrats on these issues. Im just looking for eight or 10 of you, 0bama said.
The problem is some of those REPUBLICANS will be RINOs. As much as I'd like to believe a simple overturn of the House or Senate would neuter this regime, 0bama is correct in his statement. IF the new class going to Washington DC isn't 'conservative' they won't hold the republican platform line.
Obamass never wastes a good crisis. He’s going to play this up when he starts pushing his Cap and Steal agenda. We have to stop this bastard in November.
With friends like our socialist capitalism hating left, who needs enemies?
My money is on a lot of hand wringing, followed by a sternly worded letter.....
I would continue to pay the workers so that my employees weren't forced to suffer for the stupidity of the liberals and environmental. Although it would be a doubly valuable lesson for the libs and environuts to have the unemployment rate and compensation take the hit.
And while I had the public’s undivided attention because their sitting in gas lines for hours I would really hit the point that this oil spill in the Gulf has nothing to do with the kind of drilling that's been done for decades in America, that it's the result of oil companies being forced to go go farther offshore and farther down than is necessary.
It's time we put an end to the BS that the libs and environuts have put us through for decades. The best way is to make it as obvious and painful as possible to the most number of citizens that we have become hostage to these groups and we're paying for it by funding the enemies of our way of life, having to worry year after year if and when they will decide to use oil as a weapon. Let's use it on ourselves first. At least then we have control of it.
And they are doing it in the more shallow water, nearer the coast lines and with far less technical know-how than we are force to do it.
Obama wants domestic oil production to shut down, the people that paid to have him in office want world oil domination through higher oil prices.
The middle east has a time frame of how much oil is left, they want to sell it off at inflated prices before its gone.
Having rumors and facts of more oil being found in the Gulf and up in Alaska does NOT give Saudi Arabia a warm fuzzy feeling.
And naturally the higher cost of foreign oil also means more taxation, more taxes going to the Federal government.
Maybe it's my advancing age, or perhaps I'm just mentally defective, but I consider the oil companies one of our greatest assets in today's energy-driven world! We pay less, a lot less, than almost anyone else in the world and we have what seems to be an endless supply of gas, anytime and anywhere in the US. Sure, it costs more than we want to pay, but do without it for a few weeks or a month, and people will consider even the $4/gal price a real bargain.
It's impossible to overstate the luxury we have as Americans to be able to pull into a gas station just about anywhere, anytime and FILL a 30 or 40 gallon tank with quality fuel.
Much of what we see as the evil of the oil companies is the result of five plus decades of active obstruction by the libs and environmentalists who are much more desirous of destroying our way of life than preventing oil spills.
See my reply #32! We are on the same page.
I knew it! Never let a crisis go to waste! He is using the Gulf Disaster to further his OWN agenda! Aaargh!!
The DAY of the explosion, the Navy and Coast Guard SHOULD have been out there with the Army Corps of Engineers as well as any other expert who can help.
But of course, the ONE was too busy with more important things like playing Golf, going on vacation, insulting Israel, raising money for Babs Boxer, and calling the good people of Arizona Nazis.
I am even of the opinion that he may have been complicit in the actual EXPLOSION, so as to emphasize his insane economic and energy policies.
A “Reichstag Fire” if you will.
Even if he didn’t CAUSE the actual problem, it will be used to ridicule the Conservative agenda to drill for domestic oil.
I am beside myself over this.
This is why I have washed my hands of liberals and can’t cope with them anymore. They gave us this because they hated President Bush so much and were blinded by their hatred so completely that they were willing to DESTROY AMERICA.
It’s not funny anymore.
This idiot will set back American oil independence by ten years.
Believe me when I tell you, it's not that I'm a fan of the modern day Republican Party as I stated in my post. The problem is short of a full-on revolution by the citizenry of this country (which is hardly likely to happen..) what other viable alternative is there?
If you know one, I'd darn sure like to hear it. (Really, I would!)
I tend to agree with you about the oil industry. My comment was more of a comment on what Obama is trying to do.
He’s pointing fingers at BP while shirking his own responsibility. He wants this to inflict the greatest amount of harm to the greatest number of people for as long as possible.
Its what a community organizer does. They pour gasoline on the fire, block the firefighters from doing their jobs, and blame banks, corporations and landlords for the lost homes.
Never let a crisis go to waste.
Great move on 0bama’s part - drive the prices up and then blame that Evil Big Oil.
Also he wants people to lose interest in the Sestak situation, a real impeachable offense.
All he needs is for the MSM to look the other way for awhile for it to disappear.
Our ‘leader’ and half this country is deaf, dumb and blind.
Oil has to be drilled for somewhere - is it somehow more acceptable that someone else’s ‘pristine’ wilderness is ‘marred’ by oil rigs? Is it somehow more preferrable that an oil spill occur on someone else’s land or ocean?
Oil is a matter of national security. To continue to rely upon sometimes hostile countries to supply this vital product to us is nothing more than a dereliction of duty in the defense of this nation.
Obama and the dims should be thrown out of office on that point alone.
perhaps drug out of office and around the block
Its funny. I don’t want drilling rigs on the great lakes. Frankly I would prefer slant drilling from shore.
Another irritating thing is the whining about those ugly drilling rigs. The reality is that the rigs are only there for a limited amount of time. On land you actually end up with a few pipes and maybe a pump visible.
Banning BP in the Arctic would score just as many political points without punishing the entire country.
Meanwhile, the Russians will go after it with a vengeance.
Another liberal leopard who hasn’t changed his spots, to the surprise of the Dems.