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Obama to Suspend Arctic Drilling
The New York Times ^ | May 27, 2010 | Anahad O'Connor

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 nation’s 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 administration’s 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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TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 7dollargas; arcticoil; bho44; bhosocialism; democrats; drillheredrillnow; drillingban; economy; energy; gasoline; liberalfascism; obama; oil; oilspill; tyranny
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No wonder he bowed to the Saudi king.
1 posted on 05/27/2010 3:04:48 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
..........and the cost of energy will “necessarily” skyrocket.....
2 posted on 05/27/2010 3:06:57 AM PDT by cbkaty (Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy---W Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


3 posted on 05/27/2010 3:07:46 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

reactionary....would anybody expect anything more from the TOTUS?


4 posted on 05/27/2010 3:08:24 AM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

what. an. idiot.


5 posted on 05/27/2010 3:08:52 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Voters frustration with high energy costs aren’t a good thing in an election year, dear leader.


6 posted on 05/27/2010 3:09:12 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased, and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yet another data point in the “deliberately trying to destroy the United States” connect the dots puzzle...


7 posted on 05/27/2010 3:09:29 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


8 posted on 05/27/2010 3:10:23 AM PDT by rlmorel (Radical Muslims are just liberals who believe in Allah instead of The State.)
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To: rlmorel

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?


9 posted on 05/27/2010 3:15:52 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Republicans should campaign like Rush Limbaugh. A lot more of them would get elected.)
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To: RWB Patriot
Voters frustration with high energy costs aren’t a good thing in an election year, dear leader.

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.

10 posted on 05/27/2010 3:17:58 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Pollster1
That won’t reduce the environmental risk, since other countries will drill, unless other countries are harder to bribe than the Obama Regime.

BO/BS and his fellow socialists don't view the world broken down into sovereign nations. They only see a one world order. Shutting down Alaskan drilling and having other countries drill is merely a reallocation of resources within the same government.
11 posted on 05/27/2010 3:22:37 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: SueRae
what. an. idiot.

No, he's a one world order socialist.
12 posted on 05/27/2010 3:23:35 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: rlmorel

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.


13 posted on 05/27/2010 3:25:42 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m shocked.


14 posted on 05/27/2010 3:28:56 AM PDT by brktxpyr
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To: cbkaty
"It's all part of the plan."


15 posted on 05/27/2010 3:34:49 AM PDT by uptoolate ("Unemployed? Depressed? Angry? Don't Beat Your Wife... Beat A Democrat..." VOTE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ignorant MF.
Another study done by X-Acorn organizors.
Good thing he wasn’t around when the 1st steam engine blew up.


16 posted on 05/27/2010 3:36:15 AM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: cbkaty

He’s the only thing standing between the oil companies and the pitchforks.


17 posted on 05/27/2010 3:41:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Pollster1

Yes - MAO-bama forcing greater submission of America to his saudi/mooslim superiors.


18 posted on 05/27/2010 3:54:28 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbakN7SLdbk


19 posted on 05/27/2010 3:57:28 AM PDT by ILS21R
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


20 posted on 05/27/2010 4:07:13 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Wyatt's Torch

Words... words... words... they escape me again.

Data point #2,381,947 that proves that Baraq Hussein Obama is committing treason.


21 posted on 05/27/2010 4:07:26 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


22 posted on 05/27/2010 4:08:24 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States … shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: pepsionice

Yep. No good “crisis” and all that...


23 posted on 05/27/2010 4:10:14 AM PDT by rlmorel (Radical Muslims are just liberals who believe in Allah instead of The State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bookmark


24 posted on 05/27/2010 4:11:43 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Diogenesis

Once a Muzzie...always a Muzzie


25 posted on 05/27/2010 4:13:06 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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?


26 posted on 05/27/2010 4:16:20 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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To: usconservative
Obama: Day for 'partnership' passed

“You don’t even have to meet me halfway. I’ll bring most Democrats on these issues. I’m 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.

27 posted on 05/27/2010 4:20:56 AM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The war against America by the Kenyan Marxist continues unabated. The question here is, what will be left of this country by the time we kick this evil usurper out of office in 2012?
28 posted on 05/27/2010 4:23:02 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


29 posted on 05/27/2010 4:24:31 AM PDT by Merlinator (Take them all down...one czar at a time FUBO)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

With friends like our socialist capitalism hating left, who needs enemies?


30 posted on 05/27/2010 4:27:17 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, $10 is all it would take, why spend millions to cover it up?)
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To: Fresh Wind
Would he play golf, throw a party for the Hollywood glitterati, or go on vacation?

My money is on a lot of hand wringing, followed by a sternly worded letter.....

31 posted on 05/27/2010 4:28:14 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If I were the oil companies I would immediately suspend ALL domestic drilling and pumping. Period. Shut it down overnight. Then sit back and wait until Congress comes, tail between their legs, begging for relief from constituents who are suddenly having to bear the cost of no domestic oil supply.

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.

32 posted on 05/27/2010 4:29:02 AM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: rlmorel
re: Every other country that drills in the Gulf is just continuing on drilling happily

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.

33 posted on 05/27/2010 4:31:02 AM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: jwparkerjr

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.


34 posted on 05/27/2010 4:33:47 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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To: cripplecreek
re: standing between the oil companies and the pitchforks

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.

35 posted on 05/27/2010 4:39:26 AM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: Eye of Unk

See my reply #32! We are on the same page.


36 posted on 05/27/2010 4:41:21 AM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


37 posted on 05/27/2010 4:41:25 AM PDT by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This idiot will set back American oil independence by ten years.


38 posted on 05/27/2010 4:42:57 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: EBH
As much as I'd like to believe a simple overturn of the House or Senate would neuter this regime ....

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!)

39 posted on 05/27/2010 4:45:05 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: jwparkerjr

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.


40 posted on 05/27/2010 4:48:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Never let a crisis go to waste.


41 posted on 05/27/2010 4:50:57 AM PDT by magellan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great move on 0bama’s part - drive the prices up and then blame that Evil Big Oil.


42 posted on 05/27/2010 4:51:05 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: cripplecreek

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.


43 posted on 05/27/2010 4:53:39 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


44 posted on 05/27/2010 4:54:49 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

perhaps drug out of office and around the block


45 posted on 05/27/2010 4:55:51 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

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.


46 posted on 05/27/2010 5:06:16 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Banning BP in the Arctic would score just as many political points without punishing the entire country.


47 posted on 05/27/2010 5:07:42 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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.

Meanwhile, the Russians will go after it with a vengeance.

48 posted on 05/27/2010 5:13:06 AM PDT by ScottinVA (RIP to the country I love...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Never waste a good crisis.
49 posted on 05/27/2010 5:14:23 AM PDT by Obadiah (I can see November from my house!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another liberal leopard who hasn’t changed his spots, to the surprise of the Dems.


50 posted on 05/27/2010 5:17:35 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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