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Obama ‘Clears Way’ For Offshore Drilling

From a surprisingly un-outraged Associated Press:

Obama clears way for oil drilling off US coasts

By Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer

March 31, 2010

WASHINGTON – Reversing a ban on oil drilling off most U.S. shores, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced an expansive new policy that could put new oil and natural gas platforms in waters along the southern Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and part of Alaska.

Speaking at Andrews air base outside Washington, Obama said, "This is not a decision that I’ve made lightly." He addressed the expected outcry from disappointed environmentalists by saying he had studied the issue for more than a year and concluded it was the right call given the nation’s voracious thirst for energy and the need to produce jobs and keep American businesses competitive.

"We’re announcing the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration but in ways that balance the need to harness domestic energy resources and the need to protect America’s natural resources," Obama said, standing in front of a Navy F-18 fighter scheduled to fly on Earth Day with a half-biomass fuel mix.

The president said his decision is part of a broader strategy that also includes expanding the production of nuclear power and clean energy sources, to "move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels and foreign oil to one that relies more on homegrown fuels and clean energy."

"The only way this transition will succeed is if it strengthens our economy in the short term and the long run," the president said. "To fail to recognize this reality would be a mistake."

Obama made no secret of the fact that one factor in his decision was attracting Republican support for a sweeping climate change bill that has languished in Congress

Of course if Mr. Obama intended to fulfill any of these promises, the Associated Press and the rest of our media would be apoplectic. But they aren’t. So we know it is all pretend.

It’s all part of his poll-driven ‘triangulation.’

Notice, too, that Mr. Obama’s speech only announced the expansion of oil “exploration” – not “drilling.”

Mr. Obama also claimed that these efforts would be “guided not by political considerations, but by science.” Much like his ‘climate change’ policies are.

(Also note that our Harvard Law school graduate says “Artic” and not “Arctic.”)

Among Mr. Obama’s other preposterous statements was that the military intends to increase its use of “alternative fuels” to 50% in all of their vehicles, including planes, within ten years.

And yet Mr. Obama claims he is serious about all of this.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Obama ‘Clears Way’ For Offshore Drilling”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    This is laughable. Notably, the first paragraph fails to mention that Bush had barely cleared the door to the white house when obama reinstated these bans by decree. This guy has made quite a habit of proclaiming law I have noticed. My fellow subjects, this is disconcerting.

  2. BobonStatenIsland says:

    Is that the new Solar Powered Fighter behind The Fearless Leader Himself? When Bush spoke in front of War Machines there was such distain from the Media. I really would like to increase our use of an alternative green fuel the military has been using for decades….Nuclear Energy.

    • proreason says:

      Good catch Bobon, but I thought they were replacing the jets engines with lots of super-efficient little windmills.

      The kinglette should probably begin wearing a cap with a super-efficient windmill on it.

    • GL0120 says:

      Our Dear Leader is so full of hot air that a wind turbine strapped to his butt would power a small city.

  3. proreason says:

    “President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced an expansive new policy that could put new oil and natural gas platforms in waters along the southern Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and part of Alaska. ”

    It’s a statement from the boy king, so you know every word is false. Let me show you how to interpret it.

    “President (stolen by lying) Barack Obama (probably not the son of Barack Obama senior) on Wednesday (the date might be true) announced an expansive new policy (it’s a very limited policy) that could (it won’t) put new oil and natural gas platforms (no new platforms) in waters along the southern Atlantic coastline (nope), the eastern Gulf of Mexico (nope) and part of Alaska (nope).”

    it’s easy when you get the hang of it.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    I wonder how many Muslims that FA-18 had in its sights….and to think there’s one right there off its starboard wing.

  5. JohnMG says:

    …..”But Obama also has long been up front about his support for expanding offshore drilling……”

    Must be a completely different Obama……..maybe Kareem Mufassa Obama……they’re talking about. Surely it isn’t “the Won” who uttered such heresy. Say it ain’t so!!

    But we have reached a new low for the AP. They’ve now begun lying about lying about the lies the liar is lying about lying about.

    • U NO HOO says:

      If he knows he is lying, does he know we know he is lying, and if we asked him would he lie about it?

  6. artboyusa says:

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