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Obama To Suspend Alaskan Drilling, Too

From a joyous Reuters:

U.S. to suspend Arctic drilling: Alaska senator

Thu May 27, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a suspension of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic until 2011 as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, an Alaska senator said.

Democratic Senator Mark Begich said he had been told by the Interior Department that the Obama administration will announce that consideration of any applications for exploratory drilling in the Arctic is suspended until 2011.

We hope this unwarranted and unnecessary embargo will only cover exploration for new wells, which would be bad enough.

It sounds like Mr. Obama wants to do what OPEC did to us under President Carter. (And, come to think of it, maybe for many of the same reasons.)

But did you ever think that a US President would call for an oil embargo on the United States? Mr. Obama really does seem to want to recreate the ‘Era of Malaise.’

The suspension is part of measures President Barack Obama plans to order in response to the runaway oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

He is also expected to announce tougher safety requirements for offshore oil drilling and strengthened inspections of oil rigs.

Lest we forget, there were plenty of federally required safety inspections for  the Deepwater Horizon. The inspectors just failed to show up, or do their jobs when they did.

Moreover, according to the eyewitness accounts, the explosion occurred immediately after the men on the rig had gotten express permission from the Federal Minerals Management Service to do a procedure out of its usual order.

So no matter what Mr. Obama claims, more government regulations and regulators might not be the panacea here.

The Arctic decision will suspend plans by Shell Oil to drill exploratory wells off Alaska this summer.

Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic have faced increasing controversy in recent weeks as the government tries to contain the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"I am frustrated that this decision by the Obama administration to halt offshore development for a year will cause more delays and higher costs for domestic oil and gas production to meet the nation’s energy needs," [Democrat] Begich said in a statement.

Of course, "higher costs for domestic oil and gas production" is exactly what Mr. Obama wants. That way he can try to impose his hellish expensive ‘green alternative’ unicorns upon us and blame Big Oil at the same time.

It’s a ‘win-win’ for Mr. Obama, but a ‘lose-lose’ for our country.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Obama To Suspend Alaskan Drilling, Too”

  1. BigOil says:

    It is my understanding that this announcement includes a 6 month moratorium on drilling in the gulf. Such a moritorium will all but kill deepwater drilling in the gulf since the handfull of deepwater exploratory ships will likely head overseas.

    Certainly the boy-king will impose his moratorium on the Mexicans, Chinese and Vietnamese drilling in the gulf – or else use his devine powers to protect us from their accidents.

    Steve’s description of a self-imposed oil embargo is apropos. This is Barry’s Blockade.

  2. mr_bill says:

    Comparing Shell’s exploration program in the Arctic to the Deepwater Horizon is apples and oranges. Shell’s wells will be drilled in 150 ft. of water, or less. The challenges of drilling a well in 5000 ft. are far, far greater.

    Barry just wants to inflict as much damage upon the oil & gas industry as possible. He is willing to defer authorizing LA to mitigate its damages so he can say “look how bad oil is.”

    Steve, I agree about the “green alternatives” junk, it was just yesterday that nerobama was touting solar as “the future.” I think his motivations are darker, still.


    I think he is intentionally trying to cause shortages to drive up gasoline prices and manufacture anger at the oil and gas industry. It will be much easier to nationalize the oil and gas companies.

    Surely a sitting president would never use astroturfed, manufactured outrage as leverage for the gubmint to sieze a private business…that couldn’t happen in the US, could it? (/sarc)

  3. P. Aaron says:

    Suspending drilling in Alaska will shut down the pipline if the volume of oil goes below a certain level.

    This Obama guy is worse than scary. He’s ignorant scary.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Working as intended.

      Obama not only is transparently threatened by his chief opponents – Rush and Sarah – but transparently will make these political battles personal as the Conservatives consistently chronicle his fantastic lack of leadership, competence, and basically everything else he was made out to be.

      I think he’d tank the whole economy of Alaska simply because she continues to challenge him. He’ll tank it just like he seeks to tank Arizona with his “innocent” position to stand juxtaposed to the responsibilities of his office and to American security. He’ll tank anything that he doesn’t personally care about or see the point in; he’ll pick a target, agitate, and divide. Texas (Bushville) and Florida (Bush/Rush/Rubioville) are next, just wait.

      The kook left just can’t figure this out, the facts are so blatant and they’re just so blinded it’s funny. They’re so darned confused over why the financial regulation bill doesn’t solve any of the problems that caused ’08 (albeit of course coming to the wrong conclusion that it doesn’t regulate ENOUGH, instead of reconginizing the inherent stupidity in what it does). Anyway, they’re so darned confused over why Obama’s blasting Wall St. in public and then popping corks with them in private, and meanwhile Mr. Green – Captain Planet himself – doesn’t want anything to do with the worst environmental crisis in decades.

      Except to politically profit from it. To profit with more power. To send a message; a vindictive, clear, personal, statement of intent.

      P.S. Bill Ayers must be wetting his pants over this. A chance to drive away BigOil from America? A chance to drive Satan’s own big floating island cities into retreat, never to suck the life-blood of Mother Gaia again? Why God IS a Democrat.

  4. canary says:

    Obama doesn’t want to resolve the problem. Nothing about replacing Salazar. Obama didn’t mention resigning or stepping down either. Loser.

  5. canary says:

    Obama back to plans to confiscate 13 million acres from U.S. states under guise of monuments.

    Fox ExclusiveEXCLUSIVE: Obama Eyes Western Land for National Monuments, Angering Some

    By William La Jeunesse originally February 18, 2010
    update May 27 2010

    More than a dozen pristine landscapes, wildlife habitats and scenic rivers in 11 Western states, some larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined, are under consideration by the Obama administration to become America’s newest National Monuments…

    According to internal Department of Interior documents leaked to a Utah congressman and obtained exclusively by Fox News, the mostly public lands include
    Arizona deserts,…– totaling more than 13 million acres.

    The Otero Mesa, a large desert grassland in New Mexico is one of the sites being considered for a new national monument (AP).

    Presidential use of the Antiquities Act is highly controversial because the White House, with the stroke of a pen, can lock up thousands of square miles of federal lands used for timber, ranching, mining and energy development without local input or congressional approval. The Act is generally interpreted to commemorate or protect a specific historical landmark, not prohibit development or deprive local communities of jobs and tax revenues.

    In 1996, President Clinton turned 1.3 million acres of southern Utah into the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument without telling the Arizona or Utah congressional delegation. Highly controversial at the time, the designation has withstood numerous legal challenges to the president’s authority,…

    “We are reviewing a list of presidential orders and directives to get the job done, across a front of issues,” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told the newspaper.

    “We are taking this seriously. The tar is warming up. The pitchforks are ready….,” said Bishop.

    “Outrage. In a country as dependent on foreign oil as this one, this kind of action on public lands is simply unacceptable.”


    • mr_bill says:

      He learned his “values” from other mooselimbs. muhammad was a thief and a rogue who invented his “religion” to justify his actions. The beliefs of this group of miscreants haven’t changed in 1600 years.

    • canary says:

      Does this have anything to do with latest news Hannity mentioned, that AZ history books say their land should be given to Mexicans?

    • mr_bill says:

      I haven’t been able to catch Hannity this week (radio or TV) but I have heard the AZ textbooks teach that mexico (lower-case is intentional) has a claim on some lands in NM and AZ (which was part of the Gadsden Purchase, we paid them for it).

      To me, it just looks like another federal land grab. Nero knows oil and gas exploration cannot be done on these lands if he steals them in the name of the gubmint. Liberals love to seize land in the name of the state, it prevents individual ownership and restricts private businesses from access to natural resources that can be used to better our country. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there is some loony liberal congressman who is trying to introduce legislation to give it back to mexico, in the name of “justice.” I wouldn’t put it past Juan McCain, either.

  6. Petronius says:

    SG: “It’s a ‘win-win’ for Mr. Obama, but a ‘lose-lose’ for our country.”

    Yes, very true, but it doesn’t have to be a loser for all of us.

    Many of the regime’s economic measures are entirely predictable. So are the resulting economic crises. Those of us who lived through the Carter years have seen some of it before.

    Nerobama’s economic blunders, and the dire economic conditions they will create, offer opportunities for investors who have money to risk and the patience and nerve to ride out swings in market prices.

    For example, crude oil is bottoming. To profit from the coming increase in oil prices, one might consider the United States Oil Fund (NYSE ticker symbol: USO). USO invests in futures contracts of West Texas Intermediate light sweet crude and other oils. The Fund’s stock price performance tracks the spot price of WTI. USO is a pure commodity play, and carries none of the political or environmental risk of investing in an oil company like BP or Shell.

    At around $33 a share, USO is currently trading near its 12-month low, and is positioned to rise in response to the coming increase in oil prices.

  7. proreason says:

    As soon as the new congress is sworn in, the first action should be to declare war.

    Against Obama.

  8. NoNeoCommies says:

    The Alaska drilling is for geologic exploration and it is not deepwater drilling.
    An industry rep claims the Alaska test sites are in about 150 feet of water.
    Worse, they only have a small window when they can actually work and any delay kills the whole season.

  9. DANEgerus says:

    But will Oilbama withdraw the $10 BILLION in TARP funds illegally diverted to George Soros’ owned Petrobras for offshore drilling to benefit Brazil?

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