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Posted on 03/04/2011 1:27:37 PM PST by jazusamo
Complete title: Interior Secretary Says White House Opposes Drilling in Arctic Because It Will Not Lead to Energy Independence
VIDEO 2:09 minutes
(CNSNews.com) - When asked why the Obama administration opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) given the rising cost of gasoline, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told CNSNews.com that the drill, baby, drill program is not going to lead the United States to energy independence.
We dont believe that you need to drill everywhere and we dont believe that the 'drill, baby, drill' program is the way thats going to get us to the energy independence that we need for America or that will power our economy and thats why the President has been so clear from day one and we in the Department of Interior have been so clear that what we need to do is need to have a robust energy program that includes a number of different sources of energy and while yes, we are pushing forward with oil and gas development both offshore and onshore which was the subject of much of the hearing today, were also moving forward with renewable energy, he told CNSNews.com after testifying before the House Natural Resources Committee about his Departments FY2012 budget.
The President has said we are supporting nuclear, were support other clean air energy forms and at the end of the day, this is a place where there is hope that perhaps some of the Republicans in the House would come together and say that we can move forward with energy legislation that moves us into this new energy future.
Salazar was also asked what the White House is saying about drilling in the Gulf.
What I say is what the White House would say and that is that we are moving forward with an effort to stand up oil and gas drilling in the deep oceans of the gulf and are doing it in a safe and orderly way and thats reflected in the budget request that we were defending for the President today, he said.
But it's not about energy, anyway.
It's about punishing America for it's past success, and making sure it can never happen again.
Actions speak louder than words. How many nuclear plants has Obama approved? And one of the first things he tried was to shut down the nuclear waste storage sites.
Then I suppose “Don’t drill, baby” gets us to energy independence?
One regular argument of the dishonest is “but that won’t solve the entire problem—so we can’t do it.” In fact, the speaker usually has no desire to solve the problem at all and loathes the idea of solving even a part of it.
The sooner this guy goes, the better.
I think the Republicans need to run a congressional investigation into the Gulf oil spill.
Among other things, they might inquire how Salazar gets away with defying a federal judge repeatedly.
Or they might ask him why the only company Salazar has given permission to open a new well in the Gulf is jointly owned by none other than BP.
Of course, none of the weather-dependent “green technologies” will lead us to energy independence either but that doesn’t stop the Marxist regime from pushing it. Domestic drilling would at least bring the price down of a vital commodity while all these green initiatives seem to all come with major pricetags.
Thank you Mr. Obama for your lack of energy policy and lack of energy sense.
Why drill for oil when we can never be self sufficient.
Bot statements are based in liberalism.
And 100% inaccurate.
These anti-American environazis and liberals have been saying this since the 1970’s. If we had started then, we would be on our way now.
“Renewable” energy = NO energy
And that’s exactly what they want.
Yep, Zer0 says lots of things but it doesn’t mean they’re true. His thug Dingy Harry can’t shut down the multi-billion dollar NV storage site fast enough.
DRILL NOW!! DRILL OFTEN!!
20 more nuclear power plants online would really help quite a bit as well...
A rising tide floats all boats and the only drilling these idiots want to do is through the hull of our own boat.
South Texas just got approved for two more nuclear reactors.
Will they actually be built, or will the greenies picket and get the approval yanked?
Beleive it when the reactors are built and have reached first critical.
Even if you drill in Alaska it will not change the amount of oil imported, lowest shipping cost is the shortest point from supply to market. There are several oil shipping charts on the web.
Therein lies the problem, environazis. They’ve set us back in every type energy compared to the rest of the world. The turkeys are even going after proposed wind and solar energy fields now because of damage to environment and/or animals, reptiles and birds.
drill, baby, drill program is not going to lead the United States to energy independence.
Does everyone here believe that if we open this that once and for all we will not accept any oil from the Middle East? If this is the case than I would say lets do it NOW. What does this guy know that we don’t?
Oil is a fungible commodity.
An increase in global supply brings a decrease in price.
20 more nuclear power plants online would really help quite a bit as well...
It sorta sucks that we had three parts of the government for a few years and this stuff was never passed. What a let down. We could have done so much with having the majority of everything.
It takes over 5 years to get a Nuclear plant built, even with all the red tape out of the way.
When they say “energy independence” I think what they mean is “independence from energy.”
The South Texas Project already has nuclear reactors. They’re just adding two more. It’s a done deal as far as permits. The eco-freaks will feel real lonely protesting out near Bay City, Texas.
I fully expect them to not be built at all.
It's a mistake to think that the Pubbies have the best interests of America at heart. They don't.
The sole purpose of the Republican Party is to serve as an ineffective alternative to the Democrat Party.
So it's not better to light one candle than to curse the darkness?
Adding two more.
Which have to be built.
Expect the reenies to freak out and the reactors to not be built at all.
Permits mean nothing when it comes to that.
And as we’ve seen in Wisconsin, they can bus in a sizable number of rent-a-protestors.
Just keep your eyes peeled.
More like light a candle, curse the glare in their minds.
The obama administration going to sink with rising gas prices and this attitude....book it....
Really, then when are those four thousand wells punched in ND the past couple of years going to reduce price. I grew up on a farm and live on one I know bs when is see it.
Right on, IM!
They’ll be built with no problem.
Exactly what price should oil be? And, while we're at it, what temperature is the earth supposed to be.
Had those four thousand wells not been punched, the price would be higher than it is.
It works like this:
Their “feel good” “greenism” just can’t trump the fact that people hate high gas prices more than they like feeling good about themselves for “saving the erf”.
What do you mean, “the law of supply and demand”?
WE write the laws around HERE!
Drilling in Alaska, and offshore California, and offshore Louisiana, puts royalties and tax money into American tax bases. It pays wages to American workers, pays profits to American contractors and investors, instead of paying taxes and royalties to some other country’s treasury and putting some other country’s people to work.
If we had been drilling for all the years Democrats and environmentalists blocked drilling, there would be plenty of oil right now, and we could easily be energy independent, with oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear and even costly wind farms. Democrats are liars.
That's good news. Considering that the application has only been pending since 2007. It only took 3 years. Bush should have approved it, but I guess he only had 1 year to do it. Obama should have approved it 2 years ago.
But maybe this means they will start moving on all the other pending applications.
Right, Mr. B. for the last 10-20 years, we should have been busting our butts developing pebble bed technology and selling it.
Now, we will be lucky to heat our homes and turn on our lights.
The energy policy impediments of the Left just makes me angry. They are illogical, self destructive and infantile.
If we don’t do something soon (and it may already be too late) we are going to find ourselves in a spiral down in a vicious circle caused by the collapse of industry and the economy, exacerbated by the lack of usable energy at ANY price.
Our own government in power is setting us up to fail. It is my opinion it is not unintentional.
Were is that article informing the USA that if drilling occurred within ANWR and offshore of Alaska. Alaska itself would become the worlds 8th largest producer.
Okay no Alaska would not allow energy independence. Ken Salazaar, is no American, he is a Communist fascist Swine.
In American we need another Joe McCarthy. Yeah that one from WI eventually got a little power hungry, maybe the power struggle would balance out DC.
I’ll vote for another Joe McCarthy, he was a great American.
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