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Drillgate: Secretary Salazar's Cover-Up ^ | February 8, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff

Posted on 02/08/2010 5:50:44 PM PST by Kaslin

Energy The administration asked for public comments on a plan to expand offshore drilling. When they came in 2-to-1 in favor, the Interior Department sat on the news. Time for a "Texas tea" party?

When you ask for public comment on a major policy issue, at some point you should make the results public, not hide them until you can figure out a way to spin the public reaction to support a conclusion you've already drawn.

On its last business day in office, the Bush administration published a proposed draft of a five-year plan to lease areas in the Atlantic and Pacific waters for oil and natural gas drilling. The plan authorized 31 energy exploration lease sales between 2010 and 2015 for tracts along the East Coast and off the coasts of Alaska and California.

Hopes that America would soon develop vast untapped energy reserves were dashed when the incoming Obama administration ordered all federal agencies and departments to halt all such pending regulations until they could be reviewed by incoming staff. Incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar extended the public comment period by 180 days.

Last April, Salazar said President Obama told him regarding the comment period "to make sure that we have an open and transparent government" and to make sure that DOI was "maximizing the opportunity for the public to give us guidance on what it is they want us to do" about expanding domestic energy exploration and development.

Well, the public provided no small amount of guidance. The Interior Department announced in September it had received more than 530,000 comments. It did not say, however, how many supported or opposed expanded drilling. It's now four months after the close of this extended comment period, so where are the results? What happened to the open and transparent process?

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; US: Alaska; US: California
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1 posted on 02/08/2010 5:50:44 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

It’s just a cover-up.
It’s not like he wrote a couple of reminders on his palm.

2 posted on 02/08/2010 5:55:21 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS ... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Talk to the hand. Sarah wants to drill, baby, drill. Better than Salazar’s hot air.

3 posted on 02/08/2010 6:02:39 PM PST by raptor22 (The truth will set us free)
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To: Kaslin

great find. This is huge. Now, how do get somebody to pick up on:
1. the public comment 2-1 for drilling
2. The coverup

4 posted on 02/08/2010 6:12:21 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: stylin19a

The public is 2 to 1 in favor of offshore drilling; the Left is against it.

The Left is falling in the polls and can’t figure it out.

Why tell them?!

5 posted on 02/08/2010 6:38:16 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Kaslin

Remember, he said Transpearent but he ment,

He’s our first Opaque president.

6 posted on 02/08/2010 8:04:42 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Kaslin; editor-surveyor

BTTT and a ping.

7 posted on 02/08/2010 8:44:16 PM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Kaslin
"An e-mail dated Oct. 27, 2009 from MMS Director Liz Birnbaum to other senior MMS and DOI officials, including Salazar's chief of staff, confirmed the result and discussed ways of hiding it from the American people."

Transparently criminal.

8 posted on 02/08/2010 9:12:36 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: Kaslin
Wait till gasoline jogs up to $4.00 a gallon again, take another poll at that time. It might be hard to poll people with pitchforks and torches in their hands though ;^)
9 posted on 02/08/2010 9:20:19 PM PST by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: Kaslin

Institute for Energy Research calls on the administration to unlock taxpayer-owned energy resources

Mr. President, Don’t Forget About America’s Job-Creating Energy Resources

By Institute for Energy Research Wednesday, January 27, 2010

IER President: “Americans need jobs and America needs fuel to drive economic growth and prosperity. Increasing domestic energy production is a common sense solution embraced by a clear majority of Americans”

Washington, DC – Today, one in 10 Americans are out of work. However, the Obama Administration has the opportunity to help create hundreds of thousands of jobs, increase America’s long-term energy security and reduce our dependence on imported energy by allowing responsible, environmentally-sound offshore energy production.

“The President has directed an enormous amount of hard-earned tax dollars to prop up ‘green jobs’ that would otherwise not exist without heavy and ongoing government support. At the same time, this Administration has discouraged common sense job creation efforts, especially responsible offshore oil and gas development,” said Thomas J. Pyle, president of the market-oriented Institute for Energy Research (IER). “And despite widespread public support for increasing all forms of domestic energy – especially offshore – the President and his Administration continue to add layers of red tape and bureaucratic hurdles on access to homegrown energy.”

Pyle is referring to the job-creating energy resources along the outer continental shelf (OCS), an energy-rich area located between 3 and 200 miles off our coast. Developing oil and gas reserves along the OCS has the potential to create 1.2 million jobs and provide an additional $70 billion in annual wages.

“This Administration continues to embrace Washington-dominated, command-and-control national energy policies focused on mandates, subsidies and political favors – not market forces,” continued Pyle. “Subsidizing one form of energy, while restricting the exploration of another, will lead to several measurable outcomes: increased energy prices across the board, fewer jobs and a weaker footing in the global economy.”

According to the Interior Department, this Administration has leased less taxpayer-owned land than any other year on record during its first year in office, while realizing one-tenth the amount of revenue from leasing taxpayer-owned land than it did in 2008.

Pyle notes that free enterprise continues to create tens of thousands of energy-related jobs right here at home.

“Without a government handout or a Washington mandate, natural gas production created nearly 48,000 jobs last year in Pennsylvania alone,” said Pyle. “Now more than ever, Americans need jobs and America needs fuel to drive economic growth and prosperity. Increasing domestic energy production is a common sense solution embraced by a clear majority of Americans. If the President was serious about redirecting our economy and helping

10 posted on 02/09/2010 7:09:39 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: philman_36


11 posted on 02/09/2010 8:33:19 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Democracy, the vilest form of government, pits the greed of an angry mob vs. the rights of a man)
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To: Kaslin
What Obama says and what Obama does are two very different things.

When Bill Clinton was President I came quickly to the point of believing that if his lips were moving ... he was lying. Why listen to anyone who lies about everything.

He appears to be open to cooperation. Yet he is not.

Obama is a front man. That is what he was put in place to be. He is a front man. The man you see he comes across as approachable and friendly, (somewhat arrogant too); but ... the plans going on behind the scenes are entirely on track to accomplish their agenda. MOO.

12 posted on 02/10/2010 10:37:18 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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13 posted on 02/10/2010 11:53:14 AM PST by Publius6961 (You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do)
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To: Kaslin
Drill Here Book

14 posted on 02/10/2010 11:55:02 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Kaslin

In my personal opinion, Kenny Salazar is just another kiss-@ss D@mocrat hired hand. Rancher? Oh, you betcha - but if the White House ‘asked’ him to ban all grazing leases (or all oil drilling) on federal lands, he’d have it done before you could say “teleprompter,” and you would be able to see the dirt from Obama’s boots on his tongue as soon as he opened his lying mouth...

15 posted on 05/11/2010 5:01:08 PM PDT by Who is John Galt? ("Sometimes I have to break the law in order to meet my management objectives." - Bill Calkins, BLM)
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