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The Drill Is Gone
IBD Editorials ^ | May 27, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff

Posted on 05/27/2010 6:04:59 PM PDT by Kaslin

Energy: An administration never enthusiastic about offshore drilling is using the Gulf oil spill as an excuse to suspend Arctic exploration. Who could've seen that coming? Now we'll be more dependent on foreign oil.

Suspicions in some quarters that the administration was being deliberately lax in its response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in order to pursue a larger, anti-domestic energy agenda were met with derision. But if not deliberate, the effect is the same as the administration prepares to shut down our search for new oil.

President Obama on Thursday announced a suspension of offshore drilling in the Arctic until the causes and solutions to the Gulf spill are found. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a report delivered to the White House on Thursday that he will not consider applications for permits to drill in the Arctic until 2011. Shell Oil was poised to begin exploratory drilling this summer on leases as far as 140 miles offshore.

The irony here is that it's been the reluctance of Congress and the White House to allow more onshore development of our vast untapped oil and natural gas energy reserves that has forced oil companies such as Shell and British Petroleum to go farther and farther offshore to drill deeper and deeper in riskier waters.

"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," Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said in a statement. As with nuclear power, domestic oil exploration will now be consigned to the "study forever, develop never" category.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Alaska; US: Louisiana
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1 posted on 05/27/2010 6:04:59 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Oil is going UP


2 posted on 05/27/2010 6:08:47 PM PDT by griswold3 (Barack Obama’s First Law of Leadership: “I just work here.”)
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To: Kaslin
Suspicions in some quarters that the administration was being deliberately lax in its response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in order to pursue a larger, anti-domestic energy agenda were met with derision.

Let's see, any evidence of sabotage would be 5000 feet below the sea. The environmental damage would shut down offshore drilling for years. It strengthens the moslem world. There's almost no chance that the democrats would be caught at it.

I don't think the current regime was lax. I think they sabotaged the rig intentionally.

How many gulf oil drilling rigs have blown up? I don't remember a single one.

3 posted on 05/27/2010 6:15:39 PM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Kaslin
What else do we expect from a bunch of socialist bent on destroying our capitalist free market economy. The socialists wants to steal our money through trillions of dollars in taxes for this totally inefficient “green energy”. It is all about the money, the socialist want to destroy capitalism so they can have all the money, control our lives, and stay in power for ever. As usual they are going to fail miserably. We are going to crush them starting this November elections.
4 posted on 05/27/2010 6:17:49 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: John O
ACTIVE OIL PLATFORMS 3701
5 posted on 05/27/2010 6:21:48 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: Kaslin
"Who could've seen that coming?"

Soros.

Obama just paid Soros back by stopping Oil Production the Gulf.

Adding value to Soros' Petrobas holdings.

Pertobas only operates 9 platforms in the Gulf.

They are huge off South America and Cuba.

6 posted on 05/27/2010 6:24:21 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Liberals are right. The AZ situation is like Nazi Germany. Mexico is Germany and Arizona is Poland)
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To: John O

There’s a much simpler explanation than sabotage. BP failed to insert a concrete safety plug before removing the original mud, because they were in a hurry to move the rig to a new site (half million dollars a day or something). The onsite engineers were opposed to the shortcut and eleven paid with their lives.


7 posted on 05/27/2010 6:28:15 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Kaslin
Yeah...we'll buy from Venezuela, Russia, China and a host of other nations that - by virtue of simply being non-American - have such superior safety and environmental standards for drilling. </sarcasm>
8 posted on 05/27/2010 6:50:51 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: John O
Even if Obama's minions did not sabotage the rig (and they probably did), it is obvious that they have interfered with the recovery. After the process of stopping the leak was dragged out long enough, it was possible for Government and grant-seeking academic "scientists" to claim that the spill had exceeded that from the Exxon Valdez.

Of course, the EPA previously stopped the use of dispersants because the spill needed to look as bad as possible. And the failure of the "dome" is suspicious. The "dome" fix arrived too soon.

Given that Obama has his foot on BP's neck, it is not surprising that any fixes will be according to Obama's schedule. By dragging it out, Obama was able to create a diversion from his unpopular actions (e.g., health care "reform") and have an excuse to shut down oil exploration in the Gulf and in Alaska. Now that Obama has announced that he will fix the problem, BP will be allowed to go ahead.
9 posted on 05/27/2010 7:08:45 PM PDT by Ragnar54 ("Beer for My Horses")
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To: Kaslin
This will be a dream come true for the Algores of this land, European gasoline prices in America as like $11 per gallon.

It will be the death of the suburbs, tourism, independent travel and the American way. We will be forced into public travel, public housing, public medicine, and public rest rooms. The only way to get away form this is to become a government, party or union official.

10 posted on 05/27/2010 7:53:52 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has it limits.)
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To: Kaslin

Of course Cuba and Mexico will be more then happy to tap all that oil in the Gulf...


11 posted on 05/28/2010 6:43:31 AM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: Kaslin

“Never let a crisis go to waste”....


12 posted on 05/28/2010 6:43:54 AM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: Kozak

Don’t forget China


13 posted on 05/28/2010 6:46:21 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: John O
How many gulf oil drilling rigs have blown up?

Ixtoc 1, 1979, in the Bay of Campeche (southern Bight of the Gulf)

14 posted on 05/28/2010 7:32:03 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: oyez

In Soviet U.S., the party finds YOU!


15 posted on 05/28/2010 7:10:44 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: Fred Nerks

Thanks, Fred - great map!


16 posted on 05/28/2010 7:12:47 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Thanks Kaslin. It's just math -- Alaska only gets three votes in Congress. That'll change when the jackoffs in the Party of Treason give polar bears aned caribou the vote.
An administration never enthusiastic about offshore drilling is using the Gulf oil spill as an excuse to suspend Arctic exploration.

17 posted on 05/28/2010 7:14:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Kaslin

And this is before they put their new tax on a gallon of gas. :)


18 posted on 05/28/2010 7:15:46 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Kaslin
President Obama on Thursday announced a suspension of offshore drilling in the Arctic until the causes and solutions to the Gulf spill are found.

More oil for Putin. Three years from now when a Republican President opens the Arctic back up, those prime drilling sites will have Russian platforms sitting atop them.

19 posted on 05/28/2010 7:18:45 PM PDT by Hoodat (.For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: John O

A Saudi agent is in charge. The Saudis #1 goal is exporting Islam to the west to take over through the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR is also the Saudis.


20 posted on 05/28/2010 7:19:46 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: Kaslin

The deep ocean drill is NOT gone. George Soros’ Petrobras is continuing on, and expanding (they announced new drilling in 7,000 feet of water off Turkey TODAY!)

http://www.stumpedagain.wordpress.com


21 posted on 05/28/2010 10:21:39 PM PDT by cookcounty ("Today's White House reporters seem one ball short of a ping pong scrimmage.")
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To: steve86
There’s a much simpler explanation than sabotage. BP failed to insert a concrete safety plug before removing the original mud...

That was the sabotage mechanism. All they had to have was secret knowledge that more oil pressure existed than was detected by the openly acknowledged studies.

...because they were in a hurry to move the rig to a new site (half million dollars a day or something).

That was the sabotage cover story.

The onsite engineers were opposed to the shortcut and eleven paid with their lives.

That's proof it was a Left-wing operation. To collectivists, life is not only cheap, it's utterly irrelevent. Not to mention that it was precisely these onsite engineers who could have testified that BP knew the pressure was too high for the shortcut. What a coincidence.

22 posted on 05/28/2010 10:53:44 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: Talisker

(The following is a complete fiction and has absolutely nothing to do with real people, places, or things.)

BP started drilling of one of the more challenging oil wells, at a great depth. They have the equipment and experience to attempt these major operations. Everything was on schedule, until recently. The current ‘administration’ was losing face, losing control, and was anxious for this well to go online. Since they had already planned to tout it as the largest deep sea well in the entire universe, it could bring the cost of gas at the pump down some, just due to the fact it went into Production.

This would calm down the ignorant masses, and allow the administration to selectively control oil drilling and production rights. As with Chrysler and GM, the dealerships would go to ‘friends of the administration’.

So, the MMC (With it’s new and inexperienced appointee ) was anxious to support the President’s wishes. She authorized waivers for various details of the finishing work, to speed up the completion of BP’s drill and install.

The use of one concrete seal/plug between the bore casing and the outer casing (the annulus). Skipping the step where mud is pumped down, and just using water.

The BP suits took this news to the rigs, and informed the crew and chief. The crew threw a fit, as the depth of the site and the pressures involved would logically require MORE seals, and not less. The BP Suits they just needed them to sign off and say they thought it probably was OK. The BP suits told the crew they would get off-rig a lot quicker if they went along with the plan.

The outer cement seal didn’t hold. Oil and gas started leaking out around the footing of the wellhead, rising to the surface and expanding quickly. The crew started noticing the problems (rising pressures, etc), and were extremely upset, as well as terrified. The BP suits got the heck off the rig, leaving the crew to try and save it.

Some of the gas bubbling up from below, was ignited by something on the rig. A huge explosion took place, starting with the oil on top of the water, and the gas which was surrounding the whole rig. This blew the seals on the floats. Fuel on board the rig then caught fire, and eventually caused some more explosions. The rig sunk to the bottom.

So, by Obama inspiring a relaxation of the rules, to achieve political goals, he has stabbed himself in his own foot. I love irony.


23 posted on 05/29/2010 12:45:05 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: UCANSEE2

Nice summation.


24 posted on 05/29/2010 12:56:02 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: SunkenCiv; Sarah Barracuda; potlatch; PhilDragoo; Clintonfatigued; smoothsailing; jazusamo; ...
Great opportunity for Sarah Palin, who had a positive record in fostering oil and natural gas development in Alaska, to take on the "flat earth" Dimwits on this issue.

You don't put a moratorium on all air traffic or all rail traffic or all auto traffic after a fatal accident; you investigate the accident, improve the causative factors when possible, and move on!

25 posted on 05/29/2010 5:05:57 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Thanks for the ping!


26 posted on 05/29/2010 6:17:21 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: UCANSEE2
So it all comes down to a female who didn't know her A$$ from her ellie may bow when comes to minerals management, but was stuck on her highchair by the little boy president who never had a father.

That's perfect.

Perfectly describes in metaphor form what's wrong with pretty much everything.

27 posted on 05/29/2010 9:59:17 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: justiceseeker93

0bama is truly The Master of disaster”; The Ayatollah of All Crapola!


28 posted on 05/29/2010 11:25:45 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Kaslin

Gee, thanks, Mr. President. I just love paying more for a tank of gas.


29 posted on 05/29/2010 11:30:10 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Kaslin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6gDeGdQ3rM&feature=related


30 posted on 05/29/2010 12:00:52 PM PDT by Gator113 (OBAMA THAT IS NOT SUSTAINABLE..... IMPEACH Obama NOW..)
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