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O's new Gulf gambit
NY Post ^ | October 14, 2010 | Editorial

Posted on 10/14/2010 3:14:52 AM PDT by Scanian

Look -- it's an October Mini-Surprise!

It's midterm-election time, the Democrats are cratering -- and Inte rior Secretary Ken Salazar this week announced that he's lifting the moratorium that the White House imposed on deepwater offshore-oil and gas drilling after the Gulf of Mexico spill.

The move came six weeks earlier than expected, and followed the promulgation of some new safety rules said to ensure against future well blowouts.

"I have decided that it is now appropriate to lift the suspension," said Salazar, adding: "We are open for business."

And of course it's just a coincidence that there are US Senate races in Louisiana and Florida as Democrats fight to maintain control of that body.

As for being open for business -- well, what Salazar did not say is that it will be some time before any actual drilling begins. Like weeks -- and maybe even months.

And it will likely be years before drilling resumes to pre-spill levels.

Which is why Sen. Mary Landrieu, a

Louisiana Democrat who's so furious about the moratorium that she's single-handedly been blocking the White House nomination of Jack Lew as budget director, isn't ready to sign on.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: deepwaterdrilling; moratorium; obama; salazar

1 posted on 10/14/2010 3:14:55 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

I thought the courts already decided this. Seems like an abuse of power.

2 posted on 10/14/2010 3:21:56 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Scanian

And how long before the Gov’t starts issuing Drilling Permits?

3 posted on 10/14/2010 4:21:57 AM PDT by Rockhound
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To: Rockhound

the drilling permits are the key, of course that isn’t being discussed. The people in the Gulf know the truth. You have oil people in Houston picking off oil drilling rigs to take them overseas.

4 posted on 10/14/2010 4:28:33 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: Scanian
No one here in the Gulf buys any of it... no jobs... no hiring and most deep water rigs have vacated. The Gulf oil business is in suspended animation.


5 posted on 10/14/2010 4:32:50 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Scanian

The “lifting” of the moratorium is nothing but electioneering. The sala czar has to issue new drilling permits even to rigs that had previously been ok’d to drill. sala czar is an environmental wack job. Expect a LOT of delays in that.

Hey all you goofs on the gulf that vote demonrat, how’s that hopey changey stuff working for ya.

6 posted on 10/14/2010 4:38:05 AM PDT by Texas resident (Outlaw fisherman)
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To: Texas resident

Too little, too late.

7 posted on 10/14/2010 4:54:43 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
Actually, this is even is an admission of politics versus economics.

The administration is showing that it is all about politics.

8 posted on 10/14/2010 6:53:34 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (RAT Hunting Season started the evening of March 21st, 2010!)
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To: LibLieSlayer
The Gulf oil business is in suspended animation.

Except for China and Cuba. They are happy to take our oil and gas.

9 posted on 10/14/2010 7:32:50 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

That is the truth.


10 posted on 10/14/2010 7:53:06 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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