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O's anti-oil dogma
NY Post ^ | December 3, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 12/05/2010 1:19:29 AM PST by Scanian

'Never mind." That, in a nutshell, is the White House's new position on domestic oil exploration. In March, President Obama announced that he would allow -- or at least entertain -- some new oil development off the Atlantic Coast and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. This week he reversed himself, saying such exploration is now off the table for at least five years.

Only the most black-hearted cynics among us would even contemplate the notion that Obama had his re-election prospects in, say, Florida in mind when he made his decision. Then again, some believed that Obama's initial decision to consider expanded oil exploration was a political pander, too. So let's assume sincerity all the way down the decision tree.

The real problem with the White House's attitude toward oil, and energy generally, is how deeply ideological it is. Few presidents have talked a bigger game about pragmatism while pursuing a dogmatic agenda.

To be fair, the White House is hardly as radical as many of the Greens descending on Cancun this week for the next round of fruitless climate-change talks. For instance, Kevin Anderson, director of Britain's Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, recently authored a paper in which he argues that Western nations should use WWII-style rationing to halt economic growth for the next 20 years in order to curb greenhouse-gas production. There's a winning political agenda!

Obama doesn't advocate anything so stark, but that's not necessarily a point in his favor. Radicals like Anderson are honest about the trade-offs between climate-change policies and economic growth.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bias; ideology; jobs; oilexploration

1 posted on 12/05/2010 1:19:33 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
binladen wont even waste a good bomb on DC.
2 posted on 12/05/2010 1:36:02 AM PST by mmercier
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To: Scanian
There is no oil shortage:

And of course, we have enormous coal and gas reserves to boot. We're literally sitting on top of energy Independence and balanced trade.

3 posted on 12/05/2010 2:14:47 AM PST by Red Dog #1
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To: mmercier


4 posted on 12/05/2010 2:25:23 AM PST by Cobra64
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To: Red Dog #1

You will not be able to drive your suv as much as you want.

5 posted on 12/05/2010 2:47:49 AM PST by TLEIBY308 (Keep yer powder dry and watch yer top Knot.)
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To: Scanian

“when he made his decision”

Obama doesn’t make decisions. Did Charley McCarthy makes decisions?

6 posted on 12/05/2010 4:07:57 AM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: Scanian

What does it matter what Obama’s real plan is?

Decision have consequences and his decisions mean we are more dependent on foreign oil.

Is he trying to force up gas prices, trying to force us to go green, trying to destroy our economy?

If so he is doing a fine job of it. That’s exactly whats happening.

Gas prices are going up, Heating fuel prices are goping up Electricity rates are going up,
Many people are buying hybrid cars with batteries that cost $5,000 to replace and will be worth nothing come trade in time.We are buying wind generators from China
The economy sucks.

Obama is ding a great job of keeping America’s economy in the toilet. Lets elect the SOB again so he can keep up the good work.

7 posted on 12/05/2010 4:33:55 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

If he has a plan, it is simply to wreak havoc on the American economy and society. There is no doubt in my mind that if it were in his power to turn us into another Zimbabwe, he would do it in a heartbeat. With himself being the US Mugabe, of course.

Of course, there is always the possibility that 0 simply follows the dictates of the people and groups that put him where he is: the unions, homosexuals, environmental nuts, pure commies and socialists, etc., etc. Doing their bidding would have the same effect: the complete looting and devastation of the United States.

8 posted on 12/05/2010 4:41:51 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Cobra64

For Obama&Co. it can’t happen to soon.

9 posted on 12/05/2010 4:55:48 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Scanian
Obama isn't really anti-oil - he's anti-US-oil.

Just ask Brazil.

10 posted on 12/05/2010 4:56:18 AM PST by The Duke
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To: Venturer

Well, i got my eye on one a them good green jobs....comin up in the future, just around the corner.
so i hope this flirtation with a carbon based economy which has brought untold wealth and prosperity to a goodly portion planet earth soon loses it’s lustre......i think my future employment entails painting all the roofs in town white....hell it pays 10 bucks an hour my job..forgo headin for ‘get rich quick city’...
i release the balance of my time....

11 posted on 12/05/2010 5:21:58 AM PST by flat
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To: Scanian
US rig count at 2-year high
12 posted on 12/05/2010 6:18:04 AM PST by epithermal
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To: epithermal

Dont get too upset, odumbo lies and changes his positions daily.

13 posted on 12/05/2010 6:49:03 AM PST by italianquaker ( teabag the vote!!)
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To: Scanian
Obama is accumulating bargaining chips to use against the incoming House.

This, the FCC threatening to regulate news content and other moves to the left will help create the illusion of compromise when the time comes to pass new legislation.

Obama is trying to reposition the ideological center.

Republicans want to expand oil drilling. Obama originally said he wanted allow some offshore drilling. If he now bans all new drilling, it will appear to be a compromise when he moves back toward his original position. But in order to meet him “half way” Republicans will have to allow the banning of some offshore drilling. Closer to Obama’s original position.

14 posted on 12/05/2010 6:52:28 AM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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“Closer to Obama’s original position. “

His only position should be sitting in the defendant’s seat
in a trial for crimes against the United States.

15 posted on 12/05/2010 7:09:47 AM PST by Fireone (If you build it (the gallows), they will come.)
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