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Obama finally decides to drill soon, drill here and there
Hotair ^ | 05/14/2011 | Ed Morrisey

Posted on 05/14/2011 12:41:53 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

You know, in about 15 years or so, Barack Obama might actually come up with an energy policy that increases energy and grows the economy. After five months of escalating political heat, Obama finally decided that we could drill our way out of our problems — or at least his problems:

Facing continued public unhappiness over gas prices, President Barack Obama is directing his administration to ramp up U.S. oil production by extending existing leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska’s coast and holding more frequent lease sales in a federal petroleum reserve in Alaska.

Obama said Saturday that the measures “make good sense” and will help reduce U.S. consumption of imported oil in the long term. But he acknowledged anew that they won’t help to immediately bring down gasoline prices topping $4 a gallon in many parts of the country.

Is this leadership? No, it’s more like covering one’s party mascot:

His announcement followed passage in the Republican-controlled House of three bills — including two this week — that would expand and speed up offshore oil and gas drilling. Republicans say the bills are aimed at easing gasoline costs, but they also acknowledge that won’t be immediate.

The White House had announced its opposition to all three bills, which are unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, saying the measures would undercut safety reviews and open environmentally sensitive areas to new drilling.

Wow — sounds bad, huh? Why would anyone listen to Republican policies that do all that?

But Obama is adopting some of the bills’ provisions.

In fact, most of this action deals with extensions for existing leases, rather than new drilling. Instead of approving extension requests individually, Obama will issue blanket one-year extensions in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. The lease sales for the Gulf that Obama announced were supposed to take place last year. They’re not new leases. Obama did pledge to hold annual lease sales in Alaska’s North Slope area, where they had been ad hoc in the past, which is the only hint of new expansion in his remarks.

This isn’t leadership. It’s a threadbare attempt at triangulation that doesn’t add much new capacity at all, nor does it speed up the process of exploration and extraction. The White House will drag its heels on expansion of American production as long as possible; this announcement just buys Obama some time and a respite from the political fallout of high gas prices. Still, the fact that Obama had to protect himself in this manner shows how politically damaging his refusal to expand American production has become, and how damaging it will continue to be.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drill; drilling; obama; oil

1 posted on 05/14/2011 12:41:55 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s amazing how quickly a leftist can move when political expediency demands it.


2 posted on 05/14/2011 12:47:31 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s this? I thought it was all Big Oil’s fault?

Maybe the public isn’t falling for the Democrat meme anymore.


3 posted on 05/14/2011 12:51:26 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (We live two lives, the life we learn and the life we live with after that.)
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To: Farmer Dean

He has decided nothing of the kind...his aides have decided that it is merely advantageous for him to be seen talking about increasing oil and gas production in an effort to curry favor with the ever fickle independent voter. Actually increasing domestic production is an entirely different matter and would work counter to the ‘green’ agenda.


4 posted on 05/14/2011 12:52:20 PM PDT by dogcaller
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To: SeekAndFind

As of this week, 60% of all drilling rigs in the world are drilling right here in the USA.

And over the last two years, oil production in the US has increased for the first time since 1991.


5 posted on 05/14/2011 12:54:02 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe he can get the pimps at the Fed to stop murdering the dollar now too.


6 posted on 05/14/2011 12:56:24 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (We live two lives, the life we learn and the life we live with after that.)
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To: dogcaller

“Actually increasing domestic production is an entirely different matter and would work counter to the ‘green’ agenda.”

Domestic oil production has increased.

And production has increased, not because of Obama policies, but because of market pressures which have caused the price of oil to increase.


8 posted on 05/14/2011 12:58:21 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama is continuing the lie!

He set’s out conditional criteria and will continue a policy ensuring no applicants are compliant.


9 posted on 05/14/2011 1:00:50 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: Farmer Dean
Barack Obama 2012 - "Hot Air" Alternative Energy Plan
10 posted on 05/14/2011 1:05:03 PM PDT by radioone
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To: SeekAndFind

Actions speak louder than words. I have absolutely no reason to believe anything he says... he now has a track record of deceit.


11 posted on 05/14/2011 1:05:15 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: SeekAndFind

“Obama finally decides to drill soon, drill here and there”

Everything he says is a lie. This would be no different.

He is looking for votes.


12 posted on 05/14/2011 1:05:56 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: dogcaller

Bingo! The Liar in Chief is never going to take his boot off the line supplying our energy.

Throw the bum out.


13 posted on 05/14/2011 1:07:26 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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14 posted on 05/14/2011 1:07:43 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: SeekAndFind

Like everything else, he’s lying. Obama bin Lyin will mouth the words, but watch his minions interfere.


15 posted on 05/14/2011 1:09:06 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Farmer Dean

Don’t believe it.

Sad. Obama Official Salazar Lies to Congress About Gulf Oil Production (Video) …Update: Obama Repeats Lie
Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, March 11, 2011, 11:46 AM

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/03/sad-obama-official-salazar-lies-to-congress-about-gulf-oil-production-to-prevent-more-drilling-video/


16 posted on 05/14/2011 1:10:30 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: headstamp 2
What’s this? I thought it was all Big Oil’s fault?

Maybe the public isn’t falling for the Democrat meme anymore.

Heh... all that nonsense about investigating high fuel prices. Witch-hunts don't work too well when everyone knows that the "witch" is the person initiating the hunt.

17 posted on 05/14/2011 1:15:09 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: KeyLargo

I never believed anything that sack of s—t has said.It’s all about statements made for political effect at a given moment.Not a grain of truth in any of it.


18 posted on 05/14/2011 1:16:28 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: SeekAndFind

Italians are already on the North Slope.

Communist Chinese and Brazilians in the Gulf.

Russia has uranium deal in Wyoming.

Ubama and his EPA GAVE THOSE COUNTRIES drilling rights, and the deepwater rigs to Soros and the Africans.

...
Communist Chinese have Canadian oil sands tied up.


19 posted on 05/14/2011 1:20:25 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Farmer Dean

“The offshore drilling proposals Obama outlined in his radio address represent an effort to build political momentum as Republicans are pushing for a dramatic expansion U.S. oil production, but the plan does not represent a major change in overall policy for the White House.

Still, the announcement represents Obama’s response to a series of GOP-backed bills that passed the House in the last week that would require the Interior Department to hold new lease sales and speed up the permitting of drilling projects. While Obama opposes those bills, this proposal is an effort to show he is in favor of safe and limited drilling.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/161225-under-pressure-on-gas-prices-obama-makes-policy-changes-on-domestic-drilling

White House bashes GOP drilling bills but doesn’t threaten vetoes
By Ben Geman - 05/05/11 09:51 AM ET

“The White House is attacking a pair of GOP offshore drilling bills that are on the House floor, alleging they would “undercut” safety and environmental reforms established after the BP oil spill.”


20 posted on 05/14/2011 1:23:51 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: combat_boots

Bull Crap. He is covering himself so when the senate kills it, he can be tough and say he wanted it. And the sheeple in the media will all bleat OhhhhhhhBaaaahhhhhhhMaaaaaaaa.....


21 posted on 05/14/2011 1:26:07 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Who is John Galt?)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I don’t disagree.

My point is that 0bama’s policies are benefitting foreign-owned and manned.

He is giving away our resources.


22 posted on 05/14/2011 1:29:31 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots

Obama’s Plan Is To Come Up With A Plan To Convince People He Has A Plan On Gas Prices

Written By : John Hawkins

Obama hates the oil industry, he’s blocking drilling in ANWR, he still has the clamps down on drilling in the Gulf — in other words, if it increases the price of oil, he’s in favor. If he were honest, Obama would simply make the case to the American people for high gas prices. But of course, Obama’s not honest. He’s a diehard socialist with a moderate candy shell designed to trick people into swallowing his leftism.


23 posted on 05/14/2011 1:30:03 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
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24 posted on 05/14/2011 1:35:08 PM PDT by doc11355
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To: SeekAndFind

One has to wonder what new Rat mischief adventure is going to pop out of this one. Pardon the cynicality, but when it’s Obama involved, he never disappoints intrigue-seekers. Never.


25 posted on 05/14/2011 1:35:23 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama Hates US...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_oq8ZGNy78

Obama Hates America...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrM0Q-WxEb4


26 posted on 05/14/2011 1:35:28 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: HiTech RedNeck

President Barack Obama’s First Ad of 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIA5aszzA18


27 posted on 05/14/2011 1:40:15 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Three years ago when gas was over $4 a gallon, W lifted the drilling ban. By Christmas 2008, it was under $2. Now Hussein is going to drill to alleviate the high gas prices. Just another example of Hussein using the thoroughly berated Bush plan.


28 posted on 05/14/2011 2:02:16 PM PDT by Ax (Osama Bin Laden, the newest weed in the gardens of hell.)
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To: Farmer Dean

He may lose a few greenies, but us gas guzzelers are po.ed and will not consider changing.


29 posted on 05/14/2011 2:27:26 PM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: All

This is pure political propaganda.

He says ONE THING,but aspouses ANOTHER

1. So, you wanna drill? The devil is in the DETAILS. How long for the permit? How much? How many EPS studies? Oh look, a 3 legged Hoover lizard!!! Sorry chums, can’t drill here. What’s that? We found a spotted humperdink in wetlands? Tsk, tsk, tsk, sorry bud but your permit is denied....thanks for the billion dollars in fees and permits...CHUMPS!!!

2. Hey, we said you could drill, but after 2012 all bets are off boyos.

3. We’re too busy buying our oil from Brazil. How do you say Drill Baby Drill in Portugese??? Simple:

berbequim baby berbequim !!!

4. That two billion dollar land permit just went up to four billion....sucks to be you. If the EPS balks, you WON’T get a refund. Of course, you can donate to our campaign coffers for a “waiver”.

5. Obama is just trying to look good for 2012, perhaps fool the speculators. Fooling is one thing, but if the oil tanks don’t get filled (supply) then all the posturing won’t help in the price....and the speculators know this.

To make matters worse


30 posted on 05/14/2011 2:41:12 PM PDT by ak267
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To: ak267

Leasing? no problem

Permits? When hell freezes over; not one mention of permits.

The whole thing is a publicity stunt with no truth.


31 posted on 05/14/2011 2:49:25 PM PDT by OregonRancher (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints)
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To: All

Why did Obama do this? One name: SARAH PALIN

He know she’s running.


32 posted on 05/14/2011 3:20:50 PM PDT by ak267
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To: SeekAndFind

But he acknowledged anew that they won’t help to immediately bring down gasoline prices topping $4 a gallon in many parts of the country.

But in reality no one will get a permit to drill. Don’t go by what he says, go by what he does.


33 posted on 05/14/2011 4:22:19 PM PDT by chainsaw (I'd hate to be a democrat running against Sarah Palin.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah yeah yeah, now tell me another one.


34 posted on 05/14/2011 5:27:31 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama finally decides to drill soon, drill here and there

For cryin' out loud! Someone watch his other hand!

35 posted on 05/14/2011 6:19:00 PM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Undoubtedly, Obama’s various flunkies, the few that have a grasp of basic economics, have shoved the facts in front of his nose: start exploring and drilling for oil or face ever higher gas prices and no second term. Obviously, Obama does not want to do this, but his lust for power will probably make him make concessions. Not a lot, but just enough to trumpet himself as seeking solutions.


36 posted on 05/14/2011 8:32:15 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: SeekAndFind

BO is just saying ... ‘it’s time to start drilling’... only to have election sound bites for his useful idiots in the press. The man is a liar and a traitor to his oath to the Constitution. He will say anything to get himself elected because he has the lefty press in his hip pocket. The only thing he believes in is ‘programs’...that’s his whole life.


37 posted on 05/15/2011 4:14:41 AM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: Ax

“Now Hussein is going to drill to alleviate the high gas prices. Just another example of Hussein using the thoroughly berated Bush plan.”

Obama is NOT going to do anything of the kind. If you read the posts here you will see that he is doing nothing more than stalling for time until he is reelected and he is in no way following any “Bush plan”.


38 posted on 05/15/2011 5:25:44 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: OregonRancher

“Leasing? no problem

Permits? When hell freezes over; not one mention of permits.

The whole thing is a publicity stunt with no truth.”

Thanks. You have summed it up correctly.

It is always unbelievable how some freepers though drink the Obama media kool-aid and actually believe the propaganda that they sell.


39 posted on 05/15/2011 5:29:50 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Farmer Dean

Monday, 11 April 2011

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S OIL PRODUCTION LIE

Ken Berwitz

What do you call it when a President of the United States lies?

You call it a lie, that’s what. Not a misstatement, not an overview or a point that needs clarification, but a lie.

With that in mind, here is what President Obama at a “town hall meeting” held April 6th in Fairless Hills, PA, while trying to convince people that drilling for more oil is a hopeless strategy:

“We have about 2, maybe 3 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves; we use 25 percent of the world’s oil. So think about it. Even if we doubled the amount of oil that we produce, we’d still be short by a factor of five.”

That is a lie. A straight-up, undeniable lie.

The quickest way to dispense with this utter BS is to point out that we import about 60% of our oil from foreign countries (Anderson Cooper, who no one will ever confuse with a conservative activist, claims the actual percents are 57%-43%).

President Obama asked his audience to “think about it”. Ok, let’s. If we produce 3% of the world’s oil (I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt and using the higher number), and we use 25% of the world’s oil, then we are producing 3/25ths of the oil we use. 3/25ths is 12%.

Can we agree that 12% is not 40%?

And this isn’t even the full extent of the lie. It is actually much worse. Because what Mr. Obama did not mention to his “town hall” attendees, is that “proven reserves” only measures the oil where we have been drilling - not what we have yet to drill for.

So if we start drilling, say, in ANWR or in different areas offshore, or if we start extracting shale oil from the northern midwest region, our proven reserves will jump through the roof. According to Jeff Dunetz, writing for biggovernment.com:

The number is America’s proven reserves where we are already drilling. It does not include the 10 billion barrels available in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It does not include most of the 86 billion barrels available offshore in the Outer Continental Shelf, most of which President Obama has placed under an executive drilling ban. And it does not include the 800 billion barrels of oil we have locked in shale in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. Those shale resources alone are actually three times larger than the proven reserves of Saudi Arabia, so the claim that the U.S. only has 2% of the world’s oil is clearly false.

Let me say again what I said at the beginning: President Obama is lying about our oil.

Just as President Obama lies about so many other things.

How can any intelligent person believe a word this man says

http://partisan.blogs.hopelesslypartisan.com/item_9889.htm


40 posted on 05/15/2011 6:55:25 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Time will tell. Maybe our guys will grow a set and keep Hussein’s feet to the fire. ((Thank you for your service, BTW.))


41 posted on 05/15/2011 7:51:27 AM PDT by Ax (Osama Bin Laden, the newest weed in the gardens of hell.)
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To: Ax

“((Thank you for your service, BTW.))”

Back at you.


42 posted on 05/15/2011 8:06:32 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: SeekAndFind
NYT 2010: Obama oil plan 'to open vast expanses of water along Atlantic coastline, eastern Gulf of Mexico, north coast of Alaska'...

NYT 2011: Obama oil plan 'expands drilling in Alaska and prospect of new exploration off Atlantic coast'...

NYT 2012: Obama elected president.. shuts down all drilling everywhere

43 posted on 05/15/2011 9:39:39 AM PDT by evad (Obama needs to show us his green card)
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To: evad

I must have missed the NYT 2010 news you mentioned, do you have a link for that?


44 posted on 05/15/2011 9:41:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

See Drudge—top report


45 posted on 05/15/2011 10:17:27 AM PDT by evad (Obama needs to show us his green card)
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To: SeekAndFind

PALIN...PALIN...PALIN = BEEN THERE DONE THAT!

obama and pelosi = PUTZ...PUTZ...PUTZ!


46 posted on 05/16/2011 5:11:35 PM PDT by TheDailyChange (Politics,Conservatism,Liberalism)
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To: Ax

IBD Editorials

Drill, Maybe, Drill

Posted 05/16/2011 06:48 PM ET

Energy: Extending existing oil leases as the president has proposed accomplishes nothing if the White House’s environmental handcuffs won’t let them be used. Lucy wants to hold the football for Charlie Brown again.

When President Obama said during his Saturday radio address that “we should increase safe and responsible oil production here at home,” the operative words were “safe and responsible.” We will drill if it’s safe for polar bears, caribou and West Texas lizards, and if it doesn’t contribute to the “climate change” myth.

Similar words were used to justify the seven-year moratorium on offshore drilling off both coasts, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and in the seas off Alaska following last year’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf, even though no other wells were found to be unsafe.

The Associated Press reported with a straight face that “Obama is directing his administration to ramp up U.S. oil production.” In fact, what he proposed is extending existing leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska and holding more frequent lease sales in a federal petroleum reserve in Alaska.

Using those leases is quite another matter.

Shell Oil, after investing five years and $4 billion, had to abandon attempts to drill off Alaska after Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency withheld the necessary air permits. An EPA board ruled that Shell had not taken into account the greenhouse gas emissions of an icebreaking vessel needed to plow through the Chukchi Sea to clear the way for the drilling ships...

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/572387/201105161848/Drill-Maybe-Drill.htm


47 posted on 05/17/2011 7:02:40 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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