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Obama Offers 20 Million Gulf Acres Off Texas for Oil and Gas Development
Pajamas Media ^ | 10/25/2012 | Bridget Johnson

Posted on 10/25/2012 1:38:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Taking heat on the campaign trail over fossil fuel production on federal lands, the Interior Department today announced an oil and gas lease sale that will offer more than 20 million acres off the coast of Texas and will make available all unleased areas in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area.

The sale will be held Nov. 28 in New Orleans.

“The President’s commitment to a comprehensive, all-of-the-above energy strategy is creating jobs here at home while reducing our dependence on foreign oil,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “Exploration and development of our Western Gulf’s vital energy resources will continue to help power our nation and drive our economy.”

This will be the first offshore sale under the Administration’s new Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012–2017, a five-year program that’s come under criticism from Republicans.

Gulf Coast Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) fought back this summer with a bill, which got stuck in committee, to repeal and replace with a 5-year plan “more in line with the energy and economic needs of the United States.”

“Obama’s five-year lease plan for offshore production is only half of what the previous plan was – moving us in the complete wrong direction of where our energy production should be headed,” Vitter said. “The fall-off from the leasing and permitting actions of the Obama administration is very significant, and it’s projected to get even worse.”

“This sale is part of the regionally tailored approach that we are taking under the Five Year Program,” said Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau. “We are committed to promoting the safe development of the Nation’s vital offshore oil and gas resources while also safeguarding the marine and coastal environments.”

UPDATE: House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) charged that the administration is desperately trying to pretend it supports increased oil and gas production.

“With only two weeks until the national election, President Obama is recycling his failed energy policies by announcing an offshore lease sale for the same areas that the Administration held a sale for last December. Meanwhile, at a time when increased offshore energy production in new areas could create thousands of jobs, President Obama is keeping 85 percent of America’s offshore under lock and key,” said Hastings.

“President Obama has spent the last four years constructing American energy roadblocks and his five year moratorium on 85 percent of America’s offshore energy resources is just another example of how his efforts are making America more dependent on foreign energy. With 23 million Americans looking for work, President Obama is still using his same failed energy policies that haven’t helped create jobs, grow the economy or make America more energy secure.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: naturalgas; obama; obamaoil; oil; oildevelopment; oilleasing; oilpermits; texas; toolittletoolate

1 posted on 10/25/2012 1:38:27 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

After 4 years of stopping it and right before an election? That’s mighty white of him.


2 posted on 10/25/2012 1:40:50 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: SeekAndFind

This can only serve to upset his liberal base.


3 posted on 10/25/2012 1:41:57 PM PDT by Carthego delenda est
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To: SeekAndFind

This can only serve to upset his liberal base.


4 posted on 10/25/2012 1:41:57 PM PDT by Carthego delenda est
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To: SeekAndFind

Too late! zero is showing his desparation.


5 posted on 10/25/2012 1:42:15 PM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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The president’s campaign strategy relies upon the electorate having Obamanesia.


6 posted on 10/25/2012 1:42:19 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Too little, too late, asswipe.

Do us all a favour, Bam-Bam: Resign.

7 posted on 10/25/2012 1:44:01 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Next, Obama will submit Ronald Reagan’s name for sainthood.


8 posted on 10/25/2012 1:44:29 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s mighty white of him.


9 posted on 10/25/2012 1:45:32 PM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: Carthego delenda est

RE: This can only serve to upset his liberal base.

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I don’t understand the purpose this last minute “change of heart”... and in Texas too.

What does he expect? That the Texans are suddenly going to vote for him because of this?


10 posted on 10/25/2012 1:45:47 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Is this from The Onion? sarc/


11 posted on 10/25/2012 1:46:19 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: SeekAndFind

Crumbs....Can I have more sir....please???


12 posted on 10/25/2012 1:47:35 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: Carthego delenda est

If he gets re-elected, he could always change his mind. Those leases are usually for 10 years, not 5, so it will be interesting to see what the reception is like.


13 posted on 10/25/2012 1:47:48 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: SeekAndFind

5 year program, when have I heard that before?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five-Year_Plans_for_the_National_Economy_of_the_Soviet_Union


14 posted on 10/25/2012 1:52:43 PM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s a BULLSHITTER.


15 posted on 10/25/2012 1:53:15 PM PDT by sanjuanbob
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To: SeekAndFind
I don’t understand the purpose this last minute “change of heart”... and in Texas too.

Perhaps an all-out push to get gasoline below $3/gallon nation wide before the election?
16 posted on 10/25/2012 1:54:10 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: SeekAndFind

Its not a change of heart, the offering was made to the Chinese, Brazilians, Cubans, Venezuelans....


17 posted on 10/25/2012 1:54:13 PM PDT by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: SeekAndFind

Like he owns it. We own it MF’r.


18 posted on 10/25/2012 1:54:45 PM PDT by culpeper (I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny... TJ)
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To: Slump Tester

Of course - leases are not the same as permits...


19 posted on 10/25/2012 1:55:42 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: mmichaels1970

“Perhaps an all-out push to get gasoline below $3/gallon nation wide before the election?”

Why would he want that? He thinks lower gas prices is a leading indicator that the economy is doing worse.


20 posted on 10/25/2012 1:57:49 PM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: SeekAndFind

Truth is they never stopped leasing the land and gulf. Yes they revoked some leases for illegitimate reasons and released them. Leasing the land and gulf has never been the problem. Leases are revenue.

The problem is PERMITS. The regime is not granting permits.

So you have a lease, That don’t impress me none...


21 posted on 10/25/2012 1:59:05 PM PDT by Snuph ("give me Liberty...")
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To: culpeper

aproved for DEVELOPMENT only!

NOT APPROVED for actual drilling!


22 posted on 10/25/2012 2:00:26 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SeekAndFind

Anything to push Benghazi below the newspaper folds.


23 posted on 10/25/2012 2:03:09 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: SeekAndFind

That kind of double-timing might work well in the bathhouse, Barry, but it doesn’t work in the real world.

Too little, too late. Oh, and yet another insult by you toward the electorate - you clearly think that we’re too stupid to figure this one out. FUBO!


24 posted on 10/25/2012 2:06:08 PM PDT by Ancesthntr (Why do blacks think that a half-white multi-millionairre really cares about them?)
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To: Carthego delenda est

“This can only serve to upset his liberal base.”

No. They know he’s only pretending and that he’ll take it back after the election. It was like his homosexual marriage stance in 2008. They knew he was lying to get elected.


25 posted on 10/25/2012 2:06:15 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: SeekAndFind

The next 12 days wil be very interesting


26 posted on 10/25/2012 2:10:39 PM PDT by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does this mean that after 4 long and painful years, we no longer need to check the pressure in our tires??

MY GOD, this Obama jerk is amazing!!


27 posted on 10/25/2012 2:13:17 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: PMAS

I am hoping Obama will offer me $10 million bucks... I am holding out for $10 million.


28 posted on 10/25/2012 2:15:25 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s do some drilling off of California.


29 posted on 10/25/2012 2:15:25 PM PDT by ansel12 (Mitt Romney is a mixture of LBJ and Nixon, Obama is a mixture of LBJ and Jimmy Carter.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s lying through his teeth.


30 posted on 10/25/2012 2:17:08 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Look for Lucy(Obama) to pull the football away if he wins. (threw up in mouth a little)


31 posted on 10/25/2012 2:17:49 PM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: SeekAndFind

More leading from behind, after being forced into it by Romney’s arguments.


32 posted on 10/25/2012 2:19:32 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: SeekAndFind

This looks like he’s issuing expired coupons. The promise of an auction on November 28 becomes invalid on November 7, if he has the votes.


33 posted on 10/25/2012 2:20:57 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: thackney

FYI...... comments or other info


34 posted on 10/25/2012 2:25:11 PM PDT by deport
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To: SeekAndFind

Is he going to announce reparations for slavery next?


35 posted on 10/25/2012 2:25:53 PM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: SeekAndFind

A lease is one thing; a permit is another.


36 posted on 10/25/2012 2:35:09 PM PDT by MissNomer
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To: SeekAndFind

Too little, too late. Thank God.


37 posted on 10/25/2012 2:35:13 PM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: sanjuanbob

“He’s a BULLSHITTER.”

“BIG TIME”


38 posted on 10/25/2012 2:35:47 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Gator113

Whatcha got?


39 posted on 10/25/2012 2:52:37 PM PDT by sanjuanbob
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To: SeekAndFind; mickie
This cartoonish, snake-oil salesman Obama is the grand master of the high-oil rub, isn't he !

Th-th-th-that's oil folks.

Leni

40 posted on 10/25/2012 3:00:44 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: SeekAndFind

By that time, Obama will be a lame duck, and President elect Romney will be preparing to do much more to get the energy ball rolling.


41 posted on 10/25/2012 3:00:53 PM PDT by pallis
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To: SeekAndFind

An auction on November 28. Wanna bet that this never comes to pass so long as Obummer is in office?


42 posted on 10/25/2012 3:04:37 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: pallis

” “The President’s commitment to a comprehensive, all-of-the-above energy strategy is creating jobs here at home while reducing our dependence on foreign oil,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “

Somebody should wake up Kenny Salazar and tell him that he’s 3 years and 11 months late !!

Then we will hear of Zero’s remade-up history in 8 years when he tells us of how he boosted American energy production.
Don’t forget that the American public is used to its news and history in 2 minute sound-bytes .


43 posted on 10/25/2012 3:06:18 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Islam is a political organization which hides behind religious intolerance for others)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Offers" ?

"OFFERS" ? !




             

44 posted on 10/25/2012 3:26:35 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: SeekAndFind

“the Interior Department today announced an oil and gas lease sale”

An 11th hour campaign promise, to be met with a hold by Obama’s EPA on November 7th.


45 posted on 10/25/2012 3:34:54 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: SeekAndFind

And then on Nov 7, assuming this bribe works, EPA will “invite” evirowhack groups to sue them to “force” them to declare it “insufficiently studied”; then pay their legal fees, as well as give them some tax dollars as “damages”.

EPA/WH probably already has the groups pre-selected and onboard.


46 posted on 10/25/2012 5:43:50 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama reminds me of an irresponsible, lazy kid, who doesn’t do his homework the entire semester, and has to cram for an exam the night before. No economic plan after the first 4 years? No problem! Here’s this 20 page brochure hot off the presses! The sequester for the military on January 1st that Obama imposed during the negotiation with Republicans is unpopular? No problem. Obama says it’s not going to happen during the 3rd debate...until Plouffe walks the comment back right afterwards. People can clearly see that he’s declared war against the oil and gas industry by rejecting applications for leases? No problem. Here’s a bunch of land to be leased, declared less than 2 weeks before the election. He’s just flying by the seat of his pants! He looks smaller and smaller every day.


47 posted on 10/25/2012 6:58:57 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: Slump Tester; deport
After 4 years of stopping it and right before an election?

I am not a fan of Obama nor his administration, just a fan of the actual facts. So please don't take the following as a show of support for Obama. I am just trying to keep FReepers informed on this topic.

The 5 year plan including this lease sale was submitted in June and approved in August. It is not a last minute change.

http://www.boem.gov/Oil-and-Gas-Energy-Program/Leasing/Five-Year-Program/2012-2017/Five-Year-Program.aspx

There have been GOM offshore lease sales on:

March 18, 2009
http://www.boem.gov/Oil-and-Gas-Energy-Program/Leasing/Regional-Leasing/Gulf-of-Mexico-Region/Lease-Sales/208/index.aspx

March 17, 2010
http://www.boem.gov/Oil-and-Gas-Energy-Program/Leasing/Regional-Leasing/Gulf-of-Mexico-Region/Lease-Sales/213/index.aspx

(The Deepwater Horizon explosion and Macondo well blowout began April 20 , 2010)

December 14, 2011
http://www.boem.gov/Oil-and-Gas-Energy-Program/Leasing/Regional-Leasing/Gulf-of-Mexico-Region/Lease-Sales/218/index.aspx

June 20, 2012
http://www.boem.gov/Oil-and-Gas-Energy-Program/Leasing/Regional-Leasing/Gulf-of-Mexico-Region/Lease-Sales/216-222/index.aspx

48 posted on 10/26/2012 5:38:47 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: CJ Wolf
5 year program, when have I heard that before?

Since at least 1980, the Feds have used a 5 year plan to give advance notice of upcoming sales. At the link below are the past seven 5 year plans. Sometimes that plans are updated and new one released prior to the completion of the current plan.

http://www.boem.gov/Oil-and-Gas-Energy-Program/Leasing/Five-Year-Program/Past-Five-Year-Programs.aspx

49 posted on 10/26/2012 5:44:35 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: TheBattman
leases are not the same as permits...

BTTT

50 posted on 10/26/2012 5:46:05 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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