Skip to comments.This Date in History: Obama Imposes Job-Destroying Drilling Moratorium
Posted on 05/06/2011 7:11:57 AM PDT by Qbert
One year ago today President Obama imposed a moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. It banned shallow-water and deepwater operations, setting the stage for a year of delays in permitting. Now a U.S. senator wants to put a moratorium on federal agencies.
Sen. David Vitter (D-La.), an outspoken critic of the administrations anti-drilling policies, introduced the Agency Overreach Moratorium Act, which would require congressional approval for federal regulations that restrict energy exploration on federal lands and offshore.
Vitter said the legislation would expand domestic energy resources and produce much-needed revenue for the federal treasury at a time of skyrocketing deficits.
The moratorium was one of the most poorly thought out, mismanaged and ill-conceived policy decisions regarding domestic energy production in the history of this country, Vitter said. Look no further than $3.98 per gallon of gas or the seven rigs that have left the Gulf and five that are not working to see how damaging the moratorium has been to our economy.
One of the real-life consequences of Obamas moratorium is the bankruptcy of Seahawk Drilling. Randall Stilley, president and chief executive, shared the sad story of his companys demise in a video produced by Heritage and the Institute for Energy Research.
Lawmakers, meanwhile, have seized on the drilling delays to advance legislation. Yesterday the U.S. House passed a bill to require lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. Two other energy bills are on tap for the House next week.
The flurry of activity on Capitol Hill comes as the price of crude oil dropped sharply Thursday, closing at $99.06, down $10.19 from its recent high. The wake-up call on Wall Street put an end to speculation about a Suez Canal crisis or a political domino effect across the Middle East.
The decline in oil prices may be in anticipation of a more dramatic fall in commodities prices across the board. While it remains uncertain how long this sell-off will last, the market appears to be undergoing a dramatic reevaluation.
But until gas prices retreat from their nearly $4-per-gallon average, lawmakers are likely to continue pursuing energy legislation. Vitter, for example, has also introduced the 3-D Act: The Domestic Jobs, Domestic Energy, and Deficit Reduction Act, which he estimates would create more than 2 million jobs, $10 trillion in economic activity and $2 trillion in federal tax receipts.
The House Republican Study Committee, meanwhile, unveiled a new plan Thursday called the Consumer Relief for Pain at the Pump Act. It seeks to repeal restrictive energy development policies and mandates that increase the cost of gasoline. It would also end frivolous litigation and reduce regulatory delays that hamper energy production.
Democrats have also come to the table with their own plans. Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) unveiled a plan this week to significantly raise taxes on U.S. oil and gas companies while also using taxpayer money to pursue fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel vehicles.
Samir Kapadia contributed to this report.
Illinois slides toward bottom of CEO business climate survey
By: Lorene Yue May 04, 2011
(Crain’s) Illinois plunged nearly to the bottom of an annual list rating the best and worst states for business, as judged by the nation’s chief executive officers.
The state was third-worst for business, according to Chief Executive magazine, which notes Illinois is “now in a death spiral,” having dropped 40 places among the 50 states in the past five years. It fell three places from last year’s ranking.
(Read the full list on the website of Chief Executive magazine.)
The 2011 “Best/Worst States for Business” ranking marks the seventh year for the survey. Texas has held the top spot and California last place for all seven years, the magazine said. Chief Executive is a bi-monthly magazine published by Chief Executive Group LLC of Greenwich, Conn
Did Vitter switch parties?
Obama's War on Oil
If you want the lower gas prices, lower oil prices, and lower energy prices necessary for a booming economy, you are going to have to get yourselves another President.
best article on gas prices I've read in months.
One of the real-life consequences = Obama&Co.
“How would YOU like it if YOU were the earth and large American companies drilled holes into YOU? LEAVE THE PLANET ALOOOONE!...(boo-hoo, sob...).”