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  • MARK UDALL’s PRICE TAG: Left-Wing Extremist Millions Causes Udall To Sell Out Coloradans

    05/23/2014 12:33:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | May 23, 2014
    We now know how much Sen. Mark Udall was willing to sell Colorado out for- $15 million (give or take). The eco-extremist Tom Steyer is hoping to have a $100 million dollars to spend in just seven races this election cycle. That means if Steyer distributes his hoped for funds evenly, it only took less than $15 million dollars for Udall to choose a San Francisco eco-extremist’s wishes over what is best for Colorado ... Opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline is nothing but an extremist issue pushed by those on the margins of the Democratic Party. The chance to...
  • Colorado governor: Interior bureaucrats biased on species issue ( sage grouse: Utah & NM )

    11/26/2013 5:05:48 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2013 | Valerie Richardson
    An example of the tension between Western Democrats and the Obama administration surfaced Monday when Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told a rural audience that Washington bureaucrats are pushing a “slanted version” of the sage-grouse issue to political decision-makers. Mr. Hickenlooper, a Democrat who’s running for re-election in 2014, said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is receiving one-sided advice from staff at the Fish and Wildlife Service over the issue of whether to place the Gunnison sage grouse on the endangered-species list. “She has an open mind, right, she’s not well-versed in this issue, and she recognizes that,” said Mr. Hickenlooper in...
  • Salazar Rules Blamed for Shell’s Departure

    09/27/2013 6:44:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | September 26, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    A decision this week by Shell to shutter its oil shale operation in Colorado to pursue other ventures in Jordan and Canada highlights the difficulties faced by developers in the state as they wrestle with uncertain rules under the Obama administration. Royal Dutch Shell was one of the most successful companies in the state in its efforts to develop a cost-efficient technique to extract oil from shale rock. But the final act of Ken Salazar as Interior secretary earlier this year to rewrite industry rules left companies in limbo with undeterminable royalty rates, and blocked them from obtaining leases for...
  • Salazar hails support for Giron ( CO Gun Grabber recall )

    09/03/2013 6:35:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    the pueblo chieftain ^ | September 2, 2013 | ryan severance
    Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar made an appearance at the Steelworkers Hall in Pueblo on Sunday to speak on behalf of state Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, as her recall election campaign hits the home stretch. ... Salazar spoke to a group of about 30
  • Ex-Salazar Aide at Center of Controversy (water and land rights)

    07/22/2013 7:23:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    The Colorado Observer. ^ | July 19, 2013 | Mark Stricherz
    A former top aide to then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is at the center of a controversy over a suspended federal water-conservation program. Rebecca R. Wodder, a senior advisor to the Interior Secretary on rivers, declined to appear before the House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday afternoon. As the hearing began, a white placard bearing Wodder’s name in black type was placed at the eastern end of a mahogany table and in front of an empty chair. “Unfortunately, the Department will be unable to send a witness to the hearing,” committee spokeswoman Mallory Micetich said an Interior Department official told the committee....
  • NBC: McCain moving to head off filibuster change

    07/15/2013 11:37:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 7/15/13 | Ed Morrissey
    In 2005, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist threatened to end the filibuster for judicial appointments by forcing a mid-session rule change on a majority vote, an act that would have ended two centuries of precedent. Before he could act, though, the Gang of 14 arose, led by Republican John McCain, to preserve the senatorial tradition, brokering a deal that left conservatives fuming by depriving Frist of his partisan majority. Eight years later, with Harry Reid threatening to take the same action on executive-branch appointments, where is that Old Gang of Ours? According to NBC, at least McCain might be riding...
  • Drakes Bay Oyster Co. goes to court to fight closure

    01/27/2013 12:44:54 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | January 25, 2013 | GUY KOVNER
    Lawyers for the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will square off Friday before a federal judge in Oakland in the first round of a legal battle to continue the commercial oyster operation in the Point Reyes National Seashore. At stake is Salazar's decision in November not to renew a 40-year lease that gave oyster farm operator Kevin Lunny the right to commercial operations in 2,500-acre Drakes Estero, a five-fingered estuary that features extensive eelgrass beds and a harbor seal colony. The decision, hailed by wilderness advocates, gave Lunny's company 90 days to shut down a business...
  • A Brief History Of Secretary Salazar’s Failures At Interior

    01/23/2013 5:12:18 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | January 17, 2013
    With the imminent return of Ken Salazar to Colorado, and talk of his future political aspirations bubbling up in the papers, we thought it a good time to recount a brief history of Secretary Salazar’s failures at the Interior Department. ... First and foremost amongst Salazar’s fiascos is the BP oil spill. The Deepwater Horizons disaster is firmly etched in the American conscience as an example of bumbling incompetence and haphazard, if not non-existent, leadership. Salazar mucked up his role so badly that unnamed White House sources spanked him publicly in The Washington Post as an “erratic spokesman” who was...
  • Government Scientist Gets Fired for Telling the Truth

    01/19/2013 5:17:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2013 | David Spady
    Something’s amiss at the Department of Interior. Eight government scientists were recently fired or reassigned after voicing concerns to their superiors about faulty environmental science used for policy decisions. Which begs the question, “Are some government agencies manipulating science to advance political agendas?” Fictional book authors operate in a convenient world, unconstrained by facts and experiences of the real world. The antithesis of works of fiction are scientific findings solely based on provable facts and experience. For agenda-driven environmental science, facts can sometime prove inconvenient. It’s far easier to advance an agenda with agreeable science, even if that means creating...
  • Interior secretary denies renewal of oyster company lease on national seashore in California

    11/29/2012 1:56:16 PM PST · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    An historic Northern California oyster farm along Point Reyes National Seashore will be shut down and the site converted to a wilderness area, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced on Thursday. Salazar said he will not renew the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. lease that expires Friday. The move will bring a close to a yearslong environmental battle over the site.
  • Feds boot Drakes Bay Oyster Co. from Pt. Reyes [California, Ken Salazar]

    11/29/2012 1:58:00 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 20 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Peter Fimrite
    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar rejected a proposal to extend the lease of a popular oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore on Thursday, effectively ending more than a century of shellfish production on the 1,100 acres where Europeans first stepped foot in California. The decision will allow the National Park Service to turn the picturesque bay where Sir Francis Drake landed more than 400 years ago into California's first federally designated marine wilderness area.
  • Is Salazar the New Holder?

    07/27/2012 3:46:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 26, 2012
    Charges of cover-ups, data manipulation, and junk science; noncompliance with congressional requests and mandates; putting a chokehold on energy: Interior scandals stack up. ... Scandal-wise, congressional spotlight-wise, and perhaps soon headline-wise, is Interior Secretary Ken Salazar the new Holder? The Interior Department has become synonymous with evading congressional requests in the investigation of how the Obama administration bent scientific reports to support its drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill. The department’s inspector general who was supposed to ensure oversight of that process is even being investigated herself on allegations that she tampered with a...
  • Obama's Interior Department Still Going Rogue

    07/13/2012 3:40:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    The Obama administration's loathsome cowboy, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, won't take no for an answer. He's been smacked down repeatedly by federal courts for imposing a draconian, junk science-based moratorium on the oil and gas industry. Yet, the job-killing zealot and his boss just introduced another ruinous offshore drilling ban two weeks ago. The White House rationale for the renewed crackdown? Because we said so. Thomas Pyle of the D.C.-based Institute for Energy Research reports that the Salazar scheme "reinstitutes a 30-year moratorium on offshore energy exploration that will keep our most promising resources locked away until long after President...
  • Second Obama cabinet official faces contempt of Congress charge

    07/07/2012 9:37:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Could a second Obama cabinet member be found in contempt of Congress? The possibility arose on Friday when House investigators escalated their efforts to make Interior Secretary Ken Salazar comply with a subpoena pertaining to the drilling moratorium that he imposed after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. After the spill, Salazar had released a report recommending a moratorium — a report protested by the very group of experts that it cited, who said their opinions were misrepresented in order to justify the moratorium. “For more than three months, the [Interior] Department has flouted a duly authorized and issued Congressional subpoena...
  • Maine dam removal aims to rescue fish species

    06/12/2012 8:29:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 11, 2012 | David Abel
    When the steel claw of an excavator slashes into the berm of the Great Works Dam on Monday morning, it will mark the start of a multimillion-dollar project to allow endangered and dwindling species to return to their historic spawning grounds along Maine’s longest river, the Penobscot. When the project is done - scheduled for 2015, after an additional dam is razed and another bypassed - it will open access to 1,000 miles of habitat for the native fish, including endangered Atlantic salmon and short-nosed sturgeon that journey from the Gulf of Maine to breed in the cold, fresh waters...
  • Obama's Land of the LOST

    05/24/2012 9:39:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    What's green and blue and grabby all over? President Obama's new pressure campaign for Congress to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). The fight over LOST goes back three decades, when it was first rejected by President Ronald Reagan. He warned that "no national interest of the United States could justify handing sovereign control of two-thirds of the Earth's surface over to the Third World." According to top Reagan officials William Clark and Ed Meese, their boss believed the "central, and abiding, defect" was "its effort to promote global government at the expense of sovereign nation states --...
  • CONTRACTORS CLAIM GOV'T REGULATOR TAMPERED WITH JOB LOSS ESTIMATES

    03/21/2012 6:38:49 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 21, 2012 | Bill McMorris
    “OSM tried to change the baseline assumptions that went into the job losses,” Sosa said. “They talked about averaging out the coal production over a number of years, analyzing coal production (in 2008) as if regulation was already in place. All so the numbers would seem lower.” Another source familiar with the congressional investigation into the controversy said OSM was trying to downplay job losses in order to get the rule through.
  • Obama administration plan would kill rival bird to save spotted owl

    02/28/2012 8:08:37 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, February 28, 5:46 PM | unattributed
    To save the imperiled spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has shoved its smaller cousin aside. The plan is the latest federal attempt to protect the northern spotted owl, the passive, one-pound bird that sparked an epic battle over logging in the Pacific Northwest two decades ago. The government set aside millions of acres of forest to protect the owl, but the bird’s population continues to decline — a 40 percent slide in 25 years. A plan announced Tuesday would designate habitat considered critical for the...
  • Issa Probes Park Service Science Used to Shut Down Oyster Farm

    11/01/2011 1:22:58 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 14 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/1/2011 | Audrey Hudson
    A leading congressional Republican is investigating whether the National Park Service (NPS) committed “scientific misconduct” in its effort to shut down a century-old oyster farm over claims that it threatens the local seal population. Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is demanding that the Interior Department turn over certain documents to his panel to determine whether faulty information will close the Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC), which operates in California’s Point Reyes National Seashore. “It has come to my attention that scientific misconduct by National Park Service personnel may be jeopardizing the right...
  • Obama set to kill off coal industry?

    10/27/2011 10:33:56 AM PDT · by Qbert · 44 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct. 27, 2011 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The proposed merger of two federal agencies managing public land and mining is part of a White House effort to wipe out the U.S. coal industry, a critic said. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called for the merger of the Bureau of Land Management and the Office of Surface Mining. U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, said he had "serious" concerns about the decision to "suddenly and dramatically" change management of coal mines and BLM lands by U.S. President Barack Obama's administration. "The Obama administration has not made...
  • UMass wins five-year, $7.5 million federal grant to host Northeast Climate Science Center

    10/07/2011 11:43:56 AM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a $7.5 million federal grant over five years to lead a consortium of seven universities and host the Northeast Climate Science Center. The climate center is one of eight in the country established by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar since he founded the program in 2009, according to a press release. The center at UMass includes New England and states west to Minnesota and south to Maryland. The money will support federal, state and other agencies by studying the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water and other resources in...
  • $35M for Mice, Fairy Shrimp, Mussels, and Beetles

    09/02/2011 7:00:47 AM PDT · by opentalk · 18 replies
    Human Events ^ | September 2, 2011 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration is spending $35 million to buy 30,000 acres of private property across the U.S. this year to make permanent homes for mice, fairy shrimp, mussels, prairie bushes and beetles. Those are just some of the 70 critters and plants to benefit from the land purchases in a dozen states as part of the government’s habitat conservation plans for endangered species. “The federal government already owns more land than Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Poland combined,” said Rob Gordon, senior adviser for strategic outreach at The Heritage Foundation....The federal government owns more than 600 million...
  • Obama’s War on the West: Another judge rebukes job-killing rogue Interior Department

    08/14/2011 2:34:57 PM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | August 13, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Since day one of the Obama administration, I’ve chronicled Loathsome Cowboy Ken Salazar’s War on the West, War on Jobs, and War on Science/ Rule of Law as head of the Interior Department. His eco-radical sidekick Carol Browner is gone, yet Salazar remains in place. Federal judge after federal judge has spanked Salazar and Obama’s job-destroying eco-nitwits for lawlessly and fraudulently imposing their junk-science drilling ban . Salazar spearheaded the pulling of scores of oil leases by invoking bogus eco-claims and has presided over an expansive land grab through administrative fiat. Yesterday, yet another federal judge smacked Obama/Salazar and the...
  • Federal judge throws out Obama drilling rules

    08/12/2011 5:48:53 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 12, 2011 | MEAD GRUVER
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A judge on Friday threw out Obama administration rules that sought to slow down expedited environmental review of oil and gas drilling on federal land. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled in favor of a petroleum industry group, the Western Energy Alliance, in its lawsuit against the federal government, including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
  • Anti-nuke groups to fight Manhattan Project parks

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Anti-nuclear activists say they will fight a proposal to create national parks at Los Alamos National Laboratory and two other sites where the world's first nuclear bombs were developed. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar released a study to Congress last week that recommends establishing a national historical park to commemorate the top-secret Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb.
  • Interior Sec’y Salazar Extends Moratorium on Uranium Mining Near the Grand Canyon

    06/20/2011 2:51:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    forbes ^ | Jun. 20 2011 | Osha Gray Davidson
    Salazar said more study is needed before finalizing the withdrawal of the million acres of land around the Grand Canyon. A two-year moratorium that would have expired in weeks has been extended until December. Even if no new claims are accepted, mining companies have filed hundreds of claims in the area in recent years
  • 16% View Interior Secretary Salazar Favorably

    03/15/2011 1:00:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies · 2+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | March 15, 2011
    With gas prices soaring, the pressure's on the Obama administration to increase the number of permits for deepwater oil drilling. Right now, just 16% of Likely U.S. Voters have a favorable opinion of the man who'll grant those permits, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, with a scant one percent (1%) who regard him Very Favorably. only 20% of voters have a favorable opinion of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, with two percent (2%) who view him Very Favorably. The former Iowa governor
  • Interior appeals oil drilling ruling

    03/05/2011 10:00:11 AM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 3/4/11 | DAN BERMAN & DARREN GOODE
    The Obama administration late Friday appealed a judge's orders directing the Interior Department to act on several Gulf of Mexico deepwater drilling permits. The appeal is the latest salvo in the ongoing fight over the speed with which Interior is – or isn't – letting oil drillers get back to work after last year's BP oil spill. Gulf state lawmakers and the oil industry have accused the department of enacting a "de facto" moratorium against new drilling, while Interior says it needs to ensure safety and environmental protections are in place. Friday's appeal challenges rulings by Judge Martin Feldman of...
  • Groundbreaking marks start of $79 million Everglades Restoration project

    02/18/2011 7:14:01 PM PST · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 7 replies
    Naples News ^ | February 18, 2011 | ERIC STAATS
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar rallied Everglades restoration workers Friday at a groundbreaking ceremony for a piece of the massive effort in rural Collier County. The ceremony deep in the Picayune Strand State Forest between U.S. 41 and Interstate 75 marked the start of work on a $79 million pump station along the Faka Union Canal. The pump is the largest of three that are part of a plan to return natural water flows to 55,000 acres of the forest where developers once planned a huge subdivision. The restoration also will tear out 260 miles of roads and plug 48 miles...
  • Salazar: Altered drilling report not intentional

    11/10/2010 4:19:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    WECT ^ | 11/10/10
    Salazar: Altered drilling report not intentionalUpdated: Nov 10, 2010 4:08 PM EST WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - The Obama administration said Wednesday that its decision to implement a moratorium on offshore drilling was influenced by factors separate and apart from a report that some say was altered by the White House, and that the report in question was not an intentional attempt to mislead the public. Nine Republican members of Congress asked the Inspector General's Office to investigate the "30-Day Safety Report to the President," which was used to justify the Obama administration's six-month drilling moratorium. The congressmen complained that the...
  • Interior Department Creates Office To Collect Oil, Gas Revenue

    10/04/2010 10:47:34 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    DOW JONES NEWSWIRES ^ | Friday 10/01/2010 2:53 PM ET | Tennille Tracy
    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. Interior Department is taking steps to eliminate conflicts of interest within its various branches in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, announcing Friday it has created a new office to collect billions of dollars in oil and gas revenue. The newly formed Office of Natural Resources Revenue will take over revenue collection from the offshore-drilling regulatory branch, known as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. That agency formerly oversaw both revenue collection and permit approvals. Last year, the bureau disbursed more than $10.6 billion of revenue to the U.S. Treasury,...
  • Obama Administration Lashes Out at Critics of 'One Nation' Rally Trashing of Nat'l Mall

    10/04/2010 3:18:17 PM PDT · by kristinn · 135 replies
    Monday, October 4, 2010 | Kristinn
    National Park Service spokesman Bill Line has lashed out at conservative critics of the trashing of the National Mall by attendees of the leftist One Nation Working Together rally held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.The Park Service is part of the Interior Department which is headed up by Obama appointee, former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (Dem.-CO).Line spoke to the Daily Caller, in an unprecedented protest of coverage by the Caller and other conservative news sites and blogs that criticized the One Nation Rally for the large amounts of trash left at the Lincoln Memorial, the World...
  • Judge Grills Feds on Pulling Drilling Leases

    07/23/2010 1:13:31 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 18 replies · 1+ views
    A federal judge on Wednesday questioned Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's justification for canceling 77 drilling leases sold by the Bush administration around national parks in Utah. A U.S. Justice Department lawyer maintained Salazar had good reason to cancel the leases - and that a lease isn't a lease until Salazar decides to issue one. Until the government decides to release a parcel for leasing, even after an auction, it doesn't have to do it, Tyler Welti argued. Those arguments seemed to leave U.S. District Judge Dee Benson less than satisfied during a two-hour hearing, the first in a lawsuit brought...
  • Energy Needs Left High And Dry

    07/15/2010 5:40:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 2+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 15, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: As the job-killing deepwater drilling ban continues offshore, our interior secretary defends an onshore ban imposed in Utah. If we could drill in places like that, maybe oil wouldn't be gushing a mile under the Gulf of Mexico. The 64-million-gallon question in the Gulf oil spill is why we were drilling 5,000 feet down in the first place. The administration line, as expressed by the president in his recent Oval Office speech, is that oil resources on land and just offshore are running out. The falsity of that claim can be seen in the battle over 77 oil...
  • Secretary Salazar Should Be Asked About Job Loss Projections Before Banning Oil Drilling

    06/28/2010 9:37:08 AM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 6 replies
    NetRight Daily ^ | June 28, 2010 | Kevin Mooney
    With Interior Secretary Ken Salazar working to renew the administration’s push for a six month moratorium on deep water oil and gas drilling, media organizations now have the opportunity to balance out their coverage by reporting on job loss projections for the gulf region. Earlier this week, a federal judge in New Orleans sided with industry groups and ruled against Obama’s order. As the administration prepares to appeal this ruling, the NYT should ask Salazar and other key figures to rationalize their actions with hard economic realities described in the court ruling. The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association and...
  • The Obama administration stops at nothing to accomplish their ban on oil drilling

    06/25/2010 10:38:02 AM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 4 replies · 1+ views
    NetRight Daily ^ | June 25, 2010 | Adam Bitely
    Nearly 150,000 jobs connected to the offshore oil drilling industry are in jeopardy over hypocrisy from the Obama administration. In the Gulf Coast alone, where the economies of the Gulf States are still recovering from devastating hurricanes, the Obama administration has made it clear that they will play politics with the livelihoods of the citizens rather than do what is right. When so many people are depending on government to do the right thing, the Obama administration says one thing and does another. Consider the unfolding episode with Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar. Salazar has come under scrutiny for falsifying...
  • Salazar's Ban Is Soros' Bonanza

    06/23/2010 4:22:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 23, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: Our interior secretary plans to reinstate the offshore drilling moratorium struck down by a federal judge. But if deep-water drilling is so unsafe, why are we helping Brazil drill nearly three times as deep? Maybe Secretary Ken Salazar can explain why Britain and others can safely drill in the North Sea and no other nation has suspended its offshore drilling. Yet there he was Tuesday saying he'll reissue a reworded moratorium that will make it clear to dunces like U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman why offshore drilling is unsafe. As with health care reform and other issues, the...
  • Interior secretary to issue new drilling ban (Unfreakinbelievable)

    06/22/2010 6:13:28 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 201 replies · 8+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/22/2010 | nbc
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday he will issue a new order imposing a moratorium on deepwater drilling after a federal judge struck down the existing one. Salazar said in a statement that the new order will contain additional information making clear why the six-month drilling pause was necessary in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. The judge in New Orleans who struck down the moratorium earlier in the day complained there wasn't enough justification for it. Salazar pointed to indications of inadequate safety precautions by industry on deepwater wells. "Based on this ever-growing evidence, I will issue a...
  • Obamnesty First, Security Second?

    06/21/2010 5:24:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 21, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Immigration: The president tells a border state U.S. senator that if we beef up border protection Democrats will lose the bargaining chip for comprehensive immigration reform. Forget national sovereignty — sue Arizona! As the Obama administration prepares to sue the state of Arizona to block its copycat enforcement of federal immigration law, Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl reveals that in a private meeting President Obama put his party's agenda above the nation's sovereignty. Last Friday, Kyl told the audience at a North Tempe Tea Party town hall meeting: "I met with the president in the Oval Office (regarding securing the...
  • Enviros: Fire Ken Salazar (Small groups only, Sierra Club, etc., to run ad praising Obama on oil)

    06/14/2010 7:25:57 PM PDT · by kristinn · 27 replies · 555+ views
    KDVR Fox 51 ^ | Monday, June 14, 2010 | Eli Stokols
    On the 56th day of the worst environmental disaster in U.S. History, a group of conservationists and scientists are calling on President Barack Obama to fire Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The letter, signed by more than 100 groups and individuals, doesn't blame the former U.S. Senator from Colorado for all the corruption and other problems that have plagued the Interior Department and predate his tenure as Secretary; instead, it blames him for failing to clean it all up as he promised to do when he took over. "We think that Ken Salazar's time is up," said Nicole Rosmarino, with WildEarth...
  • Another Stumble in the Gulf (Obama lies)

    06/13/2010 1:04:09 AM PDT · by XHogPilot · 50 replies · 2,467+ views
    Powerline Blog ^ | June 11, 2010 | John
    The administration has decreed a six-month moratorium on exploratory drilling in the Gulf, based on a report that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wrote for President Obama. Salazar claimed that a panel of seven experts selected by the National Academy of Engineering had peer reviewed his report. It turns out, though, that the seven experts never saw the recommendation for a moratorium, and in fact oppose it:The seven experts who advised President Obama on how to deal with offshore drilling safety after the Deepwater Horizon explosion are accusing his administration of misrepresenting their views to make it appear that they supported...
  • A Ban On Truth

    06/10/2010 6:02:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 976+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 10, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: The advisory board on offshore drilling says it never endorsed a moratorium, which was added later by the interior secretary. The only thing transparent about this administration is its lies. Experts brought together by the Obama administration to review offshore drilling safety were asked to review recommendations in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. They did not give their blessing to the six-month drilling moratorium announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and have accused him of deliberately appending their report to make it seem like they did. According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, Salazar's May 27...
  • Nearly 60% Disapprove of Obama's Handling of Gulf Oil Spill

    06/04/2010 7:23:02 AM PDT · by Welshman007 · 18 replies · 321+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 6/4/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    In a poll released yesterday and reported Thursday evening on the Fox News' Bill O'Reilly program, 59% of Americans now disapprove of Obama's handling of the Gulf oil spill. The results of the poll were reported in a segment with radio commentator Laura Ingraham. Video Here. As Obama and the Administration come under increasing fire for their lackadaisical approach to the mounting problems created by the spill, which is moving closer to large stretches of beaches along the Gulf shoreline, the mainstream media has generally failed to report the widespread public dissatisfaction with Obama. Instead, the media has chosen to...
  • Salazar Shares Anti-Oil Message With Employees

    05/13/2010 6:24:41 AM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 1 replies · 203+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 5-13-10 | Bob McCarty
    Today, I share the text of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's most-recent "Secretary's Priority Message" to employees, full of anti-Big Oil rhetoric.
  • Obama's Katrina

    05/03/2010 6:10:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies · 1,445+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 3, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Media Bias: As the Gulf Coast faced ecological disaster, the president yukked it up with White House correspondents. His Saturday radio address didn't even mention the oil spill. President Bush, call your office. Rarely has media sycophancy been on such sharp display as in the largely indifferent response to President Obama's own indifference to the oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The coverage has been far different from that given to President Bush's handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The White House announced Saturday morning that Obama would head to the Gulf Coast on Sunday, just a...
  • Drill, Mr. President, Drill

    03/31/2010 4:23:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,007+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 31, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAYLY Staff
    Energy: As the administration loosens restrictions on domestic energy development and offshore drilling, a reviled company develops technology to unlock America's vast shale resources. Drill, baby, drill. We have been among President Obama's harshest critics when it comes to the administration's overly restrictive energy policy, so we were pleasantly surprised to see him announce on Wednesday some light at the end of the pipeline. Some light, for many restrictions will remain in an energy policy best termed schizophrenic. Speaking at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., Obama announced the welcome news that his administration will let lease sales go...
  • The Obama Moratorium: No offshore drilling while he’s in office

    03/10/2010 2:20:50 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 137 replies · 4,558+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/10/10 1:19 PM EST | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The Obama administration’s six-month delay in approving new offshore drilling leases in federal waters will become a new three-year ban, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar quietly told reporters last Friday. Which means that no new oil and gas leases will be approved during President Obama’s term even though two –thirds of the American public supports such activity, according to a December 2009 Rasmussen poll. Sixty percent also believe that gas and oil prices will drop if the government allows offshore drilling, opening up an estimate 14 billion barrels of oil and 55 trillion cubic feet of natural gas On July 14,...
  • In the West, ‘Monument’ Is a Fighting Word

    02/20/2010 4:56:05 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies · 588+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 19, 2010 | Kirk Johnson
    ... But the word “secret,” especially when applied to the possible doings of far-away federal bureaucrats, is right up there with “monument” in its ability to unleash vitriol among Western conservatives. In 1996, President Bill Clinton created the 1.7 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah with a surprise announcement that still resonates across the region as a symbol of government powers, or what critics call the abuse of those powers. The new Interior Department memorandum, people in both parties said, has reopened a wound from those days that never quite healed. “Given the lingering frustration felt by many...
  • Drillgate: Secretary Salazar's Cover-Up

    02/08/2010 5:50:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 1,136+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 8, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy The administration asked for public comments on a plan to expand offshore drilling. When they came in 2-to-1 in favor, the Interior Department sat on the news. Time for a "Texas tea" party? When you ask for public comment on a major policy issue, at some point you should make the results public, not hide them until you can figure out a way to spin the public reaction to support a conclusion you've already drawn. On its last business day in office, the Bush administration published a proposed draft of a five-year plan to lease areas in the Atlantic...
  • Obama's New Drilling Regulations Will Make Us MORE DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN OIL

    01/06/2010 3:31:47 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 11 replies · 606+ views
    The Lid/The Hill ^ | 1/6/10 | The Lid
    The Obama administration cynically tells us we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, while they have done everything they can to delay or stop us from tapping our own energy resources still in the ground. One of Ken Salazar's first acts as Secretary of Interior was canceling 77 Utah oil and gas leases that had gone through seven years of studies, negotiations and land-use planning. In an instant, he eliminated hundreds of jobs, terminated access to vital oil and gas deposits, and deprived taxpayers of millions in lease bonus, rent, royalty and tax revenues. In short he was...