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  • A Three-Year Obamacare Moratorium

    02/22/2014 9:17:48 AM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 28 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2/22/2014 | Larry Kudlow
    So how about this simple 2014 campaign idea: The Republicans, as a party, tell the voters that if they keep the House and recapture the Senate, they will immediately push for a three-year moratorium on Obamacare. On all of it: The mandates. The time extensions. The taxes. The regulations. The job losses. The reductions in hours worked. The part-time hiring. The website. The potential taxpayer bailout of insurance companies. The verification of income. The lack of personal security and threat of ID theft. And the whole wet blanket that Obamacare has thrown over the economy and the health-care system. The...
  • Inslee halts executions in state while he is governor (WA)

    02/11/2014 11:22:12 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 11, 2014 | Jennifer Sullivan
    Gov. Jay Inslee is calling a moratorium on executions while he is governor. “Equal justice under the law is the state’s primary responsibility,” Inslee said during a news conference Tuesday morning. “And in death penalty cases, I’m not convinced equal justice is being served.” Inslee said there was “too much at stake” in death penalty cases in what he termed an “imperfect system.” “During my term we will not be executing people,” Inslee said. Inslee cited the high cost of trials and appeals, the apparent randomness that death penalties are pursued and concerns that executions do not deter crime as...
  • 45 DAY MORATORIUM ON GUN SALES APPROVED IN LOS GATOS [CA]

    03/07/2013 3:55:45 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 40 replies
    kliv.com ^ | March 7, 2013 | Matt Burrows
    A 45 day moratorium on gun sales has been unanimously approved by the Los Gatos Town Council. The moratorium gives town officials time to come up with a permanent ordinance regulating gun sales. The controversy started when Templar Sports opened in December. Some people had protested they didn't receive enough public notice before the store was issued a business license. The moratorium doesn't affect Templar. Town staff expects to bring a proposed ordinance to the council in four to six months.
  • Noble rig leaves U.S. Gulf for Brazil

    03/04/2011 11:13:03 AM PST · by thackney · 31 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 4, 2011 | Brett Clanton
    Noble Corp. in January announced plans to move one of its deep-water drilling rigs out of the Gulf of Mexico amid a spill-related slowdown in activity. This week, the Swiss-based driller made good on its promise. It loaded the Noble Clyde Boudreaux, an ultra-deepwater semisubmersible, on a ship in Pascagoula, Miss., that will carry the rig 5,000 miles to Brazil, where it has a contract with Shell. That new contract, starting in April, will last for a year and is $290,000 per day less than the previous Gulf lease, Noble said. Noble, Diamond Offshore and other offshore drilling contractors have...
  • Vitter wants answers on Brazil drilling loan; Paul wanted answers too

    03/22/2011 2:19:36 PM PDT · by Crush · 31 replies
    The US Report ^ | 22 March 2011 | Kay Day
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) wants answers from the US taxpayer supported Export-Import bank about a $2 billion loan to Brazil for offshore drilling. Vitter’s home state is suffering under a moratorium imposed by President Barack Obama. Vitter said Louisianians “are frustrated” and he wants to know “why permitting domestically is nearly stalled…” Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) had questions about ExIM—nine years ago when he asked Congress to reject the reauthorization of ExIm for “economic, constitutional and moral reasons.” Vitter sent a letter to Fred Hochberg, Ex-Im president, on March 17. Vitter asked Hochberg to identify all US companies that have...
  • Energy Department sneaks offshore moratorium past public

    07/10/2012 11:40:19 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2012 | Thomas J. Pyle
    While the Obama administration was taking a victory lap last week after the 5-4 Supreme Court decision to uphold the president’s signature legislative accomplishment, Obamacare, the Interior Department was using the media black hole to release a much-awaited five-year plan for offshore drilling. That plan reinstitutes a 30-year moratorium on offshore energy exploration that will keep our most promising resources locked away until long after President Obama begins plans for his presidential library. (snip) In the past three years, the government has collected more than 250 times less revenue from offshore lease sales than it did during the last year...
  • 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...
  • IG investigator says White House hindered probe of oil spill report

    05/08/2012 10:45:18 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 5/8/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    An investigator for the Interior Department’s Inspector General claims the White House hindered an investigation into a report on the BP oil spill by blocking access to a key official and email records, the New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting. The investigator was trying to determine whether the White House intentionally edited the report to create the false impression that outside experts supported the administration's call for a moratorium on offshore drilling. The White House had said the editing was a mistake, and the Inspector General’s final report concluded it was. But the investigator, in a series of emails obtained by...
  • US to guarantee $1 billion for Mexican state oil company.

    09/12/2010 6:36:24 AM PDT · by agee · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 12, 2010
    This comes on the heals of an earlier deal where the Export-Import Bank of the US is going to loan $2 billion to Brazil's state-owned oil company, Petrobras. This behavior underscores why Presidential approval ratings are down. Reforms from health care to banking are hurting private businesses. The fact that Obama was openly hostile to domestic energy production as a candidate and the overbearing drilling moratorium has demonstrated to many Americans that he doesn't have their best interest in mind......
  • Mexico, U.S. sign cross-border deep water oil deal[Obama Pretends To Care About Energy]

    02/20/2012 6:49:23 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    al-Reuters ^ | 2/20/12 | Andrew Quinn
    Mexico and the United States signed an agreement on Monday to help U.S. firms and Mexican oil monopoly Pemex exploit deep water oil resources in the Gulf of Mexico that straddle the countries' maritime boundaries. The deal, negotiated last year, will lift the moratorium on oil and gas exploration and production for 1.5 million acres in the Gulf and sets up legal guidelines for companies to jointly develop any trans-boundary reservoirs.
  • Drill, Cuba, Drill

    09/22/2011 4:55:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 22, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Policy: Deep-water drilling will resume in the Florida Strait when a giant, semi-submersible oil rig en route from Singapore arrives later this fall. The bad news is it will not be American. While U.S. oil and energy prices "necessarily skyrocket," as President Obama once said they would under energy policies that have imposed a de facto ban on offshore drilling, a massive Chinese-built semi-submersible oil rig is on its way from Singapore to a drilling position off northwest Cuba perhaps as little as 50 miles from Key West, Fla. The long-predicted move could come as early as November, as...
  • Christie vetoes bill and calls for 1 year moratorium on fracking while state studies the issue

    08/25/2011 2:09:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Politicker NJ ^ | 08/25/2011 | Politicker Staff
    Issuing a one-year moratorium on "fracking," Gov. Chris Christie today issued a conditional veto of S-2576, recommending changes to the legislation that balances protecting New Jersey’s environment and drinking water and encouraging cleaner energy alongside the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. As currently written, S-2576 would permanently prohibit fracking in New Jersey, a drilling technique used for the exploration or production of natural gas, even as concurrent studies on the practice are underway by the federal government and no known natural gas deposits necessitating use of the fracking process have been proposed for development in New Jersey. “I...
  • State Of Rhode Island Foreclosure Moratorium?

    08/17/2011 10:19:18 AM PDT · by Chunga85 · 11 replies
    The Foreclosure Hamlet ^ | 8/17/2011 | Capt. Jack
    FOLLOW THE LAWThat would be a sure-fire cure for our Economically Transmitted Disease [ETD]. MERS and their Banker pals are adroit enough to gobble up free homes, along with all the various "credit enancements" that go with it...but they aren't quite adroit enough to do it without breaking the law. Too bad for them.
  • Video: The costs of Obama’s drilling moratorium – one year later

    05/27/2011 2:04:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/27/11 | Meredith Jessup
    How much did the Obama administration’s knee-jerk moratorium on offshore drilling cost residents on the Gulf of Mexico last year? Although the moratorium was lifted after six months, the Heritage Foundation notes that nothing changed. It was only after tens of thousands of jobs were lost and gas prices soared that the Obama administration began approving a permit here and there. This lagging energy exploration has had serious impacts on the energy industry and, as a result, the entire U.S. economy:
  • Obama Can't Feel Your Pain at the Pump

    05/20/2011 7:51:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    The price at the pump has increased 28% in just the last four months, 116% since Barack Obama took office.  The reaction from the White House and the Democrats?  Punish the energy industry with $85.5 billion in new taxes – a penalty that will further discourage domestic production and sure to be passed on to consumers driving prices even higher. The President says that oil and gas should pay their "fair share."  I did a little checking and found that the industry pays an average 41.1% of net income in taxes compared to 26.5% for all other S&P industrials.  Only...
  • The Administration's Big Oil Lie

    05/13/2011 4:11:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 13, 2011 | Staff
    Energy: As the House passes a bill to open up offshore drilling, the Senate holds another show trial of oil executives showing why people blame them, not the administration, for high gas prices. Last week they fought back. Summoned for what Sen. Orrin Hatch labeled a dog-and-pony show, executives of Exxon Mobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, BP America and Chevron appeared before the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday and, in often-heated exchanges, indicated their days as whipping boys are over. The hearing was called ostensibly to support the Democrats' Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, a bill with no chance of passage....
  • House Approves Bill to Lift Drilling Moratorium

    05/12/2011 11:52:50 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 10 replies
    http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/ ^ | May 12, 2011 | by Chad Pergram
    The House of Representatives voted to open more of the nation's oceans for oil and gas exploration on Thursday by a vote of 243 to 179. The "Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act," requires the Interior Department to set a production goal of three million barrels of oil per day for its 2012-2017 leasing plan. In order to reach that target, the legislation requires the department to hold lease sales off the coast of Southern California, in the Arctic Ocean, off Alaska's Bristol Bay, and in the Atlantic Ocean from Maine to North Carolina. Republicans say that the bill, along...
  • This Date in History: Obama Imposes Job-Destroying Drilling Moratorium

    05/06/2011 7:11:57 AM PDT · by Qbert · 6 replies
    Heritage ^ | May 6th, 2011 | Heritage
    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 administration’s 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...
  • Obama's War on Oil

    05/05/2011 11:02:39 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 20 replies
    american spectator ^ | 5-4-11 | Peter Ferrara
    Why would President Obama want high gas prices? It's a matter of ideology for him. He thinks it's good for the environment for gas prices to be high. The higher gas prices are, the less you will drive. Also, higher gas prices make his beloved "alternative fuels" more competitive. That is because these alternative fuels are inherently more expensive, and so can't compete with cheaper gas. Note this is not a prescription for easing the financial burden on working people. High gas prices make it more likely you will buy expensive "alternative fuels." But either way, your wallet will still...
  • Will A Lizard Stop West Texas Oil?

    04/27/2011 4:05:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 27, 2011 | Staff
    Species: After the harm done by the spotted owl and delta smelt, the listing of a tiny reptile as endangered may be the latest salvo in the war on domestic energy. As Yogi Berra would say, it's deja vu all over again. If the dunes sagebrush lizard is listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an endangered species, another key part of the American economy will fall prey to the eco-extremist mantra that every little critter's well-being trumps that of the American people and economy. Last December, the Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the lizard, a three-inch-long...
  • Obama says new task force will examine gas prices

    04/21/2011 1:47:44 PM PDT · by Realman30 · 65 replies
    AP ^ | 04-21-11 | Julie Pace
    RENO, Nev. (AP) -- President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the Justice Department is assembling a team to "root out any cases of fraud or manipulation" in oil markets that might be contributing to $4 a gallon-plus gasoline prices. "We are going to make sure that no one is taking advantage of the American people for their own short-term gain," Obama said at a town-hall style meeting at a renewable energy plant in Reno. The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.84 on Thursday, about 30 cents higher than a month ago and almost a dollar...
  • Pump And Circumstance

    03/30/2011 5:33:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 30, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Policy: President Obama wants to cut oil imports by a third after telling Brazil he wants to be their best customer. Cellulosic ethanol won't cut it, and neither will talking out of both sides of your teleprompter. In a Georgetown University address that echoed President Jimmy Carter's "moral equivalent of war" speech in 1977, the president on Wednesday outlined his plan to reduce oil imports by one-third over the next decade. Carter, too, set the goal of reducing oil imports by a third through conservation, increased fuel efficiency, more use of ethanol and other alternative energy sources, and the...
  • Bill Clinton blasts drilling and permit delays at forum

    03/13/2011 1:37:41 PM PDT · by opentalk · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | March 12, 2011 | ED MORRISSEY
    ..Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that delays in offshore oil and gas drilling permits are “ridiculous” at a time when the economy is still rebuilding, according to attendees at the IHS CERAWeek conference. Clinton spoke on a panel with former President George W. Bush that was closed to the media. Video of their moderated talk with IHS CERA Chairman Daniel Yergin was also prohibited. … Clinton said there are “ridiculous delays in permitting when our economy doesn’t need it,” according to Noe and others. ...Both former Presidents agreed that one of the main issues in clearing offshore permits was...
  • World energy crunch as nuclear and oil both go wrong

    03/16/2011 1:57:36 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/16/2011 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The existential crisis for the world's nuclear industry could hardly have come at a worse moment. The epicentre of the world's oil supply is disturbingly close to its own systemic crisis as the Gulf erupts in conflict. Libya's civil war has cut global crude supply by 1.1m barrels per day (bpd), eroding Opec's spare capacity to a wafer-thin margin of 2m bpd, if Goldman Sachs is correct. Oil prices have fallen over recent days but it may not be long before the deepening nuclear crisis in Japan and Germany's decision to shut down seven of its oldest reactors starts to...
  • AWESOME: The Obamoratorium, Illustrated

    03/14/2011 6:18:06 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Hayride ^ | 14 March 2011 | Unknown
    End the de facto Gulf drilling moratorium.
  • Obama Blames Oil Companies For Lack Of Drilling

    03/11/2011 2:04:29 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 72 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/11/2011 | Sean Higgins
    In his Friday press conference to discuss gas prices, President Obama was rather defensive, straining to counter the notion that his administration has been unfriendly to oil drilling, something most people would like to see a lot more of these days. Where do people get that notion? Perhaps his Interior Department appealing a judge’s ruling that it act on several pending deepwater permits had something to with it. Obama claimed repeatedly that he is not against drilling, then made the following comments:
  • Does Obama Want $8 Gasoline?

    02/25/2011 5:07:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 101 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 25, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Policy: While we sit on abundant oil and natural gas reserves, prices at both the wellhead and the pump are rising on fears of spreading Mideast turmoil and short domestic supply. But then, maybe that's the plan. The silver lining for this administration in the gathering storm over the Middle East may be what it's doing and may yet do to energy prices. The average price for gasoline jumped nearly 12 cents a gallon last week to $3.287, according to AAA. But at the White House, that's not necessarily bad news. Oil has surged to 2 1/2-year highs as...
  • Federal judge gives Interior 30 days to decide on deepwater drilling permits

    02/17/2011 2:27:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 17, 2011 | Ben Geman
    A Louisiana federal judge critical of Interior Department offshore drilling restrictions on Thursday gave the department 30 days to decide whether to issue five deepwater drilling permits for Gulf of Mexico projects. Judge Martin Feldman’s order features his latest attacks on drilling restrictions imposed after the BP oil spill, alleging that permitting delays have “become increasingly unreasonable.” Interior lifted a formal ban on deepwater permits in October but has yet to resume permitting. Thursday's order mandates decisions on five permit applications in which Ensco Offshore Co. – one of the companies that has sued Interior over drilling restrictions – has...
  • Landrieu slams 'de facto moratorium' amid news of key driller's bankruptcy (all Hussein's fault)

    02/13/2011 6:26:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/12/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    Landrieu slams 'de facto moratorium' amid news of key driller's bankruptcyBy Andrew Restuccia - 02/12/11 09:35 AM ET Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) slammed what she called a “de facto moratorium” on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico late Saturday night amid news that a major shallow-water driller filed for bankruptcy. Landrieu, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s offshore drilling policies, blamed the Interior Department’s “excruciatingly slow release of oil and gas permits” for the company’s hard times. “How many more rigs have to leave and how many more businesses have to close before it realizes the havoc the de...
  • Faking science & killing jobs

    02/05/2011 3:47:14 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 4, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama's environmental bureaucrats have earned yet another spanking from the federal judiciary over their "de termined disregard" of the rule of law. Federal judge Martin Feldman in Louisiana excoriated the Obama Interior Department on Wednesday for defying his May 2010 order to lift its groundless ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf. Nine months later, not a single permit has been issued. Several deepwater platforms have moved out of the area to take their businesses -- and an estimated 5,000 jobs -- overseas. Billions of dollars in potential oil revenue and Gulf lease sales-related rent have...
  • White House's Contemptible Drilling Ban

    02/04/2011 5:02:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 4, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Policy: An administration that has no respect for Congress, the courts or the Constitution has been found in contempt for reissuing a drilling moratorium that a U.S. district judge found overly broad. The Obama administration's trouble with the courts has continued with a judge's ruling last week that the Interior Department's reinstating of a drilling moratorium followed by a de facto moratorium via an overly restrictive permitting process constituted contempt. The administration had issued a drilling moratorium in May in waters deeper than 500 feet after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off Louisiana that...
  • Would We Drill For $200 Oil?

    02/01/2011 5:52:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 1, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Security: As unrest spreads in the Middle East, threatening oil transport and oil-rich kingdoms, our laughable energy policy may come home to roost. Better get those wind turbines spinning in a hurry. Between them, the Suez Canal and adjoining pipeline transport some 4.5 million barrels of oil per day. More than 35,000 ships used the canal in 2009, about 10% of them oil tankers. The thought of the Muslim Brotherhood in control of it should give us pause. Yet that's a real possibility as the well-disciplined and ruthless mother of all Islamofascist groups lies in wait. The street protests...
  • Ex Shell president sees $5 gas in 2012

    12/27/2010 1:40:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 99 replies · 3+ views
    CNN/Money ^ | 12/27/10 | Laurie Segall
    New York - The former president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister, says Americans could be paying $5 for a gallon of gasoline by 2012. In an interview with Platt's Energy Week television, Hofmeister predicted gasoline prices will spike as the global demand for oil increases. "I'm predicting actually the worst outcome over the next two years which takes us to 2012 with higher gasoline prices," he said.
  • Oil Drilling Moratorium is an Act of Treason

    12/02/2010 8:59:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/2/10 | Alan Caruba
    If you had any doubt that Barack Obama’s agenda is to destroy the United States of America, but still want more proof, I offer you the announcement that his administration will not provide any offshore oil leases in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, or Atlantic coasts…for at least seven years! In October, a study by the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University concluded that the reduction of shallow water oil drilling permits that followed the BP oil spill would put as many as 40,000 jobs at risk and cost the region $4.3 billion in lost wages and revenues....
  • Oil drilling ban to be maintained in key areas, sources say

    12/01/2010 8:20:38 AM PST · by Skeez · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12.1.10 | Juliet Eilperin
    Obama administration officials will announce Wednesday afternoon they will not allow offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as part of the next five-year drilling plan, according to sources briefed on the plan, reversing two key policy changes President Obama announced in late March. During that announcement--less than a month before the BP oil spill--Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said they would open up the eastern Gulf and parts of the Atlantic, including off the coast of Virginia, to offshore oil and gas exploration.
  • Vitter to Salazar: Permitting Logjam Continues – Address Big Obstacles

    11/22/2010 9:58:19 AM PST · by deadpelican · 4 replies
    The Dead Pelican ^ | Nov. 22, 2010 | Chad E. Rogers
    (Washington, D.C.) – Senator David Vitter today told Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that the drilling permit logjam continues and will only end when several big picture issues are directly and concretely resolved by the Obama Administration.
  • 3 Republicans Say Report on Spill Was Manipulated

    11/13/2010 4:51:57 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 12, 2010 | JOHN M. BRODER
    Three Republican senators demanded Friday that the White House explain last-minute editing changes to an Interior Department report on the BP oil spill that falsely implied that a group of independent experts had endorsed a political decision to temporarily halt all deepwater oil drilling. The senators, members of the Environment and Public Works Committee, called for hearings into the matter, contending that the White House had manipulated science for political ends, a claim Democrats frequently made about the George W. Bush administration. The Interior Department’s inspector general issued a report this week asserting that officials in the office of Carol...
  • DeMint, Coburn Upbeat On GOP Earmarks Moratorium

    11/16/2010 5:58:26 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/17/2010 | Guy Benson
    Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) discussed Senate Republicans’ scheduled vote on a two-year earmarks moratorium during a Heritage Foundation press call this afternoon. The call took place just minutes before Republican Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell announced his support for the measure -- a significant about-face. The conservative Senators had expressed hopeful optimism that the secret ballot decision, which will take place on Tuesday, will adopt Sen. DeMint’s controversial proposal. They cited recent polling data that they argue clearly demonstrates voters’ opposition to a practice deemed to be “wrong and wasteful.” McConnell, citing the will of voters, agreed:...
  • The White House vs. science

    11/13/2010 2:14:12 AM PST · by Scanian · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 13, 2010 | Editorial
    Congressional Republicans say a whole lot of questions "need to be an swered" about an inspector general's report detailing how the White House altered a scientific paper that it used to justify a controversial drilling moratorium after the BP oil spill last spring. They're right. Almost from the moment the report was first made public, most of the scientists involved said it had been deceitfully edited to make it look like they'd endorsed the ban, which Gulf-state elected officials immediately denounced as a job-killer. Now the Interior Department's inspector general, Mary Kendall, has determined that those allegations are correct --...
  • IG report shows Obama WH rewrote Gulf spill report to support moratorium

    11/10/2010 7:12:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/10/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    When the Obama White House announced its moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP-Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in April, the administration insisted that they followed the recommendations of its panel of experts. This story blew up when the panel of experts insisted that they had not recommended any kind of blanket moratorium, and that one simply wasn’t necessary to address the deficiencies at MMS that contributed to the catastrophic fire and spill. A new report from the Inspector General probing the White House response accuses the administration of rewriting key sections of the report in order to...
  • O's new Gulf gambit

    10/14/2010 3:14:52 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 14, 2010 | Editorial
    Look -- it's an October Mini-Surprise! It's midterm-election time, the Democrats are cratering -- and Inte rior Secretary Ken Salazar this week announced that he's lifting the moratorium that the White House imposed on deepwater offshore-oil and gas drilling after the Gulf of Mexico spill. The move came six weeks earlier than expected, and followed the promulgation of some new safety rules said to ensure against future well blowouts. "I have decided that it is now appropriate to lift the suspension," said Salazar, adding: "We are open for business." And of course it's just a coincidence that there are US...
  • China's Will To Drill

    10/13/2010 7:55:07 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 2 replies · 3+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 13, 2010 | IBD staff
    Energy Policy: The administration lifts the Gulf drilling moratorium in time for the election, but it's not as good as it sounds. Meanwhile, China buys up Texas oil land to develop the energy reserves we won't. The lifting of the Gulf drilling ban imposed after the explosion of British Petroleum's Macondo well came as welcome news. But like anything this administration does, one must read the fine print. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the ban was being lifted before its Nov. 30 target because of the "the higher standards we have set" for drillers applying for new permits.
  • The Foolish Foreclosure Moratorium (Why it's shortsighted and will do more economic harm than good)

    10/13/2010 6:44:16 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 44 replies
    The American ^ | 10/13/2010 | Peter Wallison
    Democrats are calling for a nationwide end to mortgage foreclosures. It’s hard to imagine a more shortsighted policy under our current economic circumstances. The weekend’s newspapers were full of stories about Democrats—including the embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Deputy Majority Whip Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida)—calling for a nationwide end to mortgage foreclosures. It is hard to imagine a more shortsighted policy under our current economic circumstances. For a party that claims it wants to put Americans back to work, the Democrats are instead advertising their willingness to sacrifice jobs and economic recovery for salvation in November’s...
  • Drill, North Dakota, Drill

    10/11/2010 5:16:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 11, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Recovery: While states like Nevada wallow in recession, tiny North Dakota becomes the first state rated as expanding by a leading service. Could it be the state's burgeoning energy industry? The recession — induced by Democrats and activists meddling in the housing market through the Community Reinvestment Act and then whistling past the bad-loan graveyard of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — officially ended in June 2009, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. For much of the country, mired in a jobless recovery with job losses so great and prospects so bleak that it will take decades just...
  • Middle East squeeze on Obama

    10/08/2010 10:35:45 PM PDT · by Rabin
    Asia Times Online ^ | Oct 8, 2010 | Victor Kotsev
    The US president called for a two-month renewal of the moratorium on settlement construction and offered wide-ranging incentives and guarantees to Netanyahu. The offer, which Harvard Professor Stephen Walt denounced as "begging", and which US officials attempted to deny as soon as it was leaked out… Tehran analysts attribute the recent "green light" given by Washington for Russia's World Trade Organization entry to a behind-the-scenes bargain whereby Moscow is handsomely rewarded for its cooperation with the West against Iran. The Israeli press has been reporting a "secret US-Russia deal".
  • Interior official says rebound from drilling moratorium will be slow

    09/28/2010 10:14:12 AM PDT · by Qbert · 14 replies
    GovExec.com ^ | 9/28/2010 | Olga Belogolova
    Very few offshore oil and natural gas drilling rigs will actually resume activity within the first month the deepwater drilling moratorium is lifted in the Gulf of Mexico, a top Interior Department official said Monday. "Even when the moratorium is lifted, you won't see drilling going on the next day or even the next week," Michael Bromwich, head of the Interior Department's new Bureau of Ocean Management, Regulation, and Enforcement said during testimony in front of the Oil Spill Commission on Monday. He said it would be difficult for the oil and gas industry to comply with new safety requirements,...
  • Obama Says Moratorium Doesn’t Really Hurt Anybody; Louisiana Seethes With Indignation

    09/16/2010 7:52:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    The Hay Ride ^ | macaoidh
    President Barack Obama’s moratorium on deepwater offshore oil drilling has been quietly fading from the front pages, as the effects and news coverage of the Gulf oil spill have tapered off. One could almost argue that the spill and the moratorium aren’t even national news stories anymore; they’re of purely local interest now. So perhaps it’s on one level understandable that the administration, personified in a report entitled “Inter-Agency Economic Report Estimating the Economic Effects of the Deepwater Drilling Moratorium on the Gulf Coast Economy,” is touting the fact that since the moratorium went into place in late May, “only”...
  • Obama’s Drilling Moratorium Has Not Increased Unemployment in Gulf Region, Administration Report

    09/16/2010 10:29:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    ap ^ | 9/16/10 | Erica Werner
    Washington - The deepwater drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico has not increased unemployment in the region, says a new report from the Obama administration that counters the dire predictions of oil industry officials and Gulf Coast residents. The report, being released at a Senate hearing Thursday, said the moratorium imposed after the BP oil spill might have temporarily cost 8,000 to 12,000 jobs on oil rigs and elsewhere. But it found no net job loss in the region, thanks in part to a big hiring push for cleanup crews and massive spending
  • New Ad Targets McDonald's (group 'blames the burger giant for heart disease')

    09/14/2010 9:44:21 AM PDT · by Qbert · 35 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/14/2010 | Julie Jargon
    McDonald's Corp. is the target of a new television commercial set to air in Washington, D.C., Thursday that blames the burger giant for heart disease. In the commercial, produced by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a woman weeps over a dead man lying in a morgue. In his hand is a hamburger. At the end, the golden arches appear over his feet, followed by the words, "I was lovin' it," a play on McDonald's longtime ad slogan, "I'm lovin' it." A voiceover says, "High cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks. Tonight, make it vegetarian." PCRM's president, Neal Barnard,...
  • Obama’s drilling moratorium, new stimulus plans will cost 150,000 jobs

    09/08/2010 2:23:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 9/8/10 | Mark Hemingway
    Louisiana State Banking Chairman and well-regarded economist Joseph Mason released the following statement ahead of the President’s job creation proposals to be released in Cleveland later today: Proposals currently under consideration as PayGo for costly new ‘stimulus’ bills in Washington will absolutely devastate economic recovery and overall domestic job creation. Under the guise of ‘making Big Oil pay,’ plans to increase energy taxes by repealing ‘dual capacity’ and section 199 of the U.S. tax code – a manufacturer’s credit – will actually harm small businesses and American families. I am putting the final touches on a report I’m planning to...