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  • Oil Drillers May Face Months of Delay Even After Ban

    08/26/2010 6:54:03 AM PDT · by Qbert · 5 replies
    Bloomberg | 8/25/2010 | Jim Efstathiou Jr.
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  • NYT Unknowingly Promotes Oil Companies in Gulf Job Loss Story

    08/25/2010 9:59:35 AM PDT · by toma29 · 1 replies
    Useful Info Nation ^ | 8/25/2010 | Thomas Bryan
    Somehow, I don't think John M. Broder and Clifford Krauss even realize the props they've given to Big Oil. From the New York Times: Job Losses Over Drilling Ban Fail to MaterializeNow stay with me here. It looks like a classic liberal screed about how Obama isn't really destroying jobs in the Gulf. But it really isn't if you read it carefully. Yet the worst of those forecasts has failed to materialize, as companies wait to see how long the moratorium will last before making critical decisions on spending cuts and layoffs. Unemployment claims related to the oil industry along...
  • U.S. saw drill ban killing many jobs.

    08/23/2010 8:33:47 AM PDT · by izzatzo · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 08/21/10 | Power & Eaton
    By STEPHEN POWER And LESLIE EATON Senior Obama administration officials concluded the federal moratorium on deepwater oil drilling would cost roughly 23,000 jobs, but went ahead with the ban because they didn't trust the industry's safety equipment and the government's own inspection process, according to previously undisclosed documents.
  • Obama's moratorium was initally just for deep water rigs, but now shallow water drillers worry...

    08/21/2010 11:53:19 AM PDT · by Qbert · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/20/2010 | Mark Tapscott
    President Obama's "temporary" drilling moratorium implemented in the wake of the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is having devastating effects throughout the region's energy industry even though the regulation originally was only aimed at rigs operating in deep water. The Houson Chronicle reports that 14 of 46 shallow water rigs drilling rigs aka "jackups" are now idle thanks to delays in Department of Interior processing of drilling permit applications. "So far, permitting delays have idled 14 of the 46 available jackups in the Gulf and forced offshore companies to cut several hundred jobs," reported the Chronicle's...
  • 'Rig Row' in Pascagoula is home to drilling towers idled by moratorium

    08/13/2010 7:31:37 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | 08/10/10 | David Hammer, The Times-Picayune
    The Noble Frontier Driller's massive orange support columns and 175-foot steel derrick cut a majestic figure as it pulled into Signal International's east shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., last weekend, a casualty of President Barack Obama's six-month moratorium on deepwater oil and gas exploration.
  • Browner asked--Did White House do economic analysis on moratorium's job impact on Gulf Coast?

    08/10/2010 10:29:34 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics (Meet the Press) ^ | August 8, 2010 | David Gregory
    Interviews with Leader Boehner & Carol Browner By Meet the Press MR. GREGORY: You talk about all the work here being done for safety. Did the White House do any economic analysis about what a moratorium--what impact it would have on jobs in the Gulf Coast?MS. BROWNER: There is, there is an economic analysis being done. It'll be ready later...MR. GREGORY: But it was never done before the moratorium was put in place? Because those who are down there say, "You know what, the moratorium by the Obama administration is far worse than the spill itself."
  • EDITORIAL: Obama to Gulf: Drop dead--Moratorium on drilling adds human misery to injury

    08/03/2010 5:00:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 40+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 3, 2010 | Editorial
    The Gulf oil spill should not recede from the headlines without further attention to how President Obama continues to punish the victims. His moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is unreasonable and unconscionable. Mr. Obama says the six-month ban on drilling is needed to buy time to investigate what caused the blowout, strengthen oversight and issue new regulations. This is nonsense. Copious investigation already has shown that a series of specific decisions and errors combined to cause the BP well to explode. Few details remain unanswered. Few if any new regulations are needed; the problem was in...
  • U.S. House votes to end Louisiana deepwater drilling moratorium

    07/31/2010 10:54:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 1+ views
    NOLA ^ | 07/31/2010 | Bruce Alpert
    The House voted Friday to end the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, though Republicans and a Louisiana industry group said it gives too much discretion to the Interior Department and provides no guarantees drilling will resume quickly. The amendment -- sponsored by Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville -- was added to a sweeping offshore drilling regulatory bill that would eliminate the $75 million cap on oil-company liability for spills, codify the reorganization of the much-maligned Minerals Management Services, and give the presidential commission investigating the BP rig-spill subpoena power. 27 0 35 Share The bill, which Republicans said could harm smaller...
  • Obama administration's absence in moratorium hearing is telling: An editorial

    07/29/2010 6:35:28 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 12 replies · 1+ views ^ | 07/29/10 | Editorial page staff, The Times-Picayune
    Louisiana officials and business owners told the Senate Small Business Committee this week how deeply the Obama administration's ban on deepwater drilling is affecting the state's economy -- offering a persuasive case against the ill-considered blanket moratorium. Leslie Bertucci and her husband own a business that leases equipment used on offshore rigs. "We employ 14 people,'' she told the committee. "Those 14 people have families to take care of -- 42 spouses and children to be exact. In addition, we have more than 40 vendors that we order supplies and services from every month.'' She put a face on the...
  • New York Times: Oil slick on gulf surface disappearing rapidly on its own !

    07/28/2010 1:55:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies · 2+ views
    Hotair ^ | 07/28/2010 | Allahpundit
    ABC actually beat them to the punch on this story, reporting yesterday that clean-up crews are having trouble even finding the spill (“experts say an astonishing amount has disappeared, reabsorbed into the environment”), but only now that the Times is on it will it really break big.It’s not that the oil’s all gone, of course. But a lot of it is. And the rest is … hiding. Scientists said the rapid dissipation of the surface oil was probably due to a combination of factors. The gulf has an immense natural capacity to break down oil, which leaks into it at...
  • SHOCK! Offshore Drilling Moratorium Would Cost United States 175,000 Jobs Per Year Through 2035

    07/27/2010 6:01:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | 7/27/10 | Bob McCarty
    During a 45-minute conference call with journalists from 40 major media outlets this morning, Jack Gerard shared some startling predictions about the future health of the nations oil and natural gas industry if the Obama Administration gets its way in adding more regulation and increasing taxes on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The biggest one of all is enough to cause anyone to take pause: The administrations moratorium, if continued indefinitely or similar legislative proposals which would make the deep water unavailable or uneconomic would cost this country 175,000 jobs every year between now and 2035,...
  • Jindal Blasts Obama Administration Moratorium, Citing Security and Economy (video)

    07/22/2010 9:44:24 AM PDT · by · 6 replies
    Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke at the Rally for Economic Survival in Lafayette, La. against the Obama Administrations job-killing offshore drilling moratorium, saying it would be bad for their security and economy. This moratorium does nothing to reduce our enemy needs in this country. All this moratorium does is send more American dollars, more American jobs overseas sometimes these countries arent even friendly towards us. Somebodies got to explain to me how sending more dollars and more jobs overseas is good for Americas economy, good for security, good for the state of Louisiana, cause Im here to tell you its not,...
  • Bobby Jindal Gives a Passionate Speech To Louisiana!

    07/22/2010 6:58:58 AM PDT · by Brittany Pounders · 9 replies · 1+ views ^ | July 22, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    Great Conservative politicians are too few and far between these days, so when we catch one doing something right we like to broadcast it from the Liberty Juice rooftops! Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) addresses his fellow Louisianians with a heartfelt passion, urging and encouraging them to move forward in productivity and to oppose the federal drilling moratorium by saying: Ive got one message to the President of the United States, Ive got one message to the bureaucrats in Washington DC, its very simple. We dont want a BP check! We dont want an unemployment check.! Let us go back to...
  • Rally for Economic Survival Today

    07/21/2010 9:56:46 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 1 replies
    WWL Radio New Orleans ^ | July 21. 2010 | Chris Miller
    Louisiana officials hope a crowd of thousands gathers at the Cajundome in Lafayette this morning, for a rally to let Washington know how much they oppose the deepwater drilling moratorium. Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle is helping spearhead it. He says the economic fallout from the moratorium is already hitting. "Already, we have drilling rig owners that are laying off folks," said Angelle, who believes the Obama administration�s six-month moratorium is overkill. "When we had the massive 9/11 response," said Angelle, "we had airlines that crashed into the Pentagon, and yet we shut the airline industry down for only four days."
  • Interior's Salazar issues New Second Moratorium on Offshore Drilling

    07/14/2010 2:43:41 PM PDT · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 13 replies
    Drilling Club Bulletin Board ^ | July 14, 2010 | Leonard (Administrator)
    Ken Salazar on Monday directed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) to issue new suspensions of deepwater drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), including the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific regions through Nov. 30 of this year. The new drilling suspensions marks Salazar and BOEM's second effort to suspend deepwater drilling operations in the U.S. Gulf in response to the BP oil spill. The first moratorium, issued in late May, was lifted by a district judge on June 22; a panel of federal district judges refused BOEM's appeal to reverse the lower court's decision. The...
  • Court Rejects US Bid To Keep Drilling Moratorium

    07/08/2010 4:00:24 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 133 replies · 1+ views
    NEW ORLEANS A federal appeals court has rejected the U.S. government's effort to keep a six-month deepwater drilling moratorium in place.
  • Court of Appeals Should Expedite Case on Drilling Moratorium: An Editorial (Many months to go)

    07/08/2010 1:51:06 PM PDT · by Qbert ^ | 7/8/2010 | Times-Picayune Editorial Staff
    When U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman last month blocked President Obama's deepwater drilling moratorium, the White House vowed to put up a legal fight. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is set to hear arguments on one aspect of that case today. But the case is not being heard on an expedited basis, meaning that it would likely be months before the appeals court makes a final decision. That's bad news for thousands of Louisianians who depend on the oil industry, which is on standby while the moratorium's legal questions are resolved. That's why the 5th Circuit...
  • Obamas Drilling Moratorium Affecting More Than 33 Wells

    06/26/2010 11:03:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies · 1+ views
    national review ^ | 6/26/10 | Greg Pollowitz
    This its only 33 wells affected by the moratorium, so its no big deal business is popping up in the wake of the judge lifting President Obamas drilling moratorium, but heres the Louisiana blog Bayou Buzz reporting on whats really going on in the Gulf and the impact on jobs: The social and economic consequences of President Obamas offshore drilling moratorium are starting to manifest themselves and will rapidly worsen. News spread this week that eight of the 33 deepwater rigs in the Gulf of Mexico had either left or were finalizing their plans to do so. Workers, businesses, lending...
  • Moratorium Wont Reduce Drilling Risks (says the NYT!)

    06/26/2010 6:47:39 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 25, 2010 | Joe Nocera
    This case asks whether the federal governments imposition of a general moratorium on deepwater drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico was imposed contrary to law. Before the Court is the plaintiffs motion for preliminary injunction. For the following reasons, the motion is GRANTED." So began a stinging 22-page decision, issued this week by a Federal District Court judge, Martin L. C. Feldman. He was rejecting, pretty much out of hand, the Obama administrations plan to place a six-month moratorium on all drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico. It would have amounted to a shutdown of 33 deepwater...
  • Judge Martin Feldman Refuses to put Deepwater Drilling Moratorium Ruling on hold During Appeal

    06/24/2010 12:08:44 PM PDT · by Qbert · 18 replies
    AP via ^ | 6/24/2010 | AP
    A federal judge who overturned a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed after Gulf oil spill refused Thursday to put his ruling on hold while the government The Justice Department had asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to delay his ruling until the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans can review it. Feldman rejected that request Thursday. On Tuesday, he struck down the Interior Department's moratorium that halted approval of new permits for deepwater projects and suspended drilling on 33 exploratory wells. Feldman concluded the government simply assumed that because one deepwater rig went up in flames,...
  • Malkin Rips Salazar

    06/24/2010 9:00:20 AM PDT · by BobTEA · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 24, 2004 | Ed Morrissey
    After writing a scathing column on the Obama administrations humiliating defeat in federal court over their drilling moratorium, the Boss Emeritus appeared on Sean Hannitys show last night to expound on the subject further...
  • 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...
  • After apologizing to experts, Salazar once again implied in court that they endorsed his moratorium

    06/23/2010 5:35:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/23/10 | Joel S. Gehrke Jr.
    Yesterdays court decision suspending Interior Secretary Ken Salazars moratorium on deepwater oil exploration has drawn fire because of past and possible current stock holdings by the presiding federal judge, Martin Feldman, in oil services companies. But considering the arguments Salazar submitted to the court, and their apparent contradiction with his earlier public statements, the ruling is not terribly surprising. On June 10, Salazar had been forced to apologize for falsely implying that experts who peer-reviewed a Safety Report on the Deepwater Horizon rigs explosion had endorsed his recommendation of a six-month deep-water drilling moratorium.
  • Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Will Issue New Order Imposing Drilling Moratorium

    06/22/2010 5:46:39 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 30 replies
    hotairpundit ^ | 6/22/10 | HAP
    Via Houston Chronicle: "Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says 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 Tuesday evening 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"....More
  • 8 of 15 Experts Consulted by Obama Administration on Offshore Drilling Were Not Informed

    06/22/2010 2:50:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 6/22/10 | by Edwin Mora
    ( Eight of the 15 experts consulted by the Interior Department for a report about oil drilling safety on the Outer Continental Shelf that was commissioned by President Barack Obama said they disagreed with the reports call for a six-month halt on current deepwater offshore drilling operations--that was added to the text of the report without their knowledge only after they had reviewed the text. The eight experts outlined their objections in a June 8 letter to Louisiana Sens. Mary Landrieu (D) and David Vitter (R) and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R).
  • U.S. Judges Rules Against Drilling Ban (Obama Loses)

    06/22/2010 10:50:26 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies ^ | June 22, 2010 | foxnews
    Just heard this on Fox. Came in on the wire just now.
  • Oil Companies Challenge Administrations Drilling Moratorium

    06/21/2010 1:41:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 21, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    Washington ( A federal judge will rule Wednesday whether to uphold President Barack Obamas six-month moratorium on offshore drilling, a response to the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Several oil service companies asked a federal judge on Monday to block the U.S. Interior Department from enforcing a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The lawsuit filed claims the government arbitrarily imposed the moratorium and suspended drilling at 33 existing exploratory wells without any proof that the operations posed a threat. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman is scheduled to hear...
  • Jindal steps up battle against Obama's 6-month deepwater drilling moratorium

    06/21/2010 12:30:06 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 86 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6-21-10 | Ben Gemen
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has spent weeks throwing political punches at the Obama administrations six-month freeze on deepwater oil-and-gas drilling, alleging it will wreak havoc on the regions already battered economy. Now, Jindal is battling the moratorium in the courtroom, too. Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell on Sunday filed a legal brief in support of a Louisiana-based offshore services company thats asking a federal judge to lift the ban. The ban is effectively turning an environmental disaster into an economic catastrophe for the state, the brief alleges. The ban is in place while the administration and a...
  • Trace Adkins: Obamas oil drilling moratorium is idiotic! (video)

    06/18/2010 11:49:15 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 5 replies · 648+ views ^ | 06/18/10 | Kevin Kristy
    The most idiotic juvenile uniformed overreaction To be exact.
  • Global Oil Output Threatened If Foreign Countries Adopt Drilling Moratoriums

    06/18/2010 10:00:18 AM PDT · by Qbert · 8 replies · 184+ views
    NASDAQ ^ | 6/18/2010 | Mari Iwata
    FUKUI, Japan -(Dow Jones)- Global oil output could fall up to 900,000 barrels a day from projected levels for 2015 if oil producing countries follow the U.S. lead and impose moratoriums on development of new offshore oil reserves, International Energy Agency Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka said Friday. The Paris-based organization is conducting research on the possible impact of the U.S. moratorium and its implications worldwide, Tanaka said. "If other countries like Angola, Brazil and the North Sea (countries) put on hold new offshore development and there is also one or two years of delay, the impact on global oil output...
  • The Big Lie Used To Justify Drilling Moratorium

    06/17/2010 3:28:21 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies · 329+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 17, 2010 | Rick Moran
    The Obama administration used the names of drilling experts to justify a ban on deep water drilling - despite the fact that 8 of these experts who were listed in the Interior Department report used as a basis for the moratorium say that their names had been used to justify a political decision: When President Obama last month announced his six-month deepwater moratorium, he pointed to an Interior Department report of new "safety" recommendations. That report prominently noted that the recommendations it contained-including the six-month drilling ban-had been "peer-reviewed" by "experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering." It also...
  • Cap-And-Trick

    06/16/2010 4:27:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 511+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 16, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: President Obama says the oil disaster proves the need to get off fossil fuels. But before we save the planet, let's save the Gulf and stop exploiting crises to deny America the energy it needs. Saving the planet is nice, but just how do we plug the hole again? With an abundance of hand gestures, the president didn't really say in his speech Tuesday night. He did say fossil fuels were bad and green energy is good, but the people of the Gulf states don't need wind turbines right now. Contrary to Obama's assertions, our "addiction" to foreign...
  • Obama Unfairly Castigates BP

    06/16/2010 1:32:33 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 8 replies · 191+ views
    Obama is directly responsible himself for the lost income of many along the Gulf Coast, not BP.It was Obama who ordered the moratorium on all off-shore drilling. Obama's moratorium is hurting the livelihoods of thousands of folks. It is hurting many different types of business not even associated with oil.In a televised speech last night Obama said,-"I will meet with the chairman of BP [on Wednesday] and inform him that he is to set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company's recklessness."It is Obama's "recklessness"...
  • Obamas Drilling Freeze Will Cost 120,000 Jobs

    06/16/2010 10:08:16 AM PDT · by · 24 replies · 347+ views
    Eyeblast TV ^ | 6/16/2010 | Joe Schoffstall
    Despite the Gulf regions economy being damaged from the seemingly endless oil spill, President Obama has implemented a six month moratorium on drilling in the region. This ban on drilling is estimated to cost 120,000 people their jobs, as some oil companies may be relocating to more energy friendly areas. According to Wood Mackenzie Research and Consulting, the six month moratorium will result in the following: * The 33 drilling platforms which support some 1,400 workers, offshore and onshore will be forced to shut down * As many as 46,200 jobs could be idled by the moratorium (continued)
  • Gulf Residents Not Impressed with Obama Visits; Moratorium Will Devastate our Economy Video

    06/16/2010 7:08:39 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 10 replies · 236+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | June 16, 2010 | Brian
    Here is brief video of Gulf residents reacting to the visits made there by President Obama, and to his six-month moratorium on deepwater off-shore drilling. As you will hear, for the most part, they are not impressed. In fact, one man says Obamas moratorium will be devastating to the Gulf region. Its going to devastate our economy, and its going to trickle down to the rest of the United States. The people are seeing through the bull coming out of President Obama.
  • The Last Straw

    06/14/2010 5:08:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies · 1,525+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 14, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Leadership: FDR said we had nothing to fear but fear itself. JFK asked what we could do for our country. Now we can add Obama's whine about the disaster in the Gulf: "I can't suck it up with a straw." 'Even though I'm president of the United States, my power is not limitless," the president told Grand Isle, La., locals in a video released Friday. "So I can't dive down there and plug the hole. I can't suck it up with a straw. All I can do is make sure that I put honest, hardworking, smart people in place ....
  • Protests from experts show [oil] drilling moratorium based on politics, not science

    06/11/2010 7:45:50 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 11 replies · 401+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | June 11, 2010 | Editors
    In justifying its broad moratorium on deepwater drilling, the Obama administration emphasized that the measure was recommended by an Interior Department report prepared in consultation with scientists and industry experts. The May 27 report to President Barack Obama said the experts "peer reviewed" its recommendations, including the six-month moratorium and 22 safety measures. But eight of the 15 members of the review panel are charging that the administration misrepresented their position by suggesting they supported a blanket moratorium that they actually oppose. Their criticism, and the administration's response, are evidence that the six-month stoppage is based on politics rather than...
  • 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...
  • President Obama Returns to LA to Assess the Oil Crisis

    05/28/2010 8:34:23 PM PDT · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 10 replies · 661+ views
    Bernstein Research, PBS ^ | May 28, 2010 | Bernstein Research
    JEFF YASTINE, PBS NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: Prepare for another impact from the deep water Horizon accident: higher energy prices. It`s not the rupture of the well itself that`s going to influence prices, but a six-month extension of the moratorium on new deep water drilling projects declared yesterday by the Obama administration. Bernstein Research predicts if the moratorium continues for a year, it would cut global oil supplies by 500,000 barrels a day between 2013 and 2017. That may not seem like much, but it`s nearly the margin right now between world oil production -- at 84.1 million barrels a...
  • In Defense of Earmarks

    04/13/2010 6:04:39 PM PDT · by LibertarianInExile · 24 replies · 317+ views
    RightOSphere ^ | 3/13/2010 | Josiah Schmidt
    ...Banning earmarks will not shrink the size of the federal budget. It will just mean that a bigger portion of the budget goes to Obama and his czars, while a smaller portion of the budget goes toward projects that constituents can at least get some use out of...
  • Congressman Goode: Time for an Immigration Moratorium (including legal foreign workers)

    12/14/2009 8:27:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 761+ views
    Human Events ^ | 12/14/2009 | Virgil Goode
    When Barack Obama completely ignored the problem of uncontrolled immigration during his Jobs Summit, my former colleague Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued the following statement that was signed by 21 conservative Republican congressmen: With a 10 percent unemployment rate, now is the time for the Obama administration to stand up for citizens and legal immigrant workers. Now is the time for the President to enforce immigration laws. When the jobs stolen by illegal immigrants are recovered for citizens and legal workers, American workers will benefit. President Obama could create eight million jobs for citizens and legal workers simply by enforcing...
  • New settler home permits suspended as moratorium bites

    11/26/2009 9:36:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies · 308+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/26/09 | TOVAH LAZAROFF AND HERB KEINON
    A day after the security cabinet announced a 10-month moratorium on housing starts in the settlements, Defense Minister Ehud Barak moved swiftly on Thursday to order the most dramatic crackdown on Jewish West Bank construction in the history of the settlement movement. Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Barak suspended all permits for building projects in the settlements where contractors have not yet broken ground. The order, valid for 10 months, is intended to enforce the Security Cabinet's decision to restrict settler-home building in this period to the 3,000 housing units that are already under construction.
  • Another Wave Of Foreclosures Is Poised To Strike [Iceberg Right Ahead!]

    07/04/2009 5:16:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 1,217+ views
    LATimes ^ | July 04th 2009
    Another wave of foreclosures is poised to strike Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images John Wayne, left, owner of California Realty in Victorville, is helped by an employee as he hangs a sign advertising for future business after California imposed a statewide 90-day moratorium on housing foreclosures. Mortgage defaults have surged to record levels amid rising unemployment and falling home prices. Lenders are expected to move quickly to clear up backlogs as moratoriums on foreclosures expire. Don Lee July 4, 2009. Reporting from Washington -- Just as the nation's housing market has begun showing signs of stabilizing, another wave of foreclosures...
  • CA: AQMD moratorium places hold on new public facilities, small business plants

    03/30/2009 9:00:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 655+ views
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune ^ | 3/30/09 | Mike Sprague
    Don't plan on seeing the opening of any new public facilities or for that matter new small businesses which have generators or other polluting devices. Local government and others can't get the necessary permits from the South Coast Air Quality Management District due to a November court decision that many are just learning about. If this issue is not resolved, it could mean that the Whittier police station or a Los Angeles County fire station on the border of La Mirada and Habra - both under construction - can't open. Both have small emergency generators and need permits from AQMD....
  • Obama Interior Nominee to Consider New Ban on Oil Drilling in USA

    01/16/2009 8:29:13 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies · 1,270+ views
    CNS News ^ | January 16th | Josiah Ryan
    President-elect Barack Obamas secretary of the interior nominee, Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), said he will consider restoring parts of an expired federal ban on offshore oil drilling, but told that he has no idea how much of the drilling restrictions should be reimposed.
  • U.S. Issued 3,400 Visas to Immigrants from State Sponsors of Terror in 2008

    01/01/2009 9:48:22 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 669+ views ^ | January 2, 2009 | Matt Hadro
    ( A little-known State Department program has allowed about 3,400 immigrants to come to the U.S. in 2008 from the four nations that a currently listed by the State Department as state sponsors of terror Iran, Cuba, Syria and Sudan. According to a State Department report on the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, 691visas were granted to immigrants from Cuba, 1,435 to immigrants from Iran, 1,147 to immigrants from Sudan and 94 to immigrants from Syria. The program, mandated by Congress and administered by the State Department, consists of a lottery for applicants from countries with low rates of...
  • Is Trans-Texas Corridor dead or only undead?

    11/01/2008 7:19:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 573+ views
    The Temple Daily Telegram ^ | October 31, 2008 | Fred Afflerbach
    Put a fork in it. Thats what two Texas politicians recently said about the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor. Everybody in Austin knows its dead. Everybody across the state knows its dead. Its just something to be talking about, House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, said at a debate in Midland on Oct. 19, according to a published report. But folks fighting the corridor here in Central Texas call it election season bluster. Yes, they are still planning to do it, said Mae Smith, Holland mayor. Thats nothing but political talk. I dont believe anything Mr. Craddick says, or any politician says prior...
  • Texas wants its public funds to invest in roads

    08/22/2008 10:57:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 221+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 21, 2008 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Public investment funds based in Texas could invest directly in transportation projects through a new corporation under a plan unveiled on Thursday by the state's legislative leaders and the governor. Texas has the nation's biggest road privatization plan but the legislature, reacting to criticisms that developers were enriching themselves at the expense of taxpayers, enacted a two-year moratorium. That has crimped road-building projects and led to a series of clashes between the governor and the legislature, who now have agreed on a compromise plan. Developers, including overseas companies, investment banks and private equity funds all vie...
  • Let The Drilling Ban Expire on Sept. 30 And Start Drilling October 1, 2008: Energy Independence Day

    08/08/2008 7:46:59 AM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 29 replies · 402+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | August 8, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    The federal moratorium on offshore drilling has to be renewed every year and, failing that, it expires. President Bush can come out at the beginning of September, welcome Nancy and Harry and all the kids back from their summer vacation, and tell them that October 1, 2008 is America's Energy Independence Day. The president will proclaim that despite months of cajoling, he could not get the Democrats to help the American people through this energy crunch, so he will throw open for careful, environmentally safe drilling, all of America's offshore areas that were previously off limits. Any attempt to extend...
  • A bumpy road (TxDOT, toll roads, Trans-Texas Corridor)

    06/08/2008 6:18:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 306+ views
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | June 8, 2008 | Star-Telegram
    The Sunset Advisory Commission's scathing staff report on the Texas Department of Transportation, issued Tuesday, centers around one crucial statement: This agency has sunk so low in the eyes of the Legislature and the public that trust can only be restored through dramatic action. "[T]weaking the status quo is simply not enough," says the report. The prescribed solution is to abolish the five-member Texas Transportation Commission. The governor would appoint a single commissioner to run the department with oversight from a special committee of legislators. During the next four years, the Transportation Department would extensively revise its policies and procedures....