Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Offshore Oil Leases?

Perhaps Obama has figured it out and taken some advice from Sarah Palin.

U.S. President Barack Obama will today announce proposals to allow oil and natural-gas drilling off U.S. coastlines in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico when he delivers a speech on energy security.

Obama will propose allowing exploration off the coast of Virginia and, if a Congressional moratorium is lifted, in the Gulf of Mexico 125 miles (201 kilometers) off the coast of Florida, according to an administration official speaking on the condition of anonymity.

I suspect that one will have to read the fine print carefully. This is NOT the direction Salazar/Energy wanted to go.


Billiam said...

Hmmm. There will of course be environmental studies. That could take years. Then the enviro-nut crowd will file all sorts of lawsuits. There goes a few more years. The only way this will actually happen, is for us to get a Congress and a Prsident with the balls to tell the tree huggers to piss up a rope, and drill. For oil and natural gas. Never happen. There are not enough repubs or rational dems with the balls, or vision this would take.

J. Strupp said...

Just so we're clear, you would give Congress and President the authority to block any attempts by environmentalists to overrule this order by the President in order to fast track offshore drilling? That's what you're saying right? That the President should have this authority?

I'm actually going to enjoy reading you wiggle out of this one.

Anonymous said...

If I hear you right, J. Strupp, is that Billiam advocates a dictatorship. The legislative and executive branches doing whatever they can do subvert the will of the people. Billiam, I thought only liberals were lovers of Stalin.

Now I have no problem with off-shore drilling, but there should be studies conducted, PUBLIC INPUT, and assurances that the oil companies--who, I would like to think are environmentally conscious--would do what they can to limit pollution and harm to critters.

I just wish nuclear energy would be considered, and a more comprehensive plan be put in place
like the Chinese (yes, the NYSlime to some, but please read the article, perhaps it is the blueprint that 50 years from now the U.S. may say "we should have pursued these policies").