If you listen to the obama campaign the community organizer is all about oil but yet time after time he goes out of his way to limit the production, transportation and use of domestic fuel supplies ....unless of course obama's unicorn farts it out. How do you folks like paying 50.00 for gas rather than 25.00 and how often do you pay it. Is this obama tax costing you 100.00 a month .... 200.00 a month. Well he did it again.
Obama's Great Alaska Shutout
Interior bans drilling on 11.5 million acres of 'petroleum reserve.'
President Obama is campaigning as a champion of the oil and gas boom
he's had nothing to do with, and even as his regulators try to stifle
it. The latest example is the Interior Department's little-noticed
August decision to close off from drilling nearly half of the 23.5
million acre National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.
The area is called the National Petroleum Reserve because in 1976
Congress designated it as a strategic oil and natural gas stockpile to
meet the "energy needs of the nation." Alaska favors exploration in
nearly the entire reserve. The feds had been reviewing four potential
development plans, and the state of Alaska had strongly objected to the
most restrictive of the four. Sure enough, that was the plan Interior
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says
his plan "will help the industry bring energy safely to market from
this remote location, while also protecting wildlife and subsistence
rights of Alaska Natives." He added that the proposal will expand "safe
and responsible oil and gas development, and builds on our efforts to
help companies develop the infrastructure that's needed to bring
The problem is almost no one in the
energy industry and few in Alaska agree with him. In an August 22
letter to Mr. Salazar, the entire Alaska delegation in
Congress—Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski and Representative Don
Young—call it "the largest wholesale land withdrawal and blocking of
access to an energy resource by the federal government in decades."
This decision, they add, "will cause serious harm to the economy and
energy security of the United States, as well as to the state of
Alaska." Mr. Begich is a Democrat.
The letter also says the ruling "will
significantly limit options for a pipeline" through the reserve. This
pipeline has long been sought to transport oil and gas from the Chukchi
Sea, the North Slope and future Arctic drilling. Mr. Salazar insists
that a pipeline could still be built, but given the Obama
Administration's decision to block the Keystone XL pipeline, Alaskans
are right to be skeptical.