Obama & Environmentalists: ‘Drill, Castro, Drill!’

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Texas-based Seahawk Drilling, for instance, among the biggest drillers in the Gulf, filed for bankruptcy last February. The company was battered and finally killed off by “the slowdown in the issuing of shallow-water (drilling) permits in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico following the Macondo well blowout,” read their press release.

Louisiana’s Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu blamed “the administration’s excruciatingly slow release of oil and gas permits…How many more rigs have to leave and how many more businesses have to close before it realizes the havoc the de facto moratorium is wrecking on the Gulf Coast?” The Energy Information Agency believes more than 59 billion barrels of recoverable oil reside in U.S. offshore waters. Given environmental legislation, U.S. drillers are forbidden from going anywhere near this treasure trove.

As it happens, the Spanish-based oil company Repsol holds leases on U.S. territory. As mentioned, it also partners with the Castro regime. U.S. laws loosely termed the “U.S. embargo of Cuba” call for penalties against such accessories to theft. Meticulously and relentlessly “overlooked” by the mainstream media is why the so-called U.S. embargo against Stalinist Cuba was originally enacted.

To wit: In July 1960, Castro’s KGB-trained security forces stormed into 5,911 U.S.-owned businesses in Cuba and stole them all at Soviet gunpoint – $2 billion were heisted from outraged U.S. businessmen and stockholders. Not that all Americans surrendered their legal and hard-earned property peacefully. Among some who resisted were Bobby Fuller, whose family farm would contribute to a Soviet-style Kolkhoze, and Howard Anderson, whose profitable Jeep dealership was coveted by Castro’s henchmen. Both U.S. citizens were murdered by Castro and Che’s firing squads.

Many of the Canadian, European and Chinese companies partnering with Castro occupy property and operate assets in Cuba that were likewise stolen at Soviet gunpoint from U.S. businessmen and stockholders. For the most part, these foreign corporations blow their noses on U.S. laws.

But this week, a letter drafted by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, addressed to Repsol’s president and signed by a bi-partisan group of 34 House members, hints at the firm grip we actually hold on the Spanish corporation — and could tighten on a whim:

Dear Mr. Antonio Brufau Niubó,

Repsol’s partnership with the Cuban regime could violate U.S. law, and may run afoul of pending legislation in the U.S. Congress….As to current law, Repsol may be in jeopardy of subjecting itself and its affiliates to criminal and civil liability in U.S. courts.  Violations of the Trading with the Enemy Act, the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Trade Sanctions Reform and Enforcement Act can lead to serious ramifications for individuals or businesses that deal with the Cuban regime.

It’s a long–shot, but there’s a chance the Obama team will see fit to bring the hammer down on the state sponsor of terrorism that came closest to nuking us, stole billions from U.S. citizens and most seriously threatens Florida’s beaches, rather than against domestic oil companies who fuel our economy and employ millions of our citizens.

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  • Chezwick_mac

    Surreal. No clearer evidence that the green agenda is a leftist agenda in disguise,…(just like the feminist agenda, and the racial equality agenda, etc., etc., etc.).

    For the record, all these movements were at their inception necessary and benign, all were successful beyond their wildest expectations, and when that success threatened their continued viability, all were subsequently hijacked by the Left…and became what is known today as the 'grievance industry'…"rubbing raw the wounds of discontent."

  • Ben

    Cheszwick, Lefts in power in USSR have turned the country into scrap-heap,there are still the towns called poison,but during its existance the green propaganda was the main Soviet instrument in the West, it always demonstrated the Capitalist-hate of the green Earth.

  • maturin20

    Chinese-built, Italian-owned, and Spanish-leased??? Horrors!!! It's like Franco, Mussolini and Mao have all combined to piss in our Texas Tea!

    • Howard

      Sixty miles from the US… If this was a group of US companies planning to operate 60 miles from the coast of any third world country with a leftist government there would be a great wailing and nashing of teeth about the greedy capitalist yankees looting the natural resources of the humble and peace loving people of country X while the same greedy capitalist pigs rape Mother Earth with a foreign object in the form of their misogynistic drill bits.Lefties seem to be fond of run-on sentences and imagery like that.

      The author poses some valid questions. Why is it okay for others to drill in waters considered by the US gov to be too sensitive for US companies to operate in? Why is it okay for Cuba to reap the economic benefits of this activity and not the US? Why is this being allowed with no resistance whatsoever from the administration when they have all the tools they need to stop it? For a admiministration so concerned with creating jobs,why is every job being created sixty miles from our coast going to Chinese, Italian, Spanish and Cuban workers? In short, why the double standard?

      Care to answer any of those questions or do you have another red herring to toss out there?

      • maturin20

        If Lefties are fond of such rhetoric, you might be a contender. You use it quite well.

        I don't think it is okay, I think the no-drilling regulation was a histrionic response to the BP spill. If US companies want to reap the potential benefits of drilling in Cuban waters, maybe we should revisit the US government's various restrictions on trade with Cuba. I imagine it's being allowed by this administration because of political timing. The double standard is because to most of the US, the various energy industries are a bunch of greedheads and they don't really care about their problems.

        And as for the red herring, who really believes there are 59 billion barrels waiting to be recovered in the Gulf? And even if there are, it will be the most expensive drilling operation yet attempted, bringing back a lower ratio of energy gained for energy consumed than any current oilfield.

  • Howard

    All the Reds have gone Green. Part of the whole hip "Hope and Change" thing.

  • pyeatte

    Yes, put the screws to Repsol. It is "time to fish or cut bait". Hardball all the way.

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    Amen.