Obama’s Interior Department Still Going Rogue


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The Obama administration’s loathsome cowboy, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, won’t take no for an answer. He’s been smacked down repeatedly by federal courts for imposing a draconian, junk science-based moratorium on the oil and gas industry. Yet, the job-killing zealot and his boss just introduced another ruinous offshore drilling ban two weeks ago.

The White House rationale for the renewed crackdown? Because we said so.

Thomas Pyle of the D.C.-based Institute for Energy Research reports that the Salazar scheme “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.” Instead of working to enhance our energy independence and free up abundant natural resources, the Obama administration has worked tirelessly to close off access to nearly 86 billion barrels of oil on America’s Outer Continental Shelf alone.

The latest plan involves the interior secretary’s authority to auction oil and gas leases and to oversee oil and gas research and exploration on the OCS. Pyle explains that the “2012-17 plan leaves out the entire Atlantic and Pacific coasts and the vast majority of OCS areas off Alaska. It cuts in half the average number of lease sales per year, requires higher minimum bids and shorter lease periods, and dramatically reduces lease terms.”

The official Obama for America slogan may be “Forward,” but the Salazar-Obama anti-drilling regime leaves America behind. National Ocean Industries Association President Randall B. Luthi told the Oil and Gas Journal (an industry publication): “This deeply disappointing ‘no new access’ plan does not reflect the comprehensive, ‘all of the above’ energy policy touted by the administration, nor does it keep pace with the energy policies of foreign nations that are expanding their offshore access to develop badly needed oil and gas.”

No surprise. Salazar is an unrepentant glutton for punishment — of America’s energy producers. He’s had the unwavering support of President Obama ever since the aftermath of the BP oil spill in 2010, when the administration implemented a radical six-month freeze on America’s entire deepwater drilling industry.

Republicans must forcefully counter the campaign fables being spun by Team Obama with the truth about these rogue overlords.

When the president’s Chicago flacks boast of their noble commitment to transparency, remember: The overbroad drilling ban was stuffed into a technical safety document in the middle of the night by Obama’s unaccountable green extremists.

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  • kong.ming

    The current energy revolution should be much more profitable than the technology revolution of the 90s if only our former ACORN lawyer possessed any awareness on how to run a country. Instead of opening up trillions of dollars of energy reserves, he fear mongers about poisoning water, creating earthquakes and invests in algae and Fisker automotive made in Europe.

    • Here's the problem

      Our former ACORN lawyer has plenty of awareness on how to run a country, into the ground, that is. Of course, as you say, everything should be more profitable, but He doesn't want that now. Maybe later, after He's run America down into the pits, and He and his totalitarian Marxists and Muslim Brothers own the country, and We, The People, are his slaves, will all those resources be tapped to fill His coffers.

      Obwama wants to be the Massa of us all. 95 percent of Black Americans are already his willing slaves and don't even know that that's what they are, and the same is true for close to 80 percent of clueless American Jews who idolize Him. Both are the biggest dupes of all, a bitter, horrible irony. But there are lots of others, too, who should know better. The election in November will tell the tale, either way.

  • Sage on the Stage

    Salazar's Interior Department is also responsible for approving the design of the Flight 93 Memorial, near Somerset, Pa. This memorial is a mosque–with visitors facing Mecca as they enter the park, a ring of red trees around the outside, and the "Tower of Voices," which puts symbols of Islam above those of the 44 victims. Check this out.

  • dmw

    Oh for the days of Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Democrat turned Republican) and his Harley, instead of this Salazar dude (looking).

  • johnnywoods

    Obama`s administration is the judgement of GOD on America. May HE have mercy on us if it is not already too late.

  • pyeatte

    Assuming we kick this bum out of the White House in Nov., these restrictions can be reversed by the new Romney Administration. This is policy, not law.

  • Reason_For_Life

    Salazar is typical of the anti-energy left. However, we would do well to remember that it was G W Bush who signed executive orders banning oil exploration off the coasts of Florida and California to help Republican governors Schwarzenegger and Jeb Bush. Oil drilling has always had bipartisan opposition.

    Obama needs high energy prices to make solar and wind power more attractive. GE still can't make a profit on wind without subsidies. Ethanol is the biggest mistake ever made in the energy market. It not only doesn't lower carbon dioxide (if you still believe that CO2 is the cause of warming) but it consumes more energy than it produces.

    It's time that politicians stop helping their cronies with idiot policies that they "justify" using junk science.