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Obama Unveils New Drilling Plan, Takes Heat From Both Sides Of The Aisle

April 5, 2010 by  

Obama unveils new drilling plan, takes heat from both sides of the aisleJust days after announcing a proposal to expand offshore oil and gas development in a veiled effort to garner bipartisan support, President Obama was taking heavy criticism from both sides of the aisle.

The plan, which Obama said will help the nation minimize its dependence on foreign energy sources, will lift the 20-year moratorium on exploration and drilling off the Atlantic coastline, a new section in the Gulf of Mexico and the Cook Inlet in Alaska.

While receiving mild support from a handful of Washington conservatives, the proposal is being viewed as a half-hearted effort by the majority of Republicans, as no drilling will be permitted anywhere along the west coast of the continental U.S. and most parts of Alaska—two areas that were approved for exploration by Congress in 2008.

Representative Mike Pence (R-Iowa) referred to the proposal as a "smokescreen," due to the fact that it will delay new exploration until at least 2012 and is far less aggressive than the plan that was approved under the previous administration, according to Fox News.

"Unfortunately, this is yet another feeble attempt to gain votes for the president’s national energy tax bill that is languishing in the Senate," said Pence.

Meanwhile, Obama’s decision has been blasted by liberals and environmentalists alike, including Greenpeace, which called his announcement a "betrayal" of those who voted for him.
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  • Dale

    Was it not just 2 years ago when the Bamster was saying its too late to drill for oil . . . it would take 10 years to get to the pumps . . . this Amateur who has never run a Dairy Queen is now flushing the US economy down the low-flo toilet.

    • s c

      In the mid-’70s, Obummer’s “peers” passed legislation to stop building new oil refineries. Since then, we’ve had NO new refineries. In other words, a certain group of people in Washington CREATED a situation in which drilling (even when permitted) would result in gasoline shortages.
      Exploration is not drilling, and drilling is not exploration. Now that Obummer has fooled even more people (again), he can flap his mouth all he wants, but America won’t get more oil because he’s wowing us with the same ‘vast’ knowledge that he has in economics [ZERO].
      As long America is forced to turn its back on drilling (and gas prices will continue to rise), it sure sounds like Obummer is working for big oil interests. How can he protect mama earth and work for big oil at the same time? More food for thought, folks.

  • Norm

    The more Obama agrees with the Republicans the more they chastise him. Is it stupidity, selective amnesia, hypocracy, or just politics as usual?

  • Cheryl

    Abnormally Norm;
    I think you’re correct on all 4 counts. Mr Obama seems to exude all these qualities 24/7. However, you did forget the lying part, and the smoke and mirrors.

    • TIME

      Cheryl, Kudos!

    • Norm

      Cheryl
      Examples?

      • Joe H.

        Let’s just go with one of the big lies….We’ll show the talks on CNN!!!!! Or was that C-span??? don’t want normie to think I’m trying to make something up!!!!

        • Claire

          JoeH–What about no lobbyists, no earmarks, troops brought home in 18 months, transparency, no more status quo, health insurance for all just like Congress has, using our natural resources–solar, wind, clean burning coal, etc. There were numerous campaign promises. Need I say more?

      • Cheryl

        Abnormally Normal;

        Joe H. & Claire listed some good examples for you. To those I would like to add attacks on the first and second amendments to the constitution. Would you care to respond to any of these examples? (Total of 10)
        No? Hmmm, I didn’t think so. There are plenty of examples of all of these things that many have posted on all of these pages before Normie, so don’t ask us to do your homework for you.
        There is a site online where you can go and see a list of all of O’bamas lies that he has told, and/or promises not kept. I would suggest that you DO NOT GO THERE NORM. You would die of shock.

    • Claire

      Neither party wants to work with each other. They despise each other, that is why we are in this mess. This has been going on for years.

  • s c

    Claire, without trying to ruin your day, Repubs and Dems have been ‘working together’ since the 1860s. They are opposite sides of the same flawed, King George-style corrupt coin.
    If you’re put your faith in a major political party, you will be manipulated – again. Republicans are anything but conservative. And you know what Democrats are.
    Between the two of them, we’d be better off picking names out a phone book, rather than wasting tons of money via elections and sending more generations of USEUL IDIOTS to Washington. Historical revisionists have made a mockery of what has happened in America, and many people still don’t yet realize how many things have gone worse than merely wrong prior to Lincoln’s administration.

    • Claire

      sc — Sorry, I was reading through the posts and found your reply. I agree with your comments. Years ago, I did put faith in a political party, but no more. With the passing of time and the elections, I have become very disillusioned with all of them. Your words about picking someone from the phone book is so true. It is a crap shoot.

  • James

    Oil companies are not government employees who must follow orders from the president. They will not start drilling here, just because the drilling ban is lifted. They will drill where it’s cheapest and they can make the most money.

  • s c

    Odds are that Obummer has plans to let oil companies ‘explore,’ but when it comes to drilling, that’s another matter. This way, he can fool a lot of naive people, and still go through the motions of CARING about America.
    Obummer cares about himself. Obummer makes Narcissus look like a world-class humanitarian. Obummer’s political roots spring from the tree that obligates “public servants” to say ‘this’ and do ‘that.’ Obummer looks at truth like a vampire looks at a wooden stake through the heart.
    I’ll believe Obummer cares when [IF] he acts like a prez who gives a damn about America. Until then, I’ll have more faith in a $20 hooker. At least I know where I stand with a real ‘professional.’

  • Doc Sarvis

    President Obama also made the appropriate move and raised the CAFE standards so all cars and trucks will need to improve thier MPG ratings over several years. I don’t recall the specifics of that move.

  • Jim H.

    Hi Doc, Being the automotive engineer that he is, Obama can draw up a blueprint to design these cars. Telling people to do it doesn’t make it feasible.

  • Claire

    Doc–

    I still would love to have a Hummer. They are cool. At this point in my life, I know I should think about MPG but the old saying—Old enough to know better, too young to resist. So call me crazy, or call it a last fling. This is the “uncommon sense” side of me speaking.

  • Doc Sarvis

    Actually, I’ve read several times over the years that the car companies know how to make the cars more efficient. It is more a matter of implementing the design components.

  • Joe H.

    Jim H.,
    Yuppers “just inflate the tires properly that will make quite a big difference”!!!! what an engineer he is!!!!

  • Dan2

    Does this move include drilling for the oil in Haiti? With more oil in Haiti than in Venezuela, that is one of the main reason we are there!

  • James Corbin

    Yeeeeepy, Obama, wants offshore drilling (bipartisan) now that he has gotten HC without bipartisan. He’s trying to get points for his ratings!!!! He wants to be elected again also!!!

    17million of the stimulus sure secured Craig Robinson ( Michelle Obama’s) brother his job at the Oregon State University—Athletic
    Dept.

  • Dale

    “Car companies know how to make cars more efficient”
    Sure Doc . . . they do it by eliminating WEIGHT . . . it depends on your pain threshold . . . Smart Car or Taurus . . . I choose the Taurus for obvious reasons . . . my safety.

  • Jim H.

    AAAAh Whats up Doc, I didn’t know a Taurus is a tank. If it’s just so easy, “just” implement some design components,Why didn’t the car companies just do it, with out being forced to?

  • Claire

    I think the car companies catered to the public. A vast majority of people were buying SUVs, including myself. SUVs were a hot commodity. The bigger the better. They probably could have built more fuel efficient vehicles a long time ago, but apparently they did not want to.

  • Jim H.

    What do you drive Doc?

  • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

    Don’t ever go by what Obama says, go by what he does! Hope that I’m wrong, but this is a scary administration!

  • Doc Sarvis

    Why don’t you just drive a tank?

  • Claire

    Speaking of tanks–my full size 1994 Chevy Van gets 21 MPG to the interstate and it drives like a dream. It is big, powerful, and I love it.

  • Norm

    Victor L Barney
    You are a little scary yourself. Try seperating radical religious dogma from politics and look to truth over opinion and fantasy.

  • JC

    A little off topic, but here’s a link to Michelle Obama saying that barack was visiting his homeland…Kenya.

    http://patriotupdate.com/stories/read/3261/Video-Michelle-Obama-Baracks-Home-Country-Is-Kenya

  • Doc Sarvis

    Gas companies and U.S. car makers (at least) want to perpetuate the fossil fuel model.

  • Doc Sarvis

    I didn’t say a Taurus was a tank. I was making the point of how big is too big. If you want to maximize safty with no regard to fuel efficiencty than a Taurus is not going to cut it, you should drive a real tank.

  • Doc Sarvis

    Well I sure don’t drive a Dummer, that’s for sure.

  • Jim H.

    Doc, I didn’t ask what you don’t drive. That could be a very long list. What DO you drive?

  • Doc Sarvis

    That is rather personal for the internet don’t you think? I didn’t know you were that into me.

  • Jim H.

    Doc, I knew a guy that would say all the stuff about CAFE standards that you do and that everybody should get smaller cars and then I saw him get into his Ford Explorer. Do as I say not as I do. Your avoiding the question makes me think you are one of those.

  • Doc Sarvis

    I’m dissapointed you have so little faith in me. Explorer, SUV; Never! Without getting into specifics; my family owns two cars, both four cylinders. The least efficient gets about 35 MPG. I will not give you the VIN #s

  • Doc Sarvis

    This is not true. You have to look beyond inflamitory e-mail rumors…
    from http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/barackobama/a/craig_robinson_job_stimulus.htm
    “Far from having his job on the chopping block, Robinson’s six-year coaching contract with OSU was recently extended through 2016 (an additional two years), and it had nothing to do with federal stimulus grants, according to Assistant OSU Athletic Director Steve Fenk. “For the record,” he said in an email, “Craig Robinson has coached Oregon State to its best back-to-back seasons since the early 1990s.”

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