March 30, 2012 - Tim Brown
It seems that Barack Obama is at it again. When he could do something that would actually help America, he turns his back on it. Yesterday the Obama administration announced a they will delay the possibility of new offshore oil drilling on the Atlantic coast for at least five years:
The Interior Department’s announcement will put into place what will be a five year environmental survey to determine whether and where oil production might occur. This is tantamount to not dealing with the problem. Does it really take five years to determine this? Really?
The administration cancelled a planned lease sale, which will be put off till at least 2018. This was noted by Virginia governor Bob McDonnell.
Republicans were not happy with this. Representative Doc Hastings (R-Wash), who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee said,
“The president’s actions have closed an entire new area to drilling on his watch and cheats Virginians out of thousands of jobs. [This] continues the president’s election-year political ploy of giving speeches and talking about drilling after having spent the first three years in office blocking, delaying and driving up the cost of producing energy in America.”
As if this couldn’t be any more stupid, the administration plans to also do seismic testing to help determine the best places for wind turbines and other “renewable” energy products, locate sand and gravel for restoring coastal areas, and identify cultural artifacts such as historic sunken ships.
Sunken ships? Really? All I have to say to that is “I hope the day is near when we finally capture Captain Jack…ur um I mean Barack Obama” and deal with him according to law, our Constitutional law.
The Post reports that environmentalists are already opposing the survey which, conveniently, won’t begin until after the election.
while I am not surprised by this move, what I am amazed at is Republicans being upset, when the fact is they controlled all the branches of government and they didn’t drill either. However, knowing our dependence upon foreign oil, it just makes absolutely no sense for a survey to take five years and on top of that go looking for things such as sunken ships and things of that nature. Leave that to people like Dr. Robert Ballard, not a US bureaucracy.