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04-01-2010, 12:58 PM
By Brian Winter, USA TODAY
President Obama's decision to lift a long-standing ban on offshore drilling off the East Coast won't yield much oil at first, but it could herald a more dramatic shift in how Americans consume energy, experts say.

<span style="color: #FF0000"> Actually, I thought W did that when he did away with the EO signed by his Daddy.</span>
The first tract of land eligible for drilling just off Virginia's coast holds an estimated 130 million barrels of crude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. <span style='font-size: 17pt'>That's barely enough to satisfy America's energy needs for six days</span>, at current consumption levels of 19.5 million barrels a day.

Yet Obama said his announcement Wednesday was part of "broader strategy" that includes more investment in nuclear power plants, as well as an initiative the administration plans to unveil today to dramatically tighten fuel standards for cars.
<span style="color: #FF0000"> Ahhhh, the motivation behind the statement. If we promise to look into offshore drilling, maybe we can get someone to buy in on new CAFE standards</span>

The measures "will move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels and foreign oil to one that relies more on homegrown fuels and clean energy," he said.

The announcement infuriated some Democrats and environmental advocates who say drilling could damage fisheries and tourism, while having little impact on oil consumption. Many Republicans and oil companies called it a step in the right direction but urged even more aggressive steps to encourage exploration in areas that are still off-limits, such as parts of Alaska.

Adell Morris, an energy analyst at the Brookings Institution think tank, said <span style='font-size: 17pt'>lifting the drilling ban will accomplish little by itself.</span> <span style="color: #FF0000">Which is why he suggested it. It is an insignificant concession on his part </span>
"I don't see how this will make any difference in the price of oil," she said. "There's just not enough oil in these spots."

However, Morris said the impact could be "very substantial" <span style='font-size: 17pt'>if it helps convince Republicans to support Obama's other energy initiatives, including a limit on greenhouse gas emissions from factories and utility companies.</span>

<span style="color: #FF0000">Ahhhh now it makes sense. He will "allow consideration for offshore drilling" in order to try and sell us on global warming and cap and trade!!!! </span>
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., say they are working on a sweeping, bipartisan energy and climate bill with Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. The senators have declined to disclose the contents of the bill.
<span style="color: #FF0000">Bipartisan?? LMAO! Graham is one of the biggest RINOs around, and Kerry and Leiberman are...well...Kerry and Leiberman! </span>

The announcement may be an effort by Obama to show Republicans that "there's something in it for them" if they support the climate bill, said Joshua Freed, director of the Clean Energy Initiative for Third Way, a political advocacy organization.
<span style="color: #FF0000"> Actually, there is nothing in it....read on!</span>

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., said he was pleased by the announcement. "I see no political quid pro quo here at all," he added.

The move could even cost Obama support among Democrats with environmental concerns, said Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.
<span style="color: #FF0000"> Oh Oh Gayle...your guy may turn on Obama!!!</span>

"It puts a lot of us who were trying to work with Sens. Kerry and Graham in a difficult position," Cardin said.

Improved technology and greater safety standards have made offshore drilling less of an environmental threat, said Erik Milito of the American Petroleum Institute, which represents oil companies.

Milito said there hasn't been a "significant environmental incident" from offshore drilling in more than 40 years.

"That probably depends on how they define 'significant,' " Cardin said. He said that "constant, everyday" leakage from offshore installations is enough to cause damage "even under the most careful conditions."
<span style="color: #FF0000"> Diesel oil from every ship at sea that finds it's way into the bilges is pumped into the ocean every day. Maybe we should have a moritorium on shipping!</span>

Obama said he would leave in place a moratorium on drilling off the West Coast, and implement a ban in Alaska's Bristol Bay. Drilling in Atlantic areas outside the Virginia tract <span style='font-size: 17pt'>will depend on environmental study and, in some cases, authorization by Congress.</span>
<span style="color: #FF0000"> And there you have his "out"! When it never happens, he can say "I tried, but congress and the environmental studies stopped it!</span>

<span style="color: #FF0000"> Once again, you must always look very closely at what the dems actually do, not just listen to what they say. Obama is a master of deception. He managed to depict himself as a centerist during the campaign, only to become the most left leaning extremist ever to hold the office!


04-01-2010, 01:47 PM
Drilling has not been allowed ... only exploration in area to see if there is oil.


04-01-2010, 02:03 PM
I will be in an approving mode when via the normal process, oil comes out.

Obama has a history of promises. Some to deceive the other side, but when his comment is looked at, no movement.

This is a habit of professional liars.

04-01-2010, 02:35 PM
The unfortunate thing is that we do know were vast quantities of both natural gas and oil are and are prohibited by various obstacles from exploiting it for our own benefit.