Flash Points 5: "Drilling for Votes" : Dar Al-Hijrah’s Invitees

Written by Richard Falknor


"It also appears President Obama is caught in a contradiction: the President is, on the one hand, pushing forward with global warming policies to make fossil fuels more expensive, while on the other hand, he's talking about drilling for more fossil fuels offshore. How does the President square these two policies?" -
U. S. Senator
James Inhofe

Wednesday the Obama Administration announced a "A Comprehensive Plan for Energy Security" - -

"And as part of that strategy, in addition to developing oil and gas resources in new areas, the Administration is moving forward on many fronts to boost domestic energy production, diversify America's energy portfolio and promote clean energy innovation:


National Review on Line (NRO) promptly posted some informed conservative insights on the president's energy approach:

Ben Lieberman of Heritage: "Exploring for New Supplies of Votes":

" . . . [A]llowing new leasing in selected offshore areas is no guarantee that actual drilling will occur. Administrative delays and environmental-group lawsuits still could delay production for years, or prevent it entirely. Bills like the No Cost Stimulus Act seek to streamline the red tape, but if the president doesn't do the same, his proposal for more drilling will amount to little more than an empty promise. The fact that several of the areas in his announcement, including the Atlantic coast, could already be leased right now were it not for foot-dragging by the Obama Department of the Interior suggests the administration's heart isn't exactly in expanded offshore oil and gas production." (Underscoring Forum's.)

Governor Sarah Palin: "Stall, Baby, Stall":

"I've got to call it like I see it: The administration's sudden interest in offshore drilling is little more than political posturing designed to gain support for job-killing energy legislation soon to come down the pike.  I'm confident that GOP senators will not take the bait." (Underscoring Forum's.)

Utah Senator Bob Bennett: 'They're not serious about this'

"While the administration may act like it is moving to the political center on energy, Bennett says that 'tucked away in the language of its policy are countless actions that make it all the more difficult' for exploration. 'Just look at what's happening in Utah,' he says. 'I'm trying to push Secretary Salazar in our direction. He keeps telling us that the administration is interested in natural gas, yet there is always some regulatory or legal hang-up that's cited to keep anything from moving forward. They're not serious about this. They want to implement onerous regulations. Same goes for coastal exploration.'"

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