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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Obama's April Fools Joke

On March 31st, Obama stated, “Today we are announcing the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration.”

What he didn’t say was the drilling would be in places where there’s little chance of finding oil and upsetting the Greenie vote, like in Utah. Or in ANWR. Or Prudhoe Bay.

April Fools!

Obama campaigned on this ‘oily’ platform: “We only have three percent of the world’s oil supplies. And we use 25 percent of the world’s oil. So we can’t simply drill our way out of the problem.”

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told Sean Hannity, “Well, he actually ended up blocking up more land than he ended up opening up. And if you look at what he's doing — if you look at California, for instance, you could create more jobs and get more oil immediately off the coast of California.

"You can't do anything now off the coast of California.

“So — and of the 14 billion barrels of oil that we know on the outer continental shelf, he locked up 13.1 billion [barrels] of it.”

On Feb. 11, 2009, the Washington Times reported: “Facing gas prices near $4 a gallon and a pivotal national election, congressional Democrats allowed a ban on offshore drilling to lapse in September.

“But times change, and on Tuesday, the Obama administration - with gas prices roughly half what they were and many Democrats' having been swept into office - blocked offshore drilling plans put in place at the last minute by the Bush administration, including plans to open the national outer continental shelf for drilling.

“Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar also announced last week that his agency would block drilling on public lands in Utah, criticizing the Bush administration for releasing its offshore drilling plan just days before leaving office.

“A former Bush administration staffer said the extended review process needlessly drags out an already thorough process. [That’s what Obama said about Health Care Reform, but at least we knew what the off-shore drilling was about.] The Times continues: The congressional moratorium, which had been in place since 1982, lapsed just months after President Bush lifted an executive order banning offshore drilling.

“Offshore oil exploration and drilling became a tough topic for Democrats during the 2008 elections, as gas prices topped $4 a gallon and public opinion polls showed broad support for expanded domestic oil production

Rep. Rob Bishop R-Utah, also speaking on Sean Hannity’s show, added, “We were ready to start drilling off the coast. His proposal will change the plan so we don't even start talking about it until 2012.”

A column in today’s Bergen Record noted how New Jersey Democrats, and even Gov. Christie, were upset about the prospect of drilling off the Jersey coast.

However, according to the New York Times: “Under the plan, the coastline from New Jersey northward would remain closed to all oil and gas activity. So would the Pacific Coast, from Mexico to the Canadian border.”

The Washington Times article notes, “Offshore drilling advocates were ecstatic in July 2008 when they thought a deal had been reached with green groups to permit drilling off Santa Barbara, Calif. — the first since the January 1969 oil spill there.

But, “(D)espite the "agreement" and approval of offshore drilling by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, the Greens subsequently got the California State Lands Commission to deny the offshore leases and then, in July 2009, got the California Assembly to block Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to revive offshore drilling.

“Last December, the Obama administration actually granted Shell Oil leases to drill three exploratory wells in Alaska's Chukchi Sea. But claiming a shoddy approval process, the leases are being challenged by green groups in the enviro-friendly 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Despite campaign rhetoric about supporting more drilling, last fall the Obama administration canceled drilling leases in Utah previously granted by President Bush.

“The leases were denied for the flimsiest reasons, including possible damage to the habitat of the sage grouse and avoiding the dust and noise pollution from drilling.”

Anyone who believes Obama is a fool.  Anyone who believes Obama is a fool is a fool.  He is no fool, though; the president is looking towards Cap and Trade, the misnamed bill that will tax businesses on their energy consumption, and the RINO votes he needs to pass it.

Pundits have noted that he has agreed to drilling in the places where there’s the least likelihood of success, keeping his Green base happy while appearing to be moderate on the energy issue.

He hopes critics will be painted as cranks who oppose moving forward. He hopes the voters will have long forgotten the facts, if they ever knew or cared about them in the first place.

It’s all a grand April Fools joke. When voters realize their mistake, too late as usual, they’ll trot Nancy Pelosi out on cue in her sexiest Harlequin costume to mock the American public.

April Fools, America!

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