Obama announces steps to speed US oil production......its about time.

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    Obama announces steps to speed US oil production

    By Darlene Superville and Dina Cappiello

    Associated Press / May 14, 2011

    WASHINGTON—Facing continued public unhappiness over gas prices, President Barack Obama is directing his administration to ramp up U.S. oil production by extending existing leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska's coast and

    Obama said Saturday that the measures "make good sense" and will help reduce U.S. consumption of imported oil in the long term. But he acknowledged anew that they won't help to immediately bring down gasoline prices topping $4 a gallon in many parts of the country.

    His announcement followed passage in the Republican-controlled House of three bills -- including two this week -- that would expand and speed up offshore oil and gas drilling. Republicans say the bills are aimed at easing gasoline costs, but they also acknowledge that won't be immediate.

    The White House had announced its opposition to all three bills, which are unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, saying the measures would undercut safety reviews and open environmentally sensitive areas to new drilling.

    But Obama is adopting some of the bills' provisions.

    Answering the call of Republicans and Democrats from Gulf Coast states, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address that he would extend all Gulf leases that were affected by a temporary moratorium on drilling imposed after last year's BP oil spill. That would give companies additional time to begin drilling.

    The administration had been granting extensions case by case, but senior administration officials said the Interior Department would institute a blanket one-year extension.

    New safety requirements put in place since the BP spill also have delayed drilling in Alaska, so Obama said he would extend lease terms there for a year as well. An oil lease typically runs 10 years.

    Lease sales in the western and central Gulf of Mexico that were postponed last year will be held by the middle of next year, the same time period required by the House. A sale off the Virginia coast still would not happen until 2017 at the earliest. But Obama said he would speed up environmental reviews so that seismic studies to determine how much oil and gas lies off the Atlantic Coast can begin.

    To further expedite drilling off the Alaskan coast, where such plans by Shell Oil Co. have been delayed by an air pollution permit, Obama said he would create an interagency task force to coordinate the necessary approvals. He also will hold annual lease sales in the vast National Petroleum Reserve on Alaska's North Slope. Officials said the most recent sale was last year, but that they had not been held on any set schedule.

    Republicans dismayed by the lack of progress in Shell's drilling have drafted legislation to exempt drilling off Alaska from air pollution laws.

    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings of Washington, sponsor of the legislation, said it was "ironic" that Obama "is now taking baby steps in our direction" after the White House and congressional Democrats criticized the bills.

    "The president is finally admitting what Republicans have known all along, that increasing the supply of American energy will help lower prices and create jobs," Hastings said.

    Obama also called on Democrats and Republicans to vote to eliminate billions in taxpayer subsidies to oil and gas companies.

    In the weekly Republican message, Alabama Rep. Martha Roby said it's time for Washington to get serious about the challenges facing the country, including straightening out its finances and tackling the gas price issue. She praised the House for passing measures to expand domestic energy production "because when we're talking about energy, we're talking about jobs."

    "The greatest threat to our economy, job creation, and the future of our children is to do nothing," Roby said. "We have to act. It is what we were sent to Washington to do."http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/File-Based_Image_Resource/dingbat_story_end_icon.gif


    President Obama only acts when the polls force him to do what he doesn't want to do.  This needs to be the permanent policy of the US, not a policy of the month.  This still needs to be part of a long term energy policy to reduce our need for fossil fules, but energy independence is the over arching issue that must be addressed!  We must figure out how to be energy independent (from the middle east) to ensure our long term financial and economic security.

     
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    [QUOTE]Obama announces steps to speed US oil production By Darlene Superville and Dina Cappiello Associated Press   /   May 14, 2011 WASHINGTON—Facing continued public unhappiness over gas prices, President Barack Obama is directing his administration to ramp up U.S. oil production by extending existing leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska's coast and Obama said Saturday that the measures "make good sense" and will help reduce U.S. consumption of imported oil in the long term. But he acknowledged anew that they won't help to immediately bring down gasoline prices topping $4 a gallon in many parts of the country. His announcement followed passage in the Republican-controlled House of three bills -- including two this week -- that would expand and speed up offshore oil and gas drilling. Republicans say the bills are aimed at easing gasoline costs, but they also acknowledge that won't be immediate. The White House had announced its opposition to all three bills, which are unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, saying the measures would undercut safety reviews and open environmentally sensitive areas to new drilling. But Obama is adopting some of the bills' provisions. Answering the call of Republicans and Democrats from Gulf Coast states, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address that he would extend all Gulf leases that were affected by a temporary moratorium on drilling imposed after last year's   BP  oil spill. That would give companies additional time to begin drilling. The administration had been granting extensions case by case, but senior administration officials said the Interior Department would institute a blanket one-year extension. New safety requirements put in place since the BP spill also have delayed drilling in Alaska, so Obama said he would extend lease terms there for a year as well. An oil lease typically runs 10 years. Lease sales in the western and central Gulf of Mexico that were postponed last year will be held by the middle of next year, the same time period required by the House. A sale off the Virginia coast still would not happen until 2017 at the earliest. But Obama said he would speed up environmental reviews so that seismic studies to determine how much oil and gas lies off the Atlantic Coast can begin. To further expedite drilling off the Alaskan coast, where such plans by   Shell Oil Co. have been delayed by an air pollution permit, Obama said he would create an interagency task force to coordinate the necessary approvals. He also will hold annual lease sales in the vast National Petroleum Reserve on Alaska's North Slope. Officials said the most recent sale was last year, but that they had not been held on any set schedule. Republicans dismayed by the lack of progress in Shell's drilling have drafted legislation to exempt drilling off Alaska from air pollution laws. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings of Washington, sponsor of the legislation, said it was "ironic" that Obama "is now taking baby steps in our direction" after the White House and congressional Democrats criticized the bills. "The president is finally admitting what Republicans have known all along, that increasing the supply of American energy will help lower prices and create jobs," Hastings said. Obama also called on Democrats and Republicans to vote to eliminate billions in taxpayer subsidies to oil and gas companies. In the weekly Republican message, Alabama Rep. Martha Roby said it's time for Washington to get serious about the challenges facing the country, including straightening out its finances and tackling the gas price issue. She praised the House for passing measures to expand domestic energy production "because when we're talking about energy, we're talking about jobs." "The greatest threat to our economy, job creation, and the future of our children is to do nothing," Roby said. "We have to act. It is what we were sent to Washington to do." President Obama only acts when the polls force him to do what he doesn't want to do.  This needs to be the permanent policy of the US, not a policy of the month.  This still needs to be part of a long term energy policy to reduce our need for fossil fules, but energy independence is the over arching issue that must be addressed!  We must figure out how to be energy independent (from the middle east) to ensure our long term financial and economic security.
    Posted by massmoderateJoe[/QUOTE]

    To bad everything hes talking about is already in motion . Ony problem is the right and big oil is holding it all up . I have started a few threads that show whats already going on from inactive leases in the gulf to record out puts last year at a seven year high. Yet look at you still compaining like nothing is going on . So compaining about Obama saying this or that doesnt cut it when its up to congress and big oil to do their jobs.  They could grant more leases and extensions but if they dont use them and sit on them like they are already doing what good is it doing ?

    You guys are all fooling yourselves if you think big oil/Wall Street is going to cut into their record profits so you save at the pump. Thats a fools dream.
     
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    [QUOTE]This is the THIRD time for Obama. So WT-F was the Obama Offshore Moratorium Act about. Waxing dolphins?
    Posted by GreginMeffa[/QUOTE]

    Protecting the environment , you know the only one we have . Or do you think its a good thing not to hold oil companies accountable for the damage they do ?
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Obama announces steps to speed US oil production......its about time. : Ah, so protecting that environment has now gone out the window THRICE!!!! Yippeeee!
    Posted by GreginMeffa[/QUOTE]

    Quit being a a55 .
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Obama announces steps to speed US oil production......its about time. : To bad everything hes talking about is already in motion . Ony problem is the right and big oil is holding it all up . I have started a few threads that show whats already going on from inactive leases in the gulf to record out puts last year at a seven year high. Yet look at you still compaining like nothing is going on . So compaining about Obama saying this or that doesnt cut it when its up to congress and big oil to do their jobs.  They could grant more leases and extensions but if they dont use them and sit on them like they are already doing what good is it doing ? You guys are all fooling yourselves if you think big oil/Wall Street is going to cut into their record profits so you save at the pump. Thats a fools dream.
    Posted by beKool[/QUOTE]

    The Obama administration has been dragging its heels since last summer.  They over reacted against an industry instead of focusing on the problem.  What we found out is that the federal government doesn't have the expertise to deal with an oil leak crisis.

    Perception is the reality for speculators and the perception is that we have a lot of oil production at risk in the middle east which drives prices, we need to get away from that percption risk.  As far as the oil tax credit for big oil goes; if you remove the tax credit then its value or expense will get passed on to consumers.

     
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    Me thinks the feckless Obama has done focus groups and polling on this topic.  They surely showed him in order to get re-elected he has to pretend to not want much higher gas prices, so that is what he is doing.  He is cold, calculating and deceitful.

    This is a President who laughed at a working class guy with a large family who was concerned about higher gas prices lowering his families standard of living.  A President who laughs at regular citizens, and he doesn't get called on it?  When did "I feel your pain" become "you're a chump if you don't buy a hybrid?"

    What will he say next "Let them eat cake"?  Marie Antoinette looks like the queen of compassion next to this heartless buffoon.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Obama announces steps to speed US oil production......its about time. : I swear you whacko wingnuts are bipolar. Last summer you were criticising Obama because he wasn't doing enough to protect the gulf states. Now you're posting he is doing too much. Arguing with wingnuts is like arguing with Sybil, you never know which argument they'll use. Heck they don't even know until Faux News tells 'em. It would be nice if you people could actually grow a pair, state a case, and stick to it. You take flip flopping to new heights.
    Posted by 12-Angry-Men[/QUOTE]

    Angry I know things get confusing at times becuase any criticism is dismissed as wacko wingnut talk.  Well if you where paying attention you would know that I have continued to post the fact that we need to have energy independence from the middleeast and near term that means our oil, plus everything else.

     
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    [QUOTE]Hey - Can we turn 12 Angry Men's "Wacko Wingnut" references into a drinking game? Geeesh - Talk about stuck on stupid....
    Posted by TFefio[/QUOTE]

    HAHA...we'd all end up in an alcohol induced coma at the rate he uses that term. It's like he has Tourette's
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Obama announces steps to speed US oil production......its about time. : Not 'any' criticism is dismissed, just incongruos attacks. Last year the wingnuts were blasting Obama for not doing enough to protect the gulf states. This year the wingnuts are criticising Obama for doing too much to protect the gulf states. Sorry, but I can only take seriously people who are consistent in their beliefs or judgements. Ad hominem criticism, done only as a response to a position, is nothing more than an attack born of political ideology, not facts. If Obama had said the sky is blue the wingnuts would disagree. That's not 'valid' criticism, it's just petty posturing.  
    Posted by 12-Angry-Men[/QUOTE]

    If I was you I'd stop worrying about the wacko wingnuts and get your own house in order.  Didn't President Obama win on a much different paltform then he's governed to; dismantle the patriot act, end this endless war, close Gitmo, not get involved in another war, solve our energy problems, fix this endless recession, bring peace and harmony to the world by singing Kum Ba Yah and get bin laden.  He did deliver on bin Laden.

     
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    Nothing like campaign politics to make a politician do the right thing according to the opposite party.

    Its a good smart move for Obama and the USA.

    I expect he will continue to take actions that move him to the right to boost his chance of winning in 2012!!

    I remember dems complaining and others expressing that Clinton was "acting like a republican" late in his first term!!


     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Obama announces steps to speed US oil production......its about time. : Umm, not quite. Nice try at the hyperbole and exageration though. He promised more oversight of the Patriot Act, not repeal. That was shot down in Congress. He said he would send more troops to Afghanistan and draw down troop levels in Iraq. Done and done. Congress voted against the Gitme plan, not much he can do without funding. Never said he wouldn't get involved in another war. The rest is just your childish rants and raves. You need a time out. Why is it that you whacko wingnuts have to lie and obfuscate when the facts don't jibe with your crazy reality. You should be able argue the state of affairs on it's merits, not some wild exagerations and lies you 'nutz keep throwing around.
    Posted by 12-Angry-Men[/QUOTE]

    Angry,

    You do amuse me.  You play the holier than thou routine and ask why others aren’t able argue the state of affairs on its merits.  This tack of course only occurs after someone has responded to one of your random hyperbole generator posts which spewed out wacko wingnuts, bipolar, Sybil like, childish rants and raves and followed by its not valid criticism, when you’re really flummoxed.  So any failures on President Obama’s agenda are the fault of Congress, or maybe Congress was protecting him from himself. 

    Obama has done little to create a cogent energy policy that ensures America’s prosperity and security.  We need to use our own resources while we develop cutting edge energy technology for the future.  I’ve said it many times; near term we need to be engaging all of our natural energy resources; coal, oil, gas nuclear, wind and hydro.  I think bio-fuel (unless waste cellulose) dangerously links the energy economy to the food economy which is bad for the US and the world.  Once we become energy independent we can then improve the model to greener solutions which take decades to economically perfect.  The idea that we provide $7,500.00 tax credits for people to buy $42,000 Chevy Volts is just stupid.


     
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    Re: Obama announces steps to speed US oil production......its about time.

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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Obama announces steps to speed US oil production......its about time. : Not 'any' criticism is dismissed, just incongruos attacks. Last year the wingnuts were blasting Obama for not doing enough to protect the gulf states. This year the wingnuts are criticising Obama for doing too much to protect the gulf states. Sorry, but I can only take seriously people who are consistent in their beliefs or judgements. Ad hominem criticism, done only as a response to a position, is nothing more than an attack born of political ideology, not facts. If Obama had said the sky is blue the wingnuts would disagree. That's not 'valid' criticism, it's just petty posturing.  
    Posted by 12-Angry-Men[/QUOTE]

    Ad hominem criticism, done only as a response to a position, is nothing more than an attack born of political ideology, not facts

    Do you even read the vast majority of your own posts...the pot called, said something about black....
     
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    Re: Obama announces steps to speed US oil production......its about time.

    It must be hard on some of you when Obama proves indisputably time and time again that he's not nearly the ideologue you think he is.

    Pragmatism at this scale seems to be wasted on the likes of you.  After all the vitriol and ad hominems, it turns out that Obama is the best conservative president since Reagan.
     
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    Nah, Clinton was the best conservative president

     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Obama announces steps to speed US oil production......its about time. : Hard?  Oh no. They are so committed to having outrage at everything he does that when he does what they want, it's him being "weak". As you note, when he does not do what they want, he's a throat-ramming dictator.
    Posted by WhatDoYouWantNow[/QUOTE]

    Why do you think he has changed course again on this?

    Could it be politics?

    Of, course it is and smart politics too.

    Doesn't make him less of a liberal just shows he a good politician and cares more about re-election than ideology at least during an election cycle.
     

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