As reported by the Washington Examiner, the Department of Agriculture just scuttled shale gas drilling in the Wayne National Forest of Ohio to appease environmentalists, a move that will cost 204,500 jobs over the next five years.

“Conditions have changed since the 2006 Forest Plan was developed," announced [Wayne National Forest] Supervisor Anne Carey on Tuesday. "The technology used in the Utica & Marcellus Shale formations need to be studied to see if potential effects to the surface are significantly different than those identified in the Forest Plan."  It doesn’t matter if the pretext is flimsy, as long as environmentalists get what they want, and no jobs are created.  The Agriculture Department really isn’t fooling anyone:

"The President’s plan is to simply say ‘no’ to new energy production," House Natural Resources Committee chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash, said to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar during a hearing pertaining to hydraulic fracturing. "It’s a plan that is sending American jobs overseas, forfeiting new revenue, and denying access to American energy that would lessen our dependence on hostile Middle Eastern oil."

Add the 204,500 jobs lost in Ohio to the tens of thousands destroyed by Obama’s Keystone XL pipeline debacle, and it’s been a pretty busy week, even by President Zero Growth’s standards.  Add the 75,000 layoffs that were just announced by the big banks Democrats and their Occupy Wall Street subsidiary have been at war with, and we might be in banner headline territory… assuming the media was in the mood to write the sort of headlines that would be on display if a Republican president was wiping out jobs with half of Obama’s gusto.