Obama wants to drill, baby, drill!

The Obama administration proposed an offshore drilling plan Tuesday that managed to irk just about everybody, from Democrats and environmentalists who oppose undersea exploration to Republicans and industry groups who says President Obama is simply stalling genuine action until he leaves office.

The draft five-year plan would open the coastal waters off the southeastern U.S., from Virginia to Georgia, to offshore drilling starting in 2017. But it would also close vast areas of the Alaskan and Pacific coasts to energy exploration.

The Interior Department proposed 14 potential lease sales overall — 10 in the Gulf of Mexico, three off the coast of Alaska, and one off Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Drilling in the Atlantic, if it ever occurred, would be required to be at least 50 miles offshore.

12 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • mjmaf says:

    More smoke and mirrors.

  • susi_hauff says:

    STOP oil!! Just finally stop oil and fossil fuels altogether!! My gosh, can’t we just get ON with the clean energy already? NO DRILLING!! Anywhere!!!!!

  • jeani says:

    Now gopbaggers are upset? This is what they wanted to do for years.

  • jmortensen says:

    Anything to stall any real progress on the economy .. or anything else that really matters

    1. I Seigel says:

      If the Keystone bill was signed tomorrow, what impact would that have on the economy today? If all of Alaska was opened to drilling tomorrow, what impact would that have on the economy today? You really have no clue, do you?

  • Voltair says:

    Fact is that oil is not only a matter of American prosperity, jobs, and national wealth, but also a matter of national security. All productive areas for drilling should be open without prejudiced….but prejudiced is what Obongo is full of…!

    1. jeani says:

      Our oil only. Only American oil corporations. All constructed from made in the USA materials. Please, let’s stay out of the Gulf. The water is too shallow. The Gulfs 2 main economies are tourism and fishing. Foreign corporations DO NOT feel accountable for the damage they created.

    2. I Seigel says:

      Fact is that the oil doesn’t “belong” to the US, it belongs to oil companies that extract and refine it. Don’t kid yourself that the oil companies are in business for the good of the country. They’re in business for the good of their stockholders and their boards of directors.

  • I Seigel says:

    Just curious if you feel you speak for all Tea Partiers, or just yourself?

  • Tom Dorman says:

    Funny how Ovomit opens drilling in a much less productive area AND CLOSES A HIGH PRODUCTION AREA IN ALASKA

    1. I Seigel says:

      He didn’t just pick these areas out of a hat. Oil exploration companies hold leases in these areas precisely because they’ve found indications that it could be very profitable to drill there. On the other hand, Shell has had a lease in Alaska for many years, and they’ve failed in their attempts to drill there. Why? Because it’s too dangerous. And other companies will find the weather and conditions just as harsh if they try to drill. Much easier to get oil off the Atlantic coast.

  • James in Texas says:

    When this President’s lips are moving, well, He is Lying, still and again! End of story, Period.

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