• Barack Obama,  Day By Day,  Oil

    Day By Day May 12, 2011 – Hugz

    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    Talk about job killing regulations.

    But, I see that President Obama does know how to read the polls about gasoline prices and Americans being pissed off about them.

    The White House will take a series of steps — including expediting drilling plans on government lands in Alaska — designed to show that the administration is serious about expanding domestic oil production and lowering gas prices.

    President Obama announced Saturday the government would hold annual onshore lease sales in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve; extend the life of leases in the Gulf of Mexico and in some areas off the coast of Alaska for one year; speed up ongoing Interior Department testing in the mid- and south-Atlantic to gauge the level of resources; and establish an interagency task force to coordinate permitting for offshore drilling in Alaska.

    The White House is making the policy shifts after taking intense criticism from Republicans in recent weeks over energy policy as gas prices have topped $4 per gallon in some parts of the country.

    Guess Obama wants to be re-elected – shocking.


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  • ANWR,  Energy,  Oil,  Polling

    Poll Watch: Six in Ten Americans Favor Increasing U.S. Oil Drilling

    This is not really surprising with the turmoil in the Middle East and America’s dependency on foreign oil. Why not “Drill, Baby, Drill” if it can be done in an envirnomentally sensitive way?

    Last year’s finding was recorded about a month after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the U.S. Gulf Coast that resulted in a massive oil spill. News of that incident has faded, possibly lessening Americans’ resistance to coastal area drilling. At the same time, recent turbulence in the Middle East has caused oil prices to rise and has sparked discussion about the stability of the United States’ foreign oil supply.

    The latest findings are from Gallup’s annual Environment survey, conducted March 3-6. The same poll shows 49% of Americans in favor of opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for oil exploration. This is up slightly from 43% in the previous measurement in 2008, and is the highest level of support Gallup has recorded for drilling in ANWR since the question was first asked in 2002.

    Extracting energy for millions of Americans is not an easy undertaking. Americans like their cars and their other conveniences/toys powered by electricity. But, we understand being dependent upon countries that don’t like us so much, is not good for our national security.

    In keeping with this understanding, Americans are more concerned about the availability and affordability of energy.

    So, what does this mean, particularly since nuclear energy generation of electricity with the Japanese earthquake, Tsunami catastrophe will probably face intensive regulatory scrutiny?

    A solid majority of Americans currently favor increased offshore oil drilling in U.S. coastal areas and a record-high 49% favor opening the Alaskan wilderness to oil exploration. These trends might best be understood in terms of Americans’ ongoing anxiety about the nation’s economic problems coupled with their expectation that today’s already elevated gas prices will continue to rise. While Americans care about environmental protection — 61% in 2010 called themselves active in or sympathetic to the environmental movement — the possible benefits of achieving greater oil independence may be gaining appeal.

  • Oil

    Poll Watch: Most Say Continuing Offshore Ban Will Hurt Economy

    "The Obama administration announced last week that it is continuing the ban on offshore oil and gas drilling along the Eastern seaboard and in the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico. Most voters expect that decision to drive up gas prices and hurt the economy.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the new seven-year ban will increase gas prices, while just 11% think it will make gas prices go down. Twenty-five percent (25%) expect the ban to have no impact on prices at the pump.

    Similarly, only 15% of voters feel the ban is good for the economy. Fifty-four percent (54%) predict that it will be bad for the economy, but 20% say it will have no impact.

    The administration lifted the long-standing ban on offshore drilling in March but almost immediately restored it following the BP oil leak disaster in the Gulf. The ban was lifted recently on drilling in the central and western portions of the Gulf but remains in the eastern Gulf and along the East Coast for at least seven years pending further study of what caused the BP leak. "

    Why not resume drilling in all areas since the Gulf oli disaster was an accident and likely an outlier?

    But, it is a no-brainer to think that this moratorium will NOT hurt the economy of this region.

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  • Chuck DeVore,  Oil

    California GOP Assemblyman Chuck DeVore’s Solution to California Budget Woes: Drill Baby Drill

    California GOP Assemblyman Chuck DeVore speaking on the floor of the California Assembly, February 14, 2009

    Today, California GOP Assemblyman and U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore addressed a group of energy lawyers in San Francisco. His prescription for increasing California tax revenues: Drill Baby Drill.

    Besides slicing and dicing Boxer during a red-meat speech to the California Republican Party convention last weekend, the state senator from Irvine let it be known that he will push a plan to get dollars flowing into California’s coffers without soaking average state taxpayers.

    His plan: Drill, baby, drill.

    DeVore says there are 9 billion barrels of oil waiting to be had beneath California’s coastal waters. He calls for an aggressive off-shore oil exploitation program, using slant drilling technology. He says tax revenues produced by increased oil operations may well grease the way to balanced state budgets.

    “Those are state waters,” he says. “That’s our oil.”

    This solution is almost too simple. But, the “Save the Whale” types in Santa Barbara and Monterey will continue to block drilling – even the slant drilling type because they fear oil spill and the despoiling of animal habitats.

    Now, new technology may alleviate the concerns for any oil spill mishaps but it will be a hard sell to these environmental zealots.

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  • Barack Obama,  Oil

    Barack Obama Watch: Inflate Your Tires or Drill?

    Barack Obama’s answer to meeting energy demands

    Remember when Barack Obama downplayed the idea of domestic offshore oil production and recommended Americans simply “inflate your tires” or have regular car tuneups?

    Remember how he was ridiculed by John McCain, Rush Limbaugh and the GOP?

    Motorists could save more than 1 billion gallons of fuel a year, right now. But expanded offshore drilling would eventually produce even more.

    But we also figure that expanded offshore drilling is projected to produce far more oil eventually than can be saved by proper tire inflation – nearly three times as much even by the conservative estimate of government experts, and more than 10 times as much if an industry-endorsed estimate is correct. And even taking into account additional fuel savings from tune-ups, which Obama also mentioned, he greatly exaggerated.

    Americans want (as demonstrated in the polls) more domestic oil production. It is a national security issue.

    Barack Obama’s energy solutions are naive and simplistic.

    There is little doubt that America will need to increase domestic oil discovery and production if America wishes to maintain its quality of life. The facts are facts.

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  • Barack Obama,  Day By Day,  Nancy Pelosi,  Oil

    Day By Day by Chris Muir August 13, 2008


    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    Speaker Pelosi will return to the House in September and place some PORK laden energy bill on the floor and dare the GOP to oppose it.

    But, will it be too late?

    The GOP has already won the “DRILL HERE – DRILL NOW” issue and has forced Barack Obama to flip his position on offshore domestic oil drilling. Nancy Pelosi has been rolled on the issue while on her unsuccessful book tour.

    Watch the Democrats run for ENERGY cover after “The One” is nominated in Denver.


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  • George W. Bush,  Oil

    Debunking “Snake Oil” and Offshore Oil Drilling


    The “Snake Oil” Ad from the NRDC

    The Washington Post debunks the ad running in their own newspaper. Jim Geraghty over at National Review has a summary.

    The “DEBUNKED” points:

    • Drilling is pointless because the United States has only 3 percent of the world’s oil reserves
    • The oil companies aren’t using the leases they already have
    • Drilling is environmentally dangerous

    There is little doubt that Americans WILL support MORE domestic oil and gas production if they want to preserve their lifestyle of today’s big vehicles either commuting,tourism or towing their boats to the oceans, rivers and lakes. Truck transport will continue to require fuel for the business community.

    The increasing economies of China and India will bid up the price of offshore derived oil.

    So, what does the United States do?

    Americans WILL support environmentally friendly domestic oil, shale oil and natural gas production while the market develops alternative and renewable fuels. The waiting game and stall of the radical environmental movement has been exposed and is not credible. Beating up on President Bush with a caricature may make the radical Lefties feel good about themselves and their BDS, but is irrelevant.

    It is time to move forward with a comprehensive energy plan that maintains the American economy and our quality of life.

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  • Barack Obama,  Oil

    Barack Obama Watch: Flipping on Offshore Oil Drilling

    Barack Obama ridicules offshore oil drilling to solve America’s energy problems

    Barack Obama’s former Pastor Jeremiah Wright:

    “He’s a politician, I’m a pastor. We speak to two different audiences. And he says what he has to say as a politician. I say what I have to say as a pastor. Those are two different worlds. I do what I do. He does what politicians do. So that what happened in Philadelphia where he had to respond to the sound bytes, he responded as a politician””He’s a politician, I am a pastor. We speak to two different audiences. And he says what he has to say as a politician….”

    Well, Jeremiah Wright certainly had that correct because less than a week after the Springfield, Missouri speech where he called offshore oil drilling a scheme Obama is now embracing it.

    U.S. Sen. Barack Obama said today he would be willing to open Florida’s coast for more oil drilling if it meant winning approval for broad energy changes.

    “My interest is in making sure we’ve got the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices,” Obama said in an interview with The Palm Beach Post.

    “If, in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage – I don’t want to be so rigid that we can’t get something done,” Obama said.

    Flap supposes Barack Obama reads polls and the latest ones, including the latest Florida poll, say that American voters DO support some offshore oil drilling.

    But, this was NOT Barack Obama’s position less than a week ago. Flap realizes people can change their mind. But, sheesh…..

    With a politician like Obama who has a thin resume, lacks extensive government experience and voting record, Americans will ask:

    • What are Obama’s “TRUE” positions on the issues?
    • On what other issues will or might Obama flip-flop?
    • “Can we trust a FLIPPER Obama with the Presidency?”

    Barack Obama flipped on Iran being a threat to the United States and negotiating with Iran’s President Ahmadinejad without any pre-conditions. Now, it is offshore oil drilling.

    What will come next?

    The Iraq War and the Surge?

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  • Barack Obama,  Michael Ramirez,  Oil

    The Obama Energy Policy of the Future


    Michael Ramirez with apologies to Jed and his kin

    If American voters think today’s oil and energy policies are grand with soaring prices and the dependence on countries who do not like the United States, then they will love the “NEW” policies of a President Obama.

    The Democrats have blocked meaningful domestic oil exploration and development for decades. They have blocked the development of nuclear power plants. They have blocked the development of shale oil.

    They have been good at regulation, taxes and demagoguery about oil company CEO’s.

    The Democrats and Obama have stayed in the nihilistic past and will lead America into gasoline shortages reminiscent of the Jimmy Carter years.

    Just wait……

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  • Barack Obama,  John McCain,  Oil,  President 2008

    The Barack Obama Bounce


    Barack Obama is enjoying a bounce in the polls but Flap feels the election slip slidding away from John McCain.

    An example, with domestic offshore oil drilling much in the public discussion, Team McCain schedules an environmental conference in Santa Barbara, California next Tuesday. Granted McCain is traveling to California to fundraise but he has NO chance of winning “blue” California and where would a Presidential candidate NOT want to talk about offshore oil drilling?

    Yeah, you guessed it – Santa Barbara where they had a massive oil spill in 1969 and ugly decades old oil rigs mar the scenic coastline.

    McCain better shape up his campaign or he will be blown out early by Obama.

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