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Obama Caves to the Polluters

31 Mar

President Obama is set to cave to “Drill, Baby, Drill” with an announcement he will open up much of the Eastern Seaboard to Oil Drilling. As a landowner, frequent visitor to the barrier islands, and fisherman…

I think it’s polite to say I’m not too freaking thrilled Obama went chickenshit on this one. Since I stand to lose one hell of a lot of money when the oil companies f*^k up (not if)

As a technologist, I’m pissed that there hasn’t been any serious effort to get off the Oil heist.

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The Future of the Eastern Shore

Obama to allow gas and oil drilling off Virginia coast

President Obama is set to announce that he will allow oil and gas drilling 50 miles off Virginia’s coast, including a possible sale two years from now of leases off the state’s shores.

The decision, which Obama will announce with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at Andrews Air Force Base this morning, ends a long-standing ban on drilling along much of the East Coast, from Delaware to central Florida.

Read the full story by Post reporter Juliet Eilperin.

Obama’s move will represent a victory for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who campaigned last year on making the state the “Energy Capital of the East Coast” and using proceeds from drilling to pay for transportation. (Congress would still need to pass a bill allowing Virginia to receive royalties.)

Most Virginia leaders — regardless of political party — have expressed interest in drilling for oil and natural gas, including both U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark. Warner and most members of the state’s congressional delegation.

But environmental groups and some Democratic members of Congress, including U.S. Reps. James P. Moran Jr. of Northern Virginia and Robert C. Scott of Hampton Roads, say they worry that possible spills and new infrastructure onshore and off could harm plants, animals, tourism and the naval base in Norfolk, the world’s largest.

In anticipation of today’s announcement, the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter already sent out a statement.

“We are deeply disappointed that the Obama administration has chosen to open up new areas that have long stood protected from the dirty, risky business of offshore drilling,” said Glen Besa, chapter director. “Our beloved clean Virginia beaches are the backbone of our coastal economy, generating billions of dollars in revenues from tourism, recreation and commercial fishing…There are not only the risks of spills both chronic and catastrophic but also the industrialization of our coastal communities that would either debilitate or destroy Virginia’s coastal economy,”

Virginia has been in line to be the first Atlantic Coast state to drill off its shore. It still will probably be years before it starts, even with the necessary approval from the Obama administration.

The 25-year-old federal moratorium on energy exploration and development off the coast of Virginia and other states expired in 2008. Virginia has been the only state on the East Coast included in the Minerals Management Service’s five-year plan.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2010 in American Genocide, American Greed

 

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7 responses to “Obama Caves to the Polluters

  1. brotherbrown

    April 1, 2010 at 8:18 AM

    I had a feeling you would be unhappy about this one. But the economy cannot transition away from, petroleum as fast as we might hope. We are back up to 3 dollars a gallon for gas, and I’m not personally prepared to replace my gasoline powered cars for electric cars.

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    • btx3

      April 1, 2010 at 11:22 AM

      No, we can’t transition overnight. However, as long as we continue to suck at the spigot, we aren’t going anywhere. This is the rock stupidest thing I think Obama has done, and it will cost him heavily in support.

      We have the most agriculturally productive land in the world. Much of it laying fallow. There is absolutely no reason we can’t use that unused land to produce bi-diesel at a price point which makes sense.

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  2. brotherbrown

    April 1, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Then you have a new problem: In order to grow the crops for bio-diesel, you need water, and lots of it. Plus, can any car be converted to diesel?

    A few years back, I was investigating a 1.2 megawatt co-gen power plant that the Tribe I was working for at the time was considering siting at the former Norton Air Force Base. The most common fuel would have been natural gas, but we explored B-80 bio-diesel. Cummings would not certify its generators on B-80 (this was 2003-4). Perhaps they have moved off that restriction now.

    Whether it is a good or bad move by Obama, he has reached that point where he is going to take his own advice and move his agenda, even if it costs him the next election. That, I believe, is the best move he can make at this time.

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    • btx3

      April 1, 2010 at 11:17 PM

      Actually some of the new bio-engineered crops don’t need near as much water as corn. I looked at one which could be planted on mountain slopes, which was pretty effective for the conditions a while ago which was presented as an example of a crop which could survive conditions in North Africa.

      Bio diesel is being used around the world as a primary fuel now. If Cummings won’t certify it, then they are SOL in most world markets.

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  3. brotherbrown

    April 2, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    I think our shrewd President issued what can be described as a conversation starter. If the goal is energy independence, and you start the conversation with, “we need to develop ‘green technology,’ ‘green jobs,’ etc., most people tune you out.

    This was an attention getter. Start from where we are, and propose a conventional solution. What this will lead to is angst from the homeowners of affected shores, interest from oil producers, and a whole new discussion about where we are trying to go and how we get there.

    The President said in August 2009 he wanted healthcare reform by Labor Day. It set in motion a series of events culminating in last month’s legislation that was signed into law. It took us six months to get there, and no one got everything they wanted. Same with this. There is a deadline looming somewhere in the future. By starting the conversation at this time in that place, perhaps by this time next year, we will actually be on the road to a proper energy independence policy. It’s really not up to Obama, or any president for that matter, to figure out the science, but rather, to set the vision. The wackos will stake out their territory, but the sensible with real ideas will get ot some real solutions, which I’m sure you can appreciate.

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  4. Constructive Feedback

    April 4, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Obama saw the demand curve for oil in the future and knew that the Van Jones/Hocus Pocus Green Energy scheme would not provide sufficient energy for our nation’s needs.

    Since Obama hopes to be the president in 2015 he wants to make sure that here is no energy driven riot that is triggered as you don’t have fuel for your gas powered lawn mower.

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    • btx3

      April 5, 2010 at 6:35 PM

      Bad news, Porch – The “lawn mower” down here at the farm is diesel powered…

      Grow my own fuel.

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