Obama Okays Oil-Drilling off East Coast and Alaska so Illegal Aliens & anchor babies can have gas to drive cars

Gee wasnt Obama going to be different ? What happened to Mr. Green and Got Hope? It figures that an immigrant President would show contempt and sacrifice the Our coastlines just so the US can 

N.J. leaders, environmental groups condemn President Obama’s offshore drilling proposal

By Brian T. Murray/The Star-Ledger

March 31, 2010, 9:55PM

U.S. Pres.Hussien Barack Obama today announced plan to open up the Atlantic Ocean to oil exploration and offshore drilling — which stands to include points on the Virginia coast and near Cape May in the Delaware Bay.Both of New Jersey’s U.S. Senators, the governor and a legion of environmental groups today condemned President Barack Obama’s plan to open up the Atlantic Coast waters and other previously protected regions to oil and natural gas exploration.

Obama’s move allows drilling from Delaware, about 10 miles southwest of Cape May, to central Florida, plus the northern waters of Alaska, and oil drilling could begin 50 miles off the coast of Virginia by 2012. He also wants Congress to lift a drilling ban in the oil-rich eastern Gulf of Mexico, 125 miles from Florida beaches.

Still off limits: the entire Pacific seaboard. And in a nod to conservation, Obama canceled oil exploration in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, deeming the area a national treasure, but is allowing some exploration in Alaskan waters north of the bay.

Policy Highlights:

• Ends long-standing moratorium on off-shore drilling from Delaware to central Florida.

• Calls for drilling in eastern Gulf of Mexico and large areas north of Alaska.

• Continues to bar drilling on the West Coast and cancels lease sales in Alaska’s Bristol Bay and north of Alaska.

• Pledges new technologies would be used to reduce impact on environment, tourism and national security.

• Attempts to strike compromise between need for energy independence and concerns of environmentalists.

• Is part of broader strategy that includes expanding nuclear power and clean energy sources.

“This is not a decision that I’ve made lightly,” Obama said. “I want to emphasize that this announcement is part of a broader strategy that will move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels and foreign oil to one that relies on homegrown fuels and clean energy. And the only way this transition will succeed is if it strengthens our economy in the short term and the long term. To fail to recognize this reality would be a mistake.”

Contending the Jersey Shore economy will become hostage to the potential of oil spills, U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, two New Jersey Democrats usually supportive of the president, condemned the plan even before it was officially made public.

“It’s fundamentally wrong as an energy policy when we can drive toward renewable energy sources. I think the administration is wrong on this and they are going to have an adversary,” said Menendez.

He also criticized the administration for embracing nuclear energy and clean-coal technology, calling it part of a misguided trade-off designed to win GOP support for developing legislation that would try to cap greenhouse emissions.

“It think it’s an effort to bring Republicans on board with broader climate change legislation and I think it’s a dangerous plan. … This is a reversal of where the president has been,” he added, noting Obama had campaigned against offshore drilling in 2008.

Sen. Lautenberg pointed to the more than nine million gallons of oil spilled when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit rigs off the Gulf Coast.

WHAT HE SAID

President Obama today contradicted Candidate Obama from two years ago regarding off-shore drilling.

CANDIDATE OBAMA:

“When I’m president, I intend to keep in place the moratorium here in Florida and around the country that prevents oil companies from drilling off Florida’s coasts.” — June 2008

“What I will not do, and this has always been my position, is to support a plan that suggests this drilling is the answer to our energy problems.” — August 2008

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

“We’re announcing the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration but in ways that balance the need to harness domestic energy resources and the need to protect America’s natural resources.” — Today

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WHERE THE U.S. GETS ITS CRUDE OIL

The top five sources of U.S. imports for December 2009 were:

Canada — 2.051 million barrels per day

Mexico — 1.063M

Nigeria — 1.020M

Saudi Arabia — 0.886M

Venezuela — 0.772M

(These five exporting countries accounted for 71 percent of U.S. imports in December.)

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

“Drilling off the Virginia coast would endanger many of New Jersey’s beaches and vibrant coastal economies,” he said.

Gov. Chris Christie also denounced the Obama plan.

“I oppose the idea of drilling off the coast of New Jersey,” he said. “New Jersey’s coastline is one of our economic engines and I would have to be really convinced of both the economic viability and environmental safety of oil and gas exploration off our coast. At this point, I’m not convinced of either.’’

The plan was criticized by a long list of environmental groups, including the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club, Clean Ocean Action, Audubon, Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

But Obama found support from the American Chemistry Council, the National Ocean Industries Association and the New Jersey Petroleum Council.

“This is a positive development. It will lead to job creation, sharpening our competitiveness, enhancing state revenues and enhancing our energy security,” said NJPC spokesman Jim Benton. “The reality is, this exploration is just as likely to uncover natural gas as it is oil … and drilling already is done in the Atlantic, off shore in Canada, which sells it back to us.”

Both Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden, who hails from Delaware, had campaigned against offshore drilling, and that position had appeared unchanged as recently as last year when Interior Secretary Salazar joined environmentalists in Atlantic City to announce they were slowing down an offshore oil drilling plan advanced in the final days of the Bush administration.

Salazar had called the move at the time “a headlong rush of the worst kind.”

“It’s outrageous,” said Sierra’s Jeff Tittel of the change in course. “Now this is just 10 miles from our beaches and a much bigger threat.”

The East Coast has been protected from offshore drilling for 26 years through a congressional ban and an executive order.

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Previous coverage:

• N.J. senators, environmental groups oppose Obama’s offshore drilling plan

• Obama proposes offshore oil drilling off coast starting south of N.J.

Sen. Menendez: Offshore drilling is a non-starter for me

 

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Posted by knight72

March 31, 2010, 10:06PM

We need to get rid of our two senators. They only represent special interests or their own warped agenda’s. Both are tree huggers and would get us into this global warming regulation nonsense in a New York minute.

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Posted by Bat Boy

March 31, 2010, 10:12PM

Which political leaders and environmental-group members have gotten rid of their cars and permanently turned off the heat and electricity in their homes. If you haven’t, maybe you shut up.

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Posted by homersleeps

March 31, 2010, 10:16PM

Good to see that Obama is finally doing something that will make Dick Cheney happy.

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Posted by Napier1

March 31, 2010, 10:18PM

Dear President Obama: You are a jerk.

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Posted by baligirl

March 31, 2010, 10:29PM

He is also president. What are you and what have you accomplished?

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Posted by hederhopper

March 31, 2010, 10:24PM

i think its wonderful to start off-shore oil drilling,off the jersey beaches.

it would be a tourist attraction 24/7-365.

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Posted by jmjral

March 31, 2010, 10:25PM

To give him credit; this is oneof the few things that I agree with BO.

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Posted by hawkeye10101

March 31, 2010, 11:07PM

This is a dog-and-pony show, nothing but a fraud. The “process” will be drawn out for decades, and nothing will come from it. These people are after total control of our economy, they’re not about to cede oil drilling to any private entities.

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Posted by baligirl

March 31, 2010, 10:28PM

I would like the NJ senators to please explain how they stood by and allowed public transportation in NJ to go downhill. And it started well before Christie took office. At least Christie has spread the pain to the burbs which is a little ironic. Many democratic areas in the cities lost service under democrats. If they are so concerned with the environment then why hasn’t public transportation been a priority. Guess how many people will now have to drive to work and use more gas. What a bunch of hypocrites.

Besides this may be an improvement to New Jersey’s dirty beaches.

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Posted by deceiverbo

March 31, 2010, 10:33PM

Finally a rational decision from this President. We import most of our oil and perhaps we can create a few jobs and cut the trade deficit. There are more oil spills from tankers bringing in imported oil than from offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Posted by acadian11

March 31, 2010, 10:35PM

So all the beaches along the east coast will now be like the Jersey Shore. I also gues that there will be no more cruise lines leaving from NY, NJ, VA…etc.

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Posted by borotaxpayer

March 31, 2010, 10:56PM

You all complain about gas prices, nimbies you all. We have the local supplies, it’s time to turn of the terrorists who we blindly fund via gas and use our own. Nature has now told us we have more than we thought and we don’t have to worry about the mid east or other countries to support our nation.

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Posted by param_02

March 31, 2010, 11:01PM

BUCK OFAMA

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Posted by pennyndime

March 31, 2010, 11:03PM

When was the last time our Senators concentrated on New Jersey rather than the other 49 states?

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Posted by njfor007

March 31, 2010, 11:09PM

WTF ?? And those are the very same who till the day haven’t

condemn the Human suffering in New jersey in the Past till the present

the very same who haven’t care for way to long about the Horrible impact and tolls Discrimination Hate , Evil and coward unacceptable behaviors can causes on families . Are we talking here about the very same Political Leaders and Gov workerks who for way to long have Accept Violations of Human Rights , Civil And labor rights in New Jersey ??

Certainly it cant be that we are talking here about the very same Pigs

that for very long time have only care about thier self and their pockets , about their Poltical ego and about all that is wrong evil and unaceptable

Look Mr Obama PLease Get the F ** Here in NJ and start Drilling , matter fact right in Trenton this comming week , you may not find a lot of Oil but you certainly will find a lot of S @ and crap from them Democrats and GOP enough to fill the tanks of USA and the entire Glob for 7 long generations

Tell them I say so they had all lost of moral and respect here in NJ from the entire Country for Hypocrites cowards Piece of S @@

Last don’t forget them and remind them W hos the president since this GOP and Democrats for NJ had think for way to long they can continue to ignore all sort of Rights around .

They dont want Drilling ? Give them More ,, they dont want what ??

Give them that

keep growing like a cancer that doesnt speak English.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Congressman David Wu voted for Off-Shore Drilling along Oregon Coast

Above David Wu as he votes in Congress
David Wu at the local La Raza election fiestayes, it’s really important for this immigrant, former green card Congressman from China, to help ruin Oregon.  

Go to http://www.numbersusa.com/

and look up his F on immigration and immigration is an Environmental issue.

  

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Off- Shore Drilling? sure so Mexican Illegals and other invaders can all drive cars

http://www.culturechange.org/caoe.html find out why it’s wrong to drill – click on link above. also check out Numbersusa.com. Too many people in the US now due to Congress and unlimited immigration. They all use oil. Congress has caused the need for more oil due to unlimited immigration and refusing to man our borders , while allowing vast amounts of money to go to Iraq and forcing US taxpayers to bail out a long list of financial institutions run by rich Harvard grads. House approves offshore drilling
By H. JOSEF HEBERT,The House voted late Tuesday to open waters off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to oil and gas drilling but only 50 or more miles out to sea and only if a state agrees to energy development off its shore.
Democratic leaders called it a step toward energy independence, but Republicans labeled it a “sham” because most of the estimated 18 billion barrels of oil believed to lie below off-limits coastal waters are within 50 miles of land and will remain out of bounds.
The measure passed in a largely party-line vote of 236-189. It now goes to the Senate, where energy will be the topic later in the week. Thirteen Democrats bucked their leadership and voted against the measure.
Even before the House vote, the White House said President Bush was prepared to veto the measure should it reach his desk. An administration statement said the bill would “stifle development” of offshore energy resources by essentially making permanent drilling bans within the 50-mile coastal buffer, while imposing new taxes on the largest oil companies.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the bill “represents a new direction in energy policy” and a “bold step forward that will end our dependence on foreign oil” by using billions of dollars collected in taxes on large oil companies to promote alternative fuels and energy efficiency.
Republicans called the drilling measure a ruse to provide political cover to Democrats feeling pressure to support more drilling at a time of high gas prices.
“How much new drilling do we get out of this bill? It’s zero. Just zero,” declared House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio. “It’s a hoax on the American people. This is intended for one reason … so the Democrats can say we voted on energy.”
The measure would allow drilling in waters 50 miles from shore almost everywhere from New England to Washington state as long as a state agrees to go along with energy development off its coast. Beyond 100 miles, no state approval would be required. The drilling ban would remain in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Each year for the past 26 years, Congress has passed drilling bans on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts because of environmental concerns and pressure from some coastal states worried that drilling might hurt the tourist business.
Unlike bills offered by House Republicans and others being considered in the Senate, the House-passed legislation would not share royalties from energy production with the adjacent states. Boehner said without royalty sharing, states probably would not opt for drilling off their beaches.
Republicans also cited Interior Department estimates that 88 percent of the 18 billion barrels of oil believed to be in waters now under drilling bans would remain off-limits because they are within the 50-mile protective coastal buffer.
The House voted to roll back nearly $18 billion in tax breaks over 10 years for the five largest oil companies and require energy companies to pay billions of dollars in royalties they avoided because of an Interior Department contracting error.
The bill also would require the president to make available oil from the government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Pelosi said such a move is needed to drive down gasoline prices, even though oil prices have dropped dramatically in recent weeks and many energy experts believe gasoline prices will fall as well after refineries recover from Hurricane Ike.
Democrats added a provision at the last minute that makes it a federal crime for oil companies with federal leases to provide gifts to government employees, a response to a recent sex and drug scandal involving the federal office that oversees the offshore oil royalty program and energy company employees.
The Democratic bill also would:
_Provide tax credits for wind and solar energy industries, the development of cellulose ethanol and other biofuels.
_Require utilities nationwide to generate 15 percent of their electricity from solar, wind or other alternative energy source.
_Give tax breaks for new energy efficiency programs, including the use of improved building codes and for companies that promote their employees’ use of bicycles for commuting.
Expanded offshore drilling has become a mantra of GOP energy policy that has been felt on the presidential and congressional campaign trails despite wide agreement that lifting the drilling ban would have little if any impact on gasoline prices or produce any oil for years.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain pledged at the recently concluded GOP convention to push for new offshore oil and gas drilling amid delegate chants of “Drill, baby drill” and his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, said he supported more drilling as part of a broader energy package.
But Democrats derided what they called Republicans’ “drill only” response to the country’s energy problems.
“America needs an oil change,” said Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass. “They keep saying on the Republican side, `Drill, baby, drill!’ What we’re saying is `Change, baby, change!’ and they can’t change.
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