>>Drillgate: Internal Emails Shows Obama Team Lying to Public.
Posted February 9, 2010on:
Public opinion polls already measure near 70% support for offshore drilling,
This says it all people. The American people have for years tried to get our government to get off of the Middle East’s Oil nipple, but our governments never wanted to listen. George Bush wanted to do just this and would have if he had not been hit with the problem of 9/11 that he had to address.
We have oil, natural gas and coal reserves in Alaska, off of all of our vast shore lines and within the lower 48 that if exploited would take us well into the 23rd. century and beyond. And long before that our technology will have produced a more sustainable and cleaner renewable energy source. We will have harnessed the sun I have no doubt and found a way to store the energy harnessed from the sun more effectiovely. Solar energy is available at a competitive rate right now if the government and the environmentalist would get out of the way. There are plans right now to set up solar energy fields in the deserts of the southwest that would provide the energy needs of California largest cities, but the Sierra Club is holding this up because they claim the solar panels which are above ground would harm the ecosystem. All they would do is provide a bit of shade in the desert!
Now see how the government has been lying to the people to keep from developing our own resources.
In January 2009, President Obama inherited a draft five year offshore drilling plan prepared by the outgoing Bush administration. The plan was already receiving public comment as part of the elaborate rule making process followed by federal agencies. Ken Salazar, Obama’s new Secretary of Interior, determined the decision about new offshore drilling was so important that he ordered a six-month extension to the comment period.
Third comes the dishonesty.
In April of 2009, during a discussion about offshore exploration in San Francisco, Salazar said that President Obama directed him to “to make sure that we have an open and transparent government” and that “these are not decisions that are going to be made behind closed doors.” Salazar went on to say that President Obama wanted to make sure that DOI was “maximizing the opportunity for the public to give us guidance on what it is that they want to do.”
Yet, more than four months after the comment period ended, the Department of the Interior has failed to make any public announcement about the results, even though sources have told American Solutions for months the comments show a 2-1 advantage in support of offshore drilling.
It took American Solutions almost four months and the power of the Freedom of Information Act to finally uncover indirect confirmation that, out of over 530,000 comments submitted, pro-drilling comments outnumbered anti-drilling comments by a 2-1 margin.
In an email dated October 27, 2009, Liz Birnbaum, director of the Minerals Management Service, informs other Interior officials that a preliminary tabulation of the results of the comment period had not yet gone to Secretary Salazar, adding “[s]o the Secretary can honestly say in response to any questions that he’s [SIC] has not yet seen the analysis of the comments – staff is still working on it. I did, however, confirm to him the 2-1 split that these guys [at American Solutions] are emphasizing.”
When a public employee is on record condoning purposeful deception of the American people, the taxpayer should no longer have to fund his or her job. Secretary Salazar should immediately fire Liz Birnbaum for purposefully deceiving him, and in turn, the American people.
This newly gained insight into the anti-energy exploration mindset within the Department of the Interior allows a new perspective of President Obama’s mention of offshore development in his recent State of the Union address. Here is the one paragraph in which the President described offshore development:
But to create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. And that means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country. It means making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development. It means continued investment in advanced biofuels and clean coal technologies. (biofuel like ethanol which has proven to take more energy to produce a gallon than the energy realized from the gallon of ethanol! BB)
And, yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America. (this is the Cap & Trade deal that Obamanation wants. BB).
To the passive listener, it sounded like President Obama expressed at least rhetorical support for offshore drilling.
But the President only says we must make “tough decisions” on offshore drilling, deliberately refusing to apply that standard to other decisions on energy.
But tough for whom? Certainly not for the public that overwhelmingly supports more offshore drilling.
Indeed, the only person facing a tough decision is the President since an important part of his political base is opposed to new American energy development.
In short, it’s a fair conclusion that the tough decisions the President identified in his State of the Union was his intended decision not to pursue any new offshore oil and gas development. The actions by Salazar and his team are entirely consistent with that conclusion.
What makes all of this dispiriting, especially this month, is that with 15 million Americans out of work and with the President’s recently submitted budget projecting trillion dollar annual deficits for the next ten years and a near tripling of the national debt by 2020, the President is throwing away a golden opportunity over the next three decades to create millions of new jobs and generate more than $270 billion in annual economic growth from new oil and gas development, including $54 billion annually in federal tax receipts that could help lower the federal deficit and the national debt.
These extraordinary benefits of job creation and economic growth – all without requiring any federal spending – are, sadly, not on President Obama’s agenda, notwithstanding all the phony rhetoric to the contrary. (If Obama and his fanatic Progressive can not throw money at a problem they want nothing to do with it. BB
Indeed, we can look forward to the President’s continued strategy of dance, delay, and deceive.
We should also be very much aware of the international pressure on our government from the Middle East, Venezuela and Russia not to become energy independent. Barack Obama is in league with these governments!
The United States is the largest importer of oil and it takes a great deal of money from our treasury to fund our needs for this oil. Besides if we drill our own oil reserves we will become competitors for these countries. We will also have the jobs and workers paying the taxes to dig our economy out of the hole we are in thus eliminating the power our mortgage brokers (China, Japan, India) have over us. BB