With Gas Prices at Record Levels Obama Cuts Off Drilling in Half of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve

Gas prices have more than doubled since Barack Obama took over the White House.
But that didn’t stop him from cutting off drilling in August in half of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve.

The Obama Administration planned for higher gas prices and fewer jobs through their many job-killing decisions.

The Wall Street Journal reported, via FOX Nation:

President Obama is campaigning as a champion of the oil and gas boom he’s had nothing to do with, and even as his regulators try to stifle it. The latest example is the Interior Department’s little-noticed August decision to close off from drilling nearly half of the 23.5 million acre National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

The area is called the National Petroleum Reserve because in 1976 Congress designated it as a strategic oil and natural gas stockpile to meet the “energy needs of the nation.” Alaska favors exploration in nearly the entire reserve. The feds had been reviewing four potential development plans, and the state of Alaska had strongly objected to the most restrictive of the four. Sure enough, that was the plan Interior chose.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says his plan “will help the industry bring energy safely to market from this remote location, while also protecting wildlife and subsistence rights of Alaska Natives.” He added that the proposal will expand “safe and responsible oil and gas development, and builds on our efforts to help companies develop the infrastructure that’s needed to bring supplies online.”

The problem is almost no one in the energy industry and few in Alaska agree with him. In an August 22 letter to Mr. Salazar, the entire Alaska delegation in Congress—Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski and Representative Don Young—call it “the largest wholesale land withdrawal and blocking of access to an energy resource by the federal government in decades.” This decision, they add, “will cause serious harm to the economy and energy security of the United States, as well as to the state of Alaska.” Mr. Begich is a Democrat.

The letter also says the ruling “will significantly limit options for a pipeline” through the reserve.

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  • chuck in st paul

    these people need to be sent down for treason

  • Tom63010

    There should be an ad buy for this. Just background music and this graphic up for the entire one minute.

  • aprilnovember811

    Obama=Islamic Jihadist and the stealth Jihad. He’s not American.

  • Patty

    And this: OT but has often made furious!

    The Great Ethanol Scam

    The rocketing costs of gasoline and the escalating price of corn are the result of U.S. government mandates requiring the inclusion of ethanol in the gasoline all Americans must use. The time has long since passed to eliminate ethanol from this primary fuel. A recent report by ActionAid USA, “Fueling the Food Crisis: The Cost to Developing Countries of U.S. Corn Ethanol Expansion” is based on work by researchers at Tufts University. ActionAid USA is an anti-poverty group. The study found that the corn-importing countries of Central America and North Africa are at the highest risk from ethanol expansion—the requirement…


  • Patty


    and then this:

    Just when we thought we may finally get one decent economic data point which even we could get excited about, we decided to look at the Non-Seasonally Adjusted September retail sales data. After all the $4.7 billion seasonal increase in headline retail sales was the second highest ever (in absolute terms, second only to 2004). Turns out our curiosity was an enthusiasm-dowsing mistake, as a number which on the surface looked good, was hardly validated by the Not-Seasonally Adjusted number, which plunged by $31.9 billion. How does this September sequential change compare to previous years? See the chart below and decide for yourselves if the massive NSA plunge in September 2012 merits the second best seasonally adjusted retail sales increase in history.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2012/10/Sequential%20change_2_0.jpg VIEW GRAPH

    If anything, the 2012 spread of SA vs NSA retail change is most comparable to that from September 2007. As a reminder, this is 2 months before the 2nd Great Depression officially started.


  • Militant Conservative

    The president is doing all of this with malicious intent to destroy America.

    Damn right its treason.

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  • owl

    This is what we should have been hearing more about. Romney & Ryan need to hit him harder, faster and louder. Louder much.

  • Patty

    Obama: Carbon Eating Our Planet

    At a campaign event President Obama told his supporters that carbon is eating our planet, and vowed to spend more money on green energy. You know, because that’s worked out so well for us in the past.

    President Barack Obama warned his supporters about the threat of global warming and vowed that more money to subsidize green energy firms would prevent it.

    “By the way, yes, my plan will reduce the carbon pollution that is eating our planet because climate change is not a hoax,” Obama said at a campaign rally at the Bank United Arena at the University of Miami. “More droughts and hurricanes and wildfires, that’s not a joke. That’s a threat to our children’s future, and we can do something about it.”

    Obama said that he planned to spend more money to subsidize green projects such as wind and solar if elected to a second term. Obama’s Republican opponent Mitt Romney has criticized him for spending $90 billion on green energy companies, many of which went into bankruptcy. (Read More)

    Talk about fear mongering. It’s a good thing nobody but his most ardent supporters listen to anything he says anymore.


  • tj

    And the chart did not mention the Gulf oil disaster.. where BP may have been directed to damage it’s well..
    Where OBie’s administration ignored court orders (twice?)
    Where Obie gave money to Brazil to develop off shore wells…. after our rigs fled the Gulf coast…

    There is so much more..

  • Look-Out

    Don’t forget to point out how higher gas prices mean higher prices for ANYTHING we buy that’s transported. GROCERIES, etc.

    Our incomes are DOWN THOUSANDS (over $4K), our cost of living has gone UP, and Obama’s IDON”TCARE has slapped us with another HUGE TAX (SupremeCourt told us so). We’ve only begun to feel the PAIN.

  • stuart

    What’s the line from Atlas Shrugged? They take what they want and tax the rest.
    There is only one thing wrong with this idea.
    Sooner or later we will have no ability to pay any further taxes, fees, impositions, and more.
    Sooner or later, that which cannot be payed in gold will be repaid in lead.
    Five thousand years of history says so.

  • Economan

    There is no logical reason for his actions other than he wants high gas prices to appease the insane populist environmentalist morons or the Saudis are making sure profits are high.

  • DMG

    What was the national average for gas in July of 2008? Over $4 wasn’t it?

    I love how you guys try to re-write history. It would be funny, if it wasn’t so pathetic.

  • Basil Duke

    DMG, you are a liar. In ’08, gas was less than two bucks a gallon.

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  • SturJen

    ^ This.
    DMG, it might be time for your cranial/rectal-inversion reversion.

  • Look-Out

    #14 DMG — it was $1.87. We’ve come a long way, HUH, baby?