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Radicals are in charge folks and if this isn't proof enough for you, you're a freakin' idiot:

The White House will announce Wednesday afternoon that it won't allow offshore oil drilling for at least 7 years in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

A senior administration official confirmed the decision, which was prompted by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Only months before the massive spill, President Obama had announced plans to allow oil and gas exploration as close as 125 miles off Florida's west coast.

On the Atlantic side, the Outer Continental Shelf from Delaware to Central Florida would have been open to drilling, after feasibility studies.

Even before the BP oil spill, Florida Democrats had urged the administration to reconsider their decision.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson -- an avowed drilling opponent who is facing a crowded field of Republicans looking to challenge him for re-election in 2012 -- hailed Tuesday's announcement as a victory.

``It's good the president is listening to the people of Florida,'' Nelson said.

His office noted that drilling off Florida's coast is banned at least until 2022, under a 2006 law Nelson backed.

``(Nelson) hopes Florida's next governor and the Legislature similarly will commit to protecting the state's tourism economy and unique environment,'' spokesman Dan McLaughlin said.

Later Wednesday, Sen. Nelson plans to meet with incoming Florida Gov. Rick Scott to discuss oil drilling and high-speed rail.

During the gubernatorial campaign, Scott said he supported expanded offshore drilling in an ``environmentally sound way and adhering to the strictest of safety standards.''

Environmental groups reacted positively to the news.

``We are elated that the Atlantic coast and the Eastern Gulf , which were in the cross-hairs for offshore drilling, are now in the clear,'' Jacqueline Savitz, senior campaign director of Oceana, a Washington-based organization dedicated to protecting the world's oceans, said in a statement.

``We know there is no safe way to drill for oil and gas, and we don't want to see another spill like the one we watched all through the spring and through summer,'' she said.

``It's much smarter to develop clean energy such as offshore wind on the Atlantic Coast -- it will get us more energy for less money, and create more jobs, and it is guaranteed not to spill,'' she added.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was disappointed with the decision.

In a statement from Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy, said the turnabout for the Obama administration ``represents a major step backward for the security of America's energy future.''

And as large a step backward for those who've lost their jobs in this industry.  America haters are in charge, and they're doing their level best to manifest that hatred any way they can.


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"The White House will annou... (Below threshold)

"The White House will announce Wednesday afternoon that it won't allow offshore oil drilling for at least 7 years in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts."

For starters, these asshole's are not going to be in charge for 7 years. Barry is such a pathetic asswipe. 2012 cannot come soon enough.

Seems like every step Obama... (Below threshold)

Seems like every step Obama takes on this is taken for the 'best' of reasons - yet we're losing more and more and paying like crazy for what little is left after our 'betters' decide for us what we can and can't have.

Savitz is all for this - but she really ought to check out the history of green energy in Spain if she thinks it's going to create jobs. The law of unintended consequences is biting hard, and the people aren't happy over there.

As it is, we'll still be shipping billions more over to countries that hate us - because when the green proposals fail, we'll STILL need something resembling portable, dense, easily transported power.

And what of the gulf states? What of our domestic oil producers? It's all well and good to villify the black stuff we're so dependent on - but you damn well better have a suitable substitute up and ready when you cut off the supply.

But I don't think Obama's thinking that far ahead. He's certainly not worried about jobs - because there's not going to be enough 'green' ones created to offset the oily ones lost.

Mr. Soros smiles approvingl... (Below threshold)

Mr. Soros smiles approvingly.

Five minutes after giving t... (Below threshold)

Five minutes after giving their inaugural address in 2013 the next president will walk into the oval office, dump The One's letter in the trash and sign an executive order undoing this crap.

Seven years? What a wimp. What a lack of vision. For al that it matters, he should have made it 70!

Gas hits $4 gallon, Barry c... (Below threshold)

Gas hits $4 gallon, Barry can kiss his ass goodbye in 2012.

It is all a democrat master... (Below threshold)

It is all a democrat master plan! They plan on letting all the easy oil get used up first and then we will be the only ones with reserves left and then they will claim it was their intention all along to use up everyone elses oil and save our oil for us, see it is easy to plan for the future. mpw

"Gas hits $4 gallon, Bar... (Below threshold)

"Gas hits $4 gallon, Barry can kiss his ass goodbye in 2012."

Barrys goodbyes come with an expiration date just like his promises. He gets no more lines to cross before he gets the boots. He is already history.

For a devout Marxist like O... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

For a devout Marxist like Obama the desired ends always will justify the means.

Obama's "moratoria" are des... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Obama's "moratoria" are destroying the domestic oil industry's capacity for offshore drilling. These rigs are a huge investment of capital; they simply cannot be left idle for years, so they must be moved to places they CAN be used (like Brazil, thanks to over $2 billion in "stimulus" money from Obama).

So while it is so very nice to speak of "reversing" the decision, it will be an almost meaningless gesture for the near and medium-term future of drilling. Like issuing a posthumous pardon. Obama is crippling America by fiat, like a dictator.

It also bears noting the BP spill wasn't from an "offshore" well, but rather a "deep water" one. A spill like this would have been easily controlled and capped in the shallower "offshore" waters, if it occurred at all.

So much for a move to the c... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

So much for a move to the center. Didn't expect one.

The bourgeois never learn.

He's attacking the oil indu... (Below threshold)

He's attacking the oil industry, the coal industry and he only promotes the solar and wind industries. Neither solar or wind can supply the electrical needs of the country. I don't care how many windmills you put up in an Indiana field, they cannot equal the output of a coal or oil power plant.

Notice that nuclear plants are still forbidden. He has not mentioned nuclear energy in two years, and not one nuclear power plant has been approved for construction.

Yet he can subsidize Brazil's oil industry which 'coincidentally' has a big investment by a person by the name of George Soros.

This is worse than it initially appears. This POS basically wants to ration our electricity by his mandates on 'smart' appliances, oil drilling and other restrictions.

US to Bailout EU: US Ready... (Below threshold)

US to Bailout EU: US Ready to Back Bigger EU Stability Fund: Official

I this this commie POS has decided he will not run for re-election.

"The White House will annou... (Below threshold)

"The White House will announce Wednesday afternoon that it won't allow offshore oil drilling for at least 7 years in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts."

7 years?
Yet another time where Barry votes present and leaves important issues for someone else to deal with.

Oh well, more time to vacation and golf!

The Kenyan Community Organi... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

The Kenyan Community Organizer fully intends to be in control in 7 years.

To him, the Constitution of the United States is a mere incovenience, easily ignored.
Elections are the same.
Da One will simply declare a "crisis" in 2012 and deem all elections delayed indefinitely.

Elections have consequences... (Below threshold)

Elections have consequences, some of them quite 'unexpected' and in this case with far greater consequences.






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