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Obama Administration Fast Tracks Renewables, Slows Oil and Gas?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/05/22 14:31:45
While the Obama Administration is lollygagging regarding opening federal lands to oil and gas development, its Interior Department has been active in approving renewable projects on federal lands. As part of President Obama’s alleged “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, the U.S. Interior Department approved 27 wind, solar and geothermal projects on public lands since 2009, and the agency has an additional 17 projects to review this year.[i]

Unfortunately Obama’s “all-of-the-above” energy plan, while a catch phrase that seems inclusive, does not cover oil and natural gas production on about 95 percent of federal lands and is hostile to coal use. For example, federal waters opened to oil and natural gas production in 2008 by President Bush and Congress are not included in the President’s 2012 to 2017 offshore leasing plan.[ii] In practical terms, the Offshore Drilling Moratorium in place between 1981 and 2008 will remain in place until at least 2017 under the Obama Administration leasing plans.

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  • Roger47 2012/05/22 14:55:43
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    We are producing so much oil and gas right now that oil products are our top export. China is working hard to replace dependence on oil with renewables. We need to do the same if we are to be economically competitive.
  • ~ The Rebel ~ 2012/05/22 14:32:49
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    Obama’s Bureau of Land Management is setting records for the least number of leases on average per year. For example, President Clinton’s Administration issued over twice the number of leases per year than President Obama’s Administration issued (1856 leases), even though oil and gasoline prices were substantially lower during the Clinton Administration than the Obama Administration.

    Oil and Gas Leases



    Source: Bureau of Land Management, http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/p...

    The number of federal acres leased for oil and gas exploration and production has also taken a downturn under the Obama Administration. The number of federal acres leased during the Obama Administration averaged about 1,760,000 acres per annum, about half the acreage leased by either the Clinton Administration or the George W. Bush Administration.[xi]



    Source: Bureau of Land Management, http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/p...

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    Obama’s Bureau of Land Management is setting records for the least number of leases on average per year. For example, President Clinton’s Administration issued over twice the number of leases per year than President Obama’s Administration issued (1856 leases), even though oil and gasoline prices were substantially lower during the Clinton Administration than the Obama Administration.

    Oil and Gas Leases



    Source: Bureau of Land Management, http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/p...

    The number of federal acres leased for oil and gas exploration and production has also taken a downturn under the Obama Administration. The number of federal acres leased during the Obama Administration averaged about 1,760,000 acres per annum, about half the acreage leased by either the Clinton Administration or the George W. Bush Administration.[xi]



    Source: Bureau of Land Management, http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/p...

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