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Obama Wants to Drill In Alaska

Obama Wants to Drill In Alaska

Over the weekend, the White House announced it was seeking input from the oil and gas industry about exploring new drilling off the south-central Alaskan coast. Essentially, the administration wants to know if oil and gas companies have any interest in leasing rights to drill in the area. The Interior Department’s announcement came as the Obama administration has been facing Republican criticism over the cost of gas.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a statement to reporters:

“Today’s announcement is part of our commitment to increasing safe and responsible domestic oil and gas production as part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy for America.

“We will continue to support efforts to safely expand offshore oil and gas exploration, using the best science to assess where recoverable resources lie and providing industry with abundant opportunity to lease and develop areas that contain those resources.”

The administration has been careful to stress that just because they’re currently exploring the idea doesn’t mean they’ll end up leasing rights to drill. In fact, the White House has had to cancel previous planned sales of drilling leases in the area because of a lack of industry interest, so this may be more of a calculated political move in advance of the November election than anything else.

Regardless, the move is troubling to anyone concerned about the expansion of the offshore drilling industry – and particularly upsetting to environmentalists in light of Obama’s previous statements that he would not support new exploration of offshore drilling until 2017. As the Gulf Oil Spill showed us, ecological disaster is just accident away. I guess this goes to show that it’s easy to break promises and gloss over past mishaps in an election year.

 

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3:57PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Nice try. I thought that Obama wouldn't do this. And, I was right. I researched this. I found out that Obama and the White House actually put laws in place BANNING drilling in Alaska. So before you put out ignorant lies about someone, you should do your research.

9:13PM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Obama ???? you have a problem with keeping our planet for our children....

3:45AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

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12:20AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

You're right, it is a terrible idea and god knows what it would do to the environment up there. But as long as people insist on using oil products like gas for their cars, the oil companies and politicians will deliver it. There's already talk that the election in November could be decided on the price of gas at the pumps.

If that's going to change, then people have to accept that gas will be more expensive and that they need to embrace things like hybrid or electric cars -- which still aren't selling that well. If Americans get pissed off when the price at the pumps goes up a politician defying that will be out on his butt I November. So what do you think Obama or Romney are going to do?

10:25PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

NO this is a VERY bad idea. We can't let Obama or the big oil companies keep drilling. They are destroying everything. This can't keep happening!!!!

1:52PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

I stopped caring about Alaska after the Palin nightmare. Just stop expecting me to rush $$$ to Alaska the next time a major oil spill kills off tourism there.

10:51AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

We should focus on the war against us by the Muslims. We are at war not because we want it but because certain Muslims have declared war on us. They are attacking us from two directions. 1) with violance, such as the WTC bombing and 2) by trying to change our society using our laws against us. By slowy changing our laws to follow Sharia. This war is financed by OIL money. If we become energy independent it would bankrupt the Muslim oil powers and end this war. There is only a slim chance our drilling in out territory for energy will cause damage to the environment. For every Valdez there are 10's of thousand of ships which did not spill oil. For every BP oil rig messup there are thousands which havn't. We are at war and cannot afford to worry about the environment. In countries where Sharia law is governed who much environemental protection is there. If the Muslims win this war all our environmental laws will be removed.

3:25AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Let us all please concentrate on stopping the drilling in Alska and the Artic. Target those who can veto it on Care2, Twitter and Facebook and if you are in the US, phone them.

5:57PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Fascinating (as Mr Spock would exclaim) : Election Year, and not only are politicians going crazy with all sorts of false promises, but intelligent, civilized humans like us, Care2 fans, start acting like undisciplined baboons.
Can we please do without the personal attacks and stay focused on the subject at hand, i.e. President Obama's gov. exploring the possibility of leasing drilling rights in Alaska !
Being President, I'm sure, is not exactly a piece of cake. Not one of us will ever know what kind of pressures he must be under every single day. No one can begin to imagine the kind of concessions and deals he must make every single day, or know every time he must step on his personal principles, crush his hopes to resolve a problem.
Being a politician is a dirty job !
He was elected to work for the good of his country, not just fulfill his personal adgenda. Problem is, his country is constantly torn by The People, who can't agree on anything and blame him for everything that goes wrong !!
I do not agree with opening Alaska to drilling companies, I do not agree with a lot of things the Democtats do, BUT I wait, I watch and I do not pass judgment...yet.
President Obama has not dealt all his cards...he may still surprise us all !
Right now, he seems to be the sanest of them all !!

6:44AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Election year- pure, simple & a dirty shame.

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