After 2 1/2 years of an Obama nation, it time to realize that it is wise to ignore the disingenuous rhetoric pouring out of our president's mouth and instead look at what he is doing, which requires some investigative work because the American Pravda is not about to reveal any Obama secrets to the public, unless, of course, they bury them on page 65 where no one will find them.
Here's the latest Obama underhanded stunt, via Weasel Zippers:
May: Obama Says He Will Open Alaska to Oil Drilling — June: Obama Goes After Alaska’s Oil and Gas Development Bill
(May 14, 2011) — 'President Obama will open Alaska’s national petroleum reserve to new drilling, as part of a broad plan aimed at blunting criticism that he is not doing enough to address rising energy prices.
The plan, unveiled in Obama’s weekly radio address Saturday, also would fast-track environmental assessment of petroleum exploration in some portions of the Atlantic and extend the leases of oil companies whose work in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic Ocean was interrupted by the drilling moratorium after last year’s BP oil spill.
The measures come as high gasoline prices and the resulting popular anger threaten the fragile economic recovery and, possibly, the president’s reelection chances in 2012. Congressional Republicans and some Democrats have been clamoring for increased domestic production in response to the rising prices, which economists say vary with global demand.
Obama also took on rising anger over the record profits of energy companies and stood by his demand to end subsidies for oil and gas companies, a proposal discussed in the Senate this week, according to a transcript of the address released Friday by the White House.
“There was more detail here than I’ve seen him do in two years,” said Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), who backs the steps to increase production. “They’ve got to deal with this on multiple fronts: You have to deal with price; you’ve got to produce more. You need an aggressive, comprehensive, long-term policy, and the president is trying to reach down that path now because he realizes the pressure is on.”. . .'
(June 16, 2011) — 'The Obama administration today said a proposal from House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) to expedite oil and gas leasing and energy infrastructure permitting in an Alaska reserve could force federal regulators to flout environmental laws and includes a costly, redundant resource assessment.
Mike Pool, deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management, also announced the agency will hold lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve, known as NPR-A, in December 2011 and each year after, making good on the administration’s mid-May promise to expedite development in the 23-million-acre reserve.
But he emphasized that his agency, which oversees 191 lease tracts covering 1.6 million acres, has all the tools it needs to facilitate development of oil in the reserve while balancing protections for wildlife habitat and subsistence users.
He said the bill’s requirement to hold lease sales in the areas most likely to produce commercial oil and gas and set permitting deadlines could undermine the agency’s public land management process, including the National Environmental Policy Act.
“Systematically over time we have been responsible to conduct and make available leasing in NPR-A,” Pool said, adding that his agency has no pending backlog of rights of ways or other projects. “There’s no delay in permitting and processing as it involves BLM responsibilities in NPR-A.”
Another Interior official testified that there is no reason to reassess or update the U.S. Geological Survey’s most recent assessment of oil and gas resources in the reserve, as called for by Hastings’ bill. The most recent survey found about half a billion barrels of economically recoverable oil at prices near current levels.'
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