Senate blocks GOP bid to speed offshore drilling

May 18, 2011 Full story: Athens Banner-Herald 91

A GOP bid to expand and hasten offshore oil drilling in the face of $4-a-gallon gasoline prices suffered an overwhelming defeat in the Senate on Wednesday, four days after President Barack Obama directed his administration to ramp up U.S. oil production.

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Since: Feb 07

Whitman,Ma

#1 May 18, 2011
Democrats dont like drilling. They would rather walk.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Indianapolis, IN

#2 May 18, 2011
Obama wants HIGH GAS Prices and he has lots of really Dumb Scumbag-0-crats running the Senate and Country into the ground.


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Since: Apr 07

Indianapolis, IN

#3 May 18, 2011


Obama is still blocking permitting of new exploration. He's done that in defiance of a Federal Court order to cease & desist.


Obama is simply a Piece of Sh*t.

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Since: Apr 07

Indianapolis, IN

#4 May 18, 2011
Wake up USA wrote:
Democrats dont like drilling. They would rather walk.



No Democrats want everyone Else to Walk. They will still be taking the Limo and Flying Private Planes. Hypocrites and Scumbag Party Dems running this country into the Ground.

Since: May 10

Hollister, CA

#5 May 18, 2011
White House spokesman Clark Stevens said the Senate bill was unnecessary, noting that the Obama administration has already taken many of the steps advocated in the bill, including a one-year extension of leases in the Gulf of Mexico and certain areas of Alaska.

What remained in the GOP bill "would have undercut the important safety standards put in place following the largest oil spill in U.S. history," Stevens said. "These are the very standards that are allowing the administration to expand drilling safely, and industry has clearly demonstrated that they can meet them."

The Interior Department has issued 53 shallow-water permits since last June, when new safety standards were imposed, Stevens said. Permits for 14 deepwater wells have been approved since late February, when industry demonstrated it could meet new standards on containing oil spills.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said this week that Congress should change the law to allow leases onshore to be shorter than 10 years to pressure companies to drill sooner. Currently, 41 million acres of public lands are leased, but only 12 million acres are producing oil and natural gas, Salazar said
WH Corrupt Commie Clown

Houston, TX

#6 May 18, 2011
Immediately after taking office in 2009, Obama's Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, canceled 77 leases for oil and gas drilling in Utah.

Watch what these liars do, NOT what they say.
ICU

Belleville, IL

#7 May 18, 2011
Good!!! This wiull make the price of oil rise so my royalty payments will go up!!!!!
Yipee!!!!!!1
WH Corrupt Commie Clown

Houston, TX

#8 May 18, 2011
The kenyan buffoon's put together one helluva cabinet.....of far-left idiots.
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“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,”-- Steven Chu, US Secretary of Energy

Chu said he favors gradually ramping up gasoline taxes over 15 years to nudge consumers into buying cars that are more fuel efficient and homes which are closer to work. Chu spoke with The Wall Street Journal in September but the newspaper did not publish the gas tax comments until last week, shortly after the Nobel-prize winning physicist had been identified as Obama’s nominee for Energy secretary.

Fact: President Barack Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu wants to “figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” At the time he made the statement, gas cost $7 –$8 a gallon in Europe.

Fact: Since taking office, President Obama’s entire energy agenda has made a gallon of gas more expensive:

• Immediately after taking office in 2009, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, canceled 77 leases for oil and gas drilling in Utah.

• The EPA announced new rules mandating the use of 36 billion gallons worth of renewable fuels (like ethanol) by 2020.

All of these policies raise gas prices at the pump by either: 1) decreasing the availability of domestic energy supplies, or 2) increasing regulatory costs on gasoline production.

http://www.redstate.com/williamjameson/2011/0...
WH Corrupt Commie Clown

Houston, TX

#9 May 18, 2011
The laughing liberal wrote:
<quoted text>
No Democrats want everyone Else to Walk. They will still be taking the Limo and Flying Private Planes. Hypocrites and Scumbag Party Dems running this country into the Ground.
Exactly.

And they get away with it because their lib consituency will vote for them no matter what....such is the depth of their stupidity, gullibility, and ignorance.
GetRich

Germany

#10 May 19, 2011
Losers is what the Crop of GOP need to Carve on their Foreheads and Most of them are souther Sluts looking for the Good old Handouts no handouts no vote,Speaker of the house needs to resign as a infective Pretty Boy who cant get shit done,Shut Ryan up and find a way to fix what you Promised.
Wall Street Government

Vero Beach, FL

#11 May 19, 2011
Five Republicans joined 52 Democrats or independents in rejecting a bill written by Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell to speed up decision-making on drilling permits and force previously scheduled lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Alaska and Virginia coasts. The Obama administration suspended several lease sales after last year's massive BP oil spill. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said this week that Congress should change the law to allow leases onshore to be shorter than 10 years to pressure companies to drill sooner. Currently, 41 million acres of public lands are leased, but only 12 million acres are producing oil and natural gas, Salazar said. Less than a 1/3 are being utilized, why is that? Why issue more permits, when they aren't using 2/3 of they have already?
serfs up

Clermont, FL

#12 May 19, 2011
The progressive Dems have about a year or so to get the price of gasoline down to two bucks a gallon or even less. Much less. Otherwise it is going to be a blowout in November 2012. Also we do not need the major oil companies as the road to nirvana. Create new ones with the people as the owners as competitors. Give all Americans a stake with easy stock options and the new companies run by professionals at a salary. It ours anyway. The constitution says so.

Since: May 08

Deltona Fla

#13 May 19, 2011
serfs up wrote:
The progressive Dems have about a year or so to get the price of gasoline down to two bucks a gallon or even less. Much less. Otherwise it is going to be a blowout in November 2012. Also we do not need the major oil companies as the road to nirvana. Create new ones with the people as the owners as competitors. Give all Americans a stake with easy stock options and the new companies run by professionals at a salary. It ours anyway. The constitution says so.
The Republicans are right back to their old tricks. They want to speed up the permit process, cut funding for supervision, and then if something goes wrong again, blame it on the Democrats. I guess the Gulf oil disaster was last year's news. Out of sight, out of mind.

Since: May 08

Deltona Fla

#14 May 19, 2011
serfs up wrote:
The progressive Dems have about a year or so to get the price of gasoline down to two bucks a gallon or even less. Much less. Otherwise it is going to be a blowout in November 2012. Also we do not need the major oil companies as the road to nirvana. Create new ones with the people as the owners as competitors. Give all Americans a stake with easy stock options and the new companies run by professionals at a salary. It ours anyway. The constitution says so.
I don't think I can remember when gas was under $2.00 a gallon. Was that back when Clinton was in office? You don't want much from Obama do you.

Since: Dec 08

Medina, TX

#15 May 19, 2011
This entire "drill baby drill" ploy of Obamas is nothing but a smokescreen that is designed to placate the independents. Even if new drilling started today it wouldn't do anything except fluctuate the market for a few days until the speculators adjusted. And then Obama only has to send a message to the EPA telling them to throw a monkey wrench into the mix thus stopping everything until a "study" is performed. Look at what they are trying to do in the West Texas oil fields with the Sagebrush-Dune Lizard.

Obama has no intention and no desire to change anything about his oil/drilling/energy policy except maybe to Nationalize the oil companies.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Olympia, WA

#16 May 19, 2011
sailorman2 wrote:
This entire "drill baby drill" ploy of Obamas is nothing but a smokescreen that is designed to placate the independents.

Even if new drilling started today it wouldn't do anything except fluctuate the market for a few days until the speculators adjusted. And then Obama only has to send a message to the EPA telling them to throw a monkey wrench into the mix thus stopping everything until a "study" is performed. Look at what they are trying to do in the West Texas oil fields with the Sagebrush-Dune Lizard.

Obama has no intention and no desire to change anything about his oil/drilling/energy policy except maybe to Nationalize the oil companies.



BINGO!


Obama is still holding up new leases and Permitting. He's a fcuking Moron.

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Since: Apr 07

Olympia, WA

#17 May 19, 2011
serfs up wrote:
The progressive Dems have about a year or so to get the price of gasoline down to two bucks a gallon or even less. Much less.

Otherwise it is going to be a blowout in November 2012.

BINGO!

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Olympia, WA

#18 May 19, 2011
WH Corrupt Commie Clown wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly.
And they get away with it because their lib consituency will vote for them no matter what....such is the depth of their stupidity, gullibility, and ignorance.


Impeach the Maggot! Vote out ALL Scumbag-0-crats in 2012!

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Since: Apr 07

Olympia, WA

#19 May 19, 2011
WH Corrupt Commie Clown wrote:
Immediately after taking office in 2009, Obama's Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, canceled 77 leases for oil and gas drilling in Utah.

Watch what these liars do, NOT what they say.


You NAILED it. Obama = LIAR.

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Since: Apr 07

Olympia, WA

#20 May 19, 2011
The GOP is on record of trying to Help the American People and the Demosplats are on record for sh*tting their pants again.


I Love it!


It's good to watch the Demosplat party DIE.

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