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Wednesday, 23 March 2011 12:45
Obama Pushes Brazil’s Oil While Cripples Louisiana, Gulf Drilling
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Jeff CrouereSince the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last April, the oil industry in Louisiana has been decimated. The Obama administration instituted a moratorium on any new deep water drilling projects and a de-facto moratorium on shallow water prospects. In response, thousands of Louisiana jobs were lost and valuable rigs were sent overseas.

 

After months of intense criticism, the official moratorium was lifted, but the de-facto moratorium remained. For almost one year, the industry has been in a tailspin in coastal Louisiana as thousands of families sought food stamps or temporary jobs with the BP cleanup effort. Finally, on Monday, the administration approved the first new deepwater oil and gas exploration plan since the BP oil spill. Shell Oil was given approval to seek permits for three new wells in their Auger field.

 

 

Despite this small step, the Interior Department has not acted on scores of pending permit applications. According to the Justice Department, 270 shallow and 52 deepwater applications are in bureaucratic limbo. What the administration has done however is institute an array of new restrictions, which will limit drilling in the Gulf and make it more expensive. Currently there are 34 active wells in the Gulf of Mexico, half of the total that was in place prior to the BP oil spill.

 

The administration has also placed a full scale seven year moratorium on drilling along the country’s east and west coasts and much of the Gulf of Mexico. With ANWR still closed to drilling, administration opposition to an expansion of coal mining and renewed concerns about nuclear energy in the wake of the Japanese catastrophe, there are real questions about how this country will provide for our future energy needs.

 

With the price of oil increasing and gasoline costs skyrocketing, food prices are also starting to increase. In response, the administration is making drilling more difficult and pursuing policies which will make this country more dependent on importing oil from foreign dictators. In contrast, the President should be unleashing our domestic oil and gas industry in an attempt to make this country as energy self sufficient as possible.

 

Energy self sufficiency makes perfect economic sense and also contributes to our national security. Yet, in his recent trip to Brazil, President Obama promised the U.S. would help their country explore for offshore reserves and thereby become a major customer of Brazilian oil in future years. He said, “We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you're ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.”

 

This is an amazing statement and shows the President putting the interests of Brazil above American interests. Why should the U.S. import oil when it can drill for its own reserves? The President should be bullish toward domestic oil production, not Brazilian. Was he captivated by the beauty of Rio and become disoriented? Did all of his sightseeing distract him from his primary mission of serving the interests of the American people and not the citizens of Brazil?

At times, Barack Obama seems to want to serve as President of the world and not the United States of America. He has an unfortunate tendency to bow to foreign leaders and apologize for the actions of this great nation.

While Barack Obama worries about the future of the Brazilian energy industry, Louisiana residents are feeling the pain of his administration’s unwise war against domestic oil and gas production.

It is just another sign that the President’s priorities are not in the right place and another reason why voters should evict him from the White House in 2012.

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Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Politics with a Punch, Louisiana's version of Politically Incorrect will take place Thursday March 31 at the Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans.

 

Doors open at 6 p.m. for Happy Hour and networking and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Our outstanding panel will include:

 

Tommy Cvitanovich,Owner of Drago's Restaurant and 2010 Loving Cup Winner 

Chick Foret, Attorney and Legal Analyst for Local Media

Spud McConnell, Actor and Talk Show Host, WWL 870 AM

Eric Paulsen, Morning News Anchor, WWL TV Channel 4

Sammy Steele,Celebrity Hairdresser, Philantrophist

 

More panelists will be announced in the days to come. Stay tuned.

 

Tickets are $15.00 per person/$25.00 per couple and can be purchased at www.RingsidePolitics.com

 

For more information, call Jeff Crouere at #504-669-6076 or Steve Sabludowsky at #504-339-3254.

 

Politics with a Punch was the brainchild of Steve Sabludowsky, who co-produces the event along with Jeff Crouere, who also serves as emcee.

 

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