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Tuesday, 12 October 2010 12:18
Obama Lifts Oil Moratorium, Louisiana Still Loses
Written by  {ga=JeffCrouere}

 

 

jeffcrouere_150_200The end is near for the misguided and counter-productive moratorium on deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to Michael Bromwich, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement, an official announcement from the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be made very soon.

Bromwich acknowledges that the moratorium has inflicted “real and substantial pain” on the people of the Gulf Coast. Yet, he believes the decision was the right one to make in the wake of the BP oil spill.

 

Bromwich said the moratorium was essential to "to diminish the chances of another tragedy like we saw with the Deepwater Horizon."

Of course, such a comment is nonsense, as the moratorium was both unconstitutional and extremely harmful to our region.

According to independent studies, at least 20,000 jobs were lost due to the moratorium. In the view of the administration, this job loss is not severe, but in Louisiana, it is devastating.

Because of the moratorium and the horrible Obama economy, the unemployment rate in Louisiana has steadily climbed since last year. Currently, the unemployment rate is 7.6 percent in Louisiana, below the national rate, but heading in the wrong direction.

Undoubtedly, the unemployment rate will continue to increase in Louisiana for the administration is making it extremely difficult to drill in Gulf waters. While the deep water moratorium may be officially lifted, it will take six weeks for any new permits to be issued. During this time, oil companies will have to deal with a dizzying set of new rules and regulations and all platforms will have to be inspected. These changes have already impacted shallow water drilling, reducing the number of permits issued. This is exactly the goal of the administration, to make drilling so cumbersome and expensive that almost all oil and gas activity in the Gulf will come to a halt.

Despite a largely successful track record of 40,000 wells in the Gulf with few major spills, the administration is using the oil spill as an opportunity to punish an industry that is not favored in the White House. The government is placing obstacles galore in front of the oil industry in an effort to slow down drilling in the Gulf. It fits their environmental agenda and their push toward alternative sources of energy. However, it also placates foreign dictators who want to continue to sell billions of dollars of oil to Americans.

In the Obama administration, the oil industry is viewed as the enemy, a relic of the past, while the focus is on new, alternative sources of energy. The problem is that we are decades away from being able to economically develop these alternative sources of energy across the country.

So, we will remain dependent on foreign oil and continue to handcuff our domestic industry, whether the moratorium is officially in place or not.

Bromwich crowed that the Obama administration would not be “captive to industry.” However, the real problem is that the administration has seriously damaged our domestic oil and gas industry. In the process, the real losers have been the Louisiana people who lost jobs and the people of America who continue to support dictators who want to see this country destroyed.

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