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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:53 PM

WTF does this mean - "Iím directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential

offshore oil and gas resources."

Can someone explain what Obama means by this? It almost sounds like he is giving a green light to the oil industry and opening California coastlines or something to drilling but I know that can't be correct.

This seems very odd, since he just said no to the oil pipeline which I was glad for him to do and thought it was a good sign for the environment.

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Reply WTF does this mean - "Iím directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential (Original post)
quinnox Jan 2012 OP
FarLeftFist Jan 2012 #1
quinnox Jan 2012 #3
cherokeeprogressive Jan 2012 #14
Electric Monk Jan 2012 #2
Earth_First Jan 2012 #7
SammyWinstonJack Jan 2012 #11
slackmaster Jan 2012 #4
wolfgirl Jan 2012 #5
unblock Jan 2012 #6
mmonk Jan 2012 #8
bhikkhu Jan 2012 #9
Vanje Jan 2012 #10
FrenchieCat Jan 2012 #12
Cali_Democrat Jan 2012 #13
XemaSab Jan 2012 #16
WillyT Jan 2012 #15
gateley Jan 2012 #17
T S Justly Jan 2012 #18
Raine Jan 2012 #19

Response to quinnox (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:54 PM

1. When you think 'offshore' you think National parks?

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Response to FarLeftFist (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:56 PM

3. no, that was my mistake

I edited it and deleted that part.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:24 PM

14. "The park consists of 249,354 acres, half of which are under the ocean..."

http://www.channel.islands.national-park.com/info.htm

"The park covers 101 mi2 (262 km2), mostly water..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_Tortugas_National_Park

"The park is famous for scuba diving and snorkeling...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Islands_National_Park

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:55 PM

2. Sounds a lot like "Drill baby drill!" to me. nt

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:58 PM

7. +100! n/t

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:10 PM

11. "Drill baby drill" and then export it all. What a crock of shit!

Mean while, we are left with a polluted landscape and we pay more at the pump.

What a sweet deal...for Big Oil!

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:57 PM

4. We're going to invade Canada and drill there

 

It is our national destiny.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:57 PM

5. i believe he

Was talking about green energy Air Force will be investing in solar panels at the bases converting bldgs, etc.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:58 PM

6. for starters, he didn't say "no" to the xl pipeline. he said, "not under pressure; please reapply"

they forced him to make a decision prior to full environmental impact studies. so he said no.

but he made it clear that he's not entirely opposed to it in general and that they're welcome to reapply.

the strong hint is that he will approve it after they go through the normal process.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:59 PM

8. It means the state that had some of the most stringent environmental laws

will be under full siege from oil and natural gas interests going forward (NC). I dread it.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:05 PM

9. Sounds like business as usual

For better or worse, and in spite of all the repug talking points about it, most potential US gas and oil resources offshore are open for leasing. The oil sector has been at "full employment" for years now - with high global demand and high prices, its basic economic sense.

I think the main reason for saying it is to call the repugs on all their lies about how we're in a depression because "Obama won't let us drill", or whatever version they are doing now. Actually, the energy sector has been booming, we import less than half the oil we use now, and we are a net exporter of finished petroleum products - pretty historic stuff. As said though - good or bad, depending on whether its the economy or the environment you are thinking about.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:08 PM

10. It means oil and gas lobbyists are paid up.

Offshore deep drilling?
What could possibly go wrong?

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:11 PM

12. Make something up until you find out.....

that's what folks normally do round here.

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Response to FrenchieCat (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:14 PM

13. It sure did sound like he was talking about offshore drilling

What else could he have been talking about?

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Response to FrenchieCat (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:30 PM

16. In context:

"Nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy. Over the last three years, weíve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, Iím directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources. Right now, American oil production is the highest that itís been in eight years. Thatís right Ė eight years. Not only that Ė last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past sixteen years."

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:27 PM

15. It Means He's Running For Re-Election, And Is Neutralizing RW Criticism...

Like everything else... we'll wait and see.


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Response to WillyT (Reply #15)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:51 AM

17. Words of wisdom, WillyT. You'd think seasoned DUers would understand that. We'll see... nt

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 02:14 AM

18. It means his concerns are corporate energy profits. (nt)

 

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 03:00 AM

19. What does it mean ... Nothing good, that's for sure!

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