Don Hastings (R-WA) Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee has just introduced 3 bills to increase US off-shore energy production. The purpose of course is to put people back to work, lower gasoline prices for the consumer, cut costs to businesses and consumers to allow more dollars to be put back into our economy and to make the US less reliant on foreign energy including OPEC. To demonstrate what has happened since the Obama administration came into play, below is how our off-shore energy production looked after the drilling moratorium was lifted under the GWB administration:
The green areas are all those areas open for drilling. Contrast the above with the below, what has happened since the Obama administration has come into play and effectively place a de facto moratorium on drilling because of slow-walking of permits and Secretary of Interior’s Ken Salazar’s refusal to obey a Louisiana judge’s order to end the drill moratorium in the Gulf.
The red areas are the areas the Obama administration has blocked for off-shore drilling. Now let’s take a look at the list of deep-water rigs that have left the Gulf of Mexico since Obama’s de facto moratorium was put in place:
In response the following three bills have been introduced:
- The Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act would end the Obama Administration’s de facto moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico in a safe, responsible, transparent manner by setting firm time-lines for considering permits to drill, which provide certainty and allow employers and workers to get back on the job.
- The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act would require the Obama Administration to move forward promptly to conduct offshore lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia that the Obama Administration has delayed or canceled. Due to the Obama Administration’s actions, in 2011 there will be no offshore lease sales – the first time since 1958.
- The Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act would lift the President’s ban on new offshore drilling by requiring the Administration to move forward in the 2012-2017 lease plan with energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources.
Should these bills be passed this is what our off-shore drilling could look like later this year:
Quite a difference, eh?
More detailed information can be found at the House Natural Resources Committee website.
Crossposted at Unified Patriots