Despite the encouraging picture at the right of Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar moving “forward” he is actually moving us “backward.” Very quickly.
Last week I reported Obama had “cherry-picked” items he included in his faux energy policy in his 2013 State of the Union address, and to add more fuel to the firestorm he and his administration have created in blocking domestic fossil fuel production, he has now banned energy production in half of our petroleum reserve in Alaska.
Of the 23 million acres in reserve on Alaska’s north slope, energy production will be allowed on an nearly 12 million acres believed to hold 549 million barrels of oil – a small percentage of what the U.S. Geological Survey estimates the entire reserve holds — nearly three billion barrels of recoverable oil.
According to the USGS there are over 2.7 billion barrels of oil and 114.36 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the NPR-A. Senior VP of Policy Dan Kish of the Institute for Energy Research speaks with Special Report about opening vast federal lands to energy development which could produce $14.4 trillion in GDP over the next 37 years:
So as you compare Obama’s statements at SOTU with his actual policies the two sure are at odds with one another.
Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee released this statement:
“As gasoline prices continue to increase for the 34th day in a row, the Obama Administration has responded by locking up a majority of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, which Congress specifically established for oil and natural gas production,” said Chairman Hastings. “Only in President Obama’s backwards worldview of anti-energy policies does it make sense to prohibit energy production in a place specifically set aside for energy production at a time when gasoline prices are skyrocketing and federal oil and natural gas production is declining.”
Congress set up this tract of land 90 years ago, which is the size of Indiana, for drilling purposes. But DOI and Obama have once again caved to the environmentalists like Sierra Club and Greenpeace.
Crossposted at Unified Patriots