About that “all of the above” energy policy Obama promoted while campaigning —
Well, the campaign’s over. So back to leftist first principles we can return. Because MANDATE!
The Interior Department on Friday issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development.
The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration. It faces a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process to ensure it is consistent with local and state policies. After that, the department would render a decision for implementation.
The move is sure to rankle Republicans, who say President Obama’s grip on fossil fuel drilling in federal lands is too tight.
As Mark Levin noted Friday, behold the “journalistic” spin by the Hill: The problem with this regulatory forestalling of a push for American energy independence — or at least, the lower prices that come with an abundance of oil and natural gas making its way to market — is that it is “sure to rankle” those earth-raping, Big Oil Republicans, and not that the Interior Department waited until a day after the election to fuck us all in our collective asses.
Interior’s Bureau of Land Management cited environmental concerns for the proposed changes. Among other things, it excised lands with “wilderness characteristics” and areas that conflicted with sage grouse habitats.
“The proposed plan supports the Administration’s all-of-the-above approach to explore the full potential our nation’s domestic energy resources and to develop innovative technology and techniques that will lead to safe and responsible production of resources, including oil shale and tar sands, which industry recognizes are years from being commercially viable, but require RD&D today,” Interior spokesman Blake Androff said.
Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) praised the plan, saying the administration exercised the right amount of caution on oil shale development, which has not yet been brought to commercial scale and brings concerns about the amount of water used in the practice.
Bobby McEnaney, senior lands analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council, praised Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for the proposed final plan.
“By significantly reducing the acreage of wilderness potentially available for leasing, Secretary Salazar is laying out a creative, thoughtful and more responsible approach in managing some of our most precious resources,” McEnaney said in a Friday statement.
Like, for instance, the precious sage grouse. Which is far more noble a creature than greedy humans belching their CO2 into the air, and — as is the case with Americans — using more than their fair share of the world’s energy supply. Higher prices, fewer jobs, less available energy, tighter federal control over lands and resources: this is the way forward.
— To just over the horizon. Soon to be reached, if only we allow the government to control and manage every aspect of our lives. It’ll be Utopia. And it’s so close you can almost smell the splendiferous farts of the magical unicorns who will caper elegantly through the pristine lands that surround our efficiently run human collection centers, themselves powered by the sun, an abundance of algae, and the collective spirit of the New Man, released from the chains of self-sufficiency and swaddled in the blanket of a compassion that only, say, Debbie Wasserman Schultz can properly provide.
Plus, free shit!