November 11, 2012

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 Hill:

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.

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“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.

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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!

Gghah.

 

Posted by Jeff G. @ 9:37am
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Comments (24)

  1. Compromise!

  2. And please to never use the words blanket, compassion and Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the same sentence again.

  3. 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.

    Judas. Somebody write Washington an app that randomly populates a couple words after “Bureau”. Because, they’ll explain.

    ‘Course, if this were Soviet it’s all like, Soviet. But it’s not Soviet because, they further explained.

  4. 3rd world shithole,

    here we come!

  5. So much for the Glen Beck theory of a boom in natural gas production leading to full employment and economic good times that someone was trying to explain to me the other night.

  6. 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.

    Really?

  7. Given the definition of “wilderness characteristics” apparently the only place open to exploration then is suburban backyards.

    http://www.swccd.us/images/FF-1_im2003-275ch1attach1.pdf

  8. 3rd world shithole,

    here we come!

    On the way down, let’s not forget to stop by and apologize to OPEC.

  9. OT, sort of. Days after the election, husband finally arrested for the honkingly obvious honor killing of his wife back in March This case was trumpeted around the world as a shocking manifestation of the raging bigotry and violence of Redneck America. Oh well. Another tiny piece of the Great Post-Election Purely Coincidental News Dump:

    Husband of slain Iraqi-American woman arrested in her death

    (Reuters) – The husband of an Iraqi-American woman who was beaten to death near San Diego in March in a killing initially probed as a possible anti-Muslim hate crime has been arrested for her murder, police said on Friday.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49767229/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/t/husband-slain-iraqi-american-woman-arrested-her-death/#.UJ_ZW-Qmf90

  10. Shale oil and oils shales are two different things Pablo.

    Shale oil is to oil production as cellulosic ethanol is to ethanol production.

  11. I wonder if all those folks who were sure the Keystone II Pipeline was back on track, now that Obama didn’t have to suck up to his fringe environmentalist supporters, are worried in the slightest?

  12. More than half of El Cajon’s 100,000 residents are of Middle Eastern descent.

    Wha…?? This is not the El Cajon I remember. Or the one that exists.

  13. Gotcha. Thanks, Ernst.

  14. Will the Federals think to regulate Boffer Bings, closing the oil of dog loophole to inner-city refiners?

  15. And please to never use the words blanket, compassion and Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the same sentence again.

    I’m sure you could change “compassion” for something much more appropriate.

  16. Thi,s the borrowing, and money supply hijinks are a deliberate attempt to eradicate the middle class, and make everyone poorer. And don’t think they are planning to feed everyone either. We might be three or so years away from generating warlords. And the warlords won’t make themselves known for a few years after that. They’ll infiltrate the government. Then blood in the streets and a press who won’t talk about. Like Mexico but worse.

  17. Evil sets its arse upon a throne we never knew we even had. May God forgive us for letting it happen.

  18. Yes, sloppy journalism, Pablo. But there was a reason I cited MSNBC instead of a more reputable source — the point is, an official DNC news channel feels is happily reporting this.

    There are roughly 10,000 Iraqis in El Cajon, almost all of them Chaldean Christians.

    http://www.10news.com/news/el-cajon-sees-rise-in-iraqi-refugee-population

    A Muslim refugee family is not the typical Iraqi family there.

  19. All of the bad, none of the good. It’s the post-knowledge age in full swing.

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  21. “And please to never use the words blanket, compassion and Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the same sentence again.”
    – – – –

    Oh, come on. It can be done well, if done carefuly:

    “If you had any compassion, you’d wrap up that hideous, screeching Debbie Wasserman Schultz inside of a heavy, wet blanket.”

  22. Did you know that sage grouse are wonderful when roasted with herbs and a fairly wet and greasy stuffing?

  23. I loathe 50.6 % of this country’s population. The crazy thing is, when gas prices are 5 bucks, the same people who voted for the asshole who would “bankrupt” coal, will act like they have no idea why gas is priced so high – they will likely blame it on “Bush’s war” in the Middle East.

    But we’re saving the caribou.

  24. The caribou like to hang around the pipelines in the winter because they are warm. I think they’ve adapted just fine.

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