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Protecting Legacy
Obama’s Offshore Flip Flop

Not 14 months after the Obama administration released plans to lease offshore blocks along the United States’ southern Atlantic coast, the White House appears to be backing down to the green outrage predictably inspired by the proposed sale. Amy Harder writes for the WSJ:

The Obama administration is reversing course and planning to withdraw a planned oil and natural gas lease sale off the southeast Atlantic coast, a move that will prompt cheers from coastal communities and environmental groups but criticism from oil companies and some state leaders.

In the Interior Department’s latest proposed offshore leasing blueprint, expected to be released Tuesday, the government will remove the one lease sale it had last year initially planned to offer in 2021 in the waters between Virginia and Georgia, according to an Interior Department official.

President Obama initially unveiled this now-defunct proposal to open up the southern Atlantic coast to oil and gas drilling at the beginning of last year—the same week that he announced a ban on offshore drilling in areas of the coast of Alaska. This was no accident—it was careful timing to give the appearance at least of balancing industry concerns and the extraordinary promise of the American energy renaissance against the agitations of his green base.

It’s clear now that the President is done with that pretense of balancing, and is going all in on protecting his climate legacy.

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  • Frank Natoli
    U.S. regulators reject Oregon LNG export project
    Elections have consequences. Thank you, Democrat voters. Thank you, twice.
    Oh, and don’t forget when, early in his first term, Brazil announced huge offshore drilling, BHO flew down to compliment them, to offer U.S. industry support, and to buy whatever the Brazilians pull out from beneath the ocean floor.
    Didn’t I say thank you, Democrat voters?

  • Blackbeard

    The Greens intend to completely shut down the fossil fuel industry in the U.S. and the Democratic Party is on board. Fracking caught them off guard and Obama was reluctant to act too quickly with elections still to win but now the time for dissembling is over and both Hillary and Bernie have promised to end fracking if elected. The next step in that dance will be for the price of oil to go back above $100 a barrel.

    And people wonder why blue collar workers support Trump.

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