No drilling on Utah public lands

Ethel C. Fenig
The same day that President Barack  Obama's (D) poorly written, contradictory editorial appeared in the Washington Post, the news section of the same paper reported
how an action by an Obama appointee fulfilled this fuzzy, contradictory thinking.
 
Obama prattles cliches about creating jobs, reducing dependency on foreign oil through green, green, green action to minimize the deep, deep recession.  In reality he kills programs that will do this. 
 
In a clear signal that the Obama administration is shifting the government's approach to energy exploration on public lands, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar yesterday canceled oil and gas leases on 77 parcels of federal land after opponents said the drilling would blight Utah's scenic southeastern corner.

Salazar's decision -- which reverses the Bush administration's move to allow drilling on about 130,000 acres near pristine areas such as Nine Mile Canyon, Arches National Park and Dinosaur National Monument -- is one of a series of steps that the new administration and congressional Democrats are planning to reshape federal regulation of drilling, mining, lumbering and other resource-tapping activities, both on U.S. soil and offshore.  

Why did he do this?  In the fuzzy, contradictory style of the new administration Salazar replied

"I believe, as President Obama does, that we need to responsibly develop our oil and gas supplies to help us reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but we must do so in a thoughtful and balanced way."

Of course the wealthy environmentalists, who seem to care more for rocks and insects than the needs of the people they claim to represent, praised the decision.  The admittedly partisan

Sharon Buccino, a senior lawyer at the Natural Resources Defense Council who helped challenge the recent Utah lease sales, said the decision to cancel them shows that the new administration will weigh the need for energy supplies against environmental concerns. She noted that the contested leases, if fully developed, would satisfy 0.02 percent of the nation's annual consumption of oil and 0.5 percent of its natural gas usage.

Countering this, the also admittedly partisan

Kathleen Sgamma, director of government affairs for the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, said natural gas producers in Utah and the intermountain West produce more than a quarter of the country's natural gas on less than 1 percent of its public land.

 "We wonder why the administration is implementing policies that will limit economic development in the West, decrease energy security and make addressing climate change even more difficult," Sgamma said. "These lands, where vast amounts of domestic, clean energy are found, are crucial to meeting the president's energy goals of increasing energy security and tackling climate change."

The battle will continue in Congress; meanwhile, as Speaker of the House and noted mathematician Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says the US loses 500 million jobs monthly. 




The same day that President Barack  Obama's (D) poorly written, contradictory editorial appeared in the Washington Post, the news section of the same paper reported
how an action by an Obama appointee fulfilled this fuzzy, contradictory thinking.
 
Obama prattles cliches about creating jobs, reducing dependency on foreign oil through green, green, green action to minimize the deep, deep recession.  In reality he kills programs that will do this. 
 
In a clear signal that the Obama administration is shifting the government's approach to energy exploration on public lands, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar yesterday canceled oil and gas leases on 77 parcels of federal land after opponents said the drilling would blight Utah's scenic southeastern corner.

Salazar's decision -- which reverses the Bush administration's move to allow drilling on about 130,000 acres near pristine areas such as Nine Mile Canyon, Arches National Park and Dinosaur National Monument -- is one of a series of steps that the new administration and congressional Democrats are planning to reshape federal regulation of drilling, mining, lumbering and other resource-tapping activities, both on U.S. soil and offshore.  

Why did he do this?  In the fuzzy, contradictory style of the new administration Salazar replied

"I believe, as President Obama does, that we need to responsibly develop our oil and gas supplies to help us reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but we must do so in a thoughtful and balanced way."

Of course the wealthy environmentalists, who seem to care more for rocks and insects than the needs of the people they claim to represent, praised the decision.  The admittedly partisan

Sharon Buccino, a senior lawyer at the Natural Resources Defense Council who helped challenge the recent Utah lease sales, said the decision to cancel them shows that the new administration will weigh the need for energy supplies against environmental concerns. She noted that the contested leases, if fully developed, would satisfy 0.02 percent of the nation's annual consumption of oil and 0.5 percent of its natural gas usage.

Countering this, the also admittedly partisan

Kathleen Sgamma, director of government affairs for the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, said natural gas producers in Utah and the intermountain West produce more than a quarter of the country's natural gas on less than 1 percent of its public land.

 "We wonder why the administration is implementing policies that will limit economic development in the West, decrease energy security and make addressing climate change even more difficult," Sgamma said. "These lands, where vast amounts of domestic, clean energy are found, are crucial to meeting the president's energy goals of increasing energy security and tackling climate change."

The battle will continue in Congress; meanwhile, as Speaker of the House and noted mathematician Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says the US loses 500 million jobs monthly.