House Republicans announce “drill here, drill now” initiative


Featured image courtesy of Drew Mitchell

By now you all are probably tired of hearing me harp on the energy issue, however, let’s face it. The US’ dependency on foreign oil hits all sectors of the country: our national security, our economics, our jobs, our businesses and the amount of dollars consumers have to spend. With gasoline in many parts of the country near, at, or surpassing the $4/gallon mark, businesses pass on those increased costs of deliveries and manufacturing to consumers. And when consumers are paying more at the pump, they don’t have the dollars to spend in other areas of the economy. The turmoil in the Middle East and the uncertainty of whether or not the oil will continue to flow to the US then becomes a matter of national security at a time when the Obama administration has been hampering tapping our own domestic energy resources.

The House Natural Resources Committee has prepared these charts. It’s obvious by the one below how much our reliance on foreign energy has increased since Obama became president.

Obama reliance on foreign energy chart

The chart below shows us the dramatic decrease in our domestic crude oil production since Obama’s Gulf of Mexico moratorium took effect.

Obama's drill moratorium chart

But apparently Interior Secretary Ken Salazar flunked chart reading in school because this is what he had to say to Resource Committee Chair Doc Hastings (R-WA):

“Production has remained at an all time height and we will expect that to continue as we bring production on-line.”

Here are some points Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) makes with the assistance of the Natural Resources Committee on what he refers to as “Obama’s Energy Freeze” and the below are only a few examples, more here:

  • One of the Obama Administration’s first acts in February 2009 was to unilaterally cancel 77 leases offered for new energy production on tracts of land in Utah.
  • Interior Secretary Salazar “scrapp[ed] leases for oil-shale development on federal land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
  • Having failed to pass it through the Democrat-run Senate, the Administration is using the EPA to impose its job-crushing national energy tax.
  • Interior Secretary Salazar imposed new red tape and regulatory hurdles to make leasing land and developing new oil and natural gas more difficult.
  • The Obama Administration tried to unilaterally abandon the Yucca Mountain nuclear energy repository.
  • The EPA moved to block a coal mine in West Virginia – despite the fact that it already had a federal permit – threatening jobs across the region (I wrote about this in detail in January.)
  • The Administration unilaterally shut down environmentally friendly offshore energy production “in the eastern Gulf of Mexico” and “off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts,”

And I guarantee, it’s not for lack of US domestic energy resources.

  • According to the Institute for Energy Research there are at least 45 billion barrels of oil in Alaska. For those of you not on twitter, below is a screen shot of their tweet:

IER & Alaska

  • The Appalachian Basin alone could contain 750 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves.
  • Here is an interactive map prepared by the USGS showing our estimated oil and gas reserves, and it’s a shocker.

The Institute for Energy Research back in October of 2008 showed us lifting the offshore ban gave us immediate price relief.

President Bush lifted the executive moratorium on July 14. The response in oil prices was dramatic and immediate. Then on the evening of September 23, Speaker Pelosi announced that House Democrats would defer their battle with pro-drilling Republicans until the after the elections. Thus, when oil markets opened on September 24, traders knew that the United States ban on offshore drilling would expire with the fiscal year on September 30. Although the price of oil bounced around due to the financial crisis and the whipsawing dollar, even so there was an immediate and significant decline in oil prices.

Today Speaker Boehner, with Doc Hastings at his side, announced the “American Energy Initiative.”

Rising gas prices are a burden on all of us and with many people already out of work, it hurts small businesses. Washington has been a big part of the problem when it comes to the price of energy. The Obama administration has consistently blocked US energy production that would lower costs and create jobs in our country. They’ve cancelled new leases [snip] and imposed a de facto moratorium on future drilling in our country. They’ve even pushed a cap and trade national energy tax that the President himself admitted would cause the price of energy to skyrocket.

Republicans have a plan to lower prices and create new jobs. [snip]. We are calling it the “American Energy Initiative.” [snip] We will fight to increase access to domestic energy sources and oppose attempts to impose a national cap and trade energy tax.. and promote the increase of all forms of American energy.

Last week House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) and Subcommittee on Energy and Power Chair Ed Whitfield (R-KY) introduced the Energy Tax Prevention Act H.R. 910 to block EPA’s controversial back-door climate change agenda.

Hopefully with public awareness and these new initiatives the US will be on Her way to becoming energy independent.

Carol Greenberg

Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks

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March 10, 2011 5:34 pm

Harp on, LIO, harp on…this is a keeper. Pull it in, gaff it, and tag it.

March 10, 2011 5:53 pm

LIO, you are not “harping” in the least. First time around, for me, it was sitting in loooong lines at the gas station, on the days that my even number license plate allowed me to sit in those lines. Second time around was when gas hit $4 per gallon, and that was the breaking point for most Americans. There is absolutely no intention by this administration to have any energy policy, if it isn’t “green” energy. Rather than listening to the lessons of Spain, and more recently the UK/Scotland, we have more than enough proof that wind ain’t propelling our… Read more »

March 10, 2011 10:08 pm


I work in the petro-chemical industry and it has not been fun since Obabywawa got into office. Capitol development has been cut back and many companies have contracts with start dates being pushed further back. That man and his toadies are the elected/appointed equivalent of bubonic plague.

March 11, 2011 9:08 am

That photo wasn’t even a photoshop. It was taken in Vancleave MS about ten miles from my house.