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  • Obama's War on Gulf Drilling Sends American Jobs Overseas

    You’d think that an unemployment rate hovering near 10% would focus the White House’s mind on job creation, not destruction, but the Obama administration stayed true to form yesterday when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited the Gulf and told offshore drillers that the permits they need to put Americans back to work are not coming anytime soon. Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition head James Noe told the AP: “If the regulators want to sit around and figure out what rules and regulations to come up with, if they wait much longer they won’t have much industry to regulate.”

    While the Obama administration has formally lifted their Gulf drilling ban, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management still is not issuing the permits needed to put Americans back to work. Business Week reports:

    RIG-CHEM Inc., which makes chemicals used by companies such as Chevron Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, lost 70 percent of its business when the Obama administration imposed the drilling moratorium, President Lori Davis said today in an interview.

    “Our business was practically shut down,” she said.

    Davis arranged a loan, reduced retirement plans and scaled back travel for its 17 employees. The employee Christmas party has been scrapped, she said.

    “The lifting has not changed much,” said Davis, 52. “Our clients are still fighting, trying to get through the permitting process.”

    And the energy sector is not the only area President Obama’s policies are killing jobs. Business Week again:

    Bookings at the Ramada Inn and Plantation Inn hotels in Houma are down about 40 percent from last year because fewer workers are staying overnight before flying out to Gulf rigs, Adela Garza, the hotels’ director of sales, said today in an interview.

    The front desk and housekeeping departments were forced to scale back as demand waned, she said.

    “They let go a couple of people, and cut hours, just trying to stay afloat here,” Garza said. The moratorium has “made things difficult. It’s been lifted, but nothing big has happened yet.”

    President Obama’s policies are creating one clear winner: other nations. As the Christian Science Monitor reports, President Obama’s offshore ban is sending American jobs overseas:

    “You can’t have a $2 million asset, for example, lay idle for six months and expect that strategic asset to be there in the future,” said Jim Adams, the interim CEO of the Offshore Marine Service Association, after meeting with Salazar. “The irony is that the same assets that are going to make the Gulf safer are the ones that are looking for overseas markets now.”

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    49 Responses to Obama's War on Gulf Drilling Sends American Jobs Overseas

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    2. adamsmith1949, frank says:

      Salazar's reaction is typical of a government bureaucrat who has no real world experience. The BHO administration is full of people who have no real world experience and thus don't know how their decisions impact the U S economy. They have no concept of the ramifications of their policy decisions until it is too late and then they refuse to accept responsibility for the results. The pathetic response to the Gulf Oil spill is just one example of the incompetence of the BHO administration.

    3. Norma in Nebraska says:

      Well, it appears to me like President Obama is indeed going to continue to punish the American people, especially since the Democrats are loosing credibility in the eyes of the voters of this country. And even now, jobs are not the top priority for this administration . . . . and now appears they never will be.

      I don't know why anyone would be surprised by the most current actions towards drilling in the Gulf when we all know the ultimate goal of our President and his czars is to completely destroy the economy of the US. He will have, in effect, ended drilling for oil in this country while funneling billions of dollars to Mexico, Brazil and other countries to drill in deeper water than BP was in. Everyone should have known at that point that this end was inevitable because he campaigned on this issue the whole time he was running for President!

      Cap and Trade is still alive and well in Washington, and I fully expect that President Obama will bypass Congress using the EPA to implement new regulations on utility companies and every industry which still operates in this country. Some will get rich, like George Soros and Al Gore, but most average Americans will loose what little bit they have been able to accumulate and will have to survive on the pittance given them by the government. We have been moving in this path for years, and since the Ultra-Left sees the end of the Perfect Storm in sight, they are going to push right up until the last day.

      Don't doubt it for a minute . . . if you think things are bad now I am afraid we haven't even seen more than the tip of the iceberg. I shudder to think what awaits us in 2011!

    4. TJS, FL says:

      Impeach Obama.

    5. RennyG Maryland says:

      Alinsky approach! Works well for the Chicago gang!

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    7. Yellowbird says:

      Folks, this so called president has a very twisted mind and appears determined to destroy this country. We can not afford two more years of this traitors actions and must find a way to impeach him immediately.

    8. William Evans says:

      The US may not be recognized as a Dictatorship but our free market republic is rapidly being overcome by ever growing government that is hell bent to become one. The legislature branch , by constitutional law, must function to perform checks and balances on the executive branch. Instead they all combine to ignore their elective job serving the people they work for. I think they all took an oath to protect constitution, not to spend our money seeking ways to ignore it.

      We, the people must stand and demand far better service or we may lose all of our protected freedoms and see our country lost for ever.

    9. John D. Morvant says:

      When do we learn to accept that we are not talking about logic anymore. We are talking about the utter dismantling of all industries in this country. This is not an accident or oversight.

      It is not about oil, it is about dismantling the constitution and everything underneath that umbrella.

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