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  • Obama Oil Policy Threatens Alaska Pipeline’s Existence

    The invaluable Alaskan oil pipeline isn’t doing well these days. A remedy to help fix this precious resource is available but overzealous environmentalists and over-regulatory politicians are standing in the way.  The ever-decreasing amount of oil flowing through the pipeline is disrupting its effective operation — and threatening its very existence.

    This problem could easily be solved by opening up more domestic drilling in Alaska. This would allow more oil to flow through the pipeline, maintain the correct temperature (which falls to dangerous levels with insufficient supply). But access to drilling permits has been severely reduced. With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon, it is inconceivable that the Obama administration would continue to hinder production and add regulations that could eliminate yet another standard domestic source of oil. Yet that is what is occurring.

    In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Russell Gold writes about the threat to kill the pipeline:

    Shell earlier this year canceled plans to drill in the Beaufort Sea this summer because, after five years, it couldn’t get a federal air-emission permit for an offshore drilling rig. Its plans for drilling in the Chukchi Sea on Alaska’s northwest coast are also held up by a legal dispute. Exxon Mobil is also waiting for federal environmental approval, and in February, the federal government denied ConocoPhillips a permit the company had been working on for five years.

    …Shutting the pipeline would force refineries to find new and more expensive supplies of crude oil. And President Barack Obama’s efforts to decrease oil imports would suffer a major setback.

    While opening more drilling in Alaska would help significantly, there are even more places where permits and environmental regulations are causing problems. Heritage’s Nick Loris writes:

    We can’t drill off the Pacific Coast, Atlantic Coast, or the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Environmental Appeals Board withheld air quality permits preventing Shell from moving forward to develop 27 billion barrels of oil off the coasts of Alaska. The Environmental Protection Agency already issued two air permits, but Earthjustice filed a petition to review the permits, causing the Appeals Board to act.

     

    Environmental activists within the Obama administration are literally halting the much needed domestic oil exploration America needs to improve our economic well being and reduce gas prices for hurting consumers. Saving the pipeline should be top priority right now.

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    4 Responses to Obama Oil Policy Threatens Alaska Pipeline’s Existence

    1. Redfray, Pea Ridge, says:

      People, we know why this is happening. Our president is doing has best to keep his foreign contacts happy. They don't want us using our own money to drill for our oil, and the president wants the American rich society to spend there money over seas. I'm sure if we could ever find out who is suppling money for reelections, we would understand the reasoning behind all this destruction of America. Better wake up America, or we will soon be like other countries we went to war against?

    2. DigiP says:

      I love how they blame Obama, when it says they were trying to get permits five years ago. FIVE YEARS AGO! Who was in office then? NOT OBAMA. Maybe they were denied for good reason. Spreading propaganda, like as if its somehow Obama's fault, is just wrong. EPA and other regulatory commissions have more to do with this than the president alone. Alaska has had enough problems with oil spills. Until they can get things the way they should with respect to the drilling safety and such, even if they were granted a permit, is it still a good idea? Maybe the oil companies should take some of their all time record high profits, and put it back into safe drilling practices, instead of their fat wallets.

    3. Sophie NYC says:

      DigiP, I guess you didn't read the post.

      Obama is in office NOW, and the EPA refused to allow the permits NOW, even though the oil companies completed all the requirements. Therefore they are safe NOW, right? They DID put in billions of dollars of their "all time record high profits" (which they don't have, I don't know where you got THAT from) to comply. Also Obama has been in office for over 2 years – you think this still has nothing to do with him?

      This has nothing to do with a spill. It's about exhaust from an icebreaker ship, which isn't even over the allowed limit, it's just CLOSE to the allowed limit. still care to defend it?

    4. Mogator says:

      do any of the oil companys reside in America? If not then it's not for America.

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