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    Offshore Drilling Plan Lacks Something: More Drilling

    Yesterday, the Department of Interior released its new five-year offshore drilling plan. Unfortunately, the program is far less expansive when it comes to opening areas to access, exploration, and drilling than it should be. The plan schedules 15 possible lease sales in the 2012–2017 time horizon—10 in the central and … More

    Small Town Bucks the Economic Trend with Energy Production

    As goes Williston, North Dakota, so goes the nation? That’s probably not a phrase you’ve heard before, but if we opened access to our domestic energy sources, Williston could be the poster child for jumpstarting economic growth in many areas of the country. In fact, the state of North Dakota … More

    No Drilling, No Jobs, No Money

    The Obama Administration lifted the moratorium on new permits and drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, but the same problem persists as it has for over a year now. There’s not a whole lot going on down there. ODS-Petrodata Weekly Rig Count keeps tabs on rigs under contract and rigs … More

    Lunch with Heritage Online Chat on Green Jobs

    The bankruptcy of solar energy company Solyndra is making national headlines and has put President Obama’s green jobs programs under the microscope. Click here to join the chat! We are joined by Heritage’s Energy and Environment Policy Analyst Nick Loris. He is taking your questions about what can really create … More

    20 Drilling Rigs in Jeopardy of Leaving Gulf Over Permit Delays, Report Warns

    If the pace of Gulf oil drilling permit awards does not increase, as many as 20 drilling rigs could soon leave the Gulf, a major investment bank announced. BER Capital Investments called the current rate of permitting unsustainable in a report released Wednesday. BER’s report noted that the slow pace … More

    Gingrich Wants House GOP to Pass Democrat-Backed Offshore Drilling Bill

    Speaking at Heritage this morning, former Speaker Newt Gingrich called on House Republicans to put politics aside and pass a new proposal from two Democratic senators that would expand offshore drilling off Virginia’s coast. Gingrich suggested it should be one of the top priorities for the House GOP when lawmakers … More

    New Study Forecasts Huge Job Growth If Regulators Allow Gulf Oil Drilling

    U.S. employers added only 18,000 jobs last month — a remarkably low figure that contributed to the increase in unemployment to 9.2 percent. That’s the bad news. Fortunately for American workers, the future is bright, but only if regulators in Washington, D.C., get out of the way. A new study … More

    Morning Bell: President Obama Abuses Nation's Oil Reserves

    When it comes to making bad energy policy decisions, President Obama is a pro. Yesterday was no exception when the Obama Administration announced it would release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). This is part of an agreement with the International Energy Agency (IEA) to … More

    Open Areas to Drilling, Don’t Open the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

    The 28 member countries of the International Energy Agency (IEA) agreed to release 60 million barrels of oil reserves—2 million barrels per day over 30 days—to offset the supply disruption as a result of the political unrest in Libya. The Obama Administration announced that 30 million of those barrels will … More

    One Tiny Cheer for Obama on Drilling

    President Obama has often said that we need more oil and gas drilling in the United States, but rarely have the Administration’s actions matched his rhetoric. In his weekly video address, however, the President called for more lease sales in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, extended leases in the Gulf of … More