Judge tells Obama to shove his moratorium
I’m glad to hear that a Federal judge has blocked Obama’s asinine oil drilling moratorium.
Obama issued the moratorium based on a report from the MMS.
In the Executive Summary to the Report, the Secretary recommends “a six-month moratorium on permits for new wells being drilled using floating rigs.” He also recommends “an immediate halt to drilling operations on the 33 permitted wells, not including relief wells currently being drilled by BP, that are currently being drilled using floating rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.”
They also say that the report was reviewed by “experts.” The problem is that was a lie. Imagine that, Obama lying in order to forward his agenda?
As the plaintiffs, and the experts themselves, pointedly observe, this statement was misleading. The experts charge it was a “misrepresentation.” It was factually incorrect. Although the experts agreed with the safety recommendations contained in the body of the main Report, five of the National Academy experts and three of the other experts have publicly stated that they “do not agree with the six month blanket moratorium” on floating drilling. They envisioned a more limited kind of moratorium, but a blanket moratorium was added after their final review, they complain, and was never agreed to by them. A factor that might cause some apprehension about the probity of the process that led to the Report.
The Report makes no effort to explicitly justify the moratorium: it does not discuss any irreparable harm that would warrant a suspension of operations, it does not explain how long it would take to implement the recommended safety measures. The Report does generalize that “[w]hile technological progress has enabled the pursuit of deeper oil and gas deposits in deeper water, the risks associated with operating in water depths in excess of 1,000 feet are significantly more complex than in shallow water.”
The Times reported earlier on the economic impact of the moratorium on Lousianna.
Each rig job supports roughly four additional jobs for cooks, supply-ship operators and others servicing the industry. Together, they represent total monthly wages of at least $165 million, according to estimates by a Louisiana oil industry group…
The securities firm Raymond James & Associates predicts that the moratorium could last well into 2011, directly jeopardizing 50,000 jobs and potentially gutting blue-collar communities that rely heavily on the economic activity that comes with deepwater work. “Just as the demise of auto plants and steel mills in the Upper Midwest devastated entire towns, an extended drilling ban could eventually have a similar effect in the Gulf Coast,” the company said in a report Monday.
Of course when a Liberal agenda is on the line, those workers don’t matter. How much money did the Administration funnel to the Unionized GM? Chrysler?
In suspending the moratorium the Judge said:
If some drilling equipment parts are flawed, is it rational to say all are? Are all airplanes a danger because one was? All oil tankers like Exxon Valdez? All trains? All mines? That sort of thinking seems heavyhanded, and rather overbearing.
The Court recognizes that the compliance of the thirty-three affected rigs with current government regulations may be irrelevant if the regulations are insufficient or if MMS, the government’s own agent, itself is suspected of being corrupt or incompetent.
Right on. No doubt Obama will be calling the Judge in for a talk. He can’t have Government officials disagreeing with him publicly right?
The White House made it clear Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s job is very much in doubt. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, looking grim, called McChrystal’s conduct an “enormous mistake” that angered the president. Asked whether the general’s job was safe following his comments and those of his aides in Rolling Stone, Gibbs said “we’ll have more to say” after the President’s meeting with McChrystal Wednesday. “Everything is on the table,” Gibbs said earlier in his briefing, when asked if the President would fire McChrystal.
This Administration is acting like a spoiled little child. At least a few Obamatrons are starting to see him for what he really is.