In what is believed by many to be unconstitutional, President Obama killed thousands of new jobs and likely gave a death sentence to the Alaska Pipeline.
On Sunday, President Obama announced that he will recommend to Congress that it should designate 12 million acres in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as wilderness. When briefing the press about the plan, Presidential Advisor John Podesta said that regardless of the law and Congressional action, the administration was going to manage these 12 million acres as if it had been designated as wilderness by Congress. That means that ANWR will be unavailable to resource development.
In 1980, Congress set aside some of the acreage in ANWR (the “1002 area,” comprising the Coastal Plain) for future consideration of oil and gas exploration. After years of legally-mandated study, President Ronald Reagan in 1987 recommended to Congress that it should allow environmentally sensitive oil and gas leasing of the area. Congress voted on it numerous times, but only once sent a bill to then-President Clinton, who vetoed it. It has henceforth remained an open matter for Congress to decide. However, with a single stoke of a pen, President Obama is ordering federal employees to manage the entire area as if it was off limits. The timing is most interesting since the Republicans have taken control of Congress and would like to see ANWR opened to development, particularly since the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System (TAPS) is down to less than a quarter of its capacity and needs oil to keep it in operational order. So, not only has President Obama for the past 6 years kept the Keystone pipeline from becoming a reality, he now has taken actions that show he wants to see the demise of TAPS.
The state of Alaska is dependent on oil, most of which flows through TAPS, for its economic well-being. An estimated one-third of Alaskan jobs are oil-related, and the oil industry accounts for about 85 percent of the state’s revenue. The destruction of TAPS and hence Alaska will be similar to (and in fact, may exceed) the impacts upon West Virginia and other coal producing states because of the destruction of the coal industry that President Obama’s EPA is heavily regulating in the name of climate change.
Obama Limits Alaskan Oil and Gas Development
President Obama’s management plan, the Arctic NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan declares 12 million acres in ANWR as wilderness, making it unavailable to oil and gas drilling, despite the fact that only Congress has the power to do so. In 1980, Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, putting vast tracts of Alaskan land under protection, in return for a clause declaring “no more” wilderness designations in Alaska unless they were approved by Congress. Read More: http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/69430
Not only did Obama declare war on Alaska it was a twofer, he declared war on the American Congress at the same time, because he is overriding a law they passed.
Six months ago a congressman Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) slammed President Obama for a “war on coal”.
“President Obama is waging a war on the middle class, and Harry Reid’s Senate is fully complicit and eager to carry out the President’s job-killing agenda,” Daines said.
The regulations, which were first unveiled on June 2, mandate states cut carbon emissions from existing power plants 30 percent by 2030 from 2005.
Daines credited his home state for lowering utility costs, and revitalizing the economy by utilizing all its energy sector has to offer.
“Yet President Obama has spearheaded a war on American energy that not only stands in the way of the potential—it works to reverse it,” he said.
Daines stressed the impact the EPA’s carbon pollution rules would have on Montana, specifically the Crow Indian Reservation, “which is home to some of the richest coal reserves.”
The Montana lawmaker recounted a discussion he had with the chairman of the Crow reservation, who told him that “a war on coal is a war on the Crow people of Montana.” http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/213415-gop-lawmaker-slams-obama-for-war-on-coal
What is Obama/s track record on energy policy? He said it was impossible to drill our way to $2 gas, then that is exactly what happened. He said “he” would create millions of green jobs and that did not happen.
This video provides a history of Obama on the issue of oil drilling: