Obama’s latest fake plan for more drilling 

First he promised to open up the Atlantic to exploration. Then he reneged. Then he said he’d lift his oil moratorium in the Gulf. Production has only decreased since.

Yesterday Obama again played Lucy to the American energy consumer’s Charlie Brown. This time he is promising to direct “the Department of Interior to conduct annual lease sales in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, while respecting sensitive areas, and to speed up the evaluation of oil and gas resources in the mid and south Atlantic.”

Sounds like more oil production from Alaska and the Atlantic is just around the corner, right? Wrong. The National Petroleum Reserve is right next door to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). There is nothing less “sensitive” about the land in the National Petroleum Reserve than there is about the land in ANWR. Will Obama ever allow actually drilling on ANWR? No. The exact same is true of the National Petroleum reserve. No new oil will ever be produced from the National Petroleum Reserve while Obama is still president.

Same with drilling in the Atlantic. Here all Obama has promised is to speed up the evaluation. If he follows through on this promise, all that means is we’ll get an ultimate ‘no’ quicker.

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