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An Energy Plan Republicans Should Love

By John Martin - Posted on 31 March 2010

It looks like the socialist, anti-American mastermind is at it again.  Just tens days after delivering healthcare reform, President Obama has surprised friend and foe alike with a plan to allow for offshore drilling.

According to administration officials, the plan would:

  • Eventually open two-thirds of the eastern Gulf's oil and gas resources for drilling.
  • Proceed with drilling off Virginia, provided the project clears environmental and military reviews.
  • Study the viability of drilling off the mid- and southern Atlantic coasts.
  • Study the viability of drilling in Alaska's Beaufort and Chukchi seas -- areas hotly defended by environmentalists -- but issue no new drilling leases in either sea before 2013.
The question now becomes whether the GOP embraces this unexpected move by the President, à la their support of his Afghanistan strategy, or whether they find each and every reason to reject it, as they have with healthcare reform.  The early money is on the latter.
This plan will signal to independents that Obama is willing to buck his left-wing supporters when it's in the best interests of the country.  No matter what John Boehner says, people will see that the President will allow us to exploit our natural resources when it can be done in a responsible way.
I also think this is a sign that Obama will try to keep his recent winning streak going and is preparing to introduce a more comprehensive, sweeping energy plan in the not-so-distant future.  Expect that plan to focus on conservation and alternative fuels.  The vast majority of the public will be willing to go along now that they see Obama is tackling our energy needs on all fronts. 

I love it. I also read a TPM Article about regulartory reform passing much easier after the healthcare bill passed. And they won't make the same mistakes as they did on Healthcare. Here's an excerpt:

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), who was tapped to serve as a Republican negotiator in an early round of the regulatory reform debate, told reporters last week he was "100 percent" certain that a major bill would pass this year.

And that raises a question: While reinforcing Republican opposition to most other issues, did health care reform make the passage of regulatory reform more likely? Conversations with multiple Democratic Senate aides all point to a common, underlying fact: financial regulatory reform is a sui generis issue--one which, as Corker implied, members of both parties will have a hard time voting against. However, at the height of their opposition to health care reform, Republicans had convinced themselves that the bill was dead, and so they came to see their program of opposition as a no-lose enterprise. If health care reform had died, that may have driven the GOP toward a stauncher opposition to regulatory reform. But so long as they see its passage as inevitable, they have the incentive to play along.

On that note and a completely random one, I love how the right keeps saying the healthcare bill isn't bipartisan. If it wasn't bipartisan it would have a public option and go much farther. Simple as that. Which makes that claim ridiculous. 

I love your last point.  The reality is that it was up to the Blue Dogs to make the bill "bipartisan."  The left-wingers wanted a single-payer system.  They didn't get that.  Then they insisted upon a government option.  They didn't get that either.  Instead, they ended up with a somewhat conservative overhaul.

It's just a shame that the GOP wasn't open to contributing.  If they had been willing to contribute 10-20 votes for final passage, I really think they could have gotten more of their ideas in there-- say, tort reform.  I could have seen the final product passing without universal liberal support. 

Speaking of Financial reform, Colbert's interview last night had to do with Obama not doing enough on financial reform. Hopefully that will change soon.

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Drill baby, drill! And here we thought he was too busy hanging out with terrorists!

Hey, Sarah Palin, are you praising this on Twitter? John McCain? What do you think? Come on, speak up, we can't hear you.

I always felt President Obama was more interested in governing from the middle-as long as it makes sense and is a step in the right direction-and this is more proof. On the surface, this may appear to be another slap to the progressive activists, but I actually haven't heard any forceful cries about this from the far-left yet, maybe because he is insisting upon research/environmental impact studies and monitoring decisions from that standpoint. Basically, his approach seems comprehensive and responsible. I even saw this article (op-ed) of support featured on Huffington Post.

In an act of vision and courage, given the hostage the nation has become to the oil industry, oil interests, and the likes of OPEC, the Obama administration is proposing opening vast expanses along the Atlantic coastline, the Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling.

This is a momentous moment and brings to mind the leadership of another time and another president. In the depth of the depression, President Roosevelt, with courage and imagination, sought different solutions to confront the crippling economic conditions that had descended on the nation. He petitioned Congress to mandate the creation of "a corporation clothed with the power of government but possessed of the flexibility and initiative of private enterprise". In May 1933 Congress passed the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) Act to revitalize the economically stricken Tennessee Valley in areas of power generation, river navigation, flood control, reforestation and erosion control. It became outstandingly successful in each category.

I think this may be a bridge to climate/energy legislation and well-timed as such. It's really hard to paint President Obama as a liberal extremist when you look at his Afghanistan strategy, the final health care plan (may as well be called "Romney-care") and now this drilling issue. I think the far-right will have a tough time fighting him on the drilling idea since it was the McCain/Palin campaign slogan and will really emphasize the "Party of No" label with exclamation points galour. John forgot another angle the Republicans might take: the "glad he listened to us" strategy. They will brag that they enlightened him with the idea and try to take credit.

What will that Socialist be up to next? School uniforms for all?

This stuff is fun to watch. Pass the popcorn...

This is really a beautiful thing.  Definitely part of that 3 Dimensional Chess that POTUS is always playing.  

Matt Osborne says it better than I could.  

First, there is currently little to no infrastructure to drill oil in the “affected” area. Second, any leases are purely speculative because no reserves are proven. So even if Obama personally asked Exxon to drill the hell out of this area STAT, it won’t happen for another twenty years — and by then, a green economy may not need that oil at all.


What you’re seeing here is oil smoke to get a climate bill. Offshore drilling has always and forever been an industry bluff — there’s no immediate incentive to expand domestic capacity, especially offshore, and they know it.


Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is. 

-- Benjamin Franklin

I ran across this accidentally and I was very hesitant about posting it. Mark Levin on Obama's announcement of offshore drilling. After hearing some of this I can imagine the Republians have an easier time being against this and adding to the list of everything they oppose from Obama. If this is the stance some conservatives will take or if Levin or Limbaugh go that way. We'll have to wait and see.

From MSNBC First Read.

*** The day after: The day-after coverage of Obama’s offshore drilling announcement is looking pretty positive for him so far. The Washington Post says the announcement "amounted to an offshore political gerrymander in which the administration barred drilling near states where it remains unpopular -- California and New Jersey -- and allowed it in places where it has significant support, such as Virginia and parts of Alaska and the Southeast." Politico adds that the political price Obama paid for was relatively small: “Angry blowback from environmental activists who still support his overall climate change policy. But the short-term benefits were large: By announcing the policy change, Obama defused a potentially potent Republican issue ahead of the summer gas spike and the fall midterms, while embracing major elements of the GOP’s “all of the above” energy approach to kick-start a stalled climate change bill.”

I have family who works on the oil rig's in the gulf of mexico, besides this not giveing us oil for a few yr's, the benefit is it will put a lot of people to work. So, while we wait for the oil to serve our country in a few yrs, this action will serve our country in other ways as soon as it pass's an we begin building the rigs! This was a brilliant plan of energy an jobs! Isn't it nice to have a intelligent, smart president?

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