Drill, baby, drill...but will the sun shine as well?

Drill, baby, drill...but will the sun shine as well?

Summary: I'm betting the offshore oil drilling moratorium in the United States is toast. It expires on September 30th.


I'm betting the offshore oil drilling moratorium in the United States is toast. It expires on September 30th. And the rush among Congressional Democrats to pass a new moratorium bill is not likely to find much support in the White House.

Today the Democrats will be rolling out their proposal. It'll allow states to determine whether there can be oil wells between 50 and 100 miles offshore. Four states (Virginia, both Carolinas, and Georgia) have all indicated they would welcome offshore drilling. It's been banned for forty years. Repuiblicans have not yet seen the proposal, but they know what they don't like. And that's drilling restrictions. They want drilling within the fifty mile line as well.

So there may be some legislation that gets through the House. It might squeak through the Senate, avoiding a Republican filibuster, but not necessarily. Then it most likely gets vetoed by the President. That means the federal government could begin selling offshore oil drilling leases on October 1 after the old moratorium expires. That means states like California where the Republican governor and Democrat-led legislature both oppose more drilling would become judicial battelgrounds. Until there is a new President, and somebody else controls the veto pen. And then? Sure seems likely a Palin administration would go for as much drilling as possible. Obama would be more likely tlo accept whatever a Democratic-controlled Congress sends him. If Republicans regain Congress and McPalin win, then it would be drill, baby, drill.

Meanwhile the Dems in Congress are trying to tack onto their bill some tax punishment of the oil companies and some subsidies for alternative energy, but it does not seem too probable this will become law directly.

Yet there's one more twist to this on-going saga. The Dems may tack their energy proposals onto a bill to pay for the Ike-aftermath. And nobody thinks the White House would veto THAT. Could it be that Hurricane Ike is gonna play Santa Claus for the green tech energy folks? Stay tuned. September 30 may be National Drill, Baby, Drill Day.

Topics: Enterprise Software, CXO, Outsourcing

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  • administration

    ya u need a new job since you continue to work writing stupid stuff and implying the wrong info "Palin administration"
    But i understand whom you work for is nothing more then liars.
    GET A REAL JOB - EARN honest money
  • Ike Relief Tack On

    This is one of the reasons government is such a mess -- tacking legislation on to other bills where it isn't germane. The American people want us to drill, baby, drill; instead we are going to play politics with the victims of Ike.

    Again the green crowd demonstrates their disregard for human suffering if it can be used as a weapon to promote their own vision of the world. If they ever had to struggle to feed, house, and clothe themselves or their families, perhaps they would come down to earth. Is a drilling platform 50 miles off shore really going to wreck their lives?
    • Yes, eventually it very well could.

      Your premise that the "green crowd doesn't suffer" is based off of what factual data? Do you personally know the sufferings these people have been or are going through?

      As for allowing drilling offshore, yes the impact will affect all people in the immediate area as well as across the nation. This moronic drive to maintain a 19th century technology when there are better and safer solutions available is simply mind boggling.

      What if there is a spill, did you consider the ecological damage that would occur and has occurred in the past? What about the air quality around the refineries and again from all the automobiles utilizing the end product. You are only looking at a sliver of the full picture and this seems to be a common problem.

      The "green crowd" is actually looking at the bigger picture that extends to their children as well as yours as well as the overall survival of hundreds of thousands of species. So I would say it's the non-green crowd that has the complete disregard for human suffering since it's their way of life and methodical consumption of everything in sight that causes so much of it.
      Jim Blaine - Bellingham WA.
  • Lose the leftist slant, Fuller!

    "Sure seems likely a Palin administration would go for as much drilling as possible."

    For one thing, Palin is pro-drilling...but "as much as possible"?? She stood up *against* the big oil companies in Alaska, and made sure that they paid higher taxes. She's *not* the stereotyped "oil-friendly" Republican - she is pro-energy independence and pro-resource usage...but *not* at the expense of those to whom the resources belong, and not at the cost of the environment. She's said that repeatedly. "Will the sun also shine"...give it a rest.

    "Meanwhile the Dems in Congress are trying to tack onto their bill some tax punishment of the oil companies..."

    What's to punish? Do you believe in capitalism or not? I hope you realize that oil companies already pay an additional "mineral extraction tax" above and beyond the usual corporate tax rate paid by all corporations. Can they afford more? Maybe. But let's not characterize it as a "punishment"...as though it were due them for something they have done wrong. Last time I checked, entrepreneurial spirit that leads to profitability was a good thing...vs. socialism, where incentive is removed by lack of competition and the disallowing of profits.
    • No what they should tack on there is ...

      Anti Corporate Greed laws, mainly referring to CX0's paychecks and golden parachutes. Giving a CEO 225 million dollar parachute seems a bit excessive for less than 5yrs of so so service.
      • Oh no!

        It's not excessive! Look at how many they sacrificed to get there in the first place! Look at what they destroyed to create more energy! Look at all the wonderful diseases and illnesses and pollution and damage they have wrought! Give them more money!

        And for the sarcastically impaired... I am not serious but conveying sarcastic contempt for these CEO's and such.
        Jim Blaine - Bellingham WA.

    The House bill is a thinly veiled attempt to deceive the public. The drilling moratorium was set to expire, allowing access to most of the areas in question. This bill simply continues the moratorium in the most productive waters, and those waters easiest to access. The United States Congress bears quite a bit of the blame for high oil and gas prices. The Democratic leadership has worked to block new gasoline refineries. New refineries lead to increased competition and lower prices. Especially the Democratic leadership of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama. High gasoline prices over the past months have contributed to the higher than average bankruptcy rate among both homeowners and businesses. Those loss of jobs has further contributed to higher bankruptcies among homeowners. ITS THE ECONOMY STUPID! and the Democratic leadership shares the blame for the bad economy. We currently ship over $700 Billion overseas to foreign government each year. If we had the freedom to drill, much of that money would remain at home and fund jobs in our own economy. Jobs for oil exploration. Jobs to build oil drilling rigs and pipelines and gasoline refineries. Jobs to operate those refineries. Jobs to operate those new pipelines. But Pelosi, Reid and Obama are hell bent to "Save the planet" while ignoring the working class Americans out there who have trouble buying groceries and meeting their mortgage payments each month. And now that mortgages have risen, and our financial markets are in melt down, those same Democrats try to blame anyone except themselves. And they try to deceive the American public with cheap tricks like this bill which will do little to cure our economic problems.
    The reason we need to focus on fossil fuels at least in the short term is to gain enough time to create a bridge to the time when new energy technologies such as wind, solar and CNG, actually become economically viable. Hydrogen currently is NOT an economically viable alternative. Neither is CNG, BUT, CNG as a non renewable, yet readily available alternative to oil, is much closer to being economically feasible than is hydrogen which is a renewable resource. Hydrogen is at least 10 years away. CNG can be here in as little as 6 months.

    But to get at that CNG, you must drill!

    To imply that a comprehensive drilling program will have only marginal impact upon the oil futures market is simply not correct. A comprehensive drilling program will have a significant impact. The impact upon the jobs that will be produced from a comprehensive drilling, transport, pipeline, and refinery program will also be significant. And the fact that the money we currently send overseas to foreign oil suppliers if left here at home in our own economy will have a significant impact as well. I am not saying that we shouldn't pursue renewable energy sources; quite the contrary I support them all, especially solar, wind. But the fact of the matter is that solar and wind will take 10 years or more to develop. Our economy simply can't afford to shell out $90 to $150 per barrel oil to overseas suppliers for 10 years. As Boone Pickens so clearly points out this is going to be the largest transfer of wealth in the history of mankind. And we simply can't afford it. It will continue to have serious and negative impacts upon our economy including the stock market, and the creation of jobs. The Democrats are up to their necks in responsibility for high oil prices and high gas prices. The American people clearly recognize that responsibility. The American people support drilling by a margin in excess of 70%. Let Obama be the one to tell that 70%+ block of voters that he doesn't agree with them. He has never had the courage to stand up before and I seriously doubt Obama will break that streak given those stats. The Democrats who control Congress bear a large part of the responsibility for high oil & gas prices. Those prices are having a very negative impact upon our economy. Therefore the Democrats bear at the very least a part of the responsibility for the lackluster economy. Those Democrats include Pelosi, Reid and Obama!

    Gerald Dodd
    Moulton, Alabama
  • The Truth about Off Shore Drilling - It's Safe

    [b]- 86 Billion barrels of oil are estimated in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf[/b] (MMS)
    [b]- Over 4000 oil and natural gas platforms operate in U.S. waters with an outstanding environmental record[/b] (API)
    [b]- Horizontal and directional drilling make it possible for a single well to produce oil from much bigger areas[/b] (EIA)
    [b]- Today's production footprints are only about one-fourth the size of those 30 years ago[/b] (EIA)
    [b]- Platforms use sophisticated high-pressure valves that close automatically to prevent oil spills[/b] (API)
    [b]- Automatic fail-safe devices are installed in wells below sea level, protecting sea beds and sea life[/b] (API)
    [b]- Only 1% of all oil in the sea comes from drilling[/b] (EIA)
    [b]- 63% of all oil in the sea comes from natural seeps[/b] (EIA)
    [b]- Twice as much oil as the Exxon Valdez spill naturally seeps into the Gulf of Mexico every year[/b] (NASA)

    'Snake Oil' - Debunking three 'truths' about offshore drilling (The Washington Post)

  • RE: Drill, baby, drill...but will the sun shine as well?

    from what i read, the democrats pulled their usual sleight of hand, replacing the expiring ban on drilling with ANOTHER one that outlaws all drilling within 50 miles of any continental US shoreline, which is where approximately 96% of the known oil reserves are!!!