Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Obama Administration Bans Oil Drilling off the Coast of Virginia

The Obama Administration has issued an order which blocks any exploration and development of offshore oil and natural gas resources in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and off the entire Atlantic and Pacific coasts.  Last week they said yes to wind farms but this week they say no to oil rigs.  Sadly my car doesn't run on wind power.  Come to think of it does wind power reliably run anything?  In response to this attack on the right of Virginia, Governor McDonnell responded by saying:

"I am extremely disappointed that the Obama Administration has unilaterally blocked environmentally responsible, and economically crucial, offshore energy exploration and development in Virginia, along the Atlantic Coast and throughout other broad swaths of offshore territory nationwide. This is an irresponsible and short-sighted decision. It demonstrates a complete lack of confidence in the entrepreneurial spirit of American industry and its ability to fix the problems experienced in the Gulf spill, and no confidence in the ability of the U.S. government to better plan for and react to offshore emergencies. I personally relayed this message to Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar during our phone conversation shortly before the announcement was made today.
This decision comes in the midst of one of the toughest economies in our history. The cost of today's decision will be seen in major lost job opportunities, surrendered economic growth, and increased dependence on foreign sources of energy, from nations often hostile to American interests."

Virginia should decide whether or not the state drills for oil off the coast, not the Feds.

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