The administration kvetches that companies aren’t using their leases, despite Interior regulations leaving lands “idle.”
The Obama administration issued a report this week highlighting a surplus of unused oil and gas leases on public lands, in an ominous sign that it might be laying out a case to eventually cut back on acreage open for development.
The White House forwarded the Department of Interior report to its press list, stating that more than two-thirds of federal offshore acreage leased by industry and more than half of federal onshore leased acreage in the lower 48 states remains idle without active production or exploration activity.
“As part of the Obama administration’s all of the above energy strategy, we continue to make millions of acres of public lands available for safe and responsible domestic energy production on public lands and in federal waters,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “We continue to offer new areas onshore and offshore for leasing, as we have over the last three years, and we also want companies to develop the tens of millions of acres they’ve already leased but have left sitting idle in order to further reduce our reliance on foreign oil as quickly as possible.”
The Interior Department said its finding were consistent with President Obama’s “Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future.”
It said that out of nearly 36 million acres leased offshore, only about 10 million acres are active. In the lower 48 states, an additional 20.8 million acres, or 56 percent of onshore leased acres, remain idle. Approximately 7,000 approved permits for drilling on federal and Indian lands have not yet been drilled by companies, Interior said.
While the administration publicly balks about unused leases, many point to industry being scared away from developing on public lands by increasing bureaucracy and stifling regulations.
You may have to wait until next Easter to really pull this one off. Or at your next family gathering?
Thought the object was to cut back our military operations and wars? So fun loving peace trophy guy sends troops to another hell hole!
(Los Angeles Times) — In an escalation of America’s clandestine war in Yemen, a small contingent of U.S. troops is providing targeting data for Yemeni airstrikes as government forces battle to dislodge Al Qaeda militants and other insurgents in the country’s restive south, U.S. and Yemeni officials said.
Operating from a Yemeni base, at least 20 U.S. special operations troops have used satellite imagery, drone video, eavesdropping systems and other technical means to help pinpoint targets for an offensive that intensified this week, said U.S. and Yemeni officials who asked not to be identified talking about the sensitive operation.
The U.S. forces also advised Yemeni military commanders on where and when to deploy their troops, two senior Obama administration officials said. The U.S. contingent is expected to grow, a senior military official said.
The Obama administration’s direct military role in Yemen is more extensive than previously reported and represents a deepening involvement in the nation’s growing conflict.
The military and CIA are coordinating a separate but related campaign of airstrikes against members of the group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which U.S. intelligence officials say poses the greatest threat to America. The Yemen-based group was implicated this month in a failed effort to put a suicide bomber on a U.S.-bound airliner, the latest of several failed bombing attempts.
John Brennan, White House counter-terrorism advisor, flew to Yemen last weekend to meet its new president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The administration considers Hadi, who took office in February, an ally and is seeking to support a political transition toward democracy. . . .
U.S. special operations troops were withdrawn from Yemen last year amid the violent protests that toppled Hadi’s predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh, but Pentagon officials disclosed last week that they had returned. The officials described the deployment as a limited training mission for Yemeni security units fighting Al Qaeda, similar to past efforts.
He gets up, grabs Michelle by her collar and the seat of her pants, and drops her right over the wall into the field. She gets up kicking, swearing, and screaming – and the crowd goes wild, cheering, applauding, and high-fiving.
Barack is bowing and smiling, and leans over to the agent and says “You were right, I would have never believed that!” Then noticing the agent has gone totally pale, Barack asks what is wrong. The agent replies “Sir, I said, they want you to throw out the first PITCH…”
Standard democrat. Take care of those donors and the public be damned!
WI: WALKER OPPONENT AWARDED NO-BID CONTRACT
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, who is running against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the upcoming state recall election, allegedly awarded illegal no-bid contracts to a campaign donor, according to two metal recycling firms who are threatening to sue the city.
The two firms claim they were shut out of business by a third company that obtained exclusive contracts through the city. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:
A lawyer for Mill Valley Recycling and Waukesha Iron & Metal filed a notice of claim Tuesday, saying they will sue if the city doesn’t rescind its ongoing contract with Miller Compressing and offer other companies the opportunity to bid on the work. …
A contract was awarded to Miller [...] after bidding in 1990 and 1994. The latter was “privately extended” through 2000 without competitive bidding, according to the claim notice. In 2001, when the contract had expired, it was extended “in secret and without public bid” on a month-to-month basis to October 2003, when the parties entered a contract until 2005, and then until 2009.
The other firms contend that the public works commissioner has never made a formal determination that it was best to go without a contract.
In 2010, Miller Compression gave $10,500 to Barrett in campaign contributions immediately after the company was awarded another no-bid contract in 2009.
Pelosi : No to Provision Protecting Chaplains From Being Ordered to Act Against Faith
(CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she stands with the White House in opposing a provision in the House defense authorization bill that would prohibit anyone in the military from ordering a chaplain to act against his or her “conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs” or against the religious beliefs of the denomination to which he or she belongs.
Pelosi described the conscience-protection provision as a “fraud.”
The provision is broadly written to deny anyone in the armed forces the authority to “direct, order, or require a chaplain to perform any duty, rite, ritual, ceremony, or function” that is contrary to his or her conscience, moral principles or religious beliefs or the principles or beliefs of his or her religious denomination.
Among other things, the provision would protect a chaplain from deleterious career repercussions if he or she refused to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony because it violated their religious beliefs.
Read more HERE
(she is not a real catholic, she only says that when it is convenient. Church should excommunicate her at once!)
Pelosi (D- Crunt)
Displaying the amount of ethics contained in her entire spiritless body
Even in Houston, the black activists will use any event to use Trayvon’s name!
(KTRH) — The day after an all-white jury acquitted a former Houston police officer for his role in the beating of a 15-year-old African American burglary suspect, community activists rallied a crowd of at least 200 people on the courthouse steps to protest.
Protesters carrying signs with slogans like, “No justice, no peace. Stop the racist police,” and “Justice for Trayvon Martin” circled in front of the Harris County Courthouse and a phalanx of media cameras.
His acquittal came amid heightened tension after the fatal shooting of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman earlier this year.
I quit a long time ago watching this foul mouth bitch (remember her on new years eve in in bra and panties?). Another damn liberal who thinks nothing of calling good people names!
On Thursday’s Kathy show on Bravo!, host and left-wing comedienne Kathy Griffin called Elisabeth Hasselbeck by two vulgar words after playing a clip of the right-leaning co-host of ABC’s The View in which Hasselbeck challenged President Obama to explain the distinction between his own view on how the federal government should treat same-sex marriage as opposed to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s position.
Griffin used the “B” word early on, and toward the end appeared to use the “C” word which was bleeped out by censors while attacking Hasselbeck.
In a perfect world, all liberals would be in North Korea! Then the USA can get back on track!
Biden Calls Himself ‘Middle Class Joe,’ Owns Mansion
Joe Biden, speaking in Ohio today, said that he is “tired of being called a ‘Middle Class Joe.’”
While it’s not clear who actually calls the vice president that, it is clear that his house and finances tell a different story. Here’s a picture of his home (not his official vice presidential residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.):
Zillow.com, a reliable real estate web site, estimates the worth of Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, home (pictured above) to be a cool $2,856,950. (This does not appear to include the cottage on the Biden estate, which the vice president rents out to the Secret Service for more than $12,000 per year.)
“The vice president and his wife, Jill Biden, reported assets of between $239,000 and $866,000,” according to Bloomberg.
“I said it yesterday, and I’ll say it more calmly today. I don’t think these guys understand us,” Biden also told the Ohio audience.
Biden added: ”What do they think we think? What do they think we think in our houses? We’re like the rich guys — we have dreams, we have aspirations.” Indeed.
All government agencies should sever ties with unindicted co-conspirator Hamas-CAIR. Their terror ties are well documented. The subversive group’s head beekeeper, Ibrahim Hooper, is trotting out the Muslim victimhood myth, jihadophobia and the rest of the manufactured distractions designed to shift blame onto the very lawmakers protecting the American people.
We need a vigorous campaign to purge Muslim Brotherhood groups from the centers of power of all three branches of the US government. But Brotherhood infiltration is particularly bad at the Department of Justice, which has, in effect, become the defacto legal arm of Muslim Brotherhood groups like CAIR in America. If you missed my expose on how the DOJ kowtows to the Muslim Brotherhood, read this. I received hundreds of documents in response to my FOIA request, which I filed well over to a year ago. Specifically, I asked for “records relating to the meeting of the ‘Monthly Outreach Meeting’ with Muslim and Arab groups at the Civil Rights Division. Specifically, include lists of attendees at each monthly meeting, the agenda of each meeting including the meetings at which the Attorney General of the United States attended.
The principal impact of reading through the material was the sheer bulk of it. Hundreds and hundreds of pages of emails, documenting nearly daily and friendly contact, consultation, cooperation and collaboration between the DOJ and Hamas-linked Muslim Brotherhood groups. One thing is clear, the Muslim Brotherhood has fully infiltrated command and control at the Department of Justice civil rights division.
Accountability is long overdue.
DOJ Expected to Formalize Policy on Contacts with Muslim Advocacy Group Main Justice May 16, 2012
The Justice Department is expected to formalize a policy governing its relationship with the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations, a House aide says — a move the FBI took in 2009.
The House passed a Commerce, Justice and science appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013 on Wednesday, with an accompanying committee report that encourages Attorney General Eric Holder to follow the FBI and formally ban official contacts with the Muslim advocacy group.