After taking unearned credit for the increased oil & gas production during his State of the Union address, Barack Obama announced Sunday that he will close off 1.5 million acres of the oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas exploration.
This will make Iran happy. We won’t be competing with them on the market. This move helps the Arabs.
He will ask Congress to designate 12 million acres of ANWR as wilderness to keep it from being developed. ANWR is mostly isolated and uninhabited and even that can’t be developed according to the liberals.
There is widespread support from Native Americans and others to drill in the area. There are billions of barrels of oil in the region.
Obama via the Department of the Interior hopes to impose additional limits in parts of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska in addition to putting part of the Arctic Ocean off limits to drilling.
The stated purpose is to keep the area pristine for the animals.
Alaska lawmakers are furious. They’ve been pushing for opening ANWR to drilling.
“The promises made to us at statehood, and since then, mean absolutely nothing to them,” Murkowski said. “I cannot understand why this administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not Alaska. But we will not be run over like this. We will fight back with every resource at our disposal.”
The government already owns more than 69% of Alaska lands.
If the government isn’t stopped, they will control 100% of the land and sea.
The Constitution does not authorize permanent land-grabs by the federal government. It authorizes Congress to make rules and regulations pertaining to land as specifically enumerated in the Constitution. The government was never intended to be a land owner. They were supposed to sell off land and use the money to benefit the public good. They are obviously not doing that. They keep accruing land, taking it off the tax rolls, and when they do make money, they use the money to pay off their voting blocks. Radical enviros are big beneficiaries.
These people don’t care if we pay high prices for energy. They do seem to want to make the Arab world happy.