The Beginning of the End For Alaskan Drilling…

Lisa Jackson, EPA Head

..but not to worry, we’re sending money to Brazil and Columbia to drill and we all know how much they like us.

President Obama has done everything he can to keep oil prices down and has nothing to do with the current crisis. He said that’s the case. In fact, it’s probably the fault of speculators on the evil Wall St. Just joshin’ with ya. Of course President Obama’s shutting down drilling is affecting the course of events. Did you read the latest move which could shut down all drilling in Alaska?

“Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight.

Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion. Shell Vice President Pete Slaiby says obtaining similar air permits for a drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico would take about 45 days. He’s especially frustrated over the appeal board’s suggestion that the Arctic drill would somehow be hazardous for the people who live in the area. “We think the issues were really not major,” Slaiby said, “and clearly not impactful for the communities we work in.”

The closest village to where Shell proposed to drill is Kaktovik, Alaska. It is one of the most remote places in the United States. According to the latest census, the population is 245 and nearly all of the residents are Alaska natives. The village, which is 1 square mile, sits right along the shores of the Beaufort Sea, 70 miles away from the proposed off-shore drill site.

The EPA’s appeals board ruled that Shell had not taken into consideration emissions from an ice-breaking vessel when calculating overall greenhouse gas emissions from the project. Environmental groups were thrilled by the ruling…At stake is an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil. That’s how much the U. S. Geological Survey believes is in the U.S. portion of the Arctic Ocean. For perspective, that represents two and a half times more oil than has flowed down the Trans Alaska pipeline throughout its 30-year history. That pipeline is getting dangerously low on oil. At 660,000 barrels a day, it’s carrying only one-third its capacity.

Production on the North Slope of Alaska is declining at a rate of about 7 percent a year. If the volume gets much lower, pipeline officials say they will have to shut it down. Alaska officials are blasting the Environmental Protection Agency.

“It’s driving investment and production overseas,” said Alaska’s DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan. “That doesn’t help the United States in any way, shape or form…”

Read more here: Obama boots Shell out of Alaska via the EPA

According tot he Gallup poll, most humans don’t see global warming as a threat so why is CO2 declared a poisonous gas? Just wondering. Gallup

President Obama is condemning the subsidies for the oil companies because they make good profits. They get deductions for researching oil reserves, for being a domestic company and for looking for clean energy sources. If they want to cut the subsidies for oil, they might want to cut all the subsidies.