On The Heels Of Promising To Bankrupt The Coal Industry And Lay Off Its Workers, Clinton Backs Obama's Opposition To Offshore Drilling
- Today, The Obama Administration announced it would kill its own proposal to allow offshore oil and gas development off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Offshore drilling off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean would add 280,000 jobs and add $200 billion to the economies of Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia.
- Clinton backs Obama's move, and would even go further, calling for a moratorium on all fossil fuel development on all federal lands.
- The decision puts them at odds with key leaders in the Southeastern United States, including Clinton ally Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) and the state's two Democrat senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.
- This comes on the heels of Clinton's controversial pledge to "put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business"
TODAY, OBAMA'S INTERIOR DEPARTMENT KILLED ITS OWN PROPOSAL TO ALLOW OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT IN THE ATLANTIC
The Obama Administration Is Reversing Course On Its Own Plan To Permit American Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling In The Atlantic. "The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is dropping its year-old plan to allow companies to search and drill for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic Ocean off of four southeastern states." (Daryl Fears, "Obama Pulls Plans To Allow Oil Drilling Off Southern Atlantic Coast," The Washington Post , 3/15/16)
- The Administration's New Plan Will Now Block Atlantic Drilling Off The Coast Of The Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, And Florida. "The Interior Department is set to announce today that it will not auction off certain drilling rights for Atlantic Ocean waters off the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, according to Bloomberg and New York Times reports." (Nathan Bomey, "Reports: Obama To Reject New Atlantic Ocean Oil Drilling," USA Today, 3/15/16)
Obama's Reversal Is Another Signal That He Is Now Actively Attempting To Block American Oil, Gas, And Coal Development. "And Obama has given a number of indications in the last six months that he is becoming more responsive to campaigners' arguments that if he is serious about fighting climate change he must stop the extraction of coal, oil, and gas - not just put curbs on emissions." (Suzanne Goldenberg, "Obama To Kill Off Arctic Oil Drilling," The Guardian, 3/15/16)
Obama's Reversal On Offshore Drilling Is Just "A Nod" To Environmentalists After Their Disappointment With Some Of His Policies
The Decision To Block Atlantic Drilling Is "A Nod In Favor Of Environmentalists" To Offset Their Disappointment With Obama's Policies. "The decision was the second rejection of a major project involving oil since the administration turned down the Keystone XL pipeline in November. Both actions are a nod in favor of environmentalists, who have been disappointed with some of President Obama's energy initiatives during his two terms." (Daryl Fears, "Obama Pulls Plans To Allow Oil Drilling Off Southern Atlantic Coast," The Washington Post , 3/15/16)
- "'Any New Offshore Drilling Will Be A Stain On President Obama's Climate Legacy,' May Boeve, Executive Director Of The Group 350.Org, Said In A Statement Monday." (Jennifer Dlouhy, "Obama Said To Bar Atlantic Coast Oil Drilling In Reversal," Bloomberg, 3/15/16)
Former Clinton Aide Paul Bledsoe: Obama's Decision Was "Just The Latest In A Series" Where "The Administration Is Preventing The Development of New Fossil Fuel Resources." "The immediate industry reaction was negative. 'I think today's decision is just the latest in a series…since the last election in which the Administration is preventing the development of new fossil fuel resources to help reduce long-term greenhouse gas emissions,' said Paul Bledsoe, a Washington-based energy consultant and former Clinton White House aide on climate change." (Daryl Fears, "Obama Pulls Plans To Allow Oil Drilling Off Southern Atlantic Coast," The Washington Post , 3/15/16)
IGNORING HER OWN HISTORY OF VOTING TO EXPAND OFFSHORE DRILLING, NOW CLINTON WANTS TO GO EVEN FURTHER THAN OBAMA TO BLOCK AMERICAN ENERGY PRODUCTION
On Twitter, Clinton Was "Relieved" That Obama Blocked Energy Development In The Atlantic, And Said It Was "Time To Do The Next Right Thing And Protect The Arctic, Too." "Relieved Atlantic drilling is now off the table. Time to do the next right thing and protect the Arctic, too.http://hrc.io/1UdlR4D -H" (Hillary Clinton, Twitter Feed, 3/15/16)
(Hillary Clinton, Twitter Feed, 3/15/16)
Last Month, Clinton Told Climate Activists That She Supports Imposing A Moratorium On All Fossil Fuel Development On All Federal Lands. "Griffin Sinclair-Wingate, a 350 Action organizer, approached Clinton after the New Hampshire debate on Thursday night and asked her, 'Would you ban extraction on public lands?' 'Yeah, that's a done deal,' Clinton said, as though her position were obvious. Afterward, she told another 350 activist that she agrees with 'where the president is moving. No future extraction.' Adam Greenberg asked her in a third video on Friday while campaigning in New Hampshire, 'Would you end all oil, coal, and gas leases on federal lands?' Clinton said, 'I want to impose a moratorium ... because there are legal issues you have to go through, you know all of that, but I would support a moratorium.'" (Rebecca Leber, "Hillary Clinton's Leftward Shift On Climate," New Republic, 2/6/16)
Last Year, Clinton Announced Her Opposition To Arctic Drilling, A "Major Break With President Obama Over Environmental Policy." "In her first major break with President Obama over environmental policy, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she opposed drilling in the Alaskan Arctic because it is too dangerous. 'The Arctic is a unique treasure,' Clinton announced in a personally-signed tweet. 'Given what we know, it's not worth the risk of drilling.'" (Juliet Eilperin, "Hillary Clinton Breaks With Obama To Oppose Arctic Drilling," The Washington Post , 8/18/15)
- Clinton's Announcement Signaled "A Significant Break With The Obama Administration And An Attempt By Clinton To Bolster Her Environmental Credentials." "Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declared her opposition to oil and gas drilling in the Arctic on Tuesday, a day after a federal agency gave Shell final approval to begin drilling there. The move marks a significant break with the Obama administration and an attempt by Clinton to bolster her environmental credentials." (Justin Worland, "Hillary Clinton Says She Opposes Arctic Drilling In Break With Obama," Time, 8/18/15)
But As A Senator, Clinton Voted To Open Up New Areas To Offshore Drilling
In 2006 Clinton Voted For The Gulf Of Mexico Energy Security Act Of 2006, Which Opened Up An Area Of The Eastern Gulf Of Mexico Up For Drilling. "But the Senate did pass, by a vote of 71 to 25, a bill to open for leasing an area of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, known as the '181 Area,' located over 100 miles off the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast, as well as an area south of 181. While the bill repealed the congressional moratorium on certain areas of the Gulf of Mexico, it also placed a moratorium on other areas until 2022." (Glenn Kessler, "Did Hillary Clinton Cast A Vote That Led To The BP Tragedy In The Gulf Of Mexico?," The Washington Post , 3/14/16)
- "Clinton Voted For The Gulf Of Mexico Energy Security Act Of 2006." (Glenn Kessler, "Did Hillary Clinton Cast A Vote That Led To The BP Tragedy In The Gulf Of Mexico?," The Washington Post , 3/14/16)
- Clinton Spoke On The Senate Floor In Favor Of The Bill, Saying "We Need To Expand Domestic Oil And Gas Production Where It Has Local Support." "I believe that as part of a balanced energy policy, we need to expand domestic oil and gas production where it has local support and can do so in an environmentally sound way. I think the bill before the Senate meets that test, and that is why I am voting for it." (Hillary Clinton, Congressional Record, p. S8505, 8/1/07)
LAST YEAR, OBAMA'S PROPOSAL TO DRILL OFFSHORE OF THE ATLANTIC WAS SUPPORTED BY SOUTHEASTERN GOVERNORS AND LAWMAKERS, WHO ARE NOW LEFT HOLDING A BAG OF BROKEN PROMISES
In 2015, Obama Proposed Limited Oil And Gas Drilling Off The Coasts Of The Southeastern U.S., Where It Is Currently Banned. "President Obama proposed early this year allowing limited offshore oil and natural gas drilling in the mid- and south Atlantic area. Under the plan proposed by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, energy companies would get one lease auction in 2021 for drilling rights in certain areas in the region that stretches from Virginia to Georgia. It's sparked fierce debate across the Atlantic coast, where oil and gas drilling in currently prohibited, over whether the environmental risks of a spill or other effects are worth the potential economic boon." (Timothy Cama, "Clinton 'Very Skeptical' Of Atlantic Offshore Drilling," The Hill, 12/17/15)
- The Proposal Would Have Allowed Drilling 50 Miles Off The Coasts Of Virginia, The Carolinas, And Georgia. "The January 2015 proposal would have opened up sites more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia to oil drilling no earlier than 2021." (Matthew Daly, "US Bars Atlantic Drilling; Obama Builds Environmental Legacy," The Associated Press, 3/15/16)
The Announcement Was Met With Praise From Southeastern Governors And Lawmakers Who "Saw New Drilling As Creating Jobs And Bolstering State Revenue." "In January 2015, Mr. Obama drew the wrath of environmentalists and high praise from the oil industry and Southeastern governors after the Interior Department put forth a proposal that would have opened much of the southeastern Atlantic coast to offshore drilling for the first time. The proposal came after governors, state legislators and senators from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia all expressed support for the drilling. Lawmakers in the state capitals saw new drilling as creating jobs and bolstering state revenue." (Coral Davenport, "Obama Reverses Course On Drilling Off Southeast Coast," The New York Times , 3/14/16)
Atlantic Drilling Is Supported By Virginia's Democrat Governor, Terry McAuliffe, And The State's Two Democrat Senators, Tim Kaine And Mark Warner. "Republican governors in North and South Carolina back drilling off their states' coasts, as does the Democratic governor of Virginia, as well as the state's two Democratic senators." (Matthew Daly, "US Bars Atlantic Drilling; Obama Builds Environmental Legacy," The Associated Press, 3/15/16)
- Last Year, Kaine And Warner Signed A Letter Supporting Atlantic Drilling Along With All Six Senators From Georgia And The Carolinas. "Offshore energy exploration can be an opportunity to diversify the economy and create jobs in the Mid- and South-Atlantic region, as well as a means to lessen our national reliance on foreign sources of energy. The offshore industry has coexisted with the military and commercial industries like fishing and tourism in other areas for many years, and we believe that oil and gas development can take place on the Outer Continental Shelf alongside our shared efforts to protect our waters and shoreline." (Senators Mark Warner, Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham, Tim Kaine, Richard Burr, Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, and Thom Tillis, Letter To Senators Lisa Murkowski And Maria Cantwell , 4/7/15)
By Blocking Drilling In The Atlantic, Obama Is Obstructing Greater American Energy Production, Economic Growth, And Job Creation
Obama's Reversal On Atlantic Drilling Ignores The Pleas Of Governors In Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, And Virginia To Open Up Offshore Energy Development. "The Obama administration's about-face is a defeat for the governors of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, who had lobbied for nearby offshore drilling they say would create jobs and new economic activity." (Jennifer Dlouhy, "Obama Said To Bar Atlantic Coast Oil Drilling In Reversal," Bloomberg, 3/15/16)
Allowing Offshore Drilling In The Atlantic Could Support 280,000 Jobs And Add $200 Billion To The Economies Of Virginia, The Carolinas, And Georgia. "Supporters had argued that drilling could provide about 280,000 jobs and inject nearly $200 billion into the economies of the four states - and Tuesday's announcement drew a swift and scathing response from the American Petroleum Institute, the leading oil industry trade association." (Matt Smith, "Obama Administration Reverses Course, Will Not Allow Oil & Gas Drilling Off the Atlantic Coast," Vice News, 3/15/16)
Obama's Own Interior Department Has Said There Is 3.3 Billion Barrels Of Oil And 31.3 Trillion Cubic Feet Of Natural Gas That Could Be Developed From Atlantic Drilling. "The Interior Department estimates there are 3.3 billion barrels of recoverable oil on the Atlantic's outer continental shelf and 31.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Energy industry experts say the reserves may be far greater." (Coral Davenport, "Obama Reverses Course On Drilling Off Southeast Coast," The New York Times , 3/14/16)
- Industry Experts Believe The True Amount Of Reserves Is Higher, Arguing That Interior's Numbers Are An Underestimate Based On Old Data. "But energy industry experts say the outer shelf may actually contain far more oil and gas than estimated. The BOEM numbers are based on 1980s surveys conducted with outdated seismic technology. 'The data is old and incomplete ... and needs to be taken with a grain of salt,' says Fred Beach, assistant director of energy policy at the University of Texas' Energy Institute in Austin." (Maria Gallucci, "Obama Administration Proposes Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling Along East Coast," International Business Times, 1/27/15)
Randall Luthi, The President Of The National Ocean Industries Association, Said That Blocking Atlantic Drilling Leads To "Less Of An Opportunity To Invest In The U.S., And Those Dollars Will Flow Overseas." "If the Atlantic is taken out, that means there's less of an opportunity to invest in the U.S., and those dollars will flow overseas, and we'll hear more and more of that in the presidential election," said Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association. (Matthew Daly, "US Bars Atlantic Drilling; Obama Builds Environmental Legacy," The Associated Press, 3/15/16)
THIS COMES ON THE HEELS OF CLINTON'S CONTROVERSIAL PLEDGE TO "PUT A LOT OF COAL MINERS AND COAL COMPANIES OUT OF BUSINESS"
At Sunday's Democrat Town Hall, Clinton Said "We're Going To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business." CLINTON: "We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." (CNN, Democrat Town Hall, 3/13/16)
Clinton's Statement Was Harshly Criticized By Coal Communities, Leaving Her Campaign Scrambling To Reassure Appalachian Democrats. "Facing a backlash from Appalachian Democrats, Hillary Clinton's campaign on Monday tried to reaffirm her commitment to coal communities one day after declaring on national television she was going to 'to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.'" (Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise, "Facing Backlash, Clinton Says Coal Still Has A Future," The Associated Press ¸ 3/14/16)
- Clinton's Campaign Was Forced To Walk Back Her Town Hall Remarks On Monday. "But later in the day, the Clinton campaign released a statement that appeared to walk back her comments that she would put coal miners and coal companies out of business. 'Coal will remain a part of the energy mix for years to come, and we have a shared responsibility to ensure that coal communities receive the benefits they have earned and can build the future they deserve,' she said." (Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise, "Facing Backlash, Clinton Says Coal Still Has A Future," The Associated Press ¸ 3/14/16)
Clinton Friend And Kentucky's Democrat Secretary Of State Alison Lundergan Grimes Said She Was "Very Disappointed" In Clinton's Comments. "'I was very disappointed to hear the comments that came out of the debate,' said Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state and a close friend of the Clinton family who received their endorsement during her unsuccessful challenge to [Senator Mitch] McConnell in 2014. 'My hope is she'll have a chance to clarify those comments, comments that as I said were completely out of line with personal conversations that I have had with her.'" (Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise, "Facing Backlash, Clinton Says Coal Still Has A Future," The Associated Press ¸ 3/14/16)
The President Of The National Mining Association, Hal Quinn, Said It Was "Deeply Troubling" To Hear Clinton "Boast" That She Wants "To Destroy The Livelihoods Of Tens Of Thousands Of Hard-Working Americans." "The National Mining Association joined in. Hal Quinn, the group's president, said it is 'surpassing strange and deeply troubling to hear prominent presidential candidates boast of their determination in office to destroy the livelihoods of tens of thousands of hard-working Americans.'" (Timothy Cama, "GOP, Industry Backlash After Clinton's Coal Comments," The Hill, 3/14/16)
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