Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How Will Obama Replace 46,000 Lost Jobs from Moratorium?

Outrage has been immediate at the bizarre obsession of Barack Obama and his administration in forcing a moratorium on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, even after judges struck down the notion.

Others point to the fact the deepwater rigs in the Gulf have all been tested and found to be sound.

Even so, U. S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made this strange comment: “I am basing my decision on evidence that grows every day of the industry’s inability in the deepwater to contain a catastrophic blowout, respond to an oil spill, and to operate safely. I remain open to modifying the new deepwater drilling suspensions based on new information, but industry must raise the bar on its practices and answer fundamental questions about deepwater safety, blowout prevention and containment, and oil spill response.”

This is in spite of the solid safety record in the Gulf, other than the obvious existing one, and the fact there is no "evidence" of any type to confirm the industry can't "operate safely." They can and have operated safely, and one accident doesn't imply or prove anything, other than there was one failure. This is after decades of working in the region and thousands of oil wells dug.

So to assert one error demonizes the entire industry is irresponsible and outrageous, and a large and growing number of people agree.

Obama's own party has in some cases abandoned him here, as Darrell Issa (Dem., California), has asked the White House to explain how they're going to replace the approximate 46,000 jobs that could be lost because of the ban.

No response from the White House. That's because they're clueless and reckless in this decision, and continues the arrogant disregard for the will of the American people.

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