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Offshore energy platforms provide great fishing!

I have not had the opportunity to dive any oil rigs, but I have been around other hunks of metal underwater. The wrecks in New England, the Bahamas, Florida, and Cayman Brac are usually surrounded by marine life, and I’m pretty sure that’s a good thing.

Although some energy platforms are mobile, some stay put. For the Louisiana shoreline, retired stationary platforms mean fish, and fish means food. Platforms off the coast of the Bayou state provide more than 75 percent of the oil and gas produced in the continental United States; and tons of shrimp gumbo.

From Humberto Fontova’s piece at American Thinker today…

“Environmentalists” wake up in the middle of the night sweating and whimpering about offshore oil platforms only because they’ve never seen what’s under them. Louisiana produces almost 30 per cent of America’s commercial fisheries. Only Alaska (ten times the size of the Bayou state) produces slightly more. So obviously, Louisiana’s coastal waters are immensely rich and prolific in seafood.

These same coastal waters contain 3,200 of the roughly 3,700 offshore production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. These oil production platforms off the Bayou state’s coasts also extract 80 percent of the oil and 72 percent of the natural gas produced in the Continental U.S., without causing a single major oil spill in half a century of this process. This record stands despite dozens of hurricanes — including the two most destructive in North American history, Camille and Katrina — repeatedly battering the drilling and production structures. So for those interested in evidence over hysterics, by simply looking bayou-ward, a lesson in the “environmental perils” of offshore oil drilling presents itself very clearly.

Diving decommissioned platforms can also be a pleasant surprise, especially to environmentalists who assume the area is a wasteland of debris, with oil and trash floating everywhere.

The Louisiana energy rigs are a perfect example of environmentalist twisting the truth. If you asked any kid in elementary school, you’d find that they have been brainwashed into thinking these rigs are a disaster for the Earth. Fontova continues…

Amongst the greenie scoffers of the environmental bonanza described above were some The Travel Channel producers, fashionably greenish in their views. They read these claims in a book titled “The Helldiver’s Rodeo.” The book described an undersea panorama that (if true) could make an interesting show for the network, they concluded, while still scoffing.

They scoffed as we rode in from the airport. They scoffed over raw oysters, grilled redfish and seafood gumbo that night. More scoffing through the Hurricanes at Pat O’Brien’s. They scoffed even while suiting up in dive gear and checking the (sic) as we tied up to an oil platform 20 miles in the Gulf.

But they came out of the water bug-eyed and indeed produced and broadcast a program showcasing a panorama that turned on its head every environmental superstition against offshore oil drilling. Schools of fish filled the water column from top to bottom — from 6-inch blennies to 12-foot sharks. Fish by the thousands. Fish by the ton.

The cameras were going crazy. Do I focus on the shoals of barracuda? Or that cloud of jacks? On the immense schools of snapper below, or on the fleet of tarpon above? How ’bout this – WHOOOAA – hammerhead!

Fontova’s article starts off with Obama administration touting – on Earth Day – that it was time to cut the ties to foreign oil. They noted environmental wackos (OK, they did not use that term) need to understand their days of “dictating energy policy in this country are over”.

I’m calling that statement hogwash. Actions, not words, must be measured and I’m certain those fools are pandering. I’m just not sure to who.

Will the Obama administration stop pandering to groups that want to ensure not one oil rig, oil refinery, nuclear power plant, or power station is created in the United States?

USGS finds 3 billion barrels of oil in United States

Actually, the report – dated last spring – states there is between 3 billion and 4.3 billion barrels of oil in the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana. The U.S. Geological Survey assessment states the oil is technically recoverable, with current technology.

Hat tip to reader Fred.

We’re not running out of oil. The oil “found” in the Bakken Formation is probably not easy to get at and will cost more to get out of the ground. With oil prices low, it probably does not make much sense for oil companies to request drilling rights since there would not be enough profit available at current market prices.

The real question is if oil prices go up, will the environmental wackos allow companies to drill responsibly to get at the oil when we need it? I don’t have much hope for that.

From the USGS Newsroom

North Dakota and Montana have an estimated 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in an area known as the Bakken Formation.

A U.S. Geological Survey assessment, released April 10, shows a 25-fold increase in the amount of oil that can be recovered compared to the agency’s 1995 estimate of 151 million barrels of oil.

Technically recoverable oil resources are those producible using currently available technology and industry practices. USGS is the only provider of publicly available estimates of undiscovered technically recoverable oil and gas resources.

New geologic models applied to the Bakken Formation, advances in drilling and production technologies, and recent oil discoveries have resulted in these substantially larger technically recoverable oil volumes. About 105 million barrels of oil were produced from the Bakken Formation by the end of 2007.

Don’t Drill … Just Send Money – Update

Today’s media m0ment took place at the staged town meeting in Florida. A local municipal official took the mic to first praise her man … and then to ask for money for a new commuter railroad … cause she

a. doesn’t like the Arabs,

b. can’t drill for oil locally because the scenery is really cool

c. the economy is in the tank and they still have stuff they really need, like rail

d. all of the above

Guess before you watch.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afD2Xf3NT0Q

This is what conservatives are up against. The economy is tanking and municipal officials are still spending … and still restricting the economy in every way possible. Welcome to the new Florida.

UPDATE: Well this woman, unfortunately, may get her wish … on drilling. From Jim Geraghty:

American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard today issued the following statement on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s announcement that he would extend the Outer Continental Shelf Five-Year Plan comment period by 180 days:

“Congress made the American people wait nearly 30 years to address our immediate energy challenges. Secretary Salazar today told the American people they must continue to wait—even though more than two-thirds of them want to tap our vast domestic resources for the benefit of all Americans.

Here’s the link.

Energy myths – battling for better energy choices and lower prices

The phrase “drill here, drill now, pay less” has become a popular in the past few weeks. Sure, if we open up exploration now, it will take some time for the oil to actually start flowing, but just a commitment to drill here and drill now will lower the price of fuel immediately. We know this as fact.

Jim Vicevich – radio host at WTIC 1080 in Hartford – just started updating his blog again and posted a few good links. If you’re up to arguing the point with those who think windmills are the answer, Vicevich provides a link over to Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) and an editorial entitled Energy Myths. Read more

Obama says drill – but knows Sierra Club will fight

Powerline has a nice wrap-up concerning Obama’s two-faced approach to drilling for more oil and natural gas here in the States. Even though he’s now preaching that we should consider drilling offshore and open more leases in Alaska – not ANWAR – he knows that environmentalists will go to court to block every move to actually drill.

By playing both sides of the coin, he gives the impression that he cares about energy costs; and even though the oil companies can drill, they are not drilling. Squarely putting the blame back on Big Oil even though it’s not their fault.

He is not explaining why the oil companies are not drilling. Read more

Iran tests new weapon, can close Straight of Hormuz – US tests weapon, can reopen Straight – and make it wider

More posturing from the Iranian dictator-at-large. Six world powers simply asked Iran to stop enriching uranium. They won’t stop, and this is the set up to test the new president of the United States.

We might have some more rhetoric babbled from the United Nations over the next few months – with strong words that again demand that Iran stop messing with nukes – but nothing will happen until at least next spring when the new administration is in place. After all, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad knows that he’s safe; nobody has the guts to actually go forward with knocking his block off. Read more

Democrats, Obama send mixed message on energy policy

I have no idea where this ship is heading. Obama does not want to drill offshore, but is now willing to drill offshore. He did not want to tap into the strategic petroleum reserves, and now he does. Haven’t the Democrats been saying that we can’t drill out of this problem? Didn’t they say that the only way to lower prices was to build windmills?

On top of all that, now he wants to bring back the windfall profits tax on “big oil” and use the money to give out $1,000 checks to people. Is he nuts? Corporations don’t pay taxes you idiot. Read more

Your wallet – the only place Democrats want to drill

Great bumper sticker now available through the Tennessee Republican Party. It will be the second popular catch phrase coming from the increased cost of fuel and liberals refusing to drill anywhere, at anytime.

Of course, they don’t ever seem to have a problem drilling into our wallets to redistribute wealth. First we’ve got the Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less petition – almost 1.4 million have signed – and now we’ve got this cool bumper sticker. Read more

How to lower oil prices right now – Yes. We. Can.

Barack Obama does not have any answers. All that he and his Democrat followers can do is blame the increase in gas prices on Big Oil, the war in Iraq, and Republicans that refuse to “invest” in new technology so we can “get off” our addiction to oil.

Of course, it doesn’t help that Dick Cheney used to be the CEO of Halliburton and George W. Bush has all of those buddies that are in the oil industry; but why mix fiction with fiction.

So what can be done today so we start seeing a reduction in fuel prices tomorrow? Read more

The Democrat Agenda – Government Must Own Oil Industry

In the last month, at least two members of congress, Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.), called for nationalizing the oil industry. Read that sentence again.

Can someone name for me any private industry that has been taken over by the government where service got better, quality improved, or costs went down? Certainly the government has stepped into a private sector industry and made things better. Maybe health care? How about the school systems?

Heck, the government is only partially involved in health care and education – both considered broken and in need of fixing – imagine if they took over completely.

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