The hole is plugged … can we end the drilling ban?

No big party at the White House this week after the final chapter on the BP Gulf oil disaster was written. The hole is plugged, and I kind of expected a state dinner or something. What we get is the Executive Branch continuing their efforts to justify an oil drilling ban that was never justified in the first place.

The oil well leak problem is over. That’s not to say there are still issues to resolve, areas to clean up, research to be done, and sequels concerning the aftermath. But the blown-out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico has not leaked any oil in quite some time, and many Louisiana oil industry workers have not gone back to work.

Read this editorial in the Wall Street Journal. A taste…

The White House has been struggling to justify this ban, which was motivated by anti-drilling politics, not science. So it came as no surprise that late last week—just as the well was about to be plugged—the Administration issued an “inter-agency report” suggesting its decision to effectively shut down the Gulf’s largest industry has caused little economic damage. File this one alongside the prediction of an 8% ceiling on unemployment.

According to the analysis, the expected six-month ban on deep-water drilling will result in 8,000 to 12,000 jobs lost. The report crows that “these estimates are lower” than those predicted by other studies and that, moreover, the jobs will “not be permanently lost,” but will return when the ban is lifted. It acknowledges the ban will result in a reduction of some $1.8 billion in spending by drilling operators over the six months and a loss of 30 million barrels of oil in 2011, but dismisses these figures as trivial.

And this is a very relevant point…

For an Administration that loves to tout stimulus projects that create a handful jobs here or there, it takes some nerve to describe the loss of up to 12,000 high-paying Gulf jobs as a triumph.

5 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Where is one of those useless blue ribbon commissions when you need one?


    The funny thing is that the Democrats and Øbamaroids can't figure out why their popularity is in the toilet!

  2. TomL
    TomL says:

    The irony in all this is that we gave Mexico 2 billion dollars (stimulus money?) for drilling for oil in yep you guessed the Gulf of Mexico. More of Obamas redistribution of wealth. Remember in November

  3. ctrefugee
    ctrefugee says:

    Don't forget Brazil's 2 billion for their off shore drilling. But hey it's only 2 billion. But just think only 1 billion minutes ago the Roman Empire was in full swing. A billion hours was the Stone Age. A billion months ago dinosaurs roamed the Earth. And that's only 1 BILLION. THE MADNESS must end. And we, all of us must stop it . End the Madness now this November .

  4. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    The most ironic thing of all is that the aforementioned foreign countries that are getting tax payer money to expand their oil drilling are under no obligation to adopt any safety recommendations that Øbama thinks will come of this ban.  And I think we can all agree that a spill knows no boundaries.


    When do we start using the term "gazillion"?  😉

  5. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    These are jobs the administration could actually "save" and not spend a dime.  Well, save them from the administration, anyway!  In fact, by losing these jobs, it will cost the government in unemployment benefits.


    Øbama's economic advisers are jumping ship to avoid being blamed for the Øbama Economic Quagmire.

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