The PJ Tatler

Happy About Falling Gas Prices? Obama Begs to Differ

Add this to your bulging file about how the Obama administration hates America:

The Obama administration canceled offshore drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean for the coming two years after scrapping current and future drilling plans in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. The Department of the Interior announced it is canceling two lease sales it had planned for the next two years for Arctic drilling rights and denied requests from two oil companies to extend leases on drilling rights. It comes less than a month after Shell Oil pulled its drilling operation out of the Arctic, citing disappointing results and high costs.

“In light of Shell’s announcement, the amount of acreage already under lease and current market conditions, it does not make sense to prepare for lease sales in the Arctic,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

What doesn’t make sense is Jewell’s non-sequitur. What does the federal government care about private enterprise’s market conditions? Just another baloney excuse for making people’s lives harder and harder.

In making the change, the Interior Department said it will cancel the two potential Arctic offshore lease sales, and it rejected appeals by Shell and Statoil to extend Arctic leases first obtained during administration of George W. Bush.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, called the decision a “stunning, short-sighted move that betrays the Interior Department’s commitments to Alaska. This is the latest in a destructive pattern of hostility toward energy production that began the 1st day this administration took office,” she said on Twitter.

Environmentalists applaud the move as a positive step for the environment. Marissa Knodel, with Friends of the Earth Climate said, “the Obama administration finally made the right choice for the Arctic and our climate future.”

Increasingly, it is hard to come to any other conclusion than these people are malevolent.