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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Trump prepares Arctic for drill, baby, drill

President Trump is reviving efforts to drill for oil in the Arctic Circle -- efforts Democrats have thwarted for 19.6 million acres.

His administration is drafting changes to regulations to allow oil drilling in about 2,000 of the 19.6 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


This battle has been going on since Reagan was president.

From the Washington Post:
In an Aug. 11 memo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acting director James W. Kurth instructed the agency’s Alaska regional director to update a rule that allowed exploratory drilling between Oct. 1, 1984, and May 31, 1986, by striking those calendar constraints.
Doing so would eliminate an obstacle that was the subject of a court battle as recently as two years ago.
“When finalized, the new regulation will allow for applicants to [submit] requests for approval of new exploration plans,” Kurth wrote in the memo.
Imagine what the world would be like if we had started extracting that oil in the 1990s.

The economy would be stronger, and countries that depend on oil exports would be a lot less belligerent.

Fracking, of course, is doing that now.

But you can never have too much oil, right?

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20 comments:

  1. Drill, baby, drill! I used to live in Alaska. I've been to the ANWR. You won't find a more barren spot on earth. The Sahara may be scorching hot, but Alaska is freezing cold. And in the summer the mosquitoes (Alaska's state bird) are so bad they can stampede a herd of caribou. By all means, drill. The place is so big they could cut Alaska in half and make Texas the third largest state. - Elric

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  2. Yes I have been there too, but the environmentalists lie and show pictures of the lovely mountains in Alaska and ask if we want that destroyed. I have seen this type of lying on so many issues that I will not believe anything they say including climate change which was global warming after it was global cooling.

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  3. It's possible, I guess, to rationalize the acquisition of millions of acres of already inhabited land by sending some money to a despot that probably couldn't have found the place on a map and then regarding as either a huge zoo or great resource to benefit strangers living thousands of miles away. That must make sense, somehow.

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    1. The places they're talking about are barren. The only inhabitants are wild animals who don't mind.

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    2. There are a few inhabitants, but they will be receiving enhanced benefits. Alaska pays every citizen a dividend every year based on how much oil is produced and taxed. The caribou won't mind, and the polar bears view humans as seals without fur. If nnobody has noticed, drilling rigs on the North Slope have polar bear-proof cages around them for protection. - Elric

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    3. Elric, any way we can get bunches of liberals up there to stage a protect? Save the seals and all.
      Some one notify antiF(reedom)A(merica) that those rigs are confederate monuments. maybe we can start naming them things like The Stone Wall Jackson Driller, and get them all excited. Maybe get American Airways to offer discount tickets? Now, today, would be a great time for them to go protect for a couple weeks.

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    4. All we need to do is tell the libtards that it's the season for bashing cute little baby seals in the head to make sealskin jackets for the hoity-toity. There will be a stampede and the polar bears will put on a good layer of fat for winter. - Elric

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    5. Hahaha Jeremy! Great idea. I was at a craft brewery (Antietam) Saturday night and they had many very cool things on their walls. One of them was a replica of an 1861 letter written by Bobby Lee. I almost started crying, reading it, because he kept talking about God and blessings, over and over. I realized that the root of it all with the Libs is that they hate God. The statue trashing is just an infantile expression of this. Well, guess what, Proggies...we already know how the story ends. God wins, you lose. Yay God. Praise Him, praise Him!

      BTW, another example for me of how small business is coming back was that brewery. More oil for that Train, Mr. T! Roll on, Mr. T!!

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  4. The ANWR won't be harmed one goddam bit by drilling on 2,000 acres. That's a drop in a 19.6 MILLION acre bucket. The caribou and polar bears won't give a flying f**k and will go on about their business. The Alaska pipeline was supposed to disrupt caribou migratory patterns and screw up their reproduction. A few years after its completion surveys showed that to be nonsense. Only an idiot (most Democrats, extreme environmentalists, AND Barack Obama) would pass on cheap energy that is not and won't hurt one cotton pickin' thing.

    Drill, baby, drill!

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    1. Ever seen the pictures of the caribou near the pipeline? There are even images of bear walking on the thing.

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  5. In 1962 or '63 I had a Social Studies teacher who was adamant that by the year 2000 we'd be all out of oil, and "we're all gonna die."

    Around that time the media was flogging the "global cooling" line, so it was a double-whammy! No oil for heating, glaciers in downtown New York, now it was absolutely certain, "we're all gonna die!"

    Now we're hearing global warming instead of cooling, but somehow we still have oil (and keep discovering more of it all the time,) but for the alarmists the song remains the same: "we're all gonna die."

    The biggest difference that I see is that back in the '60s, my SS teacher was advocating good, clean, limitless energy... from nuclear reactors!

    (She also was willing to discuss & argue her position, unlike today's activists. She also had a sense of humor!)

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    1. Nuclear rectors are a zero sum game. It takes as much energy to write the environmental impact statement as the reactor will ever produce.

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    2. Sadly true, today. Pity we don't live in a rational world, isn't it!

      Now if only we could harness Washington & use the vast amounts of hot air generated for something useful! But there again, too much of it is toxic, and would degrade the environment.

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    3. Lately they have made progress with fusion reactors. Once they pass the breakeven point it's cheap and limitless energy with no toxic waste. It's all consumed in the process. - Elric

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  6. People have caught on to the Idiot Left. The Idiot Left actually wants war in the streets, and they've ticked off enough of us that we're now willing to let them have it. And we'll win.

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  7. Texas will always be the largest unfrozen state.

    Gary in Texas

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