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Kemp: Obama Stalls Drilling On Federal Lands

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The White House likes to claim a share of the credit for the drilling revolution that has transformed North America's energy production and security, Kemp says.

Reuters

John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own

LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) - The White House likes to claim a share of the credit for the drilling revolution that has transformed North America's energy production and security.

Except the revolution has largely taken place on private rather than public land, and energy producers feel frustrated about the numerous obstacles and long delays in obtaining permission to drill in areas directly controlled by the administration.

"Crude oil production has grown each year President Barack Obama has been in office to its highest level in 17 years," the Council of Economic Advisors wrote back in the summer of 2013. "Over the past four years, domestic oil supply growth has accounted for over one-third of global oil production growth."

"Government-funded research supplemented private industry's work to develop the technology that sparked the boom," the council explained ("Reducing America's dependence on foreign oil", Aug. 29, 2013).

The theme has often been taken up by the president himself to underline his commitment to an "all of the above" approach that embraces fossil fuels such as oil and gas, renewables like solar and wind as well as measures to reduce wasteful energy consumption while increasing efficiency.

"We are drilling," the president told an audience in Maryland in 2012. "Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years. We've quadrupled the number of operating oil rigs to a record high."


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DCII | Apr. 22, 2014
Its too Bad our own President spouts about our Drilling & Production Rates Increasing But None of the Above are Due to this Administration, As stated in the article the Production on Federal Lands has Dropped since this Administration has taken Office. And this Administration has done nothing to Improve or Open More Drilling on OUR Federal Lands! We Own these Lands Not our Government.

Greg Swank | Apr. 22, 2014
Here in Alaska our Senator Begich likes to tell us that he and he alone is responsible for us being able to drill in the NPR. This is far from the truth. No drilling has happened and the Feds are still holding everything up.



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