Snake Oil

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A story in The Wall Street Journal (Jan. 6) reveals yet another lie by President Obama, a.k.a. “Tricky Barry.” During the campaign, when oil prices were astronomically high, McCain was scoring points with voters by say- ing that we should open more of our own country to drilling, even in offshore areas. Obama at first just kept pushing wind- mills, but then, after seeing his lead dwindle to almost nothing, started saying that he, too, would be willing to expand domestic drilling.

But, just like his promise to have the proceedings of the debate for health care reform broadcast on C-SPAN, so to ensure transparency, this promise is now down the crap- per. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that, even as oil prices are moving back up again, even more regulatory hurdles will be put in front of oil and natural gas companies before they can drill on federal lands. The administration is going to make it tougher for the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) to put requests from oil and gas companies on the fast track for approval. It is the clear intention of these lying weasels in the White House to make it harder for energy companies to access resources on federal land.

That is a huge roadblock to energy independence, considering that the BLM has control over 260 million acres of land. And this action is only part of Obama’s green jihad against fossil fuel, a campaign that includes attempts by the administration to jack up taxes on energy companies, and especially to pass cap-and-trade legislation.

So much for energy independence. Obama’s actions will put us at the mercy of countries such as Iran, Russia, and Venezuela. Maybe that is why Ahmadinejad, Putin, and Chavez are treating Obama as their patsy.

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