Pelosi’s Head Fake

Democrats felt the heat from constituents during the 5-week Congressional summer break. Instead of doing something real – which is what Americans expect – Pelosi is putting a bill on the floor on Tuesday that, if passed into law, would ultimately fail to produce one drop of oil.

The reason? She knows that her allies in the radical environmentalist movement will be lined up to sue on every attempt to drill. Want proof? Just look at the record. The following information comes from Congressman John Shadegg – demonstrating that he continues to stay completely engaged in the public policy fight, even while engaged in an active campaign.

Take a look at the information, and it’s no wonder our gas prices remain high and we continue our over-reliance on foreign oil.

Prepared by the Office of Congressman John Shadegg

    LEGAL CHALLENGES BY ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS ARE BLOCKING OR SIGNIFICANTLY DELAYING OIL LEASES AND PRODUCTION

Radical environmentalists challenged every lease in the Chuckchi Sea:

• The Administration issued 487 leases in the Chuckchi Sea Sale 193 in February 2008.
• The Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, and other radical environmental organizations, in January 2008, filed a pre-emptive suit challenging all 487 leases under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.
• Status: Currently pending. (U.S. District Court Alaska; Case No. 1:08-cv-0004-RRB)

Radical environmentalists challenged the entire 2007-2012 5-year national OCS leasing program:

• The Administration, in July 2007, proposed a national schedule to issue oil leases over a 5-year period (2007-2012) in the outer continental shelf, including Alaska.
• The Center for Biological Diversity and other radical environmental organizations immediately filed suit challenging all existing leases and all future leases under the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and various other laws.
• Status: Currently pending. (U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia; Case NO. 07-1247)

Radical environmentalists challenged exploration activities of every lease in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas:
• There are 748 leases which lie in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas
• The Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and other radical environmental organizations, in May 2008, sued, challenging all seismic activity at all 748 leases in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
• Status: Currently pending. (U.S. District Court of Alaska; Case No. 1:08-cv-0001-RRB; U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; Case No. 08-35571)

Radical environmentalists block proposed drilling plans:

• On February 15, 2007, the Minerals Management Service approved the proposed exploration plan for 12 leases in the Beaufort Sea.
• The Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resource Defense Council, the Sierra Club, and other radical environmental organizations sued in April 2007 and obtained a court order halting drilling on all 12 leases. This order has already stopped activity for two years.
• Status: Currently pending. (U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; Case No. 07-71457)

Radical environmentalists sue under FOIA seeking evidence for use in future litigation to block all leases:

• The Administration issued 487 leases in the Chukchi Sea Sale 193 in February 2008
• The Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resource Defense Council, in January 2008, sued under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), seeking documents for their effort to stop all oil exploration and production.
• Status: Currently pending. (U.S. District Court of Alaska; Case No. 3:08-cv-00159-RRB)

Radical environmentalists protest every lease in BLM New Mexico State Office lease sale:

• On July 16, 2008, the BLM New Mexico State Office auctioned 78 leases in New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
• The Western Environmental Law Center and the Wild Earth Guardians preemptively, on July 1, 2008, administratively challenged all 78 leases under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. (43 CFR 3120.1-3)
• Status: Currently pending. (Bureau of Land Management)

Radical environmentalists block a majority of oil and gas leases in the Rocky Mountain States:

• In 2007, approximately 50% of the oil and gas leases in the Rocky Mountain States were administratively challenged. (Bureau of Land Management)
• In Utah alone, oil and gas development on millions of acres is being held up by environmental groups. (U.S. District Court, Utah Central; Case No. 2:04CV574 DAK)


Comments

  1. I don’t know about the Rocky Mountain or New Mexico issues, but I do know that the Bush administration has ignored concerns of its own scientists in the Interior Dept. over Chukchi and has tried to hide findings. The sweetheart deals the oil companies are getting will certainly help to continue to line their pockets, but it is unlikely that this drilling will do much to lower oil prices anytime soon.

  2. Shadegg is a damn fool.

    Gas prices are a result of failed monetary policy and the intentional debasing of our dollar by the Federal Reserve.

    Oil prices have remained steady over 50 years compared to gold, so have oil prices really risen?

    Where’s Ron Paul’s financial expertise when the nation needs it… instead we get McBama.

  3. Fox News reported that all the NIMBY’s along the coast of Southern California have rejected Liquid Natural Gas terminals which ultimately ended up setting up in Mexico.

    These CA knuckleheads ended up losing jobs and cost savings for the rest of the country. (I’ll see if we can find and post it.)

  4. The Democrats want US to be dependent on Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.

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