Obama’s War on Gulf Drilling Sends American Jobs Overseas

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You’d think that an unemployment rate hovering near 10% would focus the White House’s mind on job creation, not destruction, but the Obama administration stayed true to form yesterday when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited the Gulf and told offshore drillers that the permits they need to put Americans back to work are not coming anytime soon. Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition head James Noe told the AP: “If the regulators want to sit around and figure out what rules and regulations to come up with, if they wait much longer they won’t have much industry to regulate.”

While the Obama administration has formally lifted their Gulf drilling ban, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management still is not issuing the permits needed to put Americans back to work. Business Week reports: (more…)