Delaying Oil Leases, Energy Security

By April 9, 2010Energy

From AP, “91,000 acres of oil, gas leases put on hold in Montana, Dakotas“:

BILLINGS – Plans to sell 91,000 acres of oil and gas leases in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota were put on hold Thursday until federal land managers study how oilfield activities contribute to climate change.

Lease sales scheduled for June and August also are likely to be postponed.

March 31 statement from the White House, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar:

“By responsibly expanding conventional energy development and exploration here at home we can strengthen our energy security, create jobs, and help rebuild our economy,” said Salazar.

Can’t really reconcile the first fact, that of blocked leases, with the second statement, can you? For the sake of intellectual and policy consistency, the Secretary’s statement should read: “By blocking conventional energy development and exploration here at home we can weaken our energy security, prevent the creation of jobs, and continue to prevent the rebuilding of our economy.”

(Hat tip: Say Anything blog.)

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