Obama Backs Oil Drilling Along Atlantic Seaboard

President Barack Obama says he's expanding offshore oil drilling along the Atlantic coast, arguing that America must break its dependency on foreign oil and rely more on "homegrown fuels and clean energy."

Obama chose Andrews air base on the outskirts of Washington for his announcement, telling a military audience "this is not a decision that I've made lightly."

The move reverses longstanding government policy. Obama is allowing drilling along a large portion of Virginia's shoreline and is considering it for a large chunk of the Atlantic seaboard. He said "there will be those who strongly disagree," but pledged that it will be done "in ways that balance the need to harness domestic energy resources and the need to protect Americas's natural resources."

The government will now allow oil drilling 50 miles off the North Carolina coast.

The move reverses longstanding government policy that banned most offshore drilling except in the Gulf of Mexico.

The President stated energy security in our nation must be established and claims his plan will not only save energy but also tax-payer dollars.

But some of those against the measure say it's not just because of what a spill could mean for wildlife.

Senator Mark Basnight said he is for offshore drilling as long as protections for coastal residents are in place in case of a spill.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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President Barack Obama plans to announce that the government will allow oil drilling 50 miles off the North Carolina shoreline but will reject some proposed drilling sites in Alaska.

Obama scheduled an announcement Wednesday at Andrews air base near Washington. In the speech, he is set to discuss why he is changing the policy, more than 20 years old, that bans most offshore drilling except in the Gulf of Mexico.

The president also is set to announce that proposed oil leases in Alaska's Bristol Bay will be canceled. The Interior Department is reversing last year's decision to open up parts of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

Obama's plan will leave in place the drilling moratorium off the West Coast.

Although Obama makes no mention of North Carolina's coast, it's continually being discussed by our state government. The New York Times reports the areas being opened up from mid-Florida, north to Delaware.

In September, Gov. Beverly Perdue formed a committee, Governor's Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy, to study offshore drilling in North Carolina.

Perdue says she wanted help with identifying wind and sun energy options off the coast and whether drilling could harm the state's tourist industry and ecology.

Perdue said initially during the 2008 campaign she was opposed to drilling but later said she would be open to it if it's considered safe.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    I totally agree, OSOC! Lip Service and nothing more!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    Darren, although I do not support Basnight as he is just another bleeding heart liberal. Check his voting record, that is where support of my comment are. Basnight is lip service for Obama, thats all. Secondly, of oil spills...when Katrina hit New Orleans, where were the massive oil spills? There weren't any. I traced "made up" stories of oil spills, however, most were from submerged cars. The Gulf is the richest fishing grounds in the East. Just ask a fisherman, they like the reef created by the oil rigs. I say drill for where the oil is and not do exploritory drilling which will run costs up when they don't find any. Russia is pumping oil south of Florida, why can't we? There is nothing in Anwar, why are we not tapping that? This story is mere feel good and lip service.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Apr 6, 2010 at 08:25 AM
    I back Marc Basnight up on this one. We do need to get our own oil and stop paying out so much money for all the foreign oil. It will make fuel prices cheaper and will create more jobs. Also, I would want to make sure every measure is exercised to prevent any possibility of an oil spill, as that would damage the fishing industry, therefore indirectly damaging the Dare County economy and even the North Carolina economy in a way. I'll say this is one thing that I'll have to agree with Obama on, considering there are lots more to disagree with. To dog house 1954, you just stated another good reason right there. It would cause the opec crooks to drop their prices just in order to keep business inside the United States.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2010 at 06:42 PM
    Rich I don't believe it will EVER happen it's just a dangling carrot.
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Apr 4, 2010 at 03:00 PM
    Lets see if this ever happens. I'd love to revisit this article in 5 years and see what progress has been made. I hope it is true, but he's lied so many times already, I have to see it for myself and can't blindly believe like so many others.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2010 at 12:02 PM
    This is nothing but a carrot the President is using to try and sway minds for the November elections. If he really wanted to be effective for the US economy really do some off-shore drilling in the gulf like the Russians are doing in almost our own backyard. He about saving his majority house by dangling this carrot...He's not for the people of this once very great nation.
  • by Joseph Location: winterville on Apr 3, 2010 at 05:14 AM
    Talking to Jesse Jackson on the phone
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 2, 2010 at 03:35 PM
    Sorry, OSOC exclusive: Obama Backs Oil Drilling Along Atlantic Seaboard Where There is very little oil to find, to appease moderates. I hope that cleans up the facts behind what he is doing.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2010 at 07:19 PM
    Shaking my head- Your response to "some say it would deplete the food supply...." is -- "highly doubt it, no way of knowing unless we try". Do you understand your illogical thinking? Basically if we try and find out the food supply is impacted then it is too late! YES we can do without biofuel, NO we cannot do without food. Biofuel is absolutely a waste of resources from beginning to end. It cannot be made cheaply or efficiently enough to serve even a small fraction of our needs. It is fine for the out in the country hillbilly or the stuck in the 60s-70s hippie. 1/4 of the world is in famine. This country supplies more of the worlds food than any other country on the planet. The United States controls almost half of world grain exports. Farmers are not out of work because of lack of farming to do, they are out of work because of more efficient large scale cheaper farming necessitated by world demand. Adapt or be destroyed. Same would happen with biofuel if it were a viable product.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Apr 1, 2010 at 02:19 PM
    Obama cares nothing for most of white America, and only little more for black America. I believe he has been 'placed' in America as a 'take down' device, in human form, by Middle Eastern forces. He is mixed race, grew up on both sides of the fence, but managed to find his way onto the upper end of the educational scale. He and Michelle are on a mission alright, but it is not a minority mission nor a country mission of improvement. Keep in mind, they will never have to worry about anything material again in their lives, or their children's lives, because he is President(Someone decided that politcians would be taken care of for the remainder of their lives, by the Tax Payers). Make it to Presidency, and you are 'in for life'.
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