Activists like you won an amazing policy victory last year when public outrage forced Congress to finally end its ban on offshore drilling, after 26 long years of keeping America’s vast energy resources in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) locked up and off the market.
A year later, the Obama administration is doing everything it can to drag its feet and prevent us from accessing American energy resources. They are trying to ignore the millions of Americans who demanded access to American energy resources by secretly putting the ban back in place.
Even more amazing and outrageous: the Obama administration is now actually poised to lend $2 billion from U.S. taxpayers to the Brazilian national oil company, Petrobras, for offshore drilling in Brazil.
This administration is actually going to force you to pay for offshore drilling in Brazil, at the same time they try to block offshore drilling here in America!
Fortunately, you can do something about it. The Obama administration is required by law to listen to public comments on the subject of energy exploration and production in the OCS.
Offshore drilling in the OCS would be a real economic stimulus that would create jobs and economic growth by actually producing something. A study from ICF International estimates more than 160,000 well-paying American jobs would be created from allowing oil and gas drilling offshore. Government policy to prevent these jobs by banning access to our own resources is completely unacceptable at a time of 9.4 percent unemployment.
According to federal government estimates, the OCS contains 86 billion barrels of oil and 420 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. We all remember what a hardship it was when gas prices spiked over $4 a gallon last year. We also remember being told that allowing drilling wouldn’t help because it could take years for the new energy sources to reach the market. Well that’s why we can’t wait until the next price spike to start drilling. We need to drill here in America, and do it now.
We only have three weeks until the docket closes on September 21 to make our voices heard, and the radical environmentalists will be sure to weigh in from the other side. Please comment today and pass this email on to anyone you know who can help.