Thankfully, states are starting to fight back, Alaska serving as only the latest example.
Big energy news was broken at today's press conference at the Chamber. Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell... and Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources Dan Sullivan announced the state would allow drilling off a strip of state-owned land, expanding energy production:
It would allow the state to start allowing drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, up to three miles off the federally protected regions of ANWR and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, bypassing the need for federal permission...
While the state has no control over drilling in ANWR, it does own the three miles of Arctic Ocean just off the coast—after those three miles, the federal government owns the waters. Officials say it stands to reason that that three-mile ribbon likely cuts through the vast oil deposits believed to lie beneath ANWR and the Arctic Ocean. Alaskan officials and oil companies hope that by drilling in that strip, they can tap into up to a dozen giant oil pools that would otherwise be off-limits.
HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHA (***cough*** ***wheeze***) HHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH AHHAHA (***erp***) HAHHAHA AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA (***owww***)
I think I just wrenched my clavicle, I was laughing so hard.
Well, this is certainly going to piss off the Obama administration.
To which I say: too damn bad. Maybe the entire bureaucracy could move to another country... one that enjoys restricting access to its own vast energy reserves.
You say there aren't any?