Sunday, April 30, 2017

Donald Trump signs executive order to expand drilling in the Arctic. Because saving the planet is for pussies.

Courtesy of ADN: 

Surrounded by members of Alaska's congressional delegation, President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order that directs the Interior Department to rethink some of President Barack Obama's regulations and decrees that put large swaths of the Arctic Ocean off limits to oil drilling. 

The order requires Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review previously issued five-year development plans for offshore oil and natural gas leases and regulations governing oil, gas and renewable energy leasing in waters of the Arctic and Atlantic. 

The new move holds potentially big changes for Alaska: reopening the option of future Arctic Ocean drilling, a reversal of the Obama-era approach that sought to limit and eventually ban offshore drilling there. 

The executive order only outright rescinds one of Obama's orders, pertaining to the Bering Sea, issued on December 9, 2016. Actions related to the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas from 2015 and 2016 are modified, rather than rescinded, confirming status as a marine sanctuary, but not barring leasing and drilling. In all cases, the Interior Department will have to rework its five-year plan for oil and gas leasing — an effort that will take up to two years. The Interior Department will also review oil and gas regulations for offshore drilling, though the outcome is undetermined.

Oh I think the outcome is clearly determined and that we know the review is just a formality and that the Republicans will start raping the Alaska coastline just as soon as their drill bit Viagra kicks in.

Along with pen recipient Lisa Murkowski you can also see Rep. Don Young skulking in the background. 

I am not sure why Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan was not included, because if Alaska Republicans can agree on anything it is that drilling giant holes all over the state is job one.

I swear the more executive orders this tangerine colored shitgibbon signs that more desperately I miss President Obama.

Obama tried so very hard to protect us, this planet, and our future. And it seems with every stroke of the pen this POS brings us that much closer to disaster.


  1. Anonymous3:26 AM

    The problem is, no one wants these leases. Gas is in over supply, it isn't cost effective to drill baby drill for it anymore and it won't be for the future either. By 203 (just 13 short years) electric cars are going to be the go to vehicle for most folks and decreasing gasoline and diesel consumption will torpedo the gas/oil industry like nothing else. In our hood the SECOND a reasonably priced electric SUV is available I know of 5 out of 10 families who will be in line for one. And I live in rural Indiana....

    1. Buy stock in Tesla.

      They're expensive now but they are looking at bringing the price down. You know what happens. Once there is demand and they can increase the supply, the price will drop.

      Between that and solar panels also getting cheaper and more charging stations along our major transit corridors, you'll see people going to EV.

      I drove a RAV 4 EV and loved it. I'm still attached to my Prius. But once they cross that magic 100 miles on a charge and the price comes down, I'm in. This last trip is my last long distance trip. After that it will only be around the town. I can add four more PV panels to my existing converter that will offset charging a vehicle. I put PV panels on the roof 12 years ago and haven't paid for electricity since. I still have a balance on my account. The Prius will be 10 in December. When I put the panels up it was with the knowledge that once I retired, when I replaced the Prius it would be with an EV.

      For long distance I'll take public transportation and if necessary rent once there. But I don't anticipate traveling a lot now. At least, not by car. An EV is perfect for around town. Many people don't drive more than 20-30 miles in a day anyway.

  2. Anonymous4:57 AM

    One good thing - even the oil companies had begun to see these efforts as dangerous and futile and most importantly, UNPROFITABLE.

  3. Anonymous6:41 AM

    You have to ask yourself whether they are going to expand drilling in the arctic just for sh*ts and grins. They KNOW it's not profitable regardless of what cheeto jesus says. Prop-a-f*ckin-ganda.

    1. Anonymous7:01 AM

      Write -OFFs!

  4. Anonymous6:59 AM

  5. Anonymous7:02 AM

    "Can I call you Joe?"

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  7. Anonymous7:46 AM

    Does Agent Orange not realize that HIS offspring and descendants will be trying to survive on this planet? The end will come sooner rather than later with the SICK obsession for money taking precedence.

    1. He doesn't CARE.

      His follows the Republican mantra of "I've got mine, sucks to be you."

      To explain their mindset. "I don't care if elephants go extinct. I've already seen an elephant."

      Really. That is how they think.

  8. EPA purges Climate Change from their website.

    "The Environmental Protection Agency removed portions of its website related to climate change on Friday evening ― hours before thousands were set to protest President Donald Trump’s environmental policy."

    "Officials purged the climate change section a week after Trump released a statement on Earth Day touting his commitment to the environment and scientific inquiry. His administration has taken a number of actions over its first 100 days that threaten the environment.

    In an interview with The Washington Post, Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, questioned why the website needed revision at all.

    “It’s hard to understand why facts require revision,” she said."

    Well, duh. They need to be revised to be alternate facts.

    I guess all those scientists were right to back up all of their data...just in case.


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