Salazar claims oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has remained at "an all-time high" despite the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the federal moratorium and permatorium that have stopped all deepwater drilling activity, put thousands of people in Texas, Lousiana, Mississippi and Alabama out of work, and kept the region's energy economy mired in a deep recession.
But according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration, Gulf oil production has dropped nearly 300,000 barrels per day since the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. Imports of foreign oil have not slowed as a result of the Middle East crisis, so it must be the Gulf slowdown that is forcing retailers to raise gas prices.
Did Salazar purposely misinform the House committee or does he just not know?
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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), yesterday issued a statement responding to Salazar's Wednesday testimony to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee warning that the current pace of permitting will be felt hard in the coming years. "His statements do not tell the full story," said Landrieu, who rejected Salazar's statement that current production is not affected by the moratorium or his agency's new regulations. "This is true if we lived in a static world, but the point that seems to be amiss on this administration is that while current production might not be impacted, future production will be impacted."
The admin. understands that the way to bring the people into submission is to do it through the pocketbook. We will not be able to afford fuel to put in our cars, in our planes to travel for business, to heat our homes, and then food cost will soar to a point we can't afford to eat. Then, and only then, does the gov't plan to step in to save us all. PBO has the authority to release some of the strategic oil reserve, as Bush did, to relieve some of the pressure on our wallet. He has the influence to tell the Congress to open the oil fields and allow drilling. He has the influence to recommend regulations be done away with that restricts the refining of our own oil. He isn't afraid of executive orders. Why is he so silent now? There is a political strategy in play here and we will all pay the price one way or the other.
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