Florida Needs Offshore Energy Exploration


Categorized in: Florida, Offshore Drilling

The federal government has recently flirted with allowing offshore oil and gas development in the Atlantic, but President Obama ultimately decided to keep the current moratorium in place. As Ellen Wald explains in the Florida Times Union, this is bad news for Florida:

A strong and robust energy industry in this region would stimulate far reaching and long lasting economic development in a number of stagnant local industries. At the same time, the environmental impact of modern offshore drilling techniques in such an accessible and relatively hospitable natural environment would be relatively minimal.

For a micro-view of the potential economic benefits of an offshore energy industry in the Atlantic, take Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Port Authority is an international shipping hub and is about to begin a major dredging project that would position the port to accommodate oil supertankers.

Wald is exactly right that offshore drilling could have a big impact on Florida’s economy. As she says, “All of the infrastructure needed for the Southeast to become major hubs of energy production and trade is in place. All that is needed to unleash this economic growth is the permission of the federal government.”

It is unfortunate that the Obama Administration has refused to recognize the benefits that offshore drilling would bring not only to Florida, but the entire United States. This is a good example of how the people we put into office have a big effect on energy policy that impacts our state. This Election Year, Energy Citizens should ensure that the candidates running for office at the state and federal level know that Floridians support pro-energy policies.

Drilling Decision Bad for Virginia

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Categorized in: Offshore Drilling, Virginia

The Obama Administration announced earlier this year that it would not allow even a modest expansion of drilling in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, including areas off of Virginia’s coast. This decision did not sit well with John Kuchta, Jr. of Virginia Beach. In a letter to the Virginian Pilot, he outlines why the federal government made the wrong call on offshore drilling:

The Obama administration’s recent decision not to include offshore oil and gas exploration in the next five-year plan is a huge mistake and ignores our need for stable, long-term domestic energy production.

Offshore drilling also has the potential to generate a significant number of well-paying jobs and drive economic development opportunities.

Most frustrating is the decision comes even before testing has occurred to gather more information about the size and accessibility of the deposits.

We should be making decisions only after gathering the facts and basing them on sound science.

Responsible oil and gas exploration off of the Atlantic coast has strong support in Virginia. Politicians from both parties back it. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration listened to a vocal minority of extremists and continued to block this type of energy development. That is a loss to our commonwealth, as offshore energy development would have created jobs and provided new revenue to fund projects that benefit us all. Let’s hope that the next president does not make the same mistake when this issue comes up again.

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Obama strikes offshore leasing before it even begins

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Categorized in: North Carolina, Offshore Drilling

The Obama Administration recently bowed to anti-energy activists and yanked access to potential Mid-Atlantic oil and natural gas resources from the 2017-2022 offshore leasing plan.

While radical environmentalists celebrate, the rest of us can only think of what could have been. Offshore oil and gas development has the potential to support more than 50,000 new jobs in North Carolina by 2035 and expand our gross state product by over $4 billion.

The Raleigh News & Observer, in their article on the announcement, quoted N.C. Petroleum Council chief David McGowan, who characterized critics of the Atlantic OCS leasing plan as “a vocal minority.” He said:

I don’t think the president ever intended to open the Atlantic Ocean for development,” McGowan said in a phone interview. “He’s using this to harm economic development, and energy security and national security for our country.”

Whether or not this was always the President’s plan, there is little question that the decision has done serious damage to the future of our economy and national energy security. It’s all the more reason for Energy Citizens to pay strict attention to the energy policies supported by candidates for office – all offices – in the upcoming election.

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Offshore Decision Bad News for Virginia

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Categorized in: Offshore Drilling, Virginia

In early March, the Obama Administration reversed course on Atlantic offshore drilling. Initially, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had proposed to open up a modest portion of the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas leasing. In the final plan, however, this limited expansion of offshore energy exploration was not included.

The editors of the Lynchburg News & Advance wrote an editorial on how this decision hurts Virginia:

The decision last week by the Obama administration to bar the Continental Shelf off the coastlines of Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina from offshore oil and natural gas exploration is a blow, both politically and economically, to the four states, but none more so than the commonwealth…

The potential oil and natural gas reserves off the coast are huge and could have sparked a wide range of economic activity, not to mention the revenues that might have flowed to the states’ coffers.

It is unfortunate that the Obama Administration listened to anti-energy activists instead of considering the many benefits that offshore energy development would bring. While this is bad news for Virginia, Energy Citizens should keep fighting to expand energy exploration, both onshore and off.

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Obama Administration Blocks Expanded Offshore Energy Access

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Categorized in: National, Offshore Drilling

As you may have heard by now, the Obama Administration has announced its decision to deny access to the Atlantic for future offshore energy development.

This misguided decision appeases anti-energy extremists and runs counter to the strong national support for offshore energy development. A majority of American voters, as well as governors and members of Congress, want to see offshore energy exploration move forward.

The administration’s disappointing decision comes in the face of a strong effort by Energy Citizens to expand offshore access. We want to thank Energy Citizens for everything you’ve done to underscore the importance of developing America’s domestic energy resources.

The President’s restrictive offshore energy policy does not change the fact that oil and natural gas will be critical to our economy, our communities, and household budgets for decades to come. Are candidates—at all levels of government—talking about energy?

Let’s double-down on our effort to make energy part of this year’s election. When candidates talk about alternative energy, do they also acknowledge the critical role played by natural gas in lowering our nation’s carbon emissions? We need to let candidates know that if they’re unwilling to discuss sensible solutions for America’s energy future, then they’ll lose our vote.

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Disappointing Decision on Offshore

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Categorized in: Florida, National, North Carolina, Offshore Drilling, Virginia

As you may have heard by now, the Obama Administration has announced its decision to deny access to the Atlantic for future offshore energy development.

This misguided decision appeases anti-energy extremists and runs counter to the strong national support for offshore energy development. A majority of American voters, as well as governors and members of Congress, want to see offshore energy exploration move forward.

The administration’s disappointing decision comes in the face of a strong effort by Energy Citizens to expand offshore access. We want to thank Energy Citizens for everything you’ve done to underscore the importance of developing America’s domestic energy resources.

The President’s restrictive offshore energy policy does not change the fact that oil and natural gas will be critical to our economy, our communities, and household budgets for decades to come. Are candidates—at all levels of government—talking about energy?

Let’s double-down on our effort to make energy part of this year’s election. When candidates talk about alternative energy, do they also acknowledge the critical role played by natural gas in lowering our nation’s carbon emissions? We need to let candidates know that if they’re unwilling to discuss sensible solutions for America’s energy future, then they’ll lose our vote.

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Tell President Obama: Yes Offshore

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Categorized in: National, Offshore Drilling

For the first time in decades, we have a chance of seeing areas in the Atlantic Ocean opened up to offshore oil and natural gas leasing and exploration – if anti-energy activists don’t derail the plan.

In the next few weeks, the Obama Administration is expected to release its Proposed 5-year Offshore Leasing Program. Now is our chance to make sure they know that the majority of Americans support increased access to our offshore resources.

Despite these benefits, anti-energy groups are doing everything they can to stop the expansion of offshore oil and natural gas exploration and development to the Atlantic, spreading fear and misinformation about the safety of offshore operations. The fact is, however, that energy producers must comply with regulations that the Obama administration has deemed “the most aggressive and comprehensive offshore oil and gas regulations… in the nation’s history.”

Sign the petition today so we can start realizing the benefits that offshore development will bring to America!

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Expanding America’s Offshore Energy Future

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Categorized in: National, Offshore Drilling

We wanted to give Energy Citizens a heads up on our new offshore energy campaign.

In the next few weeks, the Obama Administration is expected to come out with its 5-year plan on offshore leasing. Now is our chance to make sure they know that the majority of Americans support increased access to our offshore resources. The first thing you can do is to show your support by signing the petition to the Obama administration.

In addition to the petition, we are helping to spread the word via social media, writing to local newspapers to raise awareness, and contacting local, state, and federal officials. If Energy Citizens don’t counter the efforts of vocal anti-energy activists, the government could cave to pressure from these groups.

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Offshore oil and gas development sure to be a big North Carolina issue in 2016

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Categorized in: North Carolina, Offshore Drilling

It is safe to assume that exploring and developing North Carolina’s offshore oil and natural gas resources is going to be one of the major energy issues in our state in 2016.

Past polls have shown that large majorities of North Carolinians – 65 percent in one survey – support offshore drilling. But there are still many anti-energy activists that strongly oppose it, and have had some success in rallying support for their position at the local level.

It is up to North Carolina Energy Citizens to speak out in favor of offshore energy exploration, and to be armed with the facts to back it up. If you haven’t looked it over lately, read this fact sheet. It shows the potential of offshore energy to directly and indirectly support as many as 55,000 North Carolina jobs by 2035, and grow our state economy by $3.3 billion.

That’s a hard argument to top.

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The Benefits of Offshore Drilling

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Categorized in: Offshore Drilling, Virginia

As the Obama Administration finalizes its five-year leasing plan for offshore energy development, there is increased attention to what offshore drilling means for Virginia. Even though there is bipartisan support for offshore drilling among the state’s leaders, there are still some who are skeptical about oil and gas production off the state’s coastline. Looking at the economic benefits should give any Virginian good reason to support offshore drilling.

Among other things, oil and gas production off Virginia’s coast could create 25,000 Virginia jobs and provide $1.3 billion for the state’s budget with the proper federal revenue-sharing. Those are some big benefits for Virginia. This is likely why U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has said, “development of offshore resources will be beneficial to Virginia’s economy and our nation’s energy security.”

The Obama Administration should make the right choice for Virginia and allow offshore drilling in the Atlantic to help create new jobs for the state.

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