Locking Away Potential

Congressmen criticize Obama administration’s management of drilling permits
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The Department of the Interior admitted to Congress on Thursday morning that it could process oil and natural gas drilling applications more efficiently than it does right now during a hearing on the administration’s management of federal property.

Don’t Drill, Baby, Don’t

Oil and gas industry slams Obama administration’s offshore drilling plan

The Obama administration’s recently released five-year plan for offshore drilling leases has been met with sharp criticism from the oil and gas industry and Republicans, who say it continues a crippling moratorium on potential energy reserves on the West and East Coasts.

Coming Up Empty

Obama deserves little credit for expanded energy production

The Obama administration is taking an undeserved victory lap for increased U.S. production of oil, Republicans and proponents of expanded oil production say. The administration’s latest attempt to claim it is expanding oil production came from the Department of Interior. The agency recently announced a new program to streamline and automate permit applications for oil and gas drilling.

Rhetoric Vs. Action

Obama’s talk doesn’t match his walk on energy policy
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President Obama has said he wants to encourage more oil production in the United States, but his administration’s own policy statements appear to contradict that claim.