Obama Closes 1.6 Million Acres Of Federal Land To Oil Development, Heitkamp Remains Silent

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Remember when Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp said on the campaign trail that she’d stand up to Barack Obama on energy issues? Well, just two days after the election President Obama shut down 1.6 million acres of federal land to oil development:

The Interior Department on Friday issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development.

The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration. It faces a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process to ensure it is consistent with local and state policies. After that, the department would render a decision for implementation.

Heitkamp’s response so far? Deafening silence.

But that’s how it will work for Heitkamp. As long as the issue doesn’t directly impact North Dakota she’ll be a reliable ally for President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s far-left agenda. She’ll only deviate when she thinks taking a particular position might cost her some votes.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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