So It Begins: Obama Considering Harsher Energy Regulations In Second Term


Reuters is already reporting that President Obama will be pursuing tougher regulations on fossil fuel energy production in America in his second term.

(Reuters) – Energy companies likely will see more regulation in President Barack Obama’s second term, with less access to federal lands and water even as the administration promotes energy independence.

With a pledge to cut oil imports by half by 2020, Obama during the campaign advocated what he called an “all of the above” approach to developing a range of domestic energy sources. He said, however, that he would roll back subsidies for oil companies and reduce the nation’s reliance on oil by mandating production of more fuel-efficient vehicles.

“You are going to have less access to federal lands and tougher government agencies,” said Dan Pickering, chief investment officer at TPH Asset Management in Houston.

Remember that fossil fuel energy production on federal lands declined during Obama’s first term. Now we’re dealing with a president who doesn’t ever have to worry about being re-elected to any office ever again.

He’s got nothing to lose now, and he’s shown a definite willingness to work around Congress to get what he needs done.

This is very, very bad news for the oil and gas revolution taking place in America right now. Good news, though, if you’re invested in solar and wind power. Expect the crony capitalism from Obama’s first term to carry over.

Rob Port is the editor of 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.

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  • borborygmi

    See how this will be more fun with Obama winning then Mitt. You have carte blanche to go off half cocked for 4 more years. Obama=Life for Conservative Blogs.

  • Harold

    Personnally i hope Obama shuts down the all the drilling across the US. He would be keeping his promise to do so then. It would give all the people who are in denial about his intentions a chance to live without oil and gas. EPA do your job and shut down hydraulic fracking so we can have higher gas prices at the pump and every one will be forced to walk, ride the train, or the bus. I’m beginning to like this socialist life style of demanding everything from others.

    • $8194357

      Reports have been circulating abroad that voters in many states have had issues with selecting Mitt Romney via the computerized voting machines and the machineactually placing a check beside Barack Obama. This has happened in several states, including Ohio, North Carolina, and Kansas.Now a voter from Pennsylvania demonstrates that he attempted to vote for Barack Obama and the voting machine was casting his vote for Mitt Romney.

      • HG

        Voting results seemed to jive with the exit polls. I don’t think this changed much if anything. However, for the voter to have confidence in elections, this needs to be thoroughly addressed.

        • $8194357

          We reep what we collectivly sow huh..

      • brad460

        that video where obama was selected and it voted for Romney is a fraud. Simple editing. Watch it again and listen to how the background noise starts and stops and isn’t continuous.

        • $8194357

          Well I guess every county in Florida having more votes than actual citizens must be a fraud as well huh brad..
          Us “birthers” know “anything” can be faked huh..

        • $8194357

          Many elections may not quite be settled just yet and this may open an entire can of worms across the country.
          WatchdogWire reports,

          Only one precinct had less than 113% turnout. The unofficial vote count is 175,554 registered voters 247,713 vote cards cast (141.10% ). The National SEAL Museum, a St. Lucie county polling place, had 158.85% voter turn out, the highest in the county.

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    • banjo kid

      They will have to experience the high gas and energy prices and start doing with out before it will come to them that it is going to be a rough four years . Do with out cable and pizzas and they will turn on Obama in an instant .

  • $8194357

    But at least Hidey will be a token independent vote, huh.

  • mikemc1970

    Wait until the Virginians who voted to reelect the president discover their entire coal industry will be shut down.

  • Mike Quinn

    Right out of the box the lying starts all over. Only low information voters fall for your shit, that is why it works in North Dakota, but will not sell to an educated population. It is just amazing that you are so incapable of reforming. I guess if you get paid to lie, you have to do it to the check. Find an honorable job.

    • $8194357

      Here ya go..

      The left has a monopoly on low information about truth..

      Ya all got the false enlightenment thing down pat tho..

      Comming to America?
      They have had unlimited access to the White House the last four years..

      Qur’an 8:12
      ‘I will terrorize the unbelievers.
      Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them.
      Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes’

      End quote

      Ya those “ideologs” in the Tea Party are dangerous huh..
      Barry is a 3rd generation communist/muslim….
      He has surounded himself with 2nd and 3rd generation communists…
      Leftist ideologs of false enlightenment are “willfully blind”.

  • HG

    If you believed Obama’s words to the contrary during the debates, he just may make you out to be the pathetic fool he likely “hoped” you would be.

  • $8194357

    ( Expect the crony capitalism from Obama’s first term to carry over.)
    Soros OSI has alot of money tied up in legalized pot along
    with both oil/coal and green energy…
    Ya…Expect another 800 billion leftist slush fund in the next four years
    to fill the pockets of globalists and submit the national market.

  • Gern Blanston

    Have no fear North Dakotans, Heidie will fight for our energy industry here in state. She’s independent from Obama – she said as much, right? We have nothing to fear here, right?

  • The Fighting Czech

    well, you know this gonna mean a lot more wood stove, and fireplace use in more homes by people who have no idea what they are doing… Just like back in the Carter era. better make sure your local fire depts are up for the extra business… It would be a great time to remind everyone as they watch their homes go up in flames that “Elections have Consequences”

  • OldConserv2011

    I called into her brother’s show today and told him that if she really wants to show us that she is sincere about protecting the energy industry, her first action ought to be to vote out Harry Reid as majority leader. Joel’s response was that she has already pledged her support for the energy industry and also supports Reid, but she will respectfully disagree with anything he does to attack coal and oil. Big friggin whoop! I disrespectfully disagree with Reid and Obama’s policies. That and two pennies get’s me absolutely nothing. Same with Heidi.

    • Rob

      Your first mistake was listening to Joel Heitkamp.

    • Richard Thom

      Love that “respectfully” part. Wasn’t very respectful prior to this point. And disagree? Does that mean it transfers to a nay vote? I’d say nay. She’ll be too busy respectfully disagreeing.

  • brad460

    Folks wake up. It is time now for states from Texas to ND including MT and WY, AR, and MO to secede and form our new “Middle America”. Sounds rash and extreme I know. Look at the trends in the rest of the us and ignore my recommendation at your period. Due to my wife’s job, I’m imprisoned in MN. (figuratively)

  • $8194357

    Those pesky debates questions Barry had to answer like
    a pro oil/buisness president..
    Production is “up” under Barry rememeber?

    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.

    The move is sure to rankle Republicans, who say President Obama’s grip on fossil fuel drilling in federal lands is too tight.

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