President Obama:  We’re going to stimulate the economy.  We’re going to save and create 4 million jobs.  Blah, blah, blah.  Obama Administration Delays Offshore Drilling

Once again applying the brakes to Bush administration policy, the Obama administration on Tuesday delayed a plan to eventually begin drilling for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar extended by 180 days the public comment period on the Bush administration’s offshore drilling plan. He also said the Obama administration will incorporate “renewable” wind, wave, and ocean current energy into its offshore energy plan.

“The Bush Administration was so intent on opening new areas for oil and gas offshore that it torpedoed offshore renewable energy efforts,” Salazar said in a news release.

Senator DeMint is not happy:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who has sponsored legislation to expedite U.S. oil and gas exploration, said he is “deeply disappointed” by the Obama administration’s decision to slow down the already cumbersome lease process that eventually would open new areas of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to exploration.

“The Obama administration’s decision to delay American energy production in these tough economic times could lead to higher gas prices, lost jobs, and greater strain on family budgets,” said Senator DeMint.

Let’s remember this when gas goes back up to $4+ a gallon.

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