As predicted in print by Steve Milloy more than a year ago, Shell Oil’s Arctic Ocean drilling permits have been blocked by the EPA.
Milloy’s March 31, 2010 column in Investor’s Business Daily stated:
Last December, the Obama administration actually granted Shell Oil leases to drill three exploratory wells in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. But claiming a shoddy approval process, the leases are being challenged by green groups in the enviro-friendly 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Without wondering whether the Obama administration set Shell up for frustration, my money is on the greens in that venue.
So it was no surprise to read on FOXNews.com today that,
“Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight.
A slipshod EPA permitting process — most likely intentional — set up the credulous Shell for failure.
Sad but entirely predictable.
What people don’t seem to get is that Obama wants expensive gasoline as a means of causing energy chaos (see Green Hell for more on this point). He doesn’t view high gas prices as an obstacle to re-election. He knows the election will be about personalities, not policies — or at least that will be his campaign strategy.