Why doesn’t President Obama want Americans to have jobs? He put tens of thousands out of work with his Gulf moratorium, and later permitorium. Thousands more won’t find employment working on the Keystone XL pipeline thanks to his decision not to make a decision until after the election. Now his officials in the USDA have put a hold on shale drilling in Ohio. They say they need to study the impact on forests.
The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) recently estimated that drilling in the Utica shale, which is affected by the suspension of the mineral lease auctions, would produce up 204,500 jobs by 2015.
“The President’s plan is to simply say ‘no’ to new energy production,” House Natural Resources Committee chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash, said to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar during a hearing pertaining to hydraulic fracturing. “It’s a plan that is sending American jobs overseas, forfeiting new revenue, and denying access to American energy that would lessen our dependence on hostile Middle Eastern oil.”
Again, I ask, why doesn’t President Obama want Americans to have jobs?