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Dems Drill for Enthusiasm: Obama Administration to Lift Gulf Deep Water Moratorium

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By Doug Powers  •  October 12, 2010 01:48 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

The Dems are finally slamming on the brakes — unfortunately for them they’ve already hit the tree (two can play the “car analogy” game).

From the New York Times:

The Obama administration on Tuesday plans to announce that it is lifting the moratorium on deep-water oil drilling, after putting in place new rules intended to tighten safety.

President Obama imposed the moratorium after the blowout of a BP well in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20 led to the largest maritime oil spill in American history. But the White House has come under intense pressure from the industry and from regional officials and businesses that have complained about the economic impact.

“The process is coming to its natural end,” Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Tuesday morning. “I believe the process will wrap up very soon.” The Interior Department later sent reporters an e-mail announcing that it would hold a telephone news conference at 1 p.m. to discuss the resumption of deep-water drilling.

According to the article, the moratorium was supposed to run through November 30th — that was of course until some genius realized that’s almost a month after the election, the moratorium is unpopular with voters, and, most importantly, the Dems are trailing badly. It’ll still take months for new drilling permits to be issued, and how many rigs have already abandoned the Gulf for greener pastures?

You know who pushed hard against the moratorium in the first place? The US Chamber of Commerce. I think the White House was having better luck scapegoating Fox News.

More on the moratorium here.

**Written by Doug Powers

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