The Obama administration seems hell-bent on sabotaging domestic energy production, one way or another. As James Freeman writes in the Wall Street Journal, “Delaying approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, maintaining export limits and discouraging refinery construction haven’t stopped a revolution that will soon make the United States the world’s largest producer of crude oil.”
But the administration, goaded by radical environmentalists, has a new weapon to curtail production: more endangered species. Washington may add a record 757 new species to the endangered list by 2018.
Two range birds on the list—the greater sage grouse and the lesser prairie chicken— could severely restrict energy production across the American West. The prairie chicken roams the Texas range near the Permian Basin, and the sage grouse pecks in North Dakota near the Bakken shale. An Interior Department report claims the impact on the sage grouse of oil and gas operations is “universally negative and typically severe,” even though current horizontal drilling techniques leave only a small footprint on the landscape.
I always say there are three pillars of security: national, economic and energy. Energy security is a critical and integral part of the 21st century battlefield and indeed the linchpin between economic and national security.
The Obama administration is systematically destroying each pillar of our security: decimating our military, exploding our national debt, and now…the prairie chicken.Are these people deranged?