Another "dog- bites-man" story, except for the conspicuous butt-covering excuses:
The Obama administration will not open up the southeastern Atlantic coast to drilling due to record-low oil prices and strong local opposition, it said on Tuesday.
Translation: They were never going to open up the southeastern Atlantic coast to drilling anyway, but record-low oil prices and contrived, "astroturfing" local opposition gave them excuses behind which to hide it.
The U.S. Interior [Commissariat] plans to announce on Tuesday afternoon that it will not schedule any lease sales offshore in the mid- and south Atlantic after "an extensive public input process."
Besides market and environmental concerns, the [commissariat] also based its decision on conflicts with competing commercial and military ocean uses.
The decision will reverse the [commissariat]'s January 2015 [faux] proposal for new leases in the Atlantic as part of its five-year plan [!] to set new boundaries for oil development in federal waters through 2022.
The proposal would have opened up drilling sites more than fifty miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil drilling by 2021.
Translation: They were feeling political pressure to yield to economic rationalism and reality and pretended to do so long enough to gin up fake "local opposition" to deep-six it. And the plunge in oil prices didn't hurt, either.
You do really have to marvel at the sanctimonious self-righteousness of greenstremists who appear to genuinely believe that they've "saved the planet" yet again:
"With this decision coastal communities have won a 'David vs. Goliath' fight against the richest companies on the planet, and that is a cause for tremendous optimism for the well-being of future generations," said Jacqueline Savitz, environmental group Oceana's vice president for U.S. oceans.
No, Jackie, the "richest company on the planet" - also the brokest "company" on the planet - is the Obama Regime, and they've prevented the Atlantic States from perhaps and perchance escaping Godbama's economic depression.
How about this, Jackie: You and your fellow-travelers agree to foreswear any and all of the benefits of fossil fuels - i.e. actual energy. No electronic appliances of any kind, no cars, including hybrids or electric, no rail or air travel, no nothing unless it comes only and exclusively from wind or solar or geothermal. Period. And then show us your "tremendous optimism for the well-being of future generations" as they, and you, all freeze and starve (That food doesn't get to grocery store shelves by wagon-trains, you know) to death. Sound like a plan?
Or is that to be the fate of all of the rest of us?
Yes, that is a rhetorical question.