This week in whinery

What a bunch of whiners this week. I include myself in that bunch. I had plenty to whine about.

There was this hi-ilarity at Tumblr:  White People Mourning Romney

Plus handwringing from the energy industries:  Harsher energy regulations seen in Obama’s second term

Then Forbes said, “Buck up, boys  Don’t Worry Big Oil, President Obama Probably Doesn’t Hate You As Much As You Think.”

But these guys win the grand prize for biggest whiners. Right here in Gasfield County.

Industry claims opponents want to ruin drilling plans in Thompson Divide
PitCo, TDC, Wilderness Workshop accused of making land off-limits to development

The BLM’s review process “is being politicized (and) delayed” on behalf of “a couple of wealthy upper-valley political donors” who oppose gas drilling in the Thompson Divide area, wrote David Ludlam, executive director of the Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association (WSCOGA), and Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs for Western Energy Alliance (WEA).

Oh wa-ah! It’s not enough the oil & gas industries have almost all of the public officials in Colorado on their side. Now they want to control the BLM, too. About the ONLY thing the Obama administration has done regarding energy development is to restrict leases on federal lands:  President Obama’s Record on Oil and Gas Production

Arguing that such treatment is “without precedent,” Ludlam wrote, “If BLM can jeopardize leases issued 10 years ago (and take other, similar actions against industry interests), why should oil and gas companies invest in federal leases?”

Good question! Why should they? They have access to all the private and state lands they want. There’s a pretty strong argument to be made that it’s the federal government’s duty to protect BLM lands from oil and gas development. They’re called public lands for a reason. If the oil & gas industries are pissing and moaning, then we must be doing something right.

It’s been a rough week. We have our work cut out for us. Just look at what’s happening to our precious national waterway, the Colorado River — Fracking Along the Colorado River: A Report From a Kayak

This just in — Interior proposal would limit commercial oil shale development on federal lands in West – look forward to more whining!

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