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Judge blocks offshore moratorium! Continue the drilling. U.S. public still backs offshore drilling!

 
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Judge blocks offshore drilling moratorium imposed by Obama administration after Gulf spill.

Judge Martin Feldman of New Orleans, acting on a request from a group of oil drilling and related service companies, today enjoined the federal government from enforcing the six-month ban on new and existing offshore drilling operations that was imposed by the Interior Department on May 28. He said the moratorium went too far and would have a permanent and harmful effect on the economy of the Gulf states. "It is only a matter of time before more business and jobs and livelihoods will be lost," as a result of the moratorium, he said.

"The blanket moratorium, with no parameters, seems to assume that because one rig failed and although no one yet fully knows why, all companies and rigs drilling new wells over 500 feet also universally present an imminent danger" -- an assertion, Judge Feldman said, that is not supported by the evidence submitted by the government.

The judge said the government's legal brief trivialized the potential harm to the region's economy by saying that only a small portion of drilling rigs are affected by the moratorium. "The effect on employment, jobs, loss of domestic energy supplies caused by the moratorium as the plaintiffs lose business, and the movement of the rigs to other sides around the world will clearly ripple throughout the economy in this region," he wrote.
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and another story today:

A majority of Americans still support offshore drilling on the U.S. coastline despite the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

The poll also found 89 percent of the U.S. public blame British energy giant BP Plc for the spill, the worst in U.S. history, and 69 percent think the U.S. government is also at fault.

"Americans generally are mad, and they blame everyone for this -- whether it's the government or Big Oil, specifically BP," Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said.

A U.S. federal court ruled on Tuesday against President Barack Obama's six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed after an April 20 explosion at an offshore oil rig in the Gulf killed 11 people and triggered the huge spill. The White House promised to appeal.

With the oil still spewing two months later, 56 percent of Americans believe offshore drilling is necessary for the United States to produce its own energy and not rely on other countries for oil, while 38 percent believe it is a bad idea.

The poll found 69 percent have not changed their views on drilling despite the spill, with 24 percent now more opposed and 5 percent more in favor of drilling.

"While people see the problem, they still see the need to drill offshore, at least until there is some sort of longterm solution," Young said. "But the longer people stay mad and the longer this stays around, it might change the fundamental outlook on these things."

Just 9 percent believe the beleaguered company, which has agreed to create a $20 billion escrow fund to pay out damages and seen its share price drop dramatically, is not at fault.

About 69 percent of the public believe the U.S. government was either very much or somewhat at fault, with 30 percent believing it was not. The government agency that regulates offshore drilling came under heavy fire after the spill, and has been reorganized with a new director.

The telephone poll of 1,005 Americans was conducted June 17 to 20 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
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you (we) get what you (we) deserve...
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my threads are so fucking lonely boring
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This judges decision is not a reflection of public opinion, rather it is more likely that his decision is based on self-interest. Judge Martin L.C. Feldman has invested heavily in oil and oil interests, and has earned millions of dollars over the years doing so. This according to JudicialWatch.org, based on 2008 earnings.

As for the poll, the statistics you quoted were from a relatively small sample and highly debatable.
As for this American- Bp and big oil can kiss my derriere
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As for the poll, the statistics you quoted were from a relatively small sample and highly debatable.
As for this American- Bp and big oil can kiss my derriere
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1000 is a standard used number of people to be asked in most statistics (at least in germany, but we only have a third of your population...). They choose "wisely" to get an "average" of the whole population. I know the number seems small, but the results are often very close to the results you would get if asking 100.000.

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