Saturday, March 12, 2011

Bill Clinton: Obama's anti-drilling policies "ridiculous"

Former President Bill Clinton agrees with former President Bush on oil and gas issues. He called President Obama's anti-drilling policies "ridiculous."
(Politico)- Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that delays in offshore oil and gas drilling permits are "ridiculous" at a time when the economy is still rebuilding, according to attendees at the IHS CERAWeek conference.

Clinton spoke on a panel with former President George W. Bush that was closed to the media. Video of their moderated talk with IHS CERA Chairman Daniel Yergin was also prohibited.

But according to multiple people in the room, Clinton, surprisingly, agreed with Bush on many oil and gas issues, including criticism of delays in permitting offshore since last year's Gulf of Mexico spill.

"Bush said all the things you'd expect him to say" on oil and gas issues, said Jim Noe, senior vice president at Hercules Offshore and executive director of the pro-drilling Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition. But Clinton added, "You'd be surprised to know that I agree with all that," according to Noe and others in the room.

Clinton said there are "ridiculous delays in permitting when our economy doesn't need it," according to Noe and others.

1 comment:

SE Pepper said...

Where ya been on this, Bill? When you were Prez, you sent your EPA goon squad (that you in effect handed over to that ALGORE creature to manipulate to his advantage) to over-regulate the oil/gas industry all in the name of your ficticious "global warming"-- and now you suddenly realize Obama's policy is "ridiculous" when it was virtually the same as YOURS back then? Who looks ridiculous NOW?