Permitting, Reflections At The Pump


Permitting Just Part Of The Government Boondoggle

There’s No Motivation For Government Employees To Produce.  Just Look At Permitting!

It took me three years to get a building permit for a dock that was just like the other 294 houses in my development in California.  Why?  Because I was dealing with the government, and government employees get their checks at the end of the month no matter what they accomplish, or don’t.  By the nature of the beast they become obstructionists.  Accomplishment is not in the mantra of government jobs…keeping close to the trough is the main accomplishment in most.  The Department of Energy is right up there with the worst of them, and even though Bill Clinton doesn’t give specific blame for the hold-up in Permitting drilling in this country, therein lies much of the blame.

The following is from VisionToAmerica:

The Earth Quakes In Washington…Bush and Clinton Agree, And So Do I

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.

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