March 31st, 2010
11:32 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama energy plan opens Atlantic and Gulf drilling

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama unveiled plans Wednesday to open large swaths U.S. coastal waters in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas drilling - a move that could please the energy industry but upset the administration's environmental supporters.

The administration plan would include lifting a 20-year ban on drilling off the Virginia coastline, while putting the clamps on sites that had been approved off the southwest coast of Alaska.

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  1. Robert

    This is another obvious move to turn the US into a communist regime. Oh... wait... this is something the conservatives wanted to do... Oh, who cares! It's still wrong because he's the one who wants to do it! Down with the tyrant! Booo! Hiss!! Snarl!!!

    March 31, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. MaRK

    FINALLY, Obama is listening to the republicans and the people.

    March 31, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. LIP

    Isn't this what Obama campaigned against with all kinds of reasons why we shouldn't pursue this approach and didn't he chastise McCain for taking the position that we should explore in the Atlantic and the Gulf?
    Typical politics...can we ever believe anything anyone says anymore when in the campaign mode?

    March 31, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Dave

    Well, except for a few things, there is not much CHANGE going on. We can call him Bush II. he continues the wars and now wants to drill off shore. Things the previous administration was hissed at for. I guess if Obama does it then it's ok. Get a clue. The two party system is a scam. This is one party with two names. They move the country into the same direction.

    March 31, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Sue

    The drilling is not even supposed to take place for 4 years.

    This is an attempt by Obama, to get Republicans to support his attempts at "Cap and Tax".

    The Republicans better not give an inch to Obama regarding Cap and Tax--or anything else that Obama attempts to shove down our throats, including amnesty for illegals.

    March 31, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. pelican

    Let's get this going!!
    This decision will creater jobs and revenue for the states!!!
    Who cares if you have health care if you do not have a job?!?!?!?!?

    March 31, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. RCasson

    Just do what you have to do Mr. President. Intelligent Americans stand proudly by your side!!!

    March 31, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Jon

    PLEASE FACT CHECK, CNN: What really were OBAMA's election energy platforms in 2008? My question to those extremely liberal lefts is "how those OBAMA's promises on hope-y and change-y are working out for YA?" HA HA?

    March 31, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. America The Beautiful

    We are in the Middle East because of oil ... it's that simple.

    We wouldn't give two hoots about Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudia Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan if we didn't need their oil.

    One need only think of the American Lives that have been lost, and the American Treasure that has been spent, to see that there is a HIGH COST to using FOSSIL FUELS that has nothing to do with the cost of a gallon of gas.

    We also are funding the very terrorists that attack us when we buy a gallon of gas. Oil is the source of the money that ultimately funds their operations.

    I'm glad to see this administration of THINKERS understands this connection. I sure hope the Republican politicians get behind this push by the President to improve our national security through Energy Independence. If they don't, I hope veterans, and the Mothers & Fathers of fallen soldiers, along with the rest of us Americans hold them accountable.

    March 31, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Christopher

    The party of NO will give this an overwhelming YES and it will pass with overwhelming speed

    March 31, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mr. President, this is something that the GOP SHOULD get behind, but in case you've missed it, the mere fact that it is YOU supporting something that THEY have supported is reason enough for them to say it's not enough.

    Unless you're sending YOUR kids and OUR kids off to war the GOP will NOT support you. Regardless of their previous and on-the-record views on the subject. Period.

    March 31, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. NC

    This obama guy is just too January it was "we need to create jobs"......that was put on the back burner when obamaCare came back into the picture....obamaCare passed....then it was give money to the people who could not pay for their he wants to do some offshore drilling........wasn't he against offshore drilling when he was running for president........he acts like offshore drilling is an "obama idea".....this guy will do anything that he thinks will give him votes in 2012.....but I think the American people really know who he is....a socialist liberal crook............Vote for a Republican in 2010 and 2012.......we need to get America back on, economy, cut spending........

    March 31, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Rick

    I wonder what kind of spin the republicans will put on this so they can disagree with this decision. Can't wait to see it!

    March 31, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. cspurgeon

    I an independent agree with the decision and think it makes sense. I just heard the Republicans heads say not enough. Do we really think these people are going to cooperate at all on anything and then of course we have the loony bin from Alaska screaming warnings of holocaust. Well at this point they have no credibil;ity whatsoever and are just in it for moneym and political gain....UGH!

    March 31, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Ken

    The administration has been "guided not by political ideology, but by scientific evidence," he said.

    Are there really folks out there who still take this guy at his word?

    March 31, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Ron in California

    Finally, a change I can believe in. Can any one guess why he is doing this??? Iran. Problems are coming and we'll need the oil.

    March 31, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. david, CA

    something the Party of NO will have a harder time going negative on –

    March 31, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Richie

    This is a revolting development. Obama should be ashamed.

    March 31, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. John

    This is the first smart thing this guy has done since he's been in office.

    March 31, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. al in memphis

    I almost forgot the office of the President could be so busy and productive. Let see
    Health care program – check
    Save GM and other company - check
    Consumer Protection with credit card reform - check
    Working on reforming Wall Street - check
    Working on Reforming/Boosting Education - check
    Revised College Loan Program –check
    Improving Afgan condition - check
    keeping some people in their homes - check
    Working on Energy policy–check
    Bipartisan group to reduce deficeit - check

    Well there was not a lot of corporation gimmies here, so that means he is a one-term president

    March 31, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Indiana Voter

    Good to see that Obama is doing yet another Bush/Republican idea. He must really be scared of losing in November, because after health care, he is running to the center.

    March 31, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Dano

    I can't say that I, and I think most environmentally concerned people, agree with this decision, but Republicans (The Party of NO) should look at this and learn the art of compromise. It's how governing was done before the current trend of all-or-nothing mentality took hold.

    March 31, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. D.

    Finally Bush energy policy will be enacted by Obama: a wolf in a sheep's skin!

    March 31, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Shawn

    Eh, I'm a little disappointed with this decision even though it's consistent with his campaign message. That's Obama's pragmatism and I guess that's why he has been such a successful president so far. Still, I would prefer a total, full-force green initiative instead of appeasing oily CEOs and promoting environmental destruction.

    Obama would like to get some Republican support for his (very needed) environmental legislation, but that's obviously a waste of time. The Party of No isn't worth trying to work with since their entire hope is that America fails.

    March 31, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Sounds like all the 24/7 propaganda and deep pockets of Big Oil API lobbyists is paying off.

    March 31, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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