Study: Obama adminstration underestimated moratorium job loss

An interagency report released last week by the Obama administration underestimated the number of jobs lost because of the deepwater drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico by about half, according to a study released Tuesday by the American Energy Alliance.

The study, conducted by Dr. Joseph Mason, endowed chair of banking at Louisiana State University, found that the moratorium has cost the Gulf region 19,536 jobs, not the 8,000 to 12,000 jobs estimated by the Department of Commerce report.

“I find it shocking that an economic analysis was not taken prior to the moratorium being put into effect,” Mason said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday. “There’s been a growing influence in the Environmental Protection Agency over roughly the last decade to undertake environmental policy with absolutely no economic consideration whatsoever.”

Officials at the Commerce Department could not be reached for comment by deadline.

Five out of the 46 rigs located in the Gulf before the Deepwater Horizon drilling explosion have left the region, according to the interagency report. The moratorium has caused a decrease in direct spending by the $1.9 billion, reducing employment in industries that supply the drilling industry and related businesses.

Mason, who retraced the steps used to come up with the original figure, criticized the administration’s results, saying they were the product of “no established methodological reason.”

The moratorium was implemented by President Obama in May after the Macondo well began leaking millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The ban was first struck down in court and later reinstated by the Deptartment of the Interior and is scheduled to be lifted in November.

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  • libertyatstake

    Jack Wiley Dithers reports the President’s inner circle opened a bottle of champagne in the Oval Office upon receiving the report.
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • oeno

    Because the American Energy Alliance has no reason to fudge the numbers. They really need to come up with names that don’t stink to high heaven.

  • clw

    Another genius Obama move.

    First deleted 20,000 jobs in an economy he purposely TANKED, for no good reason.

    Then, lied about the numbers, by HALF. On top of everything else he’s destroyed?!

    I can’t believe the American people haven’t circled the White House demanding his immediate EXIT.

  • Major_Skidmark

    Green Peace boards oil rig in Baffin Bay

    Green Peace boards oil drilling ship

    The explosion was NOT an accident.

  • Major_Skidmark

    Greenpeace To Global Warming Skeptics: “We Know Where You Live”

    By Paul Joseph Watson

    An article carried by the official Greenpeace website written by a Greenpeace member urges climate activists to resort to criminal activity in an effort to reinvigorate momentum for their stalling global warming agenda, while ominously threatening climate skeptics, “we know where you live”.

    The article, written by Greenpeace activist “Gene” from India, calls for “mass civil disobedience to cut off the financial oxygen from denial and skepticism”.

    “Gene” then has a special message for roughly half of Americans who, in the wake of the climategate scandal, are now skeptical of man-made global warming – “We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work. And we be many, but you be few.”

    “Gene” quotes another climate activist who calls for an army of greenies to break the law and take retribution against anyone who stands in their way.

    “The politicians have failed. Now it’s up to us. We must break the law to make the laws we need: laws that are supposed to protect society, and protect our future. Until our laws do that, screw being climate lobbyists. Screw being climate activists. It’s not working. We need an army of climate outlaws.”

    Greenpeace has not issued a retraction of the comments, preferring instead to buffer the blog at both beginning and end with desperate-sounding explanations insisting that the author has peaceful intentions. The organization has obviously been taking a hammering for this as it worsens into another public relations disaster.

    This is by no means the first time global warming adherents have resorted to physical threats in an effort to bolster their rapidly crumbling credibility on climate change issues. In June last year, a global warming activist posted an article on the Talking Points Memo website entitled “At What Point Do We Jail Or Execute Global Warming Deniers?”

    Shortly after the article was retracted, a comment traced back to another prominent global warming activist which appeared on the Climate Progress blog threatened Skeptics that “an entire generation that will soon be ready to strangle you and your kind while you sleep in your beds.” Website owner Joe Romm defended the comment as “clearly not a threat but a prediction”.

    For years, climate Skeptics have been the target of campaigns to denounce them as criminals and traitors on the scale of the Nazis, with calls for Nuremberg trials. A July 2007 Senate report detailed how skeptical scientists have faced threats and intimidation.

    “Is this really the kind of caring, sensitive message this charity ought to be conveying to the world?” asks James Delingpole. “Not to judge by the comments below. Happy Easter, Greenpeace PR department! I think you’re going to have a busy next few days…”

    As a recent Psychological Science study highlighted, warmists tend not to adhere to the caring, sensitive image they portray when it comes to their own private lives.

    “Those who wear what the authors call the “halo of green consumerism” are less likely to be kind to others, and more likely to cheat and steal,” summarizes the Telegraph’s Iain Hollingshead. “Faced with various moral choices – whether to stick to the rules in games, for example, or to pay themselves an appropriate wage – the green participants behaved much worse in the experiments than their conventional counterparts. The short answer to the paper’s question, then, is: No. Greens are mean.”

    Despite Greenpeace’s efforts at damage control, there can be little doubt as to the true context of the article. By first encouraging climate activists to “break the law” in pursuit of their stalling political agenda, “Gene” has greased the skids for criminal activity. Concluding with the threat to climate Skeptics that “we know where you live,” is clearly a form of intimidation and an invitation for “an army of climate outlaws” to take physical retribution against people who disagree with them.

    Imagine if Infowars put out an article urging its readers to break the law in order to combat the IRS, imagine if we told IRS agents, “we know where you live”. We’d be raided quicker than a heartbeat and Alex Jones would be demonized all over the establishment media as a dangerous extremist. Indeed, a mere peaceful letter-writing campaign urging governors to resign was leapt upon by the media and the federal government this past weekend as a concerning portend of the “extremist” threat posed by constitutionalists despite the fact that there was no indication of violence.

    When so-called “right-wingers” or libertarians merely write letters urging peaceful political change, they are demonized as terrorist hate-mongers, but when greenies openly call for criminal behavior allied with thinly veiled threats of physical violence, it’s no big deal.

    Will CNN and MSNBC devote weeks of endless coverage to Greenpeace’s threats towards people they disagree with? There’s more chance of Keith Olbermann awarding Rep. Hank Johnson (a major global warming adherent) his “worst person in the world” gong for hilariously warning that the island of Guam could capsize like a boat due to overpopulation.

  • PolyIndependent

    This drilling freeze was a political decision, not a rational one. It’s accomplishing nothing but putting people out of work.

    • RoadtoFREEDOM

      “This [insert anything Obama has done, including getting elected] was a political decision, not a rational one. It’s accomplishing nothing but putting people out of work”

      • thephranc

        To be fair he has done a few things right. Like giving medals of merit to richly deserving American hero solders.

        • RoadtoFREEDOM

          And he won that Nobel Peace Prize… gotta give props for that.

  • ohthehugemanatee

    Obama Administration: “Numbers are hard.”