Resisting resource development stifles big source of jobs

What does US President Barack Obama have against employment related to resource development? Days after the president refused to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and jobs promised by its construction, the American Petroleum Institute published a study estimating employment penalties from his administration's foot-dragging on federal land. The study, by EIS Solutions of Grand Junction, Colo., cites Bureau of Land Management numbers suggesting "a systematic decline of energy production activities on the nation's federal lands in the last 2 years." Between 2007-08 and 2009-10, the average number of leases issued in five western producing states fell 44%. Permits and wells drilled f...

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