The OCS narrative

Nowhere in the administration of US President Barack Obama has action conflicted with narrative more than it has with offshore oil and gas leasing. And the narrative keeps changing. The Obama team took office complaining that its predecessor was leasing the Outer Continental Shelf too fast. Ken Salazar, then secretary of the interior, in February 2009 called the 5-year oil and gas leasing plan his department inherited "a headlong rush of the worst kind" and suspended leasing for 6 months. This was to allow time for study, as though the Interior Department had not learned anything in 55 years of OCS leasing. Not so headlong Bureau of Ocean Energy Management data indicate the rush...

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