"[Salazar] would consider tapping oil from Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.... [and] said he will meet Thursday with major oil company executives to reassure them that the Obama administration views oil as important to the country's energy future"
But he'll flog that card to push his fart-and-pay, I mean cap-and-trade tax!
"US would consider tapping oil in ANWR" by H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press | March 17, 2009
WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said yesterday that he would consider tapping oil from Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by drilling outside its boundaries if it can be shown that the refuge's wildlife and environment will remain undisturbed.
But Salazar emphasized that the Obama administration stands firm that the Alaska refuge, known as ANWR, "is a very special place" that must be protected....
The directional drilling idea is "something that can be discussed," Salazar said, because of recent advancements in technology.
That's what Kuwait was doing when Saddam invaded in 1990. In other words, the Kuwaitis were STEALING IRAQI OIL!! How often did that ever come up over the next 15 years, huh?
But Salazar said that protecting ANWR's ecology and wildlife is "not something we're going to change our position on" when considering future oil and gas production. "There are special places to be protected and ANWR is one of those."
Have you HAD ENOUGH of the DOUBLE-TALK!!!?
Salazar said he will meet Thursday with major oil company executives to reassure them that the Obama administration views oil as important to the country's energy future.
"My message to the oil companies will be simple. They are and will remain an important part of our energy future," said Salazar. "We share much common ground. We need to have an open dialogue."
At the same time, Salazar defended proposals to end a manufacturers' tax break for the largest oil companies as well as higher royalties and new fees on oil pumped from federal waters....
How come the BILLION-DOLLARS in PROFIT oil companies are getting TAX BREAKS, huh?