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  • On December 20, 2016, in an 11th hour unilateral action designed to cement his environmental legacy, President Obama withdrew 3.8 million acres in the north and mid-Atlantic Ocean and 115 million acres in the U.S. Arctic Ocean (including the entire Chukchi Sea and a significant portion of the Beaufort Sea) from future oil and gas leasing. Unlike the five year moratoria announced by Canada, President Obama touted these closures as “permanent.” Not only does this short-sighted decision threaten the economic lifeline of Alaska, U.S. energy leadership and U.S. national security, it rejects many of the tenets he actively forwarded during his presidency. Instead of a transparent, thoughtful and science-based process, President Obama chose the politically expedient course, much to the delight of anti-fossil fuel, “keep it in the ground,” environmental extremists. The withdrawals table thousands of potential jobs, billions of dollars of much needed government revenue and real opportunities for much needed economic investment in our nation’s Arctic.  

     
    As 2016 drew to a close, and President Trump’s election was reaffirmed (through recounts and the Electoral College), President Obama warned his successor of the dangers of excessive rulemaking through executive orders and extolled the need for Congressional involvement in major policy issues. Ironically, Obama then circumvented the letter and the spirit of the law by invoking Section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) to withdraw the Atlantic and Arctic offshore areas (as he did to withdraw areas in the Bering Sea earlier in December). While Section 12(a) of the OCSLA allows the President to withdraw areas from oil and gas leasing, it is doubtful that Congress ceded the power to “permanently” withdraw offshore areas. In fact, a permanent withdrawal appears to contradict the stated purpose of the OCSLA; namely to make the OCS “available for expeditious and orderly development.” 
     
    The Obama White House claimed the withdrawals were based in a “science-based approach to oil and gas,” but that is simply not the case. The decision discounted the industry’s remarkable real-world applications of science and technology. Not only were dozens of wells safely drilled in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas back in the 1980s and 1990s using the technology of that era, Shell safely drilled a new well in the Chukchi Sea in the summer of 2015 using far more advanced modern day technology. As other Arctic nations are proving that safe offshore exploration and development can be done above the Arctic Circle, Obama benched the United States. Furthermore, President Obama based this decision on a willful ignorance of what resources are actually in the Alaska OCS. A thoughtful scientific approach would have allowed exploration of these areas first to determine if there were significant resources available before even contemplating such a broad unilateral ban.
     
    Even more insulting, he claimed to be doing Alaskans a favor with the withdrawal. Nothing could be further from the truth. The inconvenient truth for Obama is that 76 percent of Alaska residents and 72 percent of Alaskan Natives support offshore development, and 90 percent of Alaska state revenues are generated by the oil and gas industry. Yet, Obama’s Arctic withdrawals treat Alaska as nothing more than a snow globe to be shaken and placed on a shelf by the hand of Washington, DC – a political pawn sacrificed to appease environmentalists and anti-fossil fuel activists thousands of miles away from daily life in Alaska.
     
    While the U.S. sits on the sidelines of the Arctic, energy demand will continue to increase in the coming decades, both here in the U.S. and around the world. Some estimates expect the global middle class to double within the next 15 years. This means more people will want to cool their homes, fuel their cars, charge their phones and power modern appliances. By 2040, global energy demand could surge by 41 percent. With an estimated 26 billion barrels of oil and 131 trillion cubic feet of natural gas offshore Alaska, the resources in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas could fulfill a vital role in the world’s energy future. 
     
    Fortunately, few federal policies are permanent, and regarding executive actions, history has shown that one president can undo another president’s actions. In 2008, President George W. Bush used a simple presidential memorandum to remove previous Section 12(a) withdrawals. In addition, Congress has the authority to pass legislation explicitly allowing the President to reverse or revise Section 12(a) withdrawals. Either way, it will take time, energy and dedication to undo Obama’s harmful withdrawals, especially as the extreme environmental community has vowed to fight any reversal of President Obama’s unilateral decision at every step.
     
    The same goes for undoing the myriad of harmful Obama administration regulatory actions imposed on the offshore oil and gas industry; there is no quick fix. However, even faced with these challenges, the outlook for our industry in 2017 is much brighter than it was in 2016. Both the Trump administration and the new Congress appear to understand the benefits of an all-of-the-above approach to energy policy, and President Trump himself has repeatedly spoken in support of offshore energy. NOIA looks forward to working with the new administration and with Congress to develop a truly balanced energy policy that creates a path forward for offshore growth and development and puts all our energy options back on the table. 


     
    The Author
    Randall Luthi is President of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA).
     
     
    (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine News)
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  • President Obama pledged in his first four years of office to have a more transparent government. He issued a memorandum on transparency and open government on his second day in office directing agencies to make information more available to the public in a timely manner. Sadly, the Administration has failed

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  • , Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning: two of the biggest issues you never heard of. It’s also far more complicated than you might think. This summer, the Obama Administration released the innocuously named “Guide to Regional Marine Planning,” and across town, the House of Representatives passed the latest

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    of ment, Mr. Doyle served on cabinet and executive level the United States than ever before – and the volumes will boards and committees under both the Obama and George continue to increase moving forward. With that, more liq- W. Bush Administrations. Before that, he served as an of- uids and natural gas

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    chain stands to out preventer (BOP) and well control rule also issued in 2016 bene? t. In fact, the construction and installation of Deepwa- by the Obama Administration. After industry expressed con- ter Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm was aided by companies cerns that the rule included provisions that

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    COLUMN OP/ED Smarter Energy Policy Will Broaden Offshore Recovery By Randall Luthi For the past few years, depressed and would replace the Obama administration’s restrictive commodity prices, stricter regulatory 2017-2022 offshore leasing program, which needlessly requirements and competition from

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    appointee to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), Doyle has also served on cabinet and executive level boards and committees under both the Obama and George W. Bush Administrations. A U.S. Coast Guard licensed marine engineer, he is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a BS

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    Computer Science from Production ecutive level boards and committees under both The Ohio State University and a Master’s in Busi- Nicole Ventimiglia the Obama and George W. Bush Administrations. A ness Administration from the Weatherhead School nicole@marinelink.com U.S. Coast Guard licensed marine engineer

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    served on cabinet 20 years of maritime and and executive level boards auditing experience rang- and committees under both ing from deep sea, tugs the Obama and George W. & towing, and passenger Bush Administrations. Before vessels. He is an alumnus that, he served as an of? cer in of SUNY Maritime

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    to Chicago gest that we just step back and say, ‘What’s our competition and the Ohio Valley 11 days quicker than the direct water doing?’ Like President Obama would say many times, do you route from Shanghai to the East Coast. Now, what can FMC want to set the tone of your own destiny or do you want some-

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    the Gulf of Mexico, reached and more expansive National 5-Year OCS Oil and Leasing their highest level in two years. Program for 2019-2024 to replace Obama’s 2017-2022 Partly because hurricanes have the potential to strike the program, which took the entire Atlantic OCS and much heart of the U.S. offshore

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    Fund (IWTF), paid for by the $0.29/gallon tax on mari- ers are paying attention to our Nation’s waterway system. time diesel fuel. To be fair, President Obama similarly with- Any time there is inef? ciency those buyers are going to look held trust fund revenue, but for FY18, President Trump’s at the competition

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    cam- paign. “The 355-ship goal, however, re? ects the na- tional security strategy and national military strategy that were in place in 2016 (i.e., the Obama Administra- tion’s national security strategy and national military strategy).” But no matter how you slice it and dice it, there’s a huge cost.

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    for allows projects to become eligible for 40 mile channel that reaches inland to of work, the WIIN authorization sets the the Holidays, then-President Obama funding. We look to WRDA bills to set the Garden City container terminal. Its stage for dredging to 52 feet. signed a pivotal piece of legislation

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    , SC (with $231.2 million Ifore Congress dispersed for the Holidays, then-President Federal cost). Hence, for the domestic dredging industry, and Obama signed a pivotal piece of legislation – the Water Infra- the blue water ports they serve, the bill was good news indeed. structure Improvements for

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    goal and we can get to that 355- ing.” the combatant commands see that they need in order to ship navy. I think the capacity is there in our industrial “Obama had no money. Trump has no money,” said make sure that they are providing for this nation’s pres- base to do that,” Wittman said. “I think that

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    explicitly allowing the President to reverse or revise Sec- tion 12(a) withdrawals. Either way, it will take time, energy and dedication to undo Obama’s harmful withdraw- als, especially as the extreme environ- mental community has vowed to ? ght any reversal of President Obama’s uni- lateral decision

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    COLUMN OP/ED President Obama’s Arctic Decision Undercut His Own Legacy By Randall Luthi On December 20, 2016, in an 11th 12(a) of the OCSLA allows the President to withdraw ar- hour unilateral action designed to ce- eas from oil and gas leasing, it is doubtful that Congress ment his environmental legacy

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    transportation infrastructure is the Recently enacted by the 114th Congress and signed by bedrock of our supply chains. Ports and waterways in President Obama, it authorizes the Army Corps of Engi- I the United States moved over 2.3 billion tons of goods neers to improve navigation and ? ood management,

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    is an update of earlier versions in 2012 and 2007. WIIN, (Win?) “These marsh creation projects will be implemented WIIN, signed into law by President Obama on December over several decades and in multiple phases,” Rudy Simo- 16, facilitates harbor and channel deepening, and expands neaux, manager of

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    PVA has engaged in to advance the industry? We continue to encourage security awareness and training. As my presidency began earlier this year, President Obama Our Safety and Security Committee has developed a series signed into law superseding amendments to the ‘one-size- of templates to assist with security

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    and plan for Given the current state of the USCG ice- breaker ? eet, American national security conduct joint operations in the Arctic. President Obama recently announced the long term rather than as a one-off ef- The Canadian Coast Guard has one op- steps to accelerate the acquisition of ad- fort

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