"Today's announcement is about politics and headlines, not getting folks back to work and increasing domestic energy exploration and production in the United States," IER President Thomas J. Pyle said. "What was announced today will result in no change in domestic energy production in the Gulf of Mexico until Interior Secretary Salazar begins to issue permits once again. In the meantime, thousands of Gulf Coast families will continue to be out of work. It can't be explained any other way."
"This report is yet another PR scare tactic to convince people that our most reliable energy resources are bad for us, when in fact, the opposite is true. America's environment, air quality, and standard of living is better in large part because of our energy use," he said. "The only risky business here would be to indulge in these harmful policies."