Sunday, July 8, 2012

Interesting Op-Ed From the American Spectator -- And It Was Just Posted


July 9, 2012: speaking of blinders (and gnats), I don't want to beat a dead horse, but timing is everything. As noted earlier. One doesn't have to ban something to destroy/bankrupt an industry. Here's a coal company that is biting the dust, literally and figuratively: Patriot Coal files for bankruptcy protection. The man in the video must be smiling. Thinks are happening as he predicted.

July 9, 2012: I don't know if folks have blinders, or if they really don't know. Shortly after posting the original note below, I received a comment asking for the source of my comment regarding the President's statement that one can destroy an industry without banning it. I don't know how many times I have posted this video, but what a great opportunity.

The interesting thing is that a) it's been posted many times on this blog; and, b) google "Obama coal" on YouTube and it pops up immediately. So, there you have it. 

Later, 5:00 p.m.: Here's a great pdf file that provides more background to the "permitorium" in Montana. Note the date of the PDF. And folks wonder why I constantly remind readers of the pending EPA fracking regulations set to go into effect sometime after the comment period ends September 10, 2012. We'll get a side-by-side comparison of federal bureaucracy and state permitting processes.

Original Post
Link to American Spectator here, sent in to me by a reader.

North Dakota has 3x the proven oil reserves that Montana has, but 10x the drilling. How come?
Another is land ownership: Montana has a higher percentage of federal land, which is more difficult to drill. Regardless of how much President Obama may boast about increased domestic oil production during his term in office, the dirty secret is that most is taking place on private property, where it can't be blocked by the federal government.

Those matters aside, Montana's business, regulatory, and legal climate is still unfavorable compared to neighboring states like North Dakota. We've been down this road before. In spite of the fact that Montana sits on the nation's largest coal reserves, its coal production is vastly out-stripped by its historically business-friendly neighbor to the south, Wyoming, which has capitalized on much smaller reserves.
By the way, I have a post that compares the business climate of Minnesota with that of North Dakota.


  1. here is one reason that MT has less oi well drilling. When America is Full of new interesting Shale plays why go to a state where there is Extra requirements.. I believe the term is permititorium..

    1. I'll bring that link up to the top so it's easier to link. That's an incredible story, isn't it? And folks wonder why I'm concerned about EPA fracking regulations.

  2. If it is owned by the Federal Government it is probably pretty short on good roads and bridges. It is probably large expanses of grass land or timber. It takes a lot of truck loads of stuff to make a well successful today. If you can't get there from here your probably going to go somewhere you can to get maximum return on investment.

    1. As President Obama said about coal, "you don't have to ban something to destroy it."

  3. Too manly California progressive liberals have infected western Montana. The harvest of that is coming in for resource development will be impaired. For the progressive liberals resource development is like weeds in a farmers field. Therefor it is killing their crop of economic poison.

    Your patience in putting up with the progressive mindset around you is incredible. The blog is your way to express yourself and maintain you well taught common sense world view. North Dakota and the military did that for you. Stay strong.

    1. I don't know if Californians continue to move to Montana, but I do remember during the height of the housing bubble, Californians were flipping/selling houses and moving to states like Montana where they could live a much better life. Unfortunately .... many brought their belief systems with them. Smile.

      Anyway, now you know why I I blog -- to keep my sanity.