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The Real Numbers Behind Obama’s ‘Oil on Federal Lands’ Statement

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Using Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management information, the Washington Examiner’s Conn Carroll has done the due diligence:

In 2008 under President Bush, there were a total of 55,085 oil and gas leases in effect on federal land. In 2011 under Obama, there were just 49,174, a decrease of 11 percent.

In 2008 under Bush, the federal government approved 6,617 oil and gas permits. In 2011 under Obama, the federal government approved just 4,244 permits, a decrease of 36 percent.

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