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NORTH DAKOTA OIL BOOM
North Dakota is experiencing such a boom in revenues from oil production that voters actually considered a measure to abolish the state’s property taxes.
Although the measure was unfortunately defeated in the June 12 vote, the fact that it was even considered points to the incredible economic opportunities enjoyed by North Dakota residents due to unfettered oil production.
You can drill your way out of our problems.
“If you can see a pattern here, you're way ahead of President Obama. His argument is that we can't drill our way out of high energy prices let alone out of debt and the need for higher taxes. But it's about to be exposed once again as the self-serving falsehood it is” says Investors Business Daily.
North Dakota in March pumped oil at the rate of 575,490 barrels per day, replacing California as the nation's No. 3 oil-producing state behind Texas and Alaska. At its current rate of production growth, North Dakota will likely surpass Alaska sometime this year.
Continental Resources, which operates 10 percent of the drilling rigs in North Dakota, estimates there are more than 900 billion barrels of oil in place.
Only 27 billion to 45 billion barrels are actually recoverable using today's technology, but that amount will grow as technology advances.
Thanks to the energy boom, North Dakota has the nation's lowest unemployment rate at just over 3 percent, and Williams County — at the center of the drilling boom — boasts the lowest jobless rate in the country at just 0.7 percent.
Oil revenues in the state generated some $840 million in fiscal 2011 and are expected to deliver more than $2 billion over the next two years. State per-capita income is $4,000 above the national average.
“The North Dakota oil boom has occurred on private and state lands, unfettered by federal edict that has placed out of reach much of the estimated 200-year supply of oil within our borders,” IBD stated, noting that 94 percent of federal onshore lands and 97 percent of federal offshore lands are off-limits to oil and gas drilling.
The Green River Formation, a largely vacant area where Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming come together, contains about as much recoverable oil as all the rest of the world's proven reserves combined.
But most of that oil is beneath Federal Land overseen by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management, and the Obamas 'Green Police' have "locked up" development of the huge resource, critics charge.
“Critics will say North Dakota is a small state and its success couldn't be replicated nationwide,” IBD concludes. “Oh, yes it can.
“We can cut taxes, boost employment and jump-start economic growth if we tap into that 200-year supply of oil and back oil-extraction technology with as much enthusiasm as the Obama administration backs electric cars and high-speed rail.”
CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS WANT TO BE OUR NANNIES
California politicians are so focused on banning products and services they don’t like that the state is “on its way to banning everything,” according to a report from the Reason Foundation.
Last October California became the first state to completely ban those under age 18 from using indoor tanning beds.
State Sen. Ted Lieu, the bill’s author, pointed out to CNN that Snooki from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” has changed to spray tanning, and claimed teens can get tans from lotions or creams instead of tanning beds.
“Of course, Mr. Lieu completely misses the point,” Reason observes. “Even Snooki has proven capable of making her own tanning decisions. She didn’t need Sen. Lieu and state lawmakers to tell her how and where to get the best tan in New Jersey.”
California has also banned the sale of caffeinated beer to people of all ages, the open carrying of handguns, the sale of live animals on street corners and public property, and even goose liver pate, foie gras.
Localities have also gotten into the banning act. Laguna Beach, for example, has banned plastic bags, skateboarding on several hillside streets, tiki torches, smoking in parks and at beaches, and foam takeout containers.
After the city council debated banning helium balloons, Mayor Jane Egly conceded: “Our concern is that folks may be getting a little tired of the council banning things.”
But the council has now also barred pet stores from selling cats and dogs that come from commercial breeders to prevent “puppy mills” from profiting, a move that will make it difficult for residents to buy popular breeds that are seldom found at animal shelters.
“Misguided lawmakers think if they just keep piling on laws, they’ll eventually solve our problems,” Reason concluded.
“All of these one-size-fits-all bans show a stunning lack of trust and confidence in consumers.
“At every level of government, California’s lawmakers want to be our nannies. They usually say it is for our own safety, ignoring the fact that we are perfectly capable of deciding how to get a tan, what to put in our bodies, and where to buy our pets.”