Petition: Shut Down Oil & Gas On Public Lands

Drilling rig

The Republican Shutdown of the federal government began October 1. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are furloughed, government services have slowed to a stop, and our cherished public lands are closed for business — or are they?

Yes and no: Our public lands are closed to the public, but landowners and corporations still have free rein to graze, mine, log, and drill for oil and gas there.

Americans who have traveled thousands of miles to hike and camp in our public lands are being turned away from the Grand Canyon, Arches National Park, and other national monuments and parks across the country. But for the oil and gas industry, business as usual goes on without a hiccup.

Even more alarmingly, the shutdown has sent everyone in charge of enforcing the rules that protect our lands and wildlife home without pay.

Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) is taking a stand for our environment. He’s calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to stop mining, drilling and other dirty energy extraction activities on federally protected lands during the Republican Shutdown. It’s common sense: If the public is shut out, industry should be too.

Take action now with Rep. Grijalva to close public lands to fossil fuel companies during the government shutdown.

  1. #1 by brewski on October 10, 2013 - 8:33 am


    The Obama Shutdown and the Obama “we want to hurt little people” Authoritarians have illegally ordered the shutdown of numerous private businesses who pay rent to the Federal government. These business receive no appropriations and in fact pay rent TO the Federal government. Since they receive no appropriations the Obama Authoritarians have no reason to order that these private businesses be closed. But the Statists don’t worry too much about logic, law and morality. They have a point to make and don’t care who gets hurt in the process.

    • #2 by Richard Warnick on October 10, 2013 - 8:40 am

      I suggest you write an e-mail to Speaker John Boehner, telling him to allow a majority vote in the House of Representatives to end the Republican Shutdown.

      • #3 by brewski on October 10, 2013 - 9:18 am

        I suggest you send an email to Der Fuhrer Obama telling him that he is illegally closing private businesses who receive no appropriations.

        While you are writing your email, tell him he is denying children of New Orleans a quality education.

        Then tell him that Obamacare is only supported by 31% of the people.

        Then tell him his job approval rating is down to 37%.

        Then tell him to resign.

        • #4 by Richard Warnick on October 10, 2013 - 9:37 am

          Speaker Boehner just held a press event. He can’t say why the Republicans are keeping the U.S. government in shutdown. It’s not because of the ACA, he never mentioned that.

          • #5 by brewski on October 10, 2013 - 11:08 am

            Why hasn’t Reid allowed a vote on the CR’s sent to him?

            He wants kids with cancer to die.

          • #6 by Richard Warnick on October 10, 2013 - 11:40 am

            The Republicans shut down the government. It’s up to them to re-open it.

          • #7 by brewski on October 10, 2013 - 3:05 pm

            Obama fucked up ACA, it’s up to him to repeal it.

      • #8 by Richard Warnick on October 10, 2013 - 3:12 pm

        If I were a White House adviser, I would say don’t give an inch. The Tea-GOP is going down in flames, all we need is some marshmallows to roast.

        • #9 by brewski on October 10, 2013 - 8:04 pm

          And then what?

          • #10 by Richard Warnick on October 10, 2013 - 8:25 pm

            Then we eat toasted marshmallows. They’re delicious.

  2. #11 by cav on October 10, 2013 - 10:57 am

    Boehner’s presently third in line for the presidency. Ironic, I know.

  3. #12 by Anonymous on October 10, 2013 - 1:38 pm

    Absolutely..let’s have a petition..let’s see who signs it. It is the only part of the US economy working..

  4. #13 by Larry Bergan on October 10, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    I signed the petition.

  5. #14 by Frank Kafka on October 10, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    It’s a no brainer, the oil biz has basically already abandoned the federal lands..Alaska is feeling it huge..the industry very quiet up here due to fed enviro regs that do not exist on the private lands in nd, wy, and many other states that oil is now dominated in by private land contracting.

    So once again the unintended consequences thing leaves the feds left out..again.

    With shitfingers at the helm, well, mostly in the head with diarrhea of the mouth..the feds haven’t a prayer.

    • #15 by Richard Warnick on October 11, 2013 - 8:34 am

      In Utah the BLM is leasing for oil & gas like there’s no tomorrow, ignoring the environmental consequences.

      • #16 by brewski on October 11, 2013 - 9:18 am

        Remind me again who is President?

        • #17 by Richard Warnick on October 11, 2013 - 9:56 am

          A corporatist who calls himself a Democrat.

          • #18 by brewski on October 11, 2013 - 12:07 pm

            so you have a corporatist in the WH who is on the payroll of Goldman Sachs and Exxon and he refuses to talk about anything and yet nothing is his fault?


  6. #19 by outside observer on October 10, 2013 - 10:22 pm

    The Tea GOP will produce the next president of the US from their ranks.
    The Grand Old Party is dead, and shitfingers has killed the Democrat time out will truly be the change people expected years ago in the days of the pipedream.

    • #20 by Richard Warnick on October 11, 2013 - 8:35 am

      Nobody is going to be President with 20 percent of the vote. If the Tea Party makes good on its threat to become a separate political party, then the Dems will get 50 percent and the GOP only 30 percent, at most.

  7. #21 by outside observer on October 11, 2013 - 11:20 am

    One thing quite certain whatever happens..the game is forever changed, and banking in a dem 50% is ludicrous..they can’t even control congress, lost it when people believed in them…no, its done for demorats.. Things are never going to be that easy again.

    • #22 by Richard Warnick on October 11, 2013 - 1:04 pm

      Democrats beat Republicans by 56 million to 55 million votes nationally in the last election for House of Representatives. What happens if the Tea Party runs its candidates on a separate ticket?

      • #23 by brewski on October 11, 2013 - 1:08 pm

        So what?

        I thought you said most of the Democrats are corporatists anyway. And Larry keeps telling us that all of the elections are rigged anyway. So according to him, not of it is real.

        • #24 by Richard Warnick on October 11, 2013 - 1:14 pm

          The politicians are corporatist, not the voters. Progressives need to primary the bastards so that voters have a real choice. It’s impossible to rig a blowout election, only a close one between two corporatists!

          • #25 by brewski on October 11, 2013 - 1:56 pm

            But your citing of who those voters voted for is irrelevant under your own logic since they voted for those corporatist Democrats. So your own point has no point.

            If you were to ask people what they really think without regard to politicians you would find that your position is about 12% and less popular than the Tea Partiers.

          • #26 by Richard Warnick on October 11, 2013 - 3:24 pm

            Not true. On issue after issue, the majority of Americans is not represented by the politicians in Washington. We saw this recently on the proposed war in Syria. We saw it on gun safety. You know this, we’ve been over this.

            The electoral problem is that progressives have to choose between voting for a Dem or voting third-party.

          • #27 by brewski on October 11, 2013 - 3:30 pm

            Yes, I would agree that on issue after issue, the majority of Americans are not represented by the politicians in Washington. But that does not at all mean that on issue after issue any more than a lunatic fringe agree with your Authoritarian Statist positions.

          • #28 by Richard Warnick on October 11, 2013 - 3:44 pm

            Issue after issue shows a majority of Americans are more progressive than the Washington politicians, for example the generic issues, “Government should do more, not less,” and “Government should care for those who can’t care for themselves.” The list goes on and on. I don’t have the time to reiterate it all today.

            Climate change
            Health care and women’s health
            Gun safety
            War and peace
            “Free trade” vs. fair trade
            Minimum wage
            Equal rights

            The Progressive Majority:
            Why a Conservative America is a Myth

  8. #29 by brewski on October 11, 2013 - 4:01 pm


    Media Matters??


    Thanks, I needed a good laugh.

  9. #30 by brewski on October 11, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 19 (UPI) —

    More than half of respondents, 53 percent, said they would favor a smaller government role to cut taxes, 13 percent want more government and more taxes and 31 percent say the current situation is about right.

    Gallup has been polling on the issue since 1992. Respondents have tended to be more likely to perceive the government is doing too much during Democratic administrations, including the current one, than Republican ones.

    You are the 13%

    • #31 by Richard Warnick on October 11, 2013 - 8:16 pm

      NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll (PDF), Oct. 7-9, 2013.

      “Government should do more to solve problems and help meet the needs of people. OR, Government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.”

      Should do more 52%
      Doing too many things 44%
      Some of both 2%
      Unsure 2%

      I’m with the MAJORITY of Americans.

      • #32 by brewski on October 11, 2013 - 11:24 pm

        Show me where the government solves problems and does not create a bigger problem.

        You have already stated many times that ACA was worse than doing nothing. So you proved my point. Thank you.

        The key word here is “should”. Of course they “should”. But they can’t.

        If you were to ask the same 52% of those who said that the government “should” do more to solve people’s problems, what would their answer be to whether or not the government is competent enough to solve people’s problems. Or does the government often make things worse. Or are there often better solutions than government solutions. So to ask an open ended Pollyanna question about whether or not the government “should” do more to solve people’s problems is begging to get an answer like that.

        To be honest about it you need to ask the same question in a more balanced way. How about “are you willing to pay more taxes yourself to fund more government programs to attempt to solve more problems”.

        You will find yourself in the 1%.

        Where is the MAJORITY here?

        • #33 by cav on October 12, 2013 - 1:53 am

          So long as the repugnican’ts continue in their present manner, it’s true, ‘the government does not solve problems, but instead creates bigger problems.

          Elected Republicans, in their earnest attempt to give truth to the notion that government is the problem, bring proof-pos with their very ideology and being.

          I believe that is the plan.

  10. #34 by Cliff on October 11, 2013 - 4:55 pm


    that was an auspicious portion of hahas.


    • #35 by brewski on October 11, 2013 - 5:21 pm

      It’s funny how delusional people like Richard, Glenden and you are.

      You never let evidence get in the way of a good talking point.

  11. #36 by Cliff on October 11, 2013 - 5:35 pm

    Please Brew, if and when you find any material evidence that Media Matters has proffered a material lie, do present your evidence.

    Until then, I shall interpret “hahahahahaha” as surrender in a most pathetic style.

  12. #37 by brewski on October 11, 2013 - 6:17 pm

    Already did. See above.

    You’ve been schooled.

    Thank you.

  13. #38 by brewski on October 11, 2013 - 11:54 pm

    Someone who knows a whole lot more about government failure than you do. Listen to her:

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