I don’t know very much about Presidential Memorandums but I’d like to learn more about them. I don’t believe that they are something new and I’m fairly certain that past Presidents have issued them, as well.
Apparently these Presidential Memorandums have also been referred to as Presidential Letters. They seem to be very similar to Executive Orders (which have been around before Barack Obama was even born).
It appears that Obama’s recent Presidential Memorandum keeps future oil and gas drilling out of more than 50,000 square miles in Alaska.
Evidently in the year 1953 our US Congress passed the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act which states (section 1341(a)), The President of the United States may, from time to time, withdraw from disposition any of the unleased lands of the outer Continental Shelf.
What are your thoughts on Presidential Memorandums?
Myself, I’m still not sure yet what to think (I need to investigate) regarding Presidential Memorandums. However, I am VERY PLEASED that Obama has decided, at least for the time being, to keep future oil and gas drilling out of Bristol Bay and approximately 50,000 square miles in Alaska. It appears that US Congress legislated the matter in 1953 so I don’t, at least for the moment, find too much wrong with Obama keeping oil and gas drilling out of certain parts of Alaska for a while.
Speaking of oil…I’m very grateful that the State of Iowa (my home State) does not permit gas and oil fracking (although we do supply the sand, from sand mines in northeast Iowa, for fracking use in North Dakota). I don’t want Iowa to end up like the State of Wyoming where that water tastes like oil (and people die from it).
Rick Perry, stay out of Iowa and save your pro-fracking speeches for the gumps in Texas.
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