Does Bill Clinton support drilling?

Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that delays in offshore oil and gas drilling permits are “ridiculous” at a time when the economy is still rebuilding, according to attendees at the IHS CERAWeek conference.

Clinton spoke on a panel with former President George W. Bush that was closed to the media. Video of their moderated talk with IHS CERA Chairman Daniel Yergin was also prohibited.

But according to multiple people in the room, Clinton, surprisingly, agreed with Bush on many oil and gas issues, including criticism of delays in permitting offshore since last year’s Gulf of Mexico spill.

“Bush said all the things you’d expect him to say” on oil and gas issues, said Jim Noe, senior vice president at Hercules Offshore and executive director of the pro-drilling Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition. But Clinton added, “You’d be surprised to know that I agree with all that,” according to Noe and others in the room.

Clinton said there are “ridiculous delays in permitting when our economy doesn’t need it,” according to Noe and others.

14 Responses to “Does Bill Clinton support drilling?”

  1. Intellectual Bulldog Says:

    The US drilled over 10,000 barrels a day in 1970 and it has steadily declined to under 6,000 a day. No president since then has favored increasing domestic oil, it seems.

  2. Brigette Z Says:

    Only women.

  3. Stephen Kline Says:

    Bill used to like to drill the young cuties at Hooters, but I think he’s settled down in the last few years.

  4. Scooterpoop Says:

    He drills as often as he can, even at his age.

  5. John Says:

    Sure. Ask Monica.

  6. "Kh a a a a a n n" ! ! Says:


  7. Comrade Obama Says:

    He’ll drill anything that moves. If it’s breathing he’ll hit it. He has no standards at all, just look at Hillary.

  8. The MobFather Says:

    Sure he does.

    Just not for oil

  9. Mudmarine Jones Says:

    Oil or interns ?

  10. John Hass Says:

    only interns.

  11. wyldfyr Says:

    The off shore drilling ban first went into effect in 1973, when an off shore oil leak caused millions of dollars worth of damage to natural resources and expensive real estate in California. Guess who was President. Guess where the Western White House was at this time. Guess where Ronald Reagan located his Western White House. All Presidents should be against this risky practice. There are more losses by the fishing industry, the tourism industry, and real estate losses than there are gains to the energy industry.

  12. Right or Wrong Says:

    As much as Newt does.

  13. DukeofDixie Says:

    It’s hard for me to believe, but he was raised in Arkansas and they have a lot of common sense down there, so he may have said it "off the record" so it wouldn’t upset the Democrats or Obama or the CP USA********************************************************************************

  14. Paul Grass™℠ Says:

    Yes both in oil and only younger fat girls