Kill coal, kill jobs, raise costs, crony capitalism again

Editor’s Note – It is time to be honest – Barack Obama has confirmed that greenhouse gas emissions are more important to him than creating and sustaining jobs in America. Further, it tells us that Obama is comfortable, that in trade, it will mean the destruction of the entire economic engine of America.

Once again, his stance on the Keystone XL pipeline and coal energy production means he has declared war on the working class because energy prices would soar. This would choke small business and job production while simultaneously increasing costs to all citizens, whether employed or not. 

Rick Moran at the American Thinker writes:

Sure. Why not? It’s not his job that’s going to be lost. Not his family that might go hungry. Not his life’s work up in smoke because Obama has an animus toward fossil fiuels.

Daniel Schrag, the Obama climate advisor said yesterday. “Everybody is waiting for action,” he said. “The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants. Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.”

There is not one sector of the U.S. government that is not in crisis due to fraud, lies, and collusion and there is not a corner of the globe that is not experiencing much the same. It confounds one that Barack Obama would choose such a low level concern of the public, elevating it to his primary concern in his Georgetown speech given just prior to his long vacation once again in Africa.

The Capitol Dome is seen behind the Capitol Power Plant in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2013. The plant provides power to buildings in the Capitol Complex. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The Capitol Dome is seen behind the Capitol Power Plant in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2013. The plant provides power to buildings in the Capitol Complex. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Climate change ranks number 21 on the list of the top 21 concerns of the public according to a Pew Poll at a time when the situation he speaks of is simply not true. This cult posing as science has been to be one of the largest frauds yet perpetuated worldwide. The only truth here is that money is to be made which remains at the core of this debate.

Barack Obama is going to once again sidestep the checks and balances of a government divided for just that reason, bypassing controls on his policies. This is the very Congress that in his first two years was controlled by his own party, but he could not get these policies passed despite his early popularity.

President Obama will announce Tuesday he is planning to sidestep Congress to implement a national plan to combat climate change that will include the first-ever federal regulations on carbon dioxide emitted by existing power plants, despite adamant opposition from Republicans and some energy producers. (Read more here from Fox News.)

Unpopular policies trump the success of America. You are headed for failure as his friends enjoy a new round of crony capitalism through loan guaranties akin to the Solyndra debacle – the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over, each time expecting a different outcome. But wait, maybe that is the sole reason – its good to be a friend of this White House after all.

Obama: Keystone XL Should Not Be Approved If It Will Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By Sam Stein – The Huffington Post

President Barack Obama will ask the State Department not to approve the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline unless it can first determine that it will not lead to a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions, a senior administration official told The Huffington Post.

“Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our nation’s interest,” the president said in a Tuesday speech on climate change. “And our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward.”

The president has avoided weighing in on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline for several years now, citing an executive order asking the State Department to make a determination on the project’s viability first. Environmentalists have called on him to spike the project entirely because of risks that it will contribute irrevocably to global warming and potentially contaminate drinking water if it leaks. Conservatives and even some labor groups have encouraged Obama to approve of the project because of its potential to create jobs.

The new Obama policy somewhat splits the difference — not killing the project outright, but ensuring that it meets a basic environmental standard.

“As the executive order on Keystone contemplates, the environmental impacts will be important criteria used in the determination of whether the Keystone pipeline application will ultimately be approved at the completion of the State Department decision process,” said the senior administration official. “In today’s speech, the president will make clear that the State Department should approve the pipeline only if it will not lead to a net increase in overall greenhouse gas emissions.”

It’s unclear exactly how much in greenhouse gas emissions will have to be offset in order for the project to get the green light. Questions also remain about whether the emissions that would have to be offset include those resulting from economic activity spurred by the pipeline or just those from the construction of the pipeline itself.

Answers to those questions will ultimately determine whether green groups, and even a coalition of concerned former Obama campaign workers, will applaud Tuesday’s pronouncement or scoff at it. Some 40,000 environmental activists descended on the White House in February of this year to protest the pipeline’s construction.

The pipeline, if approved by State, would extend 1,200 miles from Alberta, Canada, to southeastern Nebraska, carrying diluted tar sands bitumen. The southern segment of the pipeline, which is currently under construction, would carry the crude product to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Sacrificing American Sovereignty? – the Pipe? UN permission next?

Editor’s Note – Is there no depth that this administration will sink too? To allow the Keystone XL pipeline into the USA is “Sacrificing American Sovereignty” through a pipeline from our historically peaceful neighbor and de-facto 51st state, or is it 57? What about the hundreds of billions sent to oil rich enemies of our state – is that not sacrificing sovereignty?

The nerve of Carney to chastise Congress about sovereignty…Obama and team are getting very good at chastising other co-equal branches. All this rhetoric from the very same administration that says we need to ask the U.N. for permission to defend our national interests? Simply stunning…

There is a word for this type of crap…and it comes from the other business end of males of the bovine set. The daily verbal diarrhea that now comes from Carney and crew is just insulting. They really do know that the truly stupid will buy this tripe!

They are counting on it…at some point, even a blind squirrel finds a nut, time for all those blinded voters to see that this administration is just nuts!

CARNEY: KEYSTONE PIPELINE WOULD ‘SACRIFICE AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY’

by WHITNEY PITCHER at Breitbart

In a press conference on Friday, White House press secretary Jay Carney responded to the recent new Keystone pipeline bill passed by Congress earlier this week, as the Washington  Examiner reports:

“It would be preemptively sacrificing American sovereignty” to approve the pipeline, White Hosue [sic] Press Secretary Jay Carney said, because a route for the northern portion of the pipeline has not been established.

“The United States Congress — a very important body, takes American security and sovereignty very seriously, or should — is saying that we will, in advance — blind — approve a proposal for a pipeline, a proposal for which does not exist,” he also said.

The Keystone XL pipeline has undergone 3 years of review, but the State Department refused to grant a permit after pressure from environmentalists demanding the route through Nebraska be changed.

The bill passed through Congress earlier this week with a veto proof majority that included 69 Democrats voting for the newest measure. The latest route running through Nebraska has already been approved by the state legislature and signed by the governor in that state.

Beyond the fact that President Obama is at odds with many House members in his own party, Carney’s charge is ludicrous.  The northern portion has not been established because the State Department is requiring a completely new review process for the proposed new route. Additionally, aligning with an ally like Canada would not “sacrifice American sovereignty” as Carney claims.

What sacrifices American sovereignty is when our nation is beholden to unstable nations for our energy rather than aligning with allies and developing our own natural resources. For example, the oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), if it is tapped, could produced a million barrels of oil a day—enough to replace what we import from Iraq.

Additionally, by not developing our natural resources here in America and not taking advantage of resources from our allies, President Obama is leaving us at the mercies of dictator led nations like Venezuela and unstable regions like the Middle East. Three of the top ten oil importing nations—Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia– transport their oil through the Strait of Hormuz (through which 20% of the world’s oil is routed ). Iran has threatened to block off this waterway in response to sanctions placed on the country.

Were this to happen, oil prices would subsequently increase—a problem that would be mitigated if stable supply were readily available in the market—such as sources like ANWR and the Keystone pipeline.

America’s sovereignty has also been sacrificed to the god of government largesse.  It isn’t sacrificed when Congress paves the way for a symbiotic agreement with an ally to provide energy security and jobs. During his tenure, President Obama has added $5 trillion to the national debt in just over three years—more than President Bush added in eight. $5. 1 trillion of America’s debt—nearly 1/3 of our total debt– is in the hands of foreign countries; over a trillion dollars is held by China alone. That’s roughly $3500 that each American owes to China. Yet, Jay Carney feigns concern about America’s sovereignty over an abundant source of energy from an ally, but seems to have little to no concern about the fact that the nation is grossly indebted to foreign countries.

Additionally, as has been pointed out by Governor Sarah Palin on numerous occasions including in a recent essay, there is a link between energy independence, the debt, and the value of the dollar:

Obama doesn’t understand this[the link between national security and energy independence]—just as he doesn’t understand the dangers of his wasteful spending. Our energy policy is also linked with our fiscal and monetary policies. In light of America’s unsustainable $16 trillion debt, there’s more talk about dumping the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency, which is the currency used to buy and sell oil. If that happens, we’ll feel the pain of inflation everywhere—especially at the pump. That, in turn, will trickle down to everything in our economy. Those living on fixed incomes and retirement pensions and annuities will feel the pain especially hard. So, this is one more reason to get government debt under control with sound monetary policy that doesn’t try to “inflate away” our debt with currency manipulation and gimmicks like quantitative easing.

How an administration acts on those three policy areas—energy, fiscal, and monetary– will determine whether or not they strengthen or weaken America’s sovereignty. This administration’s poor fiscal management—deficit spending leading to even more massive debt and two rounds of quantitative easing that have devalued the dollar—along with continued dependence on unstable regions for energy has been complete capitulation of national sovereignty. Contrary to Mr. Carney says, aligning with an ally to achieve a mutually beneficial goal is not surrender of American sovereignty. This administration’s continuance down a destructive path of failed policies, however, is nothing but a white flag.