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Breaking: Obama Administration & Radical Environmentalists to Set Greenhouse Gas Standards For Industry | The Gateway Pundit.

 

Obama and the EPA Environmental Protection Agency gearing up for another hit on We the people.  The FCC yesterday and the EPA today all people not one of us elected but the ones to do all the dirty work Prince Obama calls upon them to do.  I hope you all are not fooled by the conciliatory  mouthings coming from Obama now that Congress has politely handed him his last minute wants for Christmas all the while he has his evil elves working behind the curtains.  BB

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Remember: When Barack Obama, the worst jobs president since the Great Depression, talks about creating jobs, he’s lying through his teeth.

The Obama Adminstration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and radical environmentalists are about to set greenhouse gas standards for American industry. drawn objections from congressional state leaders and I who say the law — last revised in 1990 — was never intended for such purposes. The new regulations will place heavy administrative burdens on state environmental quality agencies, will be costly to consumers and could be devastating to the economy and jobs. But Team Obama doesn’t care. They say they have to push the regulations to save the planet from non-existent global warming.

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Radical environmentalists are helping craft this anti-American bill.
The Politico reported:

The Obama administration is expected to roll out a major greenhouse gas policy for power plants and refineries as soon as Wednesday, signaling it won’t back off its push to fight climate change in the face of mounting opposition on Capitol Hill.

The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to a schedule for setting greenhouse gas emission limits, known as “performance standards,” for the nation’s two biggest carbon-emitting industries, POLITICO has learned.

Under the schedule agreed to by EPA, states and environmental groups, the agency will issue a draft greenhouse gas performance standard for power plants by July 2011 and a final rule by May 2012. The agreement – which comes after states and environmentalists challenged the George W. Bush administration’s failure to set the standards – requires EPA to issue a draft limit for refineries by Dec. 2011 and a final rule by Nov. 2012.

The White House Office of Management and Budget has signed off on the schedule, according to a litigant in the legal fight.

The standards are part of a series of climate rules from the Obama administration that have faced fierce opposition from industry groups and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. And while the policies won’t go final for more than a year, the political ramifications will come immediately.

They will come as welcome news to environmentalists who want the administration to flex its regulatory muscle following the death of climate legislation this year, but EPA can expect its foes on the right to blast the move as another example of regulatory overreach.

New EPA regulations at one coal power plant in New Mexico could cost $1 billion.
This new cost will be passed on to consumers.

Got this email from a friend and simply have to pass it on.  It is the same energy scheme that Glenn Beck spoke of a few months ago and called Crime Inc.  But maybe the written account will be easier to grasp than just listening.  I know I do better with the written word :).

I am posting the email just as I got it so the beginning is what my friend had to say and then the story from the British Times.  BB

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To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical………..  Thomas Jefferson

It took the British Times to piece together some of Obama cronies’ crooked activities.  The web of

deceit is so huge its staggering.  Read to the end, it gets better as you read.   Just another sell out of the American people by Obama’s crowd and Gore.

So . . . you think you know quite a bit about Obama and his band of thieves.

You don’t know anything yet. Read on all of this as it all comes together in

the last part……..  a must read.

This is an interesting story put together from various articles and TV
shows by the British Times paper. It shows what Obama and his friends
are really all about. It’s not hope and change, it is money.

I warn you, the first part is a little boring, but stick with it. The
second part connects all the dots for you (it will open your eyes). The
end explains how Obama and all his cronies will end up as
multi-billionaires. (It’s definitely worth the read. You will not be
disappointed).
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A small bank in Chicago called SHOREBANK almost went bankrupt during the
recession. The bank made a profit on its foreign micro-loans (see
below) but had lost money in sub-prime mortgages in the US . It was
facing likely closure by federal regulators. However, because the bank’s
executives were well connected with members of the Obama Administration,
a private rescue bailout was arranged. The bank’s employees had donated
money to Obama’s Senate campaign. In other words, ShoreBank was too
politically connected to be allowed to go under.

ShoreBank survived and invested in many “green” businesses such assolar
panel manufacturing. In fact, the bank was mentioned in one of Obama’s
speeches during his election campaign because it subjected new business
borrowers to eco-litmus tests.

Prior to becoming President, Obama sat on the board of the JOYCE
FOUNDATION, a liberal charity. This foundation was originally
established by Joyce Kean’s family which had accumulated millions of
dollars in the lumber industry. It mostly gave funds to hospitals but
after her death in 1972, the foundation was taken over by radical
environmentalists and social justice extremists.

This JOYCE FOUNDATION, which is rumored to have assets of 8 billion
dollars, has now set up and funded, with a few partners, something
called the CHICAGO CLIMATE EXCHANGE, known as CXX. It will be the
exchange (like the Chicago Grain Futures Market for agriculture) where
Environmental Carbon Credits are traded.

Under Obama’s new bill, businesses in the future will be assessed a tax
on how much CO2 they produce (their Carbon Footprint) or in other words
how much they add to global warming. If a company produces less CO2 than
their allotted measured limit, they earn a Carbon Credit. This Carbon
Credit can be traded on the CXX exchange. Another company, which has
gone over their CO2 limit, can buy the Credit and “reduce” their
footprint and tax liability. It will be like trading shares on Wall
Street.

Well, it was the same JOYCE FOUNDATION, along with some other private
partners and Wall Street firms that funded the bailout of ShoreBank.
The foundation is now one of the major shareholders. The bank has now
been designated to be the “banking arm” of the CHICAGO CLIMATE EXCHANGE
(CXX). In addition, Goldman Sachs has been contracted to run the
investment trading floor of the exchange.

So far so good; now the INTERESTING parts.

One ShoreBank co-founder, named Jan Piercy, was a Wellesley College
roommate of Hillary Clinton. Hillary and Bill Clinton have long
supported the bank and are small investors.

Another co-founder of Shorebank, named Mary Houghton, was a friend of
Obama’s late mother. Obama’s mother worked on foreign MICRO-LOANS for
the Ford Foundation. She worked for the foundation with a guy called
Geithner. Yes, you guessed it. This man was the father of Tim Geithner,
our present Treasury Secretary, who failed to pay all his taxes for two
years.

Another founder of ShoreBank was Ronald Grzywinski, a cohort and close
friend of Jimmy Carter.

The former ShoreBank Vice Chairman was a man called Bob Nash. He was the
deputy campaign manager of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. He also
sat on the board of the Chicago Law School with Obama and Bill Ayers,
the former terrorist. Nash was also a member of Obama’s White House
transition team.

(To jog your memories, Bill Ayers is a Professor at the University of
Illinois at Chicago . He founded the Weather Underground, a radical
revolutionary group that bombed buildings in the 60s and 70s. He had no
remorse for those who were killed, escaped jail on a technicality, and
is still an admitted Marxist).

When Obama sat on the board of the JOYCE FOUNDATION, he “funneled”
thousands of charity dollars to a guy named John Ayers, who runs a
dubious education fund. Yes, you guessed it. The brother of Bill Ayers,
the terrorist.

Howard Stanback is a board member of Shorebank. He is a former board
chairman of the Woods Foundation. Obama and Bill Ayers, the terrorist,
also sat on the board of the Woods Foundation. Stanback was formerly
employed by New Kenwood Inc. a real estate development company co-owned
by Tony Rezko.

(You will remember that Tony Rezko was the guy who gave Obama an amazing
sweet deal on his new house. Years prior to this, the law firm of Davis ,
Miner, Barnhill & Galland had represented Rezko’s company and helped him
get more than 43 million dollars in government funding. Guess who worked
as a lawyer at the firm at the time. Yes, Barack Obama).

Adele Simmons, the Director of ShoreBank, is a close friend of Valerie
Jarrett, a White House senior advisor to Obama. Simmons and Jarrett also
sit on the board of a dubious Chicago Civic Organization.

Van Jones sits on the board of ShoreBank and is one the marketing
directors for “green” projects. He also holds a senior advisorposition
for black studies at Princeton University . You will remember that Mr.
Van Jones was appointed by Obama in 2009 to be a Special Advisor for
Green Jobs at the White House. He was forced to resign over past
political activities, including the fact that he is a Marxist.

Al Gore was one of the smaller partners to originally help fund the
CHICAGO CLIMATE EXCHANGE. He also founded a company called Generation
Investment Management (GIM) and registered it in London , England . GIM
has close links to the UK-based Climate Exchange PLC, a holding company
listed on the London Stock Exchange. This company trades Carbon Credits
in Europe (just like CXX will do here) and its floor is run by Goldman
Sachs.

Along with Gore, the other co-founder of GIM is Hank Paulson, the former
US Treasury Secretary and former CEO of Goldman Sachs. His wife, Wendy,
graduated from and is presently a Trustee of Wellesley College. Yes, the
same college that Hillary Clinton and Jan Piercy, a co-founder of
Shorebank attended. (They are all friends).

Interesting? And now the closing…

Because many studies have been exposed as scientific nonsense, people
are slowly realizing that man-made global warming is nothing more than a
money-generating hoax. As a result, Obama is working feverishly to win
the race. He aims to push a Cap-and-Trade Carbon Tax Bill through
Congress and into law.

Obama knows he must get this passed before he loses his majority in
Congress in the November elections. Apart from Climate Change he will
“sell” this bill to the public as generating tax revenue to reduce our
debt. But, it will also make it impossible for US companies to compete
in world markets and drastically increase unemployment. In addition,
energy prices (home utility rates) will sky rocket.

But, here’s the KICKER (THE MONEY TRAIL).

If the bill passes, it is estimated that over 10 TRILLION dollars each
year will be traded on the CXX exchange. At a commission rate of only 4
percent, the exchange would earn close to 400 billion dollars to split
between its owners, all Obama cronies. At a 2 percent rate, Goldman
Sachs would also rake in 200 billion dollars each year.

But don’t forget SHOREBANK. With 10 trillion dollars flowing though its
accounts, the bank will earn close to 40 billion dollars in interest
each year for its owners (more Obama cronies), without even breaking a
sweat.

It is estimated Al Gore alone will probably rake in 15 billion dollars
just in the first year. Of course, Obama’s “commissions” will be held in
trust for him at the Joyce Foundation. They are estimated to be over 8
billion dollars by the time he leaves office in 2013, if the bill passes
this year. Of course, these commissions will continue to be paid for the
rest of his life.

Some financial experts think this will be the largest “scam” or”legal
heist” in world history. Obama’s cronies make the Mafia look like rank
amateurs. They will make Bernie Madoff’s fraud look like penny ante
stuff.

For those of you who watch Glenn Beck you will recall he told us about this program and how it would be the organization that would collect all the credits (money) and then disperse it to the “chosen few”  among them are Al Gore and the Clintons as well as his Communist buddies from Chicago.   Beck called it “Crime Inc.”

The BP Gulf oil disaster was ready made to promote these people’s agenda.  Strange how these things  called crisis just keep happening when Obamanation needs them isn’t it? 

For those of you who do not watch Glenn Beck please read and learn.  BB 

President Obama’s $1 Billion Earmark 

 

President Obama’s $1 Billion Earmark

Posted August 14th, 2010 at 11:00am

  

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) likes to say that Congressional earmarking has become the gateway drug to federal overspending.  Is there any better evidence of this theory than President Barack Obama’s $1 billion earmark for a special project in Illinois that was slipped into his failed $862 billion stimulus?  According to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the Obama Administration awarded $1 billion on August 5th for a Carbon Capture and Storage Network in Illinois:  

Today’s announcement will help ensure the US remains competitive in a carbon constrained economy, creating jobs while reducing greenhouse gas pollution.  This investment in the world’s first, commercial-scale, oxy-combustion power plant will help to open up the over $300 billion market for coal unit repowering and position the country as a leader in an important part of the global clean energy economy  

This project was an earmark in the stimulus according to a Washington Post story dated March 6, 2009:  

Deep inside the economic stimulus package is a $1 billion prize that, in five short words, shows the benefits of being in power in Washington. The funding, for “fossil energy research and development,” is likely to go to a power plant in a small Illinois town, a project whose longtime backers include a group of powerful lawmakers from the state, among them President Obama.  

On page 139 of the President’s stimulus plan, Public Law 111-5, you can find the earmark:  “For an additional amount for ‘Fossil Energy Research and Development’, $3,400,00,000.”  

According to a Department of Energy press release, this one billion dollar earmark is being provided to “FutureGen Alliance, Ameren Energy Resources, Babcock & Wilcox, and Air Liquide Process & Construction, Inc. to build FutureGen 2.0, a clean coal repowering program and carbon dioxide (CO2) storage network.” The Department of Energy projects 1,900 jobs as a result of $1,000,000,000 in new spending.  This works out to about a half million dollars per job.  Senator Coburn said of the $1 billion earmark:  

This costly and gratuitous earmark further calls into question the integrity of the Recovery Act. This decision appears to have more to do with politics and geography than science. FutureGen 1.0 was called ‘YesterGen’ because it had little scientific value. Now, taxpayers are being forced to finance the largest pork-barrel project in our nation’s history with borrowed money. Adding another $1 billion to our debt for a dubious project will only delay our recovery.  

The Hill reports that problems have emerged with the implementation of this earmark.  

A long-troubled federal project to demonstrate the viability of capturing carbon from coal-fired power plants and socking it away underground has hit a new snag.  The town of Mattoon, Ill., wants no part of the Energy Department’s revised “FutureGen” project after seeing its role in the program change and shrink.  Last week DOE rolled out a revamped version of FutureGen, the program to build a next-generation coal plant with a consortium of power and mining companies. DOE scrapped plans for building FutureGen from the ground up in Mattoon, where local officials were excited about the jobs that would come with it.  

This is the same project initiated by the Bush Administration, then canceled in 2008 because of cost overruns.  Now Mattoon, Illinois is rejecting the project.  With unemployment today at 9.5% and a failed stimulus plan, it would seem like a good time to take a second look at this program to potentially cancel this waste of taxpayer dollars.  

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Serious Questions Raised About Obama Tactics in 2008 Election.

No!  Not our dear President Obama.  Say it isn’t true!   I just can’t believe this wonderful, “clean” (according to VP Biden) young American (maybe?) would have anything to do with  anything corrupt.  After all he said over and over again that his administration would be  free of all corruption and the most translucent in history.  (Could he have meant perhaps Soviet Russian history or perhaps the history of Nazi Germany?).

I get a rise out of Democrats who are finally seeing the light.  Obama was so blatantly  lying during his campaign that  chain saws froze up getting thru the solid muck, but those who refused to see did not see and are now sooooo surprised.   There were those of us who were crying in the wilderness from the beginning but no one was willing to listen.  Especially the Main Stream Media! ABC, CBS,  NBC, MSNBC, and even CNN couldn’t sing  Obama’s praises enough.  In fact they were so loud and loyal that even other Democrats could not get thru to them.  The New York Times, The Washington Post and Newsweek went far beyond singing praises and actually lied for Obama.  Now we all have to pay the price for these people’s duplicity.  Creatures like Obama do not come out of the dark and survive without the help of  many, many  fools.  BB

Serious Questions Raised About Obama Tactics in 2008 Election

By Roger Aronoff  |  August 6, 2010

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Recently AIM interviewed Gigi Gaston, director of the documentary film, “We Will Not Be Silenced.” The film documents voter intimidation and corruption by forces working for then-candidate Barack Obama at Democratic precinct caucuses and state conventions during the 2008 Presidential primary. The filmmaker is surprising in that she is a lifelong Democrat, whose grandfather was the mayor of Boston and later the governor of Massachusetts, and she is a Hollywood screenwriter.

She says that after receiving a call from a former congressional investigator, she went to Texas to look into charges of voter irregularities in the Democratic caucus process to choose their presidential nominee. It was down to Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. What she found, as described on the website for the film, was “falsified delegate counts, falsified documents, and other violations” And she describes the “disenfranchising of American citizens by the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign,” and said that the “infamous campaign of ‘change’ from Chicago encouraged and created an army to steal caucus packets, falsify documents, change results, allow unregistered people to vote, scare and intimidate Hillary supporters, stop them, threaten them, lock them out of their polling places, silence their voices, and stop their right to vote.”

Through interviews with people with a first-hand knowledge of what was going on, including civil rights activist Helene Latimer, a very disturbing picture formed of what the Obama campaign was up to in order to “win” the nomination. Attorney Gloria Allred is shown calling for the elimination of the caucuses.

Ms. Gaston described how the Clinton campaign attempted to bring evidence of some of these irregularities to the attention of the media, but they were largely ignored.

You can listen to the full interview, or read the transcript here.

Here are some additional quotes from the interview.

“In Sioux City, Iowa, alone, out of a caucus where a hundred people caucused for Obama, 40 people had the same address.  Different things like that I saw, but the people are really the things that made me realize what was going on was far more serious than what I’d gone down to do, which was basically to prove everyone wrong.  And I was even more startled that when you actually tried to say something about it, and let people know, especially the press in this country—I think not only is our voting in great jeopardy here, but I think the press is.”

“…if you had an Obama sticker on, they didn’t check ID, they just waved you into the room to stand on the side of Obama.  That happened constantly.  A lot of people weren’t even from that precinct, in that area.  If I want to caucus, and, say I’m in Venice, California, or Santa Monica, California, I can’t go to Malibu and caucus also.  There were a lot of repeats, of people going all over. Bussing in was the worst part.  I don’t know if you saw, in the documentary, where all these parents didn’t know where their kids had been taken, and they’d been taken across from Illinois into Indiana, and caucused, bought dinner, and returned.  It’s not legal to pay someone to vote for you.”

“I haven’t left the [Democrat] party yet, because I’m in to try to see if this is one last shot, that they could totally be heroic, unite the party, and address this.  I know it’s a crazy hoop-dream, but I haven’t left the party yet.  I definitely don’t believe in what—the great gifts we were given as people that came to this country.  I don’t believe that it’s still there.  I really am concerned about our voting.  I really don’t feel we’re going to have—that our votes are ever going to be represented again if we, as people, don’t go, ‘Hey!  You guys have to address this!’”

Morning Bell: Cap and Ban | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News..

Those of you who watch Glenn Beck of course understand just exactly why Obama and company wants and perhaps needs the  Cap and Trade bill and are using any means at all to get it.  They are using the Gulf oil spill to get the bill by banning the drilling of oil in the Gulf.  this even for companies who are 500 feet deep or less and companies who have already jumped thru the hoops and gotten their permits to drill.  Now we find that since he lost his case in court for banning drilling in the Gulf he is simply placing another ban on drilling.   It doesn’t matter that in this economy with unemployment somewhere around 17% in actuality Obama by his actions is causing hundreds of workers to lose their jobs.  And since these rigs are being taken elsewhere to drill the job loses are permanent.   Neither does the President who has taken an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States of America is acting in complete opposition to this Constitution.

I have written much on the Cap and Trade Bill so if you want more background  please go to the bottom of my home page where categories are listed  and click on      .  BB

Cap and Ban

Posted July 14th, 2010 at 9:22am in Energy and Environment with 22 commentsPrint This Post Print This Post

The front page of USA Today claims: “President Obama’s attempt to use the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to help propel comprehensive energy legislation has failed.” Don’t believe it for a second. On Monday the Obama administration reissued a ban on offshore oil drilling in the gulf after federal courts twice invalidated the first ban, calling it “arbitrary and capricious.” The new ban is, if anything, more restrictive than the first, thus guaranteeing even more job losses for the already devastated Gulf region. Meanwhile, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is set to introduce a bill that will cap greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Taken together, the President’s Cap and Ban approach to energy policy will accomplish exactly what he set out to do from the very first day he was sworn into office: decrease the amount of carbon the U.S. economy emits by drastically increasing the cost of energy.

The mechanism Sen. Reid will use to cap carbon emissions is Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s (D-NM) renewable electricity standard (RES) legislation (the American Clean Energy and Security Act), which caps carbon from power plants by forcing them to produce a growing percentage of the electricity they produce from government-approved renewable energy sources every year. This is essentially cap and trade but without the trade. If these new renewable energy sources were actually cost effective, there would be no need to mandate them. Cost-minimizing firms (private  companies in the free market!) would adopt the technology on their own to stay competitive. But renewable energy is not cost-effective. It is significantly more expensive than traditional fuels, hence the need for the government mandates which will raise everyone’s energy costs. The ultimate victim of these higher energy prices will be you the consumer and the American economy.

Taking the full cost of wind and other renewables into account, the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis has found that an RES would: 1) raise electricity prices by 36 percent for households and 60 percent for industry; 2) cut national income (GDP) by $5.2 trillion between 2012 and 2035; 3) cut national income by $2,400 per year for a family of four; 4) reduce employment by more than 1,000,000 jobs; and 5) add more than $10,000 to a family of four’s share of the national debt by 2035.

And that is just the “cap” half of President Obama’s Cap and Ban approach. The first Obama oil drilling ban already caused some oil rigs to leave U.S. waters entirely. The threat of a second moratorium effectively created a de facto oil drilling ban and, even if they lose in court, the Obama Interior Department can further the de facto moratorium “through tough new safety regulations and by extending the time it takes to review drilling applications.” Studies show that more than 200,000 jobs are tied to the offshore drilling industry and 35,000 workers are directly involved each day when the rigs are in use. The American Petroleum Institute forecasts that if the drilling ban continues, more than 120,000 jobs could be lost in the Gulf Coast and key resources abandoned or moved elsewhere.

Worse, CNN reports that shallow water drillers say the Obama administration has not issued any permits since April 20, effectively creating a stealth ban on all offshore drilling. Heritage analyst David Kreutzer has crunched the numbers and found that a full Obama administration ban on all offshore drilling would be absolutely devastating to the U.S. economy. Between now and 2035, an offshore drilling ban would: 1) reduce GDP by $5.5 trillion; 2) reduce job growth by more than 1 million jobs by 2015 and more than 1.5 million jobs by 2030; and 3) increase the total expenditures for imported oil by nearly $737 billion.

After listening to locals testify about the economic catastrophe President Obama’s energy policies are already creating in the Gulf, former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham said he was disturbed by a “disconnect between Washington and the Gulf region about the sense of urgency needed.” There certainly is a disconnect between Washington and the rest of America. At a time of 9.5% unemployment, now is not the time to be inflicting costly Cap and Ban energy policies on the U.S. economy.

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Morning Bell: Obama’s Oil Spill To-Do List – Inbox – Yahoo! Mail.

I listened to the Coast Guard Commander Allen who is in charge of the Gulf oil spill on TV today explaining that 8 of the 30 offers of help from countries and companies have been accepted and the others are still under review by the State Department. ( In this time Obama has sat his buns on Air Force One no less than 9 times with all of them being approved by the State Department.  And this isn’t even counting the State Department approved trips by other officials.)

Allen  also said that equipment they need that is located elsewhere in the country is being moved to the Gulf. (This is the same stuff that the government said couldn’t be moved to the Gulf because what if they had an oil spill in that area!)

If you need a refresher of just how little our esteemed President has done or how much he has obstructed this is a good article.  One point is pretty well telling of Obama’s attitude:

“President Obama summoned a bipartisan group of senators to the White House on Tuesday to discuss his climate change legislation. When Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander suggested that any such energy meeting should include a focus on the oil spill and BP, Obama responded: “that’s just your talking point” and refused to discuss the crisis.”

When the president answered questions following the G20 conference, not one reporter asked him about the situation in the Gulf. Not one question. When attention is paid, it is focused on BP, which is only half the story — the other half being government incompetence or an ideological rigidity that prevents commonsense solutions.

1. Waive the Jones Act: According to one Dutch newspaper, European firms could complete the oil spill cleanup by themselves in just four months, and three months if they work with the United States, which is much faster than the estimated nine months it would take the Obama administration to go at it alone. The major stumbling block is a protectionist piece of legislation called the Jones Act, which requires that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried in U.S.-flagged ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens. But, in an emergency, this law can be temporarily waived, as DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff did after Katrina.   (This is Obama’s play to the unions.  Yes, the union bosses demand the Jones Act stay in force because they want ONLY American union members can work in the area.  The economy and environment of the southern United States is being damaged  to the extent that will take decades to repair (if then) and Obama is playing to his union bosses!  BB)

2. Accept International Assistance: At least thirty countries and international organizations have offered equipment and experts so far. According to reports this week, the White House has finally decided to accept help from twelve (Allen said 8 today on TV) of these nations. The Obama administration should make clear why they are refusing the other eighteen-plus offers.  In a statement, the State Department said it is still working out the particulars of the assistance it has accepted.

Take Sweden, for example. According to Heritage expert James Carafano: “After offering assistance shortly after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Sweden received a request for information about their specialized assets from the State Department on May 7.  Swedish officials answered the inquiry the same day, saying that some assets, such as booms, could be sent within days and that it would take a couple of weeks to send ships.  There are three brand new Swedish Coast Guard vessels built for dealing with a major oil spill cleanup.  Each has a capacity to collect nearly 50 tons of oil per hour from the surface of the sea and can hold 1,000 tons of spilled oil in their tanks. But according to the State Department’s recently released chart on international offers of assistance, the Swedish equipment and ships are still ‘under consideration.’ So months later, the booms sit unused and brand new Swedish ships still sit idle in port, thousands of miles from the Gulf. The delay in accepting offers of assistance is unacceptable.” For more information, click here or here.

3. Lift the Moratorium: The Obama administration’s over-expansive ban on offshore energy development is killing jobs when they are needed most. A panel of engineering experts told The New Orleans Times-Picayune that they only supported a six-month ban on new drilling in waters deeper than 1,000 feet. Those same experts were consulted by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar before he issued his May 27 report recommending a six-month moratorium on all ongoing drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet. A letter from these experts reads: “A blanket moratorium is not the answer. It will not measurably reduce risk further and it will have a lasting impact on the nation’s economy which may be greater than that of the oil spill. We do not believe punishing the innocent is the right thing to do.”

And just how many innocent jobs is Obama’s oil ban killing? An earlier Times-Picayune report estimated the moratorium could cost Louisiana 7,590 jobs and $2.97 billion in revenue directly related to the oil industry. For more information on this, click here.

4. Release the S.S. A-Whale: The S.S. A-Whale skimmer is a converted oil tanker capable of cleaning 500,000 barrels of oil a day from the Gulf waters. Currently, the largest skimmer being used in the clean-up efforts can handle 4,000 barrels a day, and the entire fleet our government has authorized for BP has only gathered 600,000 barrels, total in the 70 days since the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The ship embarked from Norfolk, VA, this week toward the Gulf, hoping to get federal approval to begin assisting the clean-up, but is facing bureaucratic resistance.

As a foreign-flagged ship, the S.S. A-Whale needs a waiver from the Jones Act, but even outside that three-mile limitation, the U.S. Coast Guard and the EPA have to approve its operation due to the nature of its operation, which separates the oil from the water and then releases water back into the Gulf, with a minor amount of oil residue.   (This is asinine!  Slightly tainted water can not be released into the Gulf so we leave a completely tainted water in place!  BB) The government should not place perfection over the need for speed, especially facing the threat of an active hurricane season. For more information on this, click here.

5. Remove State and Local Roadblocks: Local governments are not getting the assistance they need to help in the cleanup. For example, nearly two months ago, officials from Escambia County, Fla., requested permission from the Mobile Unified Command Center to use a sand skimmer, a device pulled behind a tractor that removes oil and tar from the top three feet of sand, to help clean up Pensacola’s beaches. County officials still haven’t heard anything back. Santa Rosa Island Authority Buck Lee explains why: “Escambia County sends a request to the Mobile, Ala., Unified Command Center. Then, it’s reviewed by BP, the federal government, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard. If they don’t like it, they don’t tell us anything.”

State and local governments know their geography, people, economic impacts and needs far better than the federal government does. Contrary to popular belief, the federal government has actually been playing a bigger and bigger role in running natural disaster responses. And as Heritage fellow Matt Mayer has documented, the results have gotten worse, not better. Local governments should be given the tools they need to aid in the disaster relief. For more information on this, click here.

6. Allow Sand Berm Dredging: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (section of the Environmental Protection Agency)has recently prevented the state of Louisiana from dredging to build protective sand berms. ( UNFW claimed they were not sure how much damage the sand berms would do to the fish and wildlife in the area.  Well what ever the damage it would be a whole lot less than the oil!  BB) Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser immediately sent a letter to President Obama requesting that the work continue. He said, “Once again, our government resource agencies, which are intended to protect us, are now leaving us vulnerable to the destruction of our coastline and marshes by the impending oil. Furthermore, with the threat of hurricanes or tropical storms, we are being put at an increased risk for devastation to our area from the intrusion of oil.” For more information on this, click here.  (The Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal finally said to Hell with it and started sand berming without permission. BB)  (Okay I know i had Randel instead of Jindal!  We old folks can’t be distracted by things like listening to a Randy Travis song while blogging. :( BB)

7. Waive or Suspend EPA Regulations: Because more water than oil is collected in skimming operations (85% to 90% is water according to Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen), operators need to discharge the filtered water back into the Gulf so they can continue to collect oil.  The discharged water is vastly cleaner than when it was skimmed, but not sufficiently pure according to normal EPA regulations. If the water has to be kept in the vessel and taken back to shore for purification, it vastly multiples the resources and time needed, requiring cleanup ships to make extra round trips, transporting seven times as much water as the oil they collect.  We already have insufficient cleanup ships (as the Coast Guard officially determined); they need to be cleaning up oil, not transporting water. For more information, click here.

8. Temporarily Loosen Coast Guard Inspections: In early June, sixteen barges that were vacuuming oil out of the Gulf were ordered to halt work. The Coast Guard had the clean-up vessels sit idle as they were inspected for fire extinguishers and life vests. Maritime safety is clearly a priority, but speed is of the essence in the Gulf waters. The U.S. Coast Guard should either temporarily loosen its inspection procedures or implement a process that allows inspections to occur as the ships operate. For more information, click here.

9. Stop Coast Guard Budget Cuts: Now is not the time to be cutting Coast Guard capabilities, but that is exactly what President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress are doing. Rather than rebuilding and modernizing the Coast Guard as is necessary, they are cutting back assets needed to respond to catastrophic disasters. In particular, the National Strike Force, specifically organized to respond to oil spills and other hazardous materials disasters, is being cut. Overall, President Obama has told the Coast Guard to shed nearly 1,000 personnel, five cutters, and several helicopters and aircraft. Congress and the Administration should double the U.S. Coast Guard’s active and reserve end strength over the next decade and significantly accelerate Coast Guard modernization, but for the time being, they should halt all budgetary cuts. For more information, click here.

10. Halt Climate Change Legislation: (NEVER let a good crisis go to waste! BB) President Obama has placed his focus to the oil spill on oil demand rather than oil in our water. Regardless of political views, now is not the time to be taking advantage of this crisis to further an unrelated piece of legislation that will kill jobs and, in the President’s own words, cause energy prices to “skyrocket.” Less than 5% of our nation’s electricity needs are met by petroleum. Pushing solar and wind alternatives is in no way related to the disaster in the Gulf. It’s time for President Obama to focus on the direct actions he can take in the Gulf rather than the indirect harm he can cause in Congress. As Heritage expert David Kreutzer opines: “Fix the leak first, and then we’ll talk.” A crisis should not be a terrible thing to waste, as Rahm Emanuel said, but a problem to be solved. For more information, click here.

When Will America Face Its Fiscal Crisis? – Forbes.com

“Given that almost everyone now agrees that the national debt is on an unsustainable course, knowing exactly how and when that unsustainability will come to an end is critically important.Many doomsayers believe that our fiscal profligacy will end in a bang, as happened recently to Greece and previously to many other countries. However, it’s very unlikely that the U.S. would ever suffer the sort of abrupt inability to sell its bonds that triggered a fiscal crisis in other countries.

Well written article that explains our fiscal position without using too many  words that we laymen have to look up in a dictionary  to gain some understanding of what the author is saying.  It is 3 pages long but well worth the reading if for no other reason than as a brush up for those of you who have been following the actions of the federal government for the past  two decades and more specifically for the past 18 months.

WE are going down;everyone knows it and some of us even know why  because we know our history.  However those in power seem not to understand that the route they are taking us is the wrong way on a one way street.  Like lemming Congress is racing to the edge of the cliff and dragging  us with them no matter how hard we resist what they are doing and show them in every way possible that  We the People disagree with them.

This Congress and  President  Obama in the past 18 months have taken this nation into an additional almost $2 trillion  of NEW debt and they are not finished yet.  After the disaster of  a bail out that should not have been in a $874 billion TARP bill, they followed with a Stimulus Bill of equal  size then a budget  the size of every budget presented by Presidents  from Washington to Bush combined.  These bills and this money did nothing at all but nationalize  (buy)  three huge failing private companies:  Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac (the two largest mortgage companies in the country) and AIG a failing world wide insurance company riddled with debt.

This year the Congress and President loaded our great grandchildren with an impossible federal health care plan that all knew and admitted was unsustainable,   a  financial reform bill that nationalizes our banking system in all ways except by name and is a perpetual bail out for bankers and are now diligently working on a plan to spend another  $265 billion  bail outs for states who have failed to control their spending.  These states will receive  funding to pay their teachers, law officers and Medicaid.  The unemployed will receive what now amounts to an unbelieveable 196 weeks of unemployment benefits.  Since approximately 17% of our population is now unemployed due to the wrong headedness of the President and Congress  and these unemployed have almost 4 years of  the unemployment benefits “entitlement” then there is certainly no reason for many of them to rush out to find a job.

Yes we are on our way down the road to national bankruptcy and an end to our American way of life.    The once great United States of America will wallow in the doldrums of a third world country while our  natural resources are taken from us by a global government and  the “wealth is spread around”.  That is a good thing President Obama tells us.  BB

UPDATE:  My first post and article from the NYTimes was pretty good considering the source but this one better hits the mark:

May 14, 2010 3:30 P.M.

Good Cop, Bad Cop  by    Stephen Spruiell

Good Cop, Bad Cop — By: Stephen Spruiell

If Congress can’t pass climate-change legislation, the EPA will force it on the country anyway.

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E.P.A. Announces New Greenhouse Gas Emission Rule – NYTimes.com

The President and Congress have given the environmentalists  and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)  entirely too much power and over the years they have used this power to do a great deal of damage to our economy.  I am not against the EPA  because they are needed to keep industry and commerce from making bad mistakes.  The EPA stopped the coal industry from strip mining and then walking away leaving destruction that would take a century or more to overcome. (They have been lax however in stopping the coal industry from stripping the tops off mountains in West Virginia then dumping the earth over the side of the mountain polluting streams that then flow into rivers etc.  BB)  They have been very active in cleaning up our waterways and stopping chemical companies from dumping their wastes.  But they have also stopped a vital logging industry for the Spotted Owl.  We have learned that if logging does not occur the forest is vulnerable to fires.  Whereas with judicious rather than “clear cutting” forests and replanting programs the under-bush is cut out and this is the tinder for out of control forest fires.  The EPA literally destroyed the agricultural business in  south western California which supplies a large portion of the country’s vegetable and fruits  but turning off the water supply to save a minnow. A minnow that has no real value that anyone can verify.

Now the EPA has gone after our energy companies.   Congress didn’t pass Cap & Trade so the EPA will do the job.  This is a good article on just what is happening.

(For those of you who have been watching Glenn Beck this past two weeks I think this article is of special concern.  Is Crime Inc.  using the EPA to achieve its ends?  Beck said it was going to happen soon.  BB)

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a final rule on Thursday for regulating major emitters of greenhouse gases, like coal-fired power plants, under the Clean Air Act.

Starting in July 2011, new sources of at least 100,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year and any existing plants that increase emissions by 75,000 tons will have to seek permits, the agency said.

In the first two years, the E.P.A. expects the rule to affect about 15,550 sources, including coal-fired plants, refineries, cement manufacturers, solid waste landfills and other large polluters, said Gina

Last year the agency issued a finding that carbon dioxide and other climate-altering gases posed a threat to human health and welfare. Under the Clean Air Act, that gave it the authority to issue regulatory measures like the one announced Thursday.

The announcement came a day after a climate and energy bill was introduced in the Senate, one that would effectively shift regulatory power over greenhouse gases to Congress from the E.P.A.

(Okay, now you have heard from the EPA and what they are planning on doing and have the power to do.  Now  read the Kerry- Liebermann Bill  Insiders Cash In, Consumers Pay Under New Energy Bill . BB))

Insiders Cash In, Consumers Pay Under New Energy Bill

Posted May 12th, 2010 at 5:27pm in Ongoing Priorities with 4 commentsPrint This Post Print This Post

The Energy Costs Al Gore Would Like You to Pay

Major players in Washington cheered the latest version of an energy bill, which tries to buy votes with “something for almost everyone.”  But beleaguered consumers will get stuck with skyrocketing bills after others feast on new government benefits.

We can expect any new “green jobs” to be offset by a larger loss of existing jobs, possibly up to 3-million, depending on details of how the bill’s cap-and-trade system is implemented to tax carbon dioxide emissions.

Climate Plan Aims to Provide Something for Everyone,” headlined Congress Daily about the re-worked legislation from Senators John Kerry (D, MA) and Joe Lieberman (D, CT).  That same phrase was echoed by a multitude of media.

But the “something” for everyday Americans is higher utility bills—another hit for struggling families in a sour economy.

If the massive new bill stalls from its own complexity, Sen. Harry Reid says he’ll pursue a simpler-but-still-costly backup plan:  Dictating that an ever-increasing portion of electric power must be generated from sources other than fossil fuels—a so-called RES “renewable energy standard” which by itself could cost a million jobs as well as higher electric bills averaging $2,400 a year for a typical family.

Just like the Kerry-Lieberman bill, the RES would force higher bills on unwilling and skeptical Americans.

According to Rasmussen Reports, only 18% of voters are willing to pay even $300 a year for cleaner energy or to fight global warming.  And 56% of all voters say they aren’t willing to pay anything more at all in taxes and utility costs.  (19% said they’d pay only $100 more a year.)

Consumers would pay as businesses passed along the new costs created by the bill.  Many benefited groups gathered to attend and support the Kerry-Lieberman announcement, thanks to the potpourri of billions in federal subsidies, incentives and programs.  The New York Times wrote, “The Kerry-Lieberman proposal . . .  provid[es] something for every major energy interest — loan guarantees for nuclear plant operators, incentives for use of natural gas in transportation, exemptions from emissions caps for heavy industry, free pollution permits for utilities and modest carbon dioxide limits for oil refiners.”  The Times identified the Edison Electric Institute, Nuclear Energy Institute, Duke Energy, and FPL Group as being there; stated that written statements of support were expected from oil giants British Petroleum, ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell; and reported that the bill had bought silence from the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber’s public response was timid:  “We thank Senators Kerry and Lieberman, as well as Senator Graham, for their work to constructively engage the business community on these issues.  The Kerry-Lieberman bill is a work in progress.  Few in Congress or the business community have had a chance to review the entire bill.”

For everyday Americans, the bill is nothing to cheer.  Ben Lieberman, senior energy and environment policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, told Talk Radio News Service that the APA amounts to nothing more than a giant energy tax.  “The only way to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels is to raise the cost of energy,” he said. “They have to raise costs high enough so that people are forced to use less, that’s how this works.”

But according to handouts from Kerry and Lieberman, “roughly two-thirds of the revenues generated by the new law would be passed back to consumers through energy bill discounts or direct rebates”.   That sounds like a store that jacks up prices then offers a “discount” that still leaves a 33% price hike.

A major backer of the Tea Party movement, FreedomWorks, quickly condemned the measure as “the largest tax hike in history, and would hit the poor and middleclass, who spend a higher proportion of their income on essentials like electricity and fuel, the hardest.”

They added, “Cap and trade will bring sky high energy prices for consumers and a new government slush fund for Washington. A twenty-seven cent “Fuels’ Fee” on every gallon of gasoline included in the bill means not just higher prices at the pump, but higher prices on shipping and food production.  Higher energy costs will put the cost of doing business through the roof and send American jobs overseas at a time of record unemployment.”

As President Obama personally predicted, his own plan will make our electricity rates “skyrocket” as higher costs are passed on to consumers.

(I am still thinking of what Glenn Beck has been telling us about Crime, Inc this past two weeks and that all this group needed was the bill passed by Congress.  the EPA might have been used as the spur with congress and industries thinking they would take the lesser of the two evils.  Either way the “group” get what they have been working towards all along: the destruction of all the capitalistic and productive countries and taking the world back centuries.   And of course they rule the Earth.  BB)

Just a few items you may want to know about.

  • The U.S. Senate defeated an amendment to end the federal bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with only two Democrats joining all 41 Republicans to support the measure. (Of course now that Fannie and Freddie are federalized we are assured of another US Postal Service and Amtrak.  I just don’t care for the idea of my having to buy someone else a home!  Just like I don’t like having to pay off someone’s credit card debt because they were too immature to control themselves but that is happening thanks to Obama and the Dems too.  Or paying $8000 down payment on a home or a new car or towards people making improvements to their homes.  When will it stop?  BB)
  • In the next three weeks, Congress is looking to enact more than $200 billion in new deficit spending.
  • Proving why he is the perfect man for President Obama’s Debt Commission, records reveal that former SEIU President Andy Stern left the union with a failing pension system and over $84 million in debt. (Andy Stern has also taken over the running of the  National   People’s Action  (NPA) which is Obama’s army of radical union members and thugs.  You saw them storming Wall Street a couple weeks ago.
  • Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) will introduce their new energy tax bill today, which will allow states to ban oil drilling within 75 miles off their coast, allow states to keep only 40% of energy development revenues, and force states to spend 13% of that revenue on environmental projects. (I wonder who or what gets the other 60%?  The bill says the people, but there will be a whole slew of new agencies formed to “give” this money back.  Don’t be expecting a check like Alaskans get any time soon because the state administers that program, in this one the federal government runs it thru its bureaucracy and then the states run it thru theirs before the consumer sees it.
  • See also: Jeanne Cummings reports on a draft version of the Kerry-Lieberman energy bill: According to the summary of the bill, roughly two-thirds of the revenues generated by the new law would be passed back to consumers through energy bill discounts or direct rebates. The legislation would also provide assistance to businesses that are heavy energy users or trade sensitive.The vast majority of the revenue envisioned in the legislation would come through a variety of programs aimed at putting a price on carbon emissions. However, the draft version offered scant details about how those programs would work. For instance, to put a price on the carbon in exhaust emissions, the legislation is expected to set a cap on them and require transportation firms to buy permits for each ton of carbon emissions. But those details are not in the summary.
  • AND: he agency that regulates (or was supposed to regulate) offshore oil drilling is being split in two, report Siobhan Hughes and Stephen Power: The Interior Department plans to announce Tuesday its intent to split the Minerals Management Service into two divisions, one focusing on gathering royalties from oil and gas companies and another focused on safety inspections. An Interior Department official confirmed the plan. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will make an announcement at 1 p.m. EDT.

» Cap-n-Tax: Team Obama Piles On the Outrages – Big Government

Here comes another huge take over of a part of our economy by the federal government and Harry Reid and cohorts are ready to roll the tax payers again.  This is a must read article just so you’re not surprized when it all starts coming down.  Keep in the back of your mind during this whole rip off that the big winners are going to be the United Nations and the so-called “poorer countries” who will be the recipients of your tax dollars.  Within this bill will be a stipulation that the United Nations has the right to tax Americans!!  Believe it.  BB

Cap-n-Tax: Team Obama Piles On the Outrages

by Christopher C. Horner It’s appreciably more difficult for Washington politicians to amaze Americans who paid any attention at all to what has been transpiring in Washington. And that number is growing. But the Democrats are giving it their best shot.

UncleSameTaxShakedown_CapAndTrade

Read this just out from Politico, explaining that the Senate’s committee process simply must be suspended to jam through Obama’s energy/cap-and-tax Power Grab, because it is so expansive that it would invoke the jurisdiction of six Senate committees. These include the tax-writing Finance Committee, because cap-and-trade and the new gas tax (styled by some cheerleaders who think you’re stupid as a “carbon-linked fee”).

So, again, Harry Reid is going to write a couple of thousand pages — and try to buy off the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with revenues taken from you — in closed-door, back room deals. The ability to do so is one reason the bill in its House version grew to 1,400 pages, bigger and bigger with each closed-door deal. There are so many ways to design this takeover and the wealth transfers and lost freedoms involved, and to hide and target the hurt.


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