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Right on top of yesterdays post comes this one. We the People are being raped by the destroyers of our country and this world. And we stand here trying to use the law to save us while they use our laws to destroy us! BB
by Dan Riehl
We all know how important energy is in our lives, just as commercial energy is critical to free market capitalism and the pursuit of prosperity in America. Now, thanks to environmental activists and several states, that may all be at risk in the US Supreme Court.
In 2004, unhappy that the duly elected Bush administration wasn’t restricting carbon emissions in the alleged cause of global warming, environmental activism prompted several states to file a “public nuisance” lawsuit, which would empower the courts in this regard.
They lost in the lower court but that was reversed in 2007.
This case is novel, and far more aggressive and disruptive than the global warming case the Court previously permitted. In a 2007 decision, Massachusetts v. EPA, a closely divided Court agreed with 12 states and several cities that the Environmental Protection Agency has authority to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. Though that case dealt with a narrow claim to enforce a federal statute, the Court’s decision emboldened what had already become a cottage industry of lawsuits designed to slow global warming by asking federal courts to enact what interest groups have been unable to secure through the democratic process: carbon caps and other limits on the way energy is produced in this country.
Under the guise of “public nuisance,” the plaintiffs in these suits seek to impose enormous damages and binding emissions caps on energy companies. The plaintiffs have acknowledged that their goal is a veritable sea change in the way energy is produced, sold, and used in this country. Incredibly, they assert that these companies can make major changes to lower emissions – such as the adoption of wind and solar alternatives – “without significantly increasing the cost of electricity.” But never before has the “public nuisance” doctrine been used to set national economic and energy policy. While litigation may be therapeutic for those frustrated by political inaction, this case is at odds with this country’s legal tradition.
Meanwhile, a recently elected Republican House is taking steps to go in the other direction through budget cuts to the EPA. Environmental activism in the US is, in effect, looking to up-end the democratic process – an all too common theme across the Left – by empowering the courts to make policy in perhaps the single most critical policy area for American prosperity.
The agency will lose $1.6 billion as part of a deal between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to produce $38 billion in spending cuts for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year, according to legislation made public today. A plan detailing where the cuts will be made is due in 30 days.
Republicans argued for a larger cut plus provisions that would bar the EPA from enforcing rules on reducing carbon dioxide from power plants and factories. The budget deal accepted by Obama will undermine efforts to reduce pollution from mountaintop coal mining and mercury emissions from power plants, said Gabe Wisniewski, coal campaign director for the environmental group Greenpeace.
Also, as if all that isn’t bad enough, the EPA recently admitted it has zero interest in worrying about job production in America – video at link. Of course, all this plays out as the economy lags, unemployment skyrockets and American jobs continue to disappear.
The EPA has admitted that they don’t even consider jobs when they do their economic analysis. No really. They don’t even think about the potential impact on unemployment. This is appalling, coming from an administration that has said over and over and over again that jobs are the top priority.
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A guest to my site brought this You Tube video to my attention and it is well worth watching. It explains very well the “green” environmental movement and all the scams surrounding this movement. The Public-Private developments that allowed GM not to pay any taxes this year is part of this.
Thank you goes to Tony N. BB
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President Obama has all but destroyed the oil industry in this country. This of course has been his agenda. To destroy a nation as quickly as possible make it dependent upon other countries. Three extra cheers when these other countries are enemies of the nation one wishes to destroy and the nations who have the oil are all our enemies! Gasoline prices are going up and expected to hit $5 a gallon by this Fall. This of course does not take in the other uses for oil from heating our homes to the making of plastics and polyesters which will impact just about every industry and aspect of our life. All this when we are in the greatest depression since the 1930’s.
President Franklin Roosevelt also did everything he could to destroy our nation’s agricultural culture and he succeeded. He did such things as ordering 2 million hogs slaughtered while millions of people in the country were starving! But he got what he wanted as the United States lost its family farms to huge agri-businesses. Progressive Presidents are a plague to a nation and freedom. Remember that as you read this article. BB
More than two months after the Obama administration lifted its ban on drilling in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico, oil companies are still waiting for approval to drill the first new oil well there. Experts now expect the wait to continue until the second half of 2011, and perhaps into 2012.Getty Images(Dear Readers I usually highlight what I feel are important points. I haven’t highlighted here because it is ALL important points. BB)
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns on April 21; the spill halted deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for months.
The administration says it is simply trying to enforce new safety rules adopted in the wake of the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which killed 11 workers and set off the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Environmental groups say the administration is right to take its time because the Gulf disaster exposed the risks of offshore drilling.
(Remember that this same President and his Dem. Congress gave Mexico millions to drill in the Gulf of Mexico! They also made oil drilling grants to Brazil and Venezuela, BB)
But the delay is hurting big oil companies such as Chevron Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, which have billions of dollars in investments tied up in Gulf projects that are on hold and are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a day for rigs that aren’t allowed to drill. Smaller operators such as ATP Oil & Gas Corp., which have less flexibility to focus on projects in other regions, have been even harder hit.
The impact of the delays goes beyond the oil industry. The Gulf coast economy has been hit hard by the slowdown in drilling activity, especially because the oil spill also hurt the region’s fishing and tourism industries. The Obama administration in September estimated that 8,000 to 12,000 workers could lose their jobs temporarily as a result of the moratorium; some independent estimates have been much higher.
The slowdown also has long-term implications for U.S. oil production. The Energy Information Administration, the research arm of the Department of Energy, last month predicted that domestic offshore oil production will fall 13% this year from 2010 due to the moratorium and the slow return to drilling; a year ago, the agency predicted offshore production would rise 6% in 2011. The difference: a loss of about 220,000 barrels of oil a day.
Drilling in waters of less than 500 feet also has been snared by the government’s increased scrutiny. Regulators requested modifications to 101 shallow-water drilling plans in 2010, compared with 59 such requests in 2009 and just 31 in 2008. Rig operators say drilling permits once approved in a matter of weeks have taken up to five months to process as the government introduced new rules.
The lengthy delays in reviewing new permits have caught the industry off guard. When the Obama administration lifted its ban on deep-water drilling on Oct. 12, many experts had expected a few permits to be issued before the end of 2010, followed by a gradual ramp-up of activity this year.
Among the new rules: Companies must hire outside engineers to certify key well-safety equipment and subject the gear to more rigorous tests. They require more worker training, more documentation and detailed plans of how they would respond to a worst-case well blowout.
Environmentalists say the Deepwater Horizon disaster proved reviews needed to be more thorough. “The process can work efficiently. Maybe not as quickly as it did before, but that’s understandable,” said Elgie Holstein, a staff expert at the Environmental Defense Fund.
But with no deep-water permits yet issued and companies still struggling to comply with new, tougher safety rules, experts say it could be 2012 before drilling approaches pre-disaster levels. Even when it does, projects that were once approved in weeks will likely take months to get past increased regulatory scrutiny.
(You understand that countries Obama & Co. has funded for oil drilling have absolutely NO STANDARDS, codes or regulations for their rigs. BB)
“There was a sense that we would start to see deep-water permits approved by year end,” said Arun Jayaram, an energy analyst with Credit Suisse in New York. Mr. Jayaram said he now doesn’t expect much deep-water drilling at all this year.
Some companies are shifting investments out of the Gulf. BP PLC recently said it would move a brand-new rig that was meant to work in the Gulf, Pride International Inc.’s Deep Ocean Ascension, to Libya. Marathon Oil Corp. has tried to cancel a contract for a newly built Gulf rig owned by Noble Corp. Noble declined to comment, but last month it said it would “vigorously defend its rights under the drilling contract.”
Erik Milito, a senior official at the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry’s main lobbying group, said more rigs will leave soon if drilling isn’t allowed to resume. “They’re doing everything they can to keep the contracted rigs in the Gulf,” said Mr. Milito. “But they’re idle, they’re not able to do the work they intended to be out there doing, and that can only go on so long.”
This isn’t the first time the industry has issued such warnings. When the Obama administration first announced its moratorium on deep-water drilling in May, industry leaders predicted thousands of layoffs and a quick exodus of rigs from the Gulf. Instead, most companies either kept their rigs on stand-by or kept them busy with jobs that weren’t covered by the moratorium, such as cleaning up old wells.
There are signs that companies remain committed to the Gulf. Chevron has in recent weeks announced two major deep-water projects there, which together will cost nearly $12 billion.
“The deep-water business is a very long-term business, so we take a very long-term view,” Gary Luquette, the head of exploration and production for Chevron in North America, said in an interview. BP and Shell also have said they have no plans to sell their Gulf properties.Access thousands of business sources not available on the free web. Learn More
Smaller oil companies, however, are less able to wait out the slowdown. ATP Oil & Gas, one of the smallest deep-water operators in the Gulf, has seen its share price fall 27% since the Deepwater Horizon exploded, a sign investors are concerned about lost revenue from its delayed wells. ATP’s chairman, Paul Bulmahn, has said the company is now looking for projects in other countries. In a letter to President Barack Obama last month, Mr. Bulmahn pleaded for a drilling permit.
The slow pace of permitting has drawn fire even from some Congressional Democrats, especially Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, who has said the policy is hurting the region’s economy.
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle pushed for a return to drilling last month. “It’s time to get the men and women of this industry back to work, as well as the other industries that are dependent upon drilling activity for survival—the welders, the boat captains, the pipefitters and caterers,” he said. “There is a multitude of individuals on the coast who want to get back to work finding the fuel to energize America.”
The Obama administration’s newly formed offshore drilling regulator, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, says it isn’t trying to stall new drilling but won’t be rushed by industry pressure. The agency notes it has approved permits for deep-water activity that wasn’t covered by the moratorium, such as modifications of existing wells.
“We will not cut corners in the permit review process,” agency spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz wrote in an email. “Our priority remains, as it must, to ensure that oil and gas drilling is done in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”
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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
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.
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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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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.
Author: Brian Darling
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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
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!’”