President Obama and the rabid environmentalists

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President Barack H. Obama was elected with the help of a number of "special interest groups" such as the labor unions, the teachers' unions, Hollywood celebrities, homosexual activists, immigration activists, and environmentalists.  Their efforts were successful.  Now it's payback time, and President Obama is unleashing the environmental extremists and undertaking a "green" transformation of America.

Environmentalists abhor capitalism, and apparently so does Barack Obama.  Environmentalists say they want to save the earth from the abuses inflicted by mankind, but the bottom line is this:  Environmentalists oppose every practical source of energy.  It is because of the environmentalists that 1.6-gallon toilets are mandatory, ordinary light bulbs have been outlawed, and plastic bags are frowned upon (or unavailable) at some grocery stores.

No sane person wants to intentionally pollute the air, poison the lakes, or throw garbage in the rivers.  But environmental extremism is another matter altogether.  Radical environmentalism is more about expanding and strengthening the federal government than it is about protecting the air and water and plants and animals.  Air and water pollution in the U.S. has been drastically reduced since the 1960's.  For example, between 1980 and 2005, airborne lead was reduced by 96 percent.*  According to EPA figures, six common air pollutants have been reduced by 60% since 1970.*  The poorest countries in the world are the ones with the worst pollution.  For a country with such abundant energy, ours is very clean.  If we can keep the air as clean as it is today, our air pollution problems have been solved.

In the past, environmentalists have issued a number of false alarms about everything from acid rain and chlorine and radon to stratospheric ozone depletion.  The greatest of these false alarms is the global warming hoax.  Environmentalists have been known to push a number of supposedly brilliant ideas that have turned out to be boondoggles.  Examples include solar power, electric cars, windmills, and more recently, "green" jobs.

People who want to endure hardships to "save the earth" should be free to pursue their goals -- provided they do so with their own money.  Unfortunately, they usually prefer to reach into Uncle Sam's pocket, especially when it's obvious that wind and solar power are perpetual money-losers.  That is why the Solyndra collapse is such a scandal.



Related topic:  Obama is a gas-guzzling limousine liberal.



Did the Obama White House Collude with a Politically Motivated Scientist?  Following allegations of impropriety over the handling of a controversial climate change report, a government watchdog group now wants to know whether there was any collaboration between the report's lead author and a key Obama adviser.

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal.  Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three days before he leaves office.  The fund was a key aspect of the Paris agreement signed in 2015, which aims to keep global warming "well below" 2[°]C and aspires to keep warming to 1.5[°]C.  Established in 2010, it is financed by wealthy countries and used to assist developing countries with adaptation and mitigation.  It was widely seen as a key measure to bring both rich and poor countries to the negotiating table.  The US committed to transferring $3bn to the fund.  The new instalment leaves $2bn owing, with the incoming president, Donald Trump, expected to cease any further payments.

Obama Wastes Another $500 Million for UN Climate Fund.  Of course, this money will go to dictators and bad guys in many areas.  Well, the money that makes it out of the hands of the United Nations, which doesn't exactly have a great track record of competence and fiscal responsibility.  And, what money makes it beyond the greedy hands of  3rd world  developing nation leaders, will be position as being from the UN, rather than the United States.  Obama's just throwing money that taxpayers earned with hard work away, and all for nothing.

Where did he find $500 million?
Obama gives another $500 million to Green Climate Fund.  The Obama administration approved another $500 million contribution for a United Nations' climate fund on Tuesday [1/17/2017], a move that is expected to infuriate Republicans who have sought to stop the payments.  The payment to the U.N. Green Climate Fund was approved for the second year in a row.  The payments are part of the U.S.'s obligation under the Paris climate change agreement.

Obama administration announces controversial Utah and Nevada national monuments.  The Obama administration designated 1.6 million acres of Utah and Nevada as national monuments Wednesday, including one controversial area of Utah that is rankling congressional Republicans.  The White House announced the 1.35 million-acre Bear Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah and the 300,000-acre Gold Butte National Monument just outside of Las Vegas.  The two desert monuments have long been discussed as possible monument designations, and President Obama said it was time to protect important Native American spaces and natural wonders.  He said the areas contain cultural artifacts, including rock art and archeological sites, and lands that Native Americans consider sacred.

Obama expected to bar drilling in swaths of Atlantic, Arctic.  President Barack Obama is expected to order wide swaths of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans placed permanently off-limits for oil drilling, people briefed on the administration's plan said, in an 11th-hour push for environmental protection before he leaves office.

President Obama bans oil drilling in large areas of Atlantic and Arctic ocean.  President Obama moved to solidify his environmental legacy Tuesday by withdrawing hundreds of millions of acres of federally owned land in the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean from new offshore oil and gas drilling.  Obama used a little-known law called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to protect large portions of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in the Arctic and a string of canyons in the Atlantic stretching from Massachusetts to Virginia.  In addition to a five-year moratorium already in place in the Atlantic, removing the canyons from drilling puts much of the eastern seaboard off limits to oil exploration even if companies develop plans to operate around them.

President Obama's Last-Minute Monument Decision Is Wrong for Utah.  Many of you have been fighting with me over the past six years to prevent President Barack Obama from designating additional national monuments in Utah.  Now, unfortunately, we are hearing that the president is planning to follow through with the threat to designate the Bears Ears National Monument.  In her confirmation hearings, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell committed to ensuring that there would be local support for a monument before recommending monument designation to the president.  There is not nearly enough local support for the Bears Ears National Monument to justify designating it.

Last Obama 'climate change' spending frenzy: $90M.  Before leaving office, President Barack Obama is sneaking in one last attempt to fund his "global warming" agenda — a move that could cost American taxpayers another $90 million if he successfully persuades Asian cities to adopt his plan when he travels there during the last month of his second and final term.  The outgoing president's push to throw millions into his exorbitant climate change initiative is a last-ditch effort to fund and keep his clean energy legacy before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration in January.  However, Obama's final spending frenzy is nothing new.

The Obama administration lawlessly rewards its supporters and punishes its enemies.  The United States was born out of a revolution against, in the words of the Declaration of Independence, an "arbitrary government" that put men on trial "for pretended offences" and "abolish[ed] the Free System of English laws."  Brave men and women stood up to that oppressive government, and this, the greatest democracy of them all, one that is governed by the rule of law and not by men, is the product.  Some of our states have forgotten this founding principle and are acting less like Jefferson and Adams and more like George III.  A group of Democratic attorneys general has announced it intends to criminally investigate oil and gas companies that have disputed the science behind man-made global warming.  Backed by green-energy interests and environmentalist lobbying groups, the coalition has promised to use intrusive investigations, costly litigation, and criminal prosecutions to silence critics of its climate-change agenda.  Pretended offenses, indeed.

On his way out, Obama cedes Arctic energy control to Russia.  This isn't really the same as prying the W's off the keyboards in the Oval Office, but Barack Obama seems determined to leave some unpleasant going away presents for his successor on the domestic energy front.  Before leaving office, the President has modified the agreement for future oil exploration leases to eliminate nearly all Arctic sites.  Needless to say, the energy industry isn't exactly ecstatic over this.

Obama blocks new oil, gas drilling in Arctic Ocean.  The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say industrial activity in the icy waters will harm whales, walruses and other wildlife and exacerbate global warming.

The Editor says...
How does Mr. Obama know the environmentalists' fears have any merit?

Obama to block new Arctic drilling.  President Obama is planning in the coming days to release an offshore oil and natural gas plan that blocks new drilling leases in the Arctic Ocean through 2022, people familiar with the plan said.  The decision is part of the Interior Department's five-year plan for offshore drilling, which lays out all of the proposed auctions for drilling rights on the outer continental shelf.

The Big Bluff that Paris deal is solid: truth is Trump can axe it easily.  In a letter to John Kerry on November 3rd, fourteen US senators explained that Obama's commitment to the Paris deal is the legal equivalent of him giving a speech — the "lowest forms of commitment the United States can make...".  It's worthless.  The Senators explained that everyone knows the Paris deal was done to avoid going through Congress (it's printed in The Guardian) because Congress would never approve it.

President Obama's Final Green Spending Spree.  President Obama's administration appears to be pushing out a final hundred million dollars in grants to foreign green projects, ahead of the January 20th handover to the new Trump administration.

OPIC and Renew Power Ventures Sign Commitment for 100 Megawatt Solar Farm in India.  The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government's development finance institution, signed a commitment with ReNew of approximately $74 million for a 100 MW solar project in the Indian state of Telangana.  Announced during the 22nd session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP22), this project will diversify the country's power generation mix with a clean source of renewable power and help the country reduce GHG emissions.

Billionaire Tom Steyer calls on Obama to block offshore drilling.  Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is calling on President Obama to permanently ban offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic using his executive authority. [...] The other part of this story that is interesting is that Steyer seems to be revealing the White House was quietly considering doing this anyway.  That Obama would intentionally try to make a change like this, one he hopes Trump can't undo, after this election would be a slap in the face to the president-elect and the voters who put him in office.  It would also be at odds with the conciliatory message Obama has been spreading since last Tuesday.

Obama set to green-light disputed Dakota Access pipeline.  The Obama administration said Friday that no decision has been made on the disputed easement for the Dakota Access pipeline, tamping down expectations that the project could see a green light as soon as Monday [11/14/2016].  "The process is ongoing and no decisions have been made," an administration official said.  Sources familiar with the process said earlier Friday that a go-ahead for the $3.7 billion project was expected as soon as Monday, raising concerns about nationwide protests planned against the project on Tuesday.

Obama proposes reroute of Dakota Access pipeline.  President Barack Obama has called for "peace" and "restraint" on the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, and says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is examining whether the four-state project can be rerouted in southern North Dakota to alleviate the concerns of American Indians.

The Editor says...
Since when is the routing of pipelines -- or any other aspect of a private company's operation -- any of the president's business?

White House targets financial disclosure of climate risk.  A White House climate official is scheduled to speak Monday [10/31/2016] about a new plan to disclose the financial risk associated with climate change, following work with a Group of 20 task force.  Ali Zaidi, associate director for natural resources, energy and science at the Office of Management and Budget, is scheduled to speak at the Atlantic Council following a meeting of the G-20 Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure.  The task force is planning to recommend voluntary measures for companies to disclose climate-related financial risk to consumers and investors.

Obama says Paris climate agreement almost complete.  President Obama said Monday night [10/3/2016] the Paris climate change agreement will take effect within a few weeks, now that India has signed on to the U.N.-sponsored deal aimed at reducing carbon emissions.  During an event on the South Lawn of the White House, Mr. Obama said the agreement "will actually go into force in the next few weeks."  India signed the pact on Sunday.  "Officially this agreement will be into force much faster" than expected, the president said, adding that global leaders also are beginning talks to curb aviation emissions and the production of hydrofluorocarbons often used in refrigeration.

Democrats Urge Obama to Bypass Congress to Set Aside 6,261 Acres on California Coast.  California Democrats introduced legislation earlier this year that would have expanded the California Coastal National Monument some 6,261 acres covering five coastal sites.  The bill did not advance, and in February those lawmakers urged President Barack Obama to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to make the land off limits for everything except tourism.

Obama orders climate change be considered in military planning.  President Obama issued a new policy directive Wednesday to consider the effects of climate change in developing national security policy and planning across all major security agencies and the military.  "Today, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on Climate Change and National Security, establishing a policy that the impacts of climate change must be considered in the development of national security-related doctrine, policies, and plans," the White House said.  "To achieve this, 20 federal agencies and offices with climate science, intelligence analysis, and national security policy development missions and responsibilities will collaborate to ensure the best information on climate impacts is available to strengthen our national security." White House special assistant to the president, Alice Hill, told reporters that the presidential memo will "prioritize climate threats" to identify the most significant risks to the nation's security and drive full consideration of climate change effects into national security plans and policies.

Obama Directs Federal Agencies to Consider Climate Change As a National Security Issue.  In a Sept. 21 memo to his department heads, President Obama instructed all federal departments and agencies to consider the impact of climate change on national security.  Obama states that it is the policy of the U.S. government to ensure that current and anticipated impacts of climate change be "identified and considered" in developing national security doctrine, policies and plans.  "Climate change poses a significant and growing threat to national security, both at home and abroad," the memo says.  Those threats, according to Obama, include flooding, drought, heat waves, intense precipitation, pest outbreaks, disease, and electricity problems, all of which can "affect economic prosperity, public health and safety, and international stability."

Kerry to reach key milestone in air-conditioning phase-out.  Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to reach a milestone Thursday [9/22/2016] in finalizing a key part of President Obama's climate change agenda on phasing out refrigerants used in air conditioners that are blamed for raising the Earth's temperature.  The White House said Kerry will meet with nearly 100 nations on Thursday to hash out an amendment to the Montreal Protocol, first created to fix the ozone layer in the 1980s, to phase out refrigerants to combat global warming.  The deal would reduce the Earth's temperature by 0.5 degrees, Brian Deese, the president's climate change adviser, told reporters on a call Wednesday.  Observers said the deal on Thursday is the prelude to a big push by the administration to finalize the deal on limiting hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, during an international gathering in Kigali, Rwanda, next month.

The Editor says...
The Obama administration, as mentioned above, claims the deal would reduce the Earth's temperature by one-half degree.  Is that imperceptible change worth doing away with air conditioning -- or making it prohibitively expensive?  If today is one-half degree warmer than yesterday, would you even notice?  Mr. Kerry, acting on behalf of President Valerie Jarrett and her commie sock puppet Barry Soetoro, is pretending to solve a problem that does not exist.

Study: US Cost To Cut Emissions = $5+ Trillion.  President Barack Obama's pledge to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 2005 levels by 2050 might cost more than $5 trillion over three decades, according to a new analysis.  More than 190 countries announced similarly ambitious targets in Paris in December, but none included estimates of the costs.  For the U.S., they're huge:  up to $176 billion a year, or $5.28 trillion over 30, according to Columbia Business School economist Geoffrey Heal.  His new paper breaks down the costs of the most important prerequisite for achieving the target:  making electricity generation carbon-free.  The costs aren't a line item in the federal budget, but would largely be picked up by utilities, which would pass on the capital costs to consumers.

Obama Will Set Aside 5,000 Square Miles Off New England, Ban Commercial Fishing.  The State Department is hosting a two-day conference on the world's oceans, beginning today [9/15/2016], and it's expected to produce a raft of announcements and initiatives, including new marine protected areas — one off the coast of New England — as well as a ban on single-use plastic bags.  Ahead of the conference, press reports said President Obama on Thursday will establish the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean to permanently protect nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the coast of New England.  The White House said the designation will lead to a ban on commercial fishing — an industry that made New England famous — but a 7-year exception will be granted for the lobster and red crab industries.  Recreational fishing will be allowed within the monument.  Mining and drilling will be banned in the protected area.

Obama to announce first Atlantic Ocean monument.  President Obama on Thursday [9/15/2016] will designate the first national marine monument off the Atlantic Coast as part of a broad conservation push to fight the effects of climate change on sea life.  The announcement comes just two weeks after he designated the largest marine national monument off the coast of Hawaii.  Obama will make the announcement at the third annual Our Oceans Conference being held in Washington with leaders from around the world.

Obama Will Set Aside 5,000 Square Miles Off New England, Ban Commercial Fishing.  The State Department is hosting a two-day conference on the world's oceans, beginning today [9/15/2016], and it's expected to produce a raft of announcements and initiatives, including new marine protected areas — one off the coast of New England — as well as a ban on single-use plastic bags.  Ahead of the conference, press reports said President Obama on Thursday will establish the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean to permanently protect nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the coast of New England.  The White House said the designation will lead to a ban on commercial fishing — an industry that made New England famous — but a 7-year exception will be granted for the lobster and red crab industries.  Recreational fishing will be allowed within the monument.  Mining and drilling will be banned in the protected area.

Obama: Oceans key to protecting planet from climate change.  Creating the Atlantic Ocean's first marine national monument is a needed response to dangerous climate change, oceanic dead zones and unsustainable fishing practices, President Barack Obama said Thursday [9/15/2016].  The new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument consists of nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the New England coast.  It's the 27th time that Obama has created or enlarged a national monument.

The Editor says...
These national monuments are established for the purpose of crippling the fishing and petroleum industries.  There is no other reason to create these forbidden areas.

DOD Is Leasing Land To Green Energy Companies For Free.  The Department of Defense (DOD) allowed private companies to build green energy projects on federal lands for little or no compensation, according to an audit of the Pentagon's green energy efforts.  Government Accountability Office (GAO) auditors reviewed 17 green energy projects on DOD land and found 14 of those projects were, "not always clear about the value of the land used and the compensation DOD received for granting such use."  "Specifically, for 8 projects, DOD received little or no financial compensation for the use of its land, but the documentation did not clearly compare the value for granting use of DOD land to the value of what DOD received for it," GAO found.  "As a result, DOD contributed potentially valuable land — in some cases, over 100 acres — for the development of a project without including this as a cost in project documentation."

Is Obama Worried About a Global Warming Apocalypse?  The New York Times' multi-part series profiling President Barack Obama's legacy on global warming reveals the president is a fan of a book on how "climate change and overpopulation" could cause modern civilization to collapse.  Obama was apparently a fan of Jared Diamond's 2005 book "Collapse:  How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed," which "explored the environmental changes that wiped out ancient societies like Easter Island and discussed how modern equivalents like climate change and overpopulation could yield the same destruction," according to NYT.

GOP Lawmaker Calls Obama's Climate Agreement A Work Of 'Science Fiction'.  Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith told reporters that President Barack Obama's decision to ratify the climate agreement Saturday [9/3/2016] in China was a strategic move to stifle public scrutiny.  The decision to join the climate agreement was based on "science fiction," not solid science, Smith said, adding that forging it without the consent of Congress is "all pain and no gain."  "In committing the United States to the United Nations' Paris climate agreement, the president is wrongly trying to make law by his own executive action," Smith said.  "His agreement bypasses Congress, puts our nation at an economic disadvantage and imposes undue and unsustainable burdens on American families."

Obama Celebrates Slave Labor Day in Red China.  The old joke, "He'll do anything for the worker except become one," may apply to the Democratic Party and its modern-day leaders.  The days when Democrats represented the working man are gone.  Today, Democrats are more likely to preserve fish than jobs.  A case in point is President Obama's unilateral designation of 600,000 square miles of water around Hawaii as a national monument.  The rationale for destroying jobs and devastating fishing communities is global warming.  "It's a good time to be a fish" says the website of Global Citizen.  Human beings aren't faring so well.

Obama: 'One of the Most Urgent Challenges of Our Time is Climate Change'.  President Barack Obama picked one of the hottest weekends in the Northeastern U.S. to discuss climate change.  "One of the most urgent challenges of our time is climate change," the vacationing president said in his Saturday radio address.  He touted his efforts to cut pollution, including from cars and trucks, assuring Americans, "we're not done yet."

When is a treaty not a treaty?
Obama and Xi Formally Commit U.S. and China to Paris Climate Accord.  President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China formally committed the world's two largest economies to the Paris climate agreement here on Saturday, cementing their partnership on climate change and offering a rare display of harmony in a relationship that has become increasingly discordant.

Feds Sued For Illegally Refusing To Sell Oil Leases.  Western Energy Alliance (WEA), an industry-aligned interest group, sued the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Thursday [8/11/2016] for failing to hold quarterly oil and natural gas lease sales on public lands.  Though the Mineral Leasing Act requires BLM to hold quarterly oil and natural gas lease sales in each state where lands are available and industry interest exists, the agency has cancelled lease sales and auctions during the Obama administration.  Environmental groups have simultaneously organized to lobby the federal government to postpone the sales so as to discourage or delay drilling on the public range.

Obama issues guidance making it tougher to build roads, bridges in name of climate change.  Building that bridge or expanding that highway just became more difficult under a rigorous standard issued Tuesday by the Obama administration that will make it easier to block a wide range of projects in the name of climate change.  The final guidance broadens the National Environmental Policy Act by requiring agencies to quantify the impact of activities that require federal permits not just on the environment but also on "projected direct and indirect GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions."

The Editor says...
Guidance?  Is that the new word for decree?

WH wants all agencies to consider climate change.  The White House said Tuesday [8/2/2016] it wants all agencies to consider climate change when conducting environmental reviews for energy projects, or anything else, that require such a review.  The White House Council on Environmental Quality issued its final guidance Tuesday, setting new standards for agencies to include climate change impacts in environmental reviews required under the National Environmental Policy Act.  "The final guidance is another big step in the administration's effort to consider how all types of federal actions will impact climate change and identify opportunities to build climate resilience," the White House environment office said.

Obama, environmentalists slammed as hypocrites over presidential library location.  President Obama's plan to bulldoze a sensitive Chicago lakefront park in order to build his presidential library is meeting with outrage — but not from environmental groups.  Even as local environmentalists say they will not challenge the library in spite of concerns, others are accusing Mr. Obama of hypocrisy, pointing to his record of aggressively blocking badly needed development elsewhere in the name of ecological protection.

Senator: Navy Evaluates Commanders Based On Climate Change Views.  Rhode Island Democratic Sen.  Sheldon Whitehouse recently told people gathered in New York City that global warming "denial" hurts U.S. soldiers in the field and that the "main problem" with the military is its reluctance to join the climate crusade.  "The problem has been that the uniformed military has been reluctant to put its voice into — or its image into this fight," Whitehouse said, according to a YouTube video posted Thursday [6/30/2016].

U.S., Canada, Mexico pledge to generate 50 percent of energy from clean sources.  The United States, Canada and Mexico have agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas industry by increasing clean energy generation to 50 percent by 2025.  The North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership will impose new restrictions on some industries to reduce emissions following last year's United Nations climate change agreement in Paris that sought a global reduction in emissions.

The Editor says...
The article immediately above reflects an interesting increment in the media's handling of the Global Warming Hoax.  Energy sources that produce carbon dioxide when they are consumed — which would include coal, petroleum, biofuel, and natural gas — are not considered clean any more.  But there is nothing dirty about carbon dioxide.

Obama Makes An Impossible Clean Energy Promise.  At a "Three Amigos" summit in Ottawa this week, President Obama and the leaders of Canada and Mexico will pledge that in less than a decade, half of North America's energy will come from "clean" sources.  The administration calls it "ambitious."  We call it "ludicrous."

Obama warns poor nations will put planet 'under water' by using fossil fuels.  The world's richest nations have long been fueled by oil, coal and natural gas, but President Obama warned Friday that less affluent countries trying to take the same path will put the planet "under water."  In an interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Mr. Obama said he hoped social-media "connectivity" will help convince developing nations to eschew fossil fuels, which contribute to rising carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere but are also less expensive and more reliable than green energy alternatives.

Natural Gas Production Declines on Federal Lands.  Natural gas production has declined on federal lands even while increasing on private property, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service.  Private lands produced 15,601 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2010.  Production has grown by 55 percent on private lands, rising to 24,143 billion cubic feet in 2015, the latest year for which data is available.  Natural gas production on federal lands has declined by 27 percent since 2010.  Private lands also produce a greater share of the total natural gas produced in the United States.  Privately held property produced 84 percent of the total natural gas produced in the entire United States in 2015, while federal lands produced only 16 percent of the total.

President Obama and the First Family Visit Yosemite National Park.  Obama said his administration has established protection for more than 265 million acres of public lands and waters, and in the past has used several other family vacations to promote national parks. [...] Obama also used the backdrop to call for more action on preventing climate change, which he has said is the greatest threat facing future generations.

The Editor says...
Innocent people are being murdered every year by Islamic zealots, the national debt is completely out of control, our international boundaries are all but completely ignored, the IRS and EPA are being used as weapons against us, and the President says "climate change" is our greatest threat.  He is either a liar or an idiot.  Quite possibly both.

Where is he getting this money?
Obama team pledges new money for clean energy.  Government officials from the United States and other nations are meeting this week as part of a search for ways to deliver energy that is cleaner and less expensive, and can help them meet the anti-pollution goals of the Paris Agreement.  In kicking off meetings in San Francisco, the Obama administration announced commitments by the United States and 20 international partners to double funding for clean energy research and development, from $15 billion to $30 billion annually by the year 2021.

Obama urges Vietnam youth to tackle climate change.  Wrapping up a historic visit to Vietnam, U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised the country's next generation of leaders for being more conscious of the environment than previous generations and urged them to "do something about" climate change.

White House Declares May 23-27 'Extreme Heat Week'.  As part of its efforts to address climate change the Obama administration has designated May 23-27, 2016, as Extreme Heat Week.  According to the White House, the five-day span is dedicated to having federal agencies work with communities to "enhance preparedness for extreme heat events."

Obama Raided $500M for Zika to Finance UN's Green Climate Fund.  Last week, the Senate passed legislation to address and prevent the spread of the Zika virus.  However, the Senate failed to pay for it, and instead approved a $1.1 billion "emergency" spending supplemental bill that is not subject to the budgetary caps that were agreed to last year.  While congressional inattention to the budget crisis is inexcusable, it is even more disturbing that the Obama administration already has the authority to pay for a Zika response from existing agency budgets, but chose not to.

Oops! Federal Law Prohibits Obama Funding UN Climate Bureaucracy.  Thanks to a Clinton-era statute and an obscure vote last month by the United Nations, federal law now officially makes it illegal for the Obama administration to send a single penny of your money to the UN climate bureaucracy.  That is good news for U.S. taxpayers, of course.  But it puts the UN and the Obama administration in an awkward position as they struggle desperately to convince other governments that the UN's much-touted "global-warming" regime, officially signed Friday, is not going to crumble in the face of a hostile Congress and a U.S. Constitution that has been trampled at every turn.  Now, dozens of U.S. senators, who Obama and the UN hoped to bypass in imposing the global "climate" treaty in defiance of the U.S. Constitution, are putting the UN and Obama on notice.

It used to be called global warming, then climate change, and now it's climate pollution.
Obama Declares America 'the World's Second-Largest Source of Climate Pollution'.  In an email sent yesterday [4/22/2016] as Secretary of State John Kerry was signing a global "climate change" agreement at the United Nations, President Obama, who was in Great Britain, said that the United States was "the world's second-largest source of climate pollution.  Obama's message was sent to the White House email list and posted on the White House website.  "This is important because the impact of climate change is real," Obama said in his email.

The Editor says...
There are no "impact[s] of climate change."  The climate has its day-to-day impact on us, but there are no abrupt or extraordinary changes that would have any discernable impact on anyone.

The Paris Climate Agreement is about carbon and confusion.  During an hour of earnest but boring speeches — this was the U.N. after all — noted climate expert Leonardo di Caprio called for an end to climate change (and the total transformation of the world economy), which he modestly compared to President Lincoln's call to end slavery.  Then Kerry, carrying his grand-daughter, and representatives of 170-odd other nations, who had flown in with their spouses and entourages (at great expense and generating thousands of tons of greenhouse gases) formally signed an agreement that they or other representatives of their nations had already agreed — and which has no hope of ending climate change.  Then everyone went shopping.

Paris climate accord creates turbulence for Obama administration.  The political forecast for Friday's [4/22/2016] signing of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change calls for sunshine at the White House, with lukewarm temperatures on the left and thunderstorms on the right.  The nonbinding agreement, scheduled to be signed on Earth Day by Secretary of State John F. Kerry and about 165 other world leaders at the United Nations, sets a long-term goal of keeping the increase of global average temperatures at less than 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.  President Obama followed up in March by pledging to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.  Forged in December in a suburb of Paris, the agreement is seen as a cornerstone of Mr. Obama's environmental legacy even though free market and climate change advocates have expressed serious concerns about its necessity and viability.

U.S. joins 170 nations to sign hard-won climate pact.  At least 171 world leaders gathered Friday at the United Nations to sign a sweeping climate agreement negotiated last year and aimed at slowing global warming and helping poorer nations affected most by it.  The "Paris Agreement" was hammered out in Le Bourget, France, in December, at a summit of diplomats and leaders including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew back from Saudi Arabia Thursday night [4/21/2016] in time to take part in Friday's signing ceremony.  To resounding applause, Kerry said,"It's fair to say that all of us could feel an extraordinary sweep of emotion and joy at the moment in Paris when 196 nations simultaneously said a resounding yes, we will do our part, we will live up to the responsibility to future generations and together citizens of the world, we will work to save our planet from ourselves."

The climate change boondoggle hits a wall.  Representatives from more than 130 countries will gather at the United Nations in New York on Friday to sign the climate change pact written in Paris last December.  They should be aware that the money the Obama administration has promised for these efforts just hit a major legal roadblock.  This week, 28 U.S. senators wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding that U.S. law be followed and U.S. contributions to the climate fund cease.  The issue revolves around the U.N.'s recent embrace of the "State of Palestine" as a full member of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.  The White House unilaterally pledged $3 billion for international climate change as part of the Paris deal.  The administration wants these U.S. taxpayer funds to go to the Green Climate Fund.

Obama's Violating the Constitution by Not Submitting Climate Treaty to Senate.  Today [4/22/2016] at United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Secretary of State John Kerry and representatives of over 130 nations will sign the Framework Convention on Climate Change agreement that was negotiated in Paris last December.  According to President Obama, this "historic agreement" will "hold every country accountable" if they fail to meet its carbon emission targets.  The White House has also acknowledged that the agreement contains "legally binding" provisions designed to create a "long-term framework" that will force the United States and signatory countries to reduce carbon emissions for decades to come.

Obama's rapid move to join the Paris climate agreement could tie up the next president.  In late March, when the United States and China jointly declared that they'd be moving to immediately sign and then join the Paris climate agreement "as early as possible this year," it was seen as the latest show of joint leadership by the two largest emitters.  But there's another possible implication that went largely unnoticed.  If the nations of the world, led by its two biggest contributors to climate change, jump through all the hoops needed to bring this agreement into force before President Obama leaves office, the next U.S. president could have a difficult time — or at least, a long wait — if he or she wanted to get out of it.

Top 10 Misreported or Underreported Stories of 2015.  [#2] Global Warming Deal:  At the conclusion of the COP (Conference of Parties) 21 conference in Paris, the international community was reenergized to fight climate change — with calls to commit $100 billion annually to a slush fund for poorer countries.  This bribe, or ransom, money aligns well with the President's plan to boost his legacy at the expense of our country. [...] For the climate change believers in the press, nothing can contradict the religion of global warming; their theory is based on politicized science and computer models, as we have argued for decades.  This administration claims that it is the greatest national security threat we face.  But it is Islamic jihadist expansion and terrorism, not climate change, that are much greater threats.  Not to mention, a resurgent Russia and an increasingly aggressive China.

Obama: I'm more worried about climate change than the Islamic State.  Priorities that are likely to come back and bite him.

Obama: U.S. responsible for climate change.  The U.S. and Canada are responsible to a great degree for causing the Earth's temperature to rise and spurring climate change, President Obama said Thursday [3/10/2016].  "In some ways, as wealthier countries, we can probably adapt and manage better," Obama said in a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  "On the other hand, we're also those responsible for a lot of the carbon pollution that is causing climate change."

'Slush Fund': Senator Slams State Dept. for $500M Payment to Green Climate Fund.  Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) on Tuesday [3/8/2016] slammed the administration's handover of $500 million to the U.N. Green Climate Fund, asking a State Department official how the "handout to foreign bureaucrats" could be justified at a time when there were "real problems" that need to be addressed at home.  Barrasso told Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom he viewed the payment to the "new international climate change slush fund" — the first installment of a $3 billion pledge — as both a misuse of taxpayer dollars and a violation of legislation that prohibits federal agencies from spending federal funds in advance or in excess of an appropriation.  "It appears to be latest example of the administration going around Congress because the American people don't really support what the president is doing with this initiative," he said.

Obama Vows To Sign UN Global Warming Deal Without Senate Approval.  The Obama administration has vowed to sign a United Nations global warming deal in April despite intense opposition from the Senate and a Supreme Court ruling derailing the government's green regulatory scheme.  "We're going to go ahead and sign the agreement this year," Todd Stern, the U.S.'s climate envoy told reporters Tuesday [2/16/2016], brushing aside questions about last week's Supreme Court ruling against the Environmental Protection Agency's key climate regulation.

America's Energy Outlook Is Bright — and Obama Hates It.  Most importantly, Obama's outlook ignores market realities and assumes that governments can force their way on acquiescent populations.  It doesn't seem to occur to the president that the world's seven billion people might not wish to pay double for their energy needs.  That is one reason China and India and the rest of the developing nations refused to accept a binding agreement in Paris.  Even developed nations in Europe and Asia were secretly relieved at the non-binding result.  That leaves the Obama administration on its own, driving energy producers in the U.S. out of business while the rest of the world continues on a path to a more prosperous 2040.  New regulations restricting methane release at drill sites will make U.S. oil production just that much less competitive.  Not just oil and gas, but coal in particular has been a target.  The administration's latest decision to suspend coal leasing on federal lands is one more blow against this once great industry — and one more impediment on the nation's economy.

Obama orders creation of new national monuments in California.  President Barack Obama on Friday [2/12/2016] set aside 1.8 million acres of Southern California desert for protection, using his sometimes controversial executive power to designate three new national monuments.  In a long-anticipated decision, Obama designated the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains national monuments in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  "The California desert is a cherished and irreplaceable resource for the people of Southern California," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said.  The federal government already owns the affected lands, and Jewell noted that "valid existing" uses, including by the U.S. military, can continue.

The Editor says...
How does this action offer any protection to the land?  And since it is already government property, from whom is the land being protected?  Obviously this Obama's means of impeding the production of coal, oil, and gas in the area.  Only those who look below the surface of this story know what it really means.

Feds Hold Meeting on Border 'Concerns' About the Environment.  The federal government is holding a meeting to discuss concerns it has over the U.S.-Mexico border, focusing solely on climate change.  The Environmental Protection Agency announced the two-day meeting with the "Good Neighbor Environmental Board," an independent federal advisory committee, to talk about "climate change resilience" along the southwestern border.

Obama: My Budget 'Will Double Funding for Clean Energy Research and Development by 2020'.  "One of the greatest challenges of our time is climate change," President Obama said in his Saturday [2/6/2016] radio address.  "That's why the budget I will send to Congress this Tuesday will double funding for clean energy research and development by 2020.  This will include new investments to help the private sector create more jobs faster, lower the cost of clean energy faster, and help clean, renewable power outcompete dirty fuels in every state."  Obama noted that Republicans went along with the boost in clean energy R&D in last year's budget agreement.  "And I hope they support my plan to double that kind of investment."

The Editor says...
As usual, Mr. Obama is meddling in an area that is none of the government's concern:  Basic research and development is for private companies and individuals to carry out, if they choose, when motivated by the free market.

Obama wants to buy a green legacy with taxpayer money.  Beware of politicians looking for a legacy — especially when they try to buy it with your tax dollars.  President Obama will soon head to Paris for a climate change confab, where he hopes to get a standing ovation for leading the fight against fossil fuels — and he might just get it.  He will argue that he has imposed countless new regulations to handcuff the energy industry — "regulations" instead of new laws because he has little congressional support for his environmental agenda, even among Democrats.

Obama to seek $10-a-barrel oil tax.  President Obama plans to seek a $10-a-barrel oil tax to overhaul the nation's transportation system toward reducing carbon emissions.  In a statement from the White House Thursday [2/4/2016], the administration expressed plans to spend more than $300 billion over the next decade, expanding rail and mass transit networks, modernizing freight transportation and expanding research into self-driving cars.

The Editor says...
As usual, Mr. Obama is proposing to spend the taxpayers' money on projects that are not authorized by the Constitution. Railroads will expand and freight lines will modernize when the demand materializes and competition requires such improvements. The demand for self-driving cars will probably never be much more than about a hundred vehicles per year, and even so, the research and development for such products is not the proper role of government.  Moreover, the President does not have the authority to levy taxes.

Obama proposes carbon tax on oil.  The White House on Thursday [2/4/2016] announced its latest plan to address climate change by levying a $10 per-barrel tax on crude oil.  The Obama administration announced its plans while rolling out a comprehensive transportation strategy that will be the focus of the Department of Transportation's budget request to Congress when it is issued next week.  "For too long, bipartisan support for innovative and expansive transportation investment has not been accompanied by a long-term plan for paying for it," a White House fact sheet reads.  "We need a sustainable funding solution that takes into account the integrated, interdependent nature of our transportation system.

Obama to call for $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport.  President Obama will propose a $10 fee for every barrel of oil to be paid by oil companies in order to fund clean energy transport system, the White House announced Thursday [2/4/2016] — although Republicans were quick to declare the plan "dead on arrival" in Congress.  The fee would be phased in over five years and would provide $20 billion per year for traffic reduction, investment in transit systems and other modes of transport such as high-speed rail, the White House said.  It would also offer $10 billion to encourage investment in clean transport at the regional level.

The Editor says...
What is clean transport?  And what do you suppose the price of gas will do when Obama's $10/barrel tax is applied?

Obama to propose $10-a-barrel oil tax.  Obama aides told POLITICO that when he releases his final budget request next week, the president will propose more than $300 billion worth of investments over the next decade in mass transit, high-speed rail, self-driving cars, and other transportation approaches designed to reduce carbon emissions and congestion.  To pay for it all, Obama will call for a $10 "fee" on every barrel of oil, a surcharge that would be paid by oil companies but would presumably be passed along to consumers. [...] But by raising the specter of new taxes on fossil fuels, it could create a political quandary for Democrats.  The fee could add as much as 25 cents a gallon to the cost of gasoline, and even with petroleum prices at historic lows, the proposal could be particularly awkward for Hillary Clinton, who has embraced most of Obama's policies but has also vowed to oppose any tax hikes on families earning less than $250,000 a year.

US pledges $97M to combat Ethiopia's drought.  The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development has announced $97 million dollars in emergency assistance to Ethiopia to combat the devastating effects of a drought brought on by the El Nino climate phenomenon.

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Why is Ethiopia's weather our problem?  How is fighting the weather (in any part of the world) anything other than futility?  El Nino is not a permanent weather condition, nor is it anything new.  And above all, what part of the Constitution authorizes this expenditure?

Paris Agreement: Recycled Socialism.  At the Paris climate conference, President Obama got exactly what he wanted:  the framework for a multi-decade, global campaign of political pressure directed chiefly against Republicans and their fossil-fuel industry allies.  The Paris Agreement does not directly impose "legally binding" emission-reduction and "climate finance" commitments on the United States.  But both conservative gloating and green grousing about the treaty being "toothless" overlook what matters most in climate policy:  politics.

Republicans furious over Obama move on coal leases.  Congressional Republicans are slamming the Obama administration's decision to halt new coal mining leases on federal land.  Administration officials said Friday [1/15/2016] they would hold off on new lease sales while overhauling the coal leasing program to account for climate change costs.  Republicans, who have badgered Obama for energy and environment policies they say constitute a "war on coal," let loose on the decision Friday.

Obama halts new federal coal mining.  The Obama administration is halting major new leases to mine coal on federal land for about three years as it works to reform the controversial program.  Obama officials want to hold off on the new sales while they figure out how to account for climate change caused when the coal mined on federal land is burned, which could include higher fees and royalties for the private companies that extract the coal.

Like CO2, The Paris Agreement Is Vapid.  One wonders why this president would unilaterally pursue a Paris agreement that does nothing more than hurt the country he took an oath to protect.

Don't let the White House blame Congress — or you — for its bad climate deal.  As John Kerry is learning, it is not easy to defend the just-signed Paris climate accord.  On Fox News Sunday this week, the Secretary of State, for example, did his best to misrepresent the deal.  Pressed on its actual contents, Kerry argued the deal had to be weak because anything stronger would require congressional approval and Congress would not approve.  In other words, President Obama lacked popular support to pursue a climate deal, so he had to do a deal even worse than the one for which there was no support.  How absurd.

Obama: A Legacy of Fakery.  Last Saturday [12/12/2015], Barack Obama gained the second jewel in his foreign-policy triple crown: the Paris climate accord.  It follows his Iran nuclear deal and awaits but the closing of Guantánamo to complete his glittering legacy.  To be sure, Obama will not be submitting the climate agreement for Senate ratification.  It would have no chance of passing — as with the Iranian nuclear deal, also never submitted for the Senate ratification Obama knew he'd never get. [...] Yet the climate deal brought back from Paris by Secretary of State John Kerry turns out to be no deal at all.  It is, instead, a series of carbon-reducing promises made individually and unilaterally by the world's nations.  No enforcement, no sanctions, nothing legally binding.

Our Superstitious President.  Obama's view of science is reductionist.  It relies on count-em-up numbers:  if more university professors (not known to be an especially independent or courageous cohort) believe in dangerous man-caused climate change than doubt it or its seriousness, and if climate change fits a larger progressive agenda, then it becomes factual.  Would we assume thereby that Newton, Galileo, and Darwin were all exemplars of groupthink, and worked through consensus and collegiality, especially with the support of status-quo institutions and universities, in advancing majority-held theories? [...] In short, Obama is the most anti-science, anti-factual president in modern memory.

The Rembrandt of Overstatement.  [Scroll down]  Consider that this is the president who drew that "red line" concerning Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons; promised that you could keep your doctor if you wanted to; and declared just before the Paris massacres that ISIS had been "contained."  This same president wants the world to swallow his baited hook on climate change, discarding, in the process, cavils, questions, and contrasting ideas.

Apparently Barack H. Obama wants to hamstring the next president, whoever it is, in order to make himself look better.
Obama says parts of climate deal must be legally binding.  President Barack Obama said Tuesday [12/1/2015] that parts of the global warming deal being negotiated in Paris should be legally binding on the countries that sign on, setting up a potential fight with Republicans at home.

Obama says world climate deal would legally bind next president.  President Obama vowed Tuesday [12/1/2015] that the U.S. will provide leadership on global warming, then left the Paris talks and flew back to Washington to leave it to his lieutenants to try to strike a deal that he hopes will be "legally binding" on his successor.  Even as congressional leaders balked at his plans, Mr. Obama tried to assure other world leaders that the U.S. will live up to any commitments he makes during the next two weeks of negotiations.  He also predicted that the next president, even a Republican, will have to bow to the world's wishes when it comes to climate change.

Obama urges world action on climate change: No nation 'immune' to global warming.  President Obama joined leaders from 150 nations on Monday [11/30/2015] in pledging action against climate change, kicking off a historic two-week gathering that Obama called a "turning point" in the battle against one of humanity's gravest threats.  Heads of state from industrial powers and tiny island nations assembled in a heavily guarded conference center north of Paris, where negotiators hope to forge a treaty to dramatically reduce emissions of greenhouse-gas pollution blamed for warming the planet.

The Editor says...
As usual, when Barack H. Obama (or the Washington Post) makes a rash pronouncement, you can safely bet the farm that the exact opposite is true.  Obama says no nation is immune to global warming, but the fact is that every nation is immune to global warming if it does not exist.  The Washington Post says climate change is "one of humanity's gravest threats."  If that is true, and it isn't, then why is climate change a serious threat now, when it wasn't a threat 50 years ago?  Was the climate not changing 50 years ago, or 150 years ago, or 1,050 years ago?

Congress Can Cool Off Obama's Climate Plans.  When the U.N. climate-change talks convene in Paris next week, the risks will be high for American taxpayers.  President Obama wants a climate deal and is willing to pay dearly to get it.  The inevitable outcome is a plan with unproven benefits and unreachable goals, but very real costs.  It will be up to Congress to check the president's ambition of committing the U.S. to an international green scheme that will produce little or no return.

KERRY: Hey, that UN Global Warming Treaty we signed is legally binding and the Senate gets no say in the matter.  Now, apparently, there's a United Nations global warming initiative that Congress won't even get the chance to vote on.  Secretary of State John Kerry walked back remarks that a future United Nations global warming treaty would not be legally binding.  Now Kerry says a climate treaty would, in fact, be legally binding and not require Senate approval.

France to Kerry: Yes, climate deal will be 'legally binding'.  Leaders in France and the European Union are sparring with Secretary of State John Kerry, saying that an upcoming United Nations climate change agreement should be "legally binding."  Laurent Fabius, France's foreign minister, responded Thursday [11/12/2015] to Kerry's insistence that the agreement is not a treaty and should not have legal force, saying Kerry might have been "confused."  "Jurists will discuss the legal nature of an accord on whether it should be termed as a treaty or an international agreement," Fabius told reporters in Paris, according to Reuters.

Obama Launches Facebook Page; Calls For 'Real Conversation' On Climate Change.  "I hope you'll join me in speaking out on climate change and educating your friends about why this issue is so important," he said.

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Here's why this issue is NOT important:  There is no global warming.

Obama's road to Paris is paved with pretentious hypocrisy.  After failing at almost every foreign policy challenge he has been confronted with, perhaps there is now something on the horizon that actually sets up nicely for President Obama.  The Paris Conference on Climate Change, which will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, could be an event that perfectly matches his skills and interests.  The U.N.-sponsored Paris festival lends itself to unrealistic giveaways and meaningless rhetoric — the more self-righteous and pretentious, the better.  The meeting won't produce any particular result, and the day of reckoning where we find out it was all for naught won't be scientifically determined until many years in the future.  It seems well-suited for this president.

Obama: My Idea Of World Leadership Is Fighting Climate Change.  President Obama indicates that when it comes to world leadership, he has mostly disdain for people who compare him to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  When challenged by "60 Minutes" interviewer Steve Kroft about ceding leadership in the Middle East to Putin, Obama argued that leadership on climate change was more important than leadership to combat terrorism.

Obama's Global Warming, Syria Push at United Nations Skips Congress.  The Paris accord, like the Iran deal before it, will be strictly an executive agreement, given that Obama wouldn't have the votes to pass anything in either chamber.  Prospects seem to have improved for getting a deal after last week's agreement with China, which has announced plans to implement a cap-and-trade scheme and push for a global accord in France.  Congress, if it gets a chance to weigh in at all, will be via an effort to disapprove Obama's carbon regulations.

EPA Ignores Science to Propose Most Expensive Regulation in History.  Next month, the Obama administration may roll out the most expensive regulation in history, ignoring scientific data that cutting ozone rates will not improve public health.  In the name of fighting asthma, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested permission to decrease the ozone standard — the amount of ozone allowed in the atmosphere — to a level some scientists say is physically impossible to achieve.  One organization estimates the cost to implement these new rules will be $1.1 trillion.  Even worse, data shows that as ozone levels in the U.S. have decreased, asthma cases have increased.  This regulation may be the most expensive in history, and bring absolutely no health benefits.

Obama To Rolling Stone: Climate Change Is So Terrible I Dare Not Tell You The Full Truth.  [Scroll down]  But the thing that ought to scare us all far more than any of the above is the insight it offers into the terrifyingly desperate lengths to which President Obama and his fellow travellers are now prepared to go in order to advance the green agenda.  One of these fellow travellers is Rolling Stone editor Jeff Goodell, who was granted an exclusive audience with the President in order to promote what the video calls "Obama's Climate Crusade".  Crusade?  I thought that word was on the presidential banned list on account of its being offensive to followers of the Religion of Peace (TM).  Apparently, though, climate change is so incredibly important that it trumps any of that minor-league rape, crucifixion and enslavement stuff going on in Syria and Iraq right now.

None Dare Call It Conspiracy: Obama's Coordinated Climate Campaign.  This massive effort is laid out in a new report — "Private Interests and Public Office" — by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute.  For the past year, E&E Legal used state and federal public-records requests to uncover whom the White House worked with to promote its environmental agenda, especially its newly unveiled "Clean Power Plan."  Unveiled in August, this sweeping regulation will force states to slash their carbon dioxide emissions by between 7% and 48%, potentially costing families and businesses some $366 billion in higher electricity costs over the next 15 years.  Yet EPA-funded models show that it will have no detectable impact on climate, if it has any impact at all.  E&E Legal unearthed documents showing systemic collusion to promote this scheme.  The coordination involves the White House, state governors and attorneys general, and a host of nongovernmental organizations affiliated with "major environmental donors" — especially billionaire Tom Steyer.

No More Denali Commissions.  The answer is climate change — at least if the question is "why should we keep a costly and ineffective government agency."  The Obama Administration's recent repurposing of a heretofore moribund government agency as a tool to soften the impact of climate change — a move heralded in a recent Washington Post article — is more than just a political master stroke:  It represents the logical progression of strategy for climate change warriors who won't let congressional inaction stop them in their quest to save the earth.  The Denali Commission's corrupt inception, ineffective existence, spastic death throes and eventual salvation at the hands of the president is more than just a metaphor for government run amuck:  It also happens to perfectly encapsulate what the fight over global warming has morphed into — an all-encompassing excuse for the expansion of government.

The Fraud Factor of Obama's New Climate Agenda.  Recently, President Obama visited Alaska to scare up support for his climate agenda.  But it's becoming clear that this agenda is not, in fact, about climate.  Instead, it's the typical Washington story of power and money — other people's money.  Alaska provided the apparent novelty of ice that melts in the summer, which was used as a theatrical prop for the president.  His photo op in front of the retreating Exit Glacier glossed over another bit of reality:  The Exit Glacier started retreating more than 100 years before the start of significant man-made carbon dioxide emissions.  In a bit of bonus irony, the climate research center at the University of Alaska shows that there has been no warming trend in Alaska since 1977.  In fact, the trend is slightly negative.

Wake up Obama, climate change has been happening forever.  President Obama hiked to Exit Glacier in Alaska last week, with photographers in tow, to send the world a message:  The glacier is melting.  Obama blames it on the increasing use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, which he wants to restrict not only in the United States but worldwide.  The photo op was designed to build support for an international climate agreement he's pushing hard to sell, so far with little success.  Trouble is, the president needs to get his facts straight.  Exit Glacier has been shrinking for 200 years — since 1815 — long before widespread industrialization and automobiles.  As the president ended his trip, he sounded the alarm again:  "This state's climate is changing before our eyes."

Obama's 'extreme climate-change agenda' blasted.  Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, threw cold water Wednesday [9/2/2015] on President Obama's Alaska climate-change tour, saying the president's proposed regulatory fixes have put him on "thin ice."  "The president is on thin ice to claim his costly plan will address climate change or benefit Americans," said the Texas Republican in a statement. [...] "The president and his EPA have become traveling salesmen, touring the world to push their extreme climate change agenda," Mr. Smith said.  "But the science doesn't support the president's exaggerated claims linking climate change to severe weather events."

President Obama issues stern warning on climate change ahead of hike on melting Alaskan glacier.  President Barack Obama is painting a doomsday scenario for the Arctic and beyond if climate change isn't dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe.

Obama Fixates On Climate, Ignores Faltering Economy.  Obama's in Alaska for three days not to celebrate the state's massive storehouse of vital energy resources but to close them off and shut them down.  He's there for a cynical photo op in front of massive and magnificent glaciers that he claims are melting due to greenhouse gas emissions.  Could his timing possibly be worse?  In the midst of a financial minipanic of recent weeks with wild stock market fluctuations, huge losses in retirement savings and an economy that continues to underperform, Obama's message is that climate change is destroying the planet.  Only Obama would go to one of the most frigid places in the world, where temperatures can reach minus 50 degrees, to complain about too much warming.

Obama: $12 billion new federal loan guarantees for renewables.  The Obama administration has just announced $12 billion in new Federal loan guarantees for renewables businesses. [...] Federal renewable loan guarantee schemes have attracted significant criticism in the past, for example when Solyndra went spectacularly bust in 2012, a bankruptcy which cost US taxpayers $535 million in lost federal loan guarantees.

The folly of Obama's Clean Power Plan.  Before any rational discussion of the economic or scientific merits of President Obama's Clean Power Plan can begin (it will be announced Monday), it is necessary to take his rhetoric about its benefits off the table.  The president stated Sunday that his plan is "protecting the world we leave to our children."  To be generous to the president, that is a gross exaggeration.  By the Environmental Protection Agency's own calculations, the plan will reduce U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide by about 10% from what they are now projected to be in 2030.  Since by that time the U.S. will be producing less than 20 percent of global CO2 emissions, the result is at most 2 percent less growth in global emissions.

The Tragic and Complete Collapse of Racial Relations.  Overregulating and overtaxing are fine for elites, who have enough money to either pay or find ways to avoid higher taxes.  They don't care much if their power, gas, or health costs go up — at least if they are led to believe that is the proper green atonement to pay for cooling the planet, putting a bait fish back into a delta, or shutting down a coal plant.

Obama Summer Book List Includes Doomsday Climate Change Extinction Book.  The White House has released a list of books that President Obama is expected to read during his two week vacation with family members.  The list includes the Pulitzer Prize winning book "The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert.  It predicts an upcoming devastating extinction like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.  This disaster, the book asserts, would be partially because of global warming and climate change.

Mission creep:  HHS cross-promotes EPA program.
HHS pitches 'clean power' for kids with claims it will cut asthma, pollen, and Lyme disease.  It's nothing but a Stalinist propaganda campaign, taking over every aspect of intellectual life.  It has no tether to any legitimate exercise of government power — which would start, if nowhere else, with executive departments staying in their lanes and not advertising each other's programs with heavy-breathing flourishes.

Obama Targets GOP States With Costly CO2 Regulations.  "Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction," Obama said in one of his multiple speeches on global warming.  And cutting carbon dioxide emissions is "exactly the kind of challenge that's big enough to remind us that we're all in this together."  Yet Obama's "clean power plan" — which the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled last week — lets some states largely off the hook while imposing deep cuts on others.  And three states — Vermont, Hawaii and Alaska — are exempt.

Burning the Constitution: Obama's 'clean power' plan.  President Obama is hailing his Clean Power Plan as "the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against global climate change."  Obama is posing as the environment's savior, just as he did in 2008, when he promised his presidency would mark "the moment when ... the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."  Seven years later, that messianic claim is unmet, and Obama is scrambling for an environmental legacy.  Obama's Clean Power Plan never had legislative support, even when his own party controlled both houses of Congress.  Now he's trying to impose it without Congress, an audacious ploy his old Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe condemns as "burning the Constitution."

Crushing the Poor & Middle Class with the EPA.  President Obama is surreptitiously colluding with radical anti-growth environmentalists to force ideologically driven carbon-emission controls on the energy industry that will devastate the U.S. economy, congressional investigators have discovered.  As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drew up rules aimed at limiting carbon emissions from power-generation plants, "key stakeholders — including the American public — had little to no influence over the debate while powerful environmental activist groups were given unprecedented access to and influence over administration officials," the Washington Times reported yesterday [8/4/2015].

Global emissions
Sure glad we're crippling the economy for this "reduction" in global CO2!  The Cloward-Piven strategy is continuing apace and, according to Mitch McConnell, nothing will permit GOP leadership to shut down the government.  Not a debt-fueled economic catastrophe for our children, not a patently unlawful executive order to "legalize" millions of illegal aliens, not the weaponization of the IRS against political opponents, not the shipment of thousands of assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels, and certainly not the taxpayers subsidizing an entire industry revolving around the sale of valuable baby parts.


The new climate plan and China.  President Barack Obama has announced more regulation in the name of climate, requiring a 32% reduction in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030.  Economic conservatives and those who believe in separation of powers are opposed.  Given the role China has played in climate debates in the past, it is worth noting that the country should not be important to American policy now.  Some liberals simultaneously believe that more government regulation is welcome and needed, and that America faces a mysterious new normal of slow growth.  There is little mystery — restricting choices available to and raising costs for small and large businesses mean less growth, including less wage growth.

Environmentalist: Clean Power Plan Is 'A Great Start,' But 'I Think We Can Do More'.  First coal, then natural gas?  Apparently so.  A spokesman for the Environmental Defense Fund defended the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan on Wednesday [8/5/2015], saying the benefits of carbon-reduction are "important" and "real" — and hinting that they are just a start:  methane emissions from natural gas may be targeted next.  "I think we can do more," EDF's Jeremy Symons told CSPAN's morning call-in show.  "I think once we get on this path, we will find that we can do more faster.  But it's a great start."  Under the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, each state must decide how to rearrange their energy mix to achieve EPA-mandated, pollution-reduction targets.  Basically, the plan will force states to abandon coal as an energy source in favor of the wind and solar industries, which are not as cost-effective or desirable in a free market.

The trouble with Obama's Clean Power Plan.  In unveiling the final details of his Clean Power Plan on Monday [8/3/2015], President Barack Obama laid out the three main objectives of this federal action: Mitigate dangerous climate change, protect the public health, and provide international leadership.  For good measure, he also threw in a fourth aspiration:  Protect the planet for our children.  How could one object to such unassailable goals?  Unfortunately, upon close inspection, the plan's actual impact on climate turns out to be largely undetectable and the public health benefits tenuous, at best.  It's tough to leave the world better for future generations by deliberately slowing the rate of human development, which is what this plan unfortunately calls for.

Obama: Everybody's going to die without my 'clean power' plan, so ignore the fear mongers.  How will middle class Americans feel about paying higher prices for energy just for the privilege of being pawns in Obama's heroic battle against an imaginary opponent so he can get even with industries he dislikes while further enriching Democrat cronies and adding a room to his presidential library?  We might find out soon enough[.]

Why doesn't President Obama address the nation about the climate change crisis?  Let me make this suggestion to President Obama:  [#1] Address the nation, and tell us about the threat of climate change, in much the same way as previous presidents have spoken about problems.  Climate change is either a crisis or a lot of hot air.  Obama should treat it like a crisis if he believes that it is one.  [#2] Tell us how a failure to act will devastate our economy and national security and affect people all over the world.  [#3] Send Congress a proposal that he can eventually sign into law.  Why won't he do any of this?

Five governors to defy Obama's executive order?  As President Obama prepares to complete sweeping climate regulations, at least five Republican governors say they may refuse to carry out the rules in their states.

White House to agencies: Consider climate costs in next budget.  White House budgeteers want federal agencies to consider the costs of climate change when they submit their fiscal 2017 spending plans.  It's the first time the White House Office of Management and Budget has officially asked agencies to bake climate change costs into its projections.  The directive applies to federal facilities, as the Obama administration said it wants buildings and other operations to be resilient to extreme weather, flooding and other events scientists have linked to a warming planet.

Obama to headline fundraiser hosted by climate-change activist.  President Obama on Friday [6/19/2015] will speak at a fundraiser hosted by climate-change activist Tom Steyer, a vocal opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline and a prominent supporter of Democratic donors in his home state of California and national Democratic candidates.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is also expected to attend the San Francisco fundraiser.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest said he believes Steyer sought to host Obama because of their common interests in environmental issues.

Obama expected to golf at water-guzzling Palm Springs links amid record drought.  President Obama is expected to spend the weekend golfing in the lush environs of Southern California's verdant desert resorts near Palm Springs — resorts that are among the state's top guzzlers of water.  If he does indeed hit the links, the outing would take place during California's record drought, on the heels of a Democratic fundraiser at the home of billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer, and just days after Obama welcomed Pope Francis' encyclical warning about the dangers of human-caused climate change.

Also posted under The hypocrisy of eco-celebrities.

WH Science Adviser: 'Cars, Trucks and Planes Are Going to Have to Run on Electricity, Biofuels or Hydrogen'.  John Holdren, President Barack Obama's top science and technology advisor, said at a White House summit on clean energy on Tuesday [6/16/2015] that a "global low-carbon economy" by the year 2050 means that "cars, trucks and planes" will be powered by "electricity, biofuels or hydrogen."  "As we all know, a global low-carbon economy in 2050 is going to have to meet the energy needs of 9 or 10 billion people using technologies that will have to be more advanced than the technologies that are in place today," he said.  "Buildings, agriculture, machines must be dramatically more energy-efficient."

The Editor says...
Utopia comes at a very high cost.  Why not just stick with what works?  The left's idea of utopia also includes complete government control of everything.

Obama Prepares More 'Executive Actions' On Global Warming.  President Barack Obama is preparing to unleash a series of "executive actions" aimed at boosting the green energy industry as part of the president's global warming agenda.  Obama is launching a "Clean Energy Impact Investment Center" at the Energy Department to "make information about energy and climate programs ... accessible and more understandable to the public, including to mission-driven investors."  The White House is also ordering the IRS to come out with guidance and rules to get nonprofits to invest in green energy technologies, along with creating more government financing options for small businesses looking to go green.

Obama's 'Growth' Agenda — $110 Billion In New Regs This Year.  The EPA is already responsible for the two costliest rules planned for this year.  Its greenhouse gas emission standards for existing power plants will run $21.7 billion, and new smog standards will cost $15 billion.  And for what?  The controls on power plant emissions will effectively make zero difference in whatever warming is going to occur over the next 100 years.  And smog levels are already so low that in most communities they're close to background levels.  Other new regulations should raise eyebrows among consumers — like the $7.1 billion efficiency standards for dishwashers, or the $12.3 billion for CO2 emission standards on gas furnaces.

Obama defends plan, links hurricanes to climate change.  President Obama on Thursday [5/28/2015] linked hurricanes and other extreme weather events to climate change — the latest move by this White House to keep the issue at the forefront of domestic politics while also pursuing a landmark international agreement to save the planet.  After touring the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the president defended his controversial plan to combat climate change, which centers on new restrictions on power-plant emissions, increased auto fuel efficiency standards and a host of other steps.

New Energy vs. the Birds.  Greenies were elated when one of their own, Barack Obama, was twice elected to the Oval Office and with his full-fledged commitments to crush the coal industry, drive up the costs of petroleum-based energy sources and spend hundreds of billions on the development of alternative fuel sources.  Obama is fulfilling his 2008 promise to bankrupt coal power plant operators and introduce policies that would make American household's electricity costs "skyrocket."  None of these measures could be passed through Congress so they're being implemented via federal agencies like the EPA and BLM and/or through executive order.  So damaging are Obama's actions that on May 5th several state attorneys general testified before a Senate panel that the latest Obama EPA proposals will have a "devastating impact" on their states.

Obama: Climate deniers endangering national security.  President Obama in a speech on Wednesday [5/20/2015] cast climate change as a growing national security threat, accusing Republican skeptics of harming military readiness by denying its effects.  Obama argued in his address to graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy that rising sea levels and higher global temperatures endanger military bases and could force personnel to respond to conflicts around the world that are fueled by their effects.  "Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country," Obama told new Coast Guard officers at the academy's New London, Conn., campus.  "And so we need to act — and we need to act now."

McCaul: DHS Spending 'More Money' on Climate Change Than Combating Violent Extremists.  Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, says the current "threat environment" is as high as he's ever seen it, and although the U.S. has "done a very good job" in preventing terror attacks in the U.S., he doesn't think the Obama administration "has done enough" to counter "homegrown violent extremism."  McCaul noted that President Obama's budget "allocates zero dollars towards combating homegrown violent extremism.

Obama on Climate Change: 'I'm Not a Scientist, But I Know a Lot of Scientists'.  At a DNC fundraiser in Portland last night, President Obama mocked the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for wielding a snowball on the floor of the upper chamber to make a point about climate change. [...] "That's why we're taking actions through the EPA to make sure that we cut carbon pollution that's produced from power plants.  It's the right thing do."  Obama promised "there are jobs to be had for those countries that are first to figure out how to harness the power of the sun and the wind, and store it properly and distribute it properly."  "And I want that to be America," he added.

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Let's start with the last sentence first.  Obama has demonstrated two things more clearly than anything else in the last six years:  He hates America and hates capitalism.  He has also shown his inability to create "green jobs."  Now to the previous sentence:  He wants to harness the power of the sun and the wind and "store it properly and distribute it properly."  That sounds like about 3½ Manhattan Projects worth of scientific breakthroughs, which Mr. Obama apparently believes he can create by reading a teleprompter just the right way.  It would be far more feasible to rely upon the fuels and technologies we already possess and understand, such as coal, natural gas, and petroleum, rather than magic fairy dust yet to be invented.  As for the EPA, he's using bureaucracy to choke the life out of capitalism, by pretending that carbon dioxide is a pollutant, which it isn't.  All in all, the President's speech has a looser connection to reality than the average comic book.

Obama: 'I Can Understand Science'.  President Barack Obama said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Portland, Ore., yesterday [5/7/2015] that he is "not a scientist," but that:  "I can understand science."  Obama made the remark as he talked about his agenda for fighting global warming.  "That's why we're taking actions through the EPA to make sure that we cut carbon pollution that's produced from power plants," he said.  "It's the right thing to do."  "We're going to keep investing in clean energy," he said.

The Editor says...
If Mr. Obama can understand science, he should understand that (1) there is no such thing as dirty energy, and (2) carbon dioxide is not carbon, for the same reason that water is not hydrogen, and (3) carbon dioxide is an absolutely vital plant food, not a pollutant.  Mr. Obama seems to understand demagoguery better than he understands science.

Obama: They Have DROUGHTS In California?  President Obama has discovered the Higgs boson of global warming, the missing 18 minutes of climate change, the evidence that settles all disputes, the piece of information so clear and unambiguous that it must put all the denialists on the run:  Southern California has a shortage of water.

Obama urges GOP to stop denying climate change.  President Obama on Wednesday [4/22/2015] challenged Republicans to stop denying climate change and take steps to tackle severe weather and floods that are impacting many states.  "Climate change can no longer be denied.  It can't be edited out.  It can't be omitted from the conversation.  And action can no longer be delayed," the president said, speaking from Everglades National Park in Florida, a battleground state in the coming 2016 presidential elections.

The Editor says...
Nobody doubts that the climate changes from day to day, or from one century to another.  But there is considerable doubt and debate about the role of industrial activity in climate change; and even if carbon dioxide causes global warming, (a) such warming might be quite welcome, (b) the warming is so gradual nobody will ever notice, and (c) we're not going to give up the use of electric power to stop it.

More Than 9,000 Gallons Of Fuel To Be Used On Air Force One For Obama's Trip To Everglades On Earth Day.  According to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, Obama's Earth Day trip to the Everglades will cover 1,836  miles roundtrip and consume 9,180 gallons of fuel on Air Force One.

Democrats Raise Money By Lying About the Climate.  I suppose it was Earth Day that prompted a mass email on climate from the Democratic Party.  What is striking about the Democrats' fundraising pitch is its mendacity.

Obama urges GOP to stop denying climate change.  President Obama on Wednesday [4/22/2015] challenged Republicans to stop denying climate change and take steps to tackle severe weather and floods that are impacting many states.  "Climate change can no longer be denied.  It can't be edited out.  It can't be omitted from the conversation.  And action can no longer be delayed," the president said, speaking from Everglades National Park in Florida, a battleground state in the coming 2016 presidential elections.

Obama's global warming distraction.  Incredibly, in Sunday's [4/19/2015] weekly video address, President Obama said, "Today, there is no greater threat to our planet than climate change."  I say "incredibly" because that just isn't true — and if President Obama really believes it is, then it is time to panic.  Given the state of the world and the urgent problems facing us that directly affect our prospects for peace and prosperity, global warming shouldn't even be in the top five on the list of problems our president should be worrying about.

Obama: Climate change is the greatest threat to America todayPresident Obama's weekly remarks:  ["]Hi everybody.  Wednesday is Earth Day, a day to appreciate and protect this precious planet we call home.  And today, there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change.["]

Obama: U.S. must secure global climate-change deal 'before it's too late'.  President Obama said Saturday [4/18/2015] that with the U.S. at the helm, the world must come together later this year and strike a groundbreaking climate-change accord or the planet as we know it may cease to exist.  In his weekly address, the president raised the stakes for a key United Nations gathering in Paris later this year, where the U.S., China and other world leaders hope to strike the largest international climate change deal in history.  The U.S. contribution to the agreement is a pledge to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 26 percent percent by 2030, while China will formally promise to cap its pollution levels by 2030 and then begin gradual reductions.

Obama presents climate change as hazard to your health.  President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health.

Obama exploits the environment for his new global carbon goals.  On Monday [3/30/2015], the Obama administration formally pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent compared to 2005 levels.  This pledge comes despite agreements with China that will allow the country to emit more CO2 in one month than the $479 billion regulation under the Clean Power Plan will reduce in the United States within one year.  The Obama administration will struggle to justify the lack of environmental progress achieved from such a deal, especially when American jobs become vulnerable to global competitors who can offer cheap and reliable energy.

Obama pledges to cripple the U.S. economy to appease the United Nations' climate scam.  President Obama's proposal to cut U.S. emissions by 28% over 10 years as America's contribution to a global climate treaty will devastate our economy while doing nothing to reduce temperatures.

Rain Dances in California.  On February 14, 2014, President Barack Obama arrived on Air Force One in Fresno, California, with Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein aboard. [...] The Democratic entourage, ringed by Secret Service, posed in the fallow field for Associated Press and the television cameras.  It had no clue how to solve California's water problems.  It could have been doing rain dances, for all the good it was doing.  The fact is, the four were doing rain dances for MSM — all of them — Obama, Boxer, Feinstein, and Brown. [...] A White House that has hijacked drought to serve its ideological ends makes sound water allocation more difficult to achieve.

Rain Dances in California.  No one disputes California has a growing water crisis.  A severe, multi-year drought challenges the state's agronomy and the century-old allocation system that lies behind it.  But the White House instead is using drought to pitch Green cosmologies, not make overdue reforms.  Obama and his supporters in the environmental community hold weather events such as California's extended drought to be "canaries" of global warming, already wreaking havoc all across the planet.  More than a year after the Obama field theater, nothing water-wise has changed.

Obama to US offices: Cut carbon emissions by 40%.  President Barack Obama ordered the federal government to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 40 percent from 2008 levels over the next 10 years by shifting to renewable-energy sources, such as solar power.  The executive order signed by Obama on Thursday [3/19/2015] builds on a 2010 directive from the White House requiring 35 US agencies to limit their energy consumption to help combat climate change.

The Editor says...
President Obama's efforts "to help combat climate change" are really paying off:  There is no abnormal climate change, and practically all of the climate changes in the last century have been caused by the sun.  Prior to 100 years ago, you could say the same, and leave out "practically."

Gas Bag In-Chief Signs Order for Government to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  The progressive obsession with their climate control fantasy is disturbing.  It diverts attention from actual man-made problems like terrorism.  It's also expensive: [...] While Congress is fighting over how much to spend on defending the nation, The Idiot King is throwing cash at windmills.

Obama to sign order cutting U.S. government greenhouse gas emissions.  U.S. President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday [3/19/2015] that sets a goal for the U.S. government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025, the White House said.

Obama to seek 40 percent cut in federal greenhouse gases.  President Obama signed an executive order Thursday [3/19/2015] to cut the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent over the next decade.  The effort will save taxpayers as much as $18 billion due to energy savings, the White House said.

The Editor says...
Switching to windmills and solar cells will not save $18 billion (or anything at all) on energy over the next decade, because conventional sources of energy are far cheaper.

Barack Obama's green gambit.  President Barack Obama is quietly but steadily working behind the scenes on what could become one of his signature achievements:  A global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  What he's seeking out of the December U.N. climate talks in Paris would create the broadest, farthest-reaching deal in history, reworking environmental regulations for governments and corporations around the world and creating a framework for global green policy for decades.

White House: Don't Mention Temperature When Discussing Global Warming.  First rule about global warming:  don't talk global warming.  The White House quietly released a draft guidance telling federal agencies to consider the impact more carbon dioxide emissions will have on the environment, but only in terms of how much more carbon dioxide will be emitted.  When conducting environmental impact analyses on rules and projects, federal agencies should only talk about carbon dioxide emissions increases — not things like potential increases in temperature, precipitation, storm intensity and other environmental impacts that scientists warn about.

Wind tax credits little more than corporate welfare; China is the real climate battlefield.  Had [Laura] Dorle and [Katie] Chapman and the environmental lobby actually believed in reducing global carbon emissions, we would have heard their collective outrage over President Barack Obama's climate pact with the Chinese.  Yet we heard no outrage at all.  The president recently signed — without congressional approval — a deal with China, the world No. 1 carbon-polluting country.

12 Questions Obama's Science Advisor Refuses To Answer.  Several months ago John Holdren, President Obama's chief science advisor, offered to answer the public's questions, particularly about the science behind the administration's call to make the vast majority of fossil fuel use illegal over the next several decades. [...] John Holdren and other climate catastrophists — those who believe not in some man-made climate impact but catastrophic climate impact that justifies fossil fuel famine — certainly have a lot of questions they need to answer.

WH Science Advisor: Initiative Launched With 'Goal of Ensuring Climate Smart Citizenry'.  A December 2014 White House press release announcing the effort says, "In response to an initial call to action made in October, more than 150 activities, projects, and ideas were submitted by individuals and organizations across the country, from more than 30 states.  These included a diverse array of innovative approaches being implemented in K-12 classrooms, on college and university campuses, and in zoos, parks, aquariums, and museums to educate and engage students and citizens of all ages.  Today's launch includes a number of exciting new commitments by Federal agencies and outside groups."

Rice: Climate Change, Gay Rights Part of National Security Strategy.  Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., on Friday [2/6/2015], White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice described the terrorist threat from radical Islam as "violent extremism" and said part of President Barack Obama's national security strategy is fighting "the very real threat of climate change" and promoting gay rights.  Rice's remarks followed the release on Friday of Obama's 2015 National Security Strategy, which updates a similar document released by the White House in 2010.

White House threat assessment: Climate change as dangerous as terrororism.  President Obama's new national-security strategy ranks combating climate change as a priority alongside more traditional threats such as terrorism, biological emergencies and nuclear weapons in the hands of rogue states.  The White House released an outline Friday of Mr. Obama's updated national-security strategy, the administration's first revision in five years.  Along with confronting terrorist groups such as the Islamic State and working to reverse automatic budget cuts for national defense, the administration cited climate change as a top priority.

Obama signs executive order aimed at reducing flood damage from climate change.  President Obama on Friday [1/30/2015] signed an executive director requiring all roads, buildings and other pieces of infrastructure paid for with federal money to be built in areas with less risk of flooding.  With the order, Mr. Obama established the "Federal Flood Risk Management Standard," which makes the case that climate change will make floods more common and much more destructive.

The Editor says...
Here we have an example of President Obama bypassing the Congress to spend money we don't have on a problem that doesn't exist.  If world-wide climate is warming at the rate of one or two degrees per century, flooding is not going to develop overnight, and may never develop at all.  (How much polar ice is within one degree of melting?  Divide that by the mass of the oceans, and that's how much change one degree of warming will produce.)  The predictions of environmental gloom and doom have sold a lot of books over the last 50 years, but none of it ever comes to pass. President Obama is merely attempting to accomplish something before leaving the White House; but alas, Mr. Obama has only two job skills:  He knows how to read a teleprompter and he knows how to spend other people's money.

Caribbean Joe Biden Misses His Big Opportunity.  At a Caribbean summit, Vice President Joe Biden promised oodles of wind and solar schemes as the U.S. way of helping these nations with energy needs.  Coming from the shale superpower, what a wasted opportunity.

U.S. EPA chief at the Vatican to discuss climate change with the Pope's staff.  The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday she hoped Pope Francis' upcoming message to his flock on the environment would help galvanize concern about climate change and convince sceptics that "the science is real".  EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, visiting the Vatican to discuss climate change, said U.S. President Barack Obama shared the pope's belief that it was a moral issue because its effects would be felt most by the poorest and weakest nations.  "The pope knows his own beliefs and I want him to know that the president is aligned with him on these issues," she told reporters.

Also posted under The one-sided separation of church and state.

Adventures in Obama's Imaginary World.  It is tempting to get distracted by the cartoonishly biased framing of [a recent] Washington Post story on the Obama administration's new executive action on environmental regulation in Alaska.  But that media bias is only one of three important takeaways in the story — and in fact is the least important of the three.

A mile high lecture.  The same president who hates drilling for oil, but takes credit for lower gas prices is now lecturing us again.  This time from places like Air Force One.  The president, this weekend from that big fuel guzzling plane tells us again about the dangers of fossil fuels.

Obama Films Anti-Oil Drilling Video — From a Jet.  On Sunday, President Barack Obama released an anti-oil drilling environmental video shot aboard Air Force One — an aircraft that has a 53,611 gallon fuel capacity. [...] On Saturday, Obama flew Air Force One over 8,000+ miles to India to discuss global warming and other issues.

Obama: Climate Change is the Greatest Threat.  Not radical Muslim terrorism, not an unsecured border, not an ever-growing federal debt that now exceeds $18 trillion, not the fact that 109 million live in households on federal welfare programs.  These are not the greatest threats facing us today.  "No challenge — no challenge — poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change," President Obama declared in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.  Although he referred to it as "climate change" and not "global warming," the president immediately followed his declaration that this was the greatest threat to future generations by stating that fourteen of the hottest fifteen years "on record" have occured since 2000.

Obama pushes new methane limits for gas drilling, industry says 'energy renaissance' at risk.  The Obama administration pushed new regulations Wednesday [1/14/2015] aimed at cutting methane emissions from the natural gas sector, calling the proposed rules a needed step to address global warming as industry groups warned the move would threaten "America's energy renaissance."  Relying once again on the Clean Air Act, the rules — the first of their kind — join a host of others that President Obama has ordered in an effort to slow global warming despite opposition in Congress that has only hardened since the midterm elections.

The Editor says...
So President Obama is making "an effort to slow global warming."  How wonderful.  I wonder if Mr. Obama knows that global warming stopped 18 years ago, all by itself.  Maybe he knows this, but is just using methane emissions as a way to tighten the screws on energy production, because he hates capitalism.  Or maybe he really doesn't know that there is no global warming, since it probably hasn't been mentioned on ESPN.

America Is Being Transformed Into Brazil.  Our dishwasher broke just after Christmas.  The timer stopped working, and a new one costs about $100.  My wife suggested that since the dishwasher is nineteen years old, we should buy a new one.  Up until now it was working very quietly and efficiently, washing and drying a full load in about an hour.  We visited the appliance shop where we had recently purchased a new clothes washing machine a few months earlier.  I mentioned to the salesman that our new washer was very slow, taking nearly two hours to finish a large load compared to our old one, which took about 35 minutes.  With a bright smile, he explained that that was because of the new federal energy efficiency standards for clothes washers enacted by the Obama administration's Department of Energy in May 2012.

Where will you be when the lights go out?  Discussion of the Obama Administration's proposal for reducing carbon emissions from power plants has mostly focused on the staggering cost of this unprecedented regulation.  But a pair of reports out this month paint an even more frightening picture.  Not only will your electricity cost more, you might not be able to get it when you need it.  The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) conducted an assessment of the U.S. grid's current reliability and concluded that parts of the country are already slipping into the danger zone.  Because of rapid shifts to renewable and natural gas generation, combined with closures of coal-fueled power plants due to Environmental Protection Agency regulations, the Midwest, New York and Texas are already reaching dangerous levels of "reserve margins" — generating capacity called upon when electricity demand is high.

White House issues climate change guide for hospitals.  Declaring climate change to be a public health hazard, the Obama administration issued suggestions Monday to help hospitals and other health care facilities cope with multiple threats of extreme weather. [...] The "guide and tool kit" is designed to help health care providers and others assure "the continuity of quality health and human care before, during and after extreme weather events," the report said.

The Editor says...
This is an important step by the White House, since hospitals have never had to deal with bad weather before.  After all, "extreme weather" started about 20 years ago, and nobody at any hospital has ever considered how to deal with it.

Fight looms over $3 billion Obama administration payment to UN-linked climate [slush] fund.  The Obama administration can expect a knock-down battle with the next Congress over its announced $3 billion contribution to the United Nations-affiliated Green Climate Fund, a centerpiece of talks over a new treaty on greenhouse gas emissions held in Lima, Peru, last week.  "If they think they are going to get all that money for the fund, they're mistaken," a senior aide to Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., told Fox News.  "You're going to see us being more aggressive about not sending more money to the U.N. and elsewhere for climate change."

How Obama and His Environmental Base Are Planning to Eradicate the Oil and Gas Industry.  Why does the Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory war against hydraulic fracturing look like the Natural Resources Defense Council's 2007 agenda for eliminating domestic oil and natural gas development?  Because it is.  The NRDC's unjustifiable access to such anti-fracking regulatory power — and the diversion of $8.4 million in taxpayer dollars to its coffers — is highlighted in an October report from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee minority staff titled, "Setting the Record Straight: Hydraulic Fracturing and America's Energy Revolution."

Global climate aid up to $650 billion.  As much as $650 billion is being spent globally to aid countries in adjusting to climate change, according to a new United Nations report.  The report, released Wednesday at a climate change conference in Lima, Peru, said the low end of the amount being spent was $350 billion.  The report covered aid during 2011 and 2012 and noted that, due to the complexity of determining where climate funding comes from, the actual amount spent could be higher.  Climate finance is one of the major components of a deal nations hope to strike next year in Paris that would govern emissions beyond 2020.  The Lima conference is meant to set up those negotiations a year from now.

EPA hammers industry with ozone-reducing rule that could cost $270 BILLION per year.  The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, bringing jeers from business leaders who warn of trillions in compliance costs and millions of lost jobs.  And evidence shows that a shifting regulatory environment could drive hundreds of U.S. counties over the new limit — for no reason other than their proximity to China's out-of-control smokestack society.  Energy and industry trade groups painted the government's move as a roadblock that threatens to jeopardize manufacturing's comeback in the U.S.

Government to announce new smog restrictions.  The Environment Protection Agency will announce Wednesday a preferred range of 65-70 parts per billion to reduce the amount of smog pollution in the air.  The proposal marks a historic and controversial move by President Obama to improve the air quality in the country.  The standard is 75 parts per billion originally put in place by former President George W. Bush.  The EPA was ordered to issue a new proposal by Dec. 1.

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Mr. Obama is trying to make a name for himself by solving problems that we don't have.  Tightening air quality rules a little at a time will result in no discernable benefit to anyone but it will make it more difficult for businesses and industries to stay afloat.  The gradual destruction of capitalism appears to be his goal.

White House taunts GOP on climate change: 'I don't believe they can stop us'.  The White House forged ahead Monday [11/17/2014] with yet another piece of its climate change agenda and bragged that Republicans are powerless to stop it.  A presidential task force unveiled a report on how communities across the country can prepare for the effects of global warming.  In all, the recommendations on "climate preparedness and resilience" could cost the federal government more than $100 billion to protect drinking water supplies, shore up coastlines against rising sea levels and take other preventive measures.

Climate change self-delusion.  President Obama and the "green" lobby actually think China is going to honor the new U.S.-China climate-change agreement that pushes both nations to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions over the next 15 years.  China agreed to a "target" of deriving 20 percent of its energy needs from renewable resources "around" 2030.  In exchange, Mr. Obama agreed that American families and businesses will aim to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025 from 2005 levels.

Barack H. Obama opposes cheap and abundant energy because he hates capitalism.
Obama Touts Energy Taxes To Fight Global Warming.  [Scroll down]  "Now, oftentimes this is with the best of intentions," Obama said.  "The idea would be we want to make gasoline cheaper or electricity cheaper so that poor people can afford it.  The problem is that when you subsidize energy, there's no incentive to use less energy."  "So typically when you have a lot of fuel subsidies, those economies are very inefficient in how they use energy, and they generate more pollution," Obama said, touting Norway's high gasoline taxes.

The U.S.-China Climate Change Deal Is Terrible. Fortunately, It Doesn't Matter.  I guess when you're on the lookout for good news any morsel will do.  But there are two problems with treating the deal as big news.  1: We're not really doing anything we weren't going to do anyway.  2: Neither is China.

Obama climate change deal with China a stretch, analysts say.  President Obama's climate deal with China could be derailed easily, analysts say, with the federal government's legal authority to limit emissions very much in doubt, questions about the auto industry's ability to meet fuel economy requirements and a brutal political fight with Republicans and the fossil fuels industry awaiting the administration as it implements a surprise plan.

Obama to pledge $3 billion in climate aid.  President Obama will propose sending $3 billion in aid to help developing nations adapt to the effects of climate change, according to multiple media reports.  The anticipated contribution to the Green Climate Fund, an independent trust fund established by the United Nations, is expected to drum up support for donations from other countries ahead of climate talks next year in Paris.  It likely won't represent a net increase in U.S. foreign aid, as Republicans would block such a move — rather, the White House will probably attempt to shift money from similar programs.

What a deal! Obama vows greenhouse gas cuts now, China stops gas growth later.  The presidents of the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, announced an agreement Wednesday that they say is designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions believed by some to cause global warming.  As usual with Obama's international agreements, the United States gives away far more than does the other side.  Obama committed the U.S. to reduce such emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels in the next 11 years.  That's up considerably from Obama's 2009 goal of 17%.  China agrees to stop the growth of its emissions within the next 16 years, maybe a little sooner.  No reductions.  Just stop its increases.  Such a deal!

The U.S.-China Climate Deal Is Mostly Hot Air.  The United States and China announced new greenhouse emission targets late Tuesday night [11/11/2014].  Secretary of State John Kerry praised it as an agreement of "great consequence," while the White House called it an "ambitious" target.  Don't buy the hype.  The announcement is largely a restatement of existing American and Chinese carbon emission trajectories, topped with a new red ribbon.  Through its standards on automobile efficiency, and soon-to-be finalized EPA regulations on power plants, the Obama administration has already set the United States on a path to cutting greenhouse gases by between 26 percent and 28 percent by 2025.

China, U.S. agree to limit greenhouse gases.  China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, pledged in the far-reaching agreement to cap its rapidly growing carbon emissions by 2030, or earlier if possible.  It also set a daunting goal of increasing the share of non-fossil fuels to 20 percent of the country's energy mix by 2030.  Obama announced a target to cut U.S. emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, the first time the president has set a goal beyond the existing 17 percent target by 2020.

The coming climate onslaught.  The Obama administration is set to roll out a series of climate and pollution measures that rivals any president's environmental actions of the past quarter-century — a reality check for Republicans who think last week's election gave them a mandate to end what they call the White House's "War on Coal."  Tied to court-ordered deadlines, legal mandates and international climate talks, the efforts scheduled for the next two months show that President Barack Obama is prepared to spend the remainder of his term unleashing sweeping executive actions to combat global warming.

The Editor says...
There is no global warming.  Obama's actions are based on his hatred of industry, capitalism, and America itself.

Obama strikes deal with China to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26% by 2025... but is it all for nothing?  U.S. President Barack Obama today struck a landmark deal with China that would see both countries significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions over the next three decades.  Under the agreement, America pledged to cut between 26 and 28 percent of the level of its carbon emissions set in 2005 by 2025 as part of the global fight against climate change.  But Chinese President Xi Jinping simply said he would aim to cap his country's emissions by 2030 — still an unprecedented move by a nation that has been reluctant to box itself in on global warming.

The Editor says...
There is no need for a "global fight against climate change," since climate change is not abnormal, carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, and the environmentalists' goal is the destruction of capitalism.

Obama-Style Climate Programs Have Failed Everywhere They've Been Tried.  The deputy leader of the German Green Party in the Bundestag, Oliver Krischer, summed up the dangers of relying on green power when he said, "A few years ago the renewable sector was the job miracle in Germany; now nothing is left of all of that."  Every European economy that followed the green agenda has faltered badly.  Consequently, Germany is building coal plants to replace both failed wind power sources and even clean nuclear plants that are a casualty of irrational phobia after the Fukushima nuclear accident.  In 2013 alone, Germany built six more coal plants.  China and India build four new ones every week, rendering Ontario's coal shutdown, as well as those planned for the United States, completely irrelevant from a climate perspective no matter what one believes about the science.

POTUS Official Twitter Account Instructs Fans to 'Stick It To' Climate Change Deniers.  Have to call them out for confrontational political language.  Remember, these are the people who blame every act of violence in America on "right wing rhetoric".

Obama Believed To Have Had Endangered Species Hung On His Wall.  A circulating photograph of a young President Barack Obama and his mother appears to feature a dead endangered species that Obama vowed to protect in a presidential proclamation less than two weeks ago.  After a historical photo aggregator recently tweeted a photo of Obama and mother Ann Dunham, believed to have been taken at their Hawaii home in 1975.  The picture earned some sideways glances for the turtle hanging on the wall behind a bed in the room where the photo was taken.

No Drilling or Fishing: Obama Vastly Expanding Pacific Ocean Marine Preserve.  The revamped expanded Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will cover 490,000 square miles — an area roughly three times the size of California — and will become the largest marine preserve in the world.

Obama to create the world's largest protected marine territory.  President Obama will expand a protected marine habitat to six times its current size, making it the largest aquatic area off limits to development in the world, the White House said Wednesday [9/24/2014].  Obama will officially sign a proclamation increasing the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific Ocean on Thursday to 490,000 square miles.  The White House said it would help revive overfished populations, such as tuna, and preserve coral reefs that support marine life.  "Expanding the Monument will more fully protect the deep coral reefs, seamounts, and marine ecosystems unique to this part of the world, which are also among the most vulnerable areas to the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification," the White House said.

The Editor says...
This action has nothing to do with fishing or marine habitat or coral reefs.  It is all about the prevention of offshore oil exploration and production.

Voters Care About Jobs, Economy, Not Green Agenda.  The world is aflame in violence and barbaric acts of terrorism, and Secretary of State John Kerry is running around warning one of the biggest problems facing the planet — ranking "right up there" with "terrorism, epidemics, poverty (and) the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction" — is global warming.  Good thing almost no voters agree with him.

Plans to Turn 'Politically Binding' UN Climate Change Accord Into Federal Law.  Obama administration officials who say they intend to sign a "politically binding" agreement to drastically reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at the United Nations' (UN) climate change conference in Paris next year already have a legal strategy to turn any non-binding accord into federal law, warns Christopher Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).  Horner told CNSNews.com that the "name and shame" effort is an alternative to a new climate change treaty already being drafted by the UN that would have to be ratified by the U.S. Senate.

Pacific pushback: Podesta, White House warned about ocean preserve expansion to combat 'climate change'.  John Podesta, the Obama administration's climate and energy czar, got a blunt warning this week that a plan to cut off all fishing in a huge, U.S.-controlled tract of the Pacific Ocean would have devastating economic effects in the region, and would cede geopolitical advantages to China and other Pacific powers.  "China is overwhelming the South Pacific with investment, and increasing its fishing fleet in the area," noted Eric Kingma, a Hawaii-based fisheries enforcement official and one of those who carried the warning.  For the U.S. not to recognize this potential for lost influence would be "incredibly naïve," he added.

John Kerry has jumped 'Jaws'.  Amid all the threats, tragedies, sufferings, violence, and ghastliness afflicting the Muslim world, Mr. Kerry makes it explicit that "climate change is, in the long run, one of the greatest challenges that we face," the "we" resulting from the eternal truth that "our fates are inextricably linked on the environment," and "Muslim-majority countries are among the most vulnerable."  Lest you suspect that this perspective is merely the sophomoric one-time product of some faceless speechwriter, Kerry argued last February that climate change — "the greatest challenge of our generation" — is as big a global threat as disease outbreaks, poverty, terrorism, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

In Obama Power Grab, Climate Trumps Constitution.  Apparently letting the Environmental Protection Agency run amok with regulations fulfilling candidate Obama's pledge to bankrupt the coal industry, and enact a de facto cap-and-trade regime the president couldn't get through Congress, is not enough.  The man who said his nomination was the moment the seas began to recede and the planet began to heal now plans to deal the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution yet another blow.  He's doing it by agreeing to a Kyoto-like "accord" he can use as moral cover for further destroying the U.S. economy, in lieu of an actual climate change "treaty" that must be ratified by two-thirds of a Senate that has already unanimously rejected such a pact.

Pressing the climate hoax.  President Obama is preparing to use his executive authority to impose the carbon-dioxide limitations dreamed up by the climate hysterics when they meet next year in Paris.  He intends to ignore his constitutional duty to ask the Senate's consent, and use the Environmental Protection Agency and other departments to impose the rules.  Ignoring the Constitution can be habit-forming, as Mr. Obama has shown us.

Having solved all other problems, Obama will now fix your dishwasher.  For some reason which I can't quite put my finger on, this sounds awfully familiar.  Changing regulations for everyone's benefit without taking into account the real world fallout and secondary costs which would inevitably be passed on to the consumer?  Give me a minute.  I'm sure it will come to me.

Obama pushes green standards for everything but the kitchen sink.  The Obama administration is working on new efficiency standards for seemingly every appliance but the kitchen sink.  Spurred by President Obama's climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances.

Constitutional chutzpah.  There are three ways something can become what the US Constitution calls the "supreme law of the land."  It can be made part of the Constitution by amendment, it can be passed by Congress as a law or it can be ratified by the Senate as a treaty.  President Obama can't get his climate-change agreement made supreme law of the land by any of those constitutional routes.  Not even close.  The Republican House doesn't want it.  The Democratic Senate won't act.  That's because the people don't want it.

Obama Tries for Kyoto 2.0.  We can talk about the composition of the Untied Nations another time.  But when it comes to Barack Obama's cavalier treatment of the Constitution, you need look no further than this morning's New York Times.  Under the headline "Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty," the paper explains how the president, frustrated by Congress's unwillingness to barter away U.S. sovereignty by signing on to the so-called "Kyoto Protocol," the economy blighting climate standards devised by Greenies and other folks eager to hamstring the world's most productive economies, especially the Untied States, is planning to "sidestep" Congress.

A President's Global Warming Treaty Tyranny.  In yet another demonstration of contempt for the Constitution, President Obama and his administration are pursuing what the New York Times characterizes as a "sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions" — absent any input from Congress.  The Constitution requires a two-thirds majority approval by the Senate to ratify any legally binding treaty.  The Obama administration plans to sidestep that requirement by calling the agreement a "politically binding" deal that would substitute for an actual treaty.

Strategy irony: Obama declares 'National Preparedness Month,' 'PrepareAthon'.  President Obama admits to not having a strategy to deal with the terrorist crisis in Syria and appears stymied in stopping Russia's drive into Ukraine, but that doesn't mean Americans are off the hook for preparing their own disaster strategy.  On Friday [8/29/2014], the president declared September "National Preparedness Month," a time when he wants the nation to set their own strategy for dealing with a killer crisis — like climate change.

Obama Hopes to Dodge Congress on International Global Warming Accord.  The Obama administration is reportedly attempting to bypass congressional ratification for an international move called a "sweeping international climate change agreement."  According to The New York Times, Obama is preparing to hammer out this climate change agreement to "compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions" ahead of a 2015 UN summit meeting in Paris.  Calling it a "politically binding" agreement, Obama is reportedly working with foreign operatives to create a "name and shame" program that would pressure nations into conforming to the new global warming limits.  But such an agreement would not normally have any force of law on the United States unless two-thirds of the Senate vote to join the treaty.

Obama's new power grab: A climate change treaty without Senate ratification.  It's not a "new" treaty, apparently, if they're rewriting an old treaty that's already been ratified.  Maybe that's a sneak peek of Obama's Syria policy too.  Instead of asking for a new AUMF against ISIS, he could issue an "addendum" or whatever to the 2001 AUMF against Al Qaeda.  Come to think of it, that's his approach on immigration too.  The mega-amnesty he's getting ready to uncork isn't being presented as new policy, even though it would legalize five million people or more.  It's being presented as a discretionary application of law that's already on the books.  Turns out every bold new move Obama wants to make as president has already been authorized by statute, as if prophesied.

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty.  The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.  In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world's largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution.

The Editor says...
Carbon dioxide is not carbon, nor is it pollution.

Global warming is the last refuge of scoundrels.  The president is informed, I say.  He knows his science.  Didn't you see those great chemistry and physics grades he got at Occidental and Columbia?  Oh, wait...  In reality, he probably doesn't know much of anything about climate science except what people with agendas tell him — and most of them got it second hand.  It's all received wisdom of the dullest sort and most of it dated.  Obama is about as educated on climate science, in the final analysis, as Nancy Pelosi is about Hamas.

A World In Chaos, And Kerry's Talking Climate Change.  As the world melts into chaos and threats to the U.S. homeland multiply, America's top foreign policy official seems bizarrely, even dangerously, fixated on ... global warming.  In remarks at the East-West Center in Honolulu on Wednesday, Kerry repeated his claim that climate change is "the biggest challenge ... we face right now."  To which we respond:  Can he be serious?

Government Paying $140,368 to Take 10 Students on a 'Climate Change Journey'.  The National Park Service (NPS) is spending $140,368 to fly 10 students to Sydney, Australia so they can experience a "climate change journey."  The government announced last week they are paying for the group to attend the International Union for Conservation of Nature's World Parks Congress (WPC), a global conference on conservation this Fall.

Executive actions on climate change include partnerships, gas fixes.  Keeping with his year of action, President Obama on Tuesday [7/29/2014] will announce more initiatives his administration will implement to tackle climate change. [...] The White House Council of Economic Advisers released a report Tuesday, which details the economic costs of inaction on climate change.  The report, which estimates that if the global temperature increases to 3 degrees celsius, it would cost the U.S. $150 billion per year, is a shift in messaging by the administration on the climate change front.

White House: No choice but to act now on climate change.  The Obama administration released a comprehensive new report Tuesday [7/29/2014] in an attempt to justify its controversial actions on climate change, and also will roll out new executive moves to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.  The study shows the potential damages to the planet by delaying steps — such as harsh new limits on carbon emissions from power plants — to tackle global warming.  "First of all, we know way more than enough to justify acting today.  Second, delaying action will increase the costs," said Jason Furman, chairman of the White House's Council of Economic Advisers, which produced the report.

The Editor says...
In case you have just tuned in to politics and you recently attended a public school, let me tell you what's wrong with the opinions asserted in the article immediately above:  There has been no global warming since about 1997 or 1998, thus there is no problem to solve.  Perhaps we should wait until there is a problem before addressing it.  Second, carbon dioxide is not the primary component in the atmospheric "greenhouse effect."  Water vapor is, and water vapor comes from the oceans and lakes, so it can't be regulated out of the air.  Third, China and India — with whom we share the atmosphere — are building coal-fired power plants like there's no tomorrow — or rather, like there's no down side to carbon dioxide.  Fourth, to eliminate carbon dioxide production in this or any other country, it would be necessary to stop burning coal and stop using the internal combustion engine.  That would bring worldwide starvation and chaos, which would lead to political upheaval.  This latest plan by Barack H. Obama to bypass the Congress and take unilateral actions "to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions" is nothing more or less than a brazen power grab.  The assertion by the White House that we have "no choice but to act now" is a lie.

Obama to attend United Nations climate summit.  President Obama will attend the United Nations climate summit in New York in September, a move that would put a stamp on his administration's agenda ahead of pivotal international negotiations next year in Paris.  A White House aide confirmed Obama's planned attendance in an email to the Washington Examiner.

Obama announces funds to prepare country for climate change.  The president has made it a second-term priority to tackle climate change, as Republicans routinely deny that the Earth's temperature is warming and dramatically altering weather patterns.  Last month, he announced an Environment Protection Agency ruling that would curb carbon emissions by a third over the next 16 years.  The Supreme Court struck down parts of the ruling, but the cuts largely remained in place.  The vast majority of the funds announced today — 236.3 million [dollars] — will go towards improving a nation's rural electric system in eight states.

The Editor says...
Really?  The rural electric system is so faulty that it is affecting the climate?

Congressman Asks: How Many Migrants Crossing Through Designated Environmental Areas to Avoid Border Patrol?  Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R) wants to know if federal environmental protection laws are making it easier for illegal immigrants to unlawfully enter the country.  After touring a detention center on Saturday where illegal immigrant children are being housed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Rep. Bridenstine asked the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) if Border Patrol agents are banned from lands protected by environmental protection laws — lands that illegal immigrants may be using to enter the United States.

How environmentalists were allowed to draft Obama's White House energy policy.  President Barack Obama's aggressive and controversial Climate Action Plan grew out of a draft proposal from one of America's richest environmental activist groups, it emerged Monday [7/7/2014].  The Natural Resources Defense Council, which spent $41 million of its $210 million nest egg last year pushing for changes in energy policy, circulated a 110-page document in 2012 that outlined what would become the president's latest salvo in the global-warming wars.

Obama will play up his climate change agenda.  With congressional elections looming, President Obama increasingly is catering to a staunch part of his political base:  environmental groups, hard-core opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline and others who share the administration's lofty goals surrounding climate change.  White House officials will meet Wednesday with billionaire activist Tom Steyer, who is poised to pour $100 million into campaigns of congressional Democrats to help pursue the climate change agenda that he and the president share.  Mr. Obama is scheduled to address the powerful League of Conservation Voters on Wednesday night [6/25/2014], one year to the day after laying out his ambitious climate change agenda during a speech at Georgetown University.

Obama moves to protect vast Pacific Ocean areas.  The White House on Tuesday [6/17/2014] unveiled efforts to expand protection of vast areas of the Pacific Ocean controlled by the United States from over fishing and environmental damage.

The Editor says...
Mr. Obama seems to specialize in solving problems that nobody has, especially if his solutions will take a bite out of capitalism.

Obama Uses Sick Children To Push His Climate Agenda.  President Obama went to a children's hospital to tape his weekly address.  The subject this week was his climate agenda, and who better to use to push that agenda than sick kids? [...] Notice how he talked about "carbon pollution" and not carbon dioxide?

Obama to claim credit for economy-killing EPA plan.  President Obama will personally drive the next nail into the coffin of America's economy next week, proudly announcing harsh new Environmental Protection Agency restrictions on energy.  It won't just be power plants that feel the new Clean Air Act restrictions expected Monday.  Expect the president to brag about "flexibility," which is a bureaucratic way of spreading the burdens so they will fall on consumers all across the country. [...] Why?  For the salvation of mankind.  On something simpler, like deciding if there's wrongdoing within the Veterans Administration, Mr. Obama insists on more study.  But on supposed man-made climate destruction of Planet Earth a hundred years from now, he claims the debate is over:  New regulations must dictate that we kill America's economy now, lest our economy kill the planet in a century or so.

Obama: My new EPA regs will prevent 'up to 100,000 asthma attacks.  [Quoting Barack H. Obama:] We've doubled how far our cars and trucks will go on a gallon of gas by the middle of the next decade, saving you money at the pump — and we're helping families and businesses save billions with more efficient homes, buildings, and appliances.  This strategy has created jobs, grown our economy, and helped make America more energy independent than we've been in decades — all while holding our carbon emissions to levels not seen in about 20 years.  It's a good start.  But for the sake of our children, we have to do more.

The Editor says...
Obama takes credit for things that will never happen, and nobody questions him.

Scientists Respond to the Obama Administration's 2014 National Climate Assessment.  As independent scientists, we know that apparent evidence of "Climate Change," however scary, is not proof of anything.  Science derives its objectivity from robust logic and honest evidence repeatedly tested by all knowledgeable scientists, not just those paid to support the administration's version of "Global Warming," "Climate Change," "Climate Disruption," or whatever their marketing specialists call it today.

EPIC FAIL — Obama's climate report card.  A team of independent scientists fact checked President Obama's new national climate assessment report and issued it a failing grade.  They wrote that the President's report is "a masterpiece of marketing that shows for the first time the full capabilities of the Obama Administration to spin a scientific topic as they see fit, without regard to the underlying facts."

Scientists Disembowel Latest Green Drivel from Obama.  A group of 15 scientists has issued a scathing attack on Obama's latest environmentalist hyperventilation, the 829-page National Climate Assessment (released May 6), and offer a defense of Promethean Man to boot. [...] Among the signatories are:  Dr. George Wolff, who formerly chaired the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee; Joseph S. D'Aleo, a fellow with the American Meteorological Society; Dr. Neil Laverne Frank, former director of the National Hurricane Center in Florida; and William M. "Bill" Gray, emeritus professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University.

President Obama's big carbon crackdown readies for launch.  The EPA will launch the most dramatic anti-pollution regulation in a generation early next month, a sweeping crackdown on carbon that offers President Barack Obama his last real shot at a legacy on climate change — while causing significant political peril for red-state Democrats.  The move could produce a dramatic makeover of the power industry, shifting it away from coal-burning plants toward natural gas, solar and wind.  While this is the big move environmentalists have been yearning for, it also has major political implications in November for a president already under fire for what the GOP is branding a job-killing "War on Coal," and promises to be an election issue in energy-producing states such as West Virginia, Kentucky and Louisiana.

Government Will Control You Before It Controls Climate.  Ultimately, it will not matter if people in government cynically promote the theory that human activity is destroying the global climate as a means of taking control of your life, or if they take control of your life because they sincerely believe human activity is destroying the global climate.  Either way, government will control your life.  The National Climate Assessment the Obama administration released this week describes in Sisyphean terms the task government faces in limiting carbon dioxide emissions, which the assessment says make up 84 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions it holds guilty of artificially warming our planet.

Tilting at Climate Windmills.  I admit that I haven't waded through the entire 840-page report, but nothing I can find in the material provided for mass consumption offers convincing links between the report's observations (or its outlandish predictions) and the potentially underlying causes.  It seems nothing more than mere presumption that the cause of the observations and predictions is carbon and fossil fuel proliferation.  You're simply to assume that it's true because they say so.  Think no more.

Carter-Obama Energy Policy: From Gasoline Lines to Pipeline Obstructionism.  In the 1970s, President Jimmy Carter's petroleum price and allocation regulations, premised on the belief that we were running out of supply, put America in the gasoline lines.  Thirty-five years later, depletion fears refuted, Carter champions a letter to President Obama urging rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline segment (the last of four legs) on easily refutable arguments, discussed [in this article].  And Obama obliged.

What global warming means for your grocery bill.  A recent report released by the White House, the National Climate Assessment Report, says the effects of climate change are already being experienced across the United States.  And according to one commodities expert, global warming has turned up the heat on agriculture prices — which could be leading to higher costs at the grocery store.  "More than 80 percent of the temperature rise has occurred since 1980, and with that has come some price increases," wrote Jodie Gunzberg, global head of commodities at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

The Editor says...
The article immediately above is largely based on meaningless statistics and deceptive pronouncements.  Global warming has had no effect on agricultural prices in this century, because there has been no global warming since 1998, and even when global warming took place, it was on the order of one degree per century.  The statement that "More than 80 percent of the temperature rise has occurred since 1980" is completely meaningless.  One could just as easily state that 100 percent of the temperature rise since 1980 has occurred since 1980.  So what?  Most of the global warming in the 20th century occurred before 1940, when internal combustion engines were still relatively rare.

Obama, Weatherman in Chief.  Only spin meister Obama could try to accelerate the resentment of the climate change malcontents by making it appear he, and only he, is the source and creator of "wonderful weather" for children.  His foisting himself on the world as its Weatherman in Chief, brings back painful memories when Obama was a fellow traveler of Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers in the Annenberg Challenge.  The Weather Underground's Ayers and Obama took millions in funds and ruined public education.  Everything to Everybody, Obama can only promise you a fictitious job; to keep the needed services of the doctor you already have and your health insurance.  Now he can make the rain go away when your kids are looking mournfully out the front window.  And non-believers of Obama's spun sugar will be branded racists.

Media misdirection and Climate Change.  [J]ust as not covering Benghazi and the IRS is intended to give political cover to the administration, the point of the tsunami of climate hyperbole washing over the heads of Americans — who poll after poll show are not particularly interested in the issue — is to drown us in fear and confusion as the president, on a "personal" anti-energy jihad, uses executive agencies to attack oil and coal, and along with them the entire productive sector of our economy. So much for pivoting to jobs.

Obama's climate push carries political perils.  The White House is framing its new climate change campaign as a critical piece of President Obama's legacy, but his focus on making history is likely to hurt red-state Democrats.  Though progressives have long clamored for Obama to get more vocal about climate change, the issue remains low on the list of priorities for most voters and potentially toxic for vulnerable Democrats already wary of the administration's regulations to slash carbon emissions.

Obama's Last Shot — Climate Change — And Why It's Doomed To Fail.  Today the Obama administration publishes its latest National Climate Assessment on the state of global warming.  The bad news — inevitably — is that the news is very bad:  more heat, more extreme weather, more drought, everything worse than ever before.  Fortunately, there's some good news too:  you don't need to believe a word because, just like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's reports, this document is much more a political one than a scientific one.

Obama's Phony Ambivalence on Keystone.  Keystone XL is intended to carry crude oil from Alberta to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.  Environmentalists have long opposed construction of the pipeline, arguing it would do great damage to the Sandhills region of Nebraska.  Supporters have contended that the project would have little, if any, negative environmental impact, is critically important for U.S. energy independence and would be a great boon to the economy and create thousands of jobs.  Many believed that Obama's eventual approval of the pipeline was inevitable and that he was just delaying the decision to get past the 2012 elections, after which he could safely withdraw his opposition without worrying about further wrath from environmental absolutists.  But since the elections, Obama has continued to obstruct the pipeline.

Obama to talk climate with meteorologists.  President Obama will speak about climate change on Tuesday [5/6/2014] with a number of national and local TV meteorologists across the country, according to an administration official.  The 2014 National Climate Assessment will be released Tuesday and will be the focus of Obama's interviews.  "Today" show weather forecaster Al Roker will be among those interviewing Obama on this year's report, which is expected to look at the number of extreme weather events and their connection to climate change, among other data.

The Editor says...
Obama's handlers make sure he is never interviewed by anyone who might ask difficult questions.  This event was obviously a "satellite media tour" to promote government propaganda.  The participating "news" organizations are probably doing so only either because they are loyal and obedient to Obama or because of Obama's tabloid appeal.

Podesta: Congress Can't Stop Obama On Global Warming.  White House adviser John Podesta told reporters Monday afternoon that Congress could not derail the Obama administration's efforts to unilaterally enact policies to fight global warming.  Podesta said that the president was committed to using executive orders to pass regulations under the Clean Air Act to limit carbon dioxide emissions that they say cause global warming.  "They may try, but there are no takers at this end of Pennsylvania Avenue," Podesta told reporters at a Monday press conference at the White House.

The Editor says...
At first glance, it appears that Mr. Obama is fighting problems we don't have.  Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, and global warming has already stopped — all by itself.  In reality, global warming is all about finding a "problem" that can only be solved by establishing one centralized world government.  It's all about power, and that's why Obama is so quick to bypass the Congress

Obama talks climate change in Showtime documentary.  President Obama will discuss climate change in an upcoming Showtime documentary series produced by James Cameron.  Mashable reports the segment with Obama will offer an exclusive understanding of the president's thoughts on climate science and policy.

The Editor says...
Is it a documentary or a propaganda film? Mr. Obama will read a teleprompter and pronounce someone else's thoughts on climate science and policy.  If you were to separate Obama from his teleprompter and ask him what carbon dioxide is or what it does, or why he thinks carbon dioxide is harmful, he probably couldn't tell you.  That's because he is poorly educated and unfit for his job.

Senate Democrats set to confirm zealous foe of fossil fuels.  Rhea Suh is living the sweetest dream of every radical environmental activist toiling in the trenches of Big Green's war against fossil fuels.  Suh has received a fat salary and extremely generous benefits since 2009 as assistant secretary for policy, management and budget for the Department of the Interior.  In that position, she helped shape every major Interior Department policy, including the infamous Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium that was twice rejected by the federal courts.  Before that, she was a member of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, which represents 200 major environmental groups that are devoted to halting development of U.S. natural resources, especially in the western states. [...] Suh's dream is about to become even sweeter because she will soon step into a new job that will make her one of Big Green's most powerful Washington players, thanks to her appointment by President Obama as assistant secretary of the Interior for fish, wildlife and parks.

The Democratic Civil War Over Energy.  A split is growing in the Democratic Party, one that ought to rival the divisions on the right that the headlines trumpet.  Greens are increasingly bitter about President Obama — annoyed that he's dropped climate legislation, scaled back green subsidies, ignored fracking.  They've channeled their frustration into the fight against Keystone, warning that they'll turn their significant money and resources against Mr. Obama's party if the president approves more "dirty oil."  Since this president cares about nothing so much as winning elections, he's sat on the pipeline for five years.

Government propaganda on demand:
White House to Introduce Climate Data Website.  President Obama wants Americans to see how climate change will remake their own backyards — and to make it as easy as opening a web-based app.  As part of its effort to make the public see global warming as a tangible, immediate and urgent problem, the White House on Wednesday will inaugurate a website aimed at turning scientific data about projected droughts and wildfires and the rise in sea levels into eye-catching digital presentations that can be mapped using an app.

Obama unleashing power of data on climate change.  The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations.

White House launches climate data initiative.  The White House on Wednesday unveiled a new effort to share data and work with business to help communities prepare for climate change.  President Obama's Climate Data Initiative is "a broad effort to leverage the Federal Government's extensive, freely-available climate-relevant data resources to stimulate innovation and private-sector entrepreneurship in support of national climate-change preparedness," the White House said in a statement announcing the plan.  A new website, climate.data.gov, will be the central host for the government's climate data and will provide information and maps to help citizens and experts learn more about climate change and make decisions to prepare.

The Editor says...
How does one "prepare" for a temperature change of one degree per century, considering that the temperature often changes 40 degrees in 24 hours?  Moreover, why should one prepare at all, since most of us won't be around to experience that change, even if it happens exactly as predicted?

The Environmentalist Eugenics of the Left.  Pick up a copy of Obama's $3.9 trillion budget and there among the TSA fee hikes, Medicare payment cuts and the $400 million for the Department of Homeland Security to fight global warming is a curious little item.  On Page 930 of the budget that never ends is $575 million for "family planning/reproductive health" worldwide especially in "areas where population growth threatens biodiversity or endangered species."  The idea that the way to protect insects, fish and animals is by preventing human beings from having children is part of an approach known as Population, Health and Environment (PHE) which integrates population control into environmentalist initiatives.

Inhofe: Obama Wasted $120 Billion on Global Warming Which Could Buy 1400 F-35s.  Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday [3/5/2014] at a hearing on the Defense Department's Fiscal Year 2015 budget that President Barack Obama has wasted $120 billion on global warming over the past five years — money that would be better spent on the military.  "I've been working on this for quite some time ... In the last five years, between 2009 and 2014, the president has spent $120 billion on the environmental agenda, mostly global warming, climate and that type of thing," said Inhofe.  "And in that respect, if you'll just take the amount that was not authorized by Congress — and I'm talking about the environmental agenda, you could actually buy 1,400 F-35s."

The Editor says...
Even politicians on the right make the mistake of speculating about what we "could have bought" with the money wasted on some frivolous program, without considering the best alternative:  Don't spend the money at all, especially if it increases the national debt.

Obama and the Unsettled Science of Global Warming.  During a recent visit to California, President Obama reconfirmed he is a devout believer in man-caused climate change and policies he proposes show he is willing to risk the wellbeing of our families and harm the economic future of our country in support of an unsettled theory he believes is a settled science. [...] It is clear the Obama administration is hopelessly persuaded and as usual, taxpayers are on the hook to pay the penance for supposed crimes against the planet.  If Obama really believed this stuff, you would think he would do his part to reduce his carbon footprint with a bit less traveling on Air Force One and his gas-guzzling motorcade.

Obama: the Pen, Phone, and Failure.  [President Obama's] EPA is trying to regulate the coal industry out of business.  Coal provides 37% of our electricity.  Do not be alarmed, he is replacing that generating capacity with... well, nothing.  You see, skyrocketing the price of electricity was an objective not a side effect.  If you can't afford it, you won't use it.  The goal is to push Americans out of single-family homes into high-density cities, where tiny, cubicle-like apartments, clustered around mass transit will become the norm.  In these progressive Shangri-Las, no one will own a car, which is a good thing since Barry has doubled the price of gasoline in his first term and will probably double it again before the end of his second.

Obama the activist.  President Obama, like Secretary of State John Kerry, worships at the Church of Global Warming but chooses a different form of grandstanding to profess his faith.  In a speech at a Maryland supermarket warehouse, Obama said he was using his authority to direct the Transportation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency to tighten fuel economy standards for trucks as a measure to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the chief alleged earth-warming gas.

The Editor says...
Water vapor, not carbon dioxide, is the primary "greenhouse gas," but the sun is our heat source, not the atmospheric gases.

Obama, God of Weather — and Lies.  When he first ran for the presidency, Barack Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet.  On Tuesday [2/18/2014], he claimed to have delivered on that promise, telling an audience in Maryland that his administration had prevented some of the severe weather impacts of climate change by restricting carbon dioxide emissions.  Before he took office, he said, "[c]arbon pollution was going unchecked, which was having severe impacts on our weather."  He then announced he would pursue new fuel economy standards for trucks.

The Editor says...
(1) Carbon dioxide is not carbon, for the same reason that water is not hydrogen; (2) carbon dioxide does not have an impact on day-to-day weather; and (3) trucks and cars are not the only sources of CO2.

Heavy-duty vehicles in Obama crosshairs.  President Obama will unveil the next phase of fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty vehicles on Tuesday [2/18/2014].  During his visit to a Safeway distribution center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Obama will announce the new standards, which build upon the first standards the administration finalized for big rigs, semi trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles in 2011.  The new standards continue Obama's promised "year of action," a White House official said on Monday.  In the last five days, including the new fuel economy standards, the administration has set a stricter tone on the president's climate policies.

Obama orders new green rules.  President Obama on Tuesday [2/18/2014] announced he was ordering his administration to develop a set of new fuel efficiency standards for trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles.  Obama did not detail specific targets for heavy-duty vehicles, but said he expected a draft proposal by March of next year and for the rule to be implemented by 2016.  The proposal will be an extension of standards first launched in 2011, and apply to future model years.  While heavy-duty trucks and buses represent just 4 percent of the vehicles on the road, they generate 20 percent of the nation's vehicular carbon pollution.

The Editor says...
Here's a handy code-cracker for the benefit of those of you who attended public schools: If "4 percent of the vehicles on the road... generate 20 percent" of the CO2, that's probably because their engines are five times as powerful.  Therefore, it is a meaningless statistic.  And notice once again, "they generate 20 percent of the nation's vehicular carbon pollution."  That's a double-sided canard:  Carbon dioxide is not carbon, nor is it a pollutant.  Carbon dioxide obviously does not cause global warming, because carbon dioxide is steadily increasing in the atmosphere, and global warming stopped in the late 1990's.  Any battle against the production of carbon dioxide is futile, wasteful and unnecessary.  Why then are leftist politicians like Obama promoting such a battle (at taxpayers' expense)?  Leftists hate capitalism, and big trucks (and cars) are essential to capitalism.

Obama to issue executive order on truck fuel standards.  The preisdent just "can't wait" for Congress to develop new fuel efficiency standards for trucks, so he will do it for them using his power of executive authority. [...] It isn't so much that Congress won't develop new fuel standards.  It's that they won't do it the way he wants it done.  Like any good king, the president knows what's best and things like, "compromise," and "consensus" shouldn't stand in the way of his royal pronouncements.

Report: Obama offers UN climate agreement that doesn't need congressional approval.  The Obama administration is quietly forging ahead with plans to offer up an international commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming — without congressional approval.  Reuters reports that the U.S. submitted its vision for a new international global warming agreement to the United Nations on Wednesday, suggesting a "bifurcated approach" of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol — placing different emissions targets for rich and poor countries.

Obama to link California drought to climate change.  President Obama on Friday [2/14/2014] will travel to California to announce new executive actions to combat the state's drought and will attribute the growing frequency of such conditions to climate change.  Obama will announce the expediting of $100 million in assistance for livestock producers, $60 million in food-bank funding for families affected by the drought and another $15 million for areas nationwide most severely harmed by dry conditions.

Obama to pitch $1B climate change 'resilience fund'.  President Obama will pitch a new $1 billion climate change resilience fund during a visit Friday to California.  The fund, which would need to be approved by Congress, is intended to help communities dealing with negative weather that's the result of climate change.

The Editor says...
Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but I wonder... where is he going to get a billion dollars?

Agriculture chief says climate change already hurting agriculture, unveils new 'climate hubs'.  Climate change is already hurting American farmers and rural residents, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today [2/5/2014], warning that the U.S. would regret any failure to adapt and prepare for shifting weather realities.

Obama stresses US position as climate leader.  President Obama said his second-term climate agenda will position the United States as an international leader that pushes large polluters like China and India to curb their greenhouse gas emissions.  The U.S. emits the second-most greenhouse gases in the world, behind China and ahead of India. Republicans who have criticized Obama's climate push have noted that U.S. action alone cannot avert some of the catastrophic conditions climate scientists say will come if global temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius by century's end.

Emails Show Extensive Collaboration Between EPA, Environmentalist Orgs.  Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry.  The emails, obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (EELI) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, could fuel an ongoing controversy over EPA policies that critics say are biased against traditional sources of energy.  Emails show EPA used official events to help environmentalist groups gather signatures for petitions on agency rulemaking, incorporated advance copies of letters drafted by those groups into official statements, and worked with environmentalists to publicly pressure executives of at least one energy company.

Sierra Club Pressed EPA to Create Impossible Coal Standards.  Emails between the Sierra Club and the EPA produced through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit show the green group and senior officials at the nation's top environmental enforcer met and corresponded frequently about the agency's work on new coal regulations.  The EPA published its long-awaited New Source Performance Standards for new coal-fired plants on Wednesday [1/8/2014], four months after the agency announced their creation.  The EPA has repeatedly said the regulations on coal-fired power plants will not be a death blow to the industry.  However, the agency was working closely behind the scenes with the Sierra Club, an environmental organization that was pushing the agency to adopt standards that would be impossible for power plants to meet.

Podesta's Climate And Environmental Agendas Will Add To Obama's Executive Disorders.  President Obama's promise to be the most transparent administration in history is proving to be true with regard to the recent appointment of John Podesta as his high profile congressional circumvention strategist.  Podesta's belief in government by fiat is clear. [...] Never mind that having witnessed the past 17 years of flat global temperatures despite ballyhooed record atmospheric CO2 levels, John Podesta is hell-bent to reheat regulatory assaults on carbon emissions.

Executive Order: 'Excessively High Temperatures' 'Already' Harming Public Health.  "Excessively high temperatures" are "already" harming public health nationwide, Pres. Obama declared on Nov. 1, 2013, two months before today's assault by record low temperatures.  In his executive order on climate change, Obama warned that too much rain — and not enough rain — also dictated that executive action against climate fluctuations[.]

Despite Record Cold, Obama To Press Forward With Executive Action On Global Warming.  While climate alarmists are twisting logic into knots trying to blame the current deep freeze on global warming, President Obama is pressing ahead with his plans to use executive action to fight it.

In midst of The Big Freeze, Obama to exert presidential powers on 'global warming'.  Seeking to build his legacy on a core issue for many in the Democratic Party, the president and his deputies in the Environmental Protection Agency and elsewhere will take several key actions over the next 12 months as part of the federal government's larger effort to combat climate change, specialists say.  Mr. Obama has shown few reservations about using executive powers on climate and environmental issues.  In the final few months of 2013, he took executive action directing the government to prepare itself for "the impacts of climate change" and instructed all federal departments and agencies to dramatically increase energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption at all government facilities.

John Kerry Brings the Gospel of Global Warming to the World.  In the 19th century, European colonists set out across the world with Bibles tucked under one arm and blueprints of European parliamentary government under the other to teach the great unwashed the fundamentals of civilization.  Today, Secretary of State John Kerry is continuing that tradition — by preaching the Gospel of Global Warming to the rest of the world.

Interior Dept. Nominee Helped Steer Millions to Environmentalist Groups.  A nominee for a top post at the Interior Department helped create a financing apparatus that has steered hundreds of millions of dollars to some of the nation's most prominent environmentalist groups.  President Barack Obama nominated Rhea Suh in October to lead Interior's fish and wildlife and parks division, which oversees the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Obama's War on America's Energy Needs.  The Obama administration's relentless war on the nation's coal industry and on the electrical power generation plants that depend upon it is one aspect of his war on America that doesn't receive the attention it deserves.  There is literally no basis, no justification for it, and yet the mainstream media tends to take little notice or supports it.  It is far more than a "war on coal".  It is a war on the nation's capacity to meet its ever expanding energy needs.  You can't build a power generation plant overnight.  You can't get the enormous amount of electrical energy the nation needs from wind and solar power.

End of the line for the lead bullet? Regulations, bans force switch to 'green' ammo.  When the last bullet-producing lead smelter closes its doors on Dec. 31, it will mark a major victory for those who say lead-based ammunition pollutes the environment, but others warn 'green' bullets will cost more, drive up copper prices and do little to help conservation.  The bid to ban lead bullets, seen by some as harmful to the environment, started slowly more than a decade ago.

Podesta: Climate game changer.  Environmental groups believe John Podesta will be a force for change on climate issues at the White House. [...] Three key areas Podesta and the climate team will work on are Environmental Protection Agency rules on existing power plants, developing a comprehensive methane strategy and developing new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles.  While Podesta's full portfolio won't be known until he arrives next year, an administration official said he'll probably spend time working with the Department of the Interior on its regulatory policies.  That's likely to include administration decisions about how to lease out federal lands and which energy development and mining projects to permit.

Obama directs federal government triple renewable power use.  President Obama directed federal agencies and the military to nearly triple renewable energy consumption by the end of the decade, setting a target of getting 20 percent of electricity from renewable sources.  The move, which comes through executive order, is the latest in a series of administrative efforts the White House has employed to address climate change through curbing greenhouse gas emissions. [...] The centerpiece of the president's agenda is proposed emissions rules for new and existing power plants.

The Editor says...
If the President wants the government to use electricity from renewable sources, then let the military bases and government buildings generate their own power, and leave the reliable fossil-fuel plants running for the rest of us.

EPA Chief: 'No More Urgent Threat to Public Health Than Climate Change'.  Ahead of her upcoming trip to China, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told a liberal advocacy group in Washington on Monday that she has dedicated her life to protecting the environment:  "And I really see no greater issue and no more urgent threat to public health than climate change."

Feds refuse to tell House committee about their global warming spending.  Eleven federal agencies that declined to testify at a Sept. 18 hearing on their global warming spending also missed a Nov. 22 deadline to provide a congressional panel with written information about the issue.  The House Committee on Energy and Commerce asked officials at 14 agencies to testify at the hearing.  When the agencies said none of their top officials were available, the committee extended its invitation to any available staff member.  Still, all but the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency refused to provide a witness, citing scheduling conflicts.

Green energy feels sold out by Obama.  Just 11 months after President Obama made the environment and climate change his top priority in the Inaugural Address, green energy firms are facing abandonment and even fines from his administration, now viewed as cozying up to Big Oil.  Two major events occurred this month that has the green industry yelling "sell out" at the White House.

Hagel, citing climate change, rolls out Arctic strategy.  The Defense Department on Friday [11/22/2013] unveiled a first-time strategy for protecting U.S. security interests and fostering international cooperation in the Arctic, where climate change is bringing new commercial activity and potential for conflict.

The Editor says...
The climate isn't changing any more than it always has.  This is just the easiest way to expand the government by playing on the emotions of the poorly-educated "low information" masses.

Obama on the 'urgency' of combating 'global warming'.  Few challenges facing America and the world are less urgent than combating the nonproblem of "global warming". [...] On all measures, global temperatures have been falling for seven full years since late 2001.  The January-to-January fall in temperatures between 2007 and 2008 was the greatest since global temperature records were first compiled in 1880, 128 years ago.  The rate of new Arctic sea-ice formation in mid-October 2008 was among the fastest since satellite records began almost 30 years ago.  There has been no decline whatsoever in the total global extent of sea ice since satellite records began.

Secretary of State John Kerry calls climate change the world's biggest threat.  Secretary of State John Kerry told a climate change conference in Poland Monday [11/18/2013] that global warming is the biggest challenge to the world.

If You Liked ObamaCare, You'll Love ClimateCare.  The president unveiled his "new national climate action plan" at Georgetown University last June.  The plan aims to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to 17 percent below their 2005 levels.  In his speech, the president noted that he had urged Congress to adopt a "bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change."  But he also said he wasn't going wait for Congress to act, so outlined what amounts to a kind of Climate Five-Year Plan, setting limits on greenhouse gas emissions at home while pursuing efforts abroad to reach "a new global agreement to reduce carbon pollution through concrete action."

The Editor says...
If the President is enacting the new rules on his own, that's not bipartisan, and if it's a government mandate, it's not "market-based."  In any event, it is not a "solution to climate change," because the climate has always changed, and no solution is needed — nor is any solution possible, no matter what the climate is doing.  Mr. Obama' goal is the destruction of capitalism, through any means at his disposal.  He probably doesn't even know what carbon dioxide is.

Executive Order Ignores Climate Reality.  President Obama is "preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change," by his new executive order issued Friday [11/1/2013]. [...] It is apparent that neither Obama nor the Sierra Club has been monitoring data from the president's own National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The executive order first cites "an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures."  This is a false assertion in view of records from NOAA and the U.S. Historical Climatology Network.

Another Big Green power player moves up in Obama's Washington.  President Obama this week nominated Rhea Sun Suh to be the Department of the Interior's assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks, a move that has brought shudders to ranchers, miners, timber harvesters and energy workers nationwide, particularly in the West.  The reason is that this high post controls both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.  Those two large agencies have a track record of appalling behavior that ranges from massively coercing private property away from thousands of owners, to faking science for new regulations, to cozy sue-and-settle lawsuits with not-so-former green group colleagues.

Pentagon pushes 680 green projects, despite money woes.  The Defense Department may be facing significant funding cuts, but not to its green energy program.  Fully 680 renewable-energy projects are still moving forward as part of President Obama's vision of a military that's run on clean fuel, despite the spending cutbacks and budget trims that have begun impacting military operations.  Among the 680 projects:  357 based on solar development, 289 based on thermal, 29 on wind and five others that haven't been disclosed but rather labeled as "electricity generation," The Blaze reported, citing a Defense Department document.

Obama's Executive Order on Climate.  On the surface, it might seem to make sense for the President to want to "do something" about climate events such as hurricanes, but there have always been hurricanes and blaming them and everything from droughts to wildfires on "climate change" is not just absurd, it is a deliberate lie that blames a rise in the amount of carbon dioxide, a so-called but incorrectly named "greenhouse gas", as the cause of these natural events.  The President has issued an Executive Order to ramp up efforts to address "climate change."  At the heart of the global warming hoax has been this carbon dioxide lie, but there has been no warming for over 17 years and the many computer models that predicted it were wrong; many were deliberately false.

Obama Issues Executive Order 'to Prepare the Nation for the Impacts of Climate Change'.  President Obama just issued an executive order "to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience." [...] "In doing so, agencies should promote:  (1) engaged and strong partnerships and information sharing at all levels of government; (2) risk-informed decisionmaking and the tools to facilitate it; (3) adaptive learning, in which experiences serve as opportunities to inform and adjust future actions; and (4) preparedness planning."

The Editor says...
Reading Mr. Obama's executive order requires a high tolerance for doubletalk and environmental jibberish.  The whole purpose of his action is, as usual, the growth of the government and the destruction of capitalism.  The part about "information sharing at all levels of government," very reminiscent of the Patriot Act, sounds like the CIA sharing phone numbers with the IRS.

Obama steps around Congress again:
Obama takes control of climate change policies with executive order that will bypass Congress.  Obama's plan would be put in place through executive order, bypassing Congress, which has stalemated over climate legislation in recent years.

Global warming gets nearly twice as much taxpayer money as border security.  The White House reported to House Republicans that there are 18 federal agencies engaged in global warming activities in 2013, funding a wide range of programs, including scientific research, international climate assistance, incentivizing renewable energy technology and subsidies to renewable energy producers.  Global warming spending is estimated to cost $22.2 billion this year, and $21.4 billion next year.  At the same time, the federal government will spend nearly $12 billion on customs and border enforcement this year.

Obama orders government to prepare for impact of global warming.  President Obama issued an executive order Friday [11/1/2013] directing a government-wide effort to boost preparation in states and local communities for the impact of global warming.  The action orders federal agencies to work with states to build "resilience" against major storms and other weather extremes.  For example, the president's order directs that infrastructure projects like bridges and flood control take into consideration climate conditions of the future, which might require building structures larger or stronger — and likely at a higher price tag.

The Editor says...
By now it should be obvious:  Obama's goal is to make everything more expensive.  Electricity, gasoline, medical insurance, and, as we see here, everything else.  In order to justify preparations for the "impact of global warming," Mr. Obama would have to prove that there is (or will be) any global warming, and prove that one or two degrees of warming would be hazardous.  Neither he nor anyone else will never accomplish such a goal.  As usual, Mr. Obama is meddling in everybody's business for no reason except to impede capitalism.

Obama Clings To Climate Change Science That Now Looks Very Wrong.  Flying under the media radar largely due to the ongoing Syrian crisis and other news, President Obama has in the past two weeks signed three multinational climate agreements aimed at limiting greenhouse gasses [sic] and dealing with rising sea levels.  Meanwhile, elsewhere around the world, other countries are backing away from climate commitments.

The Editor says...
Maybe that's why there was a "Syrian crisis."  It allowed Obama to get some things done without news media attention.

Rich, Arrogant, and Stupid.  [Scroll down]  We have put off-limits huge supplies of oil and natural gas — a trillion barrels by some estimates — everywhere from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico.  The only development going on is on private lands in states that, unlike California, do not put up punitive regulatory barriers to exploration and exploitation.  Obama has intensified this bizarre behavior.  He has blocked the Keystone pipeline, and his federal Bureau of Land Management has just reduced by two-thirds the 1.3 million acres George Bush set aside for development in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.  Compared to the last 3 fiscal years of George Bush's second term, during the first 3 fiscal years of Obama's first, drilling leases on federal land fell 42%, and permits fell 39%.  And his EPA has just issued regulations on coal-fired electricity plants that are so severe and expensive that many plants will shut down and fewer new ones will be built, meaning electricity will become more expensive.

The Obama administration's unscientific war on carbon.  The environmental community, fearing the planet will be harmed from climate change, has pressured the Obama Administration to issue new standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants.  Propaganda from radical environmental groups have altered the perception of many policymakers and American voters.  The constant drumbeat from these groups has been seized on by the media and is designed to generate incessant media coverage, donations, and grassroots activism despite scientific conclusions that differ from their ideology.

New Rules On Power Plants Will Kill Coal Industry.  The administration finally has released its rules for curbing CO2 emissions from U.S. power plants.  Far from being a plan to clean up the environment, it is in fact a road map to de-industrialization and poverty.

Obama Takes on Coal With First-Ever Carbon Limits.  Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday [9/20/2013] with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and Republicans that it would dim coal's future.

The Editor says...
A rational person acting on facts alone would have a hard time establishing a link between global warming and any kind of disease, public health problem or extreme weather, since global warming stopped in 1998.  But President Obama's actions are not based on anything but politics.  The policies of the Obama administration have two main goals:  the constant expansion of the federal government, and the systematic destruction of capitalism.

Obama White House Rolls Out Tough New Climate-Change Rules.  In his January State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to take action to stop global warming.  But he warned, "If Congress won't act soon to protect future generations, I will."  He's following through on that pledge.  Friday morning, the Environmental Protection Agency will release a draft regulation to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, the nation's chief source of global warming emissions.  The draft regulation is the first of four major regulatory steps the EPA will take to create a significant body of action on climate change before Obama leaves office.

The Editor says...
The article immediately above, as you can plainly see, calls coal-fired power plants "the nation's chief source of global warming emissions."  Really?  The emissions from all the coal-fired power plants in the world (to which China is adding monthly) haven't resulted in any global warming since 1998.  The emissions from coal-fired power plants are not as influential as other factors, like the variable output power of the sun.  President Obama is pretending to take bold action to "stop global warming," which stopped, all by itself, in 1998.  The Democrats hope (and the news media assume) you don't know any of this.

Obama's Middle-Class 'Mission Accomplished'.  Obama's idea of a "durable industry" seems to be solar companies like Solyndra and electric car suppliers like A123 Systems.  Both of these "durable" companies filed for bankruptcy after obtaining generous loans from the Obama administration.  Taxpayer money that would otherwise have been invested to create good jobs in the private sector was squandered so the president could pretend he was a green energy pioneer.  In reality, he has never been a pioneer at anything.  He is an old-fashioned radical who still harbors the adolescent fantasy of a Marxist utopia.

GOP Calls for Defunding of Program to Subsidize Green Vehicles.  Congressional Republicans called for the defunding of a program to subsidize vehicles powered by alternative fuels following new announcements of large taxpayer losses from loans made through the program.  The Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program has yet to disburse about 60 percent of its authorized funds.  The Department of Energy (DOE) put the program on pause in 2011 but recently announced it plans to once again begin making loans to qualifying companies.

Target: Natural Gas.  The oil and gas fracking boom increased household disposable income by $1,200 last year as lower energy costs flowed to consumers, according to a new study from IHS Global Insight.  So Americans may want to know that President Obama's nominee to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) thinks natural gas is a "dead end."  That nominee is Ron Binz, and in March 2013 he spoke at an Edison Foundation panel on utilities and green technologies.  To fight global warming, he argued, government must adopt a "new regulatory model, because that's where it's going to start."

Sequestration nation: DoD doles out $7 billion in wind-energy contracts.  Why the Obama administration insists upon using the military as a sponsor of what they, rather than the free market, have arbitrarily and falsely deemed to be practical and cost-effective sources of energy, it pains me to think on — but the point is that the U.S. military is currently choosing to spend big money on energy sources that do not offer them the biggest bang for their buck.  Even better, the Pentagon dished out a similarly sized set of contracts for solar energy companies last month; and this is all on top the Navy's push to outfit a number of cruisers, destroyers, and fighter jets with biofuel-blended gas.

Obama forges ahead with green energy agenda despite congressional opposition.  For the first time since the Carter Administration, solar panels are going up on the roof of the White House.  It's part of a mandate towards renewable energy in the federal government, but also a symbolic gesture that the president is plowing ahead with his green energy agenda, regardless of congressional opposition.

Kerry Tells Brazil: Obama Won't Wait for Congressional Action on Climate Change.  At a joint news conference with his Brazilian counterpart on Tuesday [8/13/2013], Secretary of State John Kerry praised Brazil for its commitment to climate change initiatives, and he promised that the Obama administration also is determined to do something about it.

Obama picks green advocate as Navy energy chief.  Obama on Tuesday nominated Vice Adm. Dennis V. McGinn (Ret.) as the Navy's assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment.  McGinn comes over from the American Council on Renewable Energy, where he was president and chief executive.  The selection signals a continued commitment to green energy within the armed forces, an effort that's irked some Republicans who argue such initiatives are too pricey.

Obama administration preparing host of new environmental regs.  The Obama administration is looking forward to a host of new environmental regulations that go far beyond the president's plans to issue new standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants.  The new regulations, previewed in the administration's spring regulatory roadmap released this week, cover everything from pollution runoff from military ships to landfill methane emissions [...]

EPA Wants Gov't To Control How Cold Your Beer Can Be.  In a seemingly innocuous revision of its Energy Star efficiency requirements announced June 27, the Environmental Protection Agency included an "optional" requirement for a "smart-grid" connection for customers to electronically connect their refrigerators or freezers with a utility provider.  The feature lets the utility provider regulate the appliances' power consumption, "including curtailing operations during more expensive peak-demand times."  So far, manufacturers are not required to include the feature, only "encouraged," and consumers must still give permission to turn it on.

Is Climate Change Our No. 1 Crisis, Mr. President?  The economy stagnates.  Syria burns.  Scandals lap at his feet.  China and Russia mock him, even as a "29-year-old hacker" revealed his nation's spy secrets to the world.  How does President Obama respond?  With a grandiloquent speech on climate change.  Climate change?  It lies at the very bottom of a list of Americans' concerns (last of 21 — Pew poll).  Which means that Obama's declaration of unilateral American war on global warming, whatever the cost — and it will be heavy — is either highly visionary or hopelessly solipsistic.

Obama's Fundamental Transformation of a Nation He Despises.  [Scroll down]  Now, with the help of "extreme weather" coverage on every mainstream news service, he has been ginning up another crisis as the pretext for sweeping regulation of the entire economy.  And just last week, in a speech at Georgetown University, he has announced what that regulation will cover.  It will cover just about everything.  Every activity that uses energy, or that used energy in its manufacture or requires energy for its maintenance, will be regulated — not by Congress but by the president directly.  That is the strategy behind Obama's new pronouncements on the "social cost" of carbon emissions. [...] But what is the "social cost" of carbon?  It is the cost of future climate events that "might result" from increased carbon emissions.

Obama's Climate Five-Year Plan.  Way back in January 2008, when he was just a senator running for the presidency, Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that he "was the first to call for a 100 percent auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter."  That way, he explained, "if somebody wants to build a [conventional] coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted."  Five years later, Obama is doing what he said he'd do.

GOP bill challenges the administration's change in 'social cost of carbon'.  Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) wants the White House to take public comment on its decision to increase the estimated damages from carbon emissions that agencies use in regulations.  Bloomberg reports that Hunter introduced a bill Friday [6/28/2013] to force the White House Office of Management and Budget to seek comment on the changed cost, and submit information to Congress explaining its methodology behind the increased estimate.

'Carbon Pollution' and Wealth Redistribution.  No crisis should go to waste, an eternal truth highlighted in bold by a purported climate change apocalypse that is now the target of actions newly proposed by President Obama.  This so-called "crisis" will flood not various coastlines, but instead the front pages, replacing other, less flattering political headlines for the administration.  And if the proposed actions offer the potential of sizeable wealth transfers to political allies?  That is far more than mere icing on the cake.

Obama Announces Plan to Save the Earth from a Problem That Doesn't Exist.  Obama has failed to fix the economy or win the war in Afghanistan, but give him an imaginary problem and he's on it like Michelle on a glazed poundcake.  Even major liberal media outlets are admitting that the whole Global Warming thing isn't panning out.  So that's the perfect time for His Majesty Barack I, Protector of the Planet from the Carbon Devil, to announce that he will be bypassing Congress and going all Imperial Presidency on a problem that even its enthusiastic backers are backing away from.  While raising electricity rates sky high.

Barack Obama to cut emissions in vow to save planet.  Barack Obama today unveiled the most ambitious plan to counter climate change ever put forward by a US president, saying he would not condemn future generations "to a planet that is beyond fixing".  In sweeping proposals released after four years of frustrated efforts, Mr Obama ordered new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants and called for America to ready its defences against an already-changing climate.  The president also surprised environmentalists by signalling he would reject a controversial oil pipeline if it was found to "significantly exacerbate" the problem of carbon pollution.

The Editor says...
(1) There has never been a time when the climate did not change.  To say that it is "already changing" is grossly misleading.  (2) Carbon dioxide is not carbon.  (3) Carbon dioxide is not pollution.  (4) I would much rather take my chances with inevitable climate change than preventable tyranny.

Pricey Attack on Phantom 'Warming'.  There hasn't been much evidence of "global warming" for at least 15 years.  If anything, "cooling" has kicked in as part of an eternal cycle that stretches back through history.  But President Obama is not one to let the facts stand in the way of a beautiful theory.  Especially when it rallies his restive liberal base.  During (what else?) a speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday, Obama announced that he'll use his favorite leadership tool, executive orders, and the powers of the unelected, Nixon-era Environmental Protection Agency to end-run Congress and crack down on one of his favorite whipping boys, coal.  All in the name of fighting the phantom menace of climate change and in particular carbon emissions.

President Obama's recently proposed policies will do little to combat climate change — but they will do much for his political and economic objectives.
"Carbon Pollution" and Wealth Redistribution.  No crisis should go to waste, an eternal truth highlighted in bold by a purported climate change apocalypse that is now the target of actions newly proposed by President Obama.  This so-called "crisis" will flood not various coastlines, but instead the front pages, replacing other, less flattering political headlines for the administration.  And if the proposed actions offer the potential of sizeable wealth transfers to political allies?  That is far more than mere icing on the cake.  Whatever the weakness of the evidence on greenhouse gases and climate effects, the real goal of carbon policy is a regional redistribution of wealth [...]

Obama: The Man With A Climate Change Plan.  We hoped Obama might moderate his green ambitions in the face of the shift in the climate change discussion.  Global warming has slowed significantly in recent years, and we're gradually learning just how feeble our understanding of our planet's climate is.  Given this uncertainty, emulating Europe by pushing through growth-constricting green policies to meet targets based on fallible climate models would be a huge mistake.  Unfortunately, Obama didn't mention any of this in his speech, instead insisting that the science is settled.

Obama: driving a green dagger into the heart of the American dream.  When it comes to pinpointing the nadir of the Obama administration, future historians are going to suffer a serious case of option paralysis.  Was it Benghazi?  The NSA?  His use of the IRS to harass the Tea party?  The various scandals involving his black ops department, the EPA?  Obamacare?  Personally, though, I think the one they will eventually plump for is Obama's Climate Action Plan of June 25 2013.  The economy, after all, is everything.  Without an economy you can't afford a domestic policy, let alone a foreign policy.  So you'd think the very last thing any president would do as his country began to show the first vague signs of slow — and quite possibly illusory — recovery after a long recession would be to jeopardise it with a whole new raft of utterly pointless regulation and wasteful government expenditure.

The president plans to raise your power bill.  If you accept the science of global warming, then you accept the fact that the president's unilateral action on climate change will have absolutely no effect in terms of adjusting the global thermostat to a temperature Obama finds desirable.  The rest of the developing world, anchored by India and China, are building carbon-burning factories, power plants and even whole new cities that will overwhelm any new rules the president may impose on Americans and our struggling economy.

Tell Obama: There's No Climate Change To Fight.  Apparently President Obama will announce yet another set of policies next month aimed at mitigating global warming.  But why?  The enemy he promises to fight simply doesn't exist.

President Obama pivots to climate change.  "This Tuesday, I'll lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go — a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it," Mr. Obama says.  "This is a serious challenge — but it's one uniquely suited to America's strengths."

The Editor says...
For once I would have to agree, since global warming has already been fixed by doing nothing, which is what many Americans do best.  Notice that Mr. Obama, like so many others who don't want to alienate the hoi polloi by using techical terms, says "carbon" when he really means "carbon dioxide."  Thus, he is calling carbon dioxide a pollutant, which (as shown many times on this page) it is not.  Mr. Obama is repeating a lie, hoping that it will eventually turn into common knowledge.

The microwave tax.  The Energy Department is once more deciding what kind of appliances are good for you.  Like the "standards" the federal government imposed on light bulbs, toilets, washing machines and other essentials, the rules are all about taking choices from consumers and requiring them to buy machines that don't work or don't work as well as they once did.  On Monday, the Obama administration published new rules that will make microwave ovens less efficient and more expensive.  It's in the service of the global-warming scam.

The Editor says...
To the best of my knowledge, the Department of Energy has never produced a single kilowatt-hour of energy that was sold to the public.  All they can do is tell us how to conserve energy.  Conservation is not an energy source.

Obama hits a wall in Berlin.  [Scroll down]  There he vowed energetic measures against global warming ("the global threat of our time").  The 16-year pause of this warming was not predicted by, and is not explained by, the climate models for which, in his strange understanding of respect for science, he has forsworn skepticism.

Obama Readying Emissions Limits on Power Plants.  President Obama is preparing regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, senior officials said Wednesday [6/19/2013].  The move would be the most consequential climate policy step he could take and one likely to provoke legal challenges from Republicans and some industries.  Electric power plants are the largest single source of global warming pollution in the country, responsible for nearly 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Editor says...
There's that phrase again:  "global warming pollution."  There is no such thing.

Obama Quietly Raises 'Carbon Price' as Costs to Climate Increase.  Buried in a little-noticed rule on microwave ovens is a change in the U.S. government's accounting for carbon emissions that could have wide-ranging implications for everything from power plants to the Keystone XL pipeline.  The increase of the so-called social cost of carbon, to $38 a metric ton in 2015 from $23.80, adjusts the calculation the government uses to weigh costs and benefits of proposed regulations.  The figure is meant to approximate losses from global warming such as flood damage and diminished crops.

The Editor says...
Warmer weather would produce longer growing seasons, not "diminished crops."

Obama Tells Keystone Foes He Will Unveil Climate Measures.  With his administration under pressure from environmentalists to reject the Keystone XL pipeline project, President Barack Obama plans to unveil a package of separate actions next month focused on curbing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.  At closed-door fundraisers held over the past few weeks, the president has been telling Democratic party donors that he will unveil new climate proposals in July, according to people who have attended the events or been briefed.

The Editor asks...
Why does the most open and transparent administration in history conduct closed-door fundraisers?

Obama's new Energy chief: Climate change 'not debatable'.  New Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz doesn't want to spend his tenure battling over climate science.  "Let me make it very clear that there is no ambiguity in terms of the scientific basis calling for a prudent response on climate change," Moniz told Energy Department employees shortly after his swearing-in.  "I am not interested in debating what is not debatable," Moniz said in his remarks at the Tuesday [5/21/2013] ceremony.  "There is plenty to debate as we try and move forward on our climate agenda."

Oh, good: Interior still acquiring new land and creating monuments, nevermind sequestration warnings.  The federal estate covers almost a third of the surface area of the United States, but it is in no way exempt from the deficient funding, top-down regulatory hindrance, and slow, bureaucratic politicking that goes down in all other areas of the government — and in this case, the results are often environmental degradation.

Congress working to strip presidential land grab power.  If you think national monuments are statues of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, welcome to the crazy catalog of federal land grabbing tools.  These "monuments" are actually large areas that are supposed to be small, and can be created out of thin air by the president with the stroke of a pen.  This extraordinary power has been abused by presidents of both political parties time and again to bypass Congress in creating national park-size units — a congressional power — at his own whim to satisfy his Big Green constituents.

Obama's EPA And IRS Violate Our Constitutional Rights.  The Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged that it released personal information on potentially thousands of farmers and ranchers to environmental groups, violating their privacy rights and acting in collusion with private groups with private political agendas.  In Nixonian fashion, the EPA has provided these environmental groups with the dossiers of farmers it has gathered to help them create an enemies list of potential polluters.  The agency acknowledged the information included individual names, email addresses, phone numbers and personal addresses.

Obama's One-Man March Against Keystone.  If Obama wants to be grand marshal of a one-man parade against the Keystone XL pipeline, he's doing a heckuva job.  Top Democrats along the proposed pipeline route favor Keystone.  These include U.S. senators Jon Tester of Montana and freshman Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.  Texas representatives Henry Cuellar, Charles A. Gonzalez, Al Green, Gene Green, Ruben Hinojosa, and Sheila Jackson Lee all have pleaded with Obama to give Keystone the green light.

Green Energy, Black Water.  Two environmental groups have accused Duke Energy, one of the Democratic Party's major corporate supporters and a recipient of large green energy subsidies, of contaminating drinking water supplies in Charlotte, N.C.  The plaintiffs say Duke is misleading the public about its environmental record, and could face federal sanctions and a hit to its public image in Charlotte, where the utility is headquartered.  Alleged environmental damage by Duke could also pose challenges for the Obama administration, which has strong ties to the company.

Obama eyes taking millions of acres to save habitat from global warming.  A large purchase in Florida's Everglades, for example, is aimed in part at preserving grasses that can help prevent rising water from flooding the area and destroying animal habitat.  The new strategy, produced by several federal and state agencies and tribal groups, would expand that program to protect habitat under global warming pressure and used by everything from butterflies and robins to foxes and even coral.  For example, more habitat for grizzly bears would be set aside so they can move north as their habitat warms.

Obama admin looking to set aside millions of acres for habitat preservation.  The federal government already manages nearly one third of the surface area of the United States, but inefficient federal bureaucrats, dependent on DC for their funding and often motivated by political externalities, do not make the best environmental stewards — far from it.

Federal plan aims to help wildlife adapt to climate change.  Developed along with state and tribal authorities, the strategy seeks to preserve species as global warming alters their historical habitats and, in many cases, forces them to migrate across state and tribal borders.  Over the next five years, the plan establishes priorities for what will probably be a decades-long effort.  One key proposal is to create wildlife "corridors" that would let animals and plants move to new habitats.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel M. Ashe said such routes could be made through easements and could total "much more than 1 million acres."  The plan does not provide an estimate of the cost.

The Editor says...
"The plan does not provide an estimate of the cost" because the cost is inestimable.  Once again, if you questioned these people, I believe you would find them all to be firm believers in Darwin's "survival of the fittest."  Yet they seem to think wild animals need "corridors" to get to their new homes — assuming the animals can detect any climate change and assuming they elect to move.  These "corridors" will naturally fall right across the land with the greatest petroleum reserves, preventing Big Oil from making money.  This is nothing more or less than another big government land grab.  The people who come up with these ideas don't care about killing jobs and seizing private land.

Obama keeps rolling the dice on green energy.  Like a desperate gambler who doubles down on a losing bet, President Obama is calling for spending $2 billion more on green energy projects.  Apparently these billions will succeed where previous billions have failed.

Obama Will Use Nixon-Era Law to Fight Climate Change.  President Barack Obama is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they should consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects, from pipelines to highways.  The result could be significant delays for natural gas export facilities, ports for coal sales to Asia, and even new forest roads, industry lobbyists warn.

Obama doubles down on alternative energy.  President Barack Obama is doubling down on the administration's plan to reinvest federal oil-and-gas drilling revenues into next-generation alternative energy technology, unveiled during his State of the Union address last February.

Climate Change: Key mission for the US Navy?  It's troubling that the top officers of our Navy have accepted the misguided theory of man-made climate change. [...] Not only is the Navy concerned about climate change, they are attempting to do something about it.  Both the Navy and the Air Force have established goals to use a 50/50 blend of biofuel and petroleum-based fuel for planes and ships.  Navy plans call for establishment of a "Green Strike Group" task force by 2016, fueled by the biofuel blend, and for alternative fuels to power half of all energy consumption by 2020.

Military Doesn't Need To Worry About Climate Change.  The commander of America's Pacific forces says he knows what the top security risk is in that region.  No, it's not China.  Nor is it North Korea.  It's climate change.  Yes, this is embarrassing.

Climate Change Is the Biggest Threat in the Pacific, Says Top U.S. Admiral.  North Korea just annulled the 1953 armistice ending its war with South Korea.  China and Japan are locked in a dispute over an island chain.  But the greatest long-term threat to the peace of East Asia and Pacific Ocean — the part of the world at the heart of the Obama administration's aspirational defense strategy — is climate change, according to the admiral in charge of U.S. military operations there.

Carbon Power Politics.  President Obama gave his second-term global warming agenda a lot more definition Monday [3/4/2013] with a new Environmental Protection Agency chief to replace Lisa Jackson.  Picking Gina McCarthy, one of her top lieutenants and the architect of some of the agency's most destructive carbon rules, is a sign he intends to make good on his vow of "executive actions" if Congress doesn't pass cap and tax.

Obama Possibly Trading Keystone for More Taxes?  Pretty much everyone, including all of the major labor unions, is geeked about the Keystone Pipeline, which would create jobs and improve the United State's energy independence.  But a bunch of hippies hate it, and the hippies vote, probably illegally in seven states, so Barack Obama is totally against it for right now, you guys.  The Earth, it matters so much more than rebuilding the American economy by providing needed jobs to skilled and unskilled laborers in states across middle America, and ending the vice grip that backwards Middle Eastern nations have on our energy consumption.

Environmentalism and Human Sacrifice.  Take the Keystone XL pipeline, the pipeline the Canadian government wants built in the US in order to send Canadian crude to American refineries.  It would be a 1,179-mile, 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline, beginning in Alberta, and ending in Nebraska.  The pipeline will be able to transport about 830,000 barrels of oil per day to Gulf Coast and Midwest refineries, reducing American dependence on oil from Venezuela — Iran's base in the Western Hemisphere — and the Middle East by up to 40 percent.  It will also provide Americans with many thousands of well-paying jobs.  Approving this pipeline is a moral and economic necessity. [...] But the Obama administration may (again) veto the Keystone XL pipeline — for one reason:  environmentalist fanaticism.

An Alaskan Challenge for 'All of the Above' Energy.  An accident with no environmental impact is being exploited for political purposes in an effort to halt offshore exploration in Alaska.

Obama Admits: 'Energy Is Going to Be a Little More Expensive'.  This is not the first time Obama has admitted to supporting price-raising energy policies.  In 2008, then-candidate Obama said he was fine with soaring energy prices so long as they helped curb green house gas emissions.  "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket," he said.  Obama supporters in 2008 also applauded the prospect of rising gas prices because they would "force us to think about changing the culture to create more emphasis on mass transportation."  Following the sustained applause, Obama praised Europe for its rail system.

Obama's Bonfire of Green Energy Inanities.  President Obama, as his Inauguration Address confirms, is in denial about both the climate and energy realities.  Repeating the most alarmist rhetoric of ideologue-turned-salesman to oil interests Al Gore, Obama appeared ignorant of the fact that data shows global warming isn't happening.  The president has re-stated his desire for yet more backing to a green energy industry that is collapsing being wholly reliant on the lifeline of public subsidy.  And that can only mean dumping further on the oil, gas and coal industries that made the US the powerhouse it still is.

So Apparently Gigolo John Kerry is a Scientist Now.  The longfaced new Secretary of State, John Kerry, delivered his first major address today.  It was not on the recent North Korean nuclear tests or the ongoing strife in the Middle East or the rise of China.  It was on global warming aka climate change.

Obama Unveils His Economy-Killing Cap-And-Tax Plan.  The president's proposed Energy Security Fund will stifle the private energy sector boom and provide permanent funding for future Solyndras and electric cars that nobody wants.

Obama still chasing 'green jobs' will-o'-the-wisp.  It's one thing to say we have to throw a lot of money at solving global warming to save the planet.  It's quite another to pretend that there is a "green economy" just waiting to happen, filled with hundreds of thousands or even millions of good jobs, as Obama has often promised.  The new "green energy economy" that Obama has repeatedly spoken of — a future of lower ocean levels in which Americans work at good-paying jobs manufacturing windmills and solar panels — has always been among the most optimistic features of his vision for America.  But given that it is an economically impossible pipe dream, it is also one of the biggest flops of his presidency.

Obama Commits Assault With Battery.  The problem here is so obvious that it shouldn't be necessary to say it:  If projects such as this made any economic sense at all, banks would be financing them.  But these schemes are far too irrational for even the most profligate of banks or the junk bonds or any other legitimate means of finance.  So the politicians rush in, falling over each other to squander the nation's diminishing treasure on yet another billion-dollar photo op.

Climate assessment delivers a grim overview.  The Obama administration has implemented several regulations to curtail emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that scientists say have stoked global warming.  But the president seldom speaks of climate change.  The White House declined to comment on the National Climate Assessment report, saying it had not had a chance to review it.

The Editor says...
The article above appears in the LA Times, and it reeks with bias.  The writer publicizes false White House statements without challenging them:  The White House (ignoring the personification) has all day and all night to review every report published by anybody, especially when it pertains to big-government policy like so-called global warming.

Turning America's water into Big Green's elite empire.  Two weeks ago, outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar named the White River — which cuts 722 miles through its 17.8 million-acre watershed, crossing 60 counties in Arkansas and Missouri — as the second National Blueway.  What exactly, we should ask, is a National Blueway?  In short, it's the focus of the biggest federal land grab in American history.

The Real Obama Climate Deal.  President Obama set off a guessing game this week as to what he intended with his inaugural promise to double down on climate change.  There's no need to guess.  California Democrat Barbara Boxer, the Senate's climate guru, was happy to fill in the gory details.  The president's climate shout-out sent the green community into flurries of ecstasy, with grand hopes of a new push for cap-and-trade in Congress, or of a redoubled U.S. commitment to a global carbon pact.

Obama's path on climate change runs through EPA.  Obama has vowed to reduce greenhouse gases and to slow warming temperatures, saying a failure to do so "would betray our children and future generations."  And while environmentalists applauded the president's pledge, they are encouraging him to use his executive powers rather than Congress on issues like stricter limits on carbon emissions.  The EPA last year recommended limited carbon emissions from new power plants, but advocates now want Obama to expand that rule to include existing power plants, as well.

Stupid Grids.  The Obama administration's push for "smart grid" technology could be the centerpiece of a revamped "green energy" agenda during the president's second term.  However, the federal government's existing smart grid development effort, funded extensively by the 2009 stimulus spending bill, is riddled with financial problems, according to a report from the Energy Department's inspector general released Wednesday [1/23/2013].

DOE report on Smart Grid.  [For example,] One recipient was reimbursed about $7.3 million more than allowed by the terms and conditions of the award.  After reviewing the recipient's records, we identified an approximate $7.3 million difference between reimbursements requested and actual expenditures by the recipient.  Contrary to the requirements, representatives of the recipient informed us they had based their monthly claims on both actual and estimated expenses and had not subsequently reconciled estimates to actual.

Climate-Change Misdirection.  Instead of pouring money into subsidies and direct production support of existing, inefficientgreen energy, President Obama should focus on dramatically ramping up investments into the research and development of green energy.  Put another way, it is the difference between supporting an inexpensive researcher who will discover more efficient, future solar panels — and supporting a Solyndra at great expense to produce lots of inefficient, present-technology solar panels.  When innovation eventually makes green energy cheaper, everyone will implement it, including the Chinese.  Such a policy would likely do 500 times more good per dollar invested than current subsidy schemes.

Lawmaker wants Obama to prove climate change.  Rep. Thomas Massie challenged President Obama to roll out the proof that humans have played a hand in climate change.  Mr. Massie, Kentucky Republican, said he was "disappointed" that the president in his second inaugural address blamed droughts on "human activity" and accused some of "denying the evidence of scientists."

Salazar Gets to Work on Last-Minute Push of Obama's Green Agenda.  Ken Salazar may be leaving the Interior Department soon, but he's giving a strong push to President Obama's solar and wind agenda on his way out the door.  Two days after announcing that he would be hanging up his cowboy hat and returning home to Colorado come March, Salazar announced the first-ever statewide plan to designate renewable energy zones on public land.

Obama declares war on reality.  [Scroll down]  Concerted global action so far to deal with the threat of climate change has resulted in: higher energy prices; more deaths from fuel poverty; more intrusive regulation; the destruction of rainforests and the squandering of agricultural land on biofuels; higher food prices; famine and food riots — as a result partly of the drive for biofuels; the entrenchment of corporatism and rent-seeking to the detriment of free markets; the ravaging of the countryside with ugly solar farms and even uglier wind turbines; the deaths of millions of birds and bats; the great recession.  How any of this has in any way benefited either our children (who are going to find it far harder to find a job) or future generations is a complete mystery.

The Regulatory Landscape in America — A Morass Of Red Tape.  Former climate czar Carol Browner was very clear about what's in store when she told several green groups not to worry, because "President Obama has a big green 'to-do' list for 2013 so they'll get what they want.

Obama EPA Forces Company to Cut Jobs, Spend $6 million on Green Agenda.  A settlement forced by the Obama Administration's Environmental Protection Agency on a Wisconsin power company has forced an employer to prepare to cut jobs and spend millions paying for the Obama Administration's green energy agenda.

MIT to Obama: Only 4 years left to stop global warming.  The now or never message said that since Obama won't face voters again in a election, he should take the risk of upsetting Americans by imposing a carbon tax and fund research projects that could cost trillions of dollars.  "We can no longer pretend that addressing climate change will be without real costs," said the letter from the world's leading technology university.  MIT urged Obama to make climate change his No. 1 priority.  "The potential for global warming over the next decades threatens consequences so dire that they could overwhelm any progress you make toward other long-term economic, social and political goals," said the letter.

The Editor says...
In case this is your first visit to akdart.com, allow me to offer an opposing viewpoint:
[1]  Global warming stopped — all by itself — about 15 years ago.
[2]  A few degrees of global warming wouldn't be all that bad.
[3]  Global warming is only one of many environmental false alarms that have been spread by activists who have no regard for the truth.
[4]  The global warming hoax was based on flawed computer models.
[5]  The global warming hoax was an effort to shut down industry, destroy capitalism, and spread a world-wide socialist government.
[6]  Carbon dioxide is plant food — not a pollutant.

Feds fund $100,000 video game featuring female climate change 'superhero'.  A new video game featuring a black alien female superhero delivered to Earth to fight global warming is about to hit the market thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Obama administration.

Under the Green Hammer.  President Obama's reelection has the climate cult chomping at the bit to get a long wish list of policies put in place, from energy taxes to cap-and-trade to a possible blockade on coal and natural-gas exports.  And most of these activists are in no mood to let that messy little obstacle called the democratic process slow the juggernaut.  Some, like the Natural Resources Defense Council, are encouraging the president to bypass Congress and shutter more coal-fired power plants through executive action.

New air pollution standards restrict soot particles.  The Obama administration announced a new air pollution standard Friday [12/14/2012] that would bring about a 20% reduction in microscopic particles of soot emitted by coal-fired power plants and diesel vehicles that contribute to haze and respiratory ailments.  The new limit, fought by industry and welcomed by environmentalists, marks the first time the Environmental Protection Agency tightened the soot standard since it was established 15 years ago.

Green Graveyard: 19 Taxpayer-Funded Failures.  While there's speculation over which federally supported green energy company may be the next to declare bankruptcy, plenty have already gone belly up.  In one of the most extensive compilations to date, Heritage has identified 19 bankrupt green energy companies — unable to make it even with the $2.6 billion in financial assistance and incentives the government promised.

Ramping Up Government Control of the Energy Sector.  If insanity consists of "doing the same thing over and over and expecting it to come out different," President Obama is surely mad.  He has spent four years funding green energy start-ups that have failed, one after another.  Now he wants to spend the next four years funding green energy firms that are again likely to fail.

Bankrupt Obama-stimulus recipient goes to the highest bidder, the highest bidder being China.  The problem here is that in the case of A123 Systems, a manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for electric cards, the Obama administration spoon-fed hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money into what they assured us was a guaranteed-successful endeavor at ushering in the glorious green-energy revolution and leading us down the path of ostensibly necessary energy independence.

Did the U.S. Constitution Promise a Chicken in Every Pot?  [Scroll down]  So every time the liberals like Obama try to regulate an industry, they intentionally try to stop the flow of commerce.  Obama thought he could make Green energy rise from the oceans and eliminate oil and coal and natural gas.  Obama thought he could make an electric car that would run on hot air rather than coal, natural gas, and nuclear.  Cap and trade is a tax on commerce.  Obama and the commies want to hinder U.S. Commerce in the name of carbon emissions.

Democrats Better Start Soul Searching.  We can't know quite what a second Obama term will bring, but if his first term is an indication, there's little reason to expect his party will be crowing. [...] On Friday [11/9/2012], citing ecological concerns, the administration closed off 1.6 million acres of federal land in western states from planned oil shale extraction.  An American energy boom lies in wait underground and Obama is determined to keep it there.

Barack H. Obama is doing everything he can to prevent this:
U.S. Oil Output to Overtake Saudi Arabia's by 2020.  U.S. oil output is poised to surpass Saudi Arabia's in the next decade, making the world's biggest fuel consumer almost self-reliant and putting it on track to become a net exporter, the International Energy Agency said.  Growing supplies of crude extracted through new technology including hydraulic fracturing of underground rock formations will transform the U.S. into the largest producer for about five years starting about 2020, the Paris-based adviser to 28 nations said today [11/12/2012] in its annual World Energy Outlook.

Obama Administration Mandates Oil Firms Hire Sea Turtle Observers.  The Department of Interior (DOI) is requiring private oil companies to hire marine mammal and sea turtle monitors if the companies are granted a lease to drill offshore.  A marine mammal observer's job is to watch for whales, dolphins, and similar sea creatures and to advise on minimizing the underwater noise created by offshore drilling, which can affect the sea mammals.

As many as 50 Obama-backed green energy companies bankrupt or troubled.  The October bankruptcy of solar company Satcon Technology Corp. puts the number of bankrupt or troubled green energy companies as high as 50, according to one estimate.

President Obama's Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Failures.  The government's picking winners and losers in the energy market has cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and the rate of failure, cronyism, and corruption at the companies receiving the subsidies is substantial.  The fact that some companies are not under financial duress does not make the policy a success.  It simply means that our taxpayer dollars subsidized companies that would've found the financial support in the private market.

Betting on Green.  President Barack Obama appears to be doubling down on his policies of using taxpayer money to finance green energy investments despite an increasingly spotty track record.

President Obama's Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Failures.  The government's picking winners and losers in the energy market has cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and the rate of failure, cronyism, and corruption at the companies receiving the subsidies is substantial.  The fact that some companies are not under financial duress does not make the policy a success.  It simply means that our taxpayer dollars subsidized companies that would've found the financial support in the private market.

Good news: Interior Department creating their very own climate-change committee.  I'd bet big money that this is not going to be a dispassionate, balanced committee looking for ways to keep bureaucrats noses out of Americans' private property and businesses; rather, it's going to 'inform' the Interior Department's already-made-up collective mind with contrived reasons to further regulate, control, and acquire land.

Interior Dept. creates climate change committee.  The Obama administration is creating an advisory committee on climate change to advise the federal government on future operations.  The Interior Department announced the new bureaucracy in a recent federal registry notice along with a call for nominations by Nov. 19 to seat the 25-member board.  The notice specifically states membership will be comprised of state and local government employees, non-governmental organizations, Native American tribes, academia, individual landowners and business interests.

Obama: Carbon 'Eating Our Planet,' 'A Threat to Our Children's Future'.  President Barack Obama warned his supporters about the threat of global warming and vowed that more money to subsidize green energy firms would prevent it.  "By the way, yes, my plan will reduce the carbon pollution that is eating our planet because climate change is not a hoax," Obama said at a campaign rally at the Bank United Arena at the University of Miami.

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I find it almost impossible to imagine how a sane person could conclude that carbon dioxide (or anything else) could be "eating the planet".

A "Mean Green", Obama Wages War Against Cheap Energy.  President Obama is a mean green.  Indeed, he sounds like one of their leaders when he tells us there is something wrong with Americans living so comfortably when there are poor nations in the world.  In his words:  "We can't drive our SUVs and, you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes, you know, 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that every other country is going to say OK ... [when we] keep using 25 percent of the world's energy."  Given that Obama disapproves of Americans' affluence, it isn't surprising that he appointed one of the meanest greens of all to be his science advisor — John Holdren, who comes from the extreme branch of environmentalism that openly advocates the "de-development" of the United States.

The president decides to stick with climatism.  Who can blame the president for sticking with the theory of man-made global warming?  Most of his leading advisors, including Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, science guru John Holdren and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, warn that mankind is destroying the climate.  The EPA campaign to halt CO2 emissions from power plants, new vehicle mileage standards, subsidies for wind turbines and electric cars, the Solyndra solar cell debacle, the banning of incandescent light bulbs, the looming California high-speed rail boondoggle and ethanol vehicle fuel mandates are all policies driven by climatism.

Obama Energy official coordinated message with Center for American Progress, emails show.
The Green Tape Letters.  An Obama administration official actively collaborated with a prominent left-wing think tank in 2011 to advance the president's green energy agenda, in possible violation of federal law, emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.

Where Are the Solar Panels Mr. President?  On June 20, 1979 President Jimmy Carter installed 32 solar panels, used to heat water, on the White House roof.  In 1986 under the Reagan administration those panels were taken down for a routine roof resurfacing and never returned.  However, in 2010, President Obama announced he was bringing solar panels back to the White House roof, which the administration said were slated for installation by the spring of 2011.

Obama sells old ideas as new.  [Scroll down]  Oh, but what about all his innovative ideas for green energy: faster trains local governments don't want and electric cars consumers won't buy?  The New York Times reports that the electric car "has long been recognized as the ideal solution" because it is "cleaner and quieter" and "much more economical."  The Times reported that in 1911.  Obama has turned his back on nuclear power while investing massively in a technological breakthrough pioneered by Heron of Alexandria in the first century:  the windmill.

689 Reasons to Defeat Barack Obama.  [For example,]
457. "Cap and trade."
458. "Electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."
459. The war on coal.
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470. Ener1 received a $118.5 million grant from the Department of Energy.  It went bankrupt in January.
471. BrightSource received $1.6 billion in guarantees and turned it into a $177 million loss.
472. Beacon Power received $43 million in loan guarantees.  It's now bankrupt.
473. ECOtality received $126.2 million of taxpayers' money.  It posted $45 million in losses and will never be profitable.
474. Abound Solar received $400 million in loan guarantees to build photovoltaic-panel factories.  The company has filed for bankruptcy and laid off all 305 of its employees.

Obama order targets industrial efficiency, emissions.  President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Thursday [8/30/2012] that would increase the number of cogeneration plants in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2020, a move that would boost U.S. industrial energy efficiency and slash carbon emissions by 150 million tons per year.  The order is the administration's latest effort to deploy cleaner and more efficient energy production in the country by working around political resistance to climate change and "green" energy legislation on Capitol Hill.

The Editor says...
The Reuters writer goes to great lengths to avoid stating the obvious:  Even if this scheme succeeds, it will drive up the cost of doing business, discouraging new businesses in the process, and save the consumer only about three dollars a month.

Obama's $107 billion transportation plan: Trains and roads to nowhere.  If Obama was actually spending all this money on roads and bridges designed to get you to work and home quicker, then maybe this transportation spending explosion would be worth it.  But he's not.  In 2009, the highway trust fund spent $52.7 billion, but only 62 percent of that went to general purpose roads and safety programs.  The rest was diverted into pet liberal causes like trolleys, bicycles, buses, scenic byways, historic covered bridges and "community preservation."  And those are the dollars that are supposed to be going to highways.  The rest of Obama's transportation spending is even more wasteful.

Obama uses green pork to push the swing states:
Nuclear's Dilemma: Few Jobs, Just Energy.  Last week, Environmental Entrepreneurs, a trade group, announced that wind and solar projects around the country had created 34,409 new jobs around the country in the second quarter of 2012, with high concentrations in California, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, and Colorado.  GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney immediately countered this by visiting Ohio's coal country, promising to protect the industry from the Obama Administration' "War on Coal."

"Clean Energy" Is Obama-Speak for Crony Government.  As I noted back in January in my column on Obama's green robber barons, my scouring of White House visitor logs showed nine visits from Illinois-based Exelon's CEO John Rowe, who met with the president and former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel multiple times.  The clean energy company's deep ties had already been illuminated by several other business publications, including Forbes and Crain's.  Frank M. Clark, the veteran lobbyist who runs Exelon's Commonwealth Edison, the largest electric utility in Illinois, is a top Obama adviser and fundraiser dating back to the former community organizer's Illinois State Senate days.  Longtime Obama campaign guru David Axelrod worked as a consultant to Exelon.  And Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped create Exelon — where he raked in more than $16 million over two years.

Obama "Green Energy" Scandals Widen as Lawmakers Probe Deeper.  The Obama administration and its Energy Department are under fire over controversial "green energy" schemes yet again, with Republican lawmakers alleging on August 15 that senior officials may have violated federal law by attempting to conceal records using private e-mail accounts.  Last week, the House Oversight Committee also requested more information from President Obama about his personal involvement in funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to politically connected companies such as Solyndra that later failed.

If You Like Obama's Failed Policies, Vote for Him.  [Barack Obama's] policies are enormously destructive to our coal, oil, nuclear energy and natural gas industries, but he shows no signs of letting up, even though these policies are also manifestly destroying American jobs and otherwise harming the economy. [...] While sabotaging our reliable energy sources, he is also throwing as much federal money as he can at failed green energy projects, which are so ill-conceived that a reasonable person might conclude his goal is to waste money.  Solyndra wasn't the only such failed enterprise, as we've shown.  There were a dozen others, and despite these failures and the unconscionable waste, he has revealed nothing but a defiant determination to double down and spend more on other such projects.  It's mind-blowing. House Wants Info on Obama's Involvement in Green Energy Subsidies.  New government e-mails show stark division among top White House and Obama administration officials regarding federal subsidies to green energy companies, prompting Congress to seek more information about what President Barack Obama knew and how involved he was regarding the largely failed strategy of doling out money to wind, solar and other alternative energy companies.

The Mother of All Hoaxes.  The U.S. is floating on an ocean of oil, but for now it can only be extracted from lands owned privately because the Obama administration has done everything in its power to restrict access to it on federally owned lands and, of course, the billions of barrels locked up off-shore.  In exactly the same way that the Obama administration has presided over the loss of billions in subsidies and loan guarantees for the solar panel companies or the ridiculous costs of wind power industry compared to a single coal-burning plant, at the heart of it all has been the claim the global warming is caused by "greenhouse gas" emissions, carbon dioxide, that imperil the Earth.

Temperatures up, lights out across America.  The Obama administration's war against fossil fuels and infatuation with renewable energy have exacerbated the shortage of generating capacity.  For example, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards in December that sharply limit emissions of mercury and other pollutants from the nation's coal- and oil-burning power plants.  If the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology Rule is implemented as proposed, more than 60 coal-fired power plants, currently generating enough electricity to supply 22 million households, likely will be shut down because retrofitting would not be economical.  Forthcoming rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants will likely shutter additional units.

More Taxpayer Dollars Lost In Green Energy Venture.  It turns out that the Department of Energy (DOE) has lost at least $500,000 worth of equipment for a special alternative energy program that got nearly $2 billion from the president's disastrous stimulus.  Remember, the $787 billion plan that was supposed to jump start the economy and put Americans back to work but instead lost billions to fraud and abuse?  In any case, it turns out that the DOE has blown more than half the money — around $1.2 billion — earmarked for the special "advanced batteries and hybrid components program" that is supposed to "support the construction of U.S. based battery and electric drive component manufacturing plants."  In all, 30 manufacturers (undoubtedly, politically connected) got cash from the Obama DOE to complete the task.

Obama Pledges More Taxpayer Dollars For Green Energy.  Speaking at a July 16 campaign event in Cincinnati, Ohio, President Obama insisted that he does not make the same mistake twice, and that he would remain steadfast in his efforts to subsidize the "green" energy industry.  "I don't know about you, but in my life what I've found, you know, sometimes I do boneheaded things, I make mistakes," Obama conceded.  "I find, when I try something that doesn't work, then I don't try it again.  I don't — you don't go back to doing something that didn't work."  Soon after, the president promised that he would continue to "invest" in alternative-energy technology if he is reelected in November.

Subsidized failure: Obama bankruptcies and green cronyism.  When you subsidize something, you get more of it — and the Obama administration has been funding failure.  The lights may have gone out on his uneconomic solar firms, but the money trail is still visible.  Billions of taxpayer dollars were wasted while President Barack Obama's well-connected friends benefited.

Obama Administration Heralds Green Investments as 'Progressing and Succeeding'.  The Obama administration's investments in clean energy include a number of successes, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney asserted Tuesday [7/17/2012].  However, a review of the federally subsidized green companies finds that most have either filed for bankruptcy or made massive layoffs.  Carney responded to a question about criticism from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney regarding the $535 million Department of Energy loan to the politically connected Solyndra solar panel firm that filed for bankruptcy last fall before being raided by the FBI.

The Air Force is spending 16 times as much as it needs to.
U.S. Air Force tests biofuel at $59 per gallon.  The U.S. Navy angered Republicans by spending $26 a gallon for biofuels for this week's Great Green Fleet demonstration, but the Air Force received little attention when it paid twice as much per gallon to test synthetic jet fuel last month.  The Air Force bought 11,000 gallons of alcohol-to-jet fuel from Gevo Inc, a Colorado biofuels company, at $59 a gallon in a program aimed at proving that new alternative fuels can be used reliably in military aircraft — once, that is, their pricing is competitive with petroleum, which now costs $3.60 a gallon.

Inhofe: Navy 'publicity stunt' squandered millions, put sailors' lives at risk.  While lawmakers on Capitol Hill were struggling to find a solution to the threat of sequestration, the Navy spent more than $12 million at the Rim of the Pacific exercise painting ships, printing hats and transporting fuel to parade the Navy's Great Green Fleet in front of thousands of spectators and foreign military observers.

Caught in a green crossfire.  In reality, the only thing "green" about [President Obama's] ideologically driven energy policies is the money leaving our wallets.  Mr. Obama's energy policy isn't about serving American consumers.  It's about appeasing environmentalists and crony capitalists whom the President is counting on for his reelection campaign.

Administration Caving to Fringe Environmental Lobby.  On the campaign trail Barack Obama is taking care to hit all the right chords on job creation.  But, when its feet were held to the fire this year, the Administration sided with special interests and the environmental lobby instead of providing Americans with surefire jobs.

U.S. Navy Sails the Ocean Green.  On Friday June 29 a U.S. Navy carrier strike group set sail from Puget Sound to participate in "Rim of the Pacific" maneuvers.  More than 20 nations are involved in the six-week maneuvers, which featured a key difference for the American fleet.  The carriers had filled up on biofuel at a cost of nearly $27 a gallon, more than seven times as high as the usual $3.60 a gallon of conventional fuel.  The massive cost increase is the result of President Obama linking the national security of the United States to his own environmental agenda.

Obama Administration to Spend $20 Million on Green Energy Plan — For Africa.  The U.S. government is spending $20 million to "help clean energy projects in Africa get started."  Those projects include wind farms and solar panels, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced at the recent Rio+20 Conference in Brazil.  But the government watchdog Judicial Watch criticized the spending as wasteful, given the administration's track record in trying to pick green energy winners.

Navy's Green Initiative: Costly and Not So Green.  The Obama administration intends to spend another $62 million for the Navy to "go green" with biofuels, but GOP lawmakers contend the cost is simply too high.  The White House announced on Monday that it would be launching two new biofuel research and development programs that would permit the Navy, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Energy to offer $30 million in matching funds to support "drop-in" biofuel research and development.  "Drop-in" biofuels are those which can be used in current infrastructure, making their implementation easier and more cost-efficient.  Funding for the drop-in fuels is found in the Defense Production Act, which seeks to increase national security by utilizing domestic energy.

Obama's Green Energy Failures Continue To Abound.  Another stimulus-backed solar panel maker, one the president touted in a weekly radio address, is filing for bankruptcy.  The administration's green-energy efforts continue to grow a deeper shade of red.

Solyndra foe trains sights on Cape Wind.  The congressman who led the Capitol Hill probe into the collapse of taxpayer-backed Solyndra is calling for an investigation of Cape Wind amid accusations federal air-safety officials caved under political pressure — saying both projects bear the mark of an overbearing White House pushing green power at all costs.

Export Natural Gas to Create Jobs.  Does President Obama care more about jobs for Americans or about his own re-election chances?  A decision last week on natural gas exports provides the answer.  On Monday [5/28/2012], the White House announced that it would postpone a decision until after the election on whether to allow natural gas exports to non-Free Trade Agreement countries.  While this is just one of a thousand decisions Obama has postponed for political reasons, it is an important one.  It puts hundreds of thousands of good jobs at risk. [...] The only reason, it turns out, why the president is blocking LNG exports is his quaking fear of the environmental lobby.

The EPA vs. energy.  So far large ships, submarines and electrical power plants have been able to run on nuclear fission, but not cars, busses, trucks, trains or airplanes; and due to environmental objections no nuclear plant has been constructed in 30 years while the EPA forces coal-fired plants to close. [...] In a world where industrial progress and social, physical and material well-being are dependent on a stable and increasing energy supply it is foolish to hobble advancement with environmental rules based partly on junk science, but to be frank, mostly on political expediency of catering to environmental kooks.  The current administration has done its best to demonize oil companies while wasting billions of dollars on "green energy" projects that are years away from being any meaningful power source and more importantly can never replace fossil fuels...

Department of Energy "Junk Loans" and Cronyism, Part One.  While the media was "tripping out" over Energy Secretary Chu giving himself "an A grade on controlling the cost of gasoline at the pump" during his testimony before a House panel last month, they missed the real scandal!  As insulting as that seems (especially since gas prices have significantly increased under Chu's watch), Gene Koprowski of The Daily Caller unleashed the most outrageous part of the House Oversight's investigation — "Obama energy officials funded solar firms despite 'junk bond' ratings from S&P and Fitch."  Koprowski detailed the Department of Energy's (DOE) lack of caution in backing hundreds of millions of dollars in loans for "tainted solar power projects."

Y2Kyoto: Rise Of The Green Reich.  Not a minute too soon, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that it is creating "environmental justice" units that will be empowered to oversee regulations in conjunction with local governments throughout the country.  The framework for the Environmental Justice Working Group includes eleven federal government agencies, including the TSA, the Secret Service and FEMA.

The folly of E15 anti-hydrocarbon policies.  The Obama Administration's anti-hydrocarbon ideology and "renewable" energy mythology continues to subsidize crony capitalists and the politicians they help keep in office — on the backs of American taxpayers, ratepayers and motorists.

More fracking red tape.  The message from the marketplace is that the trendy, feel-good "green" power sources don't sell.  The White House response is to generate restrictions ensuring natural gas and other affordable fossil fuels don't, either.

Obama Administration Honors 78 Schools for Educating 'Tomorrow's Environmental Leaders'.  The Obama administration on Monday [4/23/2012] recognized 78 schools across the nation for their efforts to promote a "green" environment — and train budding environmental activists for "jobs of the future."  "Science, environmental and outdoor education play a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education, helping prepare them for the jobs of the future," said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.  He schools that focus on the environment can help students build "real-world skillsets."

Oh, boy!  Green collar jobs for everyone!

Obama wants 469 million to fight overseas global warming.  The science remains divided, but the Obama administration has gone all-in with endorsing man-made global warming, even funding efforts to help quell the potential for climate changing catastrophes — including terrorism — in Africa and South America.  The White House is seeking $469 million in tax dollars to dump into green programs on those continents, initiatives ranging from helping farmers preserve pastureland to helping women who can't afford to move from hot and dry areas made worse by global warming.

Where Are the Rolling Heads from NOAA?  [Scroll down]  A special master appointed by the IG found that [Larry] Yacobian had been treated unfairly.  The government returned $400,000 to Mr. Yacobian, and the Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, apologized personally.  But nobody has ever been punished.  Why?  Because the NOAA outrages are based on cronyism and fully condoned by our current brand of Big Government.  Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the person who decides on reward or punishment at NOAA, is an environmental superstar and Obama's favorite eco-zealot.  Dr. Lubchenco, with the cognizance and support of the president, has filled the upper management of NOAA with like-minded eco-zealots.  They are knowingly and purposefully shrinking the fishing fleet, driving hardworking Americans out of business and out of work to consolidate the industry.

The Big Green Money Machine — how anti-fishing activists are taking over NOAA.  For the first time in at least a century, U.S. fishermen won't take too much of any species from the sea, one of the nation's top fishery scientists says."  This is from an article written by Jay Lindsay for the Associated Press and the top fishery scientist is Steve Murawski, who retired early in 2011 as Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor at NOAA Fisheries.  So why are so-called "marine conservationists," ENGOs, the handful of billion dollar foundations that support them and the upper echelons at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce still claiming that radical surgery is needed to "save" our fisheries?

Big Losses for Taxpayers as Another Green Company Turns Rotten.  In July of [2009], Beacon received $43 million in guarantees to help fund construction of a 20 megawatt flywheel energy storage plant in Stephentown, New York.  It took just 28 months for Beacon to burn through its government-guaranteed loans and declare bankruptcy.

Stimulus-Funded Solar Firm Cancels IPO.  BrightSource received a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Department of Energy, funds that were allocated in the $787 billion stimulus package passed in 2009.  The largest investor in Brightsource (with a 25 percent stake) is VantagePoint Venture Partners, a firm whose principal, Sanjay Wagle, helped raised millions for President Obama's campaign in 2008 and even served as a "renewable energy grants adviser" at the DOE.

Obama's Back To The Future Energy Policy.  Shortly after taking office, President Obama gutted a $1.2 billion Bush administration R&D program designed to bring hydrogen-fueled cars to market. [...] An Energy Department advisory panel reported last year that the technology wasn't a "distant dream," and that Japan, Korea, China and the EU were "aggressively" investing in hydrogen cars with plans to commercialize them in 2015.  But Obama decided instead to invest billions of dollars in electric cars — a technology that dates back more than 150 years but has yet to succeed commercially.

Why isn't anyone talking about the failure of Obama's 'Green Economy?'  Obama's promises on green energy in 2008 made him sound modern, forward looking, even cool.  But the truth was there for anyone who cared to see it; most of his program — including the $90 billion for green energy in the stim bill — was unrealistic and deceptive.  It's not clear that all that money added a significant amount of renewable electrical generation to the national grid that wouldn't have been built in the first place, and plenty of evidence that much of it was misdirected (Solyndra and many other loan recipients as well as money for job training gone to waste).

Green Obama's latest: airport biofields.  John Deere combines will be landing at the nation's 15,079 airports soon if President Obama and his green energy team get their way.  Seemingly dead set against drilling for more fossil fuels, the administration is eyeing an unusual idea of turning airports into biofuel producers, planting grasses that can be brewed into ethanol.  But there's a hitch:  they first have to figure out which grasses won't attract deer and birds that could get in the way of fast-moving aircraft.

The Editor says...
Once again, the tree-hugging earth-worshiping big-government environmentalists apparently haven't considered the potential unintended consequences:  Grass doesn't attract birds, but bugs do.  Suppose the birds show up to feast on the bugs, an airplane makes a noisy takeoff, the birds take flight right into the engines, and the plane crashes.  Then what have you gained?  America has no shortage of wide-open spaces (on government property or elsewhere) on which to perform such experiments.  Only a fool would think that an airport is a good place to grow crops.

Senators Call Obama On His Energy Lies.  The Obama administration's energy policies have been a disaster for America. Obama appointed a Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, who shared Obama's desire that fossil fuel prices increase, so that it would be more expensive for you to drive your car, heat your home, buy groceries, power your laptop, and so on.  Obama wanted higher prices in order to reduce carbon emissions and to enrich the Democratic Party fat cats who dominate the "green" energy industry.  The administration has carried out its policy of higher fossil fuel costs by reducing exploration for oil on federal lands, imposing draconian standards on coal-fired power plants, banning normal light bulbs, and countless other measures large and small.

Obama Requests $770 Million to Fight Global Warming Overseas.  The Obama administration has requested $770 million in federal funds to combat the effects of global warming in developing countries, a new congressional report details, continuing its policy of using foreign aid to combat the effects of global warming in the developing world.

The Editor says...
(1)  "The effects of global warming" are zero at the moment, since global warming stopped in 1998.  (2) The United States is not the babysitter of "the developing world."  It is not up to us to make the rest of the world comfortable.

My Diminished Capacity to Understand Obama's Clean Energy Policy.  In my ignorance, I thought that subsidies are dictated by and for special interests not by economic rationality.  I also believed that Solyndra and SunPower were not aberrations but representative of what is going on in Secretary Chu's and Obama's energy department.  What I fool I have been. ... Now that I understand the error of my ways, I have resisted the urge to return my Ph.D. in economics to Harvard University, resign my research professorship at a prestigious German economic research institute, and return my endowed chair in economics.

Faith-Based Energy Policy.  Americans remember that [President Obama's] team boasted about wanting higher energy costs in 2008, when Obama was still basking in hope-and-change adulation.  Energy Secretary-designate Steven Chu, who doesn't own a car, pontificated about wanting higher American gasoline prices, hoping they would somehow reach European levels.  Candidate Obama breezily warned of skyrocketing energy prices — the necessary cost of his planned cap-and-trade, anti-global-warming legislation.  Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado, who was soon to become interior secretary, bragged that even if gas reached $10 a gallon, he would not vote to open up new federal offshore oil leases.

Obama's Algae Racket.  Pond scum stinks.  And so do the Obama administration's enormous, taxpayer-funded "investments" in politically connected biofuel companies.  While the president embarks on a green rehabilitation tour this week to quell growing public outrage about big green boondoggles, the White House continues to cultivate a cozy algae racket.

Obama sticks with solar despite setbacks.  Given the steady stream of disappointments and even some scandals that have emanated from the green-energy stimulus programs of the Obama administration, one might expect to see the president shy away from the subject.  But today [3/21/2012], despite the ongoing problems with firms like Solyndra, the politically connected California solar-panel maker that tanked shortly after receiving more than $500 million in federal loans, and a string of bad news from taxpayer-backed green energy programs, the president is doubling down on solar energy.

Obama donors stand to profit from president's latest green energy fixation.
Algae Alimony.  Solazyme, a San Francisco-based firm that specializes in the plant matter, has received more than $25 million in federal grants and contracts as part of Obama administration's controversial stimulus package, and is poised to receive millions more as part of the president's recent efforts to promote green biofuels such as algae.  The firm employs a former member of the Obama-Biden transition team who, according to one online bio, "played a key role in developing the energy provisions in the economic stimulus bill."

Global warming greed.  It's only now becoming clear how many people have become rich thanks to the global-warming scare. ... The Government Accountability Office (GAO) counted a whopping 641 programs in place at 130 federal agencies in 2010 to prop up windmill technology and underwrite solar panel manufacturers.  The report released Tuesday [3/13/2012] didn't include a reliable estimate of the total cost to taxpayers.  The auditors found the array of loans, tax credits, agency purchases of purportedly green vehicles and the cost of regulations would take a great deal of effort to tally.

Liberal Illiberalism.  [Scroll down]  When Barack Obama both calls for "skyrocketing" energy prices, and on his first January day in office turns up the West Wing thermostat to tropical temperatures, then there is a sort of immorality implicit in his entire ideology.  At least Jimmy Carter put on a sweater and turned down the temperature to match his malaise rhetoric.

Top 10 Obama energy blunders.  Canadian energy producers want to sell the United States an abundance of oil, if only President Obama gives the go-ahead to build the Keystone Pipeline XL.  However, the President has chosen his deep-pocketed environmental backers over U.S. energy needs (and thousands of jobs for American workers).

Big Lies on Big Oil.  First, let's look at the raw numbers and then examine Obama's misleading framing of the issue.  This is important because he uses these statistics to justify his reckless expenditure of federal funds to pursue alternative "green" energy sources, such as the disgraceful and scandalous Solyndra project.

Obama undermines coal.  The genius of the free market is that it provides consumers with more for less.  That principle is turned on its head in the Obama era, as Americans face the prospect of getting less for more when it comes to powering their homes and workplaces.  In a poor economy, that's bad news for folks who've already tightened their belts to the final hole.  Cheers went up last week from the self-proclaimed green lobby, including the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, as they reached a milestone in their quest to drive up the cost of America's fossil fuels.

Obama Is Betting The Ranch On Renewable Energy.  With his focus on alternative energy,Obama has ramped this number up to levels not seen before.  This strategy is a payoff to environmentalists.  Obama will tout his spending record this fall.  This is a "positive" message; and will probably get him votes.

Oil is 'the fuel of the past', says President Obama.  President Barack Obama on Wednesday [6/7/2012] dismissed oil as "the fuel of the past" as he made an unapologetic election-year pitch for his alternative energy industry policies and sniped at Republicans over painfully high gasoline prices.  "They get out on the campaign trail — and you and I both know there are no quick fixes to this problem — but listening to them, you'd think there were," he said at a Daimler Truck manufacturing plant in the battleground state of North Carolina.

Obama's Driving Americans out of Cars.  Do rising gas prices distress the leading intellects in the Obama administration?  There is good reason to believe the opposite.  John Holdren is Obama's White House science and technology adviser.  In 1973, he joined with population control advocates Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich in writing an environmentalist manifesto titled "Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions."  It called for government action to find "alternative activities" for the auto industry.

Networks Skip Obama Administration Admission: 'Overall Goal' Not to Get Price of Gas Down.  The three networks have, thus far, skipped Tuesday's revelation by Energy Secretary Steven Chu that the "overall goal" of the Obama administration isn't to get gas prices down.  This is despite the fact that ABC, NBC and CBS have previously focused on the rising gasoline prices in general.  Politico reported, Tuesday [2/28/2012], "The Energy Department isn't working to lower gasoline prices directly, Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday after a Republican lawmaker scolded him for his now-infamous 2008 comment that gas prices in the U.S. should be as high as in Europe."

Rogers rips EPA chief over coal permits.  The powerful Republican head of the House Appropriations Committee got rough with President Obama's environmental chief over the Environmental Protection Agency's coal mine permitting process on Wednesday [2/29/2012].  The wood-paneled committee hearing room suddenly seemed like a small-town courtroom as Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) turned prosecutorial on EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.  At one point, after Jackson fumbled when trying to name any Appalachian mines she had permitted during her tenure, Rogers declared "I rest my case!"

Like the Price of Gas? Just Wait!  Obama's controversial EPA chief, Lisa Jackson, has pushed through the agency a passel of new regulations that will raise the cost of electricity dramatically over the next three years. ... Obama himself forewarned us when he was running for office.  As he said in January of 2008, "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."

Dying to be Green.  When Obama's energy secretary communicates that he has no interest in lowering the price of gasoline, instead focusing on energy efficiency and clean energy, he's following the same inhumane line which has made it so expensive to drive a car or heat a home in Europe. ... Stalin killed millions to industrialize the Soviet Union.  The New Left will kill millions to deindustrialize the West.

What is the US President Talking About?  [Scroll down]  The phrase "carbon pollution" is another goalpost move and means [President Obama] won't stop because it is fundamental to his goals of undermining the US economy, expanding government control and redistributing wealth.  His use of the term carbon pollution is a measure of the desperation.  He, like too many others, uses carbon incorrectly.  It's a non-metallic solid element coming from the Latin word carbo (meaning coal).  He is actually talking about CO2, which is a gas.  Carbon is a much better political term because people associate it with coal and especially soot — clearly dirty and undesirable.  We should reduce the amount of soot going in to the atmosphere and, apart from China, significant advances have occurred.  Scrubber technology has been available for a long time; if he really wants to help, he should then encourage in every way possible its application.

Obama Vilifies Fossil Fuels.  At the very same time that the shale revolution is saving the economy hundreds of millions of dollars per day, directly creating tens of thousands of jobs, decreasing the need for foreign oil, and spurring growth in manufacturing that will lead to billions of dollars of new investment and still more jobs, the president is bashing the oil-and-gas sector.  Not only that, but in Obama's new budget, he continues to insist that "clean energy" will drive America's future competitiveness.

Obama Skins the Cat.  Much of White House policy is driven by pathological fear of global warming and the unreasonable compulsion to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, a non-toxic natural constituent of the atmosphere and an absolute necessity for the survival of plants, animals, and humans.  Never mind that there's no significant evidence that any recent warming has been caused by CO2 increases — or indeed, that any such warming would endanger human health and welfare.  In addition, it should be quite obvious that any attempt by the U.S. to reduce its emissions unilaterally is an exercise in futility and self-delusion:  it would have little measurable impact on the ongoing rise of global atmospheric CO2 and would certainly not affect climate in any way.

Obama's Imaginary Solutions To Real Problems.  In 2010, the U.S. produced about 138 billion gallons of gasoline.  At $3.00/gallon, that's a market worth north of $400 billion annually.  Obama's magical solution?  Spending $0.085 billion on researching algal fuels now with a proposed increase to this research of $0.014 billion.  He says algal fuels can replace "up to" 17% of a $400 billion revenue stream yet proposes to invest $0.099 billion to achieve this?  We either need to be investing several orders of magnitude more in this miracle technology or zero.

The High Priests of Eco-Destruction.  It's not just big-ticket scandals like the stimulus-subsidized Solyndra bankruptcy or the Keystone pipeline debacle bedeviling America.  In every corner of the Obama administration, the radical green machinery is hard at work — destroying jobs, shredding truth and sacrificing our economic well-being at the altar of environmentalism.

Growing Solyndra Green Scandal Is Just One of Many.  Outrageous bonuses and White House stonewalling guarantee that the Solyndra scandal, in which betting on green lost taxpayers $535 million, won't go away.  But Solyndra is no isolated failure.

Obama Vows to 'Double Down' on Green Investments Despite Solyndra and Volt Flop.  Despite some green energy failures, such as the bankrupt Solyndra solar panel company and weak-selling Chevy Volt, President Barack Obama said that he wanted to "double down" on green energy spending, and would do what he could even without Congress to subsidize these companies.

The Endless Party of the Party-Master-in-Chief.  The federal government, meanwhile, parties on at the Green Energy Bash, dumping millions of dollars into Solyndra and its ilk, while increasing subsidies on a short-range electric car that nobody wants and that apparently bursts into flames in certain situations.  Sure, a study in Spain discovered that for every "Green" job created, two non-green jobs were lost, but who cares?  It's a party!  At a party, you can ignore reality, close yourself off to the outside world, and pretend your worries away.

The California wind boondoggle.  Writing at Forbes, Larry Bell paddles through the next wave of Solyndra disasters coming our way from the Obama Administration:  a 65-percent taxpayer-subsidized windmill project in Indiana that will create 35 jobs at a cost of $16.3 million apiece, the Administration's decision to waste increasingly scarce defense dollars by forcing the Navy to buy ridiculously expensive biofuel, and of course the growing flood of taxpayer dollars being poured into that 21st-century Edsel, the Chevy Volt.

Voodoo environomics.  President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline wasn't, as he claimed, based on science or the environment.  It certainly wasn't based on sound economic policy, either.  The decision was, in fact, the product of voodoo environomics:  a destructive blend of bad science based on fear-mongering and manipulated research, the bad economics of green-job fantasies and "starve the beast" energy politics.

Obama Forms New "Climate" Coalition Led by UN.  The Obama administration announced without congressional approval Thursday [2/16/2012] that it was forming a new international coalition overseen by the United Nations, supposedly in an effort to fight "climate change" by regulating certain types of emissions.  Dubbed the "Climate and Clean Air Coalition," the emerging alliance includes the governments ruling Mexico, Bangladesh, Canada, Sweden, and Ghana.

For some people, Obama isn't far enough to the left!
Big Donor Deserts Obama Over Climate Change.  President Obama has lost the financial support of San Francisco philanthropist Susie Tompkins Buell, one of the Democratic Party's most generous benefactors, who says the president has "not been vocal enough" on climate change, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Thursday [2/16/2012].  Also on Thursday, the U.S. State Department announced a $15-million climate change initiative ($12 million from the U.S.) to reduce "short-lived climate pollutants."

How Obama learned to manufacture the 'truth':  The Obama administration's blueprint for control of the United States of America comes directly from the world's richest and best marketed environmental organization: Greenpeace. ... There is no stopping Greenpeace, which is kept afloat by millions of dollars in public contributions from gullible people who bought the version of Greenpeace as Peter Pans of the ocean out there saving the whales.  There is no stopping Obama, whose lies are carried as truth by a massive mainstream media.

Obama hikes subsidy to wealthy electric car buyers.  The White House intends to boost government subsidies for wealthy buyers of the Chevy Volt and other new-technology vehicles — to $10,000 per buyer.  That mammoth subsidy would cost taxpayers $100 million each year if it is approved by Congress, presuming only 10,000 new-technology autos are sold each year.  But the administration wants to get 1 million new-tech autos on the road by 2015.  The subsidy cost of that goal could reach $10 billion.

Solyndra Tip of Iceberg — Tens of Billions Yet to Come.  Dan Kish of the Institute for Energy Research, says the Obama administration's investment of taxpayer dollars into his own idea of a green initiative is a "great business model if you have no scruples."  Solyndra is just the tip of the iceberg, he says in this interview clip with Ginni Thomas.

Obama's budget doubles down on renewable energy.  President Obama's fiscal 2013 budget request doubles down on renewable energy amid growing Republican attacks on the administration's green agenda.

You want jobs? Approve the pipeline.  So what will it be, real jobs, real infrastructure improvements, expanded trade with Canada and more energy for America, or will it be political obstruction of the highest order to satisfy the country's extreme green wing?

The Great Keystone XL Pipeline Massacre.  What the Great Keystone XL Pipeline Presidential Massacre of 2012 affirms is the president's out-of-touch energy policy:  Oil is bad.  The sun and wind are good.  This policy, of course, is dumb and dumber.  After whacking the pipeline, Mr. Obama would have us believe that more time and more environmental studies need to be conducted.  What a convenient political move, what a convenient lie.

Obama vows no backing down on clean energy.  President Barack Obama on Tuesday [1/24/2012] pledged that he would not back down on efforts to boost clean energy, warning that the United States risked being left behind by China and Germany.  But in a nod to political realities, Obama acknowledged in his annual State of the Union address that the deeply divided Congress would not approve comprehensive legislation to fight climate change.

An Administration's Green Fiascos Pile Up.  The Solyndra fiasco is the highest-profile of the president's many green failures, but it's hardly the only one.  Barely a week goes by but that we learn of yet another government-funded "clean energy" boondoggle.  Let's consider a few examples.

Natural gas sector set up by Obama to be sabotaged?  President Obama spoke of the role natural gas must play in America's energy future during his State of the Union address last week, but industry insiders fear it's merely lip service designed to distract from what they consider the administration's behind-the-scenes plan to sabotage the sector. ... At the same time the president boasts of the nation's vast shale gas deposits, his EPA is poised to make extracting that fuel much more difficult.  The agency will this year release a widely anticipated study on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the use of water, sand and chemical mixtures to crack underground rock and release huge quantities of gas.

Obama loves oil! Not!  If the President thinks he won any Greenie Points by kicking the Keystone XL pipeline down the road, he certainly lost them all — and probably then some — with his support for fracking and offshore drilling [in his State of the Union speech].  Radical environmentalists don't want to hear about energy security, objective risks, or practical safety measures:  they want to close down hydrocarbons as the work of the climate devil.

How Green Became Obama's Albatross.  Barack Obama may believe a lot of things, but he probably doesn't believe the Sierra Club is key to his re-election.  His decision to nix the Keystone XL pipeline will cost him votes but he did it anyway.

President Obama reveals who he really is — and this picture isn't pretty.  By rejecting the Keystone XL oil pipeline, President Obama did more than just pander to environmentalists.  He shredded attempts by his handlers to cast him as a pragmatic and reasonable man who can appeal to independent voters.  Instead, he stands naked as an ideologue willing to sacrifice workers on the altar of special-interest politics.

President Obama's job-killing environmental extremism.  The Keystone XL pipeline would have been a 1,700-mile pipeline transporting Canadian tar sands oil to Texas refineries for domestic use and export.  Tens of thousands of jobs for Americans in six U.S. states were expected to be created as part of this project.  The pipeline would have aided in reducing dependence on Middle Eastern oil, provided more oil for U.S. refineries and accelerated free trade with Canada.  But President Obama seems to be too busy pandering for green voters to worry about reducing unemployment.

Let's restore sanity to environmental reviews.  "The score is Job-Killers, two; American workers, zero.  We are completely and totally disappointed.  This is politics at its worst," Laborers International Union of North America President Terry O'Sullivan said last week following President Obama's decision to require more environmental study of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Unions weren't the only ones roundly criticizing Obama's transparent cave-in to environmental activists.  The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle and USA Today all condemned the decision too.

Obama Spends More Time Studying XL Pipeline than He Did Solyndra.  Stalling for time as a means to achieve an end is nothing new to this administration.  In the case of the intermountain west, forcing the energy industry into a holding pattern was a way to appease a vocal and angry environmental lobby.

Obama Administration Says No to Oil, Yes to Biofuels.  Two days after President Barack Obama blocked construction of a major oil pipeline, his administration is touting its efforts to expand domestic production of renewable energy.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday [1/20/2012] that his agency has approved a $25-million conditional loan guarantee to build a 55,000-square-foot biorefinery plant in Iowa.  The Fiberight facility will produce cellulosic ethanol by converting municipal solid waste and other industrial pulps into "advanced biofuels," the news release said.

Rejecting the Keystone pipeline is an act of insanity.  President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is an act of national insanity.  It isn't often that a president makes a decision that has no redeeming virtues and — beyond the symbolism — won't even advance the goals of the groups that demanded it.  All it tells us is that Obama is so obsessed with his reelection that, through some sort of political calculus, he believes that placating his environmental supporters will improve his chances.

Keystone symbolises what is wrong with US policy.  In his statement, the president complained about the "rushed and arbitrary deadline" for reaching a decision on the permit application imposed by congressional Republicans as part of the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act at the end of 2011. ... But TransCanada originally applied for a permit in 2008.  The federal government has had three years to consider the pipeline's impact including on health, safety and the environment.

Obama's bogus Keystone talking points.  The Keystone project has already been studied for three full years at a cost to TransCanada of $1.9 billion.  The State Department has already completed one entire Environmental Impact Statement.  Another Environmental Impact Statement will provide zero additional environmental protection to anyone.  But it will delay the project even further.  Another EIS would push construction back somewhere between one and six years at a cost of up to $2 million.

Only Obama and Big Green oppose Keystone pipeline.  All that stands between the start of work and the creation of thousands of good-paying jobs in America is a green light from President Obama.  But Obama fears angering thousands of campaign contributors and workers associated with the Big Green environmental movement, which rabidly opposes Keystone.  So he's waffled and delayed a decision until after the November 2012 election.

Keystone XL Pipeline And Jobs — Put Up Or Shut Up.  The day after the president announces he would reward businesses that bring jobs into the U.S., the Chamber of Commerce asks:  What about the pipeline from Canada that would bring both jobs and energy?

Obama Thanks EPA For 'Historic Progress'.  In an apparent attempt to shore up support from environmentalists ahead of the presidential election, President Barack Obama made a trip to the Environmental Protection Agency to thank employees for what he said was the "historic progress" they've made in protecting the environment.  "You protect the environment not just for our children but their children, and keep us moving toward energy independence," Mr. Obama said in a speech to about 200 employees at the EPA's headquarters in D.C.

Environmentalists battle the coal industry with regulations.  The United States has enormous coal resources and uses them to generate about 45 percent of the nation's electricity.  But environmentalists are attacking coal from both the production and consumption side in conjunction with their allies in the Obama administration.  The administration is only leasing about half as much coal production on federal lands as the Bush administration and is denying coal mining permits.  On private lands in the Eastern United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has curtailed surface mining permits by stating that such mining could undermine the quality of the local water.  EPA has also announced a flurry of new regulations which will result in massive coal unit retirements, expensive retrofitting of equipment needed to meet the new standards, and ultimately, much higher electricity prices from coal units or their replacement units.  Any way you slice it, the Obama administration is trying its best to end coal use in the United States.

Grand Canyon uranium put off-limits.  Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar placed a 20-year moratorium Monday [1/9/2012] on new uranium mining claims in the Grand Canyon region over the objections of Western Republicans, who insisted the ban would deliver an unnecessary blow to the Northern Arizona economy. ... Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and other Republicans immediately denounced the order, saying that it would cripple economic activity and energy production despite evidence that yellowcake uranium had been mined safely in the region for years.

Obama's Keystone XL Indecision Already Costing Jobs.  It didn't take long for President Obama's delaying of the Keystone XL pipeline to start having disastrous economic consequences.  Fox 16 reports from Little Rock, Ark., that 60 employees at a local steel pipe manufacturer are now out of work as a direct result of the President's indecision:  ["]Layoffs and a brief company shutdown is what employees face at Welspun Tubular Company, which makes steel pipes for the oil industry.["]

Obama's Delay On Keystone Carries A Large Cost.  In November, the White House announced it would delay deciding on the project until after next year's election.  Administration officials claim they need more time to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the $7 billion, 2,100-mile project to transport crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to major American refineries in the Gulf Coast.

Harvard's Deep Green Pockets.  [Scroll down]  At the Think Green event, Harvard Law professor Richard Lazarus lamented that President Obama used the phrase "climate change" or "global warming" in speeches 69 times in 2009, 73 times in 2010 and only once in 2011, leading to what he sees as "a crisis in environmental lawmaking" — his crisis being that nothing is happening.  In other words, climate legislation like Cap and Trade is dead.

Sen. Hatch calls Obama 'scaredy cat'.  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) accused President Obama of acting like a "scaredy cat" on the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline and says he's getting "pushed around" by environmentalists.

The Volt Administration.  The headline reads like a piece from the Onion:  "U.S. Navy Paying $15/Gallon for Green Fuel." ... "We are doing this for one simple reason," explained Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, "It makes us better war fighters.  Our use of fossil fuels is a very real threat to our national security and to the U.S. Navy's ability to protect America and project power overseas."  Really?  As long as a fuel makes the ships, planes and submarines go, how does using pricey biofuel mixtures improve the war fighting capacity of the Navy?

Navy blue goes green.  Even as the scientific validation of global-warming theory crumbles, adherents in Washington have dragooned the U.S. military into leading the charge toward renewable energy.  The Navy made headlines last week with the revelation that it has been ordered to purchase 450,000 gallons of biofuel to power its jet fighters.  Conventional jet fuel costs about $4 a gallon, but the biofuel made from fermented algae will set back the service about $16 a gallon.

Navy Biofuel Deal is 'Cost Prohibitive,' 'Another Solyndra,' Critics Say.  The Obama administration's deal to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuel for Navy jets comes at a cost of up to nine times higher than regular fuel, a spokesman for Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said, coming at a time when the U.S. military is already facing deep budget cuts.

Obama Insists He's 'All In' for Domestic Energy Production.  President Barack Obama, who punted a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline until after the presidential election, nevertheless insists that his administration has gone "all in" when it comes to domestic energy production.  He also flatly refused any give-and-take with Republicans to speed up the pipeline project.

DHS drafts 'environmental justice strategy'.  President Obama's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) outlined an "environmental justice strategy" that would review how a variety of DHS activities, from interaction with local governments to granting regulatory permits, affect poor and minority populations.  DHS defines environmental justice as "the commitment of the Federal Government ... to avoid placing disproportionately high and adverse effects on the human health and environment of minority populations and low-income populations."

Obama envoy: Green Climate Fund coming 'rapidly'.  President Obama's special envoy to the United Nations Climate Change conference said that a Green Climate Fund, reportedly funded in part through a financial currency tax that would hit Americans hardest, is "rapidly" approaching.  "We are in the international context going to be, hopefully, and I believe that this will be the case, rapidly setting up the Green Fund," Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change, told reporters at the UN conference.  "We will also be working hard to ramp up the funding that is supposed to reach a 100 billion dollars a year by 2020."

Report: Obama, UN to tax US for Green Climate Fund.  President Obama's team of negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference may agree to a tax on foreign currency transactions, designed to pay for a "Green Climate Fund," that would fall disproportionately on American travellers and businesses, according to a group attending the conference that is skeptical of the UN position on global warming.

The Tentacles of Obama's Green Cronyism Reach beyond the Department of Energy.  Much has already been revealed about the Obama administration's cronyism when it comes to the Department of Energy.  80% of Department of Energy green loans are tied to President Obama's most prolific donors including the now infamous Solyndra solar panel company and the Robert Kennedy Jr connected Brightsource which also deals in solar energy.

Energy in America: No Bridge to Oil.  North of the Arctic Circle, the tiny village of Nuiqsut, Alaska, has become the latest flash point in the struggle between oil drilling and environmentalism.  The town, with a population of 400, nearly all Eskimos, sits on the edge of the Colville River and the National Petroleum Reserve, or NPR.  How isolated is it?  It takes four flights and eight hours to get there from Seattle.  Conoco Phillips wants to build a road bridge and pipeline over the river to connect to the nearby Alpine development, which sits just outside the NPR.  But the Army Corps of Engineers rejected the plan telling, the oil company it had to go under the river.

White House denies pipeline delay was political decision.  The White House is pushing back against fresh GOP claims that the administration had politics in mind when it delayed a decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline until after the 2012 elections.  Senate GOP leaders revived the allegation Wednesday when rolling out new legislation that would force a decision about permitting the proposed Alberta-to-Texas pipeline within 60 days.

Obama's Job-Killing Global-Warming Agenda Continues Under the Radar.  With little attention and fanfare, the United Nations kicked off its latest global-warming conference — this time in Durban, South Africa.  Their mission:  to extend the Kyoto Protocol.  But as Bloomberg reports, Japan, Russia and Canada will not renew their commitments, and, of course, the United States will never sign on without commitments from China and India.  The Kyoto process is essentially dead — and even President Obama is acknowledging it, much to the chagrin of his left-wing environmental base.

A Stupid Energy Policy.  The Department of Energy (DOE) reports that 24 states and the district of Columbia have renewable energy mandates ranging from Maine's high of 40 percent to Pennsylvania's low of 8 percent.  Also known as a "Renewable Portfolio Standard" (RPS), these policies require that energy providers ignore practicality and price in order to obtain a minimum amount of electricity by a specific date from sources that environmental zealots consider "renewable," such as solar and wind.

Fast Trains and Slow, Puny, Expensive Cars.  Because the Obama EPA has declared carbon dioxide a 'pollutant,' and because cars emit CO2, [EPA administrator Lisa] Jackson is citing the Clean Air Act in her bid to commandeer Detroit."  The Journal reports that even the EPA's own (no doubt low-ball) estimates show that the rule will cost $157 billion and raise the price of cars by $3,100 per vehicle.

Obama's Green War Continues.  The Obama Regime has pursued a Green religious crusade on energy policy.  Part of this crusade — the soft option, so to say — has been to lavishly subsidize every kind of so-called "green energy" business (such as solar power, wind power, and ethanol), no matter how inefficient it might be.  The preferred tool the Green Regime employs is the covert subsidy — that is, taxpayer-backed loan guarantees. ... The flip-side of the Green jihad — the hard option — is a sustained regulatory attack on fossil fuel industries (oil, natural gas, and coal).

Obama's Disastrous Energy Record:  The U.S. State Department recently delayed approval of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline until at least early 2013.  This pipeline was to have run from Western Canada's Alberta province all the way down to the U.S. Gulf Coast.  It would have provided for 500,000-700,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada, one of our closest allies.  But the Obama administration cowered to some protests of extremist environmentalists in Nebraska and thus decided to punt the decision until after the 2012 elections.  It's been estimated that the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline would have produced 20,000 jobs across the Midwest and South as well as 118,000 spin-off jobs.

Obama's Car Trouble:  The Fiat 500 is more evidence that — like Solyndra and windmills — Obama's fascination with Europe has little to do with facts and everything to do with ideology.  Obama is determined to convert Americans to the Green Church, but they aren't buying.

How Obama's Alternative-Energy Programs Became Green Graft:
Obama Campaign Backers and Bundlers Rewarded With Green Grants and Loans.  It would take an entire book to analyze every single grant and government-backed loan doled out since Barack Obama became president.  But an examination of grants and guaranteed loans offered by just one stimulus program run by the Department of Energy, for alternative-energy projects, is stunning.  The so-called 1705 Loan Guarantee Program and the 1603 Grant Program channeled billions of dollars to all sorts of energy companies.  The grants were earmarked for alternative-fuel and green-power projects, so it would not be a surprise to learn that those industries were led by liberals.  Furthermore, these were highly competitive grant and loan programs — not usually a hallmark of cronyism.  Often fewer than 10 percent of applicants were deemed worthy.  Nevertheless, a large proportion of the winners were companies with Obama-campaign connections.

The Pipeline Sellout.  In 2008, the slogan was "Yes We Can."  For 2011-12, it's "We Can't Wait." ... We can't wait while they obstruct.  We can't wait while they dither with my jobs bill.  Write Congress today!  Vote Democrat tomorrow!  We can't wait.  Except for certain exceptions, such as the 1,700-mile trans-U.S. Keystone XL pipeline, carrying Alberta oil to Texas refineries, which would have created thousands of American jobs and increased our energy independence.  For that, we can wait, it seems.  President Obama decreed that any decision must wait 12 to 18 months — postponed, by amazing coincidence, until after next year's election.

U.S. to Delay Decision on Pipeline Until After Election.  The Obama administration, under sharp pressure from officials in Nebraska and restive environmental activists, announced Thursday [11/10/2011] that it would review the route of the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, effectively delaying any decision about its fate until after the 2012 election.

Obama delays oil pipeline plan, discards 20,000 jobs.  Roughly 20,000 oil industry construction jobs are being thrown under Obama's 2012 campaign bus, largely because the president needs to pump up his sagging support among the environmentalists.

There simply is no green energy race with China.  No one needs the product.
Secretary Chu's 'Clean Energy Race' Blather.  China is fueling its development chiefly with coal, oil, and hydro-power, not wind and solar.  Almost 80% of China's electricity comes from coal, and China is investing billions in Canadian tar sands oil production.  If China is both threat and model, won't America fall further behind in the "economic growth race" if we wage political warfare on coal and block the Keystone XL Pipeline?

The Department of Energy Should Not Be the Green Banker.  The Clean Energy Deployment Administration (CEDA) proposed in the Clean Energy Financing Act would act as a "green bank" to provide loan guarantees to energy and automotive projects that Washington deems worthy.  Similar to President Obama's proposed infrastructure bank, in effect, CEDA would distort the energy market by redirecting capital inefficiently and create unlimited taxpayer liability.  As demonstrated in several European countries and by the Solyndra scandal, subsidies for green energy programs ensure that the public pays for the failures while the private sector reaps the benefits of any successes.

Obama Banks on Disappointed Environmentalists Returning in 2012.  From alternative fuels to clean air, President Barack Obama's record is a disappointment to environmentalists, who helped get him elected and now are threatening to sit out his re-election bid in 2012.

Obama to Be Involved in Keystone XL Pipeline Decision.  President Obama says he will be closely involved in the decision on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline that has pitted two of his key constituencies, labor unions and environmental groups, against each other.

EPA IG Finds Serious Flaws in Centerpiece of Obama Global Warming Agenda.  Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today [9/28/2011] announced that a new government report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals that the scientific assessment underpinning the Obama EPA's endangerment finding for greenhouse gasses was inadequate and in violation of the Agency's own peer review procedures.

Obama, Liberals, And Destructive Energy "Policies".  President Barack Obama seems to have determined that our problem isn't so much "foreign oil," but oil itself.  His Administration has sought to force the nation away from consuming all types of oil — both foreign and domestic — and to move us in the direction of his environmentally preferred "green" energy sources.  Unfortunately, the President has approached energy policy just as he approaches most everything else — with the naïve assumption that as long as lots of government programs and mandates are established, the agenda will be accomplished and all will go well.

Obama Administration Pushing for Solar Projects on Public Lands.  The President and his team of green, leftist, big-government zealots learned absolutely nothing from the Solyndra debacle, and they're not even a little bit ashamed of it.  They are going to unabashedly continue to distribute other people's money where they see fit and create the new green society of the future even if they have to tank the entire economy to do it.

Obama's Regulatory Excess and Abuse.  Shortly after Obama took office, his Interior Secretary Ken Salazar "canceled land leases for energy development on 77 parcels of land in Utah.  Then he canceled a pending oil-shale lease sale based on his expert judgment that it 'didn't meet the smell test.'"  Kerpen adds, "Overall there has been a steep drop-off in leasing on federal lands....  2010 saw a 79 percent drop in leasing in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming from 2005.  Total onshore royalties dropped 33 percent in just two years."  Even more virulent is the Obama Administration's attack on coal, which the President seems to have targeted for quick phaseout, even though we have the world's most expansive coal reserves, offering 200 years of inexpensive energy.

Your Cash for Their Clunkers.  Here's some investment advice:  When looking for tips on green technology plays, steer clear of the stock pickers located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  They've made a habit of investing your cash in their clunkers.  Following on Solyndra's great success comes Ener1 Inc., a lithium-ion battery maker also promoted by the White House. ... Ener1 was founded in 2002, went public in 2008 and has never turned a profit.  In August, it restated its earnings for fiscal 2010 at a $165 million loss — nearly $100 million more than previously reported.

A Disastrous Presidency.  The entire green agenda, which the president has been pushing since day one, is flawed policy.  Alternative energy sources such as wind and solar are too expensive to be price-competitive with coal, natural gas, and oil.  Yet Obama's plan is not to find a way to get the cost of alternative energy down; it is to make the price of fossil fuel energy "skyrocket" until alternative energy is cheap by comparison.

Solyndra: A bad bet Obama should regret.  Once the Obama administration's paragon of a clean-energy future, Solyndra has gone bankrupt, taking a $527 million Energy Department-guaranteed loan with it.  President Obama, however, has no regrets.

Did someone mention Solyndra?

Obama's Commerce Nominee Wants to Limit Energy Consumption and Redistribute Wealth.  The wise man smiled and proclaimed that government should use "regulatory steps" as well as market forces to intervene in the power generation sector.  The man also told his UC Berkeley audience that government should set higher targets for non-fossil-fuel-based energy production and penalize producers that don't comply.  The issuer of these decrees was John Bryson, who at the time just happened to be CEO of Edison International, a company whose fortunes would increase under alternative energy mandates.  Bryson now happens to be President Obama's nominee to head the Commerce Department.

White House Defends Green Loans to Bankrupt Companies.  What's more foolish than using taxpayers' money to build a bridge to nowhere?  That's easy, handing out a major federal government loan to a company that is bankrupt.  But that's what President Barack Obama is doing with his green initiative stimulus program.

Nevada Geothermal Power:
The Next Solyndra?  The New York Times reports on another "politically connected clean energy start-up that has relied heavily on an Obama administration loan guarantee and is now facing financial turmoil."

Obama Administration to Ban Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns.  Remember how Obama recently waived new ozone regulations at the EPA because they were too costly?  Well, it seems that the Obama administration would rather make people with Asthma cough up money than let them make a surely inconsequential contribution to depleting the ozone layer.

Now the government is recommending against the use of concrete and steel.
USDA Sees Wood, Even From Diseased Trees, As 'Preferred Green Building Material'.  A new study by the U.S. Forest Service says wood — including that from diseased trees — should be considered a "primary" material in green building because it is more environmentally friendly than materials such as concrete and steel.

This article is loaded with leftist bias, as you might expect from the New York Times.
Industry, States Blast Obama Admin Stream Proposal.  "These standards could make longwall mines impossible to permit and operate," said Katherine Frederiksen, an environment and regulatory affairs executive at CONSOL Energy Inc.  She worries that tougher stream protection standards could prevent the company from mining more than 1 billion tons of coal, resulting in major losses.

Obama Administration Still Sold on Solar Power.  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in an AP interview on September 21 that the Obama administration will continue to support solar power.  He made the statement despite the growing scandal over $528 million in loan guarantees to the now-bankrupt California solar power company Solyndra and the practical failure of myriad "alternative energy sources" such as wind and solar power."

Top 10 Green Job Fiascos.  President Obama pledged he would start a clean-energy revolution that would create 5 million green jobs over 10 years.  Of course, when the government tries to intrude in the marketplace, bad things happen.  Such as these...

President Solyndra.  The green energy lobby is probably hoping that Solyndra's failure can be portrayed as an isolated case of illegal influence, lest it cast a shadow over the entire edifice of massive subsidies that green energy requires to survive.  But Solyndra is merely the most spectacular of several recent green energy failures.

Green Twilight.  "Obamanomics," as James Pethokoukis recently put it, "is about the top-down redistribution of wealth and income.  Government spending on various 'green' subsidies and programs, along with a cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions, would enrich key Democrat constituencies:  lawyers, public sector unions, academia and non-profits."  Pure communism is no longer the goal — it's the environmentalist state that lies closest to the heart of the modern social democrat.  Obama is unquestionably an authoritarian, an autocrat, whatever you wish to call him, but his hue is as much green as it is red.

Blinded By Green Light.  The administration is separated from the real world on two levels.  On one, the White House is operating as if there were no Solyndra scandal.  On the other, the White House acts as if its ideas are so brilliant that the laws of economics don't apply them.

More about Solyndra.

President Obama's green losing streak.  President Barack Obama is racking up an impressive losing streak when it comes to energy.  Under pressure from Republicans, he embraced offshore drilling — just weeks before the BP oil spill.  He offered support for nuclear power, only to watch a disaster unfold in Japan.  Gas price hikes in the spring disrupted his economic message.  Feeling the heat from Republicans again, he infuriated his green base by bailing out on a long-promised ozone standard.

President Obama and the EPA's War on Jobs.  For some time now, I and others have been documenting the relentless assault on economic growth by the EPA under President Barack Obama.  I feel like a broken record at times trying to beat this drum and get people to realize that while Obama doesn't keep all of his campaign promises, destroying the coal industry is one that he has done everything he can to stay true to.  For anyone that paid attention during the 2008 presidential cycle, Obama made it clear that it was his intention to bankrupt the coal industry through regulation and legislation.

Obama's Big Green Boondoggles.  With the scandalous bankruptcy of Solyndra (a shady California solar power company that received $535 million in stimulus funds and is now under investigation by the FBI) hanging overhead, President Obama wisely whitewashed any mention of "green jobs" out of his latest address to Congress.  But buried in the details of his latest government jobs bill released this week ... are yet more big green boondoggles that will reward cronies, waste taxpayer dollars and make no dent in the jobless rate.

Solyndra, the logical endpoint of Obamanomics.  Obama claimed his election would mark "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."  But that was just the cover story.  At its core, Obamanomics is about the top-down redistribution of wealth and income.  Government spending on various "green" subsidies and programs, along with a cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions, would enrich key Democrat constituencies:  lawyers, public sector unions, academia and non-profits.

Blue Angels to fly on biofuels.  When the six F/A-18 Hornets in the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team thrill the crowds at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Air Expo in Maryland this weekend, they'll be soaring on biofuel.  Each of the six Hornets will be powered by a 50/50-blend of jet fuel and camelina-based biofuel, according to a Navy press release.

A reptile messes with Texas.  A five-inch reptile has enough power in its tiny claws to hurl thousands of Americans into unemployment lines.  It shows how the greenie Obama administration places a higher value on sand-dune lizards than it does on domestic energy production and jobs.  Federal bureaucrats with the Fish and Wildlife Service want to put this critter, also known as the dunes sagebrush lizard, on the Endangered Species List.

America is Under Attack.  The EPA, wielding these laws like battle axes aimed at our heads, has been unleashed by the Obama-Soetoro administration with orders to attack our last source of affordable power.  That the Marxist fraud who would be King is doing this should surprise no one.  On November 2, 2008, he told the nation that he intended to bankrupt the coal industry and the coal-fired producers of electricity.

Behind the green curtain.  Can this country survive the next 14 months of bureaucratic tyranny led by this Administration?  We now have new fuel economy standards in place that will eventually add over $11,000 to the retail price of an average motor vehicle.  When we look behind the green curtain that hides this governmental mugging of America, we can see that the $11,000 is another large-scale redistribution of income from the producers in the society, to the government and the ever-expanding dependent/victim class.

Sun Sets On The President's Policies.  It's bad enough we lavish and often waste huge subsidies on green companies like the now-bankrupt Evergreen Solar, based in Marlborough, Mass., trying to promote an energy source that would not be able to compete in the marketplace without them.  We're even promoting such failures abroad.  The U.S. Export-Import Bank, an independent agency of the federal government, has announced $500 million in loans for new solar energy projects in India.  This is on top of about $75 million already approved for similar projects in fiscal 2011.

Obama's New Fuel Economy Standards Will Increase Cost of a Car More Than $11,000.  The Obama Administration's new fuel economy standards will cause the retail price of average motor vehicles to increase over $11,000, according to a study conducted by the Center for Automotive Research.  "A fuel economy standard of 37.6 mpg is associated with a price increase of $5,244, 18.1 percent higher than the 2009 National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) average price of $28,966.

Federal Subsidies to Solar Up 626%, Subsidies to Wind Up 946%.  While President Barack Obama wants to end subsidies that go to oil and natural gas companies, a new Department of Energy report shows that federal subsidies to clean energy are way up, with solar seeing a subsidy increase of 626 percent between FY 2007 and 2010 and wind getting a 946 percent increase.

Obama the biofool.  Leftists see the military more as a playground for kooky ideas than as the primary responsibility of the federal government.  Consider the scheme President Obama announced Tuesday that will have the armed forces devote a great deal of time, money and energy to switch to so-called advanced biofuels.  Underneath the trendy "green" label, however, is a classic example of pork-barrel politics.

Into the ozone with the O Force.  Whether it's ozone or carbon dioxide, the cost of overregulating the air around us is more than the nation can afford.  Even the Obama administration may be taking a breather, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday [8/12/2011] held off on issuing proposed new ozone standards.  The agency claims more regulations are necessary because the conveniences of modern industrial society are making the planet toasty, but the pause has raised alarm in radical environmental circles.

NOAA's Climate Office: Precursor to Cap and Trade?  Cap and trade remains a key element in President Obama's vow of a "fundamental transformation of America," despite legislative branch setbacks.  Now he may have found a way around the Constitution's checks and balances.  Obama knows the consequences of cap and trade; he promised skyrocketing electricity costs when he was elected in 2008.  To date, however, we have lucked out:  Obama tried and tried and tried again to get his cap-and-trade bill through Congress, but so far, he has failed.

Federal Judge Throws Out Obama Drilling Rules.  A judge on Friday [8/12/2011] threw out Obama administration rules that sought to slow down expedited environmental review of oil and gas drilling on federal land.

GOP rips plan for climate office.  House Republicans charged Wednesday [6/22/2011] that the Obama administration is aiming to establish a "propaganda office" for Democratic initiatives on global warming through a proposal to consolidate operations in a new "climate service" office within the Commerce Department.  Tensions boiled over at a congressional hearing as officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) defended the consolidation plan contained in President Obama's fiscal 2012 budget and denied having any ulterior motive.

Promises, Promises: White House solar panels are no-shows.  Spring has come and gone, and the promised panels have yet to see the light of day.

'Sensitivities' Bar DOE From Discussing Progress on WH Solar-Power Plan.  The Obama administration told CNSNews.com Thursday [6/16/2011] that it is currently in the process of procuring solar panels to place on the White House roof but it cannot discuss the progress on the project because of "sensitivities."

Cost of Obama's Green-Car Mandate: 260,000 jobs.  The purpose of federal fuel-economy mandates is to keep the agenda of green pols hidden lest the public awaken to their enormous costs.  Want to make cars fuel efficient?  Tax gas.  And commit political suicide.  So instead we get the stealthy Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) laws, which forces automakers to compromise cars to government standards, not those of customers.  But sometimes those costs still leak out.

More about CAFE standards.

Obama Backs EPA War on Coal, While Networks Ignore Harm to Industry.  It is no longer a secret that President Obama's administration is willing to allow electricity prices to "necessarily skyrocket," in order to accomplish his green energy agenda.

Huge increase in electric bills seen in the next few years.  [A recent] Chicago Tribune article pretty much confirms what President Obama promised; that our electric bills would "necessarily skyrocket" as a result of new environmental regulations that will make coal-fired electric plants virtually a thing of the past. ... Has there ever been a great nation that committed economic suicide for no real reason?

Lucrative subsidies for renewables amount to crony capitalism.  The moral stature and effectiveness of free-market capitalism depends on its structure of rules that apply to large firms as well as small, to the politically connected as well as those lacking political pull.  In contrast, the treatment of "green" and "renewable" energy constitutes the essence of crony capitalism, with its unelected czars and its unequal treatment of those industries or firms that are politically favored and those that are not.  A case in point is the issue of "subsidies" for energy producers.

Crony Capitalism and Obama's Anti-Coal Crusade.  Barack Obama has long sought to bankrupt the coal industry.  But, Cook County politician that he is and always will be, the relevant question is:  who benefits from his plans wreck a major portion of our economy while also boosting electricity prices across America?  A clue:  he and his pals from Chicago have incestuous ties to the one company whose prospects will be boosted by Obama's policies.

Environmental Protection (Or Propaganda?) Agency.  EPA's immediate target is older electrical generating units (EGUs), most of which have substantially reduced emissions to safe levels but still release more pollutants than modern plants.  However, its broader agenda is to use air pollution and carbon dioxide restrictions to impose President Obama's goals of requiring "zero" emissions, "bankrupting" coal companies, causing electricity rates to "skyrocket" and effecting a "fundamental transformation" of the U.S. energy system and economy — regardless of what Congress may do or the American economy may require.  This raises vital questions that thus far have received scant attention.

More about the EPA.

Targeted by the EPA.  A three-inch lizard scuttled into the spotlight in December after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed moving it onto the Endangered Species List.  The dunes sagebrush lizard's habitat covers just eight counties on the Texas-New Mexico border, right in the heart of the Permian Basin, a major oil-producing region.  Particularly in Texas, industry leaders and local businesses see the action as hostile — another Obama administration environmental policy targeting their successful, energy-sparked economy.

Obama issues new directive for federal vehicles.  President Barack Obama on Tuesday [5/24/2011] directed federal agencies to buy more hybrid and electric cars under a plan that will require the government to purchase only alternative fuel vehicles by 2015.  In tandem with the president's memorandum, the General Services Administration announced a pilot program to buy more than 100 alternative fuel vehicles to be distributed to federal agencies across the country.

President Obama announces new efficiency standards for federal fleet.  In a memorandum [5/24/2011], Obama ordered federal agencies to streamline their fleets.  By 2015, he said agencies should only be purchasing or leasing light-duty vehicles that are hybrids or run on electricity, compressed natural gas or biofuels.

Obama the Desperate.  Energy prices affect all economic activity and threaten to put a crimp in our stilted recovery.  The administration's policies of rationing scarcity are largely to blame.  We are not drilling offshore for new oil.  We are only now taking advantage of new oil and gas deposits in the U.S., and the Environmental Protection Agency is hardly leading the way.  We are not exploiting our vast reserves of coal and natural gas.  The administration's resistance to increasing supply is born of a soggy leftist intellectual resistance to hydrocarbon fuels in favor of a wishful reliance on "green" energy sources — that won't be economically viable for decades.

Obamanomics and High Gas Prices.  [Scroll down]  At present, manufacturers cannot sell "green energy" on the market, at least not on any wide scale, because there's little or no profit to be made from it.  But if gas prices go through the roof, that will change.  By curbing and (best case, to Obama) destroying the market for gasoline and oil by making it too expensive for most people to afford, Obama thinks he can make people opt for things like wind, solar and other alternative forms of energy.

Green Energy Fantasy.  The hope is that these government sticks and carrots will turn today's pitiful "green energy" industry, which produces an insignificant fraction of American energy, into a source of abundant, affordable energy that can replace today's fossil-fuel-dominated industry.  This view is a fantasy — one that could devastate America's economy.  The reality is that "green energy" is at best a sophisticated make-work program.

The EPA's War on Energy Producer Range Resources.  Even before America slit its wrists by electing him, Barack Hussein Obama gave us a preview of his energy policy by promising to use deliberately excessive regulation to bankrupt coal plants.  The objective in destroying the energy sector is twofold:  1) devastate our still quasi-capitalist economy, creating enough hardship to pave the way for true socialism; and 2) pander to gullible morons in the Democrat base who actually believe that using energy makes it be too hot out for the polar bears.  For the most part, this malignant agenda is carried out by what is emerging as the most pernicious and the most powerful agency in the entire federal behemoth:  the EPA.

'Change' via executive power grab.  The Environmental Protection Agency has ruled that Shell Oil Co. may not drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Circle off Alaska, where an estimated 27 billion barrels of domestic oil are waiting to be extracted.  Never mind that Shell's already spent nearly $4 billion on the project, including $2.2 billion to Uncle Sam for the leases.  No, the EPA's appeals board said the oil giant had failed to include possible greenhouse-gas emissions from an icebreaking vessel in its calculations and that the project might somehow threaten the health of the 245 people in an Eskimo village 70 miles away.

Adventures in the Climate Trade.  Global warming, now called climate change, is a big industry with academic and commercial branches.  One way or another the government provides the money to keep it in business.  The academic side supports thousands of scientific workers churning out some good science larded with lots of junk science.  The commercial side is busy turning out tank cars filled with corn ethanol and covering the landscape with windmills.  Nobody would be doing any of this without government subsidies and mandates.

Listing of lizard may shut down Texas oil.  You can't make this up.  First, a Spotted Owl destroyed the timber industry of the Pacific Northwest, then a minnow turned the most productive agricultural land in the world into a dustbowl, and now, as energy prices spike and the economy sputters, they're going after Texas with a scurrilous reptile.  Specifically, the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard.

Will A Lizard Stop West Texas Oil?  After the harm done by the spotted owl and delta smelt, the listing of a tiny reptile as endangered may be the latest salvo in the war on domestic energy.

Meet the sand dune lizard.  He's also known as the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard; this endearing little critter is native to the American Southwest.  Specifically, eastern New Mexico and West Texas. ... You see, the favored habitat of the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard also happens to be a favored habitat of the Domestic Production Crude Oil Rig:  the US Fish and Wildlife Service plans to declare the former to be an endangered species, and you know just how this story ends, right?

Despite $4 gas, Obama boots Shell from Arctic drill site.
EPA Rules Force Shell to Abandon Oil Drilling Plans.  Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska.  The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA's Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. ... The closest village to where Shell proposed to drill is Kaktovik, Alaska.  It is one of the most remote places in the United States.  According to the latest census, the population is 245 and nearly all of the residents are Alaska natives.  The village, which is one square mile, sits right along the shores of the Beaufort Sea, 70 miles away from the proposed off-shore drill site.

High Gas Prices Catching Up to Obama?  Boy Obama's deep thinking on energy can get confusing, with yet another 'green electricity' plant, in Reno, for some reason serving as today's backdrop for him to defend high gas prices.  And, presumably, his continued wasting of your money on unsustainable, phony, if politically selected enterprises existing not for any reasons of their own merits but to satisfy politicians' edicts.  This from a guy who previously talked about how now's not the time to go to Vegas.  The better analogy for what he's doing with your money is going to a ring toss game.  Run by Carnies.

Trying to Avoid Regulations? The Department of Energy is Not Amused.  Last month, the Department of Energy issued a "Showerhead Enforcement Guidance" related to flow standards through consumer showerheads.  You see, it turns out that "efficiency standards" tend to upset people, as it usually leads to products being outlawed that people really like.  What happened was that certain showerhead manufacturers were taking a bit of creative license in interpreting the definition of a "showerhead," and selling showerheads that (by the DOE's standards) exceeded the maximum allowable 2.5 gallons per minute.

Obama meets with greens at White House.  President Barack Obama met with a dozen environmental activists at the White House Friday [4/15/2011] as his energy agenda continues to come under fire from all sides.  Obama dropped in on a meeting between White House staffers and Energy Action Coalition activists in town for the Power Shift 2011 conference — a gathering of some 10,000 people, almost entirely college students, organizing to promote clean energy and the environment.

Boondoggle in tax code: Subsidies for green energy.  President Obama said last week he wants to trim "spending in the tax code," but he has firmly defended the provision that best fits that odd phrase:  a renewable energy "tax credit" doled out in the form of grants from the U.S. Treasury.  The grant program — created by the stimulus bill and extended through 2011 by last year's tax-extender bill — is a corporate welfare boondoggle whose biggest beneficiaries include huge foreign companies.

Renewable-energy standards are unconstitutional.  For a long time, free-market organizations have argued that "renewable-energy standards" (RES) — those mandates that force electricity customers (almost everyone) to pay higher prices for the privilege of having wind- or solar-generated power — are uneconomical and accomplish no worthwhile public-policy goals.  Now we will prove they are illegal, too.

Now Obama's EPA is going after your soap.  Under the Obama administration, the EPA has been transformed into a job-killing machine. ... While many are aware of the fight against cap and trade and the EPA's regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, the totality of their smaller actions, which often go unnoticed, is starting to add up.  They already tell us what kinds of light bulbs we can use and how much water we are allowed to have in our toilets.  Now, they have their sights set on our soap.

Pump And Circumstance.  In a Georgetown University address that echoed President Jimmy Carter's "moral equivalent of war" speech in 1977, the president on Wednesday outlined his plan to reduce oil imports by one-third over the next decade.  Carter, too, set the goal of reducing oil imports by a third through conservation, increased fuel efficiency, more use of ethanol and other alternative energy sources, and the wearing of more sweaters.  There was nothing new in Obama's version.  It didn't work then.  It won't work now.


"Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe."

— Steven Chu, United States Secretary of Energy.    
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This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart

The One Campaign Promise Obama Has Kept:  That is, his promise to increase the price of gasoline. ... Barack Obama took office as a naive leftist with essentially no knowledge of how our economy works or how wealth is created.  He subscribed to the leftist view that America is too rich and too powerful.  He therefore took office intending to make America poorer and weaker.  The single easiest way to accomplish this goal is by making energy more expensive.  Obama said that he would increase gasoline prices gradually and cause the cost of electricity to "skyrocket."  I'm not sure he has fulfilled any other campaign promise, but he has certainly made good on that one.

None of the Above on Energy.  In terms of energy policy, as in so much else, the Obama administration is in leaderless disarray.  The only thing it seems capable of doing is delaying and shutting down energy production.  As soon as some promising new supply pops up, like the shale gas capable of fueling America for the next century, the Obama EPA is there launching an environmental study designed to regulate and restrict it.  At the moment when new energy supplies are most needed, there are no plans to increase supplies — only plans to reduce them.  One would almost think that this President wants to bring America to its knees.

Energy in the Executive.  Anyone who's been to a gas station recently knows the feeling.  There you are, about to refuel, when you see the price of regular gasoline:  about $3.52 per gallon, up 77 cents since 2010.  Your pulse quickens.  Your stomach sinks.  Because this is not a dream.  The days of $4.00-a-gallon gas are about to return.  How we got here is no mystery. ... [President Obama] doesn't grasp that supply must increase by a lot more, and a lot more quickly, if Americans are to enjoy affordable fuel.

The Green Dream Is an Economic Nightmare.  A rush of recent reports on energy has much to say about the fundamental foolishness of the green vision of energy production — the vision long regnant in academia and the one that informs the Obama regime. ... The first report is the happy news that the number of new American oil wells is increasing at a pace not seen in over three decades.  According to the major oil drilling company Baker Hughes, the number of new oil rigs it has installed is over 800 last year — over twice last year's total, and a tenfold increase over the yearly average during the late 1990s.

High Energy Prices Are Obama's 'Explicit Policy Goal,' Inhofe Says.  A prominent GOP senator on energy issues accused President Barack Obama Thursday morning [3/10/2011] of having set an "explicit policy goal" of making energy prices more costly for Americans.  "My message today is simply this:  higher gas prices — indeed, higher prices for the energy we use — are an explicit policy goal of the Obama administration," said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla), ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.  "Let me put it another way:  the Obama administration is attacking affordable energy."

War On The Poor.  Those on the left who say they care most for the least fortunate see the soaring price of gasoline as positive — despite the fact that those with the lowest incomes are hurt the worst.  Since January 2009, when President Obama was sworn in, the average price of a gallon of regular-grade gas has rocketed from less than $2 to $3.53.  During this period, Obama's administration has placed an illegal ban on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, refused to permit deeper exploration into our rich fossil fuel reserves and pushed $2.3 billion in a useless green energy initiative.

Our Man-Made Energy Crisis.  [Scroll down]  What's missing is a coherent U.S. energy policy.  At best, the Obama administration's approach to U.S. domestic oil and gas production can be characterized as a strategy of ambivalence, an uneasy equilibrium between desire to lessen the role of fossil fuels and the reality of their necessity in a functioning U.S. economy.  Last year's Deepwater Horizon tragedy in the Gulf tilted the current administration's policies to an even more punitive posture vis-a-vis domestic energy production. ... The time to rethink and redesign our entire energy strategy is now.

Obama's Green-Jobs Fantasies.  In judging any government initiative, such as Obama's green-jobs plan, you can't look just at the credit side of ledger because the government is unable to give without first taking away.  Worse than that:  Inevitably, more is taken away — destroyed — than is given because the government substitutes force and taxation for consent and free exchange.  Instead of a process driven by consumer preferences, we get one imposed by politicians' grand social designs.  It's what F.A. Hayek called "the fatal conceit."

Global Warming By Another Name.  Even in this age of deficits and debt, the president's budget is chock full of global warming items — except he wraps them around a new cause:  clean energy.  And that may be enough to get Republicans to sign on.  That "clean energy" is code for "anti-warming" is obvious, given that even Environmental Protection Agency numbers show that virtually all emissions have dropped dramatically in recent decades — except for greenhouse gases.  To cut those, Obama's budget aims to hike Department of Energy spending by 12 percent from 2010 levels.  He proposes $8 billion more for various clean-energy programs — on top of the $30 billion "invested" via the 2009 stimulus. Even that's only the tip of the iceberg.  To pay for it all, Obama would stick it to Big Oil.

Tea Party senator says White House is 'hell-bent' on 'suicidal' energy policy.  Sen. Mike Lee and other Republicans say Obama has placed too many restrictions on oil production as gas prices rise.  Freshman Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who won office with Tea Party backing, is adding his voice to the chorus of Republicans alleging the Obama administration is placing too many restrictions on domestic oil production.

The counteroffensive to President Obama's war on fossil fuels begins.  At long last, Congress is launching a counteroffensive to President Obama's war on fossil fuels. ... Obama has been undeniably consistent in his unrelenting and unapologetic attack on our nation's traditional forms of energy — coal, oil and natural gas.  While running for president, Obama famously said he sought to make electricity prices "necessarily skyrocket" through cap-and-trade legislation and "bankrupt" power plants committing the progressive crime of using coal as an energy source.

Obama's energy transformation.  President Obama has intentionally hamstrung domestic energy production under the delusional theory that the U.S. economy can thrive on so-called green power.

Fearing EPA's Carbon Tax.  The EPA is moving to impose tough limits on carbon emissions from the big power plants across the country — and then plans to screw the new carbon limits down tighter and tighter.  Farmers' fuel and electricity costs would go through the roof, along with everybody else's.  The goal, after all, is to make the coal, oil, and natural gas that power most of our power plants too expensive to use.  They need to make all our electricity at least slightly more expensive than the ultra-costly solar panels and wind turbines that have failed to produce "Green power" in Europe and, thus far, fail to provide much energy here at home.

Green boondoggles.  President Obama hasn't abandoned his jobs-killing global-warming agenda, just wrapped it in the rhetoric of "clean energy."  And that may be enough to get Republicans to sign on.  That "clean energy" is code for "anti-warming" is obvious, given that even Environmental Protection Agency numbers show that virtually all emissions have dropped dramatically in recent decades — except for greenhouse gases.

Interior Secretary Says Drilling in Arctic Will Not Lead to Energy Independence.  When asked why the Obama administration opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) given the rising cost of gasoline, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told CNSNews.com that the "drill, baby, drill program" is not going to lead the United States to energy independence.

Barbour says Obama cheers for higher gas prices.  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential presidential contender, accused the Obama administration Wednesday [3/2/2011] of favoring a run-up in gas prices to prod consumers to buy more fuel-efficient cars.

Obama is AWOL in Oil Crisis.  We have a major oil crisis unfolding now and where's Obama? ... We now, this week, have oil prices busting through $100 a barrel.  This will create major havoc to our already anemic economy.  How did we get here?  Our president has a moratorium on nearly all domestic oil production:  we can't drill off our coasts, nor Alaska and certainly not the gulf.  We can't build nuclear power plants, dam rivers, explore for natural gas or mine coal.  We're stuck with windmills and failing solar power companies — companies that can't even stay in business after billions in taxpayer subsidies.  This is an energy policy written by hippies.

Deliberately making Americans poorer.  The Obama administration has a hatred of fossil fuels and is determined to reduce their use despite the economic damage.  So-called green energy often is not very green and cannot possibly serve as a substitute for most fossil fuels.  Windmills and solar panels are far more expensive than coal and gas; their production is intermittent, unreliable and largely unstorable.

Now Can We Drill In Alaska?  The Energy Department produces no energy and seems tirelessly dedicated through the efforts of its secretary, Steven Chu, to lock up our energy resources.  With more than 100,000 federal and contract employees and a budget of $23 billion, it would be a good place to look for spending cuts.

Obama's deprivation nation.  As President Obama hurries to catch up to Europe in the conversion to so-called green energy, our trans-Atlantic neighbors are finding that they can no longer afford to support their "sustainable" power schemes.  Mr. Obama's fiscal 2012 budget, released Feb. 14, takes a page from the global-warming believer's hymn book.  It calls for a 4.2 percent boost in the Department of Energy's budget to $29.5 billion.  It also pours $8 billion into solar panels, windmills and batteries, blowing the country in the wrong direction.

Now is the perfect time to scrap Obama's green dream.  Every time there is a political hiccup in the Middle East, a national conversation about the possibility of higher oil prices ensues.  But a cursory look at recent footage from that volatile region suggests that the revolutions happening in Tunisia, Iran, Egypt and Libya are serious geopolitical events that will have equally serious ramifications for America's energy policy.  There were reports Wednesday [2/23/2011] that Libya's dictator, Moammar Khadafy, has ordered security services to start sabotaging oil facilities.  Allegedly, they will blow up several oil pipelines, cutting off flow to Mediterranean ports.

The left's drive toward $8 gas.  Mr. Obama and congressional Democrats have blocked drilling in places like Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in millions of acres of federal lands and in offshore locations.  Mr. Obama even took advantage of the BP oil disaster to shut down operations in the Gulf of Mexico.  Mr. Obama points to the small amount of oil currently produced at home to conclude, "We can't drill our way out of the problem."  That's only a true statement as long as the current policies place 67 percent of America's reserves off-limits.

Obama's amazing futureworld.  [Obama's] plan is devoted to propping up an allegedly emerging industry.  Mr. Obama has pushed programs for green energy, green technology and green jobs, all of which end up in the red.  Mr. Obama's vision of the future is filled with super magnets, everlasting batteries, carbon-fiber windmills and shiny solar panels.  These items share several common features.  They tend not to be profitable, they don't live up to the promises of the corporate-insider proponents and in many cases are not really green at all.  They simply trade one set of environmental challenges for another.

Obama's green power builds China's red power.  Increasing the United States' reliance on "clean" energy, as touted by President Obama yet again in this week's budget proposal, would leave Americans just as dependent on unreliable foreign suppliers as we are now on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' stranglehold on oil.  Instead of a handful of mostly Middle Eastern states, we would be dependent on a single nation for critical energy supplies — China.  The threat to both national security and the U.S. economy is obvious to anyone who isn't blinded by environmentalist dogma.

Defining "Clean" is the Energy Challenge.  Clearly no sane person would be in favor of "dirty" energy standards, but there are many problems with the impossible goal the administration has set out to reach.  First among them:  the administration itself cannot agree on what it means by "clean energy."  The remarks the president made in his State of the Union address to the nation last week are a case in point.  President Obama posed the challenge that "by 2035, 80 percent of America's electricity will come from clean energy sources."  There is an easy part of this pledge.  Oil, the "dirtiest" of all among his environmentalist friends, already accounts for virtually nothing in electric power generation.  The market saw to that over the past 20 years.

Another Liberal Ponzi Scheme.  Sure, U.S. emissions might well be falling significantly after this new next government intrusion into the marketplace comes crashing down, taking the economy even further down with it.  Just as certainly as low income mortgages were bound to fail en masse, so too will the many unviable "green" technologies eventually fall.

President Stupid.  You have to be stupid to openly declare that you want to drive the coal industry out of business when it provides half of all the electricity the nation uses every day, but that is precisely what President Stupid's administration is doing.  You have to be stupid to declare a moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico after courts have twice told you to remove it.

Misrule by the Unelected.  Save us from reformers so fervent to do good that they seek to right us from wrongs that do not exist.  Moreover, even if there are problems, it is not appropriate for these busybodies to impose themselves on us.  Worse yet are those reformers who would rule by federal regulation.  That, however, seems to be where we are headed, this year in particular, with an arrogant bureaucracy and overweening executive branch trying to impose its agenda through edicts.

More 'green' subsidies — er, investments — from Obama.  Hidden among the news hype of the Super Bowl last week was an announcement [Thursday, 2/3/2011] by the Obama administration of a new spending program titled the Better Building Initiative (BBI).  The purpose of the program is "improving energy efficiency in our buildings [to] create jobs, save money, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and make our air cleaner."  It really amounts to one more subsidy in the service of President Obama's energy preferences.

On Energy, Obama's Full of Hot Air.  President Obama's State of the Union address last week left a lot to be desired.  Lisa Fritsch summed it up well on [PajamasMedia®], writing, "Obama's speech [...] was focused far too much on lofty goals than the nitty-gritty we need to refloat our ailing ship of state."  In fact, in two specific areas his soaring rhetoric belied reality and misrepresented our nation's future security.  First, in calling for the "reinvention" of our domestic energy policy, the president issued a challenge rooted in ideology rather than grounded in a clear understanding of America's current and future energy needs.  This is especially troubling because his goal flies in the face of science and the free market.

Judge holds Interior in contempt over drilling ban.  A Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday held the Interior Department in contempt for re-imposing a deepwater oil-drilling ban last year after the judge had struck down an earlier version of the moratorium.  The contempt finding provides political ammunition for Republicans and pro-drilling Democrats who say Interior is blocking offshore development.

Obama Administration Plans Second Front in War on Appalachian Coal.  [Scroll down]  The AP story pertained to a controversial rule derivative of the 1977 Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA), known as the "100 feet buffer rule.["]  As its name would suggest, it basically prohibits mining waste from being deposited within 100 feet of intermittent or perennial streams.  According to the AP article, the Obama Administration's preferred interpretation of this rule would cost 7,000 mining jobs, almost exclusively in Appalachia.  And that's the Department of the Interior's own estimate, which is likely a lowball.

Obama Refuses To Learn Government's Clean Energy Failures.  It would have been nice if, prior to giving his SOTU, the president had checked out a paper by Professor Peter Grossman entitled, "The History of U.S. Alternative Energy Development Programs:  A Study of Government Failure."  He traces the numerous efforts our government has made at investing in alternative energy, from nuclear power in the 1950s to the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles in the 1990s, and found that none of them have worked.

More warmist alarmism debunked.  President Obama and the Democrats still believe that addressing "climate change" is an imperative in setting national energy policy.  There seems to be a significant lag in the ability of Democrats to process new information that proves the theory of AGW is a fraud.

Obama's War On Coal.  Keeping a campaign vow to bankrupt the industry, the administration revokes the permit for an approved, working coal mine in West Virginia.  Guess those electric cars will have to get their energy elsewhere.

Obama's war on the private sector continues.  On Dec. 14, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that the dunes sagebrush lizard "faces immediate and significant threats due to oil and gas activities and herbicide treatments."  As a result, it proposes that the lizard be listed as "endangered" — under the Endangered Species Act — which starts the clock for a 60-day public comment period.  Hoping no one would notice, the FWS announced the proposal during the throes of the holiday season.  We the public need to take notice.

Obama's Solar Nightmare:  The Obama administration has tried to kill off the oil industry. Offshore moratoriums have been unilaterally imposed by executive orders and justified using scientific panel studies that were misrepresented — if not distorted — by the administration.  The drilling permitting process has been afflicted with sclerosis.  Federal lands are becoming less and less available for development.  Obama does not like carbon; he boasted during the campaign that he would bankrupt coal power plants and that his policies would necessarily boost the price of power.  Those words were ignored by much of the media, in thrall to the man they so wanted to win.

Going Broke by Going Green.  The administration's green policies are being thrust into a precarious American economy.  Every "green scenario" shows raised energy costs across the board.  Not only will the average person pay more for energy; many will lose their jobs as the forced transition to alternative power sources rocks the stability of current energy-producing and energy-using companies.

EPA Blasted as It Revokes Mine's Permit.  The Environmental Protection Agency, in an unusual move, revoked a key permit for one of the largest proposed mountaintop-removal coal-mining projects in Appalachia, drawing cheers from environmentalists and protests from business groups worried their projects could be next.  The decision to revoke the permit for Arch Coal Inc.'s Spruce Mine No. 1 in West Virginia's rural Logan County marks the first time the EPA has withdrawn a water permit for a mining project that had previously been issued.

Media Excuse Obama's Power Grab.  Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post reported on Friday [12/31/2010] that "the Obama administration is prepared to push its environmental agenda through regulation where it has failed on Capitol Hill..."  There was no hint that this approach is illegal or unconstitutional.  The account simply assumes that the Obama Administration can do what it wants, no matter what Congress or the law says.  This kind of matter-of-fact reporting about lawlessness by the federal government is typical of the decline, if not death, of adversary journalism in the nation's capital.

Newest member of Obama's National Economic Council is an ardent supporter of cap and trade.  On Monday [1/3/2011], the Obama administration announced it had hired an environmental economist from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to join the National Economic Council.  Replacing member Joe Aldy, Nat Keohane, a long-time advocate of cap and trade, will now be advising President Obama on the economics of energy and environmental issues.  With Keohane's addition, it now looks like the Obama administration is preparing to go to battle against congressional Republicans who balk at the prospect of any environmental legislation.  But Keohane's hire also represents something else — the continuation of Obama placing global warming alarmists in positions to have major influence on environmental policy.

The Administration's Administrative Tyranny Marches On.  [Scroll down]  The Heritage Foundation notes that gas prices decreased 9 percent during Dubya's eight-year tenure, but they've been on a steady rise under Obama.  The EPA emission rules will clearly make it more expensive to convert fossil fuels into energy, putting even more upward pressure on gas prices.  That's not all.  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has decreed that the Bureau of Land Management will establish new rules to make it more difficult to develop natural resources on government-owned land, which will also drive up the cost of gas and electricity and increase our dependency on foreign energy sources.

Driving US Families Into Poverty.  The Obama Administration still hasn't gotten the message voters sent Washington on November 2.  The lame duck session and 111th Congress finally ended, without the White House getting key items on its wish list.  So now, the Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department intend to impose costly, job-killing, economy-strangling new rules for power plants and refineries, and implement more land-grabs that will lock up additional millions of acres and more billions of dollars of American energy.  Their goal is to end the hydrocarbon and nuclear era in America — and force us to convert to "renewable" energy.

Bush Policy on Lands Is Reversed.  The Interior Department reversed a Bush-era policy on wilderness on Thursday [12/23/2010], restoring the authority of its Bureau of Land Management to identify and recommend new areas for protection.

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The article above is loaded with leftist bias, but what else would you expect from the New York Times?  Here's the rest of the story:  There is only one reason the government wants to "protect" additional areas of land:  It is an effort to prevent oil and gas exploration and production.

EPA announces it won't wait for Congress on carbon regulation.  Stymied in Congress, the Obama administration is moving unilaterally to clamp down on power plant and oil refinery greenhouse emissions, announcing plans for developing new standards over the next year.  In a statement posted on the agency's website late Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson said the aim was to better cope with pollution contributing to climate change.

Obama to regulate carbon from power plants.  US President Barack Obama's administration said Thursday [12/23/2010] it will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, after legislation on climate change died in Congress.

Is America's Energy Policy Perverse?  The U.S. is the only country in the world that, as a matter of policy, does not develop its own energy reserves.  It is hard to see a rational basis for that policy.

Oil Drilling Moratorium is an Act of Treason.  If you had any doubt that Barack Obama's agenda is to destroy the United States of America, but still want more proof, I offer you the announcement that his administration will not provide any offshore oil leases in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, or Atlantic coasts — for at least seven years!

Memo to House GOP: Get a grip on the EPA.  Getting a grip on the Environmental Protection Agency must be at the top of the upcoming Republican-controlled House's "To Do" list.  Of immediate concern are the EPA rules for regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  Unless stopped by a federal court, the Obama EPA will implement on Jan. 2 a flagrantly illegal scheme to regulate emissions from power plants and other large emitters.  This enactment will kill jobs and raise the prices of energy, and thus of all good and services.

More evidence that economy is stalled because of Washington, Big Green policies.  A new analysis of government data by the Western Energy Alliance shows a 79 percent drop in the number of energy development leases offered by the federal government on public lands in the Rocky Mountain region states of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico and Utah.  The U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the activities of energy firms seeking to find and develop oil and natural gas under public lands, has issued only 531 new leases in 2010, compared to 2,499 in 2005, according to WEA.

Eco-Insanity and ANWR.  The abject desperation and evil intentions of so-called environmentalists can be seen in the call to turn the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) into a national monument on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its designation.  This would provide ANWR with the same status as the Statue of Liberty — only there aren't billion of barrels of oil under the Statue, nor at George Washington's birthplace in Virginia.  The idea of conferring national monument status on ANWR is so stupid that it should be laughed out of existence, but unfortunately we have a President who is so intent on denying Americans access to the vast treasure trove of energy resources — oil, coal, and natural gas — that common sense has nothing to do with his decisions.

Supreme Court to Hear Global Warming Case Against Power Companies.  The Supreme Court announced Monday [12/6/2010] it will give further consideration to a closely-watched lawsuit filed by environmentalists, eight states and New York City blaming the problems associated with global warming on the carbon dioxide output of five major power companies.  An ultimate judgment against the energy providers could lead to dramatic changes in the energy marketplace and ripple into other industries.

Auditing the President's Oil Spill Commission.  The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (the Oil Spill Commission OSC) just finished its last set of public meetings as it prepares to submit its report to the president, due January 12, 2011.  There is good news and bad news.  The good news is that its report will be released after the Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January.  The bad news is that left to its own devices and predispositions, the administration will likely do to the offshore oil industry what the Carter administration did to the nuclear power industry in the wake of the Three-Mile Island accident:  effectively destroy a critical energy industry in which America is the world technology leader.

Eco-Diplomacy, The Chicago Way.  Confronted with a demonstrably cooling planet and a corrupt and fraudulent global climate-change bureaucracy, our government is reduced to bribes and coercion to cobble together a new agreement.  In the absence of sound science and a rationale for committing global economic suicide, we are quite simply trying to make the world an offer it can't refuse.

Offshore Drilling Curbed Again.  The Obama administration reversed course Wednesday [12/1/2010] and said it wouldn't allow drilling off the Atlantic coast and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico near Florida, citing safety concerns after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

The Nuclear Power Solution.  Barack Obama has tirelessly read from the teleprompter about America's urgent need to reduce its reliance on foreign oil and the growing demand for alternative renewable energy sources, green jobs, and such.  Surprisingly, nuclear energy — the one technology that could help the country meet all of his energy objectives — had until recently received only political footnotes in the president's agenda.  Sadly, when he mentions the word "nuclear" it is usually followed by the words "non-proliferation" rather than "clean energy."

Chu's Guessing Game.  The secretary of energy says the U.S. doesn't need to be 100% certain humans are heating the planet to enact policies to mitigate climate change.  Apparently just a hunch will do.

Job-Killing Environmentalists.  What's happened is that Obama has given the environmental extremists the power to make some of their wish list come true.  Modern measurement techniques allow scientists to measure tiny parts per million; much of the technology did not exist when the Clean Air Act was first legislated in 1990.  Using these new techniques environmentalists are able to impose their fantasies upon American business and labor.  For industry, removing the last parts per million is prohibitively costly.  For instance, technology which could have removed the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was prohibited by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because the discharged ocean water would still contain more than 15 parts per million of oil.

Is Green Socialism EPA's Real Goal?  The EPA is looking for someone with "knowledge of the theories and principles of environmental protection, especially as they relate to issues of environmental justice and the impacts of environmental laws, policies, legislation and regulation on minority and/or low-income groups and communities."  The job, located in New York City, pays up to $84,000.  No college degree is required — just a hatred of industry, development and fossil fuels, and a belief that minorities are the deliberate victims of capitalist exploitation.

Obama's 'Green' Energy Plan Infringes on Liberty.  Since the 2008 campaign trail, Obama has been claiming that his overall "green" plan would create 5 million green jobs over the next 10 years.  However, Obama's "green" agenda will kill more jobs than it aims to create.  According to the U.S Chamber of Commerce, the House passed "green" cap and trade bill will cost a net loss of 3.2 million jobs by 2030.  The intention behind the misguided bill is to reduce carbon emissions by taxing some energy sources.  While the Cap and Trade bill will create some new jobs, the "green" bill will take away $22 billion annually from the private sector.  Consequently, cap and trade will destroy more jobs in the energy sector while preventing the creation of new jobs in other private industries.

Designing Obamacar.  It's not enough for the Obama administration to take over America's largest automaker.  The O Force is pushing to redesign every car on the road to reflect the bland, lifeless vision of an activist base committed to undoing the Industrial Revolution.  Proposed rules floated Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation would raise the existing corporate average fuel economy mandate of 35.5 mpg by 2016 to 60 mpg by 2025.

Climate Science Corruption:  Practiced And Perpetuated By Scientific Societies.  People pushing or accepting the false science of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are reacting.  Responses reveal agendas are political not science.  Obama's White House leads the charge, but all governments continue to pursue policies that make them appear green, while ignoring the facts.  The policies are unnecessary, extremely expensive, and economically destructive.  The real motive is increased taxation and government control.  For some, like Obama, it's about total government control and destruction of the industrial based economy.

Facts oiled up.  James Hansen, the head of one of President Barack Obama's NASA labs, came to Canada last week to tell us not to allow a French company called Total to proceed with its Canadian oilsands project.  Even for Obama, that's quite a foreign policy accomplishment:  Interfering with two allies at once.

Style Over Substance.  President Obama made a big show this week of installing solar panels at the White House, calling it a "commitment to lead."  It's not.  It's feel-good political symbolism masquerading as a real energy policy.

Obama's Sunshine Scam.  It's hard to sufficiently mock President Obama's decision to install solar panels on the White House.  But I'll try.  The cost of the panels at this point is unknown.  But the White House has assured the public that the installation job will be offered through a competitive bidding process.  Given that Jimmy Carter spent about $30,000 in the 1970s installing solar panels on White House (removed in 1986 by President Reagan), you can bank on President Obama's folly blowing that price tag away, especially when you consider all the federal employee staff time, and security and public relations efforts that will go into the project.

Obama's Job-Killing Regulations.  Many Americans thought Henry Waxman's Cap and Trade nightmare was dead.  While Team Obama may no longer be able to push through another 2000+ page piece of job-destroying legislation, the Administration can use Executive Orders to implement many of the specifics of the legislation via changes in the regulatory policies.

Obamachine pulls the plug on appliances.  Regulation-weary Americans had better brace themselves for another load of government-knows-best activism as President Obama's green czarina claims she has a mandate to pick what household appliances we can use in the future.  Cathy Zoi, assistant energy secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, recently outlined the administration's so-called clean-energy strategy, under which new government standards will force market transformation for products such as small electric motors, water heaters, pool heaters, space heaters and commercial clothes washers.

The Green Agenda.  In keeping with President Obama's promise to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet, the Energy Department has set new efficiency standards for 26 appliances and household products.  The list ranges from microwaves, to washing machines and dryers, to residential water heaters and dishwashers.  The department reportedly claims the new standards will save consumers from $250 billion to $300 billion on their energy costs through 2030.  But that's what Democrats always say about their green schemes:  "We're doing this to clean up the Earth, and we're going to save you money while we do it."  Don't believe it.

Your Insane U.S. Energy Department.  In mid-September, Cathy Zoi, an Assistant Secretary of Energy, said that the U.S. Department of Energy has a "mandate" to issue regulations about what household appliances should be available to Americans in the future. ... The DOE intends to "set efficiency standards for energy-consuming products."  These will include commercial clothes washers, small electric motors, water heaters, direct heating equipment and pool heaters, among the countless products consumers use on a daily basis.

Inhofe Says EPA's New Boiler Rule Could Kill Nearly 800,000 Manufacturing Jobs.  The top Republican on a Senate environmental panel released a scathing report Tuesday [9/28/2010] that he contends shows that the Environmental Protection Agency's new proposed rule on cleaning up boilers nationwide could devastate America's manufacturing base and imperil hundreds of thousands of jobs without providing any real public health or environmental benefits.

More about the JournoList scandal.

Administration releases climate strategy for plants, wildlife.  The Obama administration Monday [9/27/2010] released a strategy for assessing the effects of climate change on at-risk plants and wildlife.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service strategy sets out a plan for prioritizing research and its response to climate change, calling for a coordinated effort by federal agencies, states and conservation groups to identify the most vulnerable species.

Why Barack Obama Hates America.  Addressing the nation on the [Gulf oil] spill on June 15, 2010, Obama stressed that Americans "consume more than 20 percent of the world's oil, but have less than 2 percent of the world's resources." ... But ask yourself, what does any of this have to do with the oil spill?  Would the oil spill have been less of a problem if America consumed a mere 10 percent of the world's resources?  Of course not.  The point is that for Obama the energy and environmental issues reduce to a simple proposition:  America is a neocolonial giant eating up more than its share of the world's resources, and in doing so America is exploiting the scarce fuel of the globe; consequently, this gluttonous consumption must be stopped.  This is the heart of Obama's energy and environmental agenda:  not cleaning up the Gulf or saving the environment in general, but redressing the inequitable system where the neocolonial West — and neocolonial companies like BP — dominates the use of global energy resources.

'Sustainable' Poverty:  The Real Face of the Leftist Environmental Agenda.  Paying homage to a long legacy of radical environmentalism, President Obama's faithful followers have advanced the Livable Communities Act to attack nonexistent problems like sprawl and overpopulation, as well as sub-issues like pollution.  Humans will be punished for seeking to improve their quality of life, with new limits on mobility and Orwellian guidelines dictating where citizens will be allowed to live and work, with the justification of ushering in "sustainable growth."  The facts do not matter to Obama and the left.

Save a mountain, build a windmill, freeze in the dark.  Big Green environmentalists are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to ban "mountaintop removal" coal mining.  To that end, the enviros have organized a vintage politically correct national PR campaign dubbed "Music Saves Mountaintops" featuring part country music and part the usual Natural Resources Defense Council agitprop.  The slogan of the campaign is "Save a Mountain, build a wind mill," referring to the contention of President Obama and his Big Green allies that alternative energy sources like wind can replace energy generated by fossil fuels.

Democrats party while nation suffers.  The team at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. has more interest in redecorating the Oval Office than in feeling your pain.  In fact, it is downright excited to take advantage of the economic downturn to push the stuff that otherwise could never be done. ... Chief among such schemes is the administration's multibillion-dollar effort to kill the internal-combustion engine.

How Obama Is Locking Up Our Land.  Have you heard of the "Great Outdoors Initiative"?  Chances are, you haven't.  But across the country, White House officials have been meeting quietly with environmental groups to map out government plans for acquiring untold millions of acres of both public and private land.  It's another stealthy power grab through executive order that promises to radically transform the American way of life.

Obama's Solar Energy Fantasy.  This is more than a repeat of the 19th century's error of subsidizing railroad construction. ... Here, though, the situation is even worse than simple crony capitalism, given its unique 21st century twist.  The wrinkle is that at least in the 1860s it was possible to deploy a technology that could conceivably fulfill its purpose.  Trains could potentially deliver freight and passengers from point A to B in a cost-effective way.  No such claim can be made for large-scale solar power technology, at present.

War Vs. Big Oil Goes Beyond Drilling Ban.  The White House, along with certain members of Congress, has declared war on Big Oil.  This animosity is evidenced not only by the current ban on offshore drilling, which may well force the industry to relocate to other parts of the world, it is also reflected in the myriad of proposals to hike the industry's taxes and use the additional revenues to pursue the administration's green agenda.

The Anti-Drilling Commission.  The commission appointed by President Obama to investigate the Gulf oil spill (the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling) does not include a single member with specialized knowledge of petroleum engineering.  This is akin to performing a heart transplant with a surgical team that has never set foot in an operating room.  Of the seven members appointed to the commission, not one is a petroleum engineer, and all have long-standing ties to the environmental movement.

Obama Adviser's Green Manifesto.  [Scroll down]  "In the longer term, it may be that the solution to the employment problem will require a reduction in the amount of work done by each worker in order to create more jobs," wrote [John P.] Holdren and his co-authors.  "Gradually shortening the work week (ultimately to 20 hours or less) or decreasing the number of work weeks per year (companies could have different spring-summer and fall-winter shifts) would accomplish this," they wrote.

New Age Marxism Determining Obama's Agenda.  The "redistribution of wealth" progressives, wealthy and powerful globalization advocates and the "deep green" environmentalists are working hard together for the creation of a new New Age Marxist global society.  Although each group may have their own area of emphasis, the big picture is the same. ... Their ideal society is based on feminist Goddess/Gaia/Earth worshipping theory.  That is not to say that all progressives are Gaia worshippers; some may have political aspirations, some may see monetary profit in this movement, and others see it as a spiritual transformation.

Obama's Gulf Oil Spill Commission and the Missing Experts.  Instead of an oil spill commission staffed with experts, as promised in his Oval Office address, the president has announced a panel with membership that reads like a Who's Who of radical environmentalism.  Former Senator Graham of Florida, for example, has consistently pushed for a ban on oil drilling, and Frances Beinecke of the National Resources Defense Council has argued for the global warming agenda — including linking "global poverty" to global warming, an argument used at the Copenhagen conference to support reparations to be paid to nations such as Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe for our supposed global crimes.

Obama Is Wrong; Alternative Energy is Not an Alternative.  Obama is using the oil spill in the Gulf as an emotional lever to push his cap and trade policy.  The spill is a disaster, but exploiting it is truly despicable.  It is made far worse when the alternative energies solutions don't work.  Increased costs will damage the economy and negatively impact the people he claims to represent.

Liberal groups growing frustrated over Obama role in climate debate.  Major environmental and liberal groups are pressing President Barack Obama to play a stronger role in crafting climate change legislation and shepherding it through the Senate, claiming their members are "deeply frustrated" by inaction to date.

Capitalizing on the Latest Crisis.  The tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been incompetently handled by a White House, EPA and Corps of Engineers unable even to make timely decisions about constructing sand berms to keep oil out of fragile estuaries.  But the crisis is being exploited brilliantly to justify policy initiatives like cap-tax-and-trade, EPA's "endangerment" decree, more bans on drilling, and mandatory fuel switching to higher priced options, most notably wind and solar power.

More about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

What's Fran Beinecke Doing On Obama's Sham Oil Commission?  President Obama has announced the creation of yet another federal commission.  This time, it will examine the spill in the Gulf and make sure it never happens again.  But there are a lot of question marks surrounding President Obama's latest blue ribbon bunch of greenies.  First, the panel is comprised mostly of academics and enviros with zero experience dealing with the oil industry.  That's right.  Not one of the seven people named could actually drill a well.  Second, they all espouse a similar ideology — one that is opposed to drilling and oil.

Bam's climate Rx: All pain, no gain.  The cap-and-trade bill that the House passed last summer aims to force Americans to reduce those dreaded carbon emissions by 83 percent in less than four decades — to the same per-capita level as 1867.  Yet, even under the Al Gore-approved climate-science models, the bill would do nothing to stop global warming.

Obama administration spends $1.2 billion on cycling and walking initiatives.  The Obama administration more than doubled spending on cycling and walking initiatives to $1.2 billion (£810 million) last year as it seeks to coax Americans out of their cars.

Obama's Affordable Energy Policy:  Safe, Legal and Rare.  Undermining access to abundant conventional energy sources has proved to be a key component of Barack Obama's promised "fundamental transformation" of America.  To be fair, he was uniquely candid when vowing that "under my plan of a cap-and-trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."  This interview received limited coverage despite also revealing plans to "bankrupt" politically disfavored industry while also raising "billions of dollars."

Paralyzing American Power.  The decision to elevate climate change to the threat level of jihadist terrorism amounts to a mockery of reason.  First off, climate change is not an immediate threat — it is a cyclical process that can only be measured in terms of centuries. ... And second, while concerns over climate change may excite a number of progressive politicians that have dedicated their public service careers to punishing capitalists for having the audacity to establish a profitable job-creating enterprise, the Obama Administration's decision to push the Copenhagen agenda in the National Security Strategy amounts to nothing less than fear mongering.

How Obama's Green Policies Will Bankrupt America.  Obama's policies prop up energy production that's inefficient and costly while shutting down other energy resources, like nuclear power, that could be both effective and affordable.  It's all about creating scarcity — and a heightened dependence on the government.  The optimistic news is that the public is increasingly skeptical of Obama's illogical promises, but that only means the administration is ratcheting up the fear-mongering to squeeze in as much changed as possible within the next three years.

Signs Point to Administration Plan to Lock Up 13M Acres of Federal Land.  A leaked partial document produced by the Bureau of Land Management and obtained by Fox News suggests the Obama administration is considering a plan to lock up 13 million acres of land — and the Department of Interior is refusing to answer questions.  First, a little background: The federal government owns about one-third of the land in the United States — most of it in western states. For example, 84 percent of Nevada is owned by Uncle Sam.

Obama administration extends roadless moratorium.  The Obama administration Friday [5/28/2010] extended for another year the moratorium on most logging and mining in millions of acres of remote and rugged backcountry sections of national forests.

Obama biggest recipient of BP cash.  While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they've taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.  BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Taking Advantage of an Oil Crisis. "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," [Rahm] Emanuel said.  And why should we think this administration isn't letting the Gulf of Mexico oil crisis go to waste?  Don't be fooled for a moment.  History proves that the Gulf leak is a messy dream come true for hardcore environmentalists — many of whom surround Mr. Obama.

Why is Ken Salazar hiding memo on new monuments, wilderness areas?  Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was asked in a Feb. 26, 2010, letter from Western Caucus Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop, R-UT, and other representatives from western states for the missing pages from a leaked government memo that "contained detailed information about the administration's plans to designate as many as 14 new national monuments and lock up as much as 13 million acres in states throughout the West."

US Navy to launch Great Green Fleet.  The US navy is set to be both green and mean with the dawning of an new eco-friendly assault force that will mind its carbon footprint as it destroys its enemy.  It is to launch "the Great Green Fleet", a fighting force of ships, submarines and planes powered entirely by biofuels.

Backdoor Energy Tax.  From cars to coal mines, the imposition of economy-killing restrictions is under way.  Are the new EPA regulations on auto emissions the precursor to regulating carbon dioxide by executive order?

Getting Gas Wrong:  In an economy full of problems there are still a few high points.  One of them, as you may have noticed if you pay attention to your utility bills, is that natural gas prices are relatively low. ... We shouldn't have to worry about this sector of the economy, but there is a dark cloud looming on the horizon in the form of yet another environmental initiative that the Obama administration is pushing forward, one that has the potential to cut domestic natural gas production, cost us jobs and revenue and force energy prices upward.

Going green the Chicago way.  Under the American Antiquities Act, huge expanses of public lands can be designated national monuments by stroke of the presidential pen.  Utahans suddenly were reminded of this with President Clinton's 1996 election-eve proclamation of the massive Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. ... Mr. Clinton's proclamation removed 1.7 million acres of Utah land, an expanse the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined, from productive uses. ... In many respects, events are repeating themselves.

Federal review of Arctic refuge could lead to more drilling limits.  For the first time in two decades, federal wildlife managers will take a look at how they administer the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including the possibility of asking Congress to make 1.5 million acres of the long-disputed coastal plain off limits to oil and gas development by designating it as wilderness.

Did someone mention ANWR?

Empty rhetoric, empty gas tanks.  The Army Corps of Engineers recently denied ConocoPhillips' permit to construct a drill pad in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, threatening 400 construction and 100 operating jobs and new production that could extend the life of the trans-Alaska pipeline.  If this shameful abuse of regulatory power could be used to stop routine oil and gas development of leases already granted by the federal government — in an area already designated a National Petroleum Reserve — then how optimistic could anyone be about this administration's new energy policy?

Environmental Extremists Making Regulatory Policies?  Although they were released on April Fools Day, new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations covering vehicle efficiency and water quality standards near mines are no joke.  Instead, they are the inevitable outcome when government puts environmental radicals in charge of writing regulations.  These unelected bureaucrats, headed by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, have no regard for or understanding of property rights, free markets, or our economy.  It's all about worshiping at the altar of "climate change" and offering penance for America's high standard of living by attacking industry in the name of "justice".

Our National No-Energy Policy:  Thomas Pyle, the president of the Institute for Energy Research, recently offered a chilling description of our national energy focus.  "When it comes to paving the way for the responsible development of homegrown, job-creating energy resources, no administration in history has done more to ensure producers do less."

Obama's budget reveals true agenda on energy.  The budget shows that revenues collected from new offshore leasing will decline over the next five years — from $1.5 billion in 2009, to only $413 million in fiscal 2015.  If the president planned on expanding offshore drilling, revenues would be increasing, not decreasing.

Here's what Obama's 'necessarily skyrocket' plan looks like.  Remember when President Obama said his anti-global warming program meant "electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket"?  Well, he wasn't kidding one bit.  He and his environmental extremist friends want to force the rest of us to use less energy and to get what energy we do use from "green" or "renewable" sources.  Want to see that approach applied on the local level?  How about a 37 percent increase in your monthly light bill?

It's Always "Earth Hour" in North Korea.  [Electricity] is the difference between the Dark Age and the present age... but not for everyone.  Much of Africa is in darkness. too.  People who hate civilization and the humans who created it are welcome to live out in the wilderness or in some primitive backward country where they burn dung to cook their meals.  If America doesn't start building more coal-fired plants, nuclear plants, and other generators of electricity, we too shall live in darkness when the sun goes down.  Be warned, the present administration is doing everything possible to make that future happen.

Obama Considers 'Zoning the Oceans'.  In requiring industries to disclose financial risks related to global warming and assessing national security concerns from rising sea levels, the administration has made an end run around Congress to ensure climate change is part of the national agenda.  One of the more insidious endeavors to implement climate change regulations without congressional action has been the administration's recent effort to regulate the oceans.  With very little fanfare, President Barack Obama quietly issued a memorandum last summer establishing an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force charged with developing recommendations for a national policy for oceans and coasts and the Great Lakes.

How to spell Obama energy policy: 'D-e-l-a-y'.  The need to develop America's bountiful fossil fuel resources will only intensify as our economy grows and those of emerging world economic powers like China and India similarly expand.  But President Obama is moving national energy policy in exactly the opposite direction.  Instead of aiding exploration and development of available fossil fuel resources, the administration appears to be doing everything possible to slow or even stop it.

'This Is the End of Favoring Motorized Transportation at the Expense of Non-Motorized'.  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that federal transportation policies will no longer favor "motorized" transportation, such as cars and trucks, over "non-motorized" transportation, such as walking and bicycling.  LaHood signed the new policy directive on March 11, the same day he attended a congressional reception for the National Bike Summit, a convention sponsored by a bicycling advocacy group, the League of American Bicyclists.

Transportation Secretary Explains 'Sea Change' He Envisions for U.S. Transportation.  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Friday [4/30/2010] that Americans are "tired" of the congestion caused by motorized transportation, and instead are looking for other options such as bicycle lanes and walking paths, which the government will add to its infrastructure.

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Yeah, Secretary LaHood is right — I'm tired of driving to work.  Maybe I should walk instead.  It would only take about five hours in each direction, unless I get mugged on the way, which would be inevitable.  Nine hours of wasted time every day would be like taking on a second job — but it would save $7.50 per day, which in my case is the price of gas and downtown parking.  But then my grocery bill would go up because of all the calories I'd burn.  Brilliant idea, Mr. Secretary.  I'm sure you'd feel right at home in Cuba, or China, or North Korea.

The Obama Moratorium:  No offshore drilling while he's in office.  The Obama administration's six-month delay in approving new offshore drilling leases in federal waters will become a new three-year ban, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar quietly told reporters last Friday [3/5/2010].  Which means that no new oil and gas leases will be approved during President Obama's term even though two-thirds of the American public supports such activity, according to a December 2009 Rasmussen poll.

Chortling At Chu.  Our secretary of energy pushes bio-refineries and windmills to oil executives at an energy conference as the administration announces a three-year offshore drilling ban.  This is a policy for economic suicide.

Obama turns off homegrown energy.  The Interior Department has collected only one-tenth as much revenue from oil and gas lease sales in 2009 as it did in 2008.  Revenue from such lease sales produced a return for the taxpayer of $942 per acre in the last year of the Bush administration, compared with only $254 per acre in the first year of the Obama administration.  Presently, not quite 3 percent of the 2.46 million available [acres of public land] are leased and that percentage is headed down.  Under Obama's Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, fewer acres on- and off-shore were leased in 2009 than in any previous year.

Government outlines Great Lakes fixup plan.  The Obama administration has developed a five-year blueprint for rescuing the Great Lakes, a sprawling ecosystem plagued by toxic contamination, shrinking wildlife habitat and invasive species.

Drillgate:  Secretary Salazar's Cover-Up.  The administration asked for public comments on a plan to expand offshore drilling.  When they came in 2-to-1 in favor, the Interior Department sat on the news.

More about offshore oil drilling.

White House Easter Egg Roll to Be Environmentally Friendly.  A White House announcement Monday [3/8/2010] said the eggs at this year's April 5 roll will be made from paperboard that contains no wood fibers from endangered forests, is recyclable and features vegetable-oil based inks and a water-based coating.

The Editor asks...
If you were determined to buy "wood fibers from endangered forests", where would you order such a product?

Our King of Big Government Suggests We Need Another New Agency.  What is the matter with that man in our White House?  Will he ever stop trying to spend every nickel and dime that Americans have, including our savings that we worked hard for to ease our retirement years?  He acts like a poor kid that suddenly comes into some money and it is burning a hole in his pocket to get spent.

New federal office for global warming.  Amid the growing fight over the accuracy of climate data, President Obama is seeking to have the federal government put its imprimatur on the science by calling for the creation of a new federal office to study and report on global warming.

NOAA's Ministry Of Propaganda.  Despite failures at Copenhagen, the fraud of the IPCC and the farce of Climate-gate, the administration wants an agency to monitor climate change.  Why must we fund one-stop shopping for climate charlatans?

Obama's National Climate Disservice:  Under the pretext that "Americans are witnessing the impacts of climate change in their own backyards," and that they "increasingly are asking the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for information about climate change in order to make the best choices for their families, communities and businesses," this week the Obama administration unveiled its National Climate Service (NCS).  Though we can't rely on a weather forecast that extend more than a few days, the National Climate Service is going to help us plan for micro-changes in climate decades and more into the future.

The President's Tax Hike on Drilling.  One well-publicized element of President Obama's proposed budget is the elimination of "subsidies" for fossil fuels.  But, in large part, these are not subsidies at all. ... Obama, in proposing to eliminate expensing of these drilling costs, is not abolishing a tax subsidy, but is imposing a tax penalty.  And, given his often-articulated disdain for fossil fuels, he is probably quite aware of this fact.

Time to re-examine that 'settled' science.  New scientific evidence and political realities demand rethinking California's plan to impose economy-stifling rules and congressional and Obama administration plans for even more potentially devastating interventions to curb manmade greenhouse gases.  Clearly, the science is not settled, as claimed, and the politics even less so.

Obama's Progressive Goose and Our Conservative Gander:  The president has been trying to convert the country's energy sector to the "green" creed, which is sure to take the wrecking ball to the American way of life and dramatically reduce our standard of living.  Obama's energy policy goes to the heart of the entire progressive agenda.  After the downfall of communism, the left almost immediately embraced the next millenarian project — environmentalism — and concentrated its prodigious energies on a giant undertaking:  to stampede the world and put the progressives in power, wielding the global warming scare as its latest cataclysm.

An Inconvenient Democracy.  President Obama isn't about to let a trifle like democratic consent impede his climate agenda.  With cap and trade blown apart in the Senate, the White House has chosen to impose taxes and regulation across the entire economy under clean-air laws that were written decades ago and were never meant to apply to carbon.  With this doomsday machine activated, Mr. Obama hopes to accomplish what persuasion and debate among his own party manifestly cannot.

The Obama doctrine:  govern by decree.  As you exhale while reading this article, you are contributing to the coming world catastrophe caused by global warming.  So says the Environmental Protection Agency in its recent decree that carbon dioxide is an air pollutant, among those gases that "endanger" public health.  In response to this sense of crisis stirred by the likes of Al Gore, President Obama pushes for mandates that significantly reduce carbon usage, and which, by all accounts, will cripple the U.S. economy.

No Substitute For Fossil Fuels.  Earlier this year, Congress approved a scheme to pour $80 billion — on top of the tens of billions already spent — into renewables.  A government report released last week indicates the money will be wasted.  Renewable energy is the shiny gem that everyone wants but no one can have.

For Obama, Global Warming Trumps National Security.  On Christmas Day, a Nigerian-born terrorist named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound passenger airplane. ... [President Obama] blamed the CIA for the foul-up.  There is no doubt that the CIA should have done something more to prevent this attack.  But, then again, President Obama has been keeping them busy.  With global warming.

Spying On Icebergs?  We can't stop terrorists from boarding planes with explosive undies, but the CIA has assets sufficient to monitor Arctic ice and look for signs of global warming?  Is al-Qaida recruiting polar bears? ... At the urging of Al Gore, the administration is signing on to a plan to task vital intelligence assets to protect not the people of the United States, but the environment.

The High Costs of Copenhagen.  When President Obama goes to the Copenhagen climate change summit next week, he is expected to once again declare that the U.S. will reduce its carbon emissions 83% by 2050.  Even though no legally binding agreement is expected, what Mr. Obama says in Denmark will define the U.S. position in subsequent international negotiations.  He will not say how the cuts will be accomplished.

The Surprise at Copenhagen.  Obama believes in AGW (anthropogenic or man-made global warming) theory.  He believes in "economic and social justice," and that logically leads to "climate justice."  He may believe that the U.S. owes a "climate debt" to the rest of the world.  What better way to lead the charge than to carry the ultimate banner of the radical left — wealth redistribution — under the auspices of the "crises of climate change."

Economic suicide.  When Air Force One jets off to Copenhagen next week, clouds of greenhouse gases billowing in its wake, the president would be wise to recall why the US Senate voted 95-0 against the Kyoto Protocol in 1997:  It required huge economic sacrifice from America — and virtually none from other countries.  A Copenhagen pact may wind up with similar requirements — as India's environmental minister, Jairam Ramesh, made clear yesterday [12/3/2009].

Obama offers $33 billion per year in climate reparations.  As the UN Climate Control Conference comes to an end today, many issues remain to be negotiated, including the size of the emissions cuts and the future of the Kyoto treaty.  But one issue has already been settled:  the size of the reparations that the developed countries (United States, Europe, Japan, etc.) would pay to the developing countries (China, India, Africa, etc.) if the agreement is negotiated.

Did someone mention Copenhagen?

The real fat cat party.  The U.S. Climate Action Partnership, led by GE, includes many other Fortune 500 companies, including Goldman Sachs — the company that has profited mightily from Obama's brand of hope and change.  CAP is an aggressive supporter of the Democrats' climate change scheme.  Why?  Because GE and company stand to make billions from carbon pricing, thanks largely to investments in technologies that cannot survive in a free market without massive subsidies from Uncle Sam.

Skeptics press Obama on climate summit.  Climate-change skeptics, fired up by the controversy over a series of British scientists' e-mails, are putting President Obama on notice:  Don't commit the United States to any long-term goals at next week's climate summit in Copenhagen.  One of the strongest such warnings has come from a member of the president's own party, Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia.

Obama Ignores 'Climate-Gate' in Revising Copenhagen Plans.  The controversy swirling around the leaked e-mails of climate scientists apparently trying to downplay data and exclude dissenting opinions has led to calls for President Obama to skip this month's climate summit in Denmark until the e-mails can be investigated.  Instead, the White House announced Friday [12/4/2009] that Obama was doubling down on his commitment to the summit's goals and moving his visit later in the month, hoping it will secure a "meaningful" agreement.

Obama and the CRUddites of Britain.  Back in Chicago, Obama was closely associated with the people who run the Chicago Climate Exchange, a stock market scheme that depends on artificial, government-created scarcities of carbon-based fuels.  Note that except for nuclear and geothermal, all our fuels are carbon-based.  It's the whole ball of wax. No sane person is expecting "novel sources of green energy" to actually add anything soon, or even ever.  So Obama is in this up to his crew cut.

Did someone mention ClimateGate?

Highest Cost Generating Plant Comes On Line in Florida to Obama Fanfare.  Florida Power & Light (FPL) has built a 25 megawatt photovoltaic power plant in Southern Florida that will supply power to 3000 homes and businesses — a small fraction of the company's over 4 million customers. ... FPL spent $152 million building the plant, which amounts to $6,080 per kilowatt — a figure substantiated by the Energy Information Administration, who ranks photovoltaic solar the highest cost technology of a potential slate of 20 possible future generating technologies.

Obama's Tonya Harding energy policy:  Politicians would have us believe there's a Brave New World of renewable energy out there.  But like the book, the reality of our current energy policy is more of a dystopia.  Case in point:  With great fanfare last October, President Obama took a trip to Florida to celebrate raising the electricity bills of Sunshine State residents.  Well, not really.  But that is in effect what happened.

Environmental Swine.  So the problem is complex.  But the solution begins with a call for the White House to take the lead on reversing federally mandated use of corn to produce ethanol fuel.  Imagine how many jobs we could save if we turned away from ethanol mandates and towards drilling in ANWR.  But don't hold your breath waiting for help from this White House.  Out in California, water has been diverted from the San Joaquin Valley in order to save the two-inch hypomesus transpacificus fish — also known as the delta smelt.  This has caused a severe drought in the area with some farming towns like Mendota seeing unemployment numbers of 40%.

Too much, too soon, too far left.  Death by a thousand cuts. Or in the case of the efficiency of the U.S. economy, by at least four:  Energy policy, health care policy, trade union resurgence, and fiscal madness.  Start with energy.  Barack Obama says our entire energy sector needs a makeover.  Never mind that we are fortunate to live in a country in which inexpensive energy has produced the world's most productive agriculture, a population capable of navigating America's huge spaces in air-conditioned comfort, and permitted the substitution of energy-plus-brain-power for back-breaking labor.  Obama is going to fix it with wind that sometimes blows, solar power where the sun sometimes shines, and perhaps even nuclear power.  Cost is no object.

Climate assumptions from another planet.  As the 821-page Kerry-Boxer climate bill gets fast-tracked in the Senate, as a companion to the 1427-page House bill, it is critical that we reexamine the assumptions behind cap-tax-and-trade legislation.  The Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Information Administration and other optimistic analysts claim America can limit and tax hydrocarbon use, and switch to "ecologically friendly" renewable energy, with minimal harm to families, businesses and jobs.  Their low-ball cost estimates are based on assumptions that can only have come from another planet.

Climate Change Will Be Its Highest Priority, Says U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Over the next five years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) plans to make climate change its "highest priority."  According to its new "Action Plan" released last month, the branch of the U.S. Department of Interior charged with protecting fish, wildlife and plants will focus first and foremost on the global weather.

Foolishly Choosing Bears Over Barrels.  [Al] Gore is just plain wrong.  Yet the myth he perpetuates has dealt a critical blow to our hopes for true energy independence.  Despite ever-increasing numbers and demonstrated adaptability, the famous Knut the polar bear and his kind are still said to be endangered.  That in turn has prompted the federal government to designate 200,541 square miles off the coast of Alaska as critical habitat for polar bears, effectively killing hopes to exploit the vast energy riches of the American Arctic.  The world polar bear population is at a modern high and growing.

All Falling Down...  [Scroll down]  While Obama was right to stiffen efficiency standards and promote alternate energies, he is neglecting the only mechanisms that can tide us over for the next 20 years — more natural gas, domestic oil, shale, tar sands, clean coal, and nuclear energy.  We should be on a dash to build nuclear plants for the coming demand from plug in hybrids and spikes in electricity usage.  We should be leasing as much natural gas lands as possible, to gain the supplies to run energy plants and to power vehicles.  There is plenty of oil in the Dakotas, California, Texas and in the Gulf and we should be drilling there like mad.  Sorry, even Santa Barbara should either ban SUVs or have oil derricks on the horizon.

The EPA is choking democracy.  One of the most important events of our lifetimes may have just transpired.  A federal agency has decided that it has the power to regulate everything, including the air you breathe.

Green world government.  Environmental alarmism is being exploited to chip away at national sovereignty.  The latest threat to American liberties may be found in the innocuous sounding Copenhagen Climate Treaty, which will be discussed at the United Nations climate-change conference in mid-December. ... The treaty's text is not yet finalized but its principles are aimed at regulating all economic activity in the name of climate security, with a side effect that billions of dollars would be transferred from productive countries to the unproductive.

A Secret White House Power Grab Is In Full Swing.  It's one thing for President Obama to surround himself with the advisers he'd like to have, but it's another to bestow on them sweeping powers to broker secret negotiations and push forward vast new regulations that could cost American families thousands of dollars. ... Driving the push for this massive power grab and circumvention of the elected branches is a key White House official who avoided Senate confirmation by being installed not as EPA director, but instead as White House Climate Czar:  Carol Browner.

Energy Sec. Chu claims he knows 'what the future will be 100 years from now'.  President Obama's Energy Secretary Steven Chu is at it again.  Fresh off his declarations in May claiming computer model predictions as evidence of a certain climate catastrophe, he has now gotten more bold, confidently predicting a certain climate catastrophe by the year 2109.  (When he and everyone who hears his warning today will be unable to verify his predictions because they will be conveniently DEAD!)

Bypassing all elected officials...
E.P.A. Moves to Curtail Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  Unwilling to wait for Congress to act, the Obama administration announced on Wednesday [9/30/2009] that it was moving forward on new rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from hundreds of power plants and large industrial facilities.

EPA Overreach.  President Obama has promised the world the United States will take definitive action on carbon emissions and he needs to have something to show for this promise at the looming global climate conference in Copenhagen.  One problem, the American people hate greenhouse gas regulations and they've been talking to their representatives in Congress — that's why cap-and-trade is stalled in the Senate.  That's where the Environmental Protection Agency comes in.  The Obama administration is so desperate to regulate greenhouse gas emissions that they are willing to illegally rewrite statutes without authorization from Congress.

Energy Czar Raises Possibility Of EPA Implementing Cap-And-Trade.  There's more than one way to get cap-and-trade, President Obama's energy czar said today [10/2/2009].  Carol Browner, the former Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) administrator who now serves in the Obama administration's newly created role of energy czar, floated the possibility today of the EPA implementing cap-and-trade energy policies, during an interview at The Atlantic's First Draft of History symposium in Washington, DC.

Will Obama bypass Congress on climate rules?  If Congress won't get the job done on climate change, President Obama has a way to do it himself.  But is he strong-arming the legislative branch?  It certainly looks that way as a series of new environmental regulations, released over the past two weeks by the EPA, are putting legislators on notice and executives on edge.

Overheated White House Environmental Campaigns.  [President Obama] has said on global warming, "The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear.  Sea levels are rising.  Coastlines are shrinking.  We've seen record drought, spreading famine and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season."  Fortunately for the world, not a single one of those claims is accurate.

After Global Warming:  [Scroll down]  The current administration is risking America's economic future on "green" energy in an effort to solve an unproven crisis.  The cap and trade legislation is moving ahead in spite of the fact that the United States is already one of the leading nations in curtailing CO2 output.  Other countries, which are rapidly expanding their manufacturing base, are doing exactly the opposite.  China, for example, now uses more coal for producing power than the US, Europe, and Japan combined.  President Obama, on the other hand, has openly called for the destruction of the coal industry in the United States.

EPA Suppresses Internal Global Warming Study, CEI Says.  Scientific findings at odds with the Obama Administration's views on carbon dioxide and climate change are being suppressed as a result of political pressure, officials at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) charge.  "This suppression of valid science for political reasons is beyond belief," said CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman.  "EPA's conduct is even more outlandish because it flies in the face of the president's widely-touted claim that 'the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over.'"

US nuclear recycling faces the axe.  Earlier this week, the administration of President Barack Obama quietly cancelled plans for a large-scale facility to recycle nuclear fuel.  The move may prove a fatal blow to the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) set up by previous president George W. Bush.

Obama's Green Snake Oil:  As he did during his campaign, Obama presented his plan to ameliorate global warming as a way of stimulating the economy, with the first steps — money for weatherizing buildings, boosting alternative energy production and improving power transmission — incorporated into his American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.  Thus he continues to ignore the enormous cost of dramatically reducing carbon dioxide emissions, falsely portraying the economic burden as a boon.

Millions in Stimulus Spending Being Doled Out for Questionable Jobs.  [Scroll down]  The Obama administration is spending $5 billion to weatherize homes.  But one Texas county spent $4 million to weatherize just 47 homes.  That's $78,000 per house.  Each retrofit is supposed to save homeowners $500 a year in energy costs.  That means taxpayers will recoup their investment in 156 years, long after the home is probably torn down.

Obama blocks some of Bush's last-minute environmental decisions.  With a short memo on Inauguration Day, President Obama blocked plans to loosen some air quality standards and to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list.  But he did not stop several other controversial, late-term environmental regulations issued by the Bush administration — at least not yet.

Barack Obama promises to lead world on climate change.  A week after taking office, the new Democratic president drew another sharp contrast with his predecessor George W Bush, who only thought that man had a limited effect on climate change.  In the course of a ten-minute announcement at the White House, Mr Obama became the first American president to put cleaner energy at the heart of his domestic agenda and to envision environmentalism as a creator of jobs on a large scale and as a boon to the nation's defence.

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But if Bush was right, then Obama is throwing money into a pit for no reason.

Another Tale of Two Headlines!  Combating an illusory beast like Manmade Global Warming™ is a perfect task for this administration:  it produces the necessary Green Vibrations to soothe liberal anxieties and — the really important thing — it is incredibly expensive.  Indeed, Manmade Global Warming™ is the ultimate Democratic boondoggle, potentially even more costly than nationalized health care.

Mileage Standards:  Not the Way to Energy Independence.  Fuel economy mandates to save gas?  That's like fighting obesity by requiring clothing manufacturers to make only slender sizes.

Environmentalist dreams collide with economic reality.  During the campaign and the transition Joe Biden promised that there would be no more coal plants built in the United States; greener-than-green Henry Waxman wrested the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from the sensible John Dingell; Carol Browner, "an acolyte of former Vice President Al Gore", according to the New York Times, was named White House coordinator of energy and climate policy (aka "czar"); ... There are others, all of this green persuasion, all able, all darlings of the environmental movement, all expected to favor sun and wind over nuclear and coal.  So far, so green.

'Santa' Klaus Takes on Global Warming.  [Scroll down]  Enter the Barack Obama administration.  Between new "Climate Czar" Carole Browner and Science Advisor John Holdren, the True Believers are now taking over Federal policy on energy and the weather.  (The weather?  Yes!  We are now blessed with an official bureaucracy tasked to change the weather.  It includes NASA Goddard Space Center's James Hanson, who believes that CEOs of energy companies "should be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature" if they spread foul skepticism about global warming.)

Obama's newest energy focus:  appliances.  Eager to show action on energy savings for consumers and reduced warming emissions for the planet, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered quicker, and in some cases new, efforts to make many appliances much more energy efficient.

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This means higher prices, fewer choices, and less freedom for the consumer, all in the name of "saving the planet" from a problem it doesn't really have.

Environmentalists Press Democrats With 'Non-Negotiable Demands'.  Environmentalists want Congress to cap greenhouse-gas emissions, a proposal meeting resistance from companies such as General Motors Corp. because of its cost.  They're pushing for laws to force public utilities to buy 15 percent of their power from renewable energy sources, an idea opposed by Southern Co. and American Electric Power Co.  And they want tougher energy- efficiency standards for cars, buildings and appliances.

War On Fossil Fuels.  The new administration has wasted no time in reversing a decision by the Bush White House that let gas and oil companies explore for new resources.  Keep this in mind the next time pump prices take off.

Obama's 'Extreme Team' On Energy.  One of them wanted to see Americans paying $8 a gallon for gasoline.  Another tried to block access to domestic oil reserves that could one day exceed those in Saudi Arabia.  Another thinks global warming is a dire crisis justifying a massive crackdown on energy — decades after saying the same thing about global cooling.  Yet another had a position in the one of the world's top socialist organizations.  Meet the Obama administration's energy team.

President Obama Taps Anti-Hunting, Animal Rights Extremist for Regulatory Czar.  President Obama has appointed his old friend and colleague, University of Chicago Professor Cass Sunstein, to run the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  Sunstein is a rabid enemy of Americans' Second Amendment freedom, and harbors radical ideas about animal rights that only the most ardent PETA activist would love.  Now he will run the federal office that oversees all government regulations.

This article reeks with pro-Obama bias:
Why Obama's Energy Savings Estimate May Be Skewed.  When he ordered the Energy Department on Thursday to set new, mandatory efficiency standards for a variety of household appliances, President Obama projected how much electricity would be saved.  "We'll save through these simple steps over the next 30 years the amount of energy produced over a two-year period by all the coal-fired power plants in America," Mr. Obama said.  But two audits of a prominent 17-year-old program to conserve electricity used in consumer goods, a voluntary effort called Energy Star, have found that such estimates, however rosy, are not completely reliable.

Two federal agencies settle global warming lawsuit.  The federal government on Friday settled a lawsuit that accused two U.S. agencies of financing energy projects overseas without considering their impacts on global warming.

Obama package focuses mainly on alternative power sources.  "There's not a lot of oil and gas" money in the stimulus bill, said Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston.  Instead, President Barack Obama's package focuses most of its attention, and an expected $54 billion or more in energy spending, on renewable and alternative power sources, not on the fossil fuel production of Houston's major oil companies.

Dr. Doom.  Thursday afternoon I received an e-mail from someone up on the Hill regarding the confirmation hearing for environmental activist and longtime (spectacularly failed) prognosticator of disaster, Dr. John Holdren. ... The email I received noted that Louisiana Senator David Vitter had a difficult time simply rolling over for the notion that this guy should stroll into regular access to the president without having to remind everyone, for the record, of just what a Moonbat he really is.  Per my correspondent:  "Vitter got Holdren to admit (three times) that he thinks 1 billion people will die from Global Warming by 2020."

A global warming scam:  Years of improved engine efficiencies have reduced emissions per ton-mile, but now the only practical way to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions is to push motorists into ever smaller vehicles that use less fuel per mile, or expensive hybrids and other exotic vehicles powered by fuel cells, compressed air, or batteries. ... [This] will mean that about six years from now many Vermonters registering a new car will have to pay more — probably a lot more — for an exotic upscale hybrid, or cram themselves into a smaller and less crashworthy car, van or truck.

War Over The Climate Heats Up Even As Climate Itself Cools Down.  Get ready for a three-ring circus.  In one corner you find those concerned with the recovery of the economy, in the second corner those concerned about threats to national security and in the third corner global warmers who agonize about catastrophic climate change. ... The global warmers will be led by energy-climate czarina Carol Browner, EPA chief during the Clinton years, and by science adviser John Holdren, who testified that a billion people might die by 2020 unless greenhouse-gas emissions are sharply reduced.

Is the Obama Administration Marching to the Tune of the Animal-Agenda Army?  When the Humane Society of the United States endorsed then-nominee Barack Obama for president, those analysts who track the animal-liberation lobby were put on high alert.  Despite now-president Obama's claim that his policies will be driven by science, not politics, recent events have only reinforced the fear that sound wildlife management and progress in human health and medical research will be thrown under the bus as payback to his radical animal-rights supporters.

EPA Expected to Regulate Carbon Dioxide for First Time.  The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to act for the first time to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, The New York Times reported on Wednesday [2/18/2009], citing senior Obama administration officials.  EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has asked her staff to review the latest scientific evidence and prepare documentation for a finding that greenhouse gas pollution endangers public health and welfare, the newspaper said.  There is wide expectation that Jackson will act by April 2, the second anniversary of a Supreme Court decision that found that EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse pollution under the U.S. Clean Air Act.

Please note that Carbon Dioxide is Not a Pollutant.

Truth and Reality Exiting Stage Left.  Ignoring the environment, especially climate change, is not only sensible at first glance, it is completely sensible because CO2 is not a problem.  Obama must know if he doesn't fix the economy anything else he does becomes madness.  So hopefully he will have sanity about climate change forced upon him.

Politics in the Guise of Pure Science.  Why, since President Obama promised to "restore science to its rightful place" in Washington, do some things feel not quite right?  First there was Steven Chu, the physicist and new energy secretary, warning The Los Angeles Times that climate change could make water so scarce by century's end that "there's no more agriculture in California" and no way to keep the state's cities going, either.  Then there was the hearing in the Senate to confirm another physicist, John Holdren, to be the president's science adviser.  Dr. Holdren was asked about some of his gloomy neo-Malthusian warnings in the past, like his calculation in the 1980s that famines due to climate change could leave a billion people dead by 2020.

The Doomsday Bias:  In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama took a dig at his backward predecessor by promising to "restore science to its rightful place" in America.  So why, days before he was sworn in, did Obama choose a failed prophet of the apocalypse to become his most influential scientist? ... [Dr. John P.] Holdren's particular brand of science is infected by what we can only call a doomsday bias.  Over the past 40 years, he has warned of population-growth induced "ecocide," "global cooling," global warming due to heat dissipation from power plants, nuclear Armageddon, and — this week — "climate disruption" caused by increased concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases.

Obama's Biggest Radical.  When Barack Obama nominated John P. Holdren as his Science Adviser last December 20, the president-elect stated "promoting science isn't just about providing resources" but "ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology."  In nominating John Holdren, his words could scarcely have taken a more Orwellian ring.  Some critics have noted Holdren's penchant for making apocalyptic predictions that never come to pass, and categorizing all criticism of his alarmist views as not only wrong but dangerous.

Obama lied; the economy died.  Our president shares a fascinating idea about energy with most of what used to be known as the "small is beautiful" crowd.  It is a curious phenomenon that one needs a very big government to enforce the beauty of small.  As Mr. Obama's energy secretary, Steven Chu, said last year:  The price of electricity in America is "anomalously low."  You see how much smarter that Nobel prize winner is than you.  You probably thought you were already spending enough on electricity and fuel.

Update on the "Chu Effect".  One month ago, Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu warned of apocalyptic drought in California.  "We're looking at a scenario where there's no more agriculture in California."  And, he added, "I don't actually see how they can keep their cities going" either."  USA today warned:  "Calif. facing worst drought in modern history"[.]  Almost immediately after Dr. Chu's pronouncement, the rain and snow started in earnest.  As of today, all California Snowtel stations report normal snow depth and water content, as do all stations in Colorado where California gets much of their water from.

Cap-and-trade plan will sink Michigan.  President Barack Obama's proposed cap-and-trade system on greenhouse gas emissions is a giant economic dagger aimed at the nation's heartland — particularly Michigan.  It is a multibillion-dollar tax hike on everything that Michigan does, including making things, driving cars and burning coal.  The president is asking for a system of government limits on carbon emissions.  The right to emit carbon would be auctioned off to generate revenue for more government spending programs.

Dems' Climate Change Power Grab Hidden in Spending Bill.  Using a massive $410 billion spending bill as a cloak, Democrat leaders in Congress have been caught attempting to create almost limitless new federal powers to regulate climate change without any public notice, public comment, or public debate.  The provision slipped into this bill would allow the Department of Interior to regulate all greenhouse gas emissions across the entire country based on the listing of the polar bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Obama's energy policy will increase dependence on foreign oil.  Ethanol subsidies began in 1979.  Ethanol has had 30 years of taxpayer-assisted experience.  Ethanol is the only "feasible" alternative renewable biofuel in the competition.  All other biofuels lack the production potential that ethanol has.  According to the latest data from the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production is currently averaging 0.60 million barrels per day.  At the subsidy of 51¢ per gallon, this amount of ethanol production costs taxpayers over $4 Billion in 2008.  The ethanol future looks much worse.  The "Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007" required maximum ethanol production of 2.35 million barrels per day by 2022.  But, this amount of ethanol production will require the entire corn crop in the US, every kernel of corn.

Obama climate plan could cost $2 trillion.  President Obama's climate plan could cost industry close to $2 trillion, nearly three times the White House's initial estimate of the so-called "cap-and-trade" legislation, according to Senate staffers who were briefed by the White House.

Kerry, Boxer:  U.S. 'Needs' Cap-and-Trade on Carbon Emissions Even if Energy Costs Rise.  Democratic Sens. John Kerry and Barbara Boxer told CNSNews.com that the nation must adopt the Obama administration's cap-and-trade proposal to reduce carbon emissions, even if it results in massive increases in gasoline and electricity prices.

Did someone mention cap and trade?

Obama's science adviser starts job.  [Scroll down]  The Senate also confirmed former Oregon State University marine biologist Jane Lubchenco to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees ocean and atmospheric research and the National Weather Service.  Lubchenco, who specialized in overfishing and climate change at Oregon State University, is the first woman to head NOAA.  A member of the Pew Oceans Commission, Lubchenco has recommended steps to overcome crippling damage to the world's oceans from overfishing and pollution and had expressed optimism for change after George W. Bush's presidency.

An obvious power grab:
EPA:  Global Warming Threatens Public Health, Welfare.  The Environmental Protection Agency sent a proposal to the White House on Friday [3/20/2009] finding that global warming is endangering the public's health and welfare, according to several sources, a move that could have far-reaching implications for the nation's economy and environment.

EPA moving toward carbon regulation.  Taking another step toward regulating emissions of greenhouse gases, the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency is declaring that global warming poses a threat to public health.

Consensus or censorship?  The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted a "finding" to the White House Office of Management and Budget that will force the Obama administration to decide whether to limit greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.  If adopted, new laws and regulations will likely follow that have the potential to change our lifestyles and limit our freedoms.  None of these laws and regulations will be preceded by debate.  They will be imposed on us by fundamentalist politicians and scientists who have swallowed the Kool-Aid and declared global warming as fact — end of discussion.

The article above was also posted under "Silencing the Skeptics in the Global Warming Debate."

Government Should Compel Consumers to Use Alternative Energy, Congressman Says.  Government policy should be crafted to raise the price of carbon-emitting energy sources so consumers are compelled to choose alternative energy, House Democratic Conference Chairman John Larson (D-Conn.) told CNSNews.com on Thursday.  Larson agreed that such a policy would likely result in higher electricity prices for consumers but said this is needed to protect the environment from the possible "catastrophic results" of not implementing a pro-green energy policy.

The Editor says...
What exactly are the "catastrophic results" which we must pay to prevent?  Where is the proof that catastrophe will result, and that it can be prevented, and that the government has any goal other than expansion of government?

The Greens Hate Energy, America, and You.  "There's nothing like a fresh start. On his first day in office, President Obama could make four decisions that would start 2009 with a 'clean slate' of energy policies," said Friends of the Earth[.  A]t the same time, the Sierra Club announced its own "Clean Slate Energy Agenda" that — surprise — was the same.  The focus of both is on energy use and accessibility.  Both want a lot LESS energy use.  Along with all other environmental organizations both use the bogeyman of "global warming" to demand huge reductions in "emissions." ... This is the objective of one of President Obama's earliest executive orders.  Driving up the cost of owning and operating a car directly strikes at the ability of Americans to be mobile and independent.  Justifying it as necessary to reduce global warming is just a big fat lie.

A Cooling Trend Toward Global Warming.  Over the past several years, it appeared that our society was doomed to succumb to what Weather Channel founder John Coleman has described as "the greatest scam in history":  anthropogenic (human caused) global warming (AGW).  For two decades there has been an incessant drumbeat of propaganda attributing every weather-related event to an increase in carbon dioxide caused by the burning of fossil fuels.  With the election of a president who is solidly in the global-warming-alarmist camp ... the passage of legislation causing some form of economy-crippling energy taxation seemed to be a foregone conclusion.

Going to Cuba is okay but...
US wants limits on Antarctic tourism.  The Obama administration is pushing to protect Antarctica's fragile environment by imposing mandatory limits on the size of cruise ships sailing there and the number of passengers they bring ashore.

Climate bill could trigger lawsuit landslide.  Self-proclaimed victims of global warming or those who "expect to suffer" from it — from beachfront property owners to asthmatics — for the first time would be able to sue the federal government or private businesses over greenhouse gas emissions under a little-noticed provision slipped into the House climate bill.  Environmentalists say the measure was narrowly crafted to give citizens the unusual standing to sue the U.S. government as a way to force action on curbing emissions.  But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sees a new cottage industry for lawyers.

Instead of drilling for oil, Obama tilts at windmills.  [Interior Secretary Ken] Salazar claims wind turbines off the Atlantic can produce enough electricity to replace the 1 million megawatts currently being generated by coal, natural gas, nuclear, biomass and other energy sources.  "Secretary Salazar is living in fantasy land," Thomas Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, told The Examiner.  The wind currently generates less than 1 percent of our electricity needs, he said, adding that "we would need to install 309,587 giant turbines — about 172 turbines per mile of coast — and hope the wind blows 24 hours a day, seven days a week," while paying twice as much for electricity as we do now.  This is the road to economic ruin.

Messing with Mother Nature:  [Scroll down]  So, today I am reading my local paper and see an article where the President's science advisor, John Holdren, has an idea about getting the temperature back down.  He says we should shoot a bunch of dirt into the upper atmosphere.  I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea, I am not anti-science.  I like science.  But I like my science to have been field tested and verified by the scientific method.

Deeper In Red From Going Green.  The administration tells the country it can revive the economy with a "green" stimulus.  But, like government-provided universal health care, where it's been tried in another nation, it hasn't worked.

Obama administration declares greenhouse gases a threat to public health.  Environmentalists are celebrating the so-called "endangerment finding" as the biggest statement yet that the federal government, after years of downplaying the dangers of climate change under the Bush administration, is now preparing to act boldly to combat it.  This is a "landmark moment in environmental history," Frank O'Donnell, president of the environmental group Clean Air Watch, said in a press release anticipating the decision.

Obama's Energy Policy Driven by Ideology, not Reason.  What Obama lacks in leadership, substance and management skills, he more than makes up for with rhetoric and ideological zeal.  Time and again Obama shows he will use his power to drive the left-wing agenda without regard to economic consequences or loss of liberty.  Moreover, with the liberal holy grail of penalizing fossil fuel use in his grasp, it's doubtful Obama will shy away.

Obama Says High-Speed Rail Will Foster Energy Independence.  President Barack Obama called Thursday for the country to move swiftly to a system of high-speed rail travel, saying it will relieve congestion, help clean the air and save on energy.

Energy Secretary Offers Dire Global Warming Prediction.  Caribbean nations face "very, very scary" rises in sea level and intensifying hurricanes, and Florida, Louisiana and even northern California could be overrun with rising water levels due to global warming triggered by carbon-based greenhouse gases, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Saturday [4/18/2009].  Chu's comments followed meetings with environmental ministers attending the fifth Summit of the Americas.  He did not shy away from the most perilous predictions about the potential effects of global warming.

Obama flunks Global Warming 101 on Fargo.  President Obama used recent flooding in Fargo, North Dakota to push his misguided belief in global warming.  His comment, "If you look at the flooding that's going on right now in North Dakota and you say to yourself, 'If you see an increase of two degrees, what does that do, in terms of the situation there?'" is speculative and completely wrong.

Global Warming Overreach.  Cap and trade was already going to be a brawl, but the two [Waxman and Pelosi] upped the ante by including tougher targets and restrictions.  If that weren't enough, they rolled in every other item on the green wish list:  a renewable electricity standard; a low-carbon fuel standard; a broader renewable fuels policy; new efficiency standards.  Any one of these is a monumental fight on its own.  Put together they risk an intra-party committee mutiny.

On Earth Day, Obama pushes ambitious climate agenda.  President Bill Clinton marked Earth Day in 1994 by promising to "green" the White House from its landscaping to its copy machines.  But President Barack Obama and his supporters pledged themselves to a far more ambitious goal on Tuesday — combating climate change all over the world.

Energy Sec. now admits he was 'Silly' to call for $8 per gallon gas in U.S..  REP. STEARNS:  No.  But somehow, your statement, "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the ($8 a gallon) levels in Europe," doesn't that sound a little bit silly in retrospect for you to say that?  SEC. STEVEN CHU:  Yes.

'Green' Obama wants us to pay.  For all Barack Obama's talk about rejecting new trade barriers, there is an increasing awareness around the world that the United States is planning to introduce climate-change legislation that amounts to little more than green protectionism.

It's Not Easy Being Green.  In Barack Obama's America, there are no costs and benefits.  There are only "false choices" that must be avoided lest we fall into the dangerous trap of old thinking.  We can increase deficit spending and improve budgetary discipline, expand health care funding and reduce costs, and pay for social programs unimagined by LBJ with the tax rates of Bill Clinton. ... Unfortunately, the laws of economics cannot simply be repealed and benefits still do come at a cost.

The Great Government CO2 Power Grab.  The inevitable has happened.  The Obama government has declared CO2 — a nutrient required by plants to live, and a gas exhaled with your every breath — a pollutant.  Let there be rejoicing in the ranks of activists.  Do what we say!  Now, when I say that what occurred was "inevitable" it means that there was nothing anybody could have done to stop the government from doing what it lusted to do.  No facts would have stopped them, no arguments, no evidence, no sober quantifications of uncertainty.  This was going to happen as soon as Obama was elected.  Control is what was wanted and control is what was had.

Obama wants to make America more like Europe.  Top of the president's change list is the way we consume energy.  He believes our use of carbon-based fuels is causing the globe to heat up, with all the dire consequences conjured up by Al Gore as he sits in the library of his home, probably the largest single consumer of energy of any private residence in America.  By one means or another, the president will make the use of oil, natural gas and especially coal so expensive that consumers will be forced to use less energy, and rely more for the energy we do use on costly wind and solar power, paid for with tax-funded subsidies or higher utility bills.

Obama sounds death knell for nuclear power.  Under the guise of cutting wasteful spending, President Obama is terminating support for the Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel repository in Nevada.  While not unexpected, this development means that there will be no place to store nuclear waste, probably for decades, other than at temporary storage locations at each of the nation's nuclear power plants.

Obama nukes nuclear storage.  For more than two decades, the Congress, the president and the sprawling federal bureaucracy have worked to find a safe place to store the waste of nuclear reactors.  Yucca Mountain, a remote formation in the deserts of Nevada, was the chosen site.  Now President Obama, bowing to the demands of a fraction of anti-nuclear activists, has thrown 22 years of hard work up in the air.

Penny-Wise And Megawatt Foolish.  Among the Lilliputian cuts in the budget is the termination of the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev.  Thus, a "shovel ready" renewable resource that emits no greenhouse gases is shoved aside.

Keep Yucca Mountain project alive.  While President Barack Obama's newly proposed budget would finally allow Nevada to rid itself of a nuclear waste dump planned to be buried in tunnels deep under Yucca Mountain, it would leave Illinois with the shaft.  Obama's decision to zero out the Nevada nuclear waste repository is a betrayal of his Illinois constituents, forcing nuclear power plants here to continue to "temporarily" store more than 7,000 tons of dangerous, radioactive waste — more than any other state — in cooling ponds near rivers and Lake Michigan.

Yucca Mountain Decision Ignores Science.  Seldom in history has such a small piece of real estate been subjected to such thorough and comprehensive [study].  And yet the selection of this site has been mired in political controversy from the very beginning.  What has been ignored in the controversy are the extensive scientific analyses conducted in support of a proposed repository, along with both national and international peer reviews.  The site has been studied exhaustively for 30 years now, and as much as $10 billion has been expended in scientific research.

Barack's Bi-Polar Nuclear Policy:  President Barack Obama recently took drastic steps forward to carry through on his campaign promise to close the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility before it ever opens for business.  His Department of Energy (DOE) successfully petitioned judges hearing license requests for the dump site to cancel the hearings.  The final step in Obama's effort to kill the project for good will be to completely withdraw the DOE application for Yucca Mountain.

Malice in Obamaland.  The [nuclear energy] industry has been hampered by reams of regulatory red tape demanded by environmentalists in the wake of the 1979 Three Mile Island incident, which effectively ended new plant construction. ... Mr. Obama's budget proposal also zeroed out funding for Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, leaving America with no long-term solution for storing spent nuclear fuel.  Without a storage solution, there is no way forward for nuclear power.  Weighing these two contradictory moves, the president appears to be urging the industry onward along the familiar path to nowhere.

More about Yucca Mountain.

Global Warming Scam To Cost Americans Trillions.  This proposed global warming tax-and-spend scam would be one of the biggest financial assaults ever perpetrated against a free people.  Forgetting for a moment that the whole anthropogenic global warming myth is the biggest fraud ever sold to a free people, the plans the Obama Administration has to lighten the pockets of the American people is truly staggering.

Obama budget rescinds oil, gas industry tax breaks.  The oil and gas industry is taking a hard hit in President Barack Obama's proposed budget.  According to details released Thursday about the 2010 budget, the plan would rescind tax breaks at a cost to the industry of $52.4 billion over the next 10 years.

Obama and the Alternative Energy Fiasco:  It's only a matter of time before President Barack Obama's vast popularity runs aground on his energy policies.  In the name of saving the planet from global warming, he has delayed new oil drilling, an action that will have major political repercussions once the world economy recovers.  Instead of using some the stimulus billions to produce more gas and oil, Obama's wild-eyed supporters dream of "renewable" energy derived from corn, wind, sunshine, and even grass.  With the appointment of extremists like climate czar Carol Browner and science adviser John Holdren, Obama has placed his administration's environmental policy in the hands of radicals.

Cracks in the Facade:  Obama is ignoring the potential of coal, nuclear, gas, and oil, intent on cap-and-trade, and pie-in-the-sky present-day Gore-ish wind and solar.  The result will be that our energy bills will skyrocket.  Our vulnerability will increase.  Our overt enemies will gain leverage, and covert ones will keep using coal and nuclear for economic advantage.  This is a disastrous energy policy and apparently has been outsourced to the Al Gore cadres.  We have a rendezvous with real trouble when the global economy rebounds and demands more oil and gas.

The Green Wind Of Destruction.  To say we're skeptical of the administration's claim that green jobs will bolster economic recovery is putting it mildly.  It's much easier to believe that needless environmental rules will cause widespread job losses.

Environmentalists happy with Obama; industry less so.  In the nearly four months since taking office, the Obama administration has moved quickly, relentlessly and without apology to roll back the natural resource and public lands policies of its predecessor.  Though they have yet to lay out their own vision in detail, Salazar and other administration officials have left no doubt that they consider the Bush approach misguided and unfairly weighted toward timber, mining, oil and other interests.

Obama administration trying to make unequal things equal.  Human production of CO2 causing global warming or climate change is the biggest deception in history.  Previously this statement met with incredulity.  How could the entire world or a majority of scientists be fooled?  Now after the almost complete collapse of the global financial system people understand.  The Obama government is fooled because it doesn't want to understand and it suits their political agenda.  They ignore facts and abandon logic to produce policies guaranteed to continue US economic decline.

Yucca Mountain, Though on Hold, Would Be Very Safe.  President Barack Obama has proposed a budget that would eliminate funding for the nearly completed Yucca Mountain storage facility for spent nuclear fuel.  Proponents vow not to abandon the plan, and they have strong scientific reasons to support it.  Yucca Mountain was selected as the nation's first repository for high-level nuclear waste because of its many natural barriers preventing the escape of radioactive particles.  These include the mountain's surface soils, its overall physical shape, the thick rock layers above and below the levels used for storage, and the very impermeable materials located below the area's deep water table.

Obama Budget Abandons Yucca Mountain.  In a significant energy policy redirection, the Obama administration appears poised to pull the plug on funds for permanent nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.  President Barack Obama's recently unveiled budget eliminates funding for the Yucca Mountain geologic repository, in spite of years of planning and almost $8 billion invested in the project.

Obama's European Energy Vacation.  Obama is absolutely right that we can learn a lot from the European approach to energy.  But he is dead wrong on what those lessons are. We should study what the Europeans are doing with regard to energy and the environment, and then generally do the opposite.

Save the Planet — Paint the Roof.  The other day, the current Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu was speaking at the "St James's Palace Nobel Laureate Symposium" in London which, if it is not the most pretentiously named meeting on the planet, it must be among the top five, told his laureateal colleagues that we should paint much of the world white to reflect heat back up into space and, thus, cure global warming.  I am not making this up.

Greens Want Black and White.  Energy Secretary Steven Chu appeared at noted climatologist Prince Charles' symposium in London today [5/26/2009], and expressed the Obama administration's support for painting roofs white and cars black in order to reflect energy and fight global warming. ... This is the kind of dictatorial looniness that might awaken the general public to the fact that greens are stark-raving mad.  In fact, the public is already awake in California.

You Will Wear White and You Will Like It.  If we would just inflate our tires and get regular tune-ups, drilling for oil would be unnecessary.  Now one of the many czars of the Oz-bama Regime has blithely suggested we should all be ordered to paint the roofs of our houses white — that doing so would equal taking every car on the planet off the roads for eleven years.  I wonder if whatever he's smoking is negatively affecting climate change.  But why stop there?  If white roofs are such an energy conservation miracle, surely making all cars white would help a lot too, and since we are soon to have only Oz-bama Motors achieving the impossible 35-miles-per-gallon average, it'll be easy to issue the little eggs with wheels in one color.

Levelized Cost of New Electricity Generating Technologies.  Analysis shows wind and solar power are ridiculously expensive, compared to natural gas, coal and nuclear power.

No Energy from this Executive.  "As I've often said, in the short term, as we transition to renewable energy," President Obama stated in April, "we can and should increase our domestic production of oil and natural gas. ... We still need more oil, we still need more gas.  If we've got some here in the United States that we can use, we should find it and do so in an environmentally sustainable way."  Does anyone believe Obama was serious about this? Given his practice of misdirection — saying one thing, doing another — no one should have.  Now, nearly five months into the Obama presidency, it's clear he didn't mean a word of it.  His administration is impeding, not promoting, increased production of oil and gas, as it is of coal and nuclear power.

America's Nuclear Power Lag:  While President Barack Obama welcomed the "peaceful development" of nuclear power plants in Iran and other countries which do not see themselves as friends of the United States, he and his liberal Democratic colleagues seem intent on killing off the remnants of the nuclear power industry in the United States.  Although candidate Obama said he would consider nuclear power use if a reasonable solution can be found to storing nuclear waste, President Obama has taken absolutely no action in developing civilian nuclear power.  The comprehensive energy program of the Democratic Congress, the Waxman-Markey bill does not even mention nuclear power.

FutureGen 'Clean Coal' Project Scaled Back by Obama.  The scope of the stalled FutureGen "clean coal" project in central Illinois is being scaled back by the Obama administration in an effort to revive the plans for a coal-fired power plant that spews fewer gases into the air.  The U.S. Energy Department said today [6/12/2009] it will support a modified version of the proposal, seeking to build a plant in Mattoon, Illinois, that can capture and bury 60 percent of its carbon emissions.  The Bush administration had crafted the original idea for a plant that could trap almost 100 percent of emissions, and then canceled it after costs exceeded estimates.

What Europeanization Will Really Mean:  Since Mr. Obama and his friends would like us to be more like Europeans, my wife and I recently went on a great explore to find out what life is really like in Europe and what changes we should expect.  Get out your bike because you will soon be riding it everywhere.  That means you too, Grandma — no exceptions.  The best way to cut down on that nasty CO2 is to chuck your cars and get on a two-wheeler.  Of course, after a couple years with the government running two of our three major car companies, a bicycle may become an attractive alternative.

White House Sounds Alarm On Climate Change.  Harmful effects from global warming are already here and worsening, warns the first climate report from Barack Obama's presidency in the strongest language on climate change ever to come out of the White House.

Watermelon Environmentalism, Green on the Outside, Red on the Inside.  President Obama, who wants to emphasize science, has chosen Carol Browner for his "Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change," a new post being dubbed the "Climate Czar."  Browner's recent career will be of interest to Americans struggling with a weak economy and cold weather.  Carol Browner is not a climate scientist but an attorney and bureaucrat who ran the EPA during both terms of the Clinton Administration, so she does not exactly represent "change."  She also put in a stint with the Socialist International, "the worldwide organization of social democratic, socialist and labour parties.

Obama Budget Abandons Yucca Mountain.  In a significant energy policy redirection, the Obama administration appears poised to pull the plug on funds for permanent nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.  President Barack Obama's recently unveiled budget eliminates funding for the Yucca Mountain geologic repository, in spite of years of planning and almost $8 billion invested in the project.  Yucca Mountain may be in limbo, but it is not the only option available for dealing with spent nuclear fuel.

Strong words on climate change.  Global warming has already caused more heavy downpours, the rise of temperatures and sea levels, rapidly retreating glaciers, and altered river flows, according to the document released yesterday by the White House science adviser and other top officials.

Government Study Warns of Climate Change Effects.  The impact of a changing climate is already being felt across the United States, like shifting migration patterns of butterflies in the West and heavier downpours in the Midwest and East, according to a government study to be released on Tuesday [6/16/2009].  Even if the nation takes significant steps to slow emissions of heat-trapping gases, the impact of global warming is expected to become more severe in coming years, the report says, affecting farms and forests, coastlines and floodplains, water and energy supplies, transportation and human health.

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U.S. Climate Report Assailed.  The new federal report on climate change gets a withering critique from Roger Pielke Jr., who says that it misrepresents his own research and that it wrongly concludes that climate change is already responsible for an increase in damages from natural disasters.

Time to Laugh at Obama and Company.  How many Americans does it take to screw in a light bulb?  According to President-elect Barack Obama, 2.5 million.  Obama has a new plan, he says, to save or create at least 2.5 million jobs.  "We need to upgrade our federal buildings by replacing old heating systems and installing efficient light bulbs," Obama said.  "That won't just save you, the American taxpayer, billions of dollars each year.  It will put people back to work."  This is inherently hilarious.  The president-elect of the United States actually believes that screwing in energy-efficient light bulbs will save or create millions of jobs.

Did someone mention fluorescent bulbs?

Obama's Mine Shaft:  Barack Obama's plan to bankrupt anyone building a new coal plant prioritizes global warming myths over U.S. energy independence.  It also wields government power punitively and will hurt the economy.

Obama's anti-oil team.  The president-elect is poised to hand environmental policy to people who want to punish petroleum.

NASA's Hansen to Obama:  Use Global Warming to Redistribute Wealth.  Climate realists around the world have contended for years that the real goal of alarmists such as Nobel Laureate Al Gore and his followers is to use the fear of man-made global warming to redistribute wealth.

NASA's James Hansen to the Rescue!  NASA's James Hansen has written a personal letter to President-elect Obama outlining his plans for saving the planet from global warming.  Hansen has been wrong so many times about the "inevitability" of global warming that most of us have lost count.  But it is hard to be wrong — when it feels so right.

NASA tells Barack Obama Australia is destroying earth with coal emissions.  Australia's use of coal and carbon emissions policies are guaranteeing the "destruction of much of the life on the planet", a leading NASA scientist has written in a letter to Barack Obama.  The head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Professor James Hansen, has written an open letter to Barack Obama calling for a moratorium on coal-fired power stations and the use of next-generation nuclear power.

Bailing Out Wind.  Obama announces his energy team without mentioning a green source of renewable energy that could create jobs, reduce carbon emissions and reinvigorate a vital manufacturing sector — nuclear power.

Energy squad to wean US off oil addiction.  Barack Obama intends to round out his environmental and natural resources team with a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and three former Environmental Protection Agency officials from the Clinton administration.  The president-elect's energy policy team will be responsible for implementing a far-reaching plan to wean the US off Middle Eastern oil and bolster the economy by increasing energy efficiency and building renewable energy plants.

The Editor says...
If you like paying $8 a gallon for gasoline, you should be in hog heaven by the time Obama implements his harebrained schemes.  He will appease the environmentalists, but no one else.

Environmentalists draft bold roadmap for Obama.  The [environmental] groups call for cutting funding for nuclear energy, reinstating a moratorium on drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and reconsidering recent oil and gas leases in some parts of Alaska.  The bold outline from groups working to protect oceans, increase park space and reduce pollution shows that the environmental community is going on the offensive, after eight years of playing defense.

Obama Pledges to 'Skyrocket' Electricity Prices.  President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to force electricity prices to "skyrocket" and to "bankrupt" any new coal-fired power plants in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle that surfaced November 2.  With the planned imposition of strict limits on carbon dioxide emissions, electricity providers would have to purchase prohibitively expensive alternative power from sources such as wind and solar.  Obama pledged he would not allow electricity providers to use less-expensive nuclear power or clean coal technology any time in the near future.

The Warm Turns.  In a speech at Harvard last November, Harvard physicist John Holden, President-elect Obama's choice to be his science adviser as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, presented a "top 10" list of warming solutions.  Topping the list was "limiting population," as if man was a plague upon the earth.  This is a major tenet of green dogma that bemoans the fact that the pestilence called mankind comes with cars, factories and overconsumption of fossil fuels and other resources.

'Santa' Klaus Takes on Global Warming.  [Scroll down]  Enter the Barack Obama administration.  Between new "Climate Czar" Carole Browner and Science Advisor John Holdren, the True Believers are now taking over Federal policy on energy and the weather.  (The weather?  Yes!  We are now blessed with an official bureaucracy tasked to change the weather.  It includes NASA Goddard Space Center's James Hanson, who believes that CEOs of energy companies "should be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature" if they spread foul skepticism about global warming.)

Advocates for Action on Global Warming Chosen as Obama's Top Science Advisers.  President-elect Barack Obama has selected two of the nation's most prominent scientific advocates for a vigorous response to climate change to serve in his administration's top ranks, according to sources, sending the strongest signal yet that he will reverse Bush administration policies on energy and global warming.

NOAA's Ark.  President-elect Obama chooses as his science adviser and head of our weather research agency two global warming activists who believe your SUV is driving us over a climate cliff. ... He nominated Harvard physicist John Holden to be his science adviser as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, and marine biologist Jane Lubchenco to head to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Both are global warming true believers.

Climate czar left no electronic trail.  Don't bother looking for any electronic records of Carol Browner's first stint as a federal government executive.  The soon-to-be Obama administration climate czar intentionally didn't keep many.  In sworn testimony obtained by The Washington Times, Ms. Browner disclosed that she refused to use e-mail when she served as President Clinton's Environmental Protection Agency chief in the 1990s for fear of leaving a digital trail.

Hot air from Obama:  In one of his first public policy statements as America's president-elect, Barack Obama focused on climate change, and clearly stated both his priorities and the facts on which these priorities rest.  Unfortunately, both are weak, or even wrong. ... Obama went on to say why he wants to prioritise global warming policies:  "The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear.  Sea levels are rising.  Coastlines are shrinking.  We've seen record drought, spreading famine, and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season." ... These statements are — however eloquent — seriously wrong or misleading.  Sea levels are rising, but they have been rising at least since the early 1800s.

Less Power To Him.  Barack Obama's apparent choice for Energy secretary is physicist Steven Chu. ... He has criticized "free market forces" for not cutting carbon dioxide emissions and supports "a combination of fiscal policies and downright regulations" for controlling CO2.  He claims coal — which today fuels hundreds of power plants — is an "obstacle to progress," and has said "coal is my worst nightmare."  And he shows an alarmist's fear of global warming.  Chu is also a zealous advocate of alternative energy, using his position as director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California to push policymakers to remake the facility into a center for researching biofuels and solar energy.  An opponent of coal who happens to be a global warming reactionary is not suitable to be in charge of the nation's energy policy.

Global Warming's Poor, Huddled Masses.  Barack Obama doesn't have a mandate for his global warming policies.  He doesn't even have a mandate from his most fervent supporters. ... Obama's America wouldn't just welcome your tired, your poor, your huddled masses:  It would create them.  It's highly doubtful Americans are willing to make this sacrifice.

Obama's Carbon Busters.  After the selection of a largely centrist economic team, liberals have been asking when President-elect Obama would give them a seat at the table.  Well, now we know, and Americans should strap themselves in.  Mr. Obama is stocking his energy shop with the greenest of greens who want to move fast on a very aggressive climate agenda.  Here come the carbon busters.

Obama's Energy Policy:  Al Gore's Pipe Dream.  Obama also pledges to put a million "plug-in hybrid cars" on the road by 2015 — by offering a $7,000 tax credit to anyone who buys one.  Of course, Obama's energy proposals haven't won him friends in the coal industry, which he has essentially vowed to shut down.

Obama climate pledge "very positive" — UN official.  Barack Obama's pledge to work to reduce emissions sharply by 2020 is a "huge signal" of encouragement to countries negotiating a new climate pact, the head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat said on Wednesday [11/19/2008].  The U.S. president-elect said on Tuesday the United States would engage vigorously in climate change talks when he is president, and he pledged to work to reduce emissions sharply by 2020, despite the financial crisis.

The New Landlord.  Get ready for national park access by mass transit in order to minimize automobile usage.  Yosemite, Zion, and Grand Canyon have already instituted shuttle bus services, with Yosemite boasting nine routes.  Nothing scares the Chambers of Commerce of "Gateway communities" around Yellowstone more than the idea of having to tell tourists they can't drive on the Park's extensive highway system.  But the green dream calls for car-free national parks.  [No snowmobiles, RVs, or motorcycles.]

Climate first for Obama transition team.  After eight years out in the cold, Democrats in Washington DC are rushing to warm themselves by the White House fireplace.  And although research advocates may have to wait to see major science-policy positions in the new administration filled, a sense of the next president's priorities and style of governance is starting to emerge.

What can we expect from the Obama Administration?  [#5] [Expect an] end to almost all new drilling, new nuclear power stations, and a vast slowdown if not a stop on coal-fired power stations.  Expect California-style blackouts within two or three years, rolling across the nation, to be used as the excuse for rationing of energy, including fuel and electricity.

Obama's First 100 Days.  World peace will probably be first on the agenda.  Obama, as president, will give all those dictators a good talking to. ... Once Obama has shown these bad boys the error of their ways, he'll be ready to tackle his next big job  — saving the earth from melting.  Of course, this will require a temporary halt to capitalism but hey, ya gotta break a few eggs, right?  The bright side is, Obama will actually be able to deliver on a campaign promise — the promise to bankrupt the coal industry.

Green herring.  Mr. Obama wants to "implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050."  That is even more ambitious than the goal of a cap-and-trade bill that the Department of Energy estimates would cost between $444 billion and $1.3 trillion in reduced economic growth over two decades. ... Like a carbon tax, which achieves the same result more explicitly, a cap-and-trade system works only if it makes energy use (and the emissions associated with it) more expensive.

Second thoughts on warming:  President-elect Barack Obama wants to phase out coal-based electricity generation, switch to renewable energy and follow Europe's lead on climate change.  That could prove difficult.  Coal generates half of all U.S. electricity.  Wind provides less than 2 percent of all electricity and cannot be relied on when it's needed.  Europe's lead can't even be defined, much less followed.

Obama's Grand Experiment: Global Warming Cap-and-Trade Policy.  The prospect that President-elect Barack Obama may keep the Bush tax cuts until 2011 has some clinging to hope he will postpone his liberal ideas for the economy's sake.  There's little chance of that when it comes to global warming, however, an issue on which Obama puts his ideology first and the nation's economic growth second.

An Explosion of Green Lies.  As the Obama administration makes ready to assume power, the Greens are going crazy with campaigns denouncing coal as "dirty" and demanding an end to the use of all plastic bottles, claiming that a life-threatening component exists.  If this is so, don't you think we would know about it by now?  Plastic, of course, is made from oil and that too has been stigmatized for decades by the Greens.

Obama is the star pupil in the School of Climate Change.  Bernard Baruch said, "Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing."  Barack Obama promised a great deal.  He was rarely specific, but his generalities were interpreted to mean he would deal with each voter's specific concerns.  His promise of change was nothing new, but people believed it was different than any thing seen before in Washington.  He is not President yet, but already he has demonstrated an inability to satisfy the expectations raised by his eloquence and vagueness.

President-elect Barack Obama proposes economic suicide for US.  [Obama] talks blithely of allowing only "clean" coal-fired power plants, using "carbon capture" — burying the CO2 in holes in the ground — which would double the price of electricity, but the technology for which hasn't even yet been developed.  He then babbles on about "generating five million new green jobs".  This will presumably consist of hiring millions of Americans to generate power by running around on treadmills, to replace all those "dirty" coal-fired power stations which currently supply the US with half its electricity.  If this sounds like an elaborate economic suicide note, for what is still the earth's richest nation, it is still not enough for many environmentalists.

Obama to Declare Carbon Dioxide Dangerous Pollutant.  Barack Obama will classify carbon dioxide as a dangerous pollutant that can be regulated should he win the presidential election on Nov. 4, opening the way for new rules on greenhouse gas emissions.  The Democratic senator from Illinois will tell the Environmental Protection Agency that it may use the 1990 Clean Air Act to set emissions limits on power plants and manufacturers, his energy adviser, Jason Grumet, said in an interview.

Hey kids! Let's create an International Court for the Environment!  Obama's election is really bringing them out of the woodwork, isn't it?  Every liberal kook in the world now feels enabled to advance any cockamamie idea they can come up with.  Try this one; a court to try nation's and companies that contribute too much to global warming.

Obama Out-Gores Gore at Climate Summit'.  The President-elect appeared to the green faithful on Tuesday [11/18/2008] in the form of a mammoth video image, and opened his pre-recorded pledge to "take the lead" in addressing global warming with these eerily familiar words:  "Few challenges facing America — and the world — are more urgent than combating climate change.  The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear.  Sea levels are rising.  Coastlines are shrinking.  We've seen record drought, spreading famine and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season."

[The article goes on to pick Obama's argument apart, point by point, and show how each claim is false.]

Obama Embraces 'Green Path' in Economic Stimulus Plan.  President-elect Barack Obama is considering a stimulus package that will include a heavy dose of spending on environmentally friendly projects aimed at creating "green-collar jobs" and saving energy.

Economists raise doubts about alternative-energy spending.  Prompted by public concern over the economy and energy costs, President-elect Barack Obama and Democrats in control of Congress are touting a two-for-one solution:  spending billions of dollars on alternative-energy programs to create jobs and help lift the nation out of recession.

The Editor says...
Note to Mr. Obama:  The economy doesn't work that way.  Government is parasitic — it does not create jobs or anything else.  It does not have money of its own to spend on half-baked ideas like yours.  The old Democrat tax-and-spend cycle never has lifted the nation out of anything.

Radical environmentalism is not just a hobby for tree-hugging Earth-worshiping hippies, as you can learn from this page.

Do you like paying $5.00 a gallon for gasoline?  The Democrat-controlled Congress has been obstructing the flow of oil for years.

Waxman to Push Global Warming Bill.  Comprehensive global warming legislation will be sent to the House floor by Memorial Day, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) announced Thursday [1/15/2009].  "Our committee will be acting quickly and decisively to reduce global warming and end our dependence on foreign oil," Waxman said.

The Editor says...
First of all, neither Mr. Waxman nor anyone else can affect global temperatures, since he would be competing with sunspots, volcanoes and other natural forces that are far more powerful than he.  Secondly, the only way to "end our dependence on foreign oil" would be to eliminate the internal combustion engine and build dozens of new nuclear power plants.  The Democrat Party is practically owned by environmental lobbyists who consistently oppose nuclear power, so that's out.  And considering how Mr. Waxman and the other Democrats have been so protective of the auto industry lately — or at least the UAW — I'd say the internal combustion engine is safe for now.  Therefore Mr. Waxman appears to be wasting his breath on shallow and meaningless rhetoric.

Shovel-Ready Nukes.  Amazingly, with all the talk of shoveling money into infrastructure projects, no mention has been made of our energy needs, the jobs that can be created by expanding our energy infrastructure and the jobs that can be created with the additional energy provided.  To be sure, vast sums are planned for alternative energy sources such as wind farms and solar plants, but like the current stimulus packages they will take too long to affect the economy in any significant way.  Nuclear energy is a different matter.



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