Environmentalists oppose every practical source of energy, because they
detest capitalism, industrial activity, and America itself.
The left-wing tax-and-spend socialist Democrats say the world is
running out of oil. That's not true.
They say windmills can deliver cheap, reliable and environmentally friendly power.
That's not true. Other countries have already learned this lesson.
They say we should rely on solar panels for electricity rather than coal, natural gas, or nuclear power.
That's not true. (Especially at night!)
They say we would all be better off driving little two-seat clown cars that
get 45 or 50 mpg. That's not true.
They say that in a few years, lots of practical, affordable cars will run on hydrogen. That's not true.
They say that in a few years, lots of practical, affordable cars will run on batteries. That's not true.
They say it would be an environmental catastrophe to drill in ANWR. That's not true.
They say ethanol is an effective substitute for octane. That's not true.
They say carbon dioxide is a pollutant. That's not true.
They say "green jobs" can be created easily in a free market and are just as permanent as any other job. That's not true.
They say the Keystone XL pipeline would be too dangerous to the environment. That's not true.
There are pipelines and refineries from Houston to Port Arthur, and the people who live in that area seem quite happy about it. Has the Alaska
Pipeline been an environmental disaster, as some predicted? No.
They say nuclear energy is just too dangerous to use. That's not true.
They say the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, the Sage Grouse, the Delta smelt, the spotted owl, the Mexican Wolf, Ridley sea turtles,
the American burying beetle, and the yellow-billed loon are more valuable than new oil
wells. I don't think so, and I don't believe we have to
select one or the other.
They say we should all ride buses and trains, packed in with a bunch of nasty smelly strangers, instead of driving our own
cars. I don't think so.
They say we should all use fluorescent light bulbs, whether we want to or not,
because that will help conserve energy. Yes, that will conserve energy, but conservation is not an energy source, and the
light bulb issue is more a matter of individual liberty than energy use.
When you pay five dollars a gallon for gasoline, and 50 cents per kWh for electricity, you can blame the
left-wing environmentalists and their friends in
Party, and their
Blames Pipeline That Hasn't Been Built Yet For An Oil Spill. Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez blamed the Keystone XL pipeline for leaking about 5,000 barrels of oil in rural South Dakota about two years
ago. There's just one problem: The Keystone XL pipeline has not been built yet. During a House hearing
Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that "Keystone XL, in particular, had one leak that leaked 210,000 gallons across South
Dakota" while she questioned Wells Fargo president and CEO Timothy Sloan.
America's oil boom could lead to a 'climate catastrophe'. The US drive to become the world's largest oil and
gas producer will sow the seeds of a "climate catastrophe," according to a report delivered at the Davos summit. [...] You would
think "moving further and faster than any other country" in producing oil would be cause for a celebration of national pride.
York State and Renewables. Exploiting shale hydrocarbons involves drilling and fracking. Naturally, there
is some disruption, but the disruption is minor compared to the value of the wealth unleashed. The crackpot greens
magnify and exaggerate every potential problem. They even mislead, as in the movie Gasland, where a man lights his
water faucet on fire. The implication was that fracking caused natural gas to mix with the water supply. But the
area chosen already had natural gas in the water long before fracking was involved. [...] The geopolitical benefits of
fracking are huge. In ten years, the United States' energy balance of trade went from a large deficit to nearly even as
U.S. oil and natural gas production increased dramatically. World energy prices have declined in the face of increasing
U.S. energy production. Our dependence on imports from far-flung oil-producing countries has declined
dramatically. The refining and petrochemical industry, centered in Texas, is booming.
New Deal: A Crazy, Expensive Mess. Producing 100 percent of electricity from renewable sources is a
practical impossibility in the near future. Scientists doubt it would be achievable by 2050, let alone 2029, the
deadline Democrats would set. Such a massive overhaul in power generation would require the closure and replacement of
about 83 percent of U.S. electricity generation, including all coal, natural gas, and nuclear plants. While nuclear
energy does not release carbon dioxide, it is not renewable and would not be allowed under the Green New Deal. Today,
renewable electricity — mainly wind, solar, and hydroelectric — provides only 17 percent of
Are the Actual Adults, and Who Are the Adults Who Act and Govern as Children? For eight years, the children
running the economic policies blocked drilling and pipeline projects. The adult has opened up drilling, and now the
narcissistic, ignorant child is taking credit for the increased production.
Miracle: The Latest American Exceptionalism. Throughout the 1970s, oil-producing Middle Eastern nations
held the United States economy by a metaphorical leash through their ability to impose crippling oil embargoes, to punish us
for our support of Israel or whatever else we'd done to raise their ire. On multiple occasions, depressingly long lines
of cars waiting to refuel at gas stations offered a grim reminder of our precarious dependence upon nations hostile to U.S.
interests. As recently as 2006, President George W. Bush raised eyebrows and heckles when he used his own State of
the Union speech to promote "wood chips and stalks, or switch grass" as an answer to our decades-old energy dependency.
Then, exhibiting his typical razor-sharp economic and geostrategic prescience, Barack Obama mocked the "Drill, Baby, Drill"
slogan by assuring us that "we can't drill our way" out of the problem.
Drill, Barry, Drill!
Watching Barack Obama try to take credit for the achievements of others has a certain twisted entertainment value. This time it is
the fracking revolution that has made America the world's number one producer of oil and gas. Almost unbelievably — it
would be unbelievable, if we were talking about anyone but Obama — Barack is now attempting to take credit for it!
Nerve: Obama Takes Credit for America's Energy Independence. "Suddenly America is like the biggest oil
producer, the biggest gas producer," said Barack Obama in an impromptu remark at Rice University on Tuesday [11/27/2018]. "That was
me, people." After a minute of additional economic boasts, Obama instructed the audience, "Say 'thank you.'" Here was
the essential Obama on display: smug, verbally maladroit, and shockingly dishonest. If America increased its energy
production while Obama was in the White House, it was despite of his policies, not because of them. In a June 2010 speech
after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Obama reminded America that "part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile
beneath the surface of the ocean — because we're running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water."
In scolding America for its dependence on cheap oil, Obama rolled out all the self-hating green clichés: we consume
ten times more than we produce; we need to end our "century-long addiction to fossil fuels; oil is a finite resource."
Implicit in the speech was the idea that consuming oil was in itself an evil like, say, shooting heroin or watching Fox News.
After listing some alternative approaches to energy production, Obama claimed to be open to new ideas "as long they seriously tackle
our addiction to fossil fuels."
takes credit for U.S. oil-and-gas boom: 'That was me, people'. Former President Barack Obama took credit once
again for the U.S. oil-and-gas boom, even though critics noted Wednesday that the upswing in oil and natural gas production
occurred in spite of his policies. Mr. Obama told the audience at a gala for Rice University's Baker Institute
that he was "extraordinarily proud of the Paris accords" before saying "I know we're in oil country and we need American
energy." "You wouldn't always know it, but it went up every year I was president," he said to applause. "That
whole — suddenly America's like the biggest oil producer and the biggest gas — that was me, people."
of the day: Obama takes credit for oil boom. Obama in 2012: "We can't just drill our way to lower gas
prices." Obama on Tuesday: "Suddenly America is the largest oil producer, that was me, people ... say
failed reset. The Obamas left the White House almost two years ago. Can you believe it? But they
don't want you to forget how awesome they were. Excuse me, are. Well, with Michelle's current rock star-like book
tour, the pair's global speech and their deep ties to Hollywood celebs, they are hard to avoid. Tuesday night [11/27/2018],
Barack Obama visited the Baker Institute at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and he came off as a man who is obsessed with
himself and obsessed with taking credit for another guy's (Trump's) success.
Report Shows How Incredibly Wrong Obama Was About Energy Independence. Has any politician ever been more wrong
than Barack Obama was about U.S. oil production and energy independence? [...] Crude oil production in the U.S. has climbed
more than 67% in just the past six years. And the Department of Energy expects it will climb an additional 11% next
year. Earlier this year, U.S. production hit 11 million barrels a day, surpassing Russia as the world's largest oil
producer, after having blown past Saudi Arabia in February. This explosion in domestic oil production is largely due to
fracking, which has opened vast expanses of once-inaccessible crude oil. It was also never supposed to happen. At
least not if you'd been listening to President Barack Obama. For eight years, Obama told the country over and over
again that the U.S. would forever be dependent on foreign countries for oil.
The NY Times' "Three Surprising Energy
Trends" Editorial: Surprising Because They Aren't True. Let's start with electricity prices. The
editorial acknowledges that "electricity prices vary a lot from state to state, for many reasons. For example, prices
in California, which has made reducing emissions a priority, have gone up in recent years. But they have fallen in New
York, which has set similarly ambitious climate targets." What the Times fails to mention is that the states with the
most ambitious renewable generation and climate mandates, including New York, California, and many New England states, have
the highest electricity prices in the continental US. In 2017, for example, the average residential price in New York was
over 18 cents per kilowatt-hour, 40 percent higher than the national average, and just slightly below the California
average. And with Governor Cuomo's mandate to develop 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind generation, residential customers
in New York can expect to see much higher prices, thanks to lavish subsidies for wind developers.
Trump's easing of coal rules could kill 1,400 people per year. The Trump administration announced plans on
Tuesday [8/21/2018] to ease Obama-era restrictions on coal-fired power plants, but an Environmental Protection Agency
analysis of the new rules said they would increase carbon emissions and could cause up to 1,400 premature deaths each year.
The Editor says...
[#1] Carbon dioxide is not carbon. [#2] Show me the death certificate of any person whose death was
caused by carbon dioxide emissions from a power plant. It doesn't happen.
How to Read the News
Like a Pro. First the headline, which reads: "Once oil wealthy, Venezuela's largest state struggles to
keep the lights on." That headline gives the impression that Venezuela has run out of oil, but nothing could be further
from the truth. The country still possesses the world's largest oil reserves, so there's plenty of oil wealth.
It's still right there in the ground. It hasn't gone anywhere. The problem is that Bolivarian socialism has
ruined the country's extraction industry, but you wouldn't know that from anything in the entire story.
Anti-Oil And Gas Report Is Hot Air. The NAACP recently published a paper with a dramatic claim:
"African-Americans face a disproportionate risk of health problems from pollution caused by the oil and gas industry."
It generated many headlines. But it's deeply misleading. Instead of acknowledging the complex factors that cause
health problems in minority communities, the paper's authors point a collective finger at energy firms.
Hypocrisy. Governor Andrew Cuomo and activist/actress Cynthia Nixon, opponents in September's New York
gubernatorial primary, don't agree on much — but they are [opposed to] hydrocarbons. Cuomo has outlawed
natural-gas hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Empire State, while Nixon wants to ban fracked gas from even entering
the state. Never mind that the revolutionary energy-extraction method has over the past decade transformed America from
a net hydrocarbon importer to the world's leading energy producer. Both candidates promise to block new gas pipelines
in New York, too.
Power: Illusions versus Reality. The primary reason why wind energy has been a success has nothing to do with wind
energy! Instead, its success is 100% due to the fact that wind energy proponents are masterful lobbyists. [...]
• Wind lobbyists have successfully infiltrated our language with totally inaccurate and misleading terminology, such as
"wind farms" and "clean energy." Neither exists.
• Wind marketers have successfully portrayed their product as "Free, Clean, and Green" — despite it being none of
those. The reason they have coined these malapropisms is simple: those who control the words control the narrative.
• Wind salespeople have successfully convinced financially distressed communities that hosting a wind project will be
a economic windfall — even though numerous studies from independent experts indicate that the net local economic impact could
well be negative.
• Wind-peddlers have successfully sold technically challenged local representatives that the wind-developer is their
friend and business partner — even though these sophisticated and aggressive entrepreneurs typically look at these rural people as
rubes and marks, and their number-one focus is to make as much money as possible, at the rubes' expense.
• Wind developers have successfully persuaded much of the public that wind energy is an inevitable matter, so fighting
it is a lost cause. The reality is that in many cases, local communities can effectively defend themselves by simply passing a proper
• Wind-supporters have successfully imparted the belief that a certain wind project will power 20,000 homes — even
though that project will not actually power a single home 24/7/365.
• Wind advocates employ a sleight-of-hand tactic to dismiss noise complaints by claiming that "wind turbines don't
make any more noise than a refrigerator." The fact is that the main acoustical concern with wind turbines is the infrasound
generated (which is below our level of hearing). So discussing the audiblepart of turbine noise purposefully distracts from the
serious inaudible(but still very much experienced) noise issue.
• Wind propagandists say that wind energy is saving the environment — even though the evidence indicates
that it is environmentally destructive on multiple fronts.
• Wind-promoters have successfully conveyed the idea that wind energy is a low-cost option of electricity — even
though when all its costs are fully accounted for, wind energy can be three to five times as expensive as traditional electricity sources.
• Wind advocates have successfully communicated the notion that using more wind will directly result in the closure of
coal plants — even though 10,000 wind turbines could never equal the performance of even a single coal facility.
• Wind-boosters have successfully disseminated the impression that wind is a major and essential contributor to
preventing climate change — even though there is no empirical scientific proof that wind energy saves any consequential CO2.
[...] I could go on and on, as the list of wind lobbyists' deceptions is distressingly long.
Here are 1,366 well
sourced examples of Barack Obama's lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.. [#441]
During Obama's Presidency, domestic oil production increased, and the Obama administration claimed credit for it.
However, this increase only happened on privately owned land and state owned land, which Obama had no control over.
On land that is owned by the federal government, oil production actually went down.
for Industrial Wind to pay its fair share of Oklahoma's education costs. House Bill 1010XX passed.
Oklahoma companies are paying more taxes to fund it. You and I are paying more taxes to fund it. Industrial Wind
will contribute nothing. In fact, these multibillion-dollar companies based outside of Oklahoma threatened to sue and
file bankruptcy if required to participate in funding HB 1010XX. They printed and distributed expensive fliers at
the Capitol claiming "Oklahoma is closed for business," followed by one that touted a number of statistics about its
success. Is the industry thriving or on the brink of bankruptcy?
New "Genius" Idea: Cut Off Fossil Fuel Supplies. The Vox #fancystats eggheads are at it again with a
proposal they're sure will save the environment: cut off the supplies of fossil fuels. David Roberts writes the
Restricted Supply Side idea is a really good one and believes it could actually help (!?!?!?!?!) the economy. His
particular notation is a study done by London School of Economics and Political Science professor Fergus Green (rather aptly
named) and Richard Denniss at Australia Institute. What's interesting is the fact Green and Denniss don't 100% believe
it's feasible, at the moment, and also admit to putting oil, coal, and gas in the same bucket when it comes to "the relative
strengths of supply-side policies vary among fossil fuel-types." It doesn't mean the two aren't planning to try to convince
environmentalists to add supply restrictionist policies to their framework. The key idea on making restricted supplies
economically viable has to do with purposefully harming the consumer who uses the item.
Here's Why Russia Is Delivering
Loads Of Natural Gas To This Deep Blue State. Officials in Massachusetts and neighboring New Hampshire blocked
financing in 2016 for the $3 billion Access Northeast Pipeline, which would have helped the state weather an energy crunch
this winter. The state's decision to rely principally on green energy hiked gas prices and forced it turn to Russian oil
imports. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey concluded in 2016 that "no new pipelines are needed" and that we
"can maintain electric reliability through 2030 even without additional new natural gas pipelines" Healey also joined New
York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's investigation into ExxonMobil's alleged willingness to hide internal documents
about climate change. Environmentalist groups like 350.org and Greenpeace are organizing online campaigns to oppose
every new coal, oil, and natural-gas project in the country. Greenpeace, for one, has etched out the position that the
only good fossil fuels are the ones that are left in the ground. The Sierra Club, meanwhile, claims the U.S. is ready
for 100 percent green energy.
said we can't drill our way to energy independence. Actually, we did.. In 2012, no less an authority than
Barack Obama told us that calling for increased production by increased drilling — "drill, baby, drill," he called it — was
not a plan, but rather "a bumper sticker." Mr. Obama assured us, "You know, we can't just drill our way to lower gas prices,"
as if all the people who disagreed with him were simply refusing to admit that, deep down, they were wrong and he was right.
The Editor says...
"Drill, baby, drill" was a campaign slogan used by Sarah Palin, not Barack H. Obama.
De Blasio Admits He Wants To Kill The Oil Industry With Global Warming Lawsuit. New York City Mayor Bill de
Blasio said his administration's recent divestment action and lawsuit were meant to "help bring the death knell" to the the
oil industry. But de Blasio's remarks on killing off the oil industry directly contradict New York City's statements to
the court, filed in their lawsuit against five major oil companies. De Blasio recently announced the the city would
divest its public pension fund from fossil fuels over the next five years, and the mayor filed a lawsuit against five major
oil companies demanding billions for damages allegedly caused by global warming.
The Editor says...
Does the mayor's limousine run on batteries, or does it run on combustible products sold by oil companies? How much actual (measured, quantified,
demonstrable) warming can the mayor blame on "the oil companies?" It would have to be measured in thousandths of a degree, wouldn't it? What
"damages" can the mayor point to, that resulted from unnatural temperature changes? Does he have courtroom-quality evidence to support his claims?
up 28.6 percent — in a single quarter. Those jobs aren't coming back the liberal liars scolded
us. Hillary and Obama wanted tor retrain coal miners as computer programmers. We elected Trump, and in April, May
and June alone, mining increased 28.6 percent.
Power Plan's Counterfeit Benefits. The Trump Environmental Protection Agency's proposed repeal of the Obama
administration's Clean Power Plan represents an amazing and long overdue breakthrough in the history of environmental
regulation. Not only has no Republican administration ever before mustered the courage to rollback a major EPA
regulation, but the Trump administration has done so by directly challenging the rule's purported health benefits.
That's unheard of. Although the Clean Power Plan was pitched as being about reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from
coal-fired power plants, the benefits of averted climate change is not how the Obama EPA justified the rule on an economic
basis. There certainly were no discernible climate change benefits to be claimed as House Science Committee Chairman
Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) forced Obama EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to acknowledge in testimony. [Video clip]
cities sue big oil firms over climate change. California cities San Francisco and Oakland filed separate
lawsuits against five oil companies on Wednesday [9/20/2017] seeking billions of dollars to protect against rising sea levels
they blamed on climate change, according to public documents.
Area cities sue major oil companies over climate change. San Francisco and Oakland are suing to get five oil
companies, including San Ramon-based Chevron, to pay for the cost of protecting the Bay Area from rising sea levels and other
effects of global warming. "These fossil fuel companies profited handsomely for decades while knowing they were putting
the fate of our cities at risk," San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera said in a statement.
Oakland sue top five oil and gas companies over climate change. The cities of San Francisco and Oakland have
filed separate lawsuits against five major oil and gas companies for allegedly contributing to the costs of climate change
and sea level rise by producing massive amounts of fossil fuels, city leaders announced Wednesday [9/21/2017]. The
lawsuits against Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, BP and Royal Dutch Shell claim the companies have known for decades
that global warming and sea level rise were accelerated by the investor-owned producers of fossil fuels, but the companies
still continued to "aggressively produce, market and sell vast quantities of fossil fuels for a global market," according to
a news release from the San Francisco City Attorney's Office.
Fraud. Beyond all of this solar power promotion, you may have been victimized by the propaganda about the harm
being done to the planet because "burning fossil fuels pollutes the atmosphere." The culprit, say the propagandists, is
carbon dioxide that causes global warming (or its new label, climate change). But carbon dioxide is food for plants.
It isn't bad; it's hugely beneficial. As for it affecting the atmosphere, climate scientist Dr. Willie Soon says the
amount of carbon dioxide produced nationally by burning fossil fuels is equivalent to adding two more attendees to the
100,000 fans packed into a football stadium. In other words, carbon dioxide produced by burning coal, oil, or natural
gas is of little consequence — good or bad.
Watch: Documents Reveal Obama EPA's Projection of Reduced 'Premature Deaths' by Clean Power Plan Was Misleading.
Judicial Watch today [8/23/2017] announced it received documents from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that show the agency's
claim that the Obama administration's 2015 Clean Power Plan would prevent thousands of premature deaths by 2030 was, at best, misleading.
[...] The documents forced out by Judicial Watch reveal that carbon dioxide reduction itself would not prevent any deaths.
The Climate Alarmists' Gross Perversion
of the Word 'Clean'. Climate alarmists have gone to endless efforts to gain public acceptance of their doomsday
premise that the world must greatly reduce its use of fossil fuels to avoid catastrophic anthropogenic global warming.
They have fudged the surface temperature data, used meaningless climate models, argued that human emissions of carbon dioxide
will warm the planet despite the strong evidence to the contrary, and so on, but their greatest perversion is of the English
language. They have branded CO2 as a pollutant and claimed that reducing it is necessary to make the world "clean."
All the alarmists from Gore to McKibben to Obama are guilty of this; in fact, the use of this terminology is so uniform that one
suspects that they all have been coached to say it at every opportunity. Unfortunately, their efforts have even been
supported by the Supreme Court, which decreed that CO2 is subject to regulation by the USEPA under the Clean Air Act despite
no real support for this in the legislative history.
Delusions and the Wind Bully. The electric power grid is an essential of modern life. Take it away, and
the consequence would be mass extinction. The greens are eager to tamper with the grid. They want to substitute
"clean" wind and solar electricity for the "dirty" nuclear, coal, and natural gas electricity. The word "clean," like
the word "green," has a new meaning. Now "clean" means politically correct. Something is clean if it conforms to
green dogma. The Panera Bread fast food chain tells us that its food is now "clean." It means that its food is
politically correct, not containing a long list of taboo ingredients. [...] As George Orwell often pointed out, changing the
meaning of words is a method of controlling and limiting the ability to think.
Schumer Claims Gas Prices 'Never Go Down' as Gas Prices Hit Lowest Point in 12 Years. Senate Minority Leader
Chuck Schumer claims that the price of gas "never goes down" as gas prices hit record lows under the Trump
administration. Schumer told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week Sunday morning [7/23/2017] that gas prices
can only go up, citing "huge companies buying up other big companies" as the cause of rising gas prices.
Is U.S. Fracking
Killing OPEC? Just three and a half years ago, the price for a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude peaked
at $110.62 a barrel. At the time, President Obama was pushing Americans to conserve and warning, "we can't drill our
way out of the problem." Turns out, we could.
Moving Clouds": The Latest Excuse for a Government Funded Solar Bankruptcy. What do you say when the government
demands to know what happened to all the public money they lent to your failed solar business?
Colossal Comeback. Liberals have been saying that Donald Trump was lying to the American people when he said
that he could bring coal jobs back. Well, so far, he has delivered on his promise. There's more good news for the
coal industry. Earlier this month, Peabody Energy — America's largest coal producer — moved out
of bankruptcy, and its stock is actively trading again. Its market cap had sunk by almost 90% during Barack Obama's
years in office. Arch Coal is also out of bankruptcy. It turns out that, after all, elections do have
consequences. The Obama administration and its allies, such as the Sierra Club, tried to kill coal because of their
obsession with global warming. Regime change in Washington has brought King Coal back to life.
Quality and Industrial Sand (Frac Sand) Mining. Air quality is a high priority with all industrial sand mining companies and policymakers in areas
near industrial sand operations. They aim to protect the public from hazardous levels of small particles of silica dust. These particles, when present
in unsafe concentrations, can cause health problems such as asthma and silicosis. Silicosis is a serious but preventable lung ailment that can affect
workers in industries with high exposure to silica dust. Although air quality is an important concern that must be addressed, the issue is often raised by
mining opponents as a way to impede the permitting of industrial sand facilities. Mining opponents often merely assert these facilities will hurt air
quality, and seemingly no amount of scientific evidence will persuade them to believe otherwise. When not supported by scientific evidence, these
allegations are problematic.
Deniers in the Wind Industry. Like the tobacco industry before it, the wind industry has spent decades
vehemently denying known harmful consequences associated with its product, while promoting its fraudulent feel-good
image. Dismissing or denying the serious health impacts of industrial-scale wind turbines is wishful thinking, akin to
insisting that tobacco is harmless because we enjoy it. The problem with wind energy is not just its costly, subsidized,
unreliable electricity; the need to back up every megawatt with redundant fossil-fuel power; or its impacts on wildlife and their
habitats. Infrasound (inaudible) and low-frequency (audible) noise (slowly vibrating sound waves collectively referred to
as ILFN) produced by Industrial-scale Wind Turbines (IWTs) directly and predictably cause adverse human health effects.
On Energy, Obama Lies With
Statistics. The Obama administration has been reading the polls, and is panicked by the implications of $4 a
gallon gasoline. Consequently, President Obama gave a speech today in which he trotted out a "Blueprint For A Secure
Energy Future." We will have more to say about the administration's proposals, which I don't think contain anything
new, but for the moment, I want to note the dishonesty with which President Obama introduced them.
Obama's Energy Lies. Barack Obama wasn't confused, he was lying. He misrepresented America's petroleum
resources, over and over, because doing so served his anti-progress agenda. And to my knowledge, not a single news
outlet — not one — ever pointed out that Obama was lying, even though everyone who knew anything about
energy was aware of the deception. It is amazing how a change in administrations causes the press to completely
reconceive its role.
"Wind and Solar Will Save Us" Delusion. The "Wind and Solar Will Save Us" story is based on a long list of
misunderstandings and apples to oranges comparisons. Somehow, people seem to believe that our economy of 7.5 billion
people can get along with a very short list of energy supplies. This short list will not include fossil fuels.
Some would exclude nuclear, as well. Without these energy types, we find ourselves with a short list of types of
energy — what BP calls Hydroelectric, Geobiomass (geothermal, wood, wood waste, and other miscellaneous types; also
liquid fuels from plants), Wind, and Solar. Unfortunately, a transition to such a short list of fuels can't really work.
biggest whoppers. [For example,] "The Keystone pipeline is for oil that bypasses the United States." Long
before Obama killed the Keystone pipeline project in 2015, he made a number of dubious claims about it, including that the
pipeline would have no benefit for American producers at all. But the crude oil would have traveled to the Gulf
Coast, where it would be refined into products such as motor gasoline and diesel fuel; the State Department said odds were
low that all would be exported. Also, about 12 percent of the pipeline's capacity had been set aside for crude
from North Dakota and Montana.
The Editor says...
It matters very little if crude oil is tranported from the Canadian border, shipped to Port Arthur or Pasadena, Texas,
run through a refinery (or not), then exported. This would still keep people working in the refineries and ship yards
along the Texas coast. Shouldn't the President concentrate on keeping people employed?
A Factual Look at Obama's
Presidency. A particularly misleading aspect of Obama's farewell address is the following statement, which he
led up to by railing against the "selective sorting of the facts" and declaring that "science and reason matter":
["]Take the challenge of climate change. In just eight years, we've halved our dependence on foreign oil; we've doubled our
renewable energy; we've led the world to an agreement that has the promise to save this planet.["] Actually, renewable energy
increased by 27% between 2009 and 2015, which is nowhere close to doubling. Obama's statistic may be rooted in a crafty definition
of renewable energy that excludes major sources like hydropower. Furthermore, Obama's words leave the distinct impression that the
U.S. has cut oil consumption by replacing it with renewables. Yet, U.S. petroleum consumption rose from 6.6 billion barrels in
2009 to 6.7 in 2015. The primary reason oil imports have fallen is that domestic production has risen due to the use of hydraulic
fracturing or fracking, which is unpopular with many environmentalists. Per the U.S. Energy Information Administration, fracking
has "allowed the United States to increase its oil production faster than at any time in its history," and it now produces "about half
of total U.S. crude oil production."
Other American Propaganda Effort: Anti-Fracking News. Energy politics makes strange bedfellows, none
stranger than Robin Hood and Russian President Vladimir Putin. RT, a media organization that the U.S. intelligence
community calls "the Kremlin's principal international propaganda outlet," published an article on Jan. 2 under the unlikely
headline: "Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest hideout under threat from frackers." The article, which carries no byline
and cites the work of environmental activists, laments plans of a unit of Ineos Group, a Switzerland-based chemical company,
to conduct seismic testing for natural gas near Major Oak, the millennium-old tree that served in legend as headquarters to
Robin Hood and his merry fellows.
hypocrisy of climate change advocates. For those of you who don't know what a climate denier is, it means you
either challenge, question or flat-out reject the idea that the planet is warming due to human activity. In the
scientific world and in the world of international liberal groupthink (but I repeat myself), this is blasphemy. Should
you remotely doubt the dubious models, unrealized dire predictions, changing goal posts or flawed data related to climate
science, you are not just stupid according to these folks, but you are on par with those who deny the Holocaust.
Credits Green Energy For Cutting Foreign Oil Imports — He's Wrong. President Barack Obama is making
a major public relations blitz to highlight his legacy, including tying falling reliance on foreign oil to his green energy
policies. Obama claimed the U.S. "traded foreign oil for clean energy," but what he should have said is the U.S. traded
foreign oil for hydraulic fracturing. Green energy had little to do with it.
Lies from the EPA. [Scroll down] Most oil and gas wells are fracked in some way. It is a common
well completion procedure. The process has been in common use for over 60 years. The EPA "Science Advisory Board"
has employed the Gasland canard: ["][F]racking could impact drinking water throughout the drilling process.["]
Fracking is a well completion operation. Frack jobs are performed in the well completion procedure. This is the only phase
of the "drilling process" in which frack jobs are performed. As such, it cannot "impact drinking water throughout the drilling
process." In the Gasland canard, "the drilling process" includes everything from wellsite preparation, to drilling, to completion,
to production, to wastewater disposal, to plugging & abandonment, to wellsite reclamation... And then any pollution in the entire process
is attributed to fracking.
Which Fake News?
For some years, I have been covering allegations that Chevron poisoned a great number of indigenous people in the Ecuadorian
rain forest through sloppy drilling technique and inadequate environmental remediation after the fact. It did not
happen. Chevron has never even drilled in Ecuador. Some years ago, the company acquired Texaco, which had drilled
in Ecuador, and whose work had been inspected, audited, and signed off on as clean by the Ecuadorian government many years
ago. There was pollution, almost certainly caused by the Ecuadorian state oil company, and had nothing to do with Chevron.
Jones on Pipeline Protest: 'This Feels Like Selma! It Feels Like Montgomery!' Van Jones, a CNN
commentator and former adviser to President Obama, on Monday compared the pipeline protest in Cannon Ball, North Dakota to
the civil rights movement of the 1960s: "This feels like Selma! It feels like Montgomery! It feels like a
time when a group that nobody paid attention to, black folks in the South, stood up and the world stood with them, so it's a
very powerful, emotional moment, I think, for the tribal communities," Jones told CNN's "New Day."
Stick This in Your
Pipeline. The next radical environmental tactic is now evident for eyes to see: block all infrastructure
projects — especially oil and gas pipelines — with criminal trespass and obstruction. Having killed the
Keystone pipeline (only temporarily, now that Trump is going to approve it once he takes office), the red-greenies are trying to
stop the Dakota Access pipeline that has received all of its regulatory permits. Naturally environmentalists have to lie
about the whole matter, whipping up claims that sacred native American grounds are being harmed by the pipeline, or that
groundwater is at risk.
out: science shuts down an anti-fracking myth about drinking water. For years, anti-fracking activists have
cited Pavillion's plight over and over again as proof that hydraulic fracturing must be banned. Josh Fox, director of
the anti-fracking movie Gasland, has probably done more than anyone to spread this assertion. Fox even got
himself arrested at a 2012 congressional hearing on the Pavillion case. I got to watch that happen: I was a
witness at the hearing for the oil and gas industry[.] It was all a myth. Not even President Obama's Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) believed it was true. In fact, the so-called contamination in Pavillion — announced
to the world in 2011 — was almost certainly caused by the EPA itself.
'We Can't Drill Our Way to Lower Gas Prices' — Experts: 'Yes We Can'. President Barack Obama has said many times that we
cannot "drill our way to lower gas prices." But according to a Heritage Foundation report on the vast oil and gas resources in the United
States, that is simply not true. "Can we drill our way to lower gas prices? Yes, we can," Kevin Dayaratna, senior statistician with
the Heritage Foundation said on Tuesday [10/25/2016] of the report he co-authored with David Kreutzer and Nicolas Loris. "The U.S. did
drill its way to lower gas prices over the past several years, for both natural gas and gasoline, and broke the back of the Organization of the
Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in the process," the abstract of the report, Time to Unlock America's Vast Oil and Gas Resources, states.
puts Iran's oil output less than real volume. OPEC has put Iran's oil output figure about 250,000 barrels per
day less than the real volume, Ali Kardor the managing director of Iranian National Oil Company told Trend. According
to OPEC's latest monthly report based on the secondary sources, Iran produced about 3.65 million barrels per day (mb/d) of
crude oil in September.
Obama Repeatedly Calls Americans 'Lazy'. During a townhall meeting in Laos, President Barack Obama called
Americans "lazy" multiple times. For one, Obama said Americans' reluctance to embrace his favored environmental
policies is a sign of laziness. "Usually when you see the environment destroyed, it's not because it's necessary for
development," Obama said. "It's usually because we're being lazy and we're not being as creative as we could be about
how to do it in a smarter, more sustainable way."
Botches Climate Science in Lake Tahoe Speech. President Barack Obama made a stop at Lake Tahoe on Wednesday
[8/31/2016] to talk climate change, spending, and environmental regulation — distorting science along the way.
[...] Along the way, he made another glaringly unscientific claim — namely, that as a result of his
administration's new fuel economy standards, "during the first half of this year, carbon pollution hit its lowest level in a
quarter century." The reason carbon "pollution" (a misleading term, since carbon dioxide is not toxic) began falling,
before Obama took office, is because of a switch to natural gas, largely through fracking — often over the
objections of Democrats and the federal government.
on cancer warnings: NC acted despite science. Officials in North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's
administration are telling a string of misleading half-truths about the safety of well water near Duke Energy coal ash pits
containing a cancer-causing chemical and are responsible for any resulting fear and confusion, a state toxicologist said
after being attacked by state officials.
Obama's Energy Pie In The
Sky Is A Lie. "In fields from Iowa to Texas, wind power is now cheaper than dirtier, conventional power. On
rooftops from Arizona to New York, solar is saving Americans tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills, and employs
more Americans than coal. Meanwhile, we've cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly sixty percent, and cut carbon pollution
more than any other country on Earth," Obama exclaimed. Well sure, if you subsidize something to the point where you're
practically giving away it will be cheaper, but it's still not cheaper than conventional power. That's just a lie he threw
out for the left to run with. Without government mandates and subsidies, none of this [stuff] would "cheap" and no one
would want it. He is right about one thing. Oil imports have cratered, but not because anything he did.
Brags About Low Energy Prices, Then Proposes To Raise Them. [Scroll down] "Anyone who says we can drill our way out of this
problem does not know what they are talking about, or does not know the truth," he [Obama] said at a 2012 event in New Hampshire. The
reason, he said, was that we use 25% of the world's energy but have just 3% of the oil reserves. So the only solution was mandatory
conservation and spending billions on the "energy of the future." Turns out it was Obama who didn't know what he was talking about.
We did, in fact, "drill our way" to lower gas prices. Thanks to fracking, oil companies are now able to produce vast amounts of previously
unrecoverable oil. In the past seven years, domestic oil production shot up a stunning 77%, according to the Energy Information
Administration, making the U.S. the biggest oil producer in the world.
Obama gets faced trying to lecture SUV driver at Detroit Auto
Show. This man's job is to make the decision about what his family needs. Obama's job is to govern the nation well and make good
decisions about peace and prosperity. One such decision would be to approve more oil leases on federal lands so oil is more plentiful, or to
approve the Keystone XL pipeline so it's easier to transport oil to market. But Obama wants to do none of that. He'd rather lecture people
about buying SUVs or about not inflating their tires properly.
10 Lies in Obama's State of the Union. [#6] "Seven years ago, we made the single biggest investment in clean
energy in our history. Here are the results." It is laughable that Obama would claim his failed clean energy spending —
think Solyndra — led to the fracking-fed energy boom we have enjoyed for the past several years, especially when the administration
did all it could to stop oil and gas development. He also nixed the Keystone pipeline and started a plan to kill coal plants.
Cheap Oil Is the Story of the
Year. Not only is gas now less than $2 a gallon in many areas, but it could fall further in the weeks ahead.
The falling price means, of course, an expanded supply. Barack Obama sure had this story dead wrong. He thinks we are
running out of oil. In a 2008 speech in Lansing, Michigan, presidential candidate Obama was all doom and gloom about oil,
advising: "We cannot sustain a future powered by a fuel that is rapidly disappearing." Then in 2010 from the Oval
Office he solemnly declared: "We're running out of places to drill," and he jeered that the oil and gas industry might
want to start pumping for oil near the Washington Monument.
wrong on oil. It would be hard to find anyone in all of America who has been more wrong on the American energy
story than Barack Obama. Oil prices have fallen from $105 a barrel in the summer of 2014 to hovering at $35 a barrel
today. That's a two-thirds reduction in the price and the biggest factor is shale oil brought to you by fracking.
In many areas of the country gas is now less than $2 a gallon and it could fall further in the weeks ahead. The falling price
means, of course, an expanded supply. But now listen to President Obama, who has lectured the nation on energy as if he were
one of the top experts for the last eight years. In a 2008 Speech in Lansing, Michigan, presidential candidate Obama was
all doom and gloom about oil, advising: "We cannot sustain a future powered by a fuel that is rapidly disappearing."
Times Greater Than Solyndra': DOE Drops 1,200 Pages Of Heavily Redacted Docs On Green Energy Loans. The Department of Energy
recently turned over more than 1,200 pages of heavily redacted documents in response to a records request about a subsidized biofuels
company from The Daily Caller News Foundation. In October, TheDCNF filed a FOIA request with the Energy Department, asking for email
records from government officials regarding federal loan guarantees given to Abengoa, a Spanish-based green energy company. The request
came on the heels of reports Abengoa was running into big financial problems, despite being given generous taxpayer-backed loans. The
DOE gave TheDCNF the records it requested Dec. 18, and after spending time reviewing the documents, it's apparent there's a lot of
information the department did not want the public to see. The DOE redacted virtually all information specific to Abengoa — in
many cases whole pages were blacked out.
factoids rule. Mr. Obama crowed over a compromise he made with Congress to permit oil exports after four
decades of laws forbidding them. To get this, to create thousands of new jobs and return American clout in world energy
markets, the Republicans agreed to spend new billions on subsidies for the so-called green energies of certain crony capitalists.
Coal [is] Not Marketable. Coal, oil and natural gas are unpopular at the United Nations Conference on Climate
Change in Paris -- so much so that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said she and her associates are
"pumped up about the work we're doing." Answering questions Thursday [12/10/2015] while in Paris, McCarthy said the EPA is
doing as much as it can to limit not just CO2 and mercury pollution from power plants that burn coal, but also methane emissions
associated with the oil and natural gas industries. "The Clean Power Plan is one of the keystones of President Obama's
Climate Action Plan. It has changed everything in the U.S.," McCarthy said. "It is riding the wave of new solutions
and technologies. We are going to show that utilities can do it. We don't need to make a choice between the environment
and the economy. We can build a growing economy, as we have in the U.S., by actually focusing on green, clean solutions."
Keystone would make planet 'uninhabitable'. President Obama said Monday [11/6/2015] that the Keystone pipeline
and other such fossil-fuel development projects would make Earth "uninhabitable." "We've got to lead by example, because
ultimately, if we're going to prevent large parts of the Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable, then
we're going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them," Mr. Obama told cheering grassroots
supporters at a gathering in Washington.
The Editor says...
[#1] How many places in the world are uninhabitable today? Not many.
[#2] If the Chinese build a new oil pipeline, would you know about it? No. Would China's new pipeline
make any part of this country uninhabitable? No.
on Going Green: Minorities Won't Be Hurt by Eschewing Fossil Fuels. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), ranking
member of the House Natural Resources Committee, pushed back against politicians who argue that hurting the fossil fuel
industry would adversely impact the poor, saying a "minimal" amount of minorities are working in the industry. [...] Rep.
Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, advocated for the implementation of zero waste
policies. "Did you know that no animal other than us creates waste? We're the only ones who have waste. Nobody
else has garbage cans because everything else is usable in some kind of way but we throw stuff in garbage cans like it's useless.
The Editor says...
Anyone who has ever shoveled muck out of a barn, cleaned a bird cage, or maintained an aquarium, knows that all animals create waste.
Obama in Alaska: Climate-change deniers
'are on their own shrinking island'. "The time to heed the critics and the cynics and the deniers is past," [President Obama]
told delegates to an international conference on climate change in the Arctic [8/31/2015]. "The time to plead ignorance is surely past.
Those who want to ignore the science, they are increasingly alone, they are on their own shrinking island." He used the backdrop of
America's only Arctic state to emphasize the need for this country and others to move, and move fast, to reduce carbon emissions, to pursue
cleaner energy sources and to stop relying on "unstable parts of the world" for oil.
The Editor says...
If he wants to "to stop relying on 'unstable parts of the world' for oil, why is he opposed to drilling
in ANWR, offshore drilling in
the Gulf of Mexico, the Keystone XL pipeline,
China, the true cost of Britain's clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale. [The
Daily Mail] has uncovered the distinctly dirty truth about the process used to extract neodymium: it has an appalling
environmental impact that raises serious questions over the credibility of so-called green technology. The reality is
that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with
thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and
sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the 'green' companies profiting from the demand for wind
turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.
The President's Clean
Energy Farce. Green energy investments are a guaranteed flop, the kind of failure only a shady Broadway
producer could envision. This current green energy production really got underway when the economic "stimulus" set aside
$80 billion to subsidize politically connected energy projects, according to the Heritage Foundation. Since the halcyon
days of the stimulus, 1,900 investigations have been opened to probe stimulus fraud and about 600 convictions have been secured
by prosecutors. What is more, about 10 percent of the Obama-backed green companies have gone bankrupt or out of
business. But Obama does not let the facts get in the way of a good, green story.
distorts health benefits of mega-costly clean-air rule. The Environmental Protection Agency is exaggerating the
potential health benefits — especially for children — it says result from a new rule that will set
sharply lower ozone levels across the U.S., according to a detailed study of the EPA model. The study concludes many of the
supposed benefits may already exist under current EPA standards. The ozone rule, slated for publication in October is
billed by its critics as the most expensive regulatory change in American history. Estimates of the cost of compliance,
for industries and all levels of government, run as high as $1.1 trillion, and the negative impact on U.S. Gross Domestic
Product is estimated to run even higher.
Administrator: Climate Change Affects 'Our Ability to Earn a Decent Living'. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Administrator Gina McCarthy said on Tuesday that climate change affects "everything and everyone we love," including our ability to
secure a livelihood. "Climate change is one of the most important issues [that] we face. It is a global challenge, but in
many ways it's also very personal to all of us, because it affects everything and everyone we love," McCarthy said. "It affects
our kids, our communities, even our ability to earn a decent living."
The Editor says...
Nothing in Ms. McCarthy's statement is true. Climate change is perfectly normal, natural, and so gradual as to be imperceptible.
Global warming is neither a global challenge nor a local problem, especially since it stopped almost 20 years ago, all by itself.
It does not affect anything or anyone we know. Not me, not you, nobody. It certainly does not prevent anyone from earning a living.
under Global warming is blamed for everything.
Secretary Pitches Clean Power Plan to Kids, With Reference to 'Cooties'. "The only thing your kids should be
afraid of catching in the backyard is cooties," says Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. That's one of
the reasons why the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan is "good for our children's health," Burwell blogged last week.
She explained that the rule finalized this month by the Environmental Protection Agency will "leave the planet safer and healthier
for our children and our grandchildren" by cutting carbon pollution from coal-fired plants.
The Editor says...
Carbon dioxide is not carbon, nor is it pollution. If you mean carbon dioxide emissions, don't say carbon pollution.
Obama's Climate Plan and Poverty. President
Obama says that critics of his plan to decarbonize the economy are "the special interests and their allies in Congress" repeating "the same stale
arguments" about "killing jobs and businesses and freedom." He adds that "even more cynical, we've got critics of this plan who are actually
claiming that this will harm minority and low-income communities."
groups' deceptive con game. Recently, investigative journalists at the Asheville Citizen-Times
and National Review revealed that the Sierra Club had allegedly added signatories to a petition demanding that
Duke Energy cease the operations of one of its coal-fired power plants in Asheville, North Carolina. Of
the 80 businesses listed on the petition, at least six had never agreed to lend their support to the Sierra
Club at all, several claimed to be victims of bait-and-switch, strong-arming tactics and one didn't even exist.
Obama, 97 percent of experts is a bogus number. Ninety-seven percent of scientists
agree: Climate change is real, man-made and dangerous. President Obama tweeted that, and it has been
repeated by countless others. It is tempting for a politician to claim that 97 percent of experts
agree with you. But do they? The 97 percent claim was taken from a study paper by Australian John
Cook, Climate Communications Fellow for the Global change Institute at the University of Queensland, and his
colleagues, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters in May, 2013. [...] The paper is a
treasure trove of how-not-to lessons for a graduate class on survey design and analysis: the sample was
not representative, statistical tests were ignored, and the results were misinterpreted.
under What consensus?
The EPA Myth of "Clean Power".
There are many things I do not like about the Environmental Protection Agency, but what angers me
most are the lies that stream forth from it to justify programs that have no basis in fact or
science, and which threaten the economy. [...] Simply said, there is no need whatever to reduce CO2
emissions. Carbon dioxide is not "a pollutant" as the EPA claims. It is, along with oxygen
for all living creatures, vital to the growth of all vegetation. The more CO2 the better crops
yields will occur, healthier forests, and greener lawns. From a purely scientific point of view,
it is absurd to reduce emissions.
Slams EPA For Claiming Global Warming Rules Will Reduce Energy Prices. Rep. David
McKinley was astounded to hear a top Environmental Protection Agency official say regulations to cut
carbon dioxide emissions from power plants would reduce consumer energy bills after 2030. "Are
you serious?" McKinley, a West Virginia Republican, asked EPA acting administrator for clean air
Janet McCabe in a hearing Wednesday [4/8/2015]. McCabe had just said Americans' energy bills would
go down after 2030 as a result of energy efficiency mandates. "That is what our analysis shows across
the country," McCabe said, talking about the agency's regulations forcing states to reduce power plant
emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. EPA claims that despite huge amounts of coal-fired
power plants closures, these regulations would reduce energy bills 8 percent after 2030.
"Unbelieveable," McKinley said. "Just seems delusional."
The Editor says...
If that's the case, maybe the EPA could tighten the rules some more and make
electricity too cheap to meter.
Most Noteworthy Moments from Obama's Interview with Vice News. [#1] Obama [says] Some
in Congress Are 'Shills' for Oil Companies. Asked by [Shane] Smith why it's so difficult to
convince Americans to take stronger action on anthropogenic climate change, the president didn't
mince words, using colorful language to describe certain (unnamed) lawmakers who he believes are
too cozy with fossil fuel companies.
The Keystone Copout: Nothing
Obama says to justify his pipeline veto is true. In an interview last weekend with a
North Dakota TV station, Mr. Obama said: "I'm happy to look at how we can increase pipeline
production for U.S. oil, but Keystone is for Canadian oil to send that down to the Gulf. It
bypasses the United States and is estimated to create a little over 250, maybe 300 permanent jobs."
Except for the prepositions, everything in that statement is false.
Anyone Fact-Check the President? Let's note two instances from a single town hall
appearance in South Carolina yesterday. The first related to climate. Obama, while defending his
Keystone veto, said: ["]The pattern overall is that the climate is getting warmer. That's
undeniable.["] Far from being undeniable, the claim that "the climate is getting warmer" is
false. Satellite measurements show that there has been no warming for around 18 years, a fact
that has caused great consternation among climate alarmists.
Keystone oil 'extraordinarily dirty'. President Obama on Friday [3/6/2015] ratcheted up his
criticism of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, days after the Senate failed to override his veto of
legislation approving the project. "The truth is it's Canadian oil that's then going to go to
the world market. It will probably create about a couple thousand construction jobs for a year or
two, but only create about 300 permanent jobs," Obama said at a town hall in South Carolina when
asked by an attendee about his decision. "The reason that a lot of environmentalists are
concerned about it is the way that you get the oil out in Canada is an extraordinarily dirty way of
extracting oil. And, obviously, there are always risks in piping a lot of oil through Nebraska
farmland and other parts of the country," Obama added.
claim that Keystone XL oil 'bypasses the U.S.' earns Four Pinocchios. President Obama,
seeking to explain his veto of a bill that would have leapfrogged the approval process for the
Keystone XL pipeline, in an interview with a North Dakota station repeated some false claims that
had previously earned him Pinocchios. Yet he managed to make his statement even more misleading
than before, suggesting the pipeline would have no benefit for American producers at all.
Laugh As White House Tries To Explain Why Keystone Pipeline Review Took 2,300 Days.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest unintentionally gave reporters a laugh today [2/24/2015].
One intrepid reporter asked Earnest what every reporter should be asking Earnest: Why is it taking
the State Department so long to complete its review of the Keystone XL Pipeline? To be specific,
it's taken about 2,300 days. "Well, I think it's certainly fair to suggest the that State
Department is conducting an in-depth review," Earnest said. The crowd laughed at that one.
Why Can't He Tell
The Truth? In the President's State of the Union address, he bragged about how U.S.
oil production has surged thanks to shale drilling. Question for Mr. Obama: Does he not recall that
he and his followers have been fighting and harassing the oil companies that are finding and producing all of
that oil? Does he believe he deserves any credit at all for acts and successes done by people against
whom he has waged war since he was a child?
chief: Public tired of debating climate change. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday that the public does not want more "debate or discussion"
about climate change, but government action. "First, people overwhelmingly consider climate change
to be a problem — and they want action, not more debate or discussion," McCarthy said in
a speech at Georgetown University. [...] "Coal as a fuel source for power plants is really not
competitive in most of the United States," McCarthy said in a Q&A after her speech.
The Editor says...
Note two obvious canards: (1) Coal is a highly competitive fuel for power plants. Just ask the governments
of India and China, where new coal-fired power plants are being built as fast as possible. (2) The
American people don't care about global warming any more (perhaps because there is no warming).
misleads students about climate and energy. In his October 2 address on the economy at
Northwestern University, President Barack Obama told students, "If we keep investing in clean energy
technology, we won't just put people to work assembling, raising and pounding into place the zero-carbon
components of a clean energy age. We'll reduce our carbon emissions and prevent the worst costs of climate
change down the road." But what does climate change have to do with energy supply? Almost nothing.
Brown at UN Climate Change Summit: 'Carbon Pollution Kills!' Arriving in NYC aboard the People's Climate Train,
which travelled across the country from Emeryville California, Sister Ayya Santussika, a Buddhist nun, said that climate change
is a "moral issue" and affects everyone of us. [...] Gov. Brown signed some bills on Sunday [9/21/2014] that mandates an increase
in the amount of electric cars for California, reduces the time it takes to get rooftop solar panel permits, and establishes new
regulations to restrict atmospheric pollutants.
The Editor says...
Carbon dioxide is not carbon, for the same reason that water is not hydrogen. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
supports life. It is not a threat. It is not pollution.
Chief: Costly 'Clean Power Plan' Gives Americans 'More Opportunities to Reduce Waste'. The
sweeping EPA plan announced earlier this month sets carbon-reduction targets for each state, then allows
states to decide how to meet those targets, either on their own or in partnership with other states.
McCarthy said many states will choose the most "cost-effective strategy," which is to reduce consumer
demand for electricity: But that means raising the cost of electricity, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.)
told McCarthy: "EPA has said the rule will not increase the cost of electricity, but under this
proposed rule, the cost of electricity per kilowatt hour will actually increase. Isn't that correct?"
won't tell you, so here are reasons to doubt global warming. In 2017, a new administration could halt the EPA's "war on
coal" fiasco (which is just a prelude to a "war on fossil fuels") with a simple order. We're told the new rules will "save
consumers money," but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's largest business lobbying group, says, "These rules threaten to
suppress average annual U.S. Gross Domestic Product by $51 billion and lead to an average of 224,000 fewer U.S. jobs every
year through 2030, relative to baseline economic forecasts." The group estimates the cost to the average family at $3,400
per year. For what? According to climatologists Paul Knappenberger and Patrick Michaels (June 12,
wattsupwiththat.com), "Using a simple, publicly available climate model emulator called MAGICC that was in part developed
through support of the EPA, we ran the numbers as to how much future temperature rise would be averted by a complete adoption
and adherence to the EPA's new carbon dioxide restrictions. The answer? Less than two one-hundredths of a
degree Celsius by the year 2100."
Sources, Costs and Global Warming. Last month the Wall Street Journal (8/18/12) published a
breakdown of federal subsidies for electric power production, citing the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the
Institute for Energy Research as sources. Here is the comparison of subsidy costs per megawatt hour:
Fuel Type $ Subsidy per megawatt hour
Oil and Gas $0.64
Solar and wind are horrendously more expensive, but they are the fuels favored by the Obama
administration. The fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal) are by far the most economic.
Nuclear power is the next most efficient power source, but no new nuclear power plants have been
[built] in the U.S. for thirty years. Obama says nuclear power has a place in his energy
program, but he has effectively eliminated it.
Gina McCarthy: New emissions rules
are clean and affordable. The Obama administration has released strong
new rules targeting coal-burning power plants in an effort to curb global warming. The
Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan seeks to cut carbon emissions by 30% by
2030. The 645-page rule is a centrepiece of President Barack Obama's plans to leverage similar
commitments other polluting nations like China and India. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy
dismissed criticism the rules would lead to an exorbitant rise in electricity prices.
about the use of the EPA as a weapon against the coal industry.
suggests his upcoming rule on coal plants will avert long-term health crisis. President Obama on
Saturday [5/31/2014] tried to bolster public support for new rules his administration will announce next week on
coal-firing [sic] power plants, arguing their carbon emissions are a national health crisis — beyond
hurting the economy and causing global warming. "We don't have to choose between the health of our economy
and the health of our children," Obama said in his weekly address. "As president and as a parent, I refuse to
condemn our children to a planet that's beyond fixing." The cost of carbon pollution "can be measured in lost
lives" and roughly "100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks will be avoided" in just the first year that the
standards go into effect, Obama said in the address [...]
The Editor says...
Name one person who has had a heart attack this year because he or she lives near a coal-fired power plant.
Liberal Donor Gets [His] Way on Keystone Pipeline. Last week, the Obama administration yet again
delayed its long-delayed determination whether or not to approve the Keystone pipeline, a nondecision strategically
announced not just on a Friday, but a Friday that is one of the holiest days of the year. The administration
had enough self-awareness to know its latest exercise of executive inaction was nothing to be proud of. Even
in the mainstream media, almost everyone assumed the move was entirely political. The project has undergone
multiple reviews beginning in 2009 and always gotten a clean bill of health. The administration cited a
lawsuit in Nebraska that might affect the path of the pipeline as reason for the new delay. This is an
absurd fig leaf.
Schultz: Politics Didn't Factor into Obama Keystone Pipeline Delay. DNC Chair and Representative
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) told Meet the Press' David Gregory Sunday morning [4/20/2014] that President Barack
Obama's latest delay in the approval of the proposed Keystone Pipeline was not a political decision meant to animate
members of the Democratic base ahead of the 2014 midterms.
Boxer Says Keystone Pipeline a Cancer Risk. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is now accusing the Keystone pipeline
of being a cancer risk. Her first point was that the pipeline "will bring 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil
into our nation every day." She then segued to point #2 by asserting that the heavy tar sands oil will put
people who live near refineries at risk for cancer.
Did the Washington Post Collaborate With Congressional Democrats
to Smear the Koch Brothers? Dear Senator Whitehouse and Congressman Waxman: On
March 26, you wrote a letter to David Robertson, President of Koch Industries, about Koch's
ostensible relationship to the Keystone Pipeline. I found this surprising, as it is well documented
that Koch has nothing to do with Keystone. It will neither ship oil on the pipeline, nor receive oil
from the pipeline at any refinery. [...] I am investigating whether either or both of you, or any member
of your staffs, coordinated with the Washington Post in the publication of the March 20 article.
Build the Keystone
Pipeline, Already! President Barack Obama frequently says he wants to turn the economy around, put America
back to work, produce more energy, improve public safety, and open new markets to goods stamped "Made in the USA."
If he truly believes this, he will end the delays and approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Of all the opportunities
arrayed before him, the 1,179-mile Alberta-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline (KXL) is the most "shovel-ready."
Pay Steep Price for Renewable Power Mandates. Renewable power mandates are driving up Ohio's electricity prices,
U.S. Energy Information Administration data show. Electricity prices in Ohio have risen more than twice as fast as the
national average since Ohio enacted its mandates in 2008. The sharp price increases occurred despite promises during
2008 legislative hearings that renewable power mandates would have little or no impact on electricity prices.
Obama's Newspeak. America, of all places, is
becoming Orwellian. The president repeatedly reminds the American people that under his leadership, the U.S. has produced a record level of new oil and
natural gas. But didn't Obama radically curtail leases for just such new energy production on federal lands? Have the edicts on the barn wall
of Animal Farm been changed again, with the production of new oil and gas suddenly going from bad to good?
Tax The Rich, Punish The Working Poor. The great entrepreneur Harold Hamm [...] has turned North Dakota into Saudi Arabia.
Energy independence is in sight. Now, the energy sector is responsible for roughly 10% of our growth. And tens of thousands of energy
jobs are now being created at very high wages, all while our trade deficit is evaporating and our entire Middle East foreign policy may be changing.
Of course, the Obama administration is taking credit for the oil-and-gas revolution. But they initially opposed it and in fact had nothing
to do with it. And if they opened up federal lands and offshore drilling, the energy success would be even greater.
Obama's Keystone Dithering.
Nowhere has President Obama's legendary indecision been on more vivid display than in his bizarre dithering over the Keystone XL pipeline,
which would move crude oil from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, to Gulf Coast refineries some 1,700 miles to the south. The
southern leg of the pipeline, from Oklahoma to the Gulf, began operating last week. But the northern end has been in limbo for five
years. Last March Obama assured Senate Republicans that a decision on Keystone would be made before the end of 2013. We are
still waiting. One more broken promise.
Alberta premier to
challenge Gore on oil sands 'myths'. Alberta Premier Alison Redford said she wants to clear things up with Al Gore over his
claims that the province's oil sands are one of the dirtiest sources of fuel. On a call with Alberta reporters Monday [1/20/2014],
Reford said she will set the record straight with the former U.S. vice president when she sees him at the World Economic Forum in Davos
later this week, according to the Calgary Herald.
Obama's Presidency Is A Complete Failure By His Own, Self-Imposed Standards. How many times has President Obama told us that
he is "fighting for the middle class"? [...] If President Obama is "fighting for the middle class," why doesn't he approve the Keystone
Pipeline? Building and maintaining the pipeline would provide thousands of good paying jobs. So would refining and selling
the oil and gas from the Gulf Coast refineries where the pipeline would deliver the Canadian crude. Moreover, that plentiful supply
of low cost energy from a long time, reliable ally would support hundreds of thousands if not millions of additional good paying jobs in
the American economy.
Climate change warning stickers on gasoline
pumps? A group of Bay Area environmentalists wants to slap warning stickers on gasoline pumps, telling drivers that the fuel
they're buying is cooking the planet. The stickers would constantly remind consumers of the link between driving and climate change.
"Human beings are not really wired for seeing the cause and effect of climate change," said Jamie Brooks, with the Bay Area chapter of 350.org.
"The cause is burning fossil fuels, but we're not going to feel the effects until well into the future. There's no immediate signal to a
consumer of gasoline to show their effects on climate." That's where the labels would come in.
The Editor says...
Those who put political graffiti on other people's private property are truly annoying. In this case, the left-wing earth-worshiping
activists are spreading a lie,
because carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.
The Solar Swindle. Solar electricity is growing,
promoted, and most importantly, heavily subsidized. The promoters of solar electricity claim that it is close to being competitive with
conventional sources of electricity. That is a fantasy. Solar electricity is expensive and impractical. If it weren't for
government subsidies, some explicit and some disguised, the solar industry would collapse.
Report confirms government
effort to alter coal job loss estimates. The Obama administration tried to edit a report on new coal regulations to lower analysts'
estimates of serious job losses, an official investigation has found, backing up reports that the Interior Department pressured a private
contractor to change information in order to make the data more acceptable. The Associated Press and Fox News reported in 2011 that
a company claimed the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement asked it to change variables in a calculation that showed new
environmental regulations would lead to large job losses.
Environmentalism's Endless Lies. [Scroll down] There is no such thing as
"environmental justice." It is an invention of environmental groups that are intent on convincing people that whatever they do or fail to do somehow has an
impact on the weather. Indeed, the entire global warming hoax, now called climate change, was based on the lie that humans were responsible for producing huge
amounts of carbon dioxide via industry, driving, or making some toast for breakfast. The environmental enemy was and is the use of energy, but it is energy
that has so vastly improved and protected everyone's life.
facing court battle with energy company over fracking moratorium. When [Andrew Cuomo] was elected Governor of New York, he ran on a
hazy platform when it came to several controversial issues in the state, none more so than the question of fracking. Vowing to take an
"honest look" at the situation, along with the already existing moratorium on the process, he promised that action would be taken one way or
the other. As it turned out, nothing could have been further from the truth.
Have Accomplished As Much, If Not More, Than Any Time in Our History'. [Scroll down] The president then listed among the
accomplishments of his administration: "saving an economy from a Great Depression; revitalizing an auto industry that is producing
better cars and has come roaring back like nobody believed; doubling our exports; drastically reducing our dependence on foreign oil;
doubling fuel efficiency standards; doubling our production of clean energy; reducing the pace of our carbon emissions; [...]
Policy: Bad for the Planet, Good for Lobbyists. The federal government's push for greater ethanol production, carried out in the name of
saving the planet, has done great harm to the environment. [...] [W]hen EPA models indicated that the ethanol mandate would not make fuel green enough to
satisfy the law, the agency was pressured into rigging the input assumptions to produce the desired results. By assuming a huge increase in crop
yields (and thus fewer new acres plowed) but a very small increase in corn prices, the EPA was able to claim that ethanol-blended gasoline would
produce 21 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions than standard gasoline, beating the law's emissions-reduction target by just one percentage
point. Those rigged assumptions turned out to be dead wrong.
Obama Will Use Executive Powers to Conserve Lands. President Barack Obama will use his executive powers to protect more mountains, rivers
and forests from development if Congress does not act to preserve such wild spaces, the U.S. Interior Secretary said on Thursday [10/31/2013].
The Editor says...
Mr. Obama couldn't care less about wide open spaces, camping and hiking in the wilderness, or expanding national parks. His goal is to
choke off the supply of domestic oil and cripple the U.S. economy.
Turns out, the NSA is also
collecting all your Contacts, IM lists and group-chat pals. You gotta watch this South Sider's words. He fancies himself a good talker.
But he quite often ends up uttering what Huckleberry Finn calls "stretchers." Remember one of Obama's other favorite recent lines, how the U.S. has never
before produced so much oil and gas? So, no implied need for the Keystone XL pipeline, right? Again, the words claiming implicit credit for
presiding over an energy production surge appear accurate, as far as they go. However, the energy explosion comes only because of production surges on
private lands, not on the federally-controlled lands where Obama's minions have actually crimped output.
Even Understand the EPA's New Rules for Coal Plants? Lachlan Markay put together this map of where the country's major coal mines are, and
where the EPA's "listening sessions" about the rules new were held. As you'll notice, the sites of the mines and the "listening sessions" weren't
near each other. If you wanted to ensure that no one who actually works in mining weighed in at these "listening sessions," this is pretty much how
you would do it.
Obama donor gained nearly
$1b in tax credits in Solyndra bankruptcy. Most people who follow the news are aware that President Obama invested $527 million in Solyndra,
the now-bankrupt California-based solar panel manufacturing company. What is much less well-known is that the federal government was legally required to
cut its losses of tax dollars just months into the project, and that only an illegal loan modification made to benefit an Obama fundraiser led to taxpayers losing
more than $500 million. "The true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra," Obama declared in May 2010, but even then, the
company was burning through more than $10 million a month and headed towards bankruptcy.
Energy Production Up In Spite Of
Obama, Not Because Of Him. This is a recurring, though dishonest, theme with this administration. In early 2012 it claimed that "domestic
oil and natural gas production has increased every year President Obama has been in office." In 2011, you might recall, it said oil production "reached
its highest level in nearly a decade and natural gas production reached an all-time high." The implication, of course, is that the gains are due to Obama
policies, and this time the White House took the claim up another notch by asserting oil output is at "its highest level in 17 years." We don't
dispute that fact. But the surge hasn't been due to Obama's policies; it's happened in spite of them.
American energy booming despite Obama's
policies. Oil, natural gas and coal production in this country are at record levels. But this is despite Obama's policies, not, as he implied,
because of them. Oil, natural gas and coal production are zooming upwards on private land, but plummeting on government lands.
The Keystone XL Pipeline and the Truth.
The proposed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline has long been polarized on a number of issues. Hysteria abounds, with junk science everywhere we
look — driven in no small measure by the desire to shut down development of northern Alberta's oil sands via constraining Canadian oil export markets,
as well as some apparent anti-Americanism.
Is this the future of fracking? From the sleepy backwater of Franklin Forks, just ten miles from the New York
county line in rural Pennsylvania, blonde and photogenic Tammy [Manning] and her children have been feted by television companies and environmentalists alike:
portrayed as the 'perfect' example of how one family's lives have been blighted by a greedy energy company whose hunger for profit had put their health at serious risk.
Moniz: 'There's no war on coal'. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz sought Thursday [8/1/2013] to reaffirm his department's commitment to coal as
part of America's future energy mix, countering accusations that the Obama administration is waging a "war" against the fossil fuel out of environmental
concerns. "There's no war on coal," Secretary Moniz said at a Monitor-hosted breakfast in Washington.
Obama's Keystone Job Claims
As Phony As His Recovery. The president falsely claims that the jobs created by the pipeline from Canada would be but a "blip relative
to the need," ignoring his own State Department and the unions that support him. At the rate President Obama is going, he may claim that
building the Keystone XL pipeline will actually cost jobs. In an interview with the New York Times last Saturday, he argued that the best
estimate is 2,000 initial construction jobs followed by no more than an additional 100 jobs, a mere "blip." The newspaper's transcript
of the interview showed Obama chuckling dismissively as he made his point.
'Gasland' scandal ignited at EPA.
HBO viewers thought they saw Steve Lipsky, a Parker County, Texas, home-owner, holding his garden hose belching fire from his methane-contaminated
water well. The flaming water was terrifying and "Gasland Part II" blamed it on fracking done by Range Resources, a Fort Worth-based
shale gas driller. What viewers actually witnessed was Lipsky holding a hose secretly connected to a gas vent, not a water line.
This fraud came out in a lawsuit filed by Steven and Shyla Lipsky against Range for $6.5 million in the 43rd State District Court of Texas.
Coal industry threatened by
stringent new EPA standards. The Obama administration has rejected accusations it has launched a "war on coal." But it
presses ahead with yet more carbon regulation.
infrastructure improvement and middle class jobs, Mr. Obama? Approve the Keystone XL pipeline. One has to be forever bemused by our
President of Perpetual Irony. Recently, in his big economic speech, he stood at the port in Jacksonville, Florida to emphasize infrastructure's
role in creating jobs. He then proceeded to call out House Republicans as obstructionists. Question 1: What is a project
which will immediately increase the capacity our energy infrastructure and create jobs at no cost to the government? Question 2:
Who is the obstructionist not allowing that to happen?
forecasts suggest that fossil fuels are the energy sources of the future. President Obama has frequently promoted renewable energy
sources, and said during his 2012 campaign that "We've got to look at the energy sources of the future, like wind and solar and biofuels, and
make those investments." By "investments" Obama most likely means massive "taxpayer-funded subsidies" for wind, solar, and biofuels.
At the same time, Obama has often dismissed fossil fuels as "energy sources of the past." But according to projections from Obama's
Department of Energy, the reality is much different [...]
The Top 5 Lies About Fracking. Gasland
Part II, the sequel to director/activist Josh Fox's earlier anti-fracking docudrama Gasland, will run on HBO next Monday. It appears
to have rounded up the usual corporate villains and appealing victims of profit-hungry capitalist skullduggery, rather than telling the more
substantial story: that fracking combined with horizontal drilling has unleashed a bonanza of cheap natural gas.
The President's Broken Window
Fallacy: Carbon Policies and Jobs. That there are no free lunches is an eternal truth, notwithstanding the assertions of experts and
public officials. The Obama version of this ancient snake oil is simple: we can have a stronger economy and more employment if we discard
part of the power-generating capital stock. [...] For the economy as a whole, the broken window — or the electric generating capital forced
into retirement — is a net loss. We cannot become richer over time by making ourselves poorer in the here and now.
Mr. President, It's
Not "Carbon Pollution" It's the "Elixir of Life!" On June 25th, President Obama unveiled his plan to reduce what he refers to as "carbon
pollution" — the emission of gaseous carbon dioxide into the air that primarily results from the burning of fossil fuels. In
discussing the rationale for his plan, the President claims that carbon dioxide, or CO2, "causes climate change and threatens public health" and
that "cutting carbon pollution will help keep our air and water clean and protect our kids." Unfortunately, President Obama's statements
could not be further from the truth.
Beware! Media Will Support Obama's Climate Lies.
At the heart of the President's speech is his reference to "carbon pollution." It has no scientific basis. You will not read that in
Wednesday's newspapers, nor hear it on radio and television unless you are tuned to conservative media. The claim that carbon dioxide (CO2) is
a pollutant is absurd insofar as it is, next to oxygen, the second most vital gas for life on planet Earth. It is responsible for the growth of
all vegetation, including crops vital to feeding humanity and the livestock on which they depend as a food source.
The Top 5 Lies Of Obama's
Climate Change Speech. President Obama is being lauded for his plans to restrict carbon dioxide emissions. But the scheme looks
more like the last refuge of a desperate movement, because the speech he gave in its defense was full of lies. Al Gore called Obama's
Tuesday presentation at Georgetown University a "terrific and historic speech." It was not an honest message, though. His text was
laden with myths, fables, distortions and outright lies.
"A dangerous, arrogant, fact-free tirade."
Blowing Smoke: Obama Climate Speech Riddled With
Lies. President Barack Obama's naïve and error-riddled speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday clearly demonstrated that he is
serious about trying to stop global climate change. However, like the tide, climate change is a natural event of such proportions that it is
largely unaffected by human activities. Obama ignores that the "official climate science" on which he bases America's climate and energy policies
has been washed away by 17 years without global warming, despite atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) — the gas Obama blames for rising
temperatures — continuing to increase primarily due to the emissions of China and India.
Obama should confront climate change
fantasies. President Obama's new climate policies outlined Tuesday include both brilliant and useless ideas.
The confusion stems from Obama's unwillingness to confront three climate fantasies:
• Renewables are a major part of the solution today. No, they are almost trivial. Today, the world gets 81% of its
energy from fossil fuels — by 2035, in the most green scenario, we will still get 79% from fossil fuels. [...]
• Biofuels should play a major part of the solution. No. For now, biofuels simply diverts food into cars, driving up
food prices and starvation, while clearing forests for new fields emit more CO2 than biofuels save.
• Efficiency can cut emissions. No. While efficiency is good, studies show it has little climate impact, because its
savings gets eaten up by more use. As your car gets more efficient, you drive it further, and the money you still save get used for other
No 'War on Coal' says Energy
Secretary. Oh, really? That will come as good news to the thousands of coal miners and others who work in the
coal industry slated to lose their jobs because of EPA regs and Obama executive orders. [...] Of course there's a war on coal.
The war has been going on for at least 3 years as more than 142 coal fired plants have been shuttered, according to the
Sierra Club. But apparently, that's not considered a war on coal by the administration.
Ethanol Proponents Mislead
on Gas Prices. The reader doesn't need a PhD in economics to see the smoke and mirrors in the Buis and Dinneen piece.
Early on, they claim that Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits for ethanol are "free," and that they were "created at the oil
companies' insistence." Then in the very next sentence they say that early this year "the price of RINs rose dramatically," and
later in their op-ed state that petroleum industry trade groups are spending "millions of dollars" to attack the renewable fuel
mandates. Now regardless of what the reader may think about oil companies, the above claims make no sense.
The President's Ruinous
Energy Policy: Once More with Feeling. During his reelection campaign, the president boasted that domestic oil and gas production
was at an all-time high, with the implication that he was somehow responsible for this accomplishment. In fact, Obama has done everything
possible to retard oil and gas exploration, including a 40% decline in production on federal lands, a continued moratorium on East-Coast drilling,
and refusal to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Obama also continues to drag his feet on a decision to allow the export of liquefied
natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries.
repeats energy mistakes of the past. A new language was introduced in Washington when President Barack Obama began his
first term in office. [...] The language is newspeak. Introduced by George Orwell, it is characterized by using familiar words
and phrases in unfamiliar ways. [...] His "all-of-the-above" approach apparently means wasting precious federal revenues on failed
renewable projects while bankrupting the coal industry and slapping new taxes and regulations on U.S. oil and natural gas producers.
such thing as ethical oil,' Al Gore tells Toronto audience. [Scroll down] In a public interview with The Globe and
Mail's editor-in-chief, John Stackhouse, Mr. Gore also spoke of his wish that U.S. president Barack Obama would cancel the Keystone XL
pipeline intended to transport heavy crude from the Alberta oil sands to U.S. refineries.
Gore: 'There's no such thing as ethical
oil'. Former Vice President Gore on Tuesday [5/7/2013] said "there's no such thing as ethical oil," slamming the notion that importing
oil from U.S. ally Canada was better than doing so from unfriendly nations. "There's no such thing as ethical oil. There's
only dirty oil and dirtier oil," Gore told Canada's The Globe and Mail during a Tuesday event in Toronto.
Al Gore Makes A
Crackpot Statement About Dirty Oil. Speaking before an audience gathered by the Toronto Globe and Mail, the former
vice president rejected the idea that oil from Alberta is "ethical oil" because, in the words of Globe and Mail editor-in-chief
John Stackhouse, it is produced by a democratic nation that is committed to human rights. [...] While Gore's overall point is pure
crackpottery, he is partly right. There is no such thing as ethical oil. But neither is there a such thing as unethical
oil. It is an inanimate commodity without moral orientation.
Obama steals credit for energy success he opposed. President Obama may be the first chief executive to take credit for the
results of things he has opposed throughout his time in the Oval Office. The latest example came last week, when the Department of
the Interior announced it had approved 21 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for energy resource exploration and development.
The Associated Press tells a fear-mongering sob story about how fracking will ruin everything when it comes to Illinois.
Illinois braces for oil rush as 'fracking' regulations considered by lawmakers. After drilling intensively in many states in the
last few years, the industry is now preparing to push into new territory, hoping to tap deposits long considered out of reach.
Methane study, EPA
debunk claims of water pollution, climate change from fracking. After a 16-month investigation, state regulators Monday
said that natural gas fracking, contrary to highly publicized claims, isn't to blame for high methane levels in three families' drinking
water in a northern Pennsylvania town. For fracking proponents, it was another piece of good news. The oil and gas industry
still was unwrapping the federal government's acknowledgment that fracking isn't nearly as harmful to the environment as it previously
The attack line about 'special' deals for the industry doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
About Those Tax Breaks for Big Oil.
Thanks in part to a bill sponsored by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat from Maryland and ranking member on the House Budget Committee, it's all
much clearer now. The congressman has inadvertently called attention to the fact that those special tax breaks just for the oil and gas
industry don't exist. Mr. Van Hollen proposes to create some very special punishments instead.
The Dream of a World Without Oil.
[Mark Z.] Jacobsen's article provides a thorough assessment of the future of WWS [wind, water and solar]. Unfortunately, rather than
buttress his argument, his figures undermine the conclusion that we don't need fossil fuels.
Jobs of the Future?
[Scroll down] President Obama refers to green jobs as "jobs of the future." If so, some comparisons in the BLS green jobs report
show a future that looks pretty old. Engineering services (100,847 green jobs) and architectural services (71,891 green jobs) each
has fewer green jobs than used merchandise stores (106,865), waste collection (116,293), and school and employee bus transportation (160,896).
Using the BLS metric, Obama's "jobs of the future" are more likely to be found in trash collection, the Salvation Army, and driving school
buses than in engineering and architectural services.
claims credit for America's energy boom. During the Friday [3/15/2013] event at which President Obama announced $2 billion
in new green energy subsidies, he erroneously credited his administration's "all of the above" energy policy for the nation's increased oil
and gas production. [...] The numbers and facts that Obama cited were all correct. But his claim is still false, unless he can
somehow claim credit (and we wouldn't necessarily put it past him) for placing massive shale deposits below ground stretching from
Texas to North Dakota and from the mountain West to western Maryland.
predicts cars that drive from 'coast to coast without a drop of oil'. Obama, expanding on an initiative he addressed in his
State of the Union speech last month, said the United States must shift its cars and trucks entirely off oil to avoid perpetual fluctuations
in gas prices.
energy production his administration has hindered. Between fiscal years 2010 and 2012, total U.S. oil production rose by
about 1.1 million barrels per day over fiscal year 2007, and natural gas production rose 20 percent from 2007 to 2012.
What the president failed to mention is that the growth he is so proud of has taken place in spite of his administration's energy policy,
not because of it.
Did Obama Just Block Keystone?
[Scroll down] So the Obama administration could green-light the pipeline, file a report that stops short of calling Keystone a major
global-warming hazard, and still find the project delayed for years by environmental groups bringing court challenges under the new NEPA
guidelines. In this scenario, headlines loudly proclaiming Obama's approval of Keystone would shield him from Republican attacks.
Simultaneously, the president could mollify the left by claiming credit for guidelines that effectively allowed his allies to stop the pipeline.
War On Drilling: Oil Surplus, Not Scarcity, Is The New Regulatory Excuse. Regardless of abundance and necessity, the Obama
administration continues to justify new regulations that restrict access to America's oil and gas reserves.
Obama: Only Canada would
profit from Keystone XL. President Obama told a group of House Republicans at a closed-door meeting on Wednesday [3/13/2013]
that the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline won't profit anyone but Canada. Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., told the Associated Press
that Obama said the benefits of the project have been overstated because many of the jobs created would be temporary, and much of the oil
produced from the pipeline would be exported.
Fabrications, Falsehoods and Fantasies. [For example,] That's why my administration will keep cutting
red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits. Drilling permits that once took 30 days to be approved
now take more than 180 days. Even relatively simple things like the approval of development plan (DOCD) revisions
are sometimes drawn out to nearly 300 days.
Will Obama Trade A
Carbon Tax For Keystone XL? Having failed to lower the sea levels in his first term, President Obama, in the first SOTU
of his second term, highlighted the need for fighting climate change and proposed an Energy Security Trust Fund to siphon off money from
those who actually produce abundant and useable energy to fund alternative energy sources which constitute a rounding error in the percent
of energy produced by various sources.
Domestic Energy: Triumph in
the Face of Adversity. Who should be given credit for this explosion of production? In his re-election campaign, Obama
boasted that it was his administration that made this possible. However, of all the outrageous lies he has told, this has got to be
the biggest. The primary reason for the explosive growth of North American fossil fuel production is the innovation in extraction
technology — not big government.
Obama's Great Alaska Shutout. President Obama is
campaigning as a champion of the oil and gas boom he's had nothing to do with, and even as his regulators try to stifle it.
Energy in the Executive. The exchange began when an audience
member asked Mr. Obama about Steven Chu's job description, which the Energy Secretary has repeatedly said does not include helping to lower gasoline prices. Mr.
Obama never answered that one, but he did use the opportunity to pose as the John the Baptist of fossil fuels, invoking oil drilling, the natural gas fracking boom and
even coal production. Mr. Obama (and his green allies) must have died a little on the inside when he said that, given that he ran in 2008 on a promise to build
a "new energy economy," by which he meant everything but fossil fuels.
White House involvement in loan to bankrupt Abound Solar. Just one day after President Barack Obama went on television
saying that politics had nothing to do with the now bankrupt Abound Solar receiving a taxpayer-backed loan guarantee from the Energy
Department, emails have surfaced that appear to contradict these claims.
Obama Is Right. Disingenuously, he portrays himself as
the "Energy President," while his policy has always been none of the above, unless it is wind or solar, which he calls the energy of the future
when it is truly the energy of the past. With Barack, it is always yesterday's answers to today's problems. That's why he likes
high-speed rail so much. He is singlehandedly destroying the coal industry in America, while restricting drilling for oil in the Gulf and off
our shores as well as on all public lands. The EPA is now in the process of formulating rules to regulate "fracking" nationwide.
It's a safe bet that any new regulations won't increase production.
Obama's Lies about energy production. Yes, the country is producing more domestic
oil than ever before, but the Obama administration has done more to stop the production instead of increasing the production.
Oil and gas leases,
acres, and permits all down under Obama. In 2008 under President Bush, there were a total of 55,085 oil and gas leases in
effect on federal land. In 2011 under Obama, there were just 49,174, a decrease of 11 percent. In 2008 under Bush, there
were 47.2 million acres of federal land under lease. In 2011 under Obama, there were just 38.5 million, a decrease of
19 percent. In 2008 under Bush, the federal government approved 6,617 oil and gas permits. In 2011 under Obama, the
federal government approved just 4,244 permits, a decrease of 36 percent.
Gas Prices Are Up Because of Obama's Offshore Ban.
In the Hofstra presidential debate, President Obama said: "when I took office, the price of gasoline was $1.80. Why is that? Because
the economy was on the verge of collapse." Wrong. Prices collapsed because we signaled to the world that we were finally moving forward
with developing America's massive offshore oil and gas resources — and they shot back up when Obama reimposed the offshore ban.
Why gas is nearly $4 a gallon. So it was Bush's bad
policies that drove the economy down, and with it the gas prices. Let's ignore the obvious, and not even point out that if what Obama said
were true, gas would be [almost] free by now, if not for the taxes.
Lies, [...] Lies, And Obama's
Energy Statistics. According to the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management, in 2008 under President Bush a total
of 55,085 oil and gas leases were in effect on federal land. In 2011 under Obama, there were just 49,174, a decrease of 11%. Federal
acreage under lease shrank from 47.2 million in 2008 to just 38.5 million, a drop of 19%. And 6,617 oil and gas permits were
approved in 2008 vs. 4,244 permits in 2011, a decrease of 36%. [...] A snail-like permitting process has reduced planned capital and operating
investments by $18.3 billion and cost the Gulf more than 162,000 jobs in just the past two years.
Fact Check: Obama says Romney
opposed ending tax break — only he didn't. At a rally Friday [10/5/2012] in Fairfax, Va., Obama claimed Romney had outright
rejected his proposal to end tax breaks for oil and gas companies. "He said there's no way that he'd close the loophole that gives big oil
companies billions each year in corporate warfare," Obama said, in the middle of a litany of complaints on Romney's tax positions from Wednesday's
debate. Just one problem. Romney didn't say that.
Proclaims October 'Energy Action Month' Despite Rejecting Pipeline, Threats To Natural Gas And Coal Industries. "I
call upon the citizens of the United States to recognize this month by working together to achieve greater energy security, a more
robust economy, and a healthier environment for our children," Obama declared. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of
the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, took exception to Pres. Obama's proclamation of National Energy Action Month,
saying "Every month should be national energy month."
big lies no. 2: your property values will not be affected. [Scroll down] There's not an estate agent dealing with rural properties anywhere
in the land that isn't aware of the issue. "The majority of homebuyers don't want to live anywhere near a wind farm — it's as simple as that,"
one tells me. And if they don't broadcast the fact too loudly, he says, it's for two reasons: first they want to get the highest possible price for their
sellers; second because often these same rural agents represent landowners who are making money out of wind farms and they don't want to upset their clients.
Media and Obama are Taking Us Down the Rabbit Hole. To re-elect Barack Obama, the media has a long list
of what they expect us to believe. [...] The media expect us to believe that those millions who have stopped looking for
work must really not want to work. The media expect us to believe the unemployment numbers aren't rigged.
Obama's New America. Mr. Obama made much of the truth that the USA is
producing a lot more energy from oil and gas domestically now compared with some years ago. But he gives no credit at all to the oil companies and the
gas companies that made that possible.
Carney on Keystone: 'We Haven't Rejected
Anything'. White House Spokesman Jay Carney said [8/23/2012] that the Obama administration had not "rejected" the
Keystone pipeline, despite the fact that the president did, in fact, cancel the project after congressional Republicans forced
him to make a decision.
Evan Thomas: 'It Would Be
Better If Energy Prices Went Up'. "It would be better if energy prices went up." So amazingly said Politico's Evan Thomas on
PBS's Inside Washington Friday [8/24/2012]. [...] "No matter how much we drill, it's not going to have a big impact on energy prices."
An example of the left-wing bias in the New York Times:
Giving Reins to the
States Over Drilling. With gasoline prices again approaching $4 a gallon, Mr. Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, is
also trying to merge energy and economic policy in a way that will make voters see increased energy production as a pocketbook issue.
The Editor says...
Well of course four-dollar gas is a pocketbook issue. The New York Times is trying to make increased energy production
look like a development that would only benefit the oil companies, but the return of two-dollar gasoline would benefit everybody.
Obama's Oil and Gas Folly. Obama's campaign
speeches always seem to include a line about how he can take credit for increasing domestic oil and gas production. As the official
White House website has it, "domestic oil and gas production has increased every year President Obama has been in office." On
Wednesday [8/22/2012], however, his administration put into effect yet another new regulation making it harder for America's oil and gas
companies to increase production. In fact, that regulation, as the head of the American Petroleum Institute recently wrote, would
make American companies unable to compete with foreign competitors. That may be exactly why the president supported it.
sneaks offshore moratorium past public. Given the timing, it is clear that the self-described "all of the above" energy
president didn't want the American people to discover that he was denying access to nearly 98 percent of America's vast
energy potential on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
Democrats revive plans to spike oil
industry tax breaks. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., today [7/26/2012] renewed a campaign to end a
suite of tax incentives for the nation's five biggest oil companies and accused presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of blindly
supporting "subsidies for the richest oil companies." Menendez said he would be fighting to keep oil companies from "getting tax breaks they
don't need when they are making record profits." The only hitch? Oil companies are actually posting disappointing second quarter
numbers, beginning with ConocoPhillips, which said Wednesday that it had earned $2.27 billion, a 33 percent decline.
Spokesman on Solyndra: 'Widely Praised as Successful and Innovative'. Lis Smith, a spokesman for President Barack Obama's
reelection campaign, touted Solyndra by saying the failed energy company that received federally backed loans has been "widely praised as
successful and innovative."
Team Romney: "It's
Time to Vet the President". [Scroll down] Incidentally, since the ad singled out Obama's Solyndra disaster,
you might be interested to see what an Obama campaign spokeswoman said about the politically-connected, now-bankrupt solar company:
"The reality is that Solyndra received funding through a Department of Energy program created under the Bush administration —
a program that has supported tens of thousands of jobs across the country and is moving forward with [... "] Actually,
Solyndra's loan was rejected by Republicans because of numerous (justified) red flags, all of which were explicitly buried and
ignored by Obama's political team for political reasons.
Administration official calls Solyndra an "enormous success". Rep. Cliff Stearns, chairman of the Oversight and
Investigations Subcommittee, asked [David G.] Franz if he would agree that "the Loan Guarantee Program has had a tough record."
Frantz replied, "Quite to the contrary, sir, I think it's been an enormous success." [Video clip] There have been so
many "successes" that it's hard to keep track of them all: Solyndra, Beacon Power, Abound Solar, Nevada Geothermal Power, Ener1,
A123, SunPower, First Solar, Evergreen Solar, Solar Trust for America, Fisker Automotive... every one of them swimming in a thick
"success" gravy of bankruptcy and layoffs.
Greenwashing cannot go
unchallenged. Since gas-fired power stations — whether in Scotland or south of the Border —
will be needed to provide electricity on the frequent occasions when wind farms cannot, the suggestion that more use of
renewable energy would improve security and offset gas price volatility is simply pie in the sky.
Fossil-Fuel Democrats Became An Endangered Species. President Obama's heavy-handed regulation of the booming old-energy
economy — the moratorium on offshore drilling following the BP spoil, the decision to block the Keystone XL Pipeline, and
the prospect of a fracking ban — and his embrace of green-energy policies has played well in the solidly-Democratic
post-industrial coastal economies that he also depends on for fund-raising. But it's left him with few friends in the energy
belt that spans the Great Plains, the Gulf Coast, Appalachia and now some parts of the old rustbelt, despite his election-year
claims of an "all-of-the-above" energy policy.
Grossly Overstates Economic Benefits of Regulation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is grossly overstating the
economic benefits of its various environmental restrictions, environmental expert Richard Trzupek told the Energy and Environment
Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Trzupek, a chemist and environmental consultant, told
the House subcommittee in June 6 written testimony that EPA routinely claims enormous economic benefits are created by its
regulations. Those benefits, Trzupek explained, rest on far-fetched claims regarding "premature deaths avoided" and gains
in worker productivity.
Job creation numbers exclude job losses due to higher energy prices.
Wind energy jobs: Are the numbers pulled from thin air. The
American Wind Energy Association has made extending the Production Tax Credit ('PTC') its primary focus this year. Documents
available on the trade group's website show that about $4 million of its 2012 budget ($30 million) was directed toward
securing extension of the PTC. With job growth the number one political issue in the United States, AWEA's strategic plan
calls for rebranding of the wind industry as an economic engine that will produce steady job growth, particularly in the
manufacturing sector. The problem for AWEA is that the industry's own record on job growth lacks credibility.
Accurate information available in the public suggests the industry has inflated its overall job numbers.
Primestar: Another DOE-Touted Solar Plant Fails. After the collapse of Solyndra last summer, Department of Energy
Secretary Chu was called to Congress to explain the bad decision making that led to a $500 million dollar loss for taxpayers.
Chu's testimony in November 2011 was widely regarded as self-serving nonsense. The Washington Post awarded his claims about the
success of the DOE loan program with three Pinocchios, noting that contemporaneous emails should have alerted decision makers that
the solar market was changing.
Lisa Jackson: EPA isn't to blame for coal industry's
problems. Is this some sort of inept, tasteless joke? Try to read around the relentless environmental bias and feel-good blather of this glowing
profile of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson from the Guardian, and you'll recognize the same sort of economic-language usage employed by the wider Obama administration
to try and disguise their many endeavors at central planning.
Lies. President Obama is spewing lies and distortions on America's energy capabilities, and attempting to
paint political opponents as medieval. The president's agenda is anti-American and anti-progress. It's
driven by a statist ideology. Frankly, the country's not likely to expand domestic supply and reduce foreign
dependence while the Democrats are in power.
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.
About Oil and Gas: Instead of facing the reality of his owned failed policies, President Obama
is calling for an end to the "tax giveaways" he claims amount to $4 billion in "subsidies" to the
energy industry. This tactic isn't surprising given the effect that rising gas prices have on the
President's approval ratings and his obsession with re-election. But, less than truthful innuendos
and political spin hardly helps American working families that are getting hammered at the pump.
Obama's energy lies.
Canadian tar sands, it turns out, hold 100 billion barrels of obtainable oil, which is to say, we have Saudi Arabia II sitting right
next door. Stretching a pipeline from Canada to Texas refineries is no big deal in a country with 2 million miles of pipeline
already. What's more, there is good besides oil that would flow from it. It would create thousands of jobs and experts note
that a pipeline is far cheaper and safer than other modes of transportation, especially shipping it across the ocean.
GAO To Obama: More Oil
Than Rest Of The World. Exploding the Big Lie pushed by President Obama that we can't drill our way out of high gas prices
because we have but 2% of the world's proven oil reserves, Anu Mittal, GAO director of natural resources and environment, testified before
Congress last week that just one small part of the U.S. is capable of outproducing the rest of the planet.
Time to terminate Big Wind subsidies. This "emerging industry" is
"vitally important" to our energy future, supporters insisted. It provides "clean energy" and "over 37,000" jobs that "states can't afford to lose."
It helps prevent global warming. None of these sales pitches holds up under objective scrutiny, and their growing awareness of this basic reality has
finally made many in Congress inclined to eliminate this wasteful spending on wind power.
Real Hope for Ending Federal Debt. [Scroll
down] Of course, tapping the United States' natural resources is the opposite of what Obama is doing. Oil and gas production on federal
lands has dropped by 40% under the dreary marriage of environmentalism, puerile elitism, and Marxism which is Obamanomics. What is true of oil
is also true of coal.
If Obama is going to kill coal, he has to hide
the body. Of course what the CO2 alarmists call "dirty coal" is perfectly clean. The only difference is that it produces
CO2 — that most healthful gas, the beginning of the food chain for all life on earth — which remains alarmingly close to the
minimum levels needed to sustain life.
The Week That Was. A strident opponent of coal-generated electricity,
the Sierra Club campaigned that natural gas was the clean alternative. The Club has bragged that it prevented the construction of some 150 coal
fired power plants. Now that the EPA has proposed rules to prevent the construction new coal-fired power plants, the Sierra Club has begun a
campaign calling natural gas a dirty fuel. Of course, the objective is to cripple the economy by shutting down all forms of energy use and
electric power generation.
Top 10 misguided energy policies. [#4] Obama's mantra that more oil is
being pumped in America than ever before must be tempered by hard facts — increases in production are on private land and are in spite of,
not because of, any efforts by the Obama administration.
Energy Policies Have Cost Economy $358 Billion. President Obama likes to say that oil production is up and that
the rise in gasoline prices is not his fault, but the facts challenge his words. Energy production is up, but only due to
policies and practices set in motion ten years ago by the George W. Bush administration, and production is up only on
private fields. Exploration and production on public lands has declined under Obama, and the facts are simply getting
in the way of his rhetoric.
Drill There, Build Here, Now!. Obama has continued the crazy lefty
polices of his party and refused to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He has curtailed drilling off the
coast. And his actions have contributed to the chaos in the Mideast as even long-friendly Egypt teeters ever closer to
Islamist insanity. But he capped his anti-energy term with such blatant hypocrisy that media lefties should be
screaming. First, he fought GOP efforts to take action on the Keystone pipeline. Finally, when his hand was
forced, he shut down plans to move tar sands energy via pipeline from Canada to Texas. He then followed that blatantly
political and amazingly cynical move with a State of the Union speech claiming he believed in power to the people —
mentioning the word "energy" nearly two dozen times.
Things That Would Be Happening Today If Obama's Policies Were Working. [#3] Judging by the number of times Barack Obama attacked
George W. Bush for high gas prices and Obama's insistence that alternative fuels are a viable alternative to gasoline, you'd expect plentiful,
cheap gas at under $2.00 a gallon as opposed to more than a doubling of the price of gas to $3.80 per gallon.
floats measure calling on official to resign over crucify remarks. The resolution marks the latest push by
Republicans in Congress to put pressure on EPA Administrator Armendariz to step down. Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.) introduced
a House resolution Friday calling on an Environmental Protection Agency official to resign over 2010 comments comparing enforcement
of clean-air laws to crucifixion. The resolution marks the latest push by Republicans in Congress to put pressure on EPA
Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz to step down amid the firestorm over his comments.
The Editor says...
On Saturday, April 28, Democrat consultant Julian Epstein, speaking on the Fox News Channel, tried to play down the importance of Mr. Armendariz's
comments by referring to him as "a low-level EPA official." That is a deceptive mischaracterization, if not an outright lie.
is was the Regional Administrator for EPA Region Six, which covers five oil-rich
states.* See for yourself at 2:50
into this video
clip. The Regional Administrator for EPA Region Six, whoever it is now, is a high-level EPA official. It is a vicious canard to
have more oil than the president says. [Scroll down] Often, he ends with this rhetorical flourish,
"Anybody who tells you otherwise either doesn't know what they're talking about or they aren't telling you the truth."
Beg pardon, Mr. President, but a lot of people who do know what they're talking about would — and do —
take vigorous issue with these assertions. There's a lot this country can do to improve its energy position with a
drill bit sunk into American rock and soil.
More fracking red tape. Despite President Obama's
assurance he is doing everything he can to solve the nation's energy woes, his minions are busily grinding out fresh regulations to ensure only
unaffordable power options have a chance at success.
Another Day, Another Administration Witch
Hunt. This week, President Barack Obama is taking the fight to "oil speculators" and "market
manipulation" (nee "free enterprise"), demanding that traders put up more money for transactions and government
ratchet up enforcement and monitoring. "None of these will bring gas prices down overnight," Obama
helpfully explained in his news conference. "But they will prevent market manipulation and help protect
consumers." No, they won't.
Crackdown On Speculators Won't Cut Prices. President Obama's promised "crackdown" on speculators
is another example of his using government to strangle markets and increase control over the private economy.
Worse, it won't cut gas prices one bit.
say new study belies Obama claim US has 2 percent of world oil. Republican senators are accusing
President Obama of pushing a "less-than-honest" claim about the scarcity of domestic oil, after a U.S. Geological
Survey study showed the United States might actually hold a quarter of the world's untapped, undiscovered supply.
The president often uses a much different statistic in speeches. He said Tuesday [4/17/2012], as he has
before, that "the problem is we use more than 20 percent of the world's oil and we only have 2 percent
of the world's proven oil reserves."
Oil Production on Federal Lands Dropped 275,000 Barrels a Day in 2011. In his 2012 State of
the Union Address, President Obama said that "American oil production is the highest that it's been in eight
years." But on Wednesday [3/21/2012], the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service released a new
report that finds that the overwhelming majority — 96 percent — of the increase came
from land not owned by the federal government.
Our president goes on a wild goose chase against "speculators."
Obama's Snipe Hunt.
Watching President Obama stumble through his energy crisis, it seems only a question of whether he will
end up channeling Jimmy Carter or President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina. The latter,
in case you missed it, just announced that her government will be seizing a 51 percent interest in
YPF, the Argentine subsidiary of Repsol, the Spanish conglomerate that is the 15th largest refiner in the
world. In most places, that would be called theft, but in the banana republic of Argentina it's just
business as usual.
Can the President
Lower Gas Prices? President Obama has claimed that there is no "silver bullet" to reduce gasoline
prices. I beg to differ. [...] There would be an immediate and dramatic reduction in the worldwide price
of oil if President Obama opened up for serious drilling the American territories both offshore and onshore, as
well as the Alaskan National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) and everywhere else where we might conceivably find oil.
Within 24 hours after such an announcement, the price of crude would start to drop as current oil-producing
countries tried to pre-empt any new activity by making it less attractive financially.
gas prices as GOP problem. President Barack Obama is trying to portray himself as the hard-nosed protector of
gasoline-buying consumers, and to frame the GOP's free market policies as one cause of rising gasoline prices.
Team Obama plays energy policy for laughs. Obama,
naturally, shirks responsibility for keeping Keystone a pipe dream. As he claims, "The rushed and arbitrary deadline
insisted on by congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline's impact." Rushed? Team
Obama has had its entire tenure to study Keystone. As a State Department timeline confirms, it received TransCanada's
Keystone application on September 19, 2008 — under President G.W. Bush.
is this guy pretending to be president? Obama claims credit for the bottom half of a pipeline he had nothing
to do with, when he killed the top half. He brags that domestic oil drilling is up when the part he's responsible for
Myths About High Gas Prices. To hear President Obama talk about energy, you'd think annual oil price
spikes were routine and predictable. But it's another energy myth Obama peddles to avoid responsibility for
high gas prices.
Obama deserves little credit for expanded energy production.
The Obama administration is taking an undeserved victory lap for increased U.S. production of oil, Republicans and proponents
of expanded oil production say. The administration's latest attempt to claim it is expanding oil production came from
the Department of Interior. The agency recently announced a new program to streamline and automate permit applications
for oil and gas drilling. The project is an expansion of a pilot program and is expected to reduce average approval time
for drilling permits from 298 to 60 days. [...] In its 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 budgets, the Obama administration
requested the pilot program, which was funded with money from sales of oil leases, be zero-funded. Instead, the
administration requested increased permit fees on oil well operators.
Obama as Farce. [President
Obama] boasts of his accomplishments, which amount to nothing more than brazenly redefining abject failure as success,
or taking credit for things he had nothing to do with. Is there anything funnier than hearing the most anti-oil
president in the history of the nation take credit for oil production? He stands in front of some pipes and
makes a speech, and suddenly, he is the "Energy President." Could he look more desperate? To hear
Barack tell it, no other president has done more for the fossil fuel industry, cut taxes for the middle class, been
more supportive of business, cut regulation, or done more to increase employment and help the economy recover.
Obama's pointless war on coal:
It's Not 'All of the Above' After All.
So now we know that when President Obama says he wants an "all of the above" strategy for energy, "the above" doesn't include the energy source in which
America has the biggest advantage over the rest of the world: coal. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new regulation
that, if enacted, will effectively outlaw the building of new coal-fired electricity-generation plants.
Supply To Boost Prices. The administration claims there's no "silver bullet" to lower gas prices and that they've kept rising in the
face of higher domestic production, as if the law of supply and demand has suddenly been repealed.
Obama Will Say and Do Anything.
"Big Oil" has become a favorite Obama target. On March 29, 2012, Obama said, "Congress up until this point has thought it was
a good idea to send billions more of your tax dollars to the oil industry." Obama appealed to Congress to "stand with the American
people" and vote to end subsidies to the oil and gas industry. But there is one problem: "Big Oil" receives tax
incentives. In no sense can what "Big Oil" receives be called a subsidy — the sending of "billions more of
your tax dollars to the oil industry." Further, the incentives (sometimes referred to as tax breaks) are available to any
Obama's Keystone Pipeline Lies:
In his weasel-worded decision to block a perfectly harmless pipeline that would have provided America with jobs, energy and hope, President Barack
Obama betrayed his country, lied and even welshed on a deal with Congress. I am sorry to say so, but it's true.
Lies and Doublespeak of
American Planning Association And How to Fight Back. The words "sustainable development" are used in nearly every federal, state, and local
development plan; on nearly every federal, state, and local government web site; and in nearly every public statement on new development policies.
We even had a President's Council on Sustainable Development, created by an Executive Order of Bill Clinton, with the stated purpose to impose the
policies of Agenda 21 into United States law. Many serving on the Council helped write Agenda 21, including John Sawhill of the Nature
Conservancy, Jay Hair of the National Wildlife Federation and Michele Perrault, international Vice President of the Sierra Club. So, the exact words
"Sustainable Development" come from UN documents and its exact policies are imposed at the local level — yet, we are told by its proponents, none
of these development plans have anything to do with UN policy. It's an amazing tap dance. As local residents question their county commissioners,
city councilmen, mayors, state legislators, and governors about the origins of their policies, it has become routine for these "representatives of the
people" to get a puzzled look on their faces and a wrinkle in their brows, as they say, "I've never heard of Agenda 21." "That's just a
Obama's energy lies.
Suddenly, gas prices are up dramatically again, and Obama is in a political pickle. His Chevy Volt and Solyndra solutions are like
putting out a forest fire with a squirt gun that doesn't work. His record on denying drilling hither and yon, and a past, reported
statement about not seeing oil as a solution to anything, hardly help the country, especially since he is thus sending oil markets signals
to increase prices more. Increased production in our own land has happened despite him instead of because of him.
cynical energy speech a ploy to deflect blame. We have achieved some marginal improvement in reducing our
reliance on foreign oil due to advances in drilling technology and market decisions made by consumers, not because of
anything this administration has done. If anything, this administration's hostility to fossil fuels has retarded
Feds Approving Fewer Oil and Gas Leases. The number of oil and gas leases granted by the federal government
in the western United States declined by 44 percent during the first two years of the Obama administration versus
the last two years of the Bush presidency, according to a new study prepared for the American Petroleum Institute (API) by
EIS Solutions. The study also raises questions about the accuracy of federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) claims
the federal government increased the granting of oil and gas leases on public lands in 2011. According to the study,
more than 58 percent of the leases cited by the BLM were not new at all, but rather leases sold in prior years and
tied up in administrative or legal challenges.
U.S. Announces New Cutbacks on
Shale Oil Leases. The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced new cutbacks in the amount of oil rich federal
lands on which the government will allow energy production. The Interior Department is reducing available lands for oil
shale production in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming by more than 75 percent.
U.S. runs on oil;
Obama runs on anti-oil fibs. John Podesta and Geoff Garin are skilled political operatives who will spare no
effort to help Democrats win elections. So their messaging memo urging Democrats to demonize the American oil sector
to score political points -- posted on the Politico website March 24 -- should be viewed as political propaganda,
rather than sound energy policy. The political memo falsely claims that the oil sector gets federal subsidies.
But companies that produce oil and natural gas and that manufacture fuels and petrochemicals don't get a penny of subsidies.
We just get the same types of tax deductions and credits as other American manufacturers.
Oil Profits Aren't Excessive — Left's Rhetoric Is. One of the most effective arguments used against the
oil industry is that it earns "excessive" profits that must be taxed away. But as with the rest of the left's failed energy agenda,
it's based on pure falsehoods.
Favorite Topic of Deception. The presidency of Richard Nixon was destroyed, and that of Bill Clinton nearly ruined, by
scandals that erupted over lies they told. But no president ever before has lied as frequently, as flagrantly or as foolishly as
has Barack Obama. [...] Posing in front of stacks of pipe, Mr. Obama said: "Today, I'm directing my administration to cut through the
red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles and make this project a priority." Not the whole pipeline, which was to run from
Alberta's tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Just its southern end, over which Mr. Obama has little control.
Republicans for blocking programs for renewable energy. More investment in "green" technology is shaping up to
be a cornerstone of President Obama's re-election effort, and the administration's No. 2 man on Sunday [4/1/2012] accused
Republicans of standing in the way of wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy. [...] "They have no policy," he said of
Doubly Dishonest. President Obama's latest campaign
advertisement makes a number of questionable claims about domestic energy production under his watch. The television
ad, which was unveiled on Monday [4/2/2012] and is set to air in five swing states — Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio,
and Virginia — claims that the Obama administration is "doubling renewable energy," citing the U.S. Energy Information
Administration (EIA) as its source. That claim, however, is deeply misleading, according to the EIA's most recent report.
President Obama Is An Oil Hypocrite. Despite taking credit for rising oil production on private and state lands he
has nothing to do with, and claiming he supports opening up areas for domestic exploration as part of his "all-of-the-above" energy
policy, President Obama in fact despises domestic fossil fuel production and moves to block it at every opportunity.
Truth about Obama's energy claims.
President Obama and his interior secretary, Kenneth L. Salazar, have been amazingly creative in trying to convince us
that they've actually promoted a robust domestic energy agenda and increased oil production. But it only takes a
little research to conclude that Mr. Salazar and the Obama administration have been flat-out wrong with some of their
claims and incredibly misleading with others.
We're Not Drilling Everywhere! Sen. Mary
Landrieu (D., La.) on Thursday [3/29/2012] appeared displeased with the Obama administration's energy policies. "When people
say we're drilling everywhere — well, we're not drilling everywhere!" Landrieu told Sen. Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.) in
a conversation outside the Senate chamber.
Obama's Real Oil Agenda.
You cannot claim increasing oil production is meaningless and then take credit for increasing oil production. ... Even more
interesting though is how President Obama attempts to convince Americans that decreasing oil imports (hello, Canada), is in
their economic interests. In Cushing, Oklahoma last week, President Obama tried to make the connection that "reduc[ing] our
dependence on foreign oil" will "ultimately help to curb the spike in gas prices." For that to be true, you would have
to believe that oil is not a global commodity.
Why the EPA's new regulation will increase electricity prices significantly.
If you can't get Congress to pass a "cap and tax" law, then simply go it alone and direct executive agencies to implement
regulation which will cap CO2 by making it too expensive to operate if the plant produces CO2 above the arbitrary limit you
set. ... And that's precisely what Obama's done here. Result? Well it gives lie to the "all-of-the-above energy
plan" that Obama has been pushing in stump speeches around the country.
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 Tries to Screw in Loose Bulb of
Energy Record. President Obama began a two-day tour-de-energy today [3/21/2012] as the administration put a
full-court press on an issue that could leave him vulnerable in a campaign season: energy costs that keep stinging
consumers. Or, as press secretary Jay Carney put it on Air Force One en route to the first stop in Nevada, it's an
effort to show "indisputable, incontrovertible, immutable, inexorable facts" that Obama is increasing domestic oil production
and reducing dependence on foreign oil.
Those Obama Green Blues.
Green disciple President Obama on Thursday went to the heart of Oklahoma oil and gas country to proclaim himself a born-again carbon
believer. ... "Right now, a company called TransCanada has applied to build a new pipeline to speed more oil from Cushing to
state-of-the-art refineries down on the Gulf Coast. And today, I'm directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break
through the bureaucratic hurdles and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done," the president said. "Now, you
wouldn't know all this from listening to the television set." Nor would you know it from listening to him for the last five years.
The Incredible Pliability of Fact
and Statistics. Do you believe that Obama is able to repeal the law of supply and demand? The President says cutting
demand will reduce prices but increasing production will not, and that we are producing too much oil and gas for our own good.
Obama tries to
spread blame on Solyndra, Keystone. President Obama is on a swing-state campaign blitz this week, looking to
stifle voter anger over high energy prices. While the White House is casting the trip as an effort to lay out Obama's
vision for future energy abundance, much of the message is aimed at reducing the supply of blame.
Obama on Solyndra Loan: 'This Was
Not Our Program'. President Obama denied culpability for the failure of solar firm Solyndra in a radio
interview on Tuesday [3/20/2012], instead pinning the blame on Congress and the Chinese. The loans initiative used to
finance Solyndra was "not our program," he told American Public Media in response to question about Solyndra's bankruptcy
and subsequent controversy.
Obama's Pipeline to Nowhere.
Obama's newest, bestest commitment to energy security for the US is in touring the half of the Keystone pipeline that's being built
without his permission. That's because the part of the pipeline under his control isn't being built because it was denied a
building permit by none other than BHO himself.
The Editor says...
I have no doubt that numerous pipelines already exist betweeen Cushing, Oklahoma and Port Arthur, Texas.
Critics rip Obama
claim that drilling in U.S. won't drop gas prices. President Obama has been touring the country this week touting
increased oil and gas production numbers during his time in office — but his selective quotes and figures tell only
part of the story. Citing statistics showing an eight-year high in domestic oil and gas supply, Mr. Obama says his
administration has opened up millions of acres to gas and oil exploration across 23 states while gas prices have
continued to rise — so more drilling will do nothing to alleviate pain at the pump.
Obama touts energy policy, flubs
fuel fact. President Barack Obama's struggled to defend his price-boosting energy policies during a speech in
Cushing, Okla., today [3/22/2012], even as rapidly spreading criticism and rising gas prices damage his poll ratings.
"He was incredibly defensive because little of what he says is true — that's his dilemma," said Dan Kish, a vice
president at the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Energy Research.
Speaking off-the-cuff, Obama mistakenly said that "we only produce 2 percent of the world's oil."
According to the federal government's energy administration, the United States produces 10 percent
of the world's production, making it the third-largest oil producing nation.
Obama Took Credit for Solyndra in 2010.
President Obama tried to blame Congress for the failure of Solar Panel firm Solyndra on his four-state energy tour this week.
But the president took credit for the $500 million loan to the program in 2010. "We can see positive impacts right here
at Solyndra," he said. "Through the recovery act, this company received a loan to expand its operations. This new
factory is the result of those loans." In a radio interview on Tuesday, the president blamed both parties in congress
for the loan program.
Obama headed for
defeat in Keystone fight. To hear the White House tell it, Barack Obama might be the most pipeline-friendly
president ever to occupy the Oval Office.
Sanders: 'Excessive Speculation,' Not Supply and Demand, Responsible for High Gas Prices. Excessive
speculation — not the need for more oil drilling in the U.S. — is responsible for current high
gasoline prices, according to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Slick Bam selling snake
oil. After blocking the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada and watching helplessly as gas prices soar, President
Obama yesterday [3/22/2012] posed in front of an oil storehouse in Oklahoma — and tried to convince America that he's an
oilman at heart. "We are drilling all over the place right now," insisted Obama, as he stood in front of a stack of
massive pipes for a new pipeline that will run from storehouses in Cushing, Okla., to refineries in Texas.
The Pants-on-Fire President.
The reality is that to Barack Obama, lying, aka "spin," is normal behavior. There is not a speech or an off-the cuff
comment since he entered the national stage that does not contain some falsehood or obfuscation. A speech on energy made
last week and repeated on March 22 is reflective of this mindset. He is now attempting to portray himself as being
in favor of drilling in order to increase oil production and approving pipeline construction, which stands in stark contrast
to his stated and long-term position on energy and reiterated as recently as three weeks ago. This is a transparent and
obvious ploy to once again fool the American people by essentially lying to them.
Obama's Keystone XL Visit
A Potemkin Village Photo-Op. The president stages a photo-op in Oklahoma to take credit for the portion of the
Keystone XL pipeline that doesn't need his approval and for oil production on private and state lands beyond his jurisdiction.
About Oil Production on Federal Lands. Yesterday I pointed out that the production of fossil fuels on federal
lands is down from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2011 (October 1, 2009, to September 30, 2010, compared to October 1,
2010, to September 30, 2011). This is significant because the administration is ...well, lying. Not long
ago, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said, "The fact of the matter is we are producing more from public lands — both
oil and gas, both onshore as well as offshore, than any time in recent memory." Not only is Salazar wrong, he's wrong for
every type of fossil fuel produced on federal lands.
Policy. A president, so Obama claims, has little control over gas prices. New domestic supplies of oil
would not come on the market for years. Americans consume a quarter of the world's oil supplies while possessing only
2 percent of global reserves. In a global oil market, additional American drilling would not make that much of a
price difference. But all of these claims are either flat wrong or misleading.
Obama: Solyndra "Was Not
Our Program," You Know. This president of ours is having himself quite a day, isn't he? In addition to
his shameless Keystone ploy, he's also trying to distance his administration from one of its most glaring, high-profile failures.
Blames Congress For Solyndra: "Not Our Program, Per Se". In an interview with Marketplace.org, President Obama
defends using U.S. taxpayer money to invest in solar energy projects. During the interview, Obama was asked about Solyndra,
one of the more well-known solar panel companies that failed after receiving a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy.
However, Obama told Marketplace that "this was not our program." Obama attempts to make the case that this falls on the lap
of Congress because they put together the loan guarantee program.
says he's added pipeline 'to encircle Earth and then some'. As gasoline prices continue to rise, President
Obama on Thursday [3/22/2012] pushed back on attacks from Republicans that he is blocking the Keystone XL oil pipeline
and is against drilling, arguing his administration has added enough new oil-and-gas pipelines to "encircle the Earth and
Industry group: Obama
should help lower gas prices. President Barack Obama could lower gas prices by opening up more federal land
and offshore areas for oil drilling, American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard said Tuesday [3/20/2012].
Gerard, on a conference call with reporters, argued that Obama is misguided in saying "there's no silver bullet" to combat
high world oil prices or rising prices at the pump. "We strongly disagree, and so do most Americans," said Gerard,
who heads the industry organization.
Obama burns a zillion gallons of fuel to escape blame for
high gas prices. President Obama is very unhappy about his crashing poll numbers, and he wants Americans
to know he's the first president in history whose policies have absolutely nothing to do with the price of gas.
Misleads on Oil Reserves, Networks Defend Him, Fail to Fact Check. On March 7, 2012, Obama
declared: "We've got 2 percent of the world oil reserves; we use 20 percent. What that means is, as much as
we're doing to increase oil production, we're not going to be able to just drill our way out of the problem of high gas prices."
While technically true, Obama's "oil reserves" numbers are very misleading due to the narrow definition of "proven reserves."
The three broadcast networks failed to clear up that misconception for viewers and passed blame for high prices on to others.
Poking around the
propaganda factory. [Scroll down] In order to refute the charges of Newt Gingrich and others in the Republican
Party that the president is responsible for high gas prices, the president made the following claim: "Do not tell me that we're
not drilling. We're drilling all over this country. There are a few spots we're not drilling. We're not drilling in
the National Mall. We're not drilling at your house. I guess we could try to have, like, 200 oil rigs in the middle
of the Chesapeake Bay." So now, according to the president, if you are for more drilling for oil — if you are for lower
prices at the gasoline pump — you should vote for President Obama. Except he knows, and you know, and everyone else knows
that it isn't true.
the demagoguery on oil and gas, Mr. President. As he so frequently does, Obama repeated the misleading assertion
that America has only 2 percent of the world's proven oil reserves but uses 20 percent of all the oil consumed every
year. That claim is at such variance with the facts that even some liberal mainstream media people are beginning to
More Energy Lies From
Obama. Barack Obama gave a speech on energy and gas prices to an audience of college students today,
at Prince George's Community College. He chose his audience carefully; the kids knew nothing about energy,
and received him enthusiastically. But anyone even slightly knowledgeable about energy policy would have
recognized Obama's speech for what it was: one misrepresentation after another.
Gas Prices Are Obama's Gas Prices. Barack Obama has spent his presidency finding scapegoats and fleeing
responsibility. For example, our massive deficit is not his fault. Rather, it's George W. Bush's
fault. Our painfully high unemployment isn't his fault either. Rather, it's due to the fact that "the
economy is so automated." He's even tried to assure us that we can't blame him for the sharp rise in gasoline
prices we've seen under his watch either. Rather, he boasts that he's expanded domestic oil production to its
highest point in the last eight years.
U.S. Has 60 Times More Than Obama Claims When he was running for the Oval Office four years ago amid
$4-a-gallon gasoline prices, then-Sen. Barack Obama dismissed the idea of expanded oil production as a way to relieve
the pain at the pump. "Even if you opened up every square inch of our land and our coasts to drilling," he said.
"America still has only 3% of the world's oil reserves." Which meant, he said, that the U.S. couldn't affect global
oil prices. It's the same rhetoric President Obama is using now, as gas prices hit $4 again, except now he puts
the figure at 2%.
Claim That Energy Production Is at All-Time High Selective on Facts, Experts Say. On Saturday [3/10/2012],
President Barack Obama claimed that under his administration, oil production in America was "at an eight-year high," that
the number of operating oil rigs had quadrupled, and that millions of acres had been opened for drilling, which were
assertions that did not present all the facts, said energy experts. While Obama's comments were technically
accurate, he was leaving out vital information that gives a fuller picture of the situation, according to the
Institute for Energy Research.
The real oil production numbers Obama doesn't want you to see:
President Obama is fond of claiming that oil production is up at record highs for the past 8 years under his
administration. Well, yes, but here's the clinker for him — they're at record highs despite his
administration not because of it. In fact, he could have been a hero and had oil production at epic highs had
he not instead done all he could to slow down oil production on federal lands.
Fuel Production on Federal Lands at a Nine-Year Low. What can the president do about gas prices?
Stop shutting down energy production on federal land.
oil flimflam. Yes, of course, presidents have no direct control over gas prices. But the
American people know something about this president and his disdain for oil. The "fuel of the past," he
contemptuously calls it. To the American worker who doesn't commute by government motorcade and is getting
fleeced every week at the pump, oil seems very much a fuel of the present — and of the foreseeable future.
Krauthammer: Obama energy speech 'a double technical'. In a
speech on Thursday [3/15/2012] in Maryland, President Barack Obama claimed former President Rutherford B. Hayes wasn't
particularly good at his job because he was supposedly dismissive of the telephone and its technological
potential. Obama was making a case for his administration's push for renewable energy investments.
But his jab at Hayes was historically unfounded.
Obama's Pump Debacle.
Obama often says, "Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight
years." That's true: It's also true that under Obama's administration, Snooki from "Jersey Shore" got
pregnant and Charlie Sheen lost his job. And he can take about as much credit for those developments too.
Never mind that if he'd gotten the cap-and-trade proposals he campaigned on, energy prices would be even worse.
on gas prices: 'We have made progress'. In a statement today [3/12/2012], President Obama insists
that under his administration, America has "reduced its reliance on foreign oil" and "increased domestic production."
But at this point, there appears to be no strategy to tackle this monster political issue heading into the 2012 elections.
#BSFAIL. CBS has released
several CBS/New York Times polls that suggest the failure of the intense propaganda campaign waged by the White
House and the mainstream media. ... A sidebar to the poll shows that a majority of Americans believes gas prices
are something a president can do a lot about — by a margin of 54-36.
Depriving America of Her Natural Resources. In his campaign speech on February 23rd, 2012,
Obama blamed everyone but himself for the rise in fuel prices, stating that there were international pressures
on the price of oil that are beyond his control. ... Amazingly, he then boasted that under his administration
domestic oil and gas production has increased; but as the Heritage Foundation reported on January 18th,
2012, "Under Obama, Oil and Gas Production on Federal Lands is Down 40%." There has been an increase in
production on private land, but if Obama's EPA has its way, energy production won't be happening there either.
Energy Disaster. President Obama says his energy policy is a great success. In support,
Democratic-party stalwart John Podesta trumpets the claim that the United States is now producing more oil than
it imports. A recent article in the Bloomberg News goes even further, saying that the U.S. is now a net
oil exporter. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman instructs us to rejoice: High oil prices are
now good for the United States. Unfortunately, none of this is true.
Big Lies on Big Oil.
Obama's formulation conflates two different measures. True, we might have only between 2 and 3 percent of
the world's recoverable reserves — as narrowly and misleadingly defined — but we don't consume
25 percent of the world's oil reserves, which is what Obama wants you to believe.
Energy Hypocrisy: What's It All About, Algae? [Scroll down] Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., head of the House
Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says of Obama's boasts that "if in fact we are producing more oil
or natural gas than in previous years, it's not because of any of his efforts." Yet the president still
takes credit for the increased production he opposes.
Check: President Obama's News Conference. Fact Check 5 — U.S. Gas production has risen
and imports are down. Yes, but thanks to Obama's predecessor.
Obama really is the non-energy president.
In his weekly radio address Feb. 25, the President said that "under my administration, America is producing more
oil today than at any time in the last eight years. In 2010, our dependence on foreign oil was under 50 percent
for the first time in more than a decade." ... These claims ... are nothing but spin. While it's true that U.S.
oil and natural gas production are up, this is not thanks to, but in spite of Obama. All the increased
production has come from state and private lands, where the President has little power. On federal lands
controlled by Obama, production has actually fallen.
another energy 'silver bullet' Obama should fire. With gas prices heading toward $4 per gallon
and beyond, President Obama repeatedly declares that "there are no silver bullets" to make the numbers on
service station pumps go back down and that it is impossible "to drill our way" out of trouble. In fact,
a look at rig counts in the natural gas industry during recent years points to a different conclusion.
Obama's Oil Switch.
An Institute for Energy Research report shows that, indeed, American oil production is rising. However,
this has nothing to do with Obama's administration. The rise in overall oil production comes from state and
private land. Since 2000, oil production on state and private land has increased 11 percent.
Last year, state-land production jumped 14 percent. Production on privately held land went up
12 percent. The report singled out the Bakken wells, which are located on a privately held formation
in North Dakota and which saw a 250 percent increase in production over the last decade. According
to the report, oil production has actually gone down by 44 percent on federal lands over the same span.
Last year alone, oil production on federal land decreased by 11 percent.
President Blameless. As expected, President
Obama strode purposefully to the lectern at the University of Miami late last week and, solemnly surveying the crowd, took responsibility
for skyrocketing gasoline prices that threaten our struggling recovery. Of course, that is not quite the way it went down.
That Obama Is Scared. [#3] Obama's energy policy is pure comedy. When Obama took office,
gasoline averaged $1.89. Gasoline is now at its highest point in history, averaging $3.65 a gallon —
and it's getting higher. When gas crested at $3 a gallon under Bush, Democrats were quick to put Bush in cahoots
with the oil companies. Obama and other Democrats are blaming Wall Street, offering that high gas prices are
"bringing families closer together" or that high gas prices are "saving lives." Nice try.
Obama's Energy Lie Exposed.
Obama and his choir are taking credit for the unexpected rise in domestic oil production, even though any sentient
being knows this is horse manure. Today Greenwire, a New York Times specialty publication reports that in
2011 oil production on federal lands fell by 100 million barrels in 2011 from 2010. The increase in
domestic oil production is occurring on private and state land, such as North Dakota.
Obama, you're wrong, boosting US oil production would be huge. The liberal theocracy in academia, the
media and the Democratic Party leadership relentlessly expounds that drilling for oil in the United States won't much
affect U.S. gas prices, because petroleum prices are set in global markets. And, more domestic oil production
or U.S. access to Canadian petroleum won't much change global supplies, or the pace of economic recovery and
Obama's Blatant Energy Lies. I didn't get to hear President Obama's energy speech in Miami today,
but I do know this much. He deflected blame. He passed the buck. He blamed Bush. He lied.
And he demonized Republicans for begging Democrats to unleash America's vast treasure trove of energy.
Claim of Increasing Domestic Drilling Not Accurate, Say Energy Analysts. President Barack Obama
does not deserve credit for increased domestic energy production, according to non-partisan energy observers, as
well as critics. President Obama spoke to a crowd in Miami on Thursday about rising gas prices. Today,
the national average for one gallon of unleaded gasoline is $3.57, which is 18 cents higher than a month ago,
according to AAA. In Florida, where he spoke, the average price per gallon is $3.68. The speech comes
less than a month after Obama rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would have run from Canada
through the midwest to the Gulf of Mexico.
about Obama's energy policy speech, February 23, 2012.
Administration Propaganda Lies About Domestic Energy Production. The interior department
announced Tuesday [1/10/2012] that oil and gas lease sales on public lands increased 20 percent in 2011,
generating more than $250 million in profits for taxpayers. The fact, however, is that oil production
on federal lands, lease sales, and revenue have drastically declined during the Obama administration.
Gas Prices Rise, Barack Lies,
Part 2. Barack Obama and his mouthpieces, like the pudgy buffoonish Robert Gibbs, like to repeat
the mantra that "Our domestic oil production is at an eight-year high." Right, but no thanks to you guys.
For Barack Obama to brag about domestic energy production increasing during his watch is like a medieval doctor,
who practices regular bleeding on his patient, taking credit when the patient, by some miracle, recovers.
accuses Obama of lying about energy. The White House is lying to the American public when it says
its policies are responsible for increased oil production, the American Petroleum Institute said. Higher
gasoline prices in the United States are putting renewed impetus behind debates over domestic oil and natural gas
production in the United States.
spot on energy. The Obama administration has been slow-walking oil drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico, has
continued the long-standing opposition of most Democrats and some Republicans to the common sense policy of oil drilling in the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and has blocked the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, apparently at the behest of
wealthy campaign contributors — and seems to realize the political idiocy of this policy, as witness the
totally-without-credibility denial by Press Secretary Jay Carney that the president did what he did.
Enough Oil? A report for November 2011
indicated that, for the first time in forty years, the U.S. was a net exporter of petroleum products. Liberals
seized on this report as evidence that the U.S. needs no acceleration in drilling, no XL pipeline — indeed,
no new exploration or production of any kind.
lawmaker says 20,000 Keystone XL jobs 'not that many'. Chicago Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) drew fire
from Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) on Wednesday [1/25/2012] when she dismissed the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline,
suggesting the 20,000 jobs it could create were relatively insignificant in the scheme of the greater economy.
Obama loves oil! Not!
Without his nose growing visibly, the President claimed the government was behind the technological advances that
led to the current shale gas boom, and even suggested that he might take credit for the rise in domestic oil
production. In fact, Mr. Obama's administration has hampered and castigated oil companies at every turn.
In the light of the hysterical grandstanding over the BP Gulf spill (whose impact proved to be greatly exaggerated),
it was ironic indeed to hear the President now declare a great opening up of offshore exploration.
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.
Isn't America's problem. President Obama was wrong to say at the Asia-Pacific economic summit that
America has gotten "lazy" in the last few decades at attracting foreign investment. What he should have said,
in light of his administration's handling of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, is that America has become quite
adept at blocking it.
Forget 'Peak Oil' —
Drill, BP, Drill. Ignoring peak-oil Cassandras, BP has made another giant oil find in the Gulf
of Mexico. We're not running out of oil. Our government just doesn't want us to look for it.
that the world is not running out of oil.
The Oil Dependency Myth: To say that
the people of the United States are "dependent" upon foreign oil is also a misnomer. Individuals choose
to purchase oil from overseas producers because such an action is preferable to other alternatives.
wants to help me start drilling for oil? I'm tired of this nonsense. I am not addicted to oil. I'm
not psychologically or compulsively compelled to pump gasoline. If my truck ran on maple syrup I'd use that instead.
But it doesn't. It is not my fault that the automobile runs on gasoline.
Oil Crisis is
Solvable. There is only one way to drive down the rising cost of gasoline for the long term:
significantly increase the domestic supply of oil. We are the only nation in the world with access to
known oil deposits on our own land or off our shores that essentially refuses to tap those resources.
Administration's Big Oil Lie. The hearing was called ostensibly to support the Democrats' Close
Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, a bill with no chance of passage. Its purpose was to once again deflect blame
for rising gas prices caused in large part by the Obama administration's ban on increasing domestic supply of
fossil fuels. Shell Oil President Marvin Odum laid the blame for high gas prices at the administration's
feet, where it belongs.
Energy Myths: Many
in Congress seem either disconnected from reality or intentionally disingenuous about our energy crunch.
They have well-honed negative responses to common-sense ideas about solving our energy crisis, particularly
drilling for more oil. These responses are based on a number of widely held myths. Sadly, they've
become the backbone of the Democrats' energy policy. They include: "We can't drill our way out
of our energy crisis." Actually, we can.
Oil industry profits:
[Scroll down to page 7] While large in absolute dollar amounts, oil industry profits are modest when
measured as net income on each dollar of revenue. Over the past five years, the industry's net income
was only 5.7 cents per dollar of revenue, hardly different than the 5.5 cents average for all
Facts versus Myths about the US Energy Industry.
Most people seem to have a misunderstanding as to the nature of the oil and gas industry, their impression being formed
only by the large multi-national integrated oil companies who make "billions of dollars of profit". In actuality,
the industry consists of thousands of companies ranging from one-person independents to the large multi-national
integrated oil companies. Another long standing misunderstanding is that the 5 super-large companies work
together to control the price of oil. If that were true, then the companies would not have allowed the low prices
of 1996 to 2000, nor would they allow the current unstable oil prices.
The truth behind all that 'The U.S. has only 2% of the world's oil reserves' malarkey.
The Big Energy Lie,
Revisited. In 1986, we produced 8.7 million barrels a day, or an annual total of 3.2 billion
barrels. The ratio of reserves to production is 8.5 years — often incorrectly reported in the
press with alarm: "We have only 8.5 years of reserves left! We're running out of oil!"
If this were true, we'd have run slap out of oil in 1995.
wean ourselves off of
our oil "addiction" civilization. Don't know
if it was Bush who originally came up with that stupid term — probably not — but I sure
did cringe every time he used it. Weaning ourselves off of civilization itself really is more apt, since
that's basically what it would amount to. Here's a small sampling of what we'll be doing without if the
green-weenie neo-Luddites have their way.
No Science, Fake Science, and the Destruction of
the Nation. Any scientist who has not sold his soul to the environmental movement will tell you that
the reason that greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide (CO2), do not cause any warming is due to the fact that
they have to conform to the laws of thermodynamics. The first law states that "energy can be neither created
nor destroyed. It can only change form." Energy produced by coal, natural gas, oil, or nuclear is
energy that has changed from one form of matter to another. The attack on these sources of energy is a
direct attack on the economic success of America and it is one that is at a dangerous peak of activity
generated by the Obama administration, primarily through the Environmental Protection Agency. There is
simply no such thing as "dirty energy."
Top Ten Energy Myths:
The list of top ten myths in the report are: Myth #1: Most of our energy comes from oil.
Reality: Oil represents less than 40 percent of our energy use. ... Myth #4: Offshore
oil production poses environmental risks. Reality: New technology has greatly reduced the risk of
oil spills. Reducing oil reservoir pressure through extraction of petroleum will decrease the amount of
oil pollution from natural seepage.
Bogus Models Used To Justify Anti-CO2
Push. Here's a typical claim from the Environmental Defense Fund: "For about a dime a day (per person),
we can solve climate change, invest in a clean energy future and save billions in imported oil." This sounds too good
to be true, because it is. About four-fifths of the world's and America's energy comes from fossil
fuels — oil, coal, natural gas — which are also the largest source of man-made carbon dioxide,
the main greenhouse gas. The goal is to eliminate fossil fuels or suppress their CO2.
The Editor says...
Water vapor, not carbon dioxide, is the primary greenhouse gas.
Myths: Enviro 'Facts' that Aren't. Polling 1,000 average Americans on assorted energy and
environmental issues, we found a wide disconnect between what people "know" and what is actually
true. ... More than four of every five poll respondents said that our cities are getting dirtier. In
fact, pollution has been slashed since 1970, and our cities are far cleaner today. A majority believes
our chief supplier of foreign oil is Saudi Arabia. In fact, it is our friendly neighbor to the north,
Canada. All told the Persian Gulf supplies just 17 percent of the oil we import, and just
11 percent of all the oil we use.
Energy Truths. There is no such thing as complete "depletion" of a resource under a
system of profit-seeking capitalism with property rights. If the total amount of oil is
finite and if there is no technological advance, ongoing depletion of the resource would result in
a price that rises over time at a rate faster than the rate of interest, yielding powerful
incentives to conserve for the future.
Man Environmental Alarmism 101, California Style. How many times must it be proved that the
world is not close to "exhausting its supply of petroleum" before environmentalists stop making the claim?
And as Americans are realizing in greater and greater numbers, there is no objective support for the shrill
claim that "greenhouse gas emissions... threaten the planet we call home."
An exorbitant free
lunch: The five-page IAGS "Set America Free" memo is an undocumented list of grandiose
assertions based on bad science and worse economics. The bad science begins by treating electricity and
ethanol as if they were sources of energy that could be produced without using any energy. To arrive at
a figure like 500 mpg, just fill your tank with a mix of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent
gasoline — but then count only that 15 percent against "miles per gallon."
Education: School of Crock. If there is anything worse than Americans' knowledge about the environment, it is
their perception of it. Ask the experts. "Most Americans believe they know more about the environment than they actually
do," the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation concluded from a Roper poll in 2003. The poll found that
... 130 million [Americans] believe that hydropower is America's top energy source. In fact, it accounts for just
10 percent of the total.
The American Lung Association's Fear Campaign:
In the July issue of Environment & Climate News I showed how the American Lung Association (ALA) misleads
Americans about air pollution levels and trends in their communities and the nation. This month, I will
document the evidence that even air pollution levels far higher than any we experience in the United States are
perfectly safe, and that the nation's air does not cause adverse health effects. ALA claims, "Over
136 million Americans ... are exposed to unhealthful levels of air pollution." Even in terms of
actual federal standards, this is a vast exaggeration.
Facts Not Fear on Air Pollution:
Most of what Americans "know" about air pollution is false. Polls show most Americans believe air pollution
has been steady or rising during the last few decades and will worsen in the future, and is a serious threat to
people's health. But these widely held views are based on myths that are demonstrably false. Air
quality in America's cities is better than it has been in more than a century, despite the fact that Americans
are driving more miles, using more energy, and producing and consuming more goods and services than ever.
How the EPA Is Like DDT.
Asthma is a perplexing disease for which, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is no known
cause. According CDC statistics, the percentage of the general population with asthma increased by 265% from
1980 to 2009. According to EPA statistics, from 1980 to 2009, the emissions of sulfur dioxide when down by
about 76% and, from 1995 to 2009, emissions of nitrogen dioxide went down by about 48%. There is no statistical
relationship or known causal relationship between asthma and emissions of these compounds. Yet, when announcing
the new cross-state emissions rules in 2011 to further restrict emissions of these compounds, EPA Administrator Lisa
Jackson claimed, without evidence, the new regulations will prevent 400,000 new cases of asthma each year.
unsupported hysteria over fracking. Fracking was first used in Oklahoma in the 1940s and
in the years since has been employed in more than a million oil and gas wells across the nation. There
is not a single independently documented instance of groundwater contamination by fracking anywhere in the
country, a fact that was confirmed as recently as May by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
Lisa Jackson during congressional testimony. So why did the EPA announce Thursday [12/8/2011] in a draft
report that chemicals "likely" associated with fracking were found at a drilling site near Pavilion, Wyoming?
Offshore drilling is bad for the fish! Right?
Environmentalists Destroy Marine Environment. The most prolific marine ecosystem on earth is being
systematically destroyed on orders of the U.S. Department of the Interior. ... The most prolific and "diverse
marine ecosystem" ever recorded by marine scientists was created by the "facilities" the U.S. Dept. of the
Interior is hell-bent on dismantling (offshore oil platforms). Acting as artificial reefs over the
past half century, the natural beauty, teeming fish life, coral colonies, and "bio-diversity," created by
these structures is amply documented in several studies commissioned by none other than the U.S. Dept. of
You're a Liberal/Progressive if You Believe...
America's "addiction to oil" has nothing to do with technological reality, and that we can snap our fingers and a "green energy"
future will magically appear. A nice corollary is the idea "electric cars" are a panacea. Sounds really swell until
one remembers that 50% of our electricity is coal-generated.
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
How Washington Ruined
Your Washing Machine. It might not have been the most stylish, but for decades the top-loading
laundry machine was the most affordable and dependable. Now it's ruined — and Americans have
politics to thank. In 1996, top-loaders were pretty much the only type of washer around, and they were
uniformly high quality. When Consumer Reports tested 18 models, 13 were "excellent" and five
were "very good." By 2007, though, not one was excellent and seven out of 21 were "fair" or "poor."
This month came the death knell: Consumer Reports simply dismissed all conventional top-loaders as "often
mediocre or worse." How's that for progress? The culprit is the federal government's obsession with
Conservation Catch 22.
We hear the same incessant bleating from the hard left environmental autocrats in the media, in our legislatures
and in our schools. They force-feed us their unrelenting message that Americans must conserve, recycle,
and protect the environment. They cry out that our natural resources are running out, we are poisoning
the earth, swatting aside endangering species, melting the glaciers and forcing shivering polar bears to
starve amongst the vanishing ice floes of the Arctic.
Left Comes Unglued as 'Green Economy' Claims Collapse. The anti-energy lobby, surrogates for Big
Wind and Big Solar, is now backed into a rhetorical corner in its effort to impose its agenda of protecting the
world from the horrors of affordable, abundant energy. ... The anti-energy Left wants you to have the energy you
need, that is if you agree with them that you don't 'need' very much. They want energy scarcity.
It is fair to say they want energy poverty. And they are willing to say anything to get it.
'Green' Energy Plan Infringes on Liberty. In numerous speeches, President Obama has stated that
America's energy policy should be modeled after Europe's failed "green energy" project. During a speech
in Ohio, Obama claimed that countries in Europe have superior energy policies, "And think of what's happening
in countries like Spain, Germany and Japan, where they're making real investments in renewable energy.
They're surging ahead of us, poised to take the lead in these new industries." In reality, Europe's
experiments with government subsidized renewable energy and "green" jobs have been a costly disaster.
Chortling At Chu.
Subsidizing alternative energy fits the classic definition of insanity. Despite huge subsidies, it has proved
to be neither cost-effective nor a reliable, significant contributor to our national power grid. Yet we
keep subsidizing it, expecting a different result.
The truth about
Obama and nuclear power. We have established that Obama's war on coal hinges on the assumption
that 100 new nuclear reactors will be built in the U.S. in the next few years. Without the power from
those 100 new nuclear reactors, Obama's plan will cause the lights to go out. You cannot rule out
half of our electricity supply and pretend otherwise.
Testimony on the Future of
Nuclear Power: For too long the nuclear industry has been a victim of scare tactics and
outrageously false propaganda. The truth about nuclear power is that it provides a viable and safe
means for satisfying our growing need for electricity. Continuous concerns over critical energy
shortages in this country are sparking a renewed interest in nuclear power on the part of Americans who
do not want to be left in the dark.
America the whole truth about gas prices, Mr. President. [Scroll down] The president is just
flat wrong about those silver bullets. His predecessor pulled the trigger on one on July 15, 2008,
by lifting an executive branch moratorium on oil and gas exploration and development in the Outer Continental
Shelf regions off America's coasts. Literally within minutes, the price-per-barrel of oil on the world
market plunged from just below its historic high of $149 to $136, a 6.3 percent decrease. Bush also
challenged the then-Democratic Congress to lift a parallel legislative moratorium on the same areas.
Today's Obama Energy Lies. This afternoon the President of the United States tried one again
to mislead the public about domestic oil production and how much untapped oil is left in the ground.
He said that domestic oil production is at the highest level in seven years and he indicated that American
reserves are not adequate to help the US reduced its dependence on foreign oil. If Congressman Wilson
was in the audience he might have repeated his famous shout "You Lie."
Oil Lease LIES! How do you know which parts of Obama's energy speech were either lies or
misrepresentations? The parts where his mouth was moving. This morning President Obama outline
his energy policy which is comprised of trying to pull the energy policy wool over America's eyes.
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.
energy promise. President Obama's ambiguous call to "open" 75 percent of the country's potential
offshore oil and natural gas resources to exploration may sound generous, but the truth is, the areas containing
those resources are technically already included in the upcoming 2012 to 2017 offshore leasing plan, and they are
virtually the same areas where exploration and production have been allowed for decades.
Energy: An Exercise in Nuance. Obama's "Green Energy" policies are based on the global
warming hoax. His decision to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline project pleased environmentalists,
but at the cost of 20,000 jobs. And "global warming" is Obama's scare tactic. During his State of
the Union (SOTU) address on January 24, 2012, Obama applauded his administration for increases in oil
and natural gas production in the U.S. He also claimed that the federal government, under his watch,
invented hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.
The Five Biggest
Whoppers In Obama's Energy Speech. The White House billed President Obama's energy policy speech
as a response to mounting criticism of record high gas prices. What he delivered was a grab bag of excuses
and outright falsehoods.
Government Disaster. On June 15, 2010, President Barack Obama made his first address
to the nation from the oval office. Hearing his address, several things struck me. First of all,
Obama mentioned that when the oil spill occurred, he ordered scientists and the Energy Department to study
how to repair the spill. True to his big government agenda, Obama wasted time on the study while more
oil continued to pour into the Gulf region. Secondly, Obama also said that we are running out of oil to
drill. This is patently false.
White House Lies On Blackouts
Exposed. [Scroll down] Maxed-out energy grids are a direct consequence of a shortage
of new power plants to meet demand. Indeed, contrary to another of [When Obama Communications Director
Dan] Pfeiffer's falsehoods when he claimed that Texas was not subject to EPA restrictions, one of the delayed
power plants that could have alleviated the energy shortage, the Las Brisas Energy Center, has been the
subject of an EPA battle with Texas state authorities for the past three years. A federal court ruling
last month gave the EPA permission to proceed with greenhouse gas regulation in Texas, temporarily superseding
Texas' non-compliance with the new regulations which came into force on January 2. The White
House's claim that EPA regulations are not currently affecting Texas is a complete fabrication.
to Lower Oil Prices, Energy Information Chief Says. Richard Newell, administrator of the U.S.
Energy Information Administration (EIA), said that while oil prices are likely to stay above average for the
remainder of 2011, it is unlikely that an increase in domestic oil production would dramatically affect oil
prices in either the short-term or the long-term.
Obama's Domestic Energy Doublespeak.
The gap continues to widen between what President Obama claims to be true about domestic energy
production and what Louisianians know is true. With prices at the pump climbing toward $4 a
gallon, the President is asking us to believe that his administration supports expanded drilling
off the Gulf Coast. Those of us who live there know that nothing could be further from the
Exactly the opposite is true.
Biden: Failure to invest in clean energy would be nation's 'biggest mistake'.
A failure by the United States to lead the world in developing clean-energy technology would be the "the biggest
mistake this nation has made in its entire history," Vice President Biden said Tuesday.
Re-Election Ad Filled With Fibs. In his very first TV ad of the 2012 campaign, the president is feeding the
public false information about America's dependence on foreign fuels. His twisted statistics actually celebrate the
Obama recession. The Obama re-election campaign is already shaping up as the most deceitful in American electoral
Obama 'Untethered to the Facts'? Are his lips moving? Well, every commercial needs to grab the
viewer's attention and this one does just that. They come out fighting with "Secretive oil billionaires
are attacking Obama." That's an attention grabber, eh? Right from the get-go, 'secretive oil
billionaires.' No names, no pictures, just a statement.
Obama's Amazing Energy Spin
Machine. The bankruptcy of Ener1, a "green energy" firm that got a $118 million stimulus grant, has
brought the Obama administration's commitment to sinking billions of dollars into alternative energy boondoggles
back into the spotlight. Unfortunately, President Obama remains committed to continuing down this wasteful
path, as his statements about energy in his recent State of the Union Address made clear. While the president
spent more time on the topic than any other policy area, he distorted the facts, misrepresented his plans, and
ignored his record.
Barack in Sarah clothing. Now
that the economy is in the toilet, President Obama is all drill, baby, drill. ... [But] President Obama is not
a real believer in American energy independence. He's a fake. A fraud. A phony.
Obama's Fuzzy Oil
Production Math. He doesn't want to admit it, but President Obama is taking credit for
something George W. Bush did. The White House is touting federal data that shows domestic
oil production is at its highest level since 2003. In a blog post last week, Obama's top climate
and energy aide, Heather Zichal, points to Energy Information Administration data that shows oil production
from the Outer Continental Shelf (which basically means the Gulf of Mexico) has increased by more than a
third between 2008 and 2010.
Obama claims credit for cheap
natural gas. President Barack Obama has been taking the credit for the worldwide boon of cheap natural-gas,
and declining to give credit to the entrepreneurial energy industry.
Obama Fiddled While the Gulf Burned.
President Obama has tried to sugarcoat his administration's inadequate and tardy response to the worst oil
spill in our nation's history. His claim that the administration has been "all-hands-on-deck ... from
day one" is laughable.
Leaks and Lies. For two months,
the Obama administration has been skirting the truth about its inept response to the April 20 BP Deepwater
Horizon drilling rig explosion and the resulting fire and oil spill. The O-Team claims it has been
"on top" of this problem since "day one." Reality shows that both the leaks and the lies
The President's Oil
Reserves Lie: During his speech, the president made a statement that was blatantly false.
The president noted, "We consume more than 20% of the world's oil, but have less than 2% of the world's oil
reserve. And that's part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the
ocean — because we're running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water." We are
not running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water. In fact, it is due to the president's
party of extreme environmentalists that BP had to drill some forty miles from the coastline in deep waters to
He Blinded Me
With Science. [Scroll down] The White House issued a blanket moratorium on deepwater oil
drilling. Obama cited a report commissioned by the Interior Department that purported to recommend the
ban. "The recommendations contained in this report," declared the document, "have been peer-reviewed by
seven experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering." Except that was untrue.
Blather in Kansas City.
[Scroll down] Just as when the President lied about not having available oil reserves last month in his televised
address to the nation regarding the BP oil spill, he told another outright lie in Kansas City. It was so blatant
that it was almost humorous. Note the President's words, "So our goal has never been to create another
government program, our goal has been to spur growth in the private sector." Really? Does any sane
person who even casually follows politics or watched the 2008 presidential campaign believe this?
Obama strays from some facts, or
spins. [Scroll down]
— He told a joint session of Congress on Feb. 24 that "we import more oil today than ever before." That's
untrue. Imports peaked in 2005 and are lower today.
Obama's Interior Secretary lying about drilling permits, or his Justice Department? President
Obama's Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told Congress recently that his department has received only seven
deepwater drilling permit applications and 47 for shallow water drilling in the past nine months. That
caught Sen. David Vitter's attention because he recalled that the Department of Justice told a federal judge
last week that there are actually 270 shallow water drilling permit applications pending and 57 deepwater
applications. Which is it? The 54 applications Salazar claims or the 327 claimed by
the Justice Department? Does the Obama administration's left hand know what it's far-left hand is doing?
Who's Hoarding America's Oil?
The truth is, over 96% of the lands that belong to the taxpayer haven't even been leased by the government so
that energy exploration might occur. Consumers are paying for this failure at the pump and in utility
bills. Some are even paying for it with their jobs. But instead of opening new areas to energy
exploration and production, some in Congress have taken to diversionary tactics. Take, for example, the
mysterious "68 million acres" myth.
Oil Lessons. "We
can't drill our way out of the problem." Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has said it.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said it. It's one of those bromides sincerely repeated by Democrats
with such conviction that for years left-leaning audiences duly nodded their heads, never questioning whether
the truism was indeed true. Until gasoline leaped above the $4-a-gallon mark.
Skip Town: Empty Promises Revealed. Right now middle-class Americans are suffering from
expensive-energy induced inflation. We all know the adverse consequences pain at the pumps has wrought.
So what does "the most open" House majority of all time do when a fair and honest debate over drilling doesn't
exactly help them? They dodge the debate for weeks. They disingenuously lead the American people
to believe that oil and gas won't necessarily be a part of our energy needs in the future.
When did the lowbrows
take over the culture? The Federal EPA is about to officially declare carbon dioxide to be a
pollutant. That's not just false and unscientific; it's not just an excuse for taxing everything in
sight, including breathing. It's not merely wrong. It's idiotic. It marks a low point
in our national conversation. Scientists or engineers with a grain of sense shouldn't be taking the EPA
seriously for a second.
EPA will raise gas prices.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asserted today [3/11/2011] that the Energy Tax Prevention Act "would increase our oil
dependence by hundreds of millions of gallons" because it would remove EPA's authority to regulate carbon
dioxide from automobiles under the Clean Air Act — and thereby forgo "hundreds of millions of
barrels of oil savings." This is false.
Regulating CO2 Is Based On A Lie That
Hides The Real Data. The entire argument for regulating CO2 is based on a series of falsehoods, which
when exposed make the argument for why the EPA needs to be reigned in.
New EPA rule
will cost each taxpaying American $280. By the EPA's own admission, power plants will have to
spend $10.6 billion over the next four years to meet new, more stringent standards for anti-pollution
controls. The EPA says that these measures will "save $59 billion to $140 billion in annual
health costs, preventing 17,000 premature deaths a year along with illnesses and lost workdays." Of
course, just how those ridiculous figures were arrived at is anyone's guess, because the EPA doesn't make
that research readily available. Think about it: those statistics are, at face value, patently
false. We have 17,000 premature deaths a year thanks to dirty air?
The Editor says...
And who has "lost workdays" because the air pollution is so bad? Nobody!
America the whole truth about gas prices, Mr. President. According to government data, a mere
3.7 deep-water permits in the Gulf of Mexico have been approved per month since last August, compared with
seven per month during the previous three years. More than 80 percent of the oil produced in the Gulf
comes from deep-water rigs. Similarly, the average approval time for mandatory environmental impact studies
that must be made for drilling in the gulf has doubled under Obama, going from an average of 61 days
energy promise. President Obama's ambiguous call to "open" 75 percent of the country's potential
offshore oil and natural gas resources to exploration may sound generous, but the truth is, the areas containing
those resources are technically already included in the upcoming 2012 to 2017 offshore leasing plan, and they are
virtually the same areas where exploration and production have been allowed for decades.
Obama's Domestic Energy Doublespeak.
The gap continues to widen between what President Obama claims to be true about domestic energy
production and what Louisianians know is true. With prices at the pump climbing toward $4 a
gallon, the President is asking us to believe that his administration supports expanded drilling
off the Gulf Coast. Those of us who live there know that nothing could be further from the
Drilling Deception: If this were a sincere change of heart and an honest, stand-alone effort to
wean America off foreign oil, it would be worth heralding. But as always with this administration, there's
The Big Energy Lie,
Revisited. In 1986, we produced 8.7 million barrels a day, or an annual total of 3.2 billion
barrels. The ratio of reserves to production is 8.5 years — often incorrectly reported in the
press with alarm: "We have only 8.5 years of reserves left! We're running out of oil!"
If this were true, we'd have run slap out of oil in 1995. The dashed line on the graph [in this article]
shows the cumulative amount of oil produced since 1986. Sure enough, by 1995 we had produced over
27 billion barrels, and we still had reserves in the ground of over 22 billion barrels.
Fast forward to 2010: we're still producing 2 billion barrels a year, and we still have over
20 billion barrels in the ground. In fact, we've produced 58 billion barrels since 1986,
over twice the 1986 reserve total.
Big Lies on Big Oil.
According to the Institute for Energy Research, we have more than 1.4 trillion barrels of oil that is [sic] technically
recoverable in the United States with existing technology. The largest deposits are located offshore, in portions of
Alaska and in shale deposits in the Rocky Mountain states. So the United States has more recoverable oil than the rest
of the non-North American world combined. The Heritage Foundation says this is enough to fuel every passenger car in
the nation for 430 years.
Last Straw. We have the secretary of the interior caught in a lie about experts endorsing a six-moth moratorium on
offshore drilling that will do more damage to the Gulf economy than the Deepwater spill itself.
White House Lied, Jobs Died. New
internal e-mails disclosed by the House Natural Resources Committee this week show that a supposedly exculpatory report on the administration's
doctored drilling moratorium analysis — issued by the Department of Interior's Inspector General's office — was itself
incomplete, misleading and unsubstantiated.
by Denying Access to Energy. The EPA has just released a report of those power plants that top
the list of its regulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. There is no basis in science to justify the
reduction of CO2. Indeed, since it is a gas on which all vegetation depends, much as oxygen is vital to
all animal life, reducing it would impair great crop yields and healthier forests. These regulations are
based on the global warming hoax that blamed CO2 for warming the earth. That is utterly false. The
Earth is currently in a perfectly natural cooling cycle and the climate of the Earth is almost entirely based on
the Sun — solar radiation — along with the actions of oceans, clouds, and even volcanic
activity that spews tons of particulates into the atmosphere.
President Lies in Press Conference.
"The EPA is under a court order that identifies greenhouse gases as a pollutant." (paraphrase) The truth
is, the court said EPA must make a determination whether they are a pollutant. Big difference.
EPA Misrepresents Benefits of
Ozone Restrictions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overstating the benefits of new
rules to further tighten ambient air quality standards regarding ozone, according to a study by NERA Economic
Consulting. EPA's statements about its proposal to cut ground-level ozone "grossly misrepresent what EPA is
actually estimating as the potential benefits of reducing public exposures to ozone," according to the report.
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