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Another Reminder Why We Don't Want Clinton 2.0 in the White House

George Will reminds us (Hat tip: Cliff May at The Corner:

Bill Clinton, by executive edict, declared 1.7 million acres of Utah to be a national monument. Under those acres are the largest known deposit--more than 60 billion tons--of low-sulfur, clean-burning coal. The second largest deposit, the value of which rose because of Clinton's action locking up an alternative supply, is in Indonesia and is owned by a member of the Indonesian Riady family, of fragrant memory, which was generous to Clinton's 1992 campaign.

Not only was this shockingly corrupt, but also it hurt millions of American consumers by forcing up the price of energy in exchange for protecting his financial contributions from the Riady family. You can read more on the Clinton/Riady self-interest maneuvering here.

In fact, the declaration of 1.7 million Utah acres as a national monument, thereby depriving an energy-starved U.S. up to 62 billion tons of environmentally safe low-sulfur coal worth $1.2 trillion and minable with minimal surface impact, was a political payoff to the family of James Riady.

He's the son of Lippo Group owner Mochtar Riady. James was found guilty of -- and paid a multimillion dollar fine for -- funneling more than $1 million in illegal political contributions through Lippo Bank into various American political campaigns, including Bill Clinton's presidential run in 1992.

Clinton took off the world market the largest known deposit of clean-burning coal. And who owned and controlled the second-largest deposit in the world of this clean coal? The Indonesian Lippo Group of James Riady. It is found and strip-mined on the Indonesian island of Kalimantan.

The Utah reserve contains a kind of low-sulfur, low-ash and therefore low-polluting coal that can be found in only a couple of places in the world. It burns so cleanly that it meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act without additional technology.

What sleazy, disgusting people the Clintons are. What is Ann Coulter thinking?


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Does anyone know McCain's p... (Below threshold)
Alan Orfi:

Does anyone know McCain's positions on this particular issue? I know he's far left on drilling in Anwar, but I can't find any opposition to Clinton's park delegations on his behalf.

Don't you read your own blo... (Below threshold)
Blinky:

Don't you read your own blog? McCain is the most evil creature ever to stride the Earth, more evil than even an illegal Mexican berry picker. Anyone, up to and including Satan himself, would be preferable than McCain. Try to keep up.

If this is such a big probl... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

If this is such a big problem, why doesn't Bush sign a new executive order to open the area up for mining?

From what I am reading there is no need for the reserve at this time:
"The US produced more than 1.1 billion tons of coal last year, he says. So the US is importing only 4 percent of US consumption."
http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0710/p02s01-usec.html

And this:
"Then there's a couple of other coal fields that have significant reserves in them that we haven't touched yet," he said. These reserves aren't near Utah's coal capital, Price. Before they could be developed, roads, railroads and other infrastructure must be built"

"Utah coal that is easily accessible and not too far from present production facilities should last 40 to 45 years at today's rate of mining."
http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:UR8zQ7oKRFoJ:publicutilities.utah.gov/news/utahscoalreservesraiseaburningquestion.pdf+Utah+Coal+Reserve,+Clinton&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us&client=safari

Aw! The lefts hero Billy. I... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Aw! The lefts hero Billy. I can't wait to see how the lefty trolls justify this one. ww

Blinky, We all know... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Blinky,
We all know how corrupted the Clintons are, except for their liberal enablers in all these years. We know that Obama is a liberal extremist. Unless one is fooled by his vapid rhetoric, no-one with a good conscience can vote for him either (unless killing surviving aborted babies, possible 2nd holocaust, American defeat and another genocide in Iraq is more important).

So I assume that you will vote for McCain over Hillary or Obama. I will wipe my nose to vote for McCain. Will see whether a lot of liberals will vote for him over the liberal extremisim of Hillary or Obama.

Barney -If he did ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Barney -

If he did - it wouldn't matter how clean the coal was. It could be carbon-negative, and the furor would still be incredible. It'd be spun in so many ways you wouldn't believe it. Polluting the environment, strip mining a national park, displacing the seven-legged sheep tick - you name it, they'd spin it. Because Bush is teh eEvil, you know, and must be stopped no matter what he does.

Even if it's getting off coal to nuclear power. Or gas. Or anything else. Because it's not that he's doing the wrong things - it's because he's not a Democrat.

JLawson - all the reasons w... (Below threshold)

JLawson - all the reasons why he should recind the executive order. Dubya isn't running for office again - so this is his opportunity to step up and be a man and do what's correct, damn the naysayers. Unfortunately, I think he's had his spine beat out of him and he'll cave in the interest of his 'legacy'...

Aw! The lefts hero Billy. I... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Aw! The lefts hero Billy. I can't wait to see how the lefty trolls justify this one. ww
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Barney already did by blaming Bush.

If this is such a big problem, why doesn't Bush sign a new executive order to open the area up for mining?

He forgot to look up though
For good or ill, Bush clears path for energy development


At least we have an agreeme... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

At least we have an agreement that CLinton is a known corrupt cesspool. Only the liberal dems would allow Hillary to be a senator from NY, much less the chance to capture the presidency again.

Clancy, Bush was fi... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Clancy,
Bush was fighting the larger battle of opening ANWAR. That 's the biggest energy problem for us. Barney 's spin is simply a tactic to divert the attention from the sleazy Clinton, his hero.

Obama's speech (October, 20... (Below threshold)
FOR OUR COUNTRY:

Obama's speech (October, 2002):

Good afternoon. Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances.

The Civil War was one of the bloodiest in history, and yet it was only through the crucible of the sword, the sacrifice of multitudes, that we could begin to perfect this union, and drive the scourge of slavery from our soil. I don't oppose all wars.

My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain.

I don't oppose all wars.

After September 11th, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this Administration's pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

I don't oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other arm-chair, weekend warriors in this Administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.

What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income - to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression.

That's what I'm opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.

Now let me be clear - I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity.

He's a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.

But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.

I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.

I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars.

So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the president today. You want a fight, President Bush? Let's finish the fight with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings.

You want a fight, President Bush? Let's fight to make sure that the UN inspectors can do their work, and that we vigorously enforce a non-proliferation treaty, and that former enemies and current allies like Russia safeguard and ultimately eliminate their stores of nuclear material, and that nations like Pakistan and India never use the terrible weapons already in their possession, and that the arms merchants in our own country stop feeding the countless wars that rage across the globe.

You want a fight, President Bush? Let's fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells.

You want a fight, President Bush? Let's fight to wean ourselves off Middle East oil, through an energy policy that doesn't simply serve the interests of Exxon and Mobil.

Those are the battles that we need to fight. Those are the battles that we willingly join. The battles against ignorance and intolerance. Corruption and greed. Poverty and despair.

The consequences of war are dire, the sacrifices immeasurable. We may have occasion in our lifetime to once again rise up in defense of our freedom, and pay the wages of war. But we ought not - we will not - travel down that hellish path blindly. Nor should we allow those who would march off and pay the ultimate sacrifice, who would prove the full measure of devotion with their blood, to make such an awful sacrifice in vain.

VOTE OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!

It's too bad the msm isn't ... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

It's too bad the msm isn't in the mood
to turn on it's own.
http://www.aim.org/aim-column/hillarys-crocodile-tears-in-connecticut

This has been going on far too long. I'm
surprised the author of this piece isn't
eating dirt.

I'm not bluffing when I say... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

I'm not bluffing when I say I won't vote for McCain.

I only voted for Bush once, in 2004, because of the Iraq War. I didn't vote for him in 2000 because of the general "Take the Right for granted & Chasing the Middle" policies of the Republican Party Leadership. And the Middle, in this case is defined by the Media and not the true Middle.

I don't plan on pulling Coulter and vote for Hillary. But I don't want to win a battle that costs us the War. I won't be a part of it.

Assuming McCain's Keating 5 days are behind him, I really don't get Kim's point. Because McCain is more than likely to do this type of crap as well. Not because he'll get his pocket lined, but because he's a 'believer'. Believers are much more inclined to pull something as stupid on a broader scale and more zeal and less reversible.

"VOTE OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT"<... (Below threshold)
914:

"VOTE OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT"

For a smarter more dumb way to not fight the wars We need not have wanted to need to fight.

"FOR OUR COUNTRY", what a p... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

"FOR OUR COUNTRY", what a perfect example of what a completely empty suit Obama is. Thanks.

Obama is a con man thru and... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

Obama is a con man thru and thru ...

Vincente Fox for President!... (Below threshold)
Piso Mojado:

Vincente Fox for President! Can't be any worse, and he'd annex the rest of Mexico and make them all start paying taxes.

"Vincente Fox for President... (Below threshold)
kb:

"Vincente Fox for President"

I have always thought the perfect solution with Mexico would be to make Mexico part of the U.S.

Create five states and let them be part of this country. No more immigration problems. A very large percentage of Mexico wants to be in the U.S. anyway. Their economy would be improved. Corruption would be reduced. The U.S. would be the world leader again. And that is the short list.

It is a proposal I believe the U.S. and Mexico should consider.

Clintons are scum bags. So... (Below threshold)
RA:

Clintons are scum bags. So is John McCain. Both will try to destroy America. Hillary will be easier to resist and run against in 2012.

Man, the clintons really dr... (Below threshold)
Dick Cheney:

Man, the clintons really drive you guys nuts. first of all, there is no such thing as clean coal. this is simply a fact. secondly, if the facts are the way you present them, then the clintons actions certainly are condemnable. but let me ask you this, where is the outrage about dick cheney and george bush? have they never done anything to help out their supporters and contributors? There are these companies, i can;t remember their names, something about the war in iraq, they get lots of money, no bid contratcs, ahh, jeez, if i could just remember who...

pathetic. all of you. you're mad at mccain because it signals the end of your holy roller "conservtive" relevance, thank god.

faux Cheney, actually it wa... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

faux Cheney, actually it was your comment that was pathetic, and incoherent.

let me put a finer point on... (Below threshold)
richard b. cheney:

let me put a finer point on it:

the vast, vast universe of republican corruption is given a pass by your mouth breathing contingent, yet any hare-brained pseudo conspiracy involving bill or hillary clinton is lapped up like a bowl of ronald reagan's breast milk.

if you would like, i could give you some examples, but that would be boring. why go back into the history of abramoff, former fighter pilots, etc?

you can also explain why you support dicky boy's policies of sending lots of high priced american contractors to iraq to do jobs that (a) the us military could do for less, and that they should be doing anyway; and (b) sending high priced contractors to do work iraqis can and should do. is this what the "small government" should do with the "tax payer's money"?

put your head back in the sand, son. it's easier not to think.

Still pathetic, faux Cheney... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Still pathetic, faux Cheney, and still incoherent. The idea that there is some sort of order of magnitude larger Republican corruption is just BS.

And it isn't hard to explain to you why the US military is not set up to do certain jobs and it is more efficient to use contractors. For one, the US military is not in the construction business, for another the use of contractors to do things like base support dates back to the larger military cutbacks of the '90's. The original support contract that was the basis for much of the support work Halliburton/Brown Root did in Iraq was during the Clinton administration and supported things like Clinton's deployments in Kosovo.

So grow up faux Cheney, your comments remain vapid.

"I have always thought the ... (Below threshold)
John S:

"I have always thought the perfect solution with Mexico would be to make Mexico part of the U.S."

No we rejected that idea in 1845 when U.S. troops occupied Mexico City. A much better solution would be to give California back to Mexico. The state represents everything that is progressive (and stupid) in the U.S., and good riddance.

"first of all, there is ... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"first of all, there is no such thing as clean coal."

I'd just as soon ignore the ignorance of this *cough* pronouncement, since no one said such a thing to begin with.

So, it's not only the horrifying prospect of Universal Healthcare, it's the control of an energy source that would put algore's Gobular Warming Tour in the caboose of real environmental solutions.

[not the real] Dick Cheney ... (Below threshold)
marc:

[not the real] Dick Cheney - "no bid contratcs, ahh, jeez, if i could just remember who..."

Here let me help you out... Halliburton Received No-Bid Contracts During Clinton Administration For Work In Bosnia And Kosovo. During Clinton Administration, Halliburton Received $2.2 Billion From US Government For Work In Kosovo.

Between 1995 and 2000, while Democrat Bill Clinton ran the country and Republican Dick Cheney ran Halliburton, there was no talk of favoritism or political ties as the Houston-based company billed the government $2.2 billion for its work in Kosovo.

And Bill subcontracted out ... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

And Bill subcontracted out his finances to the Chinese, as I recall.

bottom line is this...and n... (Below threshold)
whoever:

bottom line is this...and no I don't need to get past it. Anybody with the name Obama is not my next president. You people ...who are even thinking about voting for him...need to wake up...before it's to late!! Do you think these people just came over and hop on a plane..and decided on the spur of the moment to crash it into the twin towers??? No they come over make nice ..nice with the intent of doing harm...How gullible are Americans?? And I am American born and raised. You people willing to vote for Obama, rather then a woman...shame on you!!




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