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Nation's poor feeling the sting of Obama's war against fossil fuels

So opines Deneen Borelli of the Project 21 black leadership network:

As winter weather already grips portions of the United States, the need for cheap and efficient power for heat and light is essential. Deneen Borelli, a fellow with the Project 21 black leadership network, points out that the Obama Administration's continued war on fossil fuels that is making the guarantee of a comfortable winter increasingly bleak for the nation's poorest citizens.

"With millions of Americans unemployed and struggling to keep their homes warm, the need for government assistance will only increase. Heavy demand and higher prices due to the Obama Administration's assault on the fossil fuels we rely upon are going to stretch charities to their limits and beyond," noted Project 21's Borelli. "It's disgraceful that the first black president and the first black EPA administrator are advancing policies that will preferentially harm blacks who overwhelmingly supported Obama."

In a speech in late November to the Aspen Institute, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson demonized the private sector and strongly defended the Obama Administration's decision to regulate "greenhouse gas" emissions without having specific Congressional authority to regulate these emissions.

Twisting the results of an October Gallup poll in which five percent of those surveyed said the government should have no role in environmental protection, Jackson claimed: "When it came to protecting the environment... 95 percent of Americans said government should have a role in protecting the environment. Fifty percent of Americans said government should be the only protector of the environment, indicating a lack of trust, if you will, in the private sector, not because the private sector is bad... but because the private sector is motivated by profit, and oftentimes without regulatory restrictions."

"By having the EPA regulate carbon emissions, Lisa Jackson is laying the foundation for the 2010 version of bread lines by supporting efforts that will raise energy costs," noted Project 21's Borelli. "It's outrageous that Jackson's policies will drive many low-income citizens to the government plantation."

Of course, there are those who would say that driving citizens to the government plantation is the goal of this administration.  After all, their war on fossil fuels is wide-spread.  Look no further than the recent decision to stop oil exploration off the Atlantic coast and the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico, a decision that has put hundreds of thousands of jobs in peril and yet a decision The New York Times has deemed to unquestionably be the right one.   Yesterday in email, I received the following in reaction to that Times piece and I thought it more than worthy of sharing:

In an editorial yesterday, the NY Times claims the oil and gas industry hasn't learned its lesson post-BP oil spill. Well, all the editors have learned is to accept the Obama administration's anti-energy policies at face value. Here's a little fisking of it:

NY Times' claim: "The oil industry, its lobbyists and its Congressional allies are predictably furious at the Obama administration's decision not to allow exploratory oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the Atlantic coast. The decision was unquestionably the right one."

Right now is the wrong time to make drastic energy policy decisions. Catastrophic events tend to distort the way we judge risk of a particular behavior. Risk analyst David Ropeik has dubbed this, the "perception gap: "When a large-scale event like the oil spill comes along, the scale of it alone magnifies how scary it feels."

NY Times' claim: "Industry's biggest weakness is its inability to handle a blowout or other major accidents in deep water, where most new drilling is likely to occur. The BP well gushed nearly five million barrels of oil before it was capped. Initially, BP was seen as a uniquely careless company, but subsequent inquiries by a presidential commission suggest that the entire industry ignored safety precautions in pursuit of ever-higher gains. "

The 50,000-plus wells firms besides BP have successfully drilled in federal waters of the Gulf are evidence of how rare spills are in an industry that serves such a vital function in the U.S. economy. Also, both the National Academy of Engineering and President Obama's offshore drilling commission that BP's irresponsible corporate culture was the exception and not the rule in offshore drilling.

NY Times' claim: "The government's gravest failure was its shocking inability to provide adequate oversight."

The Times should look at this administration. The Obama administration's gravest failure has been its ongoing mishandling of the moratorium effort. Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu has excoriated the administration saying, "They have so bungled this moratorium effort, if it wasn't so sad t would be laughable. This administration has failed to use every opportunity they've been provided to reassure the industry that they actually believe they have a future n this country."

NY Times' claim: "The industry and its well-paid allies say that delaying drilling will increase America's dependence on foreign oil... [America] cannot drill its way to independence."

The opportunity cost in future federal energy policy is huge. In a 2009 analysis, LSU Professor Joseph Mason determined that America stood to gain $8 trillion in additional GDP, $2.2 trillion in tax revenue over the next 30 years, and 1.2 million new jobs annually by opening access to America's offshore resources. 

Beautifully put. 

It's the irony of ironies that this administration's energy policies are putting the squeeze on constituencies largely responsible for Obama's election.  Those he promised hope and change to, this country's poor and the middle class, are being victimized by Obama's debt to the radical environmentalist fringe.

Here's hoping people are waking up to the disaster the 2008 election has brought to this country.


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Comments (15)

Karma, it's a bitch.... (Below threshold)

Karma, it's a bitch.

Since when does Obama give ... (Below threshold)

Since when does Obama give a Damn about the poor? Healthcae? That's a joke. Cost of living increases for those on Social Security? Another Joke. I sit here in my own home COLD because I can't afford to run to much of the heater because of Capt. ZERO. To Hell with him.

"NY Times' claim: "The i... (Below threshold)

"NY Times' claim: "The industry and its well-paid allies say that delaying drilling will increase America's dependence on foreign oil... [America] cannot drill its way to independence."

Well, let's just TRY that and see how it works out, 'k? At the worst, we'll have more oil available and less money going out to countries that hate our guts but love our green, and we might drive the cost of oil down to a point where gas is under $2 a gallon.

Next up - the "It'll take 5 years!" trope. Which, if it'd been started 5 YEARS AGO wouldn't exactly be applicable. Or even 3, when gas went to $4 a gallon.

Excellent points JLawson.</... (Below threshold)

Excellent points JLawson.

As for Obama, our energy policy can be summed up as "Just say No". No drilling, no solar in the desert, no windfarms, no nothing.

We might all freeze to death, but the view will be good.

As to the NY Times, the only people more out of touch than the first couple, their editorials are always dishonest. I especially like this: "...inquiries by a presidential commission suggest..."

If that's not enough, we have: "The industry and its well-paid allies...", red meat for the perpetually jealous libs.

Spare us from these ivory tower fruitcakes.

Don't forget about nuclear ... (Below threshold)

Don't forget about nuclear energy. The left has been at war with that since Three Mile Island or before. Which, by the way, was hyped by the state controlled media, as a major meltdown. The only thing that happened there was just release of steam. You can blame Jane Fonda for that mess. Does the movie The China Syndrome come to mind?

Since direct use of fossil ... (Below threshold)

Since direct use of fossil fuels is going to come at a premium and since its presses are running anyway may the NYT could start a program of helping the poor by making cheap rolled paper logs that the disadvantaged can burn in their fireplaces. It would likely rejuvenate their circulation and afford some relevancy for the Times in the lives of folks who probably don't normally subscribe to it.

Obama is simply following B... (Below threshold)

Obama is simply following Bill Clinton's lead (again) by keeping potential sources of fossil fuels from being used by US companies. Foreign companies and campaign contributors/supporters (Riady for Clinton, Soros for Obama) rake in the cash because their investments in non-US fossil fuel companies become much more valuable.

"It's disgraceful that the ... (Below threshold)

"It's disgraceful that the first black president and the first black EPA administrator are advancing policies that will preferentially harm blacks who overwhelmingly supported Obama."

Elections have consequences. Sorry, but you folks voted for this idiot. Live with it. Next time, "Choose wisely".

The truth is that environme... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The truth is that environmentalism has always been a luxury and as such it has never been something for the world's poor. It costs a lot of money to use technological workarounds for energy. That's why a lot of enviro crap ends up advocating a return to 18th century agrarian living standards.

Let's not forget all those ... (Below threshold)
Constitution First:

Let's not forget all those the Ethanol subsidies! Over 60% of all "Green Investments" of the Øbama regime are towards ramming corn fuel down our throats like he did Socialized Medicine.

Given how uneconomical, polluting and damaging corn fuel is to us and our machines, this flawed aspect of a flawed policy can only be understood in the greater context of destroying the economic engine of America.

Nothing in Øbama's actions have swayed me from the opinion that The Anointed One has ever strayed from The Cloward - Piven Strategy of Nation Wrecking.

Barry cares not. Just so he... (Below threshold)

Barry cares not. Just so he gets to tee off at 7. Some brothers freezin in harlem will just has to rough it like he did.

Pres. Clinton raised gas ta... (Below threshold)

Pres. Clinton raised gas taxes and taxed social security, both very regressive. I thought he was toast. Fail.

Under any Marxist regime th... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

Under any Marxist regime the poor get a lot poorer and the rich get quite a bit richer.

As they say: You always hur... (Below threshold)
Rich K:

As they say: You always hurt the ones you love.
Irony is so brutal.

Malignant Cancer also quali... (Below threshold)
Constitution First:

Malignant Cancer also qualifies as "Change".

Øbama's Marxism was so blatantly and painfully obvious ("Joe the Plumber" anyone?) one had to be a death-wish monkey (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) to vote for him.






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