American Elephants


EPA Zealots Are Attacking the American People Once Again! by The Elephant's Child
June 5, 2014, 9:08 pm
Filed under: Politics

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The Environmental Protection Agency, under the direction of President Obama, has imposed new air quality standards on the nation’s coal-burning power plants to slash “carbon emissions” from 2005 levels by 30 percent within 16 years.

EPA director Gina McCarthy announced the new rules which mandate that the power sector use “cleaner energy sources” and cut “energy waste to address issues of national health and global climate change. They will take effect next year.

Although we limit pollutants like mercury, sulfur, and arsenic, currently, there are no limits on carbon pollution from power plants, our nation’s largest source,” McCarthy said. “For the sake of our families’ health and our kids’ future, we have a moral obligation to act on climate. When we do, we’ll turn climate risk into business opportunity, we’ll spur innovation and investment, and we’ll build a world-leading clean energy economy.”

This is high-quality hogwash. The EPA has long made up statistics about the future health of the American people if we don’t follow their directions. You need statistics to convince officials that we have to do something right now, but since carbon dioxide is not a factor in smog or lung issues, there are no real facts and the EPA just makes them up out of whole cloth.

President Obama announced that the EPA’s new rules would prevent up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks in just the first year! Obama uses his usual deceptive language  according to Professor Ross McKitrick: “Instead of calling it carbon dioxide, we are just going to call it ‘carbon pollution.'” Well, of course, some folks might remember from their high school biology that every time we breathe, we exhale carbon dioxide, and ask embarrassing questions.

The assumption, I believe, is that if they can just shut down the coal plants as Obama has always said he wants, we will go for the administration advancing vast sums of money to his bundlers to finance new natural gas plants and creating more wind farms and solar arrays. These regulations will make no difference whatsoever to the climate, nor to the amount of CO² in the atmosphere, nor to asthmatics, nor to folks with bad hearts. There are NO benefits whatsoever.

On the other hand, continued colder winters and rapidly rising electricity costs may mean energy poverty for many. The Chamber of Commerce releases a report that such a regulation will decrease a family’s disposable income by $3,400 a year and increase their electricity bills by $200. The report also estimates a loss of 224,000 jobs each year between 2014 and 2030.

Obama predicts that higher electricity bills will shrink as these standards spur investment in energy efficiency(?), cutting waste(?), and ultimately we’re going to be saving money for homes and businesses. Uh huh. In Britain, colder winters and higher electricity prices meant “energy poverty” for those who could not afford to heat their homes. Old folks died from the cold, some bought cheap books at jumble sales to burn to heat their homes. Because of their unfortunate climate laws, the British have been forced to import wood pellets from North Carolina forests to fuel their power plants.

Now, I promise you, you will hear from critics who say the same thing they always say, that these guidelines will kill jobs or crush the economy,” Obama said. “What we’ve seen every time, is that these claims are debunked when you actually give workers and businesses the tools and the incentive they need to innovate.  When Americans are called on to innovate, that’s what we do — whether it’s making more fuel-efficient cars or more fuel-efficient appliances, or making sure that we are putting in place the kinds of equipment that prevents harm to the ozone layer and eliminates acid rain.

Obama’s energy schemes were a great way to transfer taxpayer money to his cronies. Interesting how many of them have become fabulously wealthy investing in energy projects. You do remember all the bankrupt companies like Solyndra.

McCarthy said:

Even the largest sectors of our economy buckle under the pressures of a changing climate and when they give way, so do businesses that support them, and local economics that depend on them,” McCarthy said. “As our seas rise, so do insurance premiums, property taxes, and food prices. If we do nothing, in our grandkids’ lifetimes, temperatures could rise 10 degrees and seas could rise four feet.

This is not just about disappearing polar bears or melting ice caps,” she said. “This is about protecting our health and our homes. This is about protecting local economies and jobs.

Is there no one in  this whole administration who can actually tell the truth? Even the EPA inspector general says the agency “may be relying on false data.” Surely not!



The Question Everybody is Asking? Why? by The Elephant's Child

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The American people are struggling to understand why President Obama would release five extremely dangerous top Taliban commanders to get a deserter back. The whole thing just reeks of incompetence—from the Rose Garden photo-op with Private Bergdahl’s parents to the spin attempts with Susan Rice once again on the Sunday shows with whoppers that no one believed, and Defense Secretary Hagel’s attempt to portray a poor POW in failing health, who must be rescued to save his life.

Did no one vet the Bergdahl parents before their Rose Garden appearance, or suggest that it would be better if Mr. Bergdahl did not lean into the microphone and start speaking Pashto? The video from the Taliban shows a fit and healthy Bergdahl with a gift scarf that concerts to a turban, and they want it known they were kind to him and considered him a friend. The worst of the worst, released from Gitmo to the run of the country in Qatar, have been joined by their families, free to …what remains to be seen. The result of releasing bad guys should be flashing a red light.

It is reasonable to assume that the young Obama did not play Army the way my son and his friends did. I wonder if he watched military movies like The Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan? Why would Obama refer to the Taliban as ‘folks?’ These are ‘folks’ given to beheading people, blinding or killing little girls for the crime of wanting to go to school. Afghan villagers are terrified of the release of Taliban leaders and have strong memories of the atrocities they committed.

According to the Washington Post:

The negotiations for Bergdahl’s release took shape in the early months of 2011 and evolved over the next three years into the agreement announced over the weekend.

When the talks began as part of what U.S. officials hoped would be a broader Afghan peace effort, U.S. envoys were forbidden to offer any detainees held in the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of a trade for Bergdahl. According to people familiar with the process, negotiators were allowed to include only Taliban fighters held at the detention center at Bagram air base, outside Kabul.

Top Army officers were so anxious to keep the matter a secret that they directed Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers to sign a non-disclosure agreement about Bergdahl’s 2009 decision to walk away from duty in Afghanistan.

An ugly situation, not improved by the spin attempts. Harry Reid claims to have been notified though no one else was. Harry Reid also claims that the president had to act fast to save Bergdahl’s life because the Taliban were going to kill him if the agreement leaked which would seem to be debunked by the video released by the Taliban of Bergdahl’s release and the helicopter extraction.

The White House seems to believe that America, as a war-mongering, bullying country, is the source of much of the evil in the world. We are not an exceptional country and should conform to international norms. When we are no longer bullies, we can make peace with the other countries of the world, and lead by example. This will lead to peace between a militant Israel and a peaceable Palestine, which will bring a real peace to the Middle East, because Israel is the source of all the troubles in the Middle East. Never mind the Sunni-Shia problems, Iran’s rush to develop intercontinental nuclear weapons, Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and all their offshoots. Nice peace agreements are imminent if only we are more modest and moderate—or monumentally misguided.

A White House that believes a peace agreement with Iran is just around the corner if we only remove all sanctions (that brought them to the bargaining table in the first place), is beyond delusional. So we will continue to extract our support from our friends and hew to “international norms” (this is a good thing?) He told us in the beginning that he wanted to fundamentally transform America. Why didn’t we listen? We didn’t believe him. Remember the  embarrassing  Nobel Peace Prize?




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