American Elephants


And When The Election is Over? What Then? by The Elephant's Child

If this election is a Republican wave, then what?   President Obama is out on the campaign trail referring to Republicans as “enemies”— something he can’t even bring himself to call  the Mullahs in Iran.   Not promising.

Republicans will try very hard to limit the damage the president is doing to the economy, but the presidential veto awaits most efforts at corrective legislation.  Some think the president will have to become more bipartisan, and move to the center, as Bill Clinton did in his second term.

I think Obama is far too ideological to shift to the center.  He knows what he believes and has never shown any inclination at any time to compromise.  The action will take place in the federal bureaucracy.   He will advance the liberal agenda by administrative regulation and rule.  There is a reason why he has over 35 unconfirmed and unaccountable Czars whose actions are unreported and whose salaries and duties are unknown.  The president has already shown an inclination to get around laws he doesn’t like, rather than obey them.

How the bureaucracy works is well demonstrated by the carbon-emission limits imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The EPA is working on shutting down coal-fired power plants, and gradually eliminating the entire coal industry.  The Energy Department is working on more wind and solar installations in the name of elusive “green jobs.” The Secretary of the Interior is keeping drilling at bay.  This is major, huge, change in the way that America operates, and nobody has voted on it, or approved it.

Government Motors is turning out electric cars. The administration is subsidizing battery factories. The Senate and Natural Resources Committee approved a bill on July 21, that would allocate $3.9 billion over 10 years toward building infrastructure for charging electric vehicles, continuing their development , and for incentives to encourage consumers to buy battery powered cars.  The goal is to electrify half the country’s cars and trucks by 2030.  The justification is that this would reduce the demand for oil in the U.S. by one-third.

This is just one of several bills that passed the committee which could become part of a larger energy and climate bill.  They just won’t give up on this. The climate hasn’t warmed in the last decade.  Carbon dioxide is one of the building blocks of life, a natural fertilizer for plants, and increases in CO2 in the atmosphere (only a trace gas) follow increases in temperature— which means that CO2 cannot be the cause of global warming. Climategate?  Illegal computer hacking.

I don’t know if anyone has calculated the effect that electrifying half the country’s cars would have on our electric supply, but the brilliant radicals in the Obama administration are attempting an amazing trick.  Eliminating as much as possible of our electricity generation, and at the same time placing incomprehensible demands on it.

1) They are working hard at discouraging or eliminating drilling for oil and natural gas.  2) They are effectively eliminating any new nuclear power by denying a place to store the waste.  3) They are assuming that wind and solar energy can replace efficient coal and natural gas (they can’t).  4) Wind and solar cannot exist without vast government subsidy. 5) All these efforts are  guaranteed job killers.

Electric cars serve no purpose, neither environmental nor economic.  For a president who claims to make policy based on facts and science, lavishing huge subsidies on electric cars and on wind and solar energy is an intellectual scandal.  It is magical thinking.  Corn-based ethanol is nothing more than a taxpayer rip-off.  The administration’s supposed objectives — reducing carbon emissions and reducing dependence on “foreign oil,” are either blatant lies or slavish adherence to the cult of the environment.

That’s just the part that will be accomplished in the bureaucracy with regulation of energy and transportation (don’t forget the high-speed train scam).  ObamaCare has been passed into law, and the 99 departments already created can now begin to create other rule-making departments.  The mischief that can be done is endless.Big Government at its worst.


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