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The Marvelous Michael Ramirez And Obama’s Notion’s of “Compromise” by The Elephant's Child

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The Plans for the Second Term are Beginning to Leak Out. Be Afraid, Very Afraid. by The Elephant's Child


During the presidential campaign, the Obama team was lavish with funding for appearances and ads, but not exactly forthcoming about the administration’s plans for a second term. The president’s claiming personal credit for the success of the shale gas and oil industry took some real stretching of the facts, since the increase in oil and gas production took place on private land. Now that the election is over, plans for term two that would surely have changed the course of the election are beginning to be revealed. And it’s not promising.

The national debt $16,330,500,000,000+, and climbing, is apparently a matter of no particular concern to this administration. They are pushing ahead to four more years — of more of the same useless spending. The Obama Interior Department is planning more big spending on “green” energy projects. It’s full steam ahead with offshore wind farms. The U.S. will offer up federal acreage off the coasts of Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island for offshore wind under an administration initiative to fast-track permitting for offshore wind farms. We are fortunate that none have yet been built. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that:

“Wind energy along the Atlantic holds enormous potential, and today we are moving closer to tapping into this massive domestic energy resource to create jobs, increase our energy security and strengthen our nation’s competitiveness in this new energy frontier,”

The leases would grant wind-development rights for about 277,550 acres. The first leases will total more than 430 square miles, will be sold next year. The wind energy people make elaborate claims about the number of jobs, but they cleverly include the lawyers, secretaries, janitors and so on in their claims. Not promising. Wind energy has a basic problem. The wind blows only intermittently. Offshore wind is vastly more expensive than onshore, and turbines need more frequent replacement as the salt-water environment is more damaging. Wind turbines would take, not years to pay off the investment, but millennia.

According to an election night poll conducted for the American Petroleum Institute, 90 % of Democrats and Republicans and 94% of independents count energy as “very important” to them. The poll found that 73 % of voters favor the production of more domestic oil and gas. Sixty-eight percent of voters recognized increased taxes on oil and gas companies simply help to drive up consumer costs. Another poll by Harris found an astounding 75% level of cross-party support for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. That figure included 60 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of independents and 95 percent of Republicans.

Energy would seem to be the one issue for which the President does have a mandate — and it is not in line with his first term agenda. The real mandate will go a-glimmering, he’s not interested. But Obama does not change his mind. His ideas, we are told, are set in concrete. He is already spending some of his political capital in furtherance of his anti-fossil fuel campaign.

Just two days after his re-election, the Interior Department announced a plan to shut down 1.6 million acres of federal land that were slated for oil shale development by the Bush administration. Even before the election the BLM published proposed regulations governing oil and gas development on ‘federal and Indian lands.’ So costly and complicated are these regulations that some say it threatens the growing shale gas industry, putting the vast energy reserves beneath ‘federal and Indian lands’ beyond economic viability.

Obama continues to demand increased taxes from”the rich,” but that would not bring in enough to make even a slight dent in the debt. But the administration is talking about a carbon tax, and there are rumblings of a value added tax. Obama clearly has no intention of restraining spending at all.

I really think that Obama cannot conceive of being president and not spending. He sees himself as a “transformational” figure, and he is pursing those things which he regards as transforming: “green” energy, saving the world from global warming, multitudes of “green” jobs, electric cars, high speed trains, single-payer health insurance.

Remaking the United States as a transformed nation more to his tastes is a high-cost endeavor. The potential for increased taxes at the beginning of 2013 when we fall off the fiscal cliff are only the beginning. It will be expensive, but his vision is flawed. His ideas just aren’t going to work. Green jobs only exist when you count the janitors. ‘Renewable energy’ exists only with huge subsidies, and cannot replace the conventional energy of fossil fuels.  And Obamanomics cannot replace conventional economics — bad math. And a big, ‘helpful’ government can grow too big and too intrusive to be supported either emotionally or financially.

Just Driving Idly Down to Dallas In The Rain… by The Elephant's Child
December 2, 2012, 6:18 pm
Filed under: Freedom, Humor | Tags: , ,

This gentleman was sending a voice-mail to his boss, as he was driving.  What ensued is a surprising something else.

(h/t: Ace of Spades)

And A Few More Words About ObamaCare… by The Elephant's Child


EPA’s At It Again. Mandated “Green” Fuel Will Damage Cars. by The Elephant's Child

AAA has urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halt sales of gasoline with higher ethanol concentrations, on Friday, contending the fuel blend causes engine damage not covered under most  auto warranties.

The EPA has been hellbent to get E15 ethanol blend into the nation’s gas pumps, despite warning cries from all sides. Cars from model year 2001 and later are supposedly able to handle E15 the fuel blend made up of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent petroleum. Automakers say that the EPA is only considering the fuel’s impact on emissions control systems while disregarding the impact on the rest of the vehicle.

AAA conducted a survey and found that 95% of people had never heard of E15, which means many innocents may improperly fill up with this gasoline and permanently damage their vehicle. The agency said that many automakers refuse to honor warranties for wear and tear from the higher ethanol fuel blend.

AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet said “Bringing E15 to market without adequate safeguards does not responsibly meet the needs of consumers.”

The Renewable Fuels Association accused AAA of acting as a conduit for oil firms. Bob Dinneen, the association;s CEO, said petroleum groups want to defeat E15 because it cuts into oil’s market share.

Getting E15 widely available on the market is a chief concern for biofuels groups. The industry must hit accelerating ethanol blending targets established by the renewable fuel standard, and doing so with 10 percent ethanol blends will likely be untenable after 21013.

Dinneen claimed that E15 is “the most aggressively and comprehensively tested fuel in the history of the EPA.” Uh huh.

GM spokesperson Sharon Basel said the EPA was being “irresponsible” by permitting the use of E15 without evaluating the fuel’s effects on the entire car. AAA noted that BMW. Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen do not cover damage from E15 under their warranties.  Ford, Honda, Hyundai Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have said E15 damage might void warranties according to AAA.

The EPA under Director Lisa Jackson has shown a tendency to barrel ahead with whatever they want to do, and never mind the consequences. Which has meant an unusual number of court appearances and court  slap-downs. Cut their budget drastically to keep them out of trouble.

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