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Saving the Planet With Ideology, Rainbows and Taxpayers’ Billions by The Elephant's Child

Marita Noon, at the Energy Tribune, has located a speech that Obama made to the Detroit Economic Club in May 2007, when he was a mere Senator from Illinois, running for the presidency.  He rolled out his ‘Three Part Plan to Change the Cars we Drive and the Fuels we Use: in order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and fight the cause of global warming.’

By 2020, he expected his plan to cut our oil consumption by 2.5 million barrels of oil per day; take 50 million cars’ worth of pollution off the road; save more than $50 billion at the gas pump; and help the auto industry save millions of jobs and regain its competitive footing in the world. His plan relied on three key components:  1. Fuel Economy Standards: he envisioned a 4% increase each year. This would save 1.3 million barrels of oil per day and 20 billion gallons of gasoline per year. 2.Help for Consumers Lots more tax credits for buying ultra-efficient vehicles. 3. Help for Manufacturers: Retiree health costs add $1500 to the cost of every car. Help with health care costs in return investing 50% of savings into technology for fuel-efficient cars + tax incentives for retooling. His very long speech contained the following:

We know what the dangers are here. We know that our oil addiction is jeopardizing our national security – that we fuel our energy needs by sending $800 million a day to countries that include some of the most despotic, volatile regimes in the world. We know that oil money funds everything from the madrassas that plant the seeds of terror in young minds to the Sunni insurgents that attack our troops in Iraq. It corrupts budding democracies, and gives dictators from Venezuela to Iran the power to freely defy and threaten the international community. It even presents a target for Osama bin Laden, who has told al Qaeda to, “focus your operations on oil, especially in Iraq and the Gulf area, since this will cause [the Americans] to die off on their own.”

We know that our oil dependency is jeopardizing our planet as well – that the fossil fuels we burn are setting off a chain of dangerous weather patterns that could condemn future generations to global catastrophe. We see the effects of global climate change in our communities and around the world in record

drought, famine, and forest fires. Hurricanes and typhoons are growing in intensity, and rapidly melting ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland could raise global sea levels high enough to swallow up large portions of every coastal city and town.

Oops!

Well, he was invested in cap-and-trade then as well, and he went on at great lengths about biofuels, a National low-Carbon Fuel Standard, jeopardizing the planet, oil addiction, alternate fuels, green energy,  hurricanes and typhoons, those old rising sea-levels, etc. etc. He added “For the sake of our security, our economy, our jobs and our planet, the age of oil must end in our time.”

Sheesh, wasn’t anyone paying attention at the time? These were members of the Economic Club. No economists?

The Ideology got way ahead of Reality.  And so we got the Volt, the car nobody wants, even with hefty subsidy and battery packs that catch on fire.  At least the dealers don’t want it. They are turning down their allocations.  Many of the Volts that were sold went to governments. New York City bought 50, the city of DeLand, FL used part of a $1.2 million grant to buy 5. The President committed the federal government to buying more than 100.  And GE, who is making charging stations, will buy 3000 by 2015. That’s beyond crony capitalism into some kind of crony incest.

Citing statistics for the Nissan Leaf, Forbes Magazine counts the cost of an electric vehicle (EV): “At $0.11/KWH for electricity and $4.00/gallon for gasoline, you would have to drive the Leaf 164,000 miles to recover its additional purchase cost. Counting interest, the miles to payback is 197,000 miles. Because it is almost impossible to drive a Leaf more than 60 miles a day, the payback with interest would take more than nine years.” But, they state: “The cost is not the biggest problem.” “The biggest drawback is not range, but refueling time. A few minutes spent at a gas station will give a conventional car 300 to 400 miles of range. In contrast, it takes 20 hours to completely recharge a Nissan Leaf from 110V house current. An extra-cost 240V charger shortens this time to 8 hours. There are expensive 480V chargers that can cut this time to 4 hours, but Nissan cautions that using them very often will shorten the life of the car’s batteries.”

Obama gave billions to “green” energy companies, Solyndra is just one of the many failures.  Beacon Power Company filed for Bankruptcy — they had developed technology to provide energy storage for the intermittent solar and wind industries. EnerDel made lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, but there really wasn’t any demand and they went bankrupt, as did a number of other companies financed by the administration.

Never fear, President Obama plans to ride his rescue of General Motors and Chrysler to a re-election victory.  He made a surprise visit to the Detroit auto show, and AP reports that the auto bailout is a case study for his efforts to revive the economy and a potential point of contrast with Republican Mitt Romney — who opposed Obama’s decision to pour billions of dollars into the auto companies. The president’s campaign sees the auto storyline as a potent argument against Romney — who even though he is the son of a Detroit auto executive actually opposed the bailout.  That storyline requires a quite a bit of embroidering, and the public may just possibly not be as dumb as Obama thinks they are.

Well, Obama hasn’t got a record of accomplishments to run on, but he’s skilled at telling stories. Maybe it’ll work.



NEWSFLASH: Obama Doesn’t Understand the Laws of Supply and Demand. by The Elephant's Child
April 28, 2011, 7:41 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Energy, Junk Science | Tags: , , ,

If President Barack Obama were to schedule a major speech tomorrow, and tell the assorted networks  that America was returning to oil production— he was lifting the federal bans on drilling—the price of oil would start dropping the next day.

  • In 2008, Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO) refused to vote for any new offshore drilling.  In a conversation with minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Salazar objected to allowing any drilling on America’s outer continental shelf—even if gas prices reached $10 a gallon.  Obama named him Secretary of the Interior.
  • In 2008, Steven Chu, head of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories at U. of California Berkeley, told the Wall Street Journal that “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” he also said “We have lots of fossil fuel; that’s really both good and bad news.  We won’t run out of energy, but there’s enough carbon in the ground to really cook us.” Obama named him Secretary of Energy.
  • During the 2008 campaign, candidate Obama said “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” And “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.  It’s just that it will bankrupt them.” He was elected president.

I don’t know if Obama ever took a class in economics, but he seems to be totally unfamiliar with the basic laws of supply and demand.  When supply is restricted, the cost goes up. When the cost of gasoline goes up, so does the cost of everything else.

Goods are transported by truck, and when delivery costs more, the price of your groceries cost more. When the government is busily printing money, the value of the dollar goes down. Oddly enough, the price of gas and the cost of food are not included in the government’s statistics on inflation. You have to keep track of that yourself.

President Obama speaks enthusiastically about his clean, green economy of tomorrow; but he doesn’t seem to understand that windmills and solar arrays produce only small amounts of electricity, which has little to do with transportation, and does not replace gasoline.  Our transportation sector is powered by petroleum, and will continue to be powered by petroleum far into the foreseeable future.  There is no alternative.

Why do I say that an Obama speech turning the energy sector free would start to bring down oil prices right away?  Ronald Reagan did it, and George W. Bush did it.  There is evidence. And the evidence that Obama’s clean, green government subsidized energy will prove to be an effective alternative — ever?  Nonexistent.



Wednesday Stack of Stuff by American Elephant

Part of the problem with blogging is that there are so many interesting storied to write about, and nowhere near enough time to write about them all. Here’s just some of the stories catching my attention:

How will Obama block it? — “New drilling method opens vast oil fields in US”

Heh heh — AOL Buys HuffPo, stock takes $315 million dive

Jennifer Rubin“Obamacare Support Melting Away”

iBubble? –  “Apple is Most Valuable Company on Earth: Analysts”

First GOP Senate pick up?“Webb won’t seek re-election”

Gallup — Poll: Obama 68% disapproval on Defecit

Progressive Control Freaks  still controlling — Boston to ban smoking in parks?

Most corrupt administration ever #1 – Obama fired another investigator for doing his job.

Most corrupt administration ever #2 — Emanuel/Blagojevich phone calls conveniently go missing

NASA shock — New 3D photographs reveal Sun looks remarkably the same from all sides



Compassion is Not Always What it Seems. by The Elephant's Child
February 24, 2010, 12:46 am
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Terrorism, United Kingdom | Tags: , ,

The “terminally ill” Lockerbie bomber,  who had only three months to live, is living the good life six months late in Libya.  Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was granted his release on August 20, last year on humanitarian terms as he was a dying man, and had served eight years of his 27 year sentence.  According to the Telegraph:

Megrahi is now living in a spacious two-story villa with his wife and their five grown-up children in a prosperous suburb of Tripoli. …

The Megrahis, who are part of a prominent tribe, are well off and it is understood that his family was paid substantial compensation by the Libyan Government after he was jailed for life.

President Obama was outraged by the decision of the  Scottish government, and loudly condemned the action. Some prominent Democrats called for Senate hearings.  There were suggestions that the Scottish government may have released the Lockerbie bomber because of a desire to improve commercial ties between Britain and Libya.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill received much of the blame.  CNN reported:

He had talked to families of British and U.S. victims, US. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, British authorities, Libyan officials, and al Megrahi himself, declassified Scottish government records show.

No hearings, no inquiries,  Senate unanimously voted condemnation and moved  on.   270  people (189 Americans) still dead.  Old news.



Nine Percent Nancy has Crude Awakening by American Elephant

Nancy Pelosi has “seen the light” — or so she would have voters believe. She told Larry King that she doesn’t necessarily oppose a vote on allowing drilling:

But I don’t — that is not excluded, let me say it that way. It depends how that is proposed, if the safeguards are there.

Now, for those of you not fluent in liberal-speak, that means as long as a bill can be crafted that sounds like it allows oil drilling, but when you get right down to it, doesn’t actually allow drill to touch soil anywhere near a drop of oil, then she will allow it to come to a vote. Which, not coincidentally, just happens to be Barack Obama’s position. (h/t Michelle Malkin)

Speaking of his anointedness, Barack Obama, while telling voters he supports offshore drilling, is the sole supporter of a bill that would prohibit the geological research necessary to actually find the oil. (h/t Deroy Murdock)

Which leaves me wondering: is it possible for these people to open their mouths without lying?



Hey America! How much more convincing do you need? by Emerald City Elephant

Democrats WON’T ALLOW more drilling

…because they DON’T WANT you to be able to afford gas!!!

If you want affordable transportation any time this decade, or next — if you want electricity to remain affordable — you damn well better vote Republican this fall. They are the only party that is in favor of increasing all our domestic energy supplies.



YES WE CAN Drill our way out of high gas prices! by American Elephant

Contrary to Barack Obama’s and Democrats’ mantra that “we can’t drill our way out” of high gas prices, one day after President Bush announced that he was rescinding the executive order that prohibited drilling off America’s coasts, the price of oil experienced its biggest decline in 17 years, at one point plummeting more than $10 off the day’s high to settle $6.44 lower.

And that’s with the full knowledge that no drilling can begin until congress also lifts restrictions. Imagine how much the price will decline when that happens, let alone when oil starts flowing.

Nancy Pelosi accidentally conceded last week that Republicans have been right all along when she demanded the president open the strategic oil reserves to reduce the price of oil. An unwitting admission that increasing supply lowers cost.

Democrats: wrong on oil, wrong on energy, wrong on the economy. Pay close enough attention and you’ll soon discover that Democrats are wrong on almost everything.



Pelosi Betrays Democrats Lies on Gas by American Elephant

I wasn’t even aware of Pelosi’s call to open up the Strategic Oil Reserves for political expediency until I read it on Significant Pursuit. But I wanted to point out that Renaissance Guy has it exactly right — Pelosi’s call for the President to open the reserves because the extra oil will reduce gas prices, while intended to shift blame to Bush and the Republicans, directly refutes the entire Democrat argument that more oil won’t bring prices down. You can read his post here.

The truth is that Democrats have had their way on energy, whether in the majority or the minority, since at least the Carter administration. For most of that time, they have controlled at least one, if not both, chambers of congress and have been able to block more domestic energy production that way. When Republicans took control in 1994, Clinton blocked it with his veto pen. Republicans have pressed the issue every year since Bush has been in office only to be blocked by Democrat filibusters in congress and their demonizing and demagoguery to the public. Remember how they smeared Vice President Cheney for daring to consult the people who produce the nation’s energy when devising a national energy policy? Democrats would have us meet only with Greenpeace and the Earth Liberation Front.

As a result, while the population and energy needs of America have increased dramatically, our domestic energy supply has remained virtually unchanged for decades. THAT is entirely why we are now, “dependent on foreign oil.” The saying has become so cliche, I worry that people forget the reasons.

I heard Bill O’Reilly the other day claim that Republicans and Democrats are equally to blame in his his sanctimonious, “look how independent I am” tone. I wanted to reach through the radio and throttle him. But at least I remembered why I don’t listen to his show.

The fact is Republicans have supported alternative energy, they have supported wind, biofuel (ugh), and solar — they have even supported conservation efforts — but they also understand that none of those are capable, nor will they be capable any time even relatively soon of meeting our energy needs. They recognize that we need to increase oil production, increase refinery capacity, reduce “boutique” fuels and standardize the gasoline blends, increase clean coal, natural gas and especially nuclear energy.

Democrats on the other hand, have blocked virtually everything BUT wind, solar and conservation. They won’t allow new refineries, they block nuclear plants, they block oil production and even want to tear down the hydro-electric dams that power most of the Northwest to “save” the same salmon they eat probably at least once a week. The same salmon undoubtedly served in the congressional lunchroom alder-smoked or herb crusted with fresh lemon and capers. They filibustered the Republican energy bill when they were in the minority, and their so-called “energy” bill passed now that they are in the minority. You will notice prices have continued to increase — more rapidly if anything — not decreased since.

No, contrary to Bill O’Reilly’s claims, our increased dependence on foreign energy is entirely and solely the Democrats fault. One need look no further than the congressional record for the proof.

So, it is very welcome indeed that Nancy Pelosi is finally admitting that her party has been lying to the people all these years, and admitting that increasing the oil supply will lower prices. Just think of all the damage to the economy and to people that could have been avoided if they hadn’t been lying all this time.

(chart h/t: Michelle Malkin)



Let’s get real. Drill. by The Elephant's Child

ANWR coastal plain

If you believe, as I do, that the price of gasoline at the pump is high largely because the Democrats in Congress have for decades refused to allow us to drill for our own oil reserves; you must let Congress know how you feel. A good percentage of members of Congress do not buy their own gas, or their own groceries, and have no appreciation for the pressures on the family budget.

Contact your representatives and senators by going to: www.house.gov or www.senate.gov, click on representatives or senators, and you can find them by clicking on your state. Be polite, but firm. You have no idea how many excuses they can come up with. They need to hear from you. Write, call, e-mail. If you think that a congress that cannot even manage their own dining room can run refineries, you are really living in cloud cuckoo land.

The Democrats are deeply in debt to the environmental organizations, and pressured to do their bidding. There are no viable environmental ideas to avoid drilling. Rigs on the outer continental shelf cannot be seen from the beach. Fish love the drilling platforms as catch around the Louisiana rigs attests. The area of ANWR where they want to drill is not a “pristine wilderness”, but mosquito-laden mudflats. Go to Google Images, and enter ANWR coastal plain ( be sure to include “coastal plain” which is where they want to drill, not the beautiful part of the wildlife reserve) and investigate for yourself. The caribou love the pipeline from Prudhoe, for they can rub up against the supports and scratch. The drilling area is the size of an airport in an area the size of South Carolina, and would see activity only in the winter when wildlife is absent.

Above all, carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. It is not the cause of global warming, and there isn’t really any reason to restrict it. If it increases, it makes plants grow faster, and is a good thing.

Remember that the planet has not warmed in the last decade — at all. In the past five years, it has cooled. Nobody knows what this means for the future, but if we are in for a real period of cooling, which is possible, we are going to need more energy, and not just for our SUVs.



Democrat Party Calls for Seizing Refining Industry by American Elephant

New Democrat Party Logo Donkey

House Democrats have called for the nationalization of oil refineries.

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Maxine Waters is not alone — not that I ever thought she was. While lambasting and demonizing oil executives in committee a few weeks back, the Democrat congresswoman from Los Angeles accidentally let slip that she wants to seize control of the oil industry. It was frightening enough when she was a lone voice.

Today, House Democrats responded to President Bush’s call to increase American energy supply, by openly calling for the government seizure of the refining industry:

“We (the government) should own the refineries. Then we can control how much gets out into the market,” said Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), member of the House Appropriations Committee and one of the most-ardent opponents of off-shore drilling.

This move comes on the heels of a poll revealing a plurality of Democrat voters, like Maxine Waters, support government seizure of the entire oil industry.

The survey found that a plurality of Democrats (37%) believe the oil industry should be nationalized. Just 32% of voters in Barack Obama’s party disagree with that approach. Republicans oppose nationalizing the oil industry by a 66% to 16% margin. Unaffiliated voters are opposed by a 47% to 33% margin…[read more]

All because they don’t understand the basic laws of supply and demand, and in the name of environmentalism. As President Václav Klaus of the Czech Republic, a former soviet satelite, has warned, when your goal is “saving the world,” there really is nothing you can’t justify.

Environmentalism truly is the new communism.

“Government is not the solution to our problem.
Government is the problem”
~ Ronald Wilson Reagan

Scared enough to contribute to and volunteer for your Republican candidates yet? I hope so. You should be. They’re the only thing standing between you and these fascist policies.

UPDATE: Here’s the video. This one is unbelievable! Starts with the Democrat press conference and follows up with a Democrat strategist calling to seize the entire oil industry and set prices! Perhaps Obama could pick Hugo Chavez as his running mate.



Tell Democrats Enough is Enough! by American Elephant

American Solutions has started a petition drive demanding that congress start drilling for oil. They have collected over half a million signatures so far, but their goal is 7 million. Are you tired of paying $4/gallon and more for gas?

As we’ve illustrated before, Republicans have been warning America that supply wasn’t keeping up with demand for decades. Republicans have been trying to increase oil exploration, increase refining capacity, and improve infrastructure for decades. And for decades, Democrats have vetoed and blocked and filibustered Republicans at every turn. For decades Democrats have been lying and demagoguing and demonizing Republicans for “not caring” about the environment, and being in corrupt cahoots with big oil. All of which is a lie. And now Americans are paying the price.

The truth is Republicans are mostly business people — small and large — and other average Americans who know the lifeblood of the world’s economy is energy — especially oil. Without oil, people don’t travel, goods don’t get to market, people don’t work, and people don’t eat. Poor people suffer most, by far!

Barack Obama likes to talk on the stump about a man in Pennsylvania who lost his job and can’t afford the gas to look for a job. (No one seems to have asked him why he didnt give the man some gas money, but that’s another story), but he and the Democrats in congress haven’t done or proposed one thing that would lower the price of gas for that man or the millions like him. In fact, for over a decade they have been blocking every attempt to increase supply and improve infrastructure. The only thing they have done is to increase the price of oil by taxing and regulating oil companies to death.

If I sound like I’m pissed, it’s because I am. These high gas and food prices are hurting millions of Americans, and they wouldn’t be anywhere near as high if it weren’t for Democrats lies and demagoguery.

The fact is, Democrats want high gas prices. Oh, yes, they have the gall to drag oil executives in and demonize them for taking a measly 8 cents on the dollar, knowing all the while that government is taking 47 cents for every 8 cents the oil companies take. But they won’t allow anything that will bring down the price of gas, because they want to make you stop using it.

There is no technology that will replace gasoline right now. And there is nothing that even comes close to replacing gas in the near future. Biofuel costs more, is worse for the environment, produces less energy, and along with gas prices, is driving up the cost of food all over the world.

Electricity? We don’t have enough of that either. And Democrats are blocking that too! It’s not just oil production, but nuclear, hydro, hydrothermal, clean coal, natural gas, you name it. If it isn’t solar and sometimes wind, Democrats are blocking it. Ted Kennedy and John Kerry have been blocking windmills in their state for years because the proposed mills would sully the view of their Cape Cod mansions.

The fact is, Democrats don’t want to bring down the price of oil, or energy, because they want you to use less of it. They don’t want you to drive, they want you to live in dense urban areas and ride mass transit. And they intend to force you to, whether you want to or not. They think you, living your life, is bad for the environment. Unfortunately, it’s not just your gasoline, it’s your light bulbs, your toilets, your showers, your cars, your thermostats, your fireplaces, your grocery bags. Democrats want to tell you how to live, where to live, how, when and where you will travel. And they will be doing it, as they are doing now, by regulating and taxing, ensuring you can’t afford to do anything they don’t want you to..,

Naturally the super rich like Al Gore, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Howard Dean, John Edwards, and well, most Democrat elites, can afford all the energy they want. And as they’ve shown, they have no intention of doing without. It’s the people in the world who can least afford to do without cheap energy that they want to force to stop using it.

Sign the petition! America can produce oil cleaner than any other country on Earth, and leave hardly any footprint at all. Contrary to what you’ve been told, there is no shortage of it. Sure, the Earth may run out some day, but that day is hundreds, if not thousands of years from now. And there is no technology that will replace the internal combustion engine any time soon.

We have over a trillion barrels of oil that we know exists and we know we can recover. Democrats are blocking us from drilling off our own coasts, while China and Cuba are already recovering oil just 50 miles off the Eastern seaboard. Think they’re doing it as cleanly as we would?

If we had started when Republicans first passed legislation in the 1990′s, which Bill Clinton vetoed, that oil would be online and at gas stations right now. Refineries would have been built, infrastructure improved, and we wouldn’t be paying anything near what we are now, and we would be much more energy independent. Experts estimate the cost of a gallon of gas would be around 2 dollars. Do you want to find out just how much your life, and the economy can change in another decade without affordable energy?

Tell congress you’ve had enough! Sign the petition! And then forward it to your friends. Drill here! Drill now! Pay less!




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