The Keystone Proof

President Obama’s decision to not allow the Keystone Pipeline project to move forward is the final proof that our national energy policy — and our national security — are firmly in the hands of left-wing wackos.

Seriously.

The Keystone Pipeline would have created 20,000 new jobs immediately and many more than that over the history of it’s lifespan. It would have brought substantial oil to the United States from a reliable ally on our northern border, and would have been a significant step toward reducing our energy dependence on the Arab world.

Obama claimed today that he rejected the pipeline because the Republican House’s 60 day deadline for approval didn’t give the president enough time to adequately review the proposal.  Really?  The pipeline has undergone 40 months of hearing and review, and an exhaustive State Department study which deemed it was not a threat to the environment.  The claim that it wasn’t reviewed extensively enough is pure poppycock — the average pipeline application and review process is 20-24 months.  Half the time of the Keystone proposal.

The reality here is that this is pure progressive ideology at work.

The left hates oil.  It hates refineries that process it into gas, and it hates the cars that run on gas.

It doesn’t matter to the left whether or not 20 jobs or 200,000 jobs are linked to a pipeline that brings oil into the United States, or whether it means that gas prices will go up.  Never mind that it is poor people who must use their cars to get to work are the one’s who get hurt the most by high prices at the pump.

The poor, huddled masses are expendable in the cause of environmental purity.

The left wants us in electric cars on a grid powered by solar and wind power.  And killing Keystone is just one more way to force this clean energy utopia upon us.

In the end, the GOP must tell the American people the truth: that the president caved to his progressive base by rejecting a proposal which has already gotten regulatory approval, and which would have immediately put thousands of Americans back to work.  This represents a big opportunity for conservatives to show that despite his rhetoric, Barack Obama is a committed left-wing ideologue.

And Keystone is the proof.

 

 

 

Climategate 2.0

Read the emails.  Forbes contributor James Taylor has.

Three themes are emerging from the newly released emails: (1) prominent scientists central to the global warming debate are taking measures to conceal rather than disseminate underlying data and discussions; (2) these scientists view global warming as a political “cause” rather than a balanced scientific inquiry and (3) many of these scientists frankly admit to each other that much of the science is weak and dependent on deliberate manipulation of facts and data.

$16 Per Gallon for “Green” Biofuel for the Navy

Lunacy.

SolyndraGate was no isolated case of corrupt government misspending. The U.S. Navy was just forced to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuels from an Obama-connected firm at an outrageous $16 per gallon.

By the Way… Solar Power? Not So “Green”

From Amy Oliver:

Manufacturing solar panels isn’t clean.

Two of the three solar companies profiled earlier, GE and Abound, already produce or plan to make Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) thin film photovoltaics (PV). CdTe is a compound formed from Cadmium and Tellurium. While Tellurium is rare, Cadmium is a highly toxic human carcinogen.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the compound CdTe is also a carcinogen.  Depending on the level of exposure, health effects range from kidney damage, fragile bones, lung damage, and death.

Because the U.S. doesn’t mine these much of these elements here, U.S. manufacturers look elsewhere. Sadly, individual tragedy in China’s “cancer villages” reveals the dirty secret of “clean energy.”

It’s Not Just Solyndra VI

Let’s go local, shall we?

A Salinas car manufacturing company that was expected to build environmentally friendly electric cars and create new jobs folded before almost any vehicles could run off the assembly line.The city of Salinas had invested more than half a million dollars in Green Vehicles, an electric car start-up company.All of that money is now gone, according to Green Vehicles President and Co-Founder Mike Ryan.

Best Headline About Coal-Powered Cars

From Greg Pollowitz: “Chevy Volt Finally Catching Fire.”

(The NYT article he references begins: “Federal safety regulators said Friday that they were examining lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars because a Chevrolet Volt ignited three weeks after it underwent a crash test.”)

You’ve Gotta Love Mike Kelly

Mr. Main Street, Rep. Mike Kelly (not a bad guy, for a Steelers fan):

It’s Not Just Solynra V

More and more and more and more:

Obama supporter Pat Stryker, who bundled $87,500 for the president in 2008, is a major investor in Abound Solar, a company that was awarded a $400 million stimulus loan. Obama even bragged about his support for the company in a July 2010 Weekly Address.

It’s Not Just Solyndra IV

The Orange County Register:

The millions of so-called green jobs promised by President Barack Obama and other champions of taxpayer-subsidized energy schemes not only haven’t materialized, many that did, already are disappearing.

The New York Times rubbed salt in the wound when it reported in July that the nonpartisan Brookings Institution found clean-technology jobs accounted for only 2 percent of jobs nationwide. “Federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed, government records show,” according to a Times article from a San Francisco news outlet.

Considering the president’s pledge to create 5 million green jobs in 10 years and Gov. Jerry Brown’s promised 500,000 clean-technology jobs by the end of the decade, it’s worth noting the New York Times’ conclusion: “[T]he results so far suggest such numbers are a pipe dream.”

It’s Not Just Solyndra III

But even if the “green jobs” programs don’t actually create jobs, they’re still good for energy ratepayers, right?

Nope…

Costly new incentives to encourage energy companies to invest in renewable power sources such as wind farms will put an extra £160 a year on the average household bill over the next 20 years.

The huge rise is on top of drastic increases in bills being faced already by consumers. Last Friday British Gas, which posted profits of £742million last year, announced gas price rises of 18 per cent, which followed Scottish Power saying it would increase rises of 10 to 15 per cent.

 

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