Obama sics bureaucracy on 23,000 Gulf jobs

Posted on August 31, 2010 by Quallurce

From the Monday, Aug. 30 Wall Street Journal (Page A4)

The [Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement] has issued only three new permits to start wells in shallow water since the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, according to the agency’s website. The agency issued three to six permits a week prior to the accident, industry officials say.

Louisiana’s lieutenant governor, Scott Angelle, who has participated in talks with Mr. Bromwich’s agency, said the government was effectively shutting down shallow-water drilling.

“Someone is slow-walking this deal,” Mr. Angelle said, referring to shallow-water permits.

The Obama administration says that there is no moratorium on shallow-water drilling…

Despite the fact shallow-water rigs have had no spills and a stellar safety record, radical green activists have targeted them — and the jobs they provide — for extinction.  The elimination of offshore energy exploration would not only send a shattering new ripple of unemployment through an economy already broken by radical green activism, but would send gasoline prices even higher.

Under legislation sought by Western Tradition Partnership, Washington bureaucrats would no longer have the unchecked power to simply make up their own regulations.

UN probe: ‘Little evidence’ for ‘man-made global warming’ claims

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London’s Daily Express reports this morning on what Western Tradition Partnership has been telling Americans for three years — the “green” agenda is based on an anti-scientific hoax.

The world’s leading climate change body has been accused of losing credibility after a damning report into its research practices.

A high-level inquiry into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found there was “little evidence” for its claims about global warming.

It also said the panel had emphasised the negative impacts of climate change and made “substantive findings” based on little proof.

The review by the InterAcademy Council (IAC) was launched after the IPCC’s hugely embarrassing 2007 benchmark climate change report, which contained exaggerated and false claims that Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035.

The panel was forced to admit its key claim in support of global warming was lifted from a 1999 magazine article. The report was based on an interview with a little-known Indian scientist who has since said his views were “speculation” and not backed by research…

…Among the blunders in the 2007 report were claims that 55 per cent of the Netherlands was below sea level when the figure is 26 per cent.

It also claimed that water supplies for between 75 million and 250 million people in Africa will be at risk by 2020 due to climate change, but the real range is between 90 and 220 million.

The claim that glaciers would melt by 2035 was also rejected.

 The probe into the UN climate panel comes months after leaked e-mails revealed much of the “man-made global warming” activist community’s political agenda is based on claims scientists admit were falsified and the result of “tricks.”

Why would radical greens lie about mythological “man-made global warming?”  Former U.S. Senator Tim Wirth (Democrat-Colorado) offers one reason:

“What we’ve got to do in energy conservation is try to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, to have approached global warming as if it is real means energy conservation, so we will be doing the right thing anyway in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.”

WTP will continue to fight efforts by radical green-allied politicians to impose a national energy tax on Americans — one based on this admittedly falsified activist “research” – during the lame duck session of Congress.

WTP Victory: Obama admin backs off on national bullet ban…for now

Posted on August 30, 2010 by Quallurce

Dear WTP activist,
 
Thank you!
 
As you remember, I asked you Friday to contact the EPA and demand they drop their radical plan to make up their own rules creating a national ban on lead bullets.
 
Well, thanks to overwhelming opposition from supporters of WTP, the National Association for Gun Rights and others, within hours the EPA issued a press release announcing they were dropping the ban.
 
For now.  As we’ve learned about the Obama administration, they don’t simply give up on their power grabs.
 
So, thank you to all of you who called, e-mailed and left your comments.
 
But stay alert.  WTP will let you know if Obama tries this radical power grab again.
 
Sincerely,

Donald E. Ferguson
Executive Director
Western Tradition Partnership

NYT: Appalachian Dems Seek Distance From Obama on Coal, Climate

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This morning’s New York Times reports on the popular uprising against the Obama administration’s radical green policies.  As the nation’s leading citizens’ lobby for responsible resource development, WTP reminds lawmakers they represent working families, not radical green activists.

Democrats in Appalachia are running away from the Obama administration’s coal record like their political lives depend on it…

…Along with the president’s push for limits on greenhouse gas emissions — a proposal panned by most U.S. coal companies — U.S. EPA in April singled out the six states for special restrictions on mountaintop removal coal mining. EPA also stopped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from issuing permits for 79 surface and mountaintop mines in the region, saying they would have violated the Clean Water Act. To date, six of those permits have been approved.

“I think there is a danger for Democrats that being seen as a Democrat means being seen as being a supporter of Obama’s EPA,” said Phil Smith, a spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America.

You may read the entire article at The New York Times website.

Obama EPA: We’ll make up our own far-reaching carbon regulations

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The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket reports on disturbing comments made by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, in an interview with NPR (emphasis is hers.)

NPR: I’d like to return to a conversation we had last October when you were hopeful that Congress would pass a climate change bill and didn’t. Now your agency is issuing new rules and regulations doing some of the things you hoped Congress would do: limiting emissions from cars and trucks, requiring some companies to install new technologies to reduce pollution, but how do you respond to the critics who say that the EPA is overstepping its authority?

JACKSON: You know, Liane, in some ways we haven’t changed our posture. We still call for and believe that legislation is a more comprehensive, better, more efficient way to make low carbon emissions part of our economic fiber—part of our sort of fiber as a country as we grow. That hasn’t changed. And the other thing that hasn’t changed is my belief that I have a legal obligation and an obligation under the Clean Air Act to move forward with regulatory steps. Now I’ve said all along that this isn’t either or. You can’t pick legislation or regulation entirely. You have to move in a way where those two, if you have them, are consistent. So what we’ll continue to do is take regulatory steps, but they’ll be modest…each and every one, because the economy…business needs time to understand the regulations that are coming at them,  and so there won’t be any huge shocks to the system.

Picket points out the law cited by Jackson requires the EPA to regulate all sources that emit more than 250 tons of carbon a year — and with the average American emitting 20 tons of carbon himself, Jackson would be regulating from Washington virtually all apartment buildings and small businesses.  Perhaps that’s what Jackson meant when she cryptically referred to “huge shocks to the system.”

Not only is WTP leading the fight against Cap and Tax in Congress, but we’re also fighting for common sense “no regulation without representation” legislation stripping the EPA of their unchecked, unchallenged authority to destroy jobs by simply making up their own rules.

61% say energy exploration more important than conservation

Posted on August 28, 2010 by Quallurce

Once again Barack Obama and his radical green allies are on the wrong side of public opinion.

Rasmussen Reports, rated as one of the most accurate political polling firms, find sixty-one percent of voters agree with Western Tradition Partnership, saying finding new sources of energy is more important now than reducing the amount of energy Americans now consume.  That figure is consistent with findings since the beginning of 2009. 

Fifty-five percent also support offshore oil drilling, despite opposition by Barack Obama and biased media reporting intended to misrepresent the safe, clean process.

Additionally, only thirty-eight percent of voters believe the radical green myth there is a conflict between economic growth and environmental protection.

It’s this backing by majorities of Americans that powers WTP and makes us one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most effective citizen lobbying groups.

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