“The Obama administration’s crackdown on mountaintop removal has delayed 138 permit reviews beyond the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s average processing time, according to a new EPA Inspector General review,” Ken Ward of the Charleston (W.V.) Gazette reports Monday.
“IG investigators examined 185 applications for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “dredge-and-fill” Clean Water Act permits and found that about a third have been issued, a third have been withdrawn by mine operators and another third remain pending.”
“…more than half of the 66 pending applications have been under review for more than two years, according to the report released last week.”
“Instead of spending more and more taxpayer dollars to wage this war on affordable energy, the Obama EPA should be processing and approving these permits to spur job creation, especially in areas such as Appalachia that have significant employment needs,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)
“House Rules on Thursday is scheduled to hold a second meeting on the REINS Act, which would require economically significant federal regulations to get congressional approval,” POLITICO’s Morning Energy reports Monday.
“The panel reviewed the act earlier this month, but this time it is preparing a rule that will clear the bill to hit the House floor. The markup is Thursday at 3 p.m. in H-313 of the Capitol,” writes POLITICO.
If your congressman is a member, you may call him or her at 202-225-3121 and ask them to send the REINS Act to the floor for a vote.
The members of the House Rules Committee are:
Rep. David Dreier, Chairman, California
Rep. Pete Sessions, Vice-Chairman, Texas
Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter, Ranking Minority Member, New York
Rep. Virginia Foxx, North Carolina
Rep. James P. McGovern, Massachusetts
Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, Florida
Rep. Rob Woodall, Georgia
Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado
Rep. Richard B. Nugent, Florida
Rep. Tim Scott, South Carolina
Rep. Daniel Webster, Florida
“The headline in Canada’s national magazine, Maclean’s, is an attention-grabber: ‘The U.S. and Canada: we used to be friends.’ Followed by this subheadline: ‘Why Barack Obama shelved the Keystone pipeline, and insulted Canada (yet again) in the process,’” MarketWatch’s Bill Mann writes.
“The Nov. 10 decision to again delay a final decision on TransCanada’s 1,200-mile Keystone-XL pipeline that will carry Alberta crude to Texas refineries (until after the 2012 U.S. elections) was, it’s generally agreed, made by the Obama administration for purely political reasons. (Visualize a can in the road,)” Mann writes.
“Adding insult to financial injury, TransCanada officials were stunned by the State Department’s call for another study. A TransCanada spokesman told Maclean’s ‘we found out about it after others did. It was a surprise.’ Nice going by the department of the U.S. government that’s supposed to be diplomatic to other countries.”
“Observations do not show rising temperatures throughout the tropical troposphere unless you accept one single study and approach and discount a wealth of others.”
That’s directly from an official with the U.K. Met Office, a weather and climate forecasting service, in an email to Phil Jones of East Anglia University’s so-called “Climate Research Unit,” newly released e-mails show.
The e-mails also show questionable methods and data manipulation by Michael Mann, the debunked former University of Virginia “climate researcher” whose taxpayer-funded manipulated data American Tradition Institute has filed suit to secure.
“A new batch of emails and other documents from the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Climatic Research Unit has been released on the internet,” the BBC reports. “There are more than 5,000 emails, while other documents include working papers relating to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”
“(S)enders and recipients include UEA’s Phil Jones and Keith Briffa, and Michael Mann from Penn State University in the US. The excerpts talk of issues such as ‘science being manipulated to put a political spin,’ the deletion of emails to avoid Freedom of Information (FoI) requests, and agreeing on a ‘message.’”
“The apparent release of the Climategate 2.0 emails is just one more reason to halt the Obama EPA’s job killing global warming agenda,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)
“Even before the Climategate emails were released in 2009, the so-called ‘consensus’ peddled by the IPCC was already shattered,” Senator Inhofe said. “Nevertheless, the Obama administration is moving full speed ahead to implement global warming regulations that will impose the largest tax increase in American history, significantly raise energy prices, and destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs.
“Remember, the Obama EPA is basing these regulations on its endangerment finding, which relies on the flawed science of the IPCC. Now a recent report by the EPA Inspector General has revealed that EPA cut corners in the process leading up to the endangerment finding: it shows that EPA did not engage in the required record-keeping procedures or conduct an independent review of the science underpinning these costly regulations.
“If the first Climategate scandal – and the over one hundred errors in the IPCC science that were revealed in its wake – were not enough, the apparent release of the Climategate 2.0 emails is just one more reason to halt the Obama EPA’s job killing global warming agenda.
“The crisis of confidence in the IPCC translates into a crisis of confidence in the EPA’s endangerment finding. The IPCC science has already disintegrated under the weight of its own flaws, and I believe it will only be a matter of time before the endangerment finding follows suit. It’s time for the Obama administration to stop trying to resurrect policies that are all pain for no gain, and get to work on reviving our economy.”
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This Thanksgiving Barack Obama is serving up heaping helpings of taxpayer cash and political payoffs to his cronies, and now one of the Left’s biggest bankrollers is piling up his plate.
As you remember last week, I wrote to you telling you Barack Obama had just announced he was waiting until after the election to decide on whether to permit the Keystone XL jobs pipeline.
He thinks this backroom political deal will take political heat off him by handing a major victory to Gang Green groups.
But it turns out there may be more than a political payoff.
“Killing the Keystone XL pipeline may help one of the world’s richest men get richer. North Dakota’s booming oil fields will now grow more dependent on a railroad the president’s economic guru just bought,” Investor’s Business Daily write.
“Interestingly, another billionaire, Obama economic inspiration Warren Buffett, stands to benefit from the Keystone XL pipeline delay,” writes IBD in its Nov. 16 editorial “Billionaire Buffett’s Bakken Boom.”
“As oil production ramps up in the Bakken fields of North Dakota, plans to use the pipeline to transport it have been dashed. As a result, North Dakota’s booming oil producers will have to rely even more on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad, which Buffett just bought, to ship it to refineries.
“Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to buy Burlington Northern Santa Fe in a deal valuing the railroad at $34 billion. Berkshire Hathaway already owns about 22% of Burlington Northern, and will pay $100 a share in cash and stock for the rest of the company,” IBD writes.
It’s Buffett’s largest-ever investment – so you know he’s pulling out all the stops to make money off it.
Now, I love profit.
But I’m a dedicated free marketer.
Using the power of the Oval Office to eliminate your campaign funders’ competition, knowing full well they’ll share the profits with your re-election campaign, that is crony capitalism.”
Or “Green Graft” to be exact.
And Obama is serving up a Thanksgiving buffet of it.
By moving to delay, and eventually kill, the pipeline Obama is forcing companies to move the oil on a railroad now owned by one of his campaign bankrollers.
IBD lays out the specifics.
“Rail shipments accounted for up to 65,000 of the nearly 343,000 barrels of oil produced daily in North Dakota in December. That percentage is likely to increase. Many of the rail shipments from the Bakken fields are being handled by BNSF Railway Co., which has more than 1,000 miles of tracks in the region,” IBD writes.
I won’t stand for it.
And I won’t rest until the Keystone pipeline is approved, and built.
Ronald Reagan so respected the Oval Office he refused to take off his suit jacket.
But now Barack Obama is using it as a sump pump to funnel cash to his Gang Green campaign bankrollers.
We’ve just seen Obama ignore warnings and hand half a billion dollars to a doomed company owned by campaign bankroller George Kaiser, on the condition federal law be ignored and private backers like Kaiser, the SEIU and the California Democrat Party be repaid first.
IBD also points to more Obama policies that appear to be focused on pumping cash to his benefactors.
“About the time George Soros — Hungarian billionaire and key donor to leftist groups and the Democratic Party — invested heavily in the stock of the state-run Brazilian oil company Petrobras, President Obama was curbing U.S. offshore oil production and the U.S. Export-Import Bank announced a $2 billion loan to Petrobras to finance deep-water drilling off the pristine beaches of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro,” IBD writes.
“As he was imposing curbs and moratoria on U.S. offshore drillers, President Obama wished the Brazilians well in the hope we would someday be Brazil’s best oil customer.”
But while Obama’s Gang Green policies are making his campaign bankrollers rich, the rest of us are suffering.
Within days of Obama’s Keystone announcement the price of oil shot up to $100 a barrel, putting upward pressure on the prices of gasoline and virtually every consumer good.
Now we’re getting reports the number of oil rigs in the U.S. is dropping, and economic experts are betting on further job and economic losses tied to Obama’s Keystone “delay.”
Gang Green, and Obama’s campaign account, gets fatter on this Thanksgiving feast of Green Graft.
We get the cold leftovers — pink slips and dwindling family budgets.
It’s time to take away Obama’s Green Graft serving fork.
That starts with forcing a hearing on the politics and finances behind Obama’s move to delay any decision on Keystone until after the election.
Who did he talk to?
“Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) is pressing Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) to convene a hearing on the Obama administration’s decision to punt final action on the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline until after the 2012 election,” The Hill reports Nov. 18.
“This decision is disturbing and appears to put election year politics ahead of economic growth and energy security,” Corker, a member of the committee, wrote to Kerry on Thursday. “With the unemployment rate at 9%, I have serious concerns about the impact this deferral may have on job creation.”
House hearings on Obama’s shady Solyndra backroom deal are already uncovering disturbing information. Enough to possibly force the resignation of Energy Secretary Steve Chu.
Who knows what graft and wheeling-dealing a hearing on Obama’s Keystone deal will uncover?
Especially with Warren Buffett and multi-million dollar Gang Green groups pigging out at the White House.
But those hearings won’t happen unless we get one Democrat to vote with all Republicans, and that won’t happen without tremendous grassroots pressure on key senators.
I want to turn up the heat on folks like Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey, New Mexico’s Tom Udall and New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen, among others.
Can you help me put together that campaign by going here and chipping in at least $10 or more?
We must also undertake our own efforts to secure documents, filing the needed lawsuits and document requests to uncover evidence hidden from House and Senate investigators.
That’s exactly how a private organization, much like ATP, blew the lid off Bill Clinton’s Chinese fundraising scandal, crippling the White House and leading the criminal conviction of key White House figures.
Can you please go here and chip in at least $10 or more to help me make that happen with Obama’s “Green Graft” scandals?
Between Solyndra, other “green” loans and now the information seeping out regarding his decision to cripple the Keystone pipeline, Obama is serving up a Thanksgiving-sized buffet “Green Graft” to his political cronies.
I can’t stop it unless I hear from you today.
Please go here and chip in at least $10 or more to help me hold Barack Obama accountable.
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P.S. Last week I told you Obama hatched a deal with Gang Green to “delay” a decision on the Keystone pipeline until after the election, a move that eliminated 20,000 jobs and will cost the builder $1 million a day. Obama is trying to choke the life out of the project.
But it turns out Obama is serving up a Thanksgiving buffet of Green Graft. By choking off the pipeline oil will be forced onto the BNSF railroad, which Obama campaign bankroller Warren Buffett just bought in his largest-ever deal.
Along with Solyndra and the loans to Soros-connected Brazilian Petrobras, it’s the latest example of Obama’s “green” policies generating only green cash for his campaign funders.
It’s time to end Obama’s Green Graft feast. Go here to chip in $10 or more to support ATP’s investigations of Obama’s green political payoff schemes.
Reeling from an Obama administration decision to stall by more than a year a final decision on its Keystone XL pipeline until 2013, TransCanada is taking desperate measures to save the project from what some observers believe is a fatal blow,” Petroleum News reports.
“By rerouting a 30-mile section of the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline outside the eastern edge of Nebraska’s ecologically sensitive Sand Hills region, the Canadian-based pipeline hopes it can win over lawmakers in the state and Washington, D.C….It now hopes for a favorable decision within six to nine months from U.S. decision makers, including a presidential permit from the State Department which is needed for XL pipeline to cross from Canada into the United States.”
The permit will not be reviewed until early 2013, meaning even if it were approved the pipeline now would not be operational until 2014. The delay will cost TransCanada over C$1 million a day.
But experts, including radical green activists, tell Petroleum News Obama will still seek to kill the pipeline, and the more than 200,000 jobs and lower gas prices it would bring.
“But David Wilkins, a U.S. ambassador to Canada under President George W. Bush and South Carolina Republican whose Washington, D.C.-based law firm has been retained by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said it was “premature” for Keystone proponents to celebrate victory.
“‘Any way you shake it, it looks like the decision has been put off past the (2012 U.S. election), which I believe was the intention to start with,’ said Wilkins, who described the postponement of a final ruling on XL as a ‘catastrophic’ cop-out by Obama to improve the president’s chances of re-election.
“’The agreement in Nebraska won’t satisfy others who don’t want the pipeline at all and they’re going to continue to put pressure on the administration,” Wilkins warned.
“That view was echoed by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of the international program at the National Resources Defense Council, who said TransCanada should ‘listen to the American people tell them ‘no’ to the pipeline as a whole and we need Canada to stop pushing dirty tar sands oil on America.’”
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