A federal judge Thursday blocked enforcement of a California regulation intended to rig the market in favor of ‘green’ fuels, citing constitutional grounds argued by American Tradition Partnership in its own lawsuit against a similarly-constructed Colorado law.
“The ruling by the judge, Lawrence J. O’Neill of United States District Court in Fresno, said the rule unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state producers and tries to regulate activities that take place entirely outside state boundaries, from producers’ choice of farming methods to refiners’ use of coal-fired electricity,” The New York Times reports.
ATP has filed suit against the state of Colorado seeking to toss out an Expensive Energy Mandate forcing consumers to buy a certain percentage of their electricity from more expensive, often failing, “green” corporations. As Judge O’Neill ruled in the California case, ATP argues the Colorado law unconstitutionally discriminates against out of state competitors and improperly interferes with interstate commerce.
“This is a big win for ATP,” said ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson. “The reason we win time and time against is because the law and the Constitution are on our side. Judge O’Neill’s ruling mirrors ATP’s arguments and we are confident our case in Colorado will be ruled upon similarly.”
“The Iranian government for a second straight day has threatened to cut off oil supplies in the Persian Gulf,” The Hill reports this morning.
“Iran’s navy chief said Wednesday it would be ‘very easy’ to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, through which much of the region’s oil passes.”
Blocking oil exports could send oil prices higher, thwarting hopes for the United States’ economic recovery.
But the impact is being made even harder by radical environmentalism, which is fighting to cut off access to oil within the United States, making the nation more dependent on anti-American dictatorships like Iran.
“A resurgent green movement is launching a multi-pronged counter-attack against the shale oil and gas boom in the United States…,” Reuters reports in an article on Gang Green efforts to shut down U.S. energy production. “…a renewed onslaught from environmentalists is putting the shale industry on the defensive while adding to costs, limiting expansion and potentially scuttling major projects.”
“Green Groups have made headway with their appeals in New York, where authorities have imposed a temporary moratorium on shale drilling. Environmentalists also cheered a decision by regulators to delay a vote on lifting a ban on shale drilling in the Delaware River basin that affects the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.”
Help me stop Gang Green’s efforts to hand our economy over to foreign dictators.
“A resurgent green movement is launching a multi-pronged counter-attack against the shale oil and gas boom in the United States that could slow, though ultimately not stop, development,” Reuters reports.
“Building upon their unexpected success in the battle against the Keystone XL pipeline, a renewed onslaught from environmentalists is putting the shale industry on the defensive while adding to costs, limiting expansion and potentially scuttling major projects.”
Make no mistake.
Gang Green has declared war on YOUR job.
With no energy, the economy dies.
Don’t let them win.
An ongoing investigation of Barack Obama’s deepening Solyndra scandal finds concern for Obama’s re-election campaign overrrode concern for the taxpayers who have to repay his failed loans, or the employees of doomed “green” companies.
Since the failure of the company, Obama’s entire $80 billion clean-technology program has begun to look like a political liability for an administration about to enter a bruising reelection campaign.
Meant to create jobs and cut reliance on foreign oil, Obama’s green-technology program was infused with politics at every level, The Washington Post found in an analysis of thousands of memos, company records and internal e-mails. Political considerations were raised repeatedly by company investors, Energy Department bureaucrats and White House officials.
…They show that as Solyndra tottered, officials discussed the political fallout from its troubles, the “optics” in Washington and the impact that the company’s failure could have on the president’s prospects for a second term. Rarely, if ever, was there discussion of the impact that Solyndra’s collapse would have on laid-off workers or on the development of clean-
“What’s so troubling is that politics seems to be the dominant factor,” said Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan watchdog group. “They’re not talking about what the taxpayers are losing; they’re not talking about the failure of the technology, whether we bet on the wrong horse. What they are talking about is ‘How are we going to manage this politically?’ ”
“The Obama administration Wednesday declared more than 4,000 wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have recovered from widespread extermination and will be removed from the endangered species list,” The Associated Press reports.
The decision follows an intensive lobbying campaign by American Tradition Partnership to promote sensible stewardship of wolf populations, who pose a threat to native game herds and spread diseases such as brucellosis, tularemia, listeriosis and anthrax.
“In Montana and Idaho, where wolves can now be legally hunted and trapped, officials are seeking to sharply drive down wolf numbers this winter to curb attacks on farm animals and elk herds,” the AP reports.
“President Obama signed into law a broad payroll tax package Friday afternoon that includes a measure requiring him to make a speedy decision on the Keystone XL pipeline,” The Hill reports this afternoon.
“The GOP-backed measure requires the administration to make a decision within 60 days on the pipeline, which would carry oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the Gulf Coast. In order to reject the pipeline, Obama would have to declare that the project is not in the national interest.”
Obama previously asserted he would veto the bill and would never approve any legislation speeding up a decision on the critically-needed, safe, clean Keystone pipeline.
But that stone wall crumbled under a wave of grassroots pressure applied by American Tradition Partnership and other groups. For days, ATP supporters have been calling, e-mailing and faxing the White House, demanding Obama sign a bill containing language requiring action on Keystone.
“Once again American Tradition Partnership supporters have forced Obama to back off his radical green extremism,” said American Tradition Partnership Donald Ferguson. “I’ll put this in words Obama can understand. We are the 99 percent. You and the multi-million dollar Gang Green lobby are the one percent. If you continue to act on your radical green agenda of killing the Keystone jobs pipeline, you’ll be the one looking for work in 2013.”
But Obama still opposes the jobs pipeline, and all indications are he will reject it.
“Our hope is that the president will use the opportunity to deny the permit, and sooner rather than later,” said Bill McKibben president of the radical green group “350.” “His administration has made it clear many times over the past few weeks that the demand for quick approval attached to this legislation would result in the rejection of the pipeline.”
The shortened deadline means ATP must mount a, as The Hill puts it, “savage battle.”
As I told you Monday, I will be here at my desk through the weekend Christmas holiday fighting for your right to speak publicly about Gang Green.
And now I will have to add to that an intense battle against Obama and Gang Green to approve the Keystone pipeline.
I know things are hectic on Christmas weekend, but I hope you will stand with me.
Thanks to you I’ve already broken through one White House stone wall, forcing him to actually make a decision.
But this next one, pressuring Obama to do the right thing and approve the pipeline, will be even bloodier and tougher.
We’ve already been given a great Christmas gift. Your grassroots pressure brought Obama to his knees and made him accept a bill forcing him to make a decision on the Keystone pipeline.
I’ll be here at my desk all weekend fighting to make sure it’s the right one.
Thank you for your loyal support throughout the year. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas, and I hope you will continue to stand with me through the holidays and this upcoming election year.
Donald Ferguson, Executive Director
P.S. You forced him to back down, somewhat. “President Obama signed into law a broad payroll tax package Friday afternoon that includes a measure requiring him to make a speedy decision on the Keystone XL pipeline,” The Hill reports this afternoon.
But the shortened deadline means ATP must mount a, as The Hill puts it, “savage battle.” Please go here to chip in $10 or more to help me keep up the fight for the Keystone jobs pipeline.
Thank you for your friendship and support through this year. Merry Christmas and thank you!
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