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Another ATP victory as House panel approves Keystone bill

Posted on February 8, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

A huge thank you to all the ATP supporters who bombarded Congress with their phone calls and e-mails as part of ATP’s FuelingJobs.com project.

“The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would reverse President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline,” The Hill reports.

“Rep. Lee Terry’s (R-Neb.) bill — which passed the powerful committee in a 33-20 vote — is likely heading for the House floor next week as part of wider transportation and energy legislation.

“It would instruct the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue a permit for TransCanada Corp.’s proposed pipeline within 30 days, taking the issue out of the State Department’s hands.”

Senate Republicans have their own bill to overcome Obama’s job-killing radicalism.

Fact-checking Obama’s State of the Union lies

Posted on January 25, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

There’s a gulf of facts between what Barack Obama said last night, and what the truth really is.  And like any gulf of resources, Obama doesn’t want you exploring it.

American Tradition Partnership drills down to the truth for you.  Obama’s claims on energy are in bold, and they are all false.  The truth follows his statements.

“Over the last three years, we’ve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, I’m directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources.”

Classic Obama sleight of hand.  Like his radical Gang Green campaign bankrollers, Obama opposes energy development.  But he knows that position will kill his campaign.  His solution?  Open land to permission to develop so he looks pro-jobs, but refuse to grant the permits so he shuts down jobs.

“…last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past sixteen years.”

As even the reliably liberal Washington Post notes, “The Energy Department cited a host of reasons why foreign oil imports have declined, noting the main reason was “a significant contraction in consumption” because of the poor economy and changes in efficiency that began “two years before the 2008 crisis” — i.e., before Obama took office.”

“But with only 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves, oil isn’t enough.”

A lie.  Many experts say the U.S. has around 10 percent of the world’s reserves, and American oil is often of a higher quality and easier to develop than other countries.  The U.S. has enough oil to last over a century.

“This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – a strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.”

Through shutting down granting of permits on land, a moratorium on deep-sea development followed by a virtual moratorium by not approving permits and now attempting to kill the Keystone energy pipeline, Obama has consistently opposed oil and gas development, our most efficient source of energy and a key driver of new jobs and prosperity.

“We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy.”

Obama has worked to stop the permitting of gas wells, and his EPA cronies are working to outlaw the 60-year-old safe practice of “clean water extraction,” known as “fracking.”

“And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of thirty years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock…”

Clean water extraction, or “fracking” is a 60-year-old technology.  It is not a product of Jimmy Carter-era government spending.

“Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled. And thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.”

So-called “renewable” energy relies almost solely on “federal investments” (spending of taxpayer money) because it is too inefficient and expensive to be a practical source of power.  Being forced to double wasteful spending to keep it alive and enrich his campaign donors is noting to brag about.

And research has shown so-called “green power,” backed only by government mandates and spending, destroys more jobs than it creates.

“We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough. It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs.”

The so-called “oil subsidy” he refers to is the business equipment depreciation deduction that ALL businesses get.  What he proposes is to monkey with federal tax law to target just oil companies for a tax hike, then redistribute their money to his campaign bankrollers in the “green” energy racket.

“Of course, the easiest way to save money is to waste less energy. So here’s another proposal: Help manufacturers eliminate energy waste in their factories and give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings.”

Like many of Obama’s failed proposals, he assumes private businesses do not know how to create profits, but his government planners do.  In reality, this is just a scheme to transfer taxpayers’ money to his campaign supporters who have invested heavily in failed green businesses.

That’s the truth.  Help me hold Obama accountable for his job-killing campaign of lies.


Donald Ferguson
Executive Director

P.S.  Help me hold Obama accountable to voters.  Go here to chip in $10 to stop Obama’s campaign of job-killing radicalism.

ATP blasts Obama Keystone decision

Posted on January 18, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/Wednesday, January 18, 2012

 Citizens group blasts Obama Keystone decision

Decision to kill Keystone “victory for terrorist regimes, Communist aggressors and Obama’s wealthy left-wing activist base” but “not a permanent one”

WASHINGTON – American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

“Barack Obama decided long ago to side with his radical liberal base and the Gang Green billionaires who fund his campaign by killing the Keystone jobs pipeline.

He thought he could avoid responsibility by hiding his views until after the election.  Voters have a right to know where he stands on jobs and energy.  Today he showed voters where he stood – in the pocket of the multi-billion dollar Gang Green environmentalist lobby.

This decision was anything but rushed or arbitrary.  Our Canadian allies and hundreds of thousands of American workers have waited patiently for three years for a decision that could have been made long ago.  Obama simply sat on it because he didn’t want to face an pre-election choice between creating jobs to please union members, or slaughtering hundreds of thousands of jobs to please his Gang Green campaign bankrollers.  In the end, he chose campaign cash over the jobs of Americans.

There was no reason for Obama to kill the jobs pipeline, other than blind adherence to a radical liberal ideology that has already killed millions of jobs and thwarted economic renewal for nearly four years now.

Obama’s decision to kill the jobs pipeline is a punch in the teeth to the unemployed, working families and Americans who need clean, reliable and affordable energy.

At the expense of working Americans Obama just handed a victory to anti-American regimes in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.  His decision to kill the Keystone jobs pipeline makes us more dependent on foreign oil.

At the expense of working Americans Obama just handed a victory to Communist China.  With the United States pipeline killed by his hand, the oil will be sold to China. Their Communist regime will make billions that could have been paid to American workers.  Instead, Barack Obama has told Communist China to reap massive profits refining our own North American oil and selling it back to us.

But this victory for terrorist regimes, Communist aggressors and Obama’s wealthy left-wing activist base is not a permanent one.  The fight to build the Keystone jobs pipeline has just begun.

American Tradition Partnership’s large and growing grassroots army will spent 2012 engaging millions of voters, informing them of Obama’s destructive Gang Green-led policies.  Together ATP and millions of voters will change American jobs and energy policy in Congress and in the White House.  Americans deserve the good jobs and clean, affordable energy the Keystone jobs pipeline will deliver.

The Keystone pipeline will be approved by the next administration, whether it be a humbled Barack Obama or a new president.

Tomorrow morning I will leave D.C. for Southeast Texas, where much of the Keystone pipeline’s safe, clean North American energy will be delivered.  There I will begin ATP’s national effort to engage voters and change policy.

Obama slapped voters in the face today by carrying out a job-slaughtering decision he made long ago.  However, he will learn that voters will strike back even more forcefully.”

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Supported by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing, grassroots-supported non-profit organization dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.  The citizens’ group educates the public and lobbies legislators on issues of environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.

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Radicals trying to disrupt N. American economies, says Canadian government

Posted on January 10, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

“Environmental and other “radical groups” are trying to block trade and undermine Canada’s economy, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said Monday,” reports CBC News in a development that would kill hopes for economic renewal here in the United States.

“Unfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade,” Oliver said in an open letter.

“Their goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth. No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams.”

Oliver says the groups “threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda,” stack the hearings with people to delay or kill “good projects,” attract “jet-setting” celebrities and use funding from “foreign special interest groups.”


VICTORY!: Citizen pressure forces Obama to sign bill w/ Keystone provision

Posted on December 23, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

“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.

Please go here to chip in $10 or more to help me keep up the fight for the Keystone jobs pipeline.

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.

Please stand with me.  Go here to chip in $10 or more.

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!

Obama’s Keystone delay triggering Christmas layoffs

Posted on December 13, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

“Layoffs and a brief company shutdown is what employees face at Welspun Tubular Company, which makes steel pipes for the oil industry,” Little Rock, Ark.’s Fox 16 reports.

“Company leaders say miles of pipe are on the property and that has caused five dozen employees to lose their jobs. The pipes would be part of the Keystone oil pipeline, which is a project running oil from Canada to Texas.  But plans are delayed on the federal level. Now leaders say the local job market is affected.”

“We had to make a staffing reduction with some of the temporary employees. Due to the KXL pipeline not being shipped out. We have 500 miles of pipe just sitting in the yard, expected to be shipped out, that some of the employees were working on,” company president Dave Delie tells Fox 16.

Even the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge had Christmastime changes of heart.

But will “Green Grinch” Obama rethink his decision to appease Gang Green by throwing thousands of working families onto the unemployment lines?

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