“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of Engineers “dredge-and-fill” Clean Water Act permits and found that about a third have been issued, a third have been withdrawn by mine operators and another third remain pending.”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.)
Dear ATP supporter,
Barack Obama obliterated 20,000 American jobs.
Just to try and save his own.
Obama, realizing the political price he would pay for killing the Keystone jobs pipeline, has “delayed” a decision on the project until after next year’s presidential election.
Americans want the pipeline.
The 25,000 petitions we turned in, including that of brave citizens like you, made that clear.
But with gas prices rising and unemployment hovering around ten percent, Obama and Gang Green hope delaying a decision means you and I will forget about the issue.
In the meantime, 20,000 American jobs were lost, gas prices continue to rise and Gang Green was just given more time to wage their multi-million dollar media war to kill the pipeline.
Just to take the political heat off a president who ran and hid when asked to stand up for jobs.
In their White House strategy sessions, Obama and Gang Green decided that causing even more workers to lose their jobs over a delay is worth this shameless attempt to wait until after he faces voters to attack jobs.
When working Americans needed him to lower gas prices and approve tens of thousands of new jobs, he ran and hid.
What a gutless coward.
With your help, American Tradition Partnership won’t let Obama succeed.
I want to take this Keystone pipeline issue and hold Obama accountable for it.
Please go here to chip in $25 or more to help me make sure Obama can’t hide from the Keystone pipeline.
You and I pushed this issue to the front burner when you signed your petition.
Your support is the only thing that will eventually get the pipeline approved.
Now with your help we can bombard him and voters with phone calls, e-mails, letters, faxes…and newspaper, TV and radio ads letting everyone know Barack Obama just obliterated 20,000 jobs and sent gas prices skyrocketing.
If Barack Obama thinks delaying a decision until after the election means he can avoid the issue this election…
P.S. Unable to explain to voters his opposition to the Keystone jobs pipeline, and terrified of paying a political price for it, Obama announced yesterday he was “delaying” a decision on approving the permit until after the 2012 elections. That announcement killed 20,000 immediate jobs — just to save his own.
If he thinks it will work, he’s wrong. But I need your help. Please go here to chip in $25 or more to help me make sure Obama can’t hide from the Keystone pipeline.
With your help we can bombard him and voters with phone calls, e-mails, letters, faxes…and newspaper, TV and radio ads letting everyone know Barack Obama just obliterated 20,000 jobs and sent gas prices skyrocketing.
Often, we see issue advocacy leaders maligned for opposing bad legislation. Now, Jon Tester has clearly crossed an ethical line in claiming that a leader in the fight against Wilderness bills actually SUPPORTS his latest Montana Land Grab. Imagine if Conrad Burns had “thanked” Friends of the Earth for supporting his pro-drilling legislation under the “evil” Bush regime!!!
Left-wing Democrats’ failure to ban humans from massive swaths of the Northwest under NREPA (see petition opposing any and all such land grabs at www.WildernessGoneWild.com ) has clearly prompted Tester’s cynical attempt to buy off the desperate timber lobbyists with meaningless baubles. This bill – and Tester’s disgusting tactic – is a perfect example of why pro-multiple use interests (including timber and energy) should NEVER compromise with radical environmentalists on watered down legislation at the expense of the people!
Following, a repost of an email (in blue) sent by Kerry White to members of his Citizens for Balanced Use pro-access organization:
Members and supporters of CBU need to be aware of the following deception from Senator Tester!
I believe that the Senator is using the sign in sheet at the open houses to create this list of people and then adds them to his list of supporters for the bill. CBU members have also notified me that they have visited the Senator’s website and afterwards they began receiving this same email. I believe this to be very unethical.
If you have received one of these messages and you do not support S1470, please contact the Senator and request your name be removed from his supporter list. If you continue to receive these messages after you have requested to be removed, please let CBU know. Keep a record of when and whom you contacted in the Senator’s office.
Senator Tester office numbers:
Great Falls 452-9585
Washington D.C. 224-2644
Citizen Cosponsor Update
Just a quick note to share a few updates about the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. First off, thank you for stepping up to the plate to join me in working to pass this bill. Each day, you and I see the need to move forward to put people back to work in the woods and save our forests for recreation, clean water, and our hunting and fishing traditions today and for years to come.
I’m proud to share news that Senator Baucus has signed on as a cosponsor of the Forest Jobs Bill.
I’m hosting another open house on the bill in Butte this Thursday, the details for which are mentioned below. I hope you can make it to hear more about the bill and share your thoughts.
In addition, I want to share an editorial about the bill that appeared in the Missoulian earlier this month. Take a minute to read and pass this news along to your friends. Forward this email or have them visit http://tester.senate.gov/forest to sign up as a citizen cosponsor.
Thank you for all that you do –Senator Jon Tester
For Release: September 15, 2009
Western Tradition Partnership launches campaign to save American jobs from being “Cap and Taxed” away
Group alerts grassroots of Reps. Betsy Markey & Harry Teague’s support for job-killing national energy tax
DENVER – Western Tradition Partnership announced Tuesday it has launched a grassroots campaign in Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico congressional districts to inform voters of the harm the proposed “Cap and Trade” bill in Congress (H.R. 2454) will have on jobs and the economy. The bill could come up for a Senate vote in the next few weeks.
The group has labeled the bill, which imposes a new national tax on carbon and creates a speculator’s market in “carbon credit,” as “Cap and Tax” in targeted mailings. The mailings will hit districts held by Betsy Markey (D, CO-4) and Harry Teague (D-NM-2), criticizing their votes to pass the bill on June 26th , while praising Denny Rehberg (R, MT) for his opposition.
One radical environmentalist group spent $1.2 million to get Markey elected in 2008.
“It’s no coincidence that Markey voted for the Cap and Tax scheme after she was bought and paid for by the radical environmentalist groups in her last election,” said Jacob Leis, WTP Executive Director, Colorado. “This new multi-billion dollar national energy tax is nothing but a political payoff to wealthy East- and West-coast donors and those on Wall Street who will get rich trading so-called carbon credits. Al Gore, Betsy Markey and their ilk will take billions in new taxes from every man, woman, and child in America to shamelessly pay back those who bankrolled their elections.
“Research shows this Cap and Tax bill will destroy as many as 2.5 million jobs per year and creates the equivalent of a $4,609 tax hike on a family of four,” said Leis. “Their plan is to inflict pain on families and employers and stop any efforts at economic renewal. Even worse, the bill has no net effect on its supposed target of global temperatures.” The research was conducted by the independent, non-partisan Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis. The Heritage Foundation has no relationship with WTP.
Even President Obama admits this new national energy tax causes every person’s utility bill to “skyrocket.” (San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 2008 or on this video post.) Obama’s early admission Cap and Tax hurts working Americans makes Markey’s support even more alarming.
State Senator Greg Brophy, a farmer in Markey’s district estimates “Cap and Tax” will cost farmers in Colorado’s 4th CD nearly $600 per irrigated acre.
“It’s all pain, no gain.” Leis said, adding, “and the environmentalists intended it to be that way. More and more scientists are coming out against this bill because it exploits environmental concerns to launch an economic assault on America’s economy, which radical environmentalist have long hated.”
“It’s up to citizens to speak out against this radical environmentalist plan to downsize American jobs. Western Tradition Partnership will aggressively begin that process.”
Western Tradition Partnership is a fast-growing grassroots organization dedicated to “Rediscovering the Treasures of the West” through rational, responsible natural resource development and land use policy. WTP achieves it goals through hard-hitting issue advocacy and legislative lobbying, voter contact and public education campaigns.
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by Paul Chesser, special correspondent for the Heartland Institute
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, the double-minded man on cap-and-tax, is continuing his high-stepping through the the hot coals of global warming policy prescriptions. In a Flathead Beacon article that attempts to assess the prospects of the national Waxman-Markey bill, the chairman of the Western Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association is said to “clarify” his position on carbon emissions trading schemes, but in reality he only muddies further:
In an interview last week, Schweitzer clarified his position, saying he “categorically” believes gasses produced by humans, like methane and CO2, were causing climate change and the U.S. needs to take action to reduce emissions of these gasses. But then added: “Do I believe that the carbon cap-and-trade system is the best proposal? The answer is no.”
As for Waxman-Markey, Schweitzer said, “I have some concerns with it” and that he hasn’t “been able to find anyone who can understand” the bill.
But Schweitzer would not speculate on the political prospects of Waxman-Markey’s passage, saying only that the bill is sure to be altered by the Senate and eventual conference committees, which could result in a much different bill. Nor did the governor say he backed cap-and-dividend. Instead, he said he would like to see some type of policy mechanism where fees on carbon emissions were used to develop new technologies dedicated to a cleaner, more efficient energy system, encompassing everything from carbon capture, to new transmission grids, to wind and solar power. Such a system would allow the market to motivate companies to develop these technologies, whether a carbon cap is imposed or not.
“I don’t know that you need a hard cap if you send clear market signals that you need to decrease carbon dioxide emissions,” Schweitzer said.
So what does that mean for his state’s continued participation in the Western Climate Initiative’s cap-and-tax scheme, as the governor sees it? Your guess is as good as anyone’s, but he will probably be allowed to evade a straight answer as long as Montanans (and their media) let him.
9/11 was nothing, according to new WWF ad
Just in time for the anniversary of 9/11 comes this tasteless, nightmarish print ad for the World Wildlife Fund, showing dozens of planes headed for lower Manhattan. See a larger version here. The copy reads: “The tsunami killed 100 times more people than 9/11. The planet is brutally powerful. Respect it. Preserve it.”
Unfortunately, respect is the main thing lacking here. Exploiting one tragedy to try to prevent another is just stupid and self-defeating, and will always backfire. Via Advertolog, which credits the ad to DDB Brazil. UPDATE: It appears this ad actually managed to win a merit award for public service at The One Show this year.
—Posted by David Gianatasio
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