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We will see new Obama guidelines this week which will tell all federal agencies they must consider the lifecycle impact of global warming before approving any major project whether it be a pipeline or a highway. They will also require them to publish their lifecycle studies and subject themselves to full public scrutiny on every single project of importance.
The administrative and legislative delays for natural gas – oil exports, coal sales to Asia, and new roads that will result are obvious. The costs will be astronomical and will be passed down to the consumer. Obama will make fossil fuel as expensive as sustainable energy one way or another.
Companies already review for pollution but it will never be enough for Obama and his extremist supporters.
Now Obama wants them to consider the impact of these exports when they are burned in Asia! It will force companies to consider the impact on oil sands and wildflowers before they can lay a pipe.
The lifecycle review is supported by extremists such as the Center for Biological Diversity in Washington and the Sierra Club. The Center for Biological Diversity wants Keystone squashed. [The Canadians will then be forced to sell to China, our evil ally.]
Obama’s guidelines will mandate publication of the impact and public review of every single major project.
Knowing the loud and irrational organization behind extremists, it won’t be easy for oil and gas companies to function. Keystone, which Max Baucus described as a no-brainer, will be open to attacks and massive litigation.
Last year, President Obama approved one small section of the Keystone pipeline that didn’t require federal approval. It was merely a ploy to garner votes. The election is over and now we get to see what he really believes.
Our most important exports are natural gas and oil. Our president is taking a productive source of income and putting the clamps on it. He has not gotten behind fracking and he has not approved the Keystone pipeline.
Ask yourself why he would do this in a weak economy. One reason is that he is an extreme environmentalist.
We used to arrest those people who used violence to stop development and progress. Remember ELF? They burned down new homes because they didn’t want to see anything stand in the way of nature. Now they are active members of the environmental movements.
Obama’s intrusion on the energy industry is violent. He is using the full force of his office to impose an extreme environmental agenda.
He is doing it with a clever misuse of past law. Obama will expand a Nixon-era law, the the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970, that was never intended to shut down fossil-fuel development. The law was meant to force agencies to assess the effect of chemical leaks and air pollution.
Why don’t we just review laws from the 1800’s and see if we can twist them to suit our needs today. What a great way to avoid the balance of powers!
Since CEQ first announced its proposal, more than three dozen federal approvals were challenged on climate grounds, including a highway project in North Carolina, a methane-venting plan for a coal mine in Colorado, and a research facility in California, according to a chart compiled by the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University.
The next target is TransCanada (TRP)’s application to build the 1,661-mile (2,673-kilometer) Keystone pipeline. The Sierra Club and 350.org drew 35,000 people to Washington last month to urge Obama to reject the pipeline. Meanwhile, the NEPA review by the State Department included an initial analysis of carbon released when the tar sands are refined into gasoline and used in vehicles.
The reaction of the oil and gas industry: “It’s got us very freaked out,” said Ross Eisenberg, vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers, a Washington-based group that represents 11,000 companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and Southern Co. (SO) [Bloomberg]
Obama is using the same anti-constitutional refrain he always uses to make it happen – “If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.” Ironic coming from a man who is freely spending the money of future generations. Obama fully intends to speed us towards sustainable energy, the same energy we cannot afford and which is not working.
Obama’s new guidelines are aimed at killing coal and slowing down power plant production.
Obama plans to steal $2 billion in the form of fees from oil and gas producers to create a clean-energy research fund.
The Council on Environmental Quality will issue the guidelines this week. They are guidelines for now but might as well be laws.
Full story at Bloomberg