May 20, 2013 Leave a comment
Well, last week was pretty interesting, wasn’t it? What with Benghazi, the IRS and DOJ v AP, it was not a stellar week for the administration, when the MSM starts talking about Watergate, a Democratic president might want to think rather carefully about the road forward.
Or maybe it’s too late for that, already. Now that the big three are out there, people are starting to talk about other problems, and we all know that “
Bad Good things come in threes” or is it “The third time’s the charm”.
Here’s the next three scandals coming up via Marita Noon
EPA Favors Friendlies
We see favoritism in the EPAs treatment of friendly groups vs. a “concerted campaign to make life more difficult for those deemed unfriendly.” A few days ago, the Washington Examiner reported on the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI) review of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to see how equally the agency applies its fee waiver policy. The results are shocking.
Chris Horner, Senior Fellow at CEI, told me: “The IRS and EPA revelations are near-identical uses of the state to enable allies and disadvantage opponents. Granting or denying tax-exempt status can make or break a group. The same is true with FOIA fee waivers being tossed like Mardi Gras beads at greens, and denied to opponents of a bigger regulatory state. Fees for FOIA document productions can run into the six-figures.” [...]
Wind farms get a pass
We see the same “startling disparity in treatment” in the way the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act is applied. Under both acts, the death of a single bird—without a permit—is illegal. On May 14, the AP reported on an investigation that showed that nearly 600,000 birds are killed each year by wind farms, including an average of about one golden eagle a month in Converse County, WY—which the AP calls: “one of the deadliest places in the country of its kind.” California’s Altamont Pass wind farms “kill more than 60 per year”—making it the “industry’s deadliest location.”
Yet, “so far, the companies operating industrial-sized turbines here and elsewhere that are killing eagles and other protected birds have yet to be fined or prosecuted—even though every death is a criminal violation. The Obama administration has charged oil companies for drowning birds in their waste pits, and power companies for electrocuting birds on power lines. But the administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind-energy company, even those that flout the law repeatedly.” [...]
Propping up green energy
We see similar favoritism across the bigger energy spectrum. Despite President Obama’s frequent touting of increased domestic oil and gas production, “federal government policies are suppressing development,” says Kathleen Sgamma, Vice-President of Government and Public Affairs for the Western Energy Alliance (WEA). “Unfortunately, the federal government is standing in the way of increasing production of valuable energy resources that could spur further job creation, economic growth, and energy security.” To support her comments, the WEA press release offers the following numbers: “From FY2008 to FY2011 the Bureau of Land Management offered 81% less acreage, which has resulted in a 44% drop in leasing revenue, down from $356 million to $201 million. Nationwide, royalty and leasing revenue have declined 12% from $4.2 billion to $3.7 billion.” Meanwhile production and revenue on private lands increased.
Additionally, despite numerous reports regarding the positive economic impacts and environmental safety of the Keystone pipeline it has been continuously delayed—now for more than 1700 days. On Thursday, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee passed a bill that, according to theWSJ, “effectively pushes through approval of the 875-mile pipeline by eliminating the need for Mr. Obama to issue a special permit for it.” Transportation committee chair Rep. Bill Shuster said: “After more than four years of bureaucratic delays, this bill will finally allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This project has been studied more than any other project of its kind.”
While federal policies are suppressing traditional energy that is effective, efficient and economical, they are propping up projects that have been repeatedly found to be failures—but that benefit Democratic donors.
Read more on each of these at No Better for Obama Next Week, Either – Marita Noon – Townhall Finance Conservative Columnists and Financial Commentary.
As you can imagine, these scandals are not the big headline makers like messing with the AP. I would argue though, in a country that has the worst employment situation in the last 40+ years, they are at least as important.
The skewing of information publicly has obvious impact on the decision-making process, especially for the public-there’s no reason we should have to commission our own research when it’s already be done. But getting it out of the government costing more in fees than the research is worth is just stupid, especially when the cronies can get it for free.
It’s always amazing how the environmental lobby shuts up when one of its pet projects impacts another, isn’t it? Either the eagles are endangered or they’re not. If the are, the windmills owners and operators need to be prosecuted, like anybody else would be. Or they’re not, in which case they need to be removed from the endangered species act. When these stories come up, it always amazes me how twisted these laws have become since they were proposed by hunters (yes, they were) to make sure there would always be game. And further the energy generated by windmills is of very marginal utility anyway, it can’t be used (almost ever) for base power because the wind is just too undependable.
I don’t have much to add to this, “Unfortunately, the federal government is standing in the way of increasing production of valuable energy resources that could spur further job creation, economic growth, and energy security.” except that the last time I gassed up, I paid $4.09 a gallon, and America only works well with cheap energy.
Still another bad week coming for Obama’s anti-American agenda
- Benghazi, IRS, The AP And Now… the EPA?! One Scandal Follows Another In Exposing Obama’s Culture Of Discrimination (personalliberty.com)
- Uh oh: Obama’s EPA mistreated conservative groups, too? (theblaze.com)
- Wind farms gets pass on eagle deaths (fuelfix.com)
- Corrupt: Obama’s EPA Waived Fee Requests For Friendly Groups, Denied Conservative Groups (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Environmentalists are killing the US economy (ConservativeActionAlerts.com)
- Begala: I Love To Mock Tea Party’s Fear of BIG GOVERNMENT, But This Time They’re Right (townhall.com)