White House green jobs agenda filled with corruption, say investigators
, Law Enforcement Examiner
During President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Speech on Tuesday night, he unveiled his so-called “Blueprint” for economic growth and job creation. Unfortunately, Obama said nothing about “ditching” his green agenda which has arguably lost not created employment opportunities.
As President Barack Obama’s disastrous and costly green energy agenda became the focus of a congressional investigation, the administration celebrated the multimillion-dollar “green makeover” of a public housing facility in Washington State
The festivities came on the heels of a major scandal involving a California solar panel company that folded after receiving more than half a billion dollars from the government. The White House helped the bankrupt manufacturer (Solyndra) get the money over the objections of federal budget analysts and news reports have identified one of the company’s major investors as an Obama fundraiser…(Con’t)
With a growing number of Americans becoming alarmed at the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act because of its provisions allowing American citizens to be indefinitely detained and denied due process, some states and even counties are taking action. The state of Rhode Island, as well as Colorado’s El Paso County, have drafted resolutions to nullify the NDAA, a step that other states and counties are soon expected to follow. Likewise, the state of Montana has launched an effort to recall their Senators — Democrats Max Baucus and Jonathon Tester — as well as Republican Congressman Dennyi Rehberg, all of whom voted for the NDAA……(Con’t)
Election season is here, and you might think President Obama would be going out of his way to show voters that he can be trusted with the powers of the presidency. But you would be wrong. Just a few days before Christmas, Obama served notice to all Americans that he will continue to abuse executive privilege by seeking new ways to vilify gun owners and further his anti-gun agenda.
Congress placed a provision in the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill for 2012 designed to bar the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from using any of its $30.7 billion taxpayer funds to “advocate or promote gun control.” However, upon signing the bill into law, President Obama issued a caveat of his own:
I have advised Congress that I will not construe these provisions as preventing me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibility to recommend to the Congress’s consideration such measures as I shall judge necessary and expedient.
In other words: “Congress may pass laws, but I decide which of its laws are constitutional and which I can simply choose to ignore.”
The Keystone XL Pipeline, bringing crude oil from the rich, oil sands regions of Alberta, Canada, to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, was blocked last week by the Obama administration. It’s a decision that means the loss of thousands of jobs. Reconsideration of the pipeline is now delayed until after the U.S. presidential election. Approval of the pipeline would have meant thousands of new jobs and added stability in oil prices and supply. Also, we would have realized direct benefits here in Utah.
In November of 2011, I represented Utah as part of a National Council of State Legislatures’ tour of the oil sands developments, specifically, Alberta’s Fort McMurray region. I returned home with several lasting impressions.
First of all, the U.S. and Canada have a special economic partnership and engage in $1.6 billion in two-way trade every day. In Utah, Canada is our third largest trading partner with a combined $2.6 billion in 2010. Our supply chains are deeply integrated. It’s no surprise then, that the U.S. is Canada’s largest market. More than 8 million U.S. jobs are dependent on trade with Canada.
Second, I came to understand that Canada is the largest supplier of crude oil and petroleum products to our country and the largest supplier of energy to the U.S. overall. Mexico is second in imports of crude oil and petroleum products followed by Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Venezuela. Excluding Canada, the governments of these countries can be unstable as we know. Add the problems of Iran’s threats to block the Strait of Hormuz where one-fifth of the world’s oil supply flows, and it becomes clear why oil prices are highly volatile.
Given these facts and the fact that Canada has abundant resources, (the third-largest oil reserves in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela) growing production, political stability, and high environmental standards, everything in our power should be done to ensure that the U.S. receives an uninterrupted and increased flow of crude oil and petroleum products.
If additional markets for Canadian oil can’t be found in the U.S., other markets will be sought, most notably China. The oil will flow somewhere.
Furthermore, there are several other pipelines already crossing the U.S./Canadian border and have been operating for years without many problems. The Keystone XL represents a new opportunity to deliver more Canadian crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast where the largest refining market in the world exists. These refineries are looking to replace declining supplies historically coming from Mexico and Venezuela.
In 2008, application was made to build the pipeline, a $20-billion endeavor promising a projected 13,000 in construction jobs and related manufacturing jobs. The Wall Street Journal reported that another 118,000 “spin-off” jobs could come during the two years of construction. These are probably optimistic projections of jobs and estimates vary. But suffice it to say, it’s a huge project.
So why should we care in Utah? The pipeline would cross through Montana’s Bakken oil fields, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and conclude in Port Arthur, Texas. Doesn’t affect Utah, right? Wrong.
While the bulk of the crude oil refined in Utah comes from Wyoming and the Uintah Basin, the best statistics I could gather indicate that 20 percent to 30 percent comes from Canada. Also, Keystone XL would intersect existing pipelines in Montana that carry crude to Wyoming and eventually Utah. The Canadian Research Council projects that Utah could be the recipient of 3,100 new jobs directly related to their oil sands from 2011 to 2015.
Why has Keystone XL been called the most studied pipeline in history? Politics, pure and simple. Because it would cross an international border, the U.S. State Department took the lead. In its first environmental impact statement in April 2010, the State Department found that XL would meet industry standards and not significantly effect the environment. Furthermore, it reported, “without the pipeline the U.S. would not be able to benefit from cost-efficient Western Canadian oil and would remain dependent on unstable foreign oil supplies.”
The pushback now comes because it’s an election year and U.S. Greens, an Obama constituency, loathe oil. While loathe isn’t the word I would use, I too, am extremely concerned about our dependency on foreign oil since we can’t unlock our own abundant resources right here in Utah because of federal land policy.
I’m big on renewables, big on conservation, and big on reducing green house emissions. I’m big, too, on a growing economy and family-sustaining jobs. We need energy and we need oil and projections are that oil demand won’t decline until 2035 because increased demand will be concentrated on emerging countries, 57 percent from China alone.
It will take some time to transition to a lower carbon economy. In the meantime, the U.S. collectively, and Utah specifically, needs the Keystone XL Pipeline. It should have been approved months ago and would have been if not for short-sighted politics.
Handy, of Layton, represents Utah’s House District 16.
BREAKING: ARIZONA MOVES TO PROSECUTE THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAST & FURIOUS SCHEME, PERPETRATED BY OBAMA, HOLDER AND THE REST OF THE GUN GRABBERS!
[TWG Note: HEY ARIZONA!!! SICK 'EM! YOU CAN BET THAT EACH AND EVERY GUN RIGHTS GROUP IN THE WORLD IS BEHIND YOU!]
Nationally, Fast and Furious has entered the vernacular. As a result, Americans of all walks of life now know that the ATF and DOJ oversaw the sale of approximately 2,500 guns to straw purchasers who, in turn, passed them to criminals in Mexico and elsewhere. Moreover, Americans know that the plan from the get-go was to have these guns carried across an international border and passed to criminals whom the ATF then planned to arrest (but they never got around to arresting them because they hadn’t bothered tracing the guns from the point of sale).