Behind the Green Door: Obama and Energy

by james on September 11, 2015

in Environmental, Poli-links

Last week US President Obama was in Alaska at the height of summer to talk about global warming and how it is ruining everything. He walked near a glacier and fretted in apocalyptic terms about the end being near and the urgency of doing what environmentalists say. The supposed poster child glacier for global warming in Alaska is Mendenhall Glacier. Yet it has been retreating for hundreds of years, uncovering uncovering stumps of 1,000 years old or so trees. So at the time when Vikings were farming in Greenland (the Medieval Warm Period) there were no glaciers at all the places President Obama thinks should stay frozen in ice.

Never mind…truth is not apparently as important as the correct photo op. The goal is to deindustrialize and get on the green bandwagon. This is what the President explained to someone a few years ago who was confused at why this was all hurting so much when the politicians say otherwise. The Examiner reports the President’s remarks to an audience member who failed to applaud his comments about ‘green’ energy at a ‘green jobs’ pep-talk . He urged the man to get with the program, to suck it up for the sake of the planet, and to buy into the various green schemes Obama would enable with taxpayer money.

What Obama didn’t say to the man with 10 kids was what he said in a January 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle: Under his administration, “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” And he said nothing about his energy secretary, Steven Chu, who told the Wall Street Journal that “somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” At the time, gas was selling there for $10 a gallon. That’s two campaign promises Obama is well on his way to keeping.

ObamaBarack Obama is the first US president that appears devoted to the ideals of what environmental expert Bron Taylor calls ‘dark green religion‘. Basic principles of dark green religion can be summarized by the acronym SICK. I hope, in the future, to write a succinct summary of the meanings of SICK. For now, here is the list of these fundamental green beliefs:

  • (S)acredness of all things.
  • (I)ntrinsic value of all creatures
  • (C)ontinual crisis of environment and culture due to anthropocentrism
  • (K)inship of all life

Dark Green Cash

Followers of dark green religion include many in the professing Christian Church, something I examine extensively in my book Resisting the Green Dragon. It explains how the idea of human superiority over the rest of God’s creatures is contrary and anathema to green dogma. Green ideals, when believed sincerely, as the President apparently believes[i], leads to concrete action to stop humans from being so self-centered relative to the biosphere.

. . .to ensure prices at the pump are at least $7 per gallon

And so, it becomes clear that to save the planet it is imperative to make energy so expensive that middle and lower class people can hardly afford to use it. Faith in green religion is why a Time Magazine reporter believes politicians should do all they can to “raise the price of gas. We already know that higher gas prices discourage driving and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.”[ii]

In its budget for 2010 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set a target to cut carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation sector 14 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. If effected, according to Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, fuel taxes must rise in the USA, to ensure prices at the pump are at least $7 per gallon.[iii] At the United Nations conference in Copenhagen in 2009 Tim Wirth, a former US Senator and close colleague of Al Gore, hinted his approval of this strategy, citing the “enormous regulatory authorities at the EPA.”[iv]

Wirth is now employed by Ted Turner’s United Nations Foundation and, like the Time reporter, appears unconcerned about the resistance or suffering of the little people. But those poised to deliver the expensive, inefficient, and unreliable government-mandated green energy are bracing themselves for anger at the coming brownouts. Keith Martin, a lawyer at New York-based Chadbourne & Parke LLP, who represents developers of alternative energy projects, says it will not be long before “we could experience ratepayer backlash.”[v]

Big Money

All the big money is riding on the Green tsunami politicians wish to amplify. As mentioned by the Examiner, President Obama’s promised revolution for the United States and the world includes forcing the price of electricity to skyrocket. He aims for a “new energy economy,”[vi] which distills to the simple idea that you pay more, much more, for energy and everything that depends on energy, and use less, much less. Just to be clear, this is not a left-right issue. Senator John McCain, the Republican Party candidate in the last presidential campaign, promised much of the same pain.

Delta_pylon_near_MadridOn January 17, 2008, in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, which the Examiner references, Mr. Obama promised to merge the powers of government and favored industries to cause massive electric rate increases for Americans through an environmentalist plan called cap and trade. Cap and tax or tax and trade seems more appropriate.

A proposed $500 million rate increase to affect the Carolinas is an early signal of the incredible pain that politicians could inflict on a global scale. In their regulatory request representatives of Duke Energy, the third largest electricity utility in the USA wrote, “In addition to the significant costs associated with existing state and federal environmental and other regulatory requirements … we are facing expected greenhouse gas reduction requirements in the near future.”[vii]

Greenhouse gas regulation is the fulcrum of all the major challenges we face.

Of all their challenges, they write, “[o]ne of the most significant … is the cost and technological obstacles of compliance with anticipated climate change legislation.”[viii] Another contributor to the Duke report writes, “Greenhouse gas regulation is the fulcrum of all the major challenges we face.”[ix]

 

Duke is under pressure not least because it is difficult to run a business for long with massive rate hikes. It is unsustainable. The reality is that “[i]mplementation of a new federal carbon policy will significantly increase the cost”[x] of electricity generation. And the victim of politicians and bureaucrats flexing their muscles, Duke makes clear, will ultimately be the customer.

 

Feeling Green?

Of course, if you are Ted Turner, or Al Gore, or Barack Obama, the cost increases will not in the least affect your lifestyle. Welcome to the brave new green world. This is a world where the middle class is crushed, and the poor suffer the most, all in the name of environmentalism. When energy is used as a weapon, things that depend on the unit price of energy become more scarce, thus hurting the poorest in the greatest measure. These things include food, which we are now burning in an insane quest to save the planet. Burn, baby burn is really not such a hot idea.

 


[i]“Remarks by the President on Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Change,” East Room of the White House January 26, 2009, online at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog_post/Fromperiltoprogress/, viewed 8/3/2009.

[ii]Bryan Walsh, “Cash for Clunkers: How Big an Environmental Boost?” Time Magazine, August 5, 2009, online at http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1914602,00.html, viewed 7/15/2010.

[iii]Sindya N. Bhanoo, “Fuel Taxes Must Rise, Harvard Researchers Say,” Dot Earth, New York Times, March 2, 2010, online at http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/fuel-taxes-must-rise-harvard-researchers-say/, viewed 3/2/2010.

[iv]Amanda Little, “Tim Wirth Says Imperfect Deal at Copenhagen Better than No Deal,” December 17, 2009, online at http://www.grist.org/article/2009-12-17-tim-wirth-says-imperfect-deal-at-copenhagen-better-than-no-deal/, viewed 12/17/2009.

[v]Christopher Martin and Mario Parker, “Wind Promises Blackouts as Obama Strains Grid With Renewables,” Bloomberg, August 7, 2009, online at http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=washingtonstory&sid=arbHcz0ryM_E, viewed 8/7/2009.

[vi]“Remarks by the President on Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Change,” East Room of the White House January 26, 2009, online at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog_post/Fromperiltoprogress/, viewed 8/3/2009.

[vii]Direct Testimony of B. Keith Trent, (p. 7), North Carolina Utilities Commission, Docket No. E-7, Sub 909, Volume 1, 2 June 2009, p. 8.

[viii]Direct Testimony of Dhiaa M. Jamil, (p. 14), North Carolina Utilities Commission, Docket No. E-7, Sub 909, Volume 1, 2 June 2009, p. 99.

[ix]Direct Testimony of B. Keith Trent, (p. 12), North Carolina Utilities Commission, Docket No. E-7, Sub 909, Volume 1, 2 June 2009, p. 13.

[x]Direct Testimony of B. Keith Trent, (p.7), North Carolina Utilities Commission, Docket No. E-7, Sub 909, Volume 1, 2 June 2009, p. 8.

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