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Conservative Message Machine in the Service of Big Oil

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 03:52 By Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future | Op-Ed

See if you can spot the common theme in the latest the conservative message machine pumped out today and in the last few days.

Heritage Foundation: Obama Keeps Turning His Back on Jobs:

This week, President Obama is again set to make a pitch for his latest plan to stimulate the economy, but meanwhile he is turning his back on projects that would put tens or even hundreds of thousands Americans to work. And he’s doing it all to appease his left-wing, environmentalist base at the expense of domestic energy production.

An editorial in the Examiner: Don't let Big Green stymie boom in energy jobs,

Thanks to the new technologies, additional vast untapped energy resources in Texas, Alaska and off-shore could make America energy independent in the 21st century, allowing U.S. policymakers to tell Orgazniation for Petroleum Exporting Countries nations to go pound sand. But Big Green environmentalists - and their political allies in the White House and Congress -- are determined to keep the country from enjoying this boom.

And the Examiner just the other day, Obama's EPA is killing the economy with costly rules

Under President Obama's hand-picked administrator, Lisa Jackson, EPA is hog-tying the economy with dozens of proposed major new rules. One of them, which is aimed at coal-fired power plants that generate electricity, will add at least $18 billion in compliance costs by 2020. As Kathleen White of the Texas Public Policy Center told the House Energy and Commerce Committee earlier this year, "never in its 40-year history has EPA promulgated -- at the same time -- so many costly new regulatory dictates. The rules on track to go into effect in the next three years could cost more than $1 trillion and result in hundreds of thousands of jobs lost."

It's not just the raft of new rules that is killing economic growth, however. Jackson and her EPA minions have been purposefully slow-walking the agency's already hideously complex process for approving permits in a crucial sector of the energy industry.

Wall Street Journal -- note, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and other Murdoch outlets are co-owned by a Saudi oil billionaire: The Non-Green Jobs Boom,

So President Obama was right all along. Domestic energy production really is a path to prosperity and new job creation. His mistake was predicting that those new jobs would be "green," when the real employment boom is taking place in oil and gas.

... The ironies here are richer than the shale deposits in North Dakota's Bakken formation. While Washington has tried to force-feed renewable energy with tens of billions in special subsidies, oil and gas production has boomed thanks to private investment. And while renewable technology breakthroughs never seem to arrive, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized oil and gas extraction—with no Energy Department loan guarantees needed.

Townhall: Dump the EPA,

Like a bad lover, the EPA is a nagging, beguiling mooch. The EPA unconstitutionally barged into our lives and we need to break free from this destructive relationship; let’s give the EPA a two-letter title beginning with ‘E’ and ending with ‘X.’

... The EPA’s regulations are so burdensome, sweeping and impractical that it’s nearly impossible for energy companies to comply without going out of business. Hence, businesspeople in the energy industry increasingly find themselves facing enormous fines and even criminal allegations.

... Today, tens of thousands of oil jobs (and therefore the public health) are in jeopardy because President Obama is citing faulty EPA data on greenhouse emissions to delay building the Keystone XL pipeline.

Townhall: Obama Gets Money Bonanza by Killing Energy Jobs

A coordinated oil industry campaign can have a long reach...

LA Times: Democrats need to get real about US energy policy,

Today's Democratic leadership has reached a nadir in rational energy policymaking. In the last several years, congressional party leaders have squandered opportunities for a nuclear waste management storage program and have shown opposition to shale gas production. This month, the party reached a new low: The Obama administration's delay of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, in spite of its promise of an additional 750,000 barrels of oil per day and the thousands of new jobs it would create, was an inexcusable political decision unbecoming of a pragmatic leader.

Sacramento Bee, Obama Again Fails Energy Independence for America

The anti-Chevy Volt theme is a little less direct, but is obviously in support of an oil agenda:

Townhall: Chevy Volt Batteries Catching on Fire

Drudge Report: Gov't Motors offering loaner cars to worried Chevy Volt owners...

Powerline: MORE GREEN ENERGY FAIL.

So, we learned in recent days that Chevy Volt batteries can catch fire in accidents. Welcome to the Pinto of our time. Oh goody: another product liability suit in the making.

Meanwhile, Google has quietly abandoned an alternative energy program that it launched with great fanfare just two years ago.

Hot Air: The untold jobs boom: Non-green edition,

But no… the boom in jobs and opportunity isn’t coming from “green.” It’s being found in “brown” – the same old reliable energy sources we’ve been dealing in for decades. Yep.. oil land natural gas.

... And yet, as the WSJ editors note, Washington somehow seems to continue pursuing policies which inhibit growth in these areas while flushing more taxpayer dollars we don’t have into technologies which routinely fail to bear economically viable fruit.

These are just from today and a few from the weekend. If you look around you'll see many, many similar articles and posts. If you look over the last week you'll see hundreds. If you look at the month you'll see thousands.

These can't all come from oil money - can they?

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson (Redwood City, CA) is a Fellow at Campaign for America's Future, writing about American manufacturing, trade and economic/industrial policy. He is also a Senior Fellow with Renew California.

Dave has more than 20 years of technology industry experience including positions as CEO and VP of marketing. His earlier career included technical positions, including video game design at Atari and Imagic. And he was a pioneer in design and development of productivity and educational applications of personal computers. More recently he helped co-found a company developing desktop systems to validate carbon trading in the US.

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Conservative Message Machine in the Service of Big Oil

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 03:52 By Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future | Op-Ed

See if you can spot the common theme in the latest the conservative message machine pumped out today and in the last few days.

Heritage Foundation: Obama Keeps Turning His Back on Jobs:

This week, President Obama is again set to make a pitch for his latest plan to stimulate the economy, but meanwhile he is turning his back on projects that would put tens or even hundreds of thousands Americans to work. And he’s doing it all to appease his left-wing, environmentalist base at the expense of domestic energy production.

An editorial in the Examiner: Don't let Big Green stymie boom in energy jobs,

Thanks to the new technologies, additional vast untapped energy resources in Texas, Alaska and off-shore could make America energy independent in the 21st century, allowing U.S. policymakers to tell Orgazniation for Petroleum Exporting Countries nations to go pound sand. But Big Green environmentalists - and their political allies in the White House and Congress -- are determined to keep the country from enjoying this boom.

And the Examiner just the other day, Obama's EPA is killing the economy with costly rules

Under President Obama's hand-picked administrator, Lisa Jackson, EPA is hog-tying the economy with dozens of proposed major new rules. One of them, which is aimed at coal-fired power plants that generate electricity, will add at least $18 billion in compliance costs by 2020. As Kathleen White of the Texas Public Policy Center told the House Energy and Commerce Committee earlier this year, "never in its 40-year history has EPA promulgated -- at the same time -- so many costly new regulatory dictates. The rules on track to go into effect in the next three years could cost more than $1 trillion and result in hundreds of thousands of jobs lost."

It's not just the raft of new rules that is killing economic growth, however. Jackson and her EPA minions have been purposefully slow-walking the agency's already hideously complex process for approving permits in a crucial sector of the energy industry.

Wall Street Journal -- note, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and other Murdoch outlets are co-owned by a Saudi oil billionaire: The Non-Green Jobs Boom,

So President Obama was right all along. Domestic energy production really is a path to prosperity and new job creation. His mistake was predicting that those new jobs would be "green," when the real employment boom is taking place in oil and gas.

... The ironies here are richer than the shale deposits in North Dakota's Bakken formation. While Washington has tried to force-feed renewable energy with tens of billions in special subsidies, oil and gas production has boomed thanks to private investment. And while renewable technology breakthroughs never seem to arrive, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized oil and gas extraction—with no Energy Department loan guarantees needed.

Townhall: Dump the EPA,

Like a bad lover, the EPA is a nagging, beguiling mooch. The EPA unconstitutionally barged into our lives and we need to break free from this destructive relationship; let’s give the EPA a two-letter title beginning with ‘E’ and ending with ‘X.’

... The EPA’s regulations are so burdensome, sweeping and impractical that it’s nearly impossible for energy companies to comply without going out of business. Hence, businesspeople in the energy industry increasingly find themselves facing enormous fines and even criminal allegations.

... Today, tens of thousands of oil jobs (and therefore the public health) are in jeopardy because President Obama is citing faulty EPA data on greenhouse emissions to delay building the Keystone XL pipeline.

Townhall: Obama Gets Money Bonanza by Killing Energy Jobs

A coordinated oil industry campaign can have a long reach...

LA Times: Democrats need to get real about US energy policy,

Today's Democratic leadership has reached a nadir in rational energy policymaking. In the last several years, congressional party leaders have squandered opportunities for a nuclear waste management storage program and have shown opposition to shale gas production. This month, the party reached a new low: The Obama administration's delay of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, in spite of its promise of an additional 750,000 barrels of oil per day and the thousands of new jobs it would create, was an inexcusable political decision unbecoming of a pragmatic leader.

Sacramento Bee, Obama Again Fails Energy Independence for America

The anti-Chevy Volt theme is a little less direct, but is obviously in support of an oil agenda:

Townhall: Chevy Volt Batteries Catching on Fire

Drudge Report: Gov't Motors offering loaner cars to worried Chevy Volt owners...

Powerline: MORE GREEN ENERGY FAIL.

So, we learned in recent days that Chevy Volt batteries can catch fire in accidents. Welcome to the Pinto of our time. Oh goody: another product liability suit in the making.

Meanwhile, Google has quietly abandoned an alternative energy program that it launched with great fanfare just two years ago.

Hot Air: The untold jobs boom: Non-green edition,

But no… the boom in jobs and opportunity isn’t coming from “green.” It’s being found in “brown” – the same old reliable energy sources we’ve been dealing in for decades. Yep.. oil land natural gas.

... And yet, as the WSJ editors note, Washington somehow seems to continue pursuing policies which inhibit growth in these areas while flushing more taxpayer dollars we don’t have into technologies which routinely fail to bear economically viable fruit.

These are just from today and a few from the weekend. If you look around you'll see many, many similar articles and posts. If you look over the last week you'll see hundreds. If you look at the month you'll see thousands.

These can't all come from oil money - can they?

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson (Redwood City, CA) is a Fellow at Campaign for America's Future, writing about American manufacturing, trade and economic/industrial policy. He is also a Senior Fellow with Renew California.

Dave has more than 20 years of technology industry experience including positions as CEO and VP of marketing. His earlier career included technical positions, including video game design at Atari and Imagic. And he was a pioneer in design and development of productivity and educational applications of personal computers. More recently he helped co-found a company developing desktop systems to validate carbon trading in the US.

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