Barack Obama

  • Colorado canyon latest Obama monument designation

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    Once again, a President has designated land for national monuments without the advice and consent of Congress — an action unchecked during the Bush years after President Clinton’s highly controversial designation of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah. These land grabs may sound noble, but whenever federal officials replace state and local land managers, they tend to create problems for continuing use of the land and even surrounding areas. This is particularly true of Brown’s Canyon in Colorado, says the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

  • World economy transformation tops UN climate agenda

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    The secret has been out for some time, yet nobody on the Left or the mainstream media is really talking about it — that “global warming” has always been little more than a smokescreen for worldwide wealth redistribution overseen by bureaucrats at the United Nations — picking the bones of a tired, weak, and shamed America unwilling to defend itself or to flex its economic muscles. But will they succeed? Stay tuned!

  • What’s next for the Keystone pipeline?

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    President Obama will soon have to decide whether to please big labor or Big Green — and his risk is that if he chooses Big Green over big labor and then the labor unions push Democrats who depend on their votes to vote to override his veto of the Keystone Pipeline authorization, he loses big time. The clock is ticking — and the stakes are high. Meanwhile, President-in-waiting Hillary Clinton is silent … perhaps fearing the same Hobson’s choice. The huge drop in the oil price — which some now claim is a further reason to ignore Keystone — is on the verge of a quick rebound thanks to Obama’s feckless foreign “policy.” Stay tuned!

  • Will President Obama’s new drilling policy give the Arctic over to Russian domination?

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    Is it merely a coincidence that millions of dollars of Russian money have been laundered and forwarded to anti-fossil fuel radical environmentalists to fight exploration and development by the United States of Alaska’s vast oil and gas and minerals reserves? While Russia plans to seize the entire Arctic for its own use, the United States shuts down all future development over nearly 20 million acres of land and sea — for absolutely zero environmental benefit, especially since Russia will likely be able to exploit much of that same territory anyway. Just as bac, Obama did this despite universal opposition from Alaska’s elected officials — robbing the state of much-needed jobs and revenues. Hopefully, this theft and giveaway to Russia can be reversed.

  • EPA email shows desperate climate change agenda

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    CFACT policy analyst Larry Bell reports on secret EPA emails that show the agency was desperate to keep the money train rolling in its effort to seize control over more and more of the U.S. economy. Polar bears were not scaring people enough any more, so then-Administrator Lisa Jackson conspired to create scary scenarios over alleged links of climate change to respiratory diseases. The result are new regulations that will destroy millions more jobs and further cripple the U.S. economy if allowed to be implemented.

  • U.S. light dimmed with Obama energy policy

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    Energy policy analyst Marita Noon, a CFACT advisor, points out that India has no intention of kowtowing to political correctness in developing its energy sector. Instead, “India rejects arguments by Green activists that it must move away from coal energy, saying the alternative would be to keep its citizens in poverty.” Meanwhile, President Obama is intent on creating energy poverty in the U.S. through a regulatory assault on coal, oil and gas, and other conventional energy producers — on top of his intention to veto legislation authorizing the Keystone pipeline. Should he get his way, Americans will be anticipating blackouts and brownouts and higher energy prices across the board to go along with the energy shortages his policies are sure to create.

  • EPA uses junk science to wage war on coal

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    The Obama Administration, through the corrupted Environmental Protection Agency, promised to kill the U.S. coal industry and they are already far along toward their goal. Along with it, they are wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy and threatening power outages of mammoth proportions. To justify this, they cite so-called scientific studies that are kept secret so that their findings cannot be easily challenged. But there’s more — other job-killing regulations also not backed by sound, peer reviewable science — that will take the U.S. further away from long-term prosperity. Can this onslaught be stopped or even slowed down?

  • Vetoing bipartisan energy, job, and economic growth

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    CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen says that the Obama Administration is continuing, even revving up, its campaign against domestic energy production with new EPA regulations on the horizon that would shutter much of the nation’s coal industry and do great harm to oil and gas production; he also promised to veto any legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Moreover, the Obama progressive mentality is so pervaseive that international lending and donor agencies (the UN, OPIC, etc.) are holding poor, developing countries hostage to wind, solar, and biofuel projects that cannot lift them out of poverty — and thus these elites are damning the world’s poorest people to eternal poverty when true prosperity through fossil fuels is staring them in the face.

  • Obama Administration kicks the oil-and-gas industry while it is down

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    Just as the glut of oil on the world market has prompted Saudi Arabia to pump out even more oil at cheap prices (for up to 5 years, the Saudis say — as long as it takes to crush the U.S. shale industry — the Obama Administration wants to impose harsh new resrictions on oil and gas companies. A better recipe could not be found for decimating the U.S. economy, killing jobs, and ceding control over world oil prices and demand to the Saudis and their OPEC cronies.

  • How Obama and his environmental base are planning to eradicate the oil and gas industry

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    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee minority (soon to be majority) staff has just released a report, “Setting the Record Straight: Hydraulic Fracturing and America’s Energy Revolution,” which shows how President Obama is coordinating with far-left environmental activists such as the aggressive NRDC and the Sierra Club, along with their millionaire board members, their Hollywood celebrity boosters and their “philanthropic” funders, such as the rabidly anti-fracking Park Foundation, to wage an all-out assault to shut down domestic production of American oil and natural gas. There is hope that this agenda can be derailed in part by the incoming GOP Senate majority and a unified House of Representatives, but the President and his minions will continue their regulatory assault as long as they have the power to thwart the will of Congress and the people.

  • The EPA’s man-made cooling crisis

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    The United States is likely to see brownouts and blackouts thanks to the shuttering of coal-fired power plants (and who knows, maybe even gas-fired plants) that are part of an Obama Administration effort to depower the nation to satisfy environmental extremists and to satisfy his own desire to diminish the role of the United States in world affairs. The EPA is his tool of choice (along with other federal agencies whose policies rarely are blocked by either elected officials or the courts). And as the supply of electricity dwindles, the price of power will rise dramatically, with the greatest negative impacts on the poor, the elderly, and the disabled.

  • Welcome to the O-zone—where economic development is a zero-sum game

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    Included in the Obama Administration’s “Unified Agenda” for 2015 are new, job-killing standards for ground-level ozone that are the product of a friendly lawsuit from the Sierra Club. These rules the President put on hold in 2011 in an effort to reduce “regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover” — or maybe for fear they would harm his reelection chances in 2012. The new regulations will mean that, depending on the final rule, 76% to 96% of the country—including some national parks where the natural background levels for ozone are 65 to 67 parts per billion—will be out of compliance. This will deal a crushing blow to U.S. economic recovery — and the Sierra Club and the President know and heartily approve of this tragic outcome.

  • Obama’s China climate deal is a manmade disaster

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    CFACT advisor Larry Bell says that the “deal” that President Obama struck with Chinese Supreme Leader Xi Jinping is a manmade disaster that “trades away near-term U.S. energy security and prosperity for vague and distant promises.” Rather than historic, the China climate pact is more accurately described as histrionic. The Chinese agree to do nothing they were not already planning — cutting air pollution by 2030 to address serious human health issues there. The U.S., by contrast, agrees to double the speed of its transition away from fossil fuels — at a huge cost to U.S. jobs and the U.S. economy.

  • The oil price election connection

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    According to CFACT advisor Marita Noon, while the U.S. oil shale boom (the result of fracking) has dramatically increased domestic oil and gas production, the Middle East is still playing a significant role both in the current drop in oil prices and down the road. ISIS is selling oil at below-market prices to willing rogue customers, and Saudi Arabia has increased its own production, even as the price of oil falls below the amount needed to sustain the Saudi economy. The Saudis are hoping to push both American and Canadian oil prices down below the cost of extraction from both shale and tar sands in hopes of slowing down or even stopping expansion of North American exploration and production.

  • Obama’s regional climate hubs take aim at farmers, ranchers, forest landowners

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    Do not for a moment believe that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is setting up these “Climate Hubs” to assist farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners, says CFAC Advisor Bonner Cohen. The goal is to force these hard-working Americans into compliance with federal mandates on climate change — which will surely include new restrictions on their use of water, livestock feed, fertilizers, livestock management techniques, and who knows what all else that violate every principle of real land management ever established through the test of time. If they succeed in this, we should fear for our food supply.

  • EPA hides science behind draconian regs

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    The EPA has virtually rewritten the Clean Air Act to suit its own ends, and while a divided Congress refuses to act to rein in the agency, the Supreme Court had a shot and even admitted that the agency had overstepped its boundaries, but still let the EPA embark on a mad race to destroy the nation’s foundational energy sources — coal, oil, and natural gas. Even worse, new EPA regulations, which will cost the U.S. economy nearly $3 trillion and innumerable job losses, are backed by
    “secret science” that the EPA will not even share with Congress.

  • Regcession—why Americans aren’t feeling Obama’s “vigorous recovery”

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    Marita Noon asks, rather than complain when U.S. businesses take jobs overseas, why not just create a more favorable business climate here at home? One reason, she notes, is the penchant for the EPA and other federal agencies to over-regulate business and industry, adding costs and shrinking opportunities. She encourages everyone to watch a new film, “Regcession: The EPA is Destroying America,” on YouTube.

  • Forget ISIS — White House Declares War on CO2

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    World leaders — other than Barack Obama — are ignoring the United Nations as it tries very hard to promote the New York City climate conference as a major event. Meanwhile, President Obama and his coterie have been taking great pains not to alienate their antiwar base while plotting air strikes against the Islamic State that the President says is not Islamic.