Obama policies restrict access to America’s vast energy resources

December 8, 2011 06:37

America is less competitive in the world, energy prices are skyrocketing, and the economy is suffering. IER Board Member, Steven Hayward, exposes how US energy policies have restricted access to America’s vast energy resources.

The United States must open federal lands to exploration and end the regulatory blockade that keeps shale oil and gas out of our reach. To read the North American Energy Inventory that Dr. Hayward’s video is based on, go to: www.energyforamerica.org/inventory.

Before his election Obama promised his plan would make electricity rates ’skyrocket’. Since he took office the price of oil has skyrocketed 117% and gasoline has increased 67%. While talking big on energy independence Obama’s real energy agenda is pushed by his tyrannical EPA.

Even when Obama supposedly ended limits on offshore drilling before the big spill he planned to let the EPA regulate the industry to a quit death.

An ally of the EPA action, The Sierra Club, brags that it has stopped 100 new coal plants since 2001. “Stopping one hundred coal plants is a huge milestone in our fight to end global warming, but the coal industry is still pushing forward with plans for dozens of new plants in places, like Michigan and Kansas, and pouring money into slick advertising campaigns and lobbying efforts,” said Nilles. “As we celebrate this amazing milestone, we must redouble our efforts to stop new plants and replace the existing coal plants with clean energy.” ~ Sierra Club press release. The Sierra Club is a powerful Washington lobbyist spending $1,580,000 on lobbying in the last three years according to OpenSecrets.org. Environmental groups as an industry have spent $14,746,646 on lobbying in 2010, $22,458,950 in 2009 and $17,953,057 in 2008 for a total in the last three years of over $55 MILLION!

OpenSecrets.org points out that 94% of environmental groups contributions to candidates went to Democrats:

During the 2008 election cycle, environmental groups gave $4.5 million to federal candidates and party committees, 94 percent of which went to Democrats. The movement’s financial clout may be understated in these figures, however, as the Sierra Club—which is already one of the largest contributors—has elected in recent years to spend money on direct “issue ads” rather than giving it to candidates or political parties.

So we have a president who promised a plan that would ’skyrocket’ electricity rates, a federal agency that bases its illegal and tyrannical power grab on fraudulent data and suppressed any dissent, and an administration that is collectively working to ruin the oil, steel, coal, and cement industries. An administration that ignores the will of the people and its congress and seems to be doing all it can to destroy jobs and the economy while promising to make jobs and economic growth its first priority. Are we going to believe what they say or what they do?

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