Energy Skyrockets; Homelessness Soars; Environmentalists Rejoice




by Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

Don’t say President Obama has never kept any of his promises. In 2008, Obama told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle, “under my plan…electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” According to USA Today, he fulfilled on his pledge. In 2010, the average family paid $300 more a year for energy — more than any time in the previous 14 years.

Break the family budget? Yes, we can! McPaper reports:

Prices are climbing, too, hitting a record 11.8 cents per residential kilowatt hour so far this year, reports the Energy Information Administration. The increase reflects higher fuel prices and the expense of replacing old power plants, including heavily polluting — but cheap to operate — coal plants that don’t meet federal clean air requirements.

“Higher bills are a huge problem for low income families,” says Chris Estes, executive director of the North Carolina Housing Coalition, which opposes a proposed rate hike in its state by Duke Energy. “Utilities are what people’s budgets start with.”

Why are prices rising? Obama is waging a war-by-fiat on coal-powered plants and other domestic energy sources.

Robert Bluey of the Heritage Foundation has estimated the government is losing $3.7 million in tax revenue every day because Obama will not allow companies to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, $1.35 billion this year alone.

If there is any consolation, it is only the gallows observation that fewer and fewer Americans have homes.

Again, USA Today reports that 1.6 million American children are on the streets, up one-third from 2007 according to a study conducted by the National Center on Family Homelessness. A recent HUD study found an increase in overall homelessness, as well. The South is particularly hard-hit. A woman who heads a shelter in Alabama says, “Poverty in Alabama is severe at best. We were already in dire straights, and then you get the economy. It’s kept us on the bottom.”

The economy is not keeping America on the bottom. Obama is.

This news should make Obama’s environmentalist advisers thrill with delight. They believe Americans have too much purchasing-power, so making them poor reduces their carbon footprint. Hounding Americans out of their homes and herding them into large homeless shelters reduces carbon output, as well.

A socialist economy puts America out of work, and the environmentalist extremists move to change its underlying structure to make “the new normal” permanent.



About Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the editor of several conservative websites. A seasoned journalist, he has broken a host of news stories of national importance and written sizzling editorials that started the nation talking. A former talk show host, he has been a guest on The Michael Savage Show, Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham, Crosstalk on VCY America, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Bob Dutko Show, and scores of local programs. The Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine (2004-2010) and previously its Associate Editor (2003-2004), he is the author of three books. He maintains his own website, TheRightsWriter.com, which you can view here. You can contact him here.
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