Obama’s Decrees Cause Energy Prices to “Skyrocket”

by Ben Johnson

In a candid moment while running for president, Barack Obama told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle, “under my plan…electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” Last week, the Obama administration moved to make that a reality, using its rule by executive fiat to punish the coal industry. The action comes as the president is halting offshore oil drilling and threatening one state alone with millions of dollars in lost revenue. His most recent action was “unprecedented,” could kill jobs during a recession, and comes as heating oil and gasoline prices are rising.

Obama’s latest environmentalist imbroglio is his declaration of war on the coal industry. Last week, the EPA revoked the mining permit of Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia. The EPA granted the permit in 2007. Since then, Arch Coal has complied with all of the agency’s terms and made millions of dollars of investments in the hard-hit Appalachian state.

The EPA reversed itself last week, revoking its validly granted permit and calling into question whether it would honor any of its prior obligations. Its pretext was the company’s use of mountaintop removal mining, which it called “destructive and unsustainable.” However, it was known the mine would use this procedure when the EPA granted the permit four years ago.

The mine would have employed 250 people and harvested more than 40 million tons of coal, over 15 years.

West Virginia’s lawmakers are rightly incensed. Newly elected Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s statement read in part: “According to the EPA, it doesn’t matter if you did everything right, if you followed all of the rules. Why? They just change the rules.” Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, called the revocation, “a staged event to reward a core constituency that doesn’t want any coal mining or coal plants, no matter the cost to West Virginia or our nation.”

Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller told President Obama in a letter that his action “needlessly throws other permits into a sea of uncertainty at a time of great economic distress.”

Industry leaders echoed his concern. “Every road project, construction project or mine site that has received valid CWA 404 permits in the past is now in jeopardy of having that permit vetoed or revoked,” said Bryan Brown, executive director of the Foundation for American Coal Energy. The crippling handicap of uncertainty harms our economy, undermines confidence in the government, and keeps industry executives from making additional investments in energy exploration.

Which was the point. Obama is acting in a lawless manner to introduce uncertainty and stop business from finding additional natural resources, because they want to use skyrocketing energy prices to reduce our nation’s carbon footprint.

…And Oil, Too

Coal is but one front of the president’s war on energy. Obama has issued only two permits to allow deepwater oil drilling since its six month moratorium expired in October; the administration approved an average of nearly six a month before the May moratorium. In addition to the oil the nation is denied, the de facto ban is adding millions to the national deficit. Robert Bluey of the Heritage Foundation has estimated the government is losing $3.7 million in tax revenue every day on oil Obama will not allow to be drilled. He projected this would account for $1.35 billion this year alone.

The ban is also destroying indigenous industry in Louisiana. The nonprofit organization Greater New Orleans Inc. released a report last week revealing that businesses that depend on offshore drilling face imminent collapse if the pace of exploration is not rapidly accelerated. These vendors have exhausted a $20 billion fund set up by BP during the six month moratorium. USA Today reports, “Deepwater drilling contributes about $2.3 million to $3.2 million in direct tax revenue to state and parish governments each month and more than $7 million in indirect monthly revenue to state and local governments, the report says.”

Louisiana drillers and federal tax collectors are far from the only victims. Obama’s Green agenda is costing us all dearly.

Skyrocketing Rates? Yes, We Can!

With a continuing virtual ban on offshore and ANWR drilling, an opposition to nuclear power, and a hostility to building a new refineries to replace the aged facilities currently in use,  nation remains dangerously dependent on foreign oil. The cost of imported petroleum rose by 3.9 percent in December alone.

Rising fuel prices are the key driver to rising prices throughout the economy. The Consumer Price Index rose by 0.5 percent in December — an 18-month high, and more than analysts expected — while the Producer Price Index rose 1.1 percent. Rising gasoline prices drove down consumer sentiment last month, further putting off the hopes of an economic recovery.

And that suits some people in the Obama administration just fine.

Making You Poor for Your Own Good

This collapse gladdens the hearts of Obama’s environmental advisers. Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren — a self-described “neo-Malthusian” who would like to see the world’s population greatly reduced — wrote in 1997 that raising the price of natural gas was “actually a good idea.” His close friend Dr. James Hansen, whom Holdren called “one of the most distinguished climate scientists in the world,” suggested to Obama in late 2008 that he should tax gasoline up to “$4/5 gallons again.” The higher the cost of fossil fuels, and the fewer economic resources Americans have, the less they can consume. The Green Left believes the impoverishment of millions of Americans is a good thing, because it reduces our carbon footprint, “saving the planet” at the expense of your happiness and possibly your life.

As the Republicans come into power on Capitol Hill, Barack Obama has put the full force of the executive branch at the disposal of scientists who value nature over human beings.

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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45 Responses to Obama’s Decrees Cause Energy Prices to “Skyrocket”

  1. Gary Chambers says:

    First I believe that the people in West Virginia are amongst the dumbest in America. One only has to look at who they choose as their U S Senators to understand this. West Virginians like to slice their on throats politically. Senile Byrd had to be removed by a natural act and they still have the Carpet Bagger Rockefeller. Manchin is really not much better. —- Now lets get to the plight that our supposed President has done to further hurt America. Start from the beginning and look at what we know. Obama goes to the mideast almost as soon as he is sworn in. He has secret meetings with Arabic thugs and even bows to his thug masters. What did they discuss at the meetings? Look what happened after. An off shore oil rig suddenly explodes myteriously most likely part of the plan. There is a huge oil spill and our allies in England gets the blame. The loss of millions of gallons of oil though was not enough so now obama stops off shore drilling causing greater dependence on oil fom his muslim brothern. They raise the prices of crude and gasoline prices go out of sight and is projected to go much higher. Will obama be punished for this travesty? Not likely from his cohorts in Congress. If he is ever condemned for this evil act it will only be by historians long after we are gone. We must impeach and remove this monster blight from America. Send him back to Kenya!!!!!

  2. Gary Chambers says:

    Just remember … When you go to fill your gas tank, smug obama is the one whose fault it is for your pain. Clinton may have felt you pain but obama is the cause of your pain. Impeach obama now

  3. Donnamohler says:

    COME ON 2012!!!!!!!

  4. blm says:

    Obama is a piece of shit!! plain and simple. Most of the people working DC are as well!!

  5. granylady says:

    When you look at the Obama administration for these past two years, everything he has done has been to the detriment of the US. We must look behind the scenes and ask why? Socialism, one world government? It's certainly not for the good of American citizens.

  6. budman55 says:

    I find it hard to believe that nobody can stop this raving lunatic. If he makes it to 1012, our country will be totally wasted and unaffordable.

  7. theonethatknows says:

    Who appointed Obama & his merry men in his politburro, dictators of the U.S.A.? What is Obama even doing is this country? Why isn't he being brought up on charges? He is destroying America, while we sit and watch! When are we going to take our country back? 2012 may be too late!

  8. Raymond says:

    Fellow Conservative,

    Barney Frank didn't waste much time showing his true colors.

    In a recent interview, the left-wing congressman told CNBC that he's just fine with a double-dip estate tax because heirs don't deserve inheritances. Barney went on to say that, "they didn't work hard, they don't deserve it, they just happen to be lucky enough to be related to someone."

    Who is Barney Frank to say who worked hard and who didn't? Maybe Barney is just that clueless. Or maybe this is just another ploy to increase our taxes. But either way, Barney has proven once again that he is unfit to represent us.

    • artinthewild says:

      He's an idiot – what is the matter with people that they vote that scum into office? Who is he, Daffy Duck or Porkey Pig? (I hope the duck and pig people will forgive me for that) I know people who will inherit a lot, but they have worked hard all their lives, besides, even if they didn't why should that slug and the rest of them in office decide what to do with his money. It's obvious they don't know how to spend it – just on wasteful stupid pork. Mannnnn – I abosolutely detest those people. They forget they work for us.

  9. darjon38 says:

    Minority beast Pelosi tried to tell us that the reason gas is $3.09 is because Bush failed to create an alternate energy program. That's total bull, Pelosi did the most damage by thwarting Bush at every turn when he wanted to utilize American resources by drilling on American soil for gas and oil in the Arctic and offshore. Now this fool potus has banned oil production in the Gulf, shut down billions of gallons of domestic oil and natural gas, regulated the coal fired generators out of business or making controls so expensive they must raise prices just like he wanted when he was running for president. cont'd

  10. darjon38 says:

    A darn shame the lame-stream media had that " tingle up my leg" so bad they didn't care what kind of person he was, his total lack of experience, those whom he surrounded himself with, Ayres, Wright, Rezko and other devious America haters. The fact he was raised a Muslim, mentored by a renowned communist leader in America, never ran even a lemonade stand for business experience, never legislated anything meaningful, had a tendency to vote "present" on controversial issues.
    Where was that supposed "check and balance" the real media is supposed to provide?

    Savoring that tingle, I suspect. They have done us wrong, that's for sure.

  11. Raymond says:

    Obama the destroyer & his jadrools are remaking America into a
    communist nation. Even if Obama leaves office at the end of his
    term (and I don't think he will), it's very important to remember that
    the machine that put him in office is still there.

  12. Impeachment proceedings MUST be initiated immediately and completed by the time we take over the Senate. God knows he has already violated his oath of office and the Constitution countless times. He makes Richard Nixon look like Mother Teresa. I look forward to watching him leave in disgrace to avoid being tried and convicted of treason. He should then should be deported to Cuba as an enemy of the State. Obama is our only truly dangerous President ever elected to that office.


    • chollybygolly says:

      I'm pretty sure we can impeach him. I'd like to see him convicted, though.

      Here's a comprehensive list of grounds for impeachment: http://tinyurl.com/6bgvde5. I think we should impeach him on two or three charges at a time, over and over, until the Senate realizes we're serious and holds an honest hearing. After all, 23 Democrats are running for Senate in 2012. I think the TEA party can do some real good with them.

      Alas, I don't think our Representatives have the caparrones to bring more than one minor charge, the way they did with Clinton (who also did and is doing tremendous damage to this country), on which His Most Fragrant and Redolent Holiness might easily be acquitted. If I'm wrong, as I'd be delighted to discover I were, we should deport him, not to Cuba, but to Kenya, or to whatever other nation maintains his birth certificate. I mean, you wouldn't send a Mexican illegal to Finland, would you?

  13. Raymond says:

    Glenn Beck has about 15 threats against his life being investigated at any one time, the popular TV and radio host told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.

    In a wide-ranging discussion about the allegations of violent rhetoric that have been lobbed against conservatives in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords assassination attempt in Tucson, Beck told O’Reilly he’s constantly dealing with threats because of his political views.

    “The only thing that could be worse would be actual violence,” Beck said. “I don’t know about you, but I have about 15 operating threats on me at any one time.”

    Read more on Newsmax.com: Glenn Beck: I Have 15 Threats Against Me
    Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama's Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

  14. aranoff says:

    Two opinions exist regarding the savings to the American economy from health care reform. Private think tanks such as Cato Institute and Heritage claim the budget deficit will increase by $0.7 trillion over the next decade. The CBO, a nonpartisan government agency claims that repealing the health care law will add $0.2 trillion to the deficit. When challenged, the CBO director stands by the agency's claims. The difference is almost one trillion dollars. How is this possible? Cato used data available to all Americans. Anyone can check this out by themselves, and arrive at conclusions like Cato. How then can the government agency stand by their claims that are so very different? The answer is clear. The government is wrong. We need to understand and accept this reality.

    A number of years ago I was a highly paid computer consultant for Grumman, which was designing radar systems for the first Gulf war. When I started working, I looked at the software code made by my predecessor, and saw errors in the code. I asked my manager how was it possible for such simple errors, in high school trig, to pass government inspection. He said that the government inspectors wanted to keep working and getting their salaries, and so ignored the errors.

    I tell my freshman university mathematics students this story each semester, stressing the importance of checking our work. A major reason for our lack of military successes in the past is due to errors in high school trig.

    I have worked at a number of government projects, and have gone to my Congressman in person to complain about wrongdoing, only to be ignored.

    The fundamental difference between government and private businesses is that government success is based upon smooth talking and popular support, whereas business success is based upon success making a profit in the market.

    The only thing that government must do is defense. "Anything you can do I can do better" is the song of Annie Get Your Gun. Anything the government does that private people can do should be done by private people, with a minimum of government regulation and interference.

    It should be clear that the government cannot estimate the costs of the health care law, with the government saying it will save billions when the reality is that it will cost many billions of dollars. The conclusion is that since we cannot trust the government for a simple thing like calculating the costs, we must not trust our health to the government. We must not believe the smooth talk government supporters say. We must think for ourselves and be rational people, and fight to reject government policies.
    Instead of poll-driven "solutions," let's talk about real health-care reform: market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven. As the Cato Institute's Michael Cannon and others have argued, such policies include giving all individuals the same tax benefits received by those who get coverage through their employers; providing Medicare recipients with vouchers that allow them to purchase their own coverage; reforming tort laws to potentially save billions each year in wasteful spending; and changing costly state regulations to allow people to buy insurance across state lines. Rather than another top-down government plan, let's give Americans control over their own health care.

    -Dr. Sanford Aranoff
    author of
    Rational Thinking, Government Policies, Science, and Living
    Teaching and Helping Students Think and Do Better

    • darjon38 says:

      The CBO is limited to using the data given them by congress, they are not allowed to fish for the real figures in other venues. This is the old adage, "figures don't lie", liars figure and provide the data to the " figurers", (the CBO).

  15. chollybygolly says:

    The probability of Obama's becoming a dictator is far greater than it appears to be: See http://tinyurl.com/ykdmrmy, for a list of presidential powers that existed long before Obama was a gleam in George Soros's eye.

    I'm surprised he didn't make himself a dictator before the election. Now he seems to be running at full tilt toward that goal, ruling through the Czars and his executive orders. The time to impeach him is growing very short. We have the grounds. Now we need the backbone. If we don't act soon, Congress will be the new Third Reichstag.

  16. Raymond says:

    George Soros-Backed Group Demands Glenn Beck’s Firing
    Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011 07:42 AM
    By James Hirsen

    With a petition signed by 10,000 people, a group launched an attack on Fox News host Glenn Beck, demanding that Beck be fired.

    The Fox host featured nine people of the last century who had been contributors to what Beck characterized as the “era of the big lie.”

    The group, Jewish Funds for Justice (JFJ), claims that Beck’s show was anti-Semitic.

    One of the people Beck focused on was George Soros, a billionaire currency trader. Beck referred to him as the “puppet master.” The other eight figures were of Jewish heritage, including Sigmund Freud and Walter Lippmann.

    A look at the funding for JFJ provides insight into the possible motivation for the attack on Beck. The group gets its money from Soros’ Open Society Institute, which gave the group $150,000 in 2009 and $200,000 in 2010. Its website is filled with the language of the left, including phrases such as “economic justice” and “social change.”

    Soros is increasingly becoming a player in the media, particularly within the film industry. He entered the world of documentary production in the mid-1990s with his Soros Documentary Fund, which was dedicated to creating films that dealt with “social justice and human rights.”

    In 2002 Soros moved the personnel and mission of his documentary fund to the Sundance Institute and Robert Redford, and granted a startup fund of $4.6 million to the endeavor.

  17. hijinx60 says:

    Obama is the closest thing to a dictator that America has ever had. His rule by fiat is an excess in his power and unconstitutional. Just why he has never had proceedings started toward an impeachment is something that I will never figure out. I only hope that Issa investigates.

  18. Raymond says:

    China’s Military Comes Into Its Own

    By Rodger Baker | January 18, 2011
    Chinese President Hu Jintao is visiting the United States, perhaps his last state visit as president before China begins its generational leadership transition in 2012. Hu’s visit is being shaped by the ongoing China-U.S. economic dialogue, by concerns surrounding stability on the Korean Peninsula and by rising attention to Chinese defense activity in recent months. For example, China carried out the first reported test flight of its fifth-generation combat fighter prototype, dubbed the J-20, during U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ visit to China the previous week.


  19. Raymond says:

    Simple and effective:

    Here is the solution to all the controversy over full body scanners.

    Have a booth that you can step into that will not x-ray you,but will detonate any explosives you may have on your body. It would be a win-win for everyone and there would none of this garbage about racial profiling, and this method would eliminate a long and expensive trial.

    Justice would be swift.

    This is so simple, it's brilliant. I can see it now. You're in the
    airport and you hear a muffled explosion.

    Shortly you hear an announcement over the PA system. Attention stand by passengers. We now have a seat available on flight 91.

    Paging maintenance. Shop Vac needed in booth #5

  20. trackfodder says:

    Wouldn't it be the simple solution to get him out of there as illegitimate and nulllify all his damage?

  21. Raymond says:

    Dear Conservative:

    Attack after murderous attack occurs…in Israel, in nations around the world, and even here in America. A homicidal maniac screaming "Allah Akbar" guns down innocent civilians or blows himself up to kill Jews and Christians. Why? What drives this demonic rage? The answer is Islam.

    Though politically-correct commentators like to call Islam a religion of peace, which is historically and theologically inaccurate. Islam is a religion of the sword, born and spread through conquest and war. Those who kill themselves and others in the name of Allah are not practicing some twisted aberrant form of Islamic doctrine, they are practicing jihad as it written and taught in the Koran. Only by paying a special tax and living according to Islamic law are Christians and Jews permitted to survive at all.

    When you hear world leaders like President Obama calling on Israel to sit down with the Palestinians to negotiate "peace" remember that these terrorists are fully committed, according to the basic doctrines of their religion, to destroying Israel and America and any other country whose citizens want to practice religious freedom. It is impossible to make peace with such people—they do not desire it. Iran and their terrorist proxies Hamas and Hezbollah are fueled by demonic rage against Jews and Christians, and no amount of concessions or peace talks will ever change that.

  22. artinthewild says:

    Geo Soros is our president – Obama has had no experience except what Geo has given him…This is such a farce – I cannot believe what is going on in our government – if I sound insane – I feel that way – the world – rather the U.S. is going to hell in a handbasket – We have a know nothing, narcistic president who is an embarassment to the U.S. I just want to know why the left can't see that. I'm neither conservative nor democrat – I have to say though that if Gabby ever decides to run for President – I'm behind her. I believe she has God's blessings.

  23. JohnLadd says:

    The House has the purse strings and they should de-fund the EPA. Simply cut off their money and let the agency die from lack of resources. It is an un-constitutional level of control over the people anyway.

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