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    COMMENTARY | President Barack Obama's Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu uttered the kind of Washington gaffe that consists of telling the truth when inconvenient. According to Politico, Chu admitted to a House committee that the administration is not interested in lowering gas prices.

    Chu, along with the Obama administration, regards the spike in gas prices as a feature rather than a bug. High gas prices provide an incentive for alternate energy technology, a priority for the White House, and a decrease in reliance on oil for energy.

    The Heritage Foundation points out that hammering the American consumer with high gas prices to make electric and hybrid cars more appealing is consistent with Obama administration policy and Chu's philosophy. That explains the refusal to allow the building of the Keystone XL pipeline and to allow drilling in wide areas of the U.S. and offshore areas.

    The consequences of the policy are not likely to be of benefit to the Obama administration. The Republican National Committee has already issued a video highlighting the spike in gas prices and the failure of the administration to address the issue.

    Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has issued a half-hour video touting an energy plan he claims would result in $2.50 a gallon gasoline. The plan is based on unfettered drilling for oil and gas instead of a reliance on green energy. Gingrich has also savaged Obama's touting of algae based biofuel as "weird."

    Chu has likely highlighted an issue Republicans are going to pick up and run with. Americans are not going to be appreciative of schemes to hit them in the wallet so the American economy can shift to green energy. Besides American traditional adherence to the free market, the idea of being fleeced by a deliberate government policy is likely to be greeted with anger.

    Add into the mix green energy fiascos like Solyndra, and Chu might well have kindled a full blown scandal.

    How the Obama administration reacts to the expected firestorm is open to question. Green energy is as part of its fundamental religion as is universal health care, another unpopular Obama policy. If it tries to bull ahead, the electorate will likely punish Obama and the Democrats. If it tries to backtrack, Obama looks weak and facilitating, and likely will still not appease gas strapped Americans experiencing price shock at the gas pump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknblues81 View Post
    COMMENTARY | President Barack Obama's Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu uttered the kind of Washington gaffe that consists of telling the truth when inconvenient. According to Politico, Chu admitted to a House committee that the administration is not interested in lowering gas prices.

    Chu, along with the Obama administration, regards the spike in gas prices as a feature rather than a bug. High gas prices provide an incentive for alternate energy technology, a priority for the White House, and a decrease in reliance on oil for energy.

    The Heritage Foundation points out that hammering the American consumer with high gas prices to make electric and hybrid cars more appealing is consistent with Obama administration policy and Chu's philosophy. That explains the refusal to allow the building of the Keystone XL pipeline and to allow drilling in wide areas of the U.S. and offshore areas.

    The consequences of the policy are not likely to be of benefit to the Obama administration. The Republican National Committee has already issued a video highlighting the spike in gas prices and the failure of the administration to address the issue.

    Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has issued a half-hour video touting an energy plan he claims would result in $2.50 a gallon gasoline. The plan is based on unfettered drilling for oil and gas instead of a reliance on green energy. Gingrich has also savaged Obama's touting of algae based biofuel as "weird."

    Chu has likely highlighted an issue Republicans are going to pick up and run with. Americans are not going to be appreciative of schemes to hit them in the wallet so the American economy can shift to green energy. Besides American traditional adherence to the free market, the idea of being fleeced by a deliberate government policy is likely to be greeted with anger.

    Add into the mix green energy fiascos like Solyndra, and Chu might well have kindled a full blown scandal.

    How the Obama administration reacts to the expected firestorm is open to question. Green energy is as part of its fundamental religion as is universal health care, another unpopular Obama policy. If it tries to bull ahead, the electorate will likely punish Obama and the Democrats. If it tries to backtrack, Obama looks weak and facilitating, and likely will still not appease gas strapped Americans experiencing price shock at the gas pump.
    "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe." - Energy Secretary Steven Chu

    WALLACE: In that regard, in 2008 you supported ramping up gas prices to coax Americans into more green energy cars and other uses, being more fuel efficient. You said this -- and let's put it on the screen -- "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe." Where it is now more than $10 a gallon.

    In that sense, is the gas spike an opportunity for more green energy?

    CHU: Well, what I said -- what I'm doing since I became secretary of Energy has been quite clear. What I have been doing is developing methods to take the pain out of high gas prices.

    We have been very focused in the Department of Energy on that. And, in fact, the entire administration has been very focused on that.

    So, the increasing of the mileage standards is one way of doing this. A very concerted effort in electric vehicles, where we think within reach, within maybe four or five years, we could be testing batteries that can allow us to go 200, 300 miles on a single charge in a mass-marketed car.

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    This president just killed our economy and his chances of being re-elected. Good riddance you piece of shit worthless president.
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    This president just killed our economy and his chances of being re-elected. Good riddance you piece of shit worthless president.
    Not that I'm voting for him, but I have little doubt he will fail at being re-elected for a 2nd term...
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    He doesn't care about the price of gas b/c he doesn't have to pay for it. The good 'ol American Taxpayer is paying for his gas. I pray that he is not re-elected this November.
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    This shouldn't be surprising. The problem with convincing people to take green energy seriously, other than the fact that it wasn't and still isn't well or fully developed, was it's outlandish price, at least compared to oil. If you can't bring down the price of green energy or get people to convert, then just raise the price of oil until people are more willing to look at alternatives.

    The problem is that this would have happened naturally, as that's how it goes, just like the transition from whale blubber happened as demand increased, whale population decreased, prices skyrocketed.

    Forcing a transition before it's ready, though, could have devastating economic impact.

    Either way, liberals have been saying for years that gas is too cheap. Maher was rallying about this back when he was on ABC.

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    those who claim it's too cheap are those who don't have to worry about affording it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    those who claim it's too cheap are those who don't have to worry about affording it...
    Can I get an Amen??!!

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    To purposely make things harder for people in such a tough economy is a reason enough to not vote for him. Not that I was going to. But I think it shows that he is actually of touch and honestly I think all these people are out of touch with the middle and lower classes. Other than Ron Paul of course.

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    'Secret dealing'? Emails show cozy relationship between EPA, environmental groups

    Newly disclosed emails suggest senior policy officials at the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups are working closely to kill the Keystone XL pipeline, critics say.

    "These damning emails make it clear that the Obama administration has been actively trying to stop this important project for years,"
    Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who has long advocated for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline's construction, said in a statement to Fox News.

    The emails were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request http://www.eelegal.org/ by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. In one communication, Lena Moffit of the Sierra Club wrote to three senior policy staffers at the EPA, including Michael Goo (our Goo? bb68 ), who was then the associate administrator for policy.

    [I]"Thanks so much for taking the time to meet with us on Keystone XL yesterday," [/I]she wrote. "Let me know if I can be helpful in any way -- particularly in further identifying those opportunities for EPA to engage that don't involve 'throwing your body across the tracks,' as Michael put it."

    EELI senior legal fellow Chris Horner told Fox News that as a government agency, EPA couldn't be seen as overtly trying to kill Keystone, but was reaching out to environmental groups for other ideas on how to do it.

    "On its face," Horner told Fox News, "it smacks of classic secret dealing and an uncomfortably close working relationship and one that is known to these parties, but quite plainly not advertised to the public."

    Barrasso was less diplomatic. "Despite the fact that Keystone XL has bipartisan support in Congress and from governors, environmental extremists inside and out of the administration are working behind closed doors to kill it," he said.

    Many EPA staffers -- including Goo -- came from the environmental movement. Goo, who is now at the Department of Energy's policy shop, was with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    Horner said many EPA staffers share a policy agenda with environmental groups, a common cause illuminated in the emails his group obtained.

    "This series of correspondence plainly indicates that you've got an agency that's made up its mind -- working with allies with whom it is ideologically and substantively aligned on this -- trying to find ways to advance their argument without being too obvious about it," Horner told Fox News.

    Emails previously obtained by Horner's group reveal similar agenda-sharing regarding coal. There are dozens of exchanges on the just-released regulations regarding coal-fired power plants.

    In one email, John Coequyt, head of Sierra's "beyond coal" campaign, wrote to Goo and another EPA staffer in an apparent attempt to pressure EPA into adopting regulations so strict that coal plants that already received construction permits could not be built.

    "Attached is a list of plants that the companies shelved because of uncertainty around GHG regulations. If a standard is set that these plants could meet, there is a not small chance that they (sic) company could decide to revive the proposal," Coequyt wrote.

    In another email to Goo and Alex Barron of EPA's climate office, Coequyt responded comically to an August 2012 article that quoted now-EPA administrator Gina McCarthy as saying the new regulations would not kill coal.

    "Pants on fire," wrote Coequyt

    Other communications arranged meetings between Goo and Coequyt at the Starbucks in the JW Marriott hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, close to the EPA -- an attempt, charges Horner, to discuss issues without having to sign into the EPA building. And there are numerous requests from environmental groups to meet with EPA staffers.

    There is also evidence, said Horner, that EPA officials sought to keep their deliberations with environmental groups out of the public record by using private email accounts and back-channel communications.


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    The other side of this is that as people use less fuel, that means less gas tax revenue, which is why they want to raise the gas tax by $0.15 a gallon.

    Right now, in CA, it's $3.50 a gallon for gas and a bit less than a dollar of that is taxes.

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    The top Republican on the Senate environment committee said Thursday that newly released transcripts showing an ex-EPA official discussing his widespread fraud against the government -- as well as a pet "project" to "modify" capitalism -- are likely "the first layer of a very big onion" at the EPA.

    Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is continuing to call for a hearing before the Environment and Public Works Committee on the case of John Beale. The former EPA official was sentenced in December to 32 months in prison for bilking taxpayers out of nearly $1 million by pretending to be a CIA agent.

    The plot thickened, though, after a House committee this week released hundreds of pages of transcripts from a deposition he gave to congressional lawmakers in December. In it, Beale freely discussed the lies he told his colleagues, but also claimed he had been working on a "project" examining ways to "modify the DNA of the capitalist system."

    Vitter, in a statement to FoxNews.com, suggested lawmakers need to learn much more about what was happening at the EPA during Beale's tenure.

    "There were some major misjudgment and lack of leadership skills when it came to decisions surrounding John Beale, but it is still difficult to ascertain the lies from reality at this stage, whether coming from EPA or Beale himself," Vitter said. "My instinct is that this is just the first layer of a very big onion in terms of what has been going on at EPA."

    Vitter's office has accused EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who at the time was Beale's boss, of looking the other way when Beale was collecting improper payments.

    McCarthy has been credited with initially flagging Beale's activities and expenses, triggering the inspector general investigation which unraveled the scheme.

    But, in the transcripts, he spoke in great detail about meetings he supposedly had with McCarthy, back when she was heading the Office of Air and Radiation.

    Beale said they started meeting in mid-2009. At a lunch, he claimed his "fabricated story about working at CIA came up," and that they also discussed various projects. Beale recalled telling her about a project he wanted to work on, which he described as "green economics."

    He argued that environmental regulation was reaching its "limits" because "the fundamental dynamic of the capitalistic system is for businesses and individuals to try to externalize all costs." So he said he began working on his plan.

    This, he said, involved "coming up with specific proposals that could be -- could have been proposed either legislatively or things which could have been done administratively to kind of modify the DNA of the capitalist system."

    Beale said this "is not new" and has happened "tens of times" in the history of capitalism.

    "It's not a God-given system that was created once and never changes. It changes all the time," he said. He said McCarthy was aware of the project and "we met frequently to talk about it and had actually quite deep discussions." He said, though, that the project was eventually "scrapped."

    He also claimed the project began under the George W. Bush administration.

    In releasing the 263 pages of documents, the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee did not comment on that section of the transcript. They focused instead on the fraud Beale committed by lying about working for the CIA.

    "This is an egregious example of fraud on the highest levels of management at the EPA," Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the committee, said.
    Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., top Democrat on the committee, said Beale "spun an elaborate web of lies" to fool his EPA supervisors.

    The EPA has not responded to a request for comment.

    Beale's case was one of the more bizarre schemes run against the government in recent memory. Beale's trickery began more than a decade ago and was largely a scheme to collect unearned pay over roughly 13 years -- essentially by saying he needed to take off one workday a week for CIA missions.

    In the committee documents, Beale acknowledged this was a "fantasy."

    While Vitter is calling for a hearing on Beale's case, the chairwoman of the Senate environment committee, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said last week she is not so inclined to hold one.

    During an unrelated hearing, she noted that lawmakers already held a briefing and personally asked McCarthy to provide details on what safeguards are now in place following the Beale episode.

    "And then we will look at whether or not we need a hearing," Boxer said.




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    Interesting stuff. I would rather the media do their jobs and investigate this kind of thing than having to rely on Republicans (whom I don't trust either) to do it for them.

    This reminds me of this video:



    You won't hear this kind of honesty after the energy prices do go up though.

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    Oh yeah? "Chu" on this, mf!

 

 

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