Monthly Archives: May 2011
|May 26, 2011||Posted by Resourceful Earth News under Energy, Issues, Mining, Special Interests|
CEI Director, Myron Ebell, is stunned at the behavior of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lisa Jackson. Read here to learn why: http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/03/31/guest-post-epa-chief-lisa-jacksons-conduct-grossly-improper/
Here’s the full excerpt:
Guest post: EPA chief Lisa Jackson’s conduct ‘grossly improper’
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is hosting a reception at the Supreme Court today for various opponents of the proposed Pebble Mine project in Alaska. Politico’s Morning Energy reports that one of the attendees will be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson. And I have heard that Jackson will be speaking to the group.
Jackson’s conduct is grossly improper. Environmental pressure groups have petitioned the EPA to deny a Clean Water Act permit for the mine before the company developing it has even applied for the permit. Appearing at what is essentially a pep rally for those opposing the mine means that Jackson has already taken sides in the bitter political and legal dispute.
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
|May 18, 2011||Posted by Resourceful Earth News under Energy, Issues|
The Obama administration has come out in support of oil production; too bad it’s in the “wrong” America. During a trip to South America, the President endorsed off-shore drilling off the coast of Brazil. But why doesn’t the administration support the same strategy on its home turf?
The most remarkable event this week was President Barack Obama endorsement of more oil production—in Brazil. In a speech to CEOs in Brasilia, Obama said:
By some estimates, the oil you recently discovered off the shores of Brazil could amount to twice the reserves we have in the United States. We want to work with you. We want to help with technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely, and when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.
I’m all for more oil production in Brazil, but what’s good for Brazil would also be good for the United States. Were the federal government to open some of America’s vast untapped offshore and Alaskan oil resources, it would lower our trade deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars, provide billions of dollars in royalties to the federal treasury, create hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs not subsidized by taxpayer dollars, and contribute significantly to our long-term prosperity. Given the economy’s current dismal long-term prospects, continuing to lock up our resources is detestable.
President Obama’s remarks in Brazil show that he understands this. He clearly thinks prosperity is good for Brazil. But it is something that he is working mightily to deny to Americans. He and his administration have adopted policies that they know will reduce oil and coal production, raise energy prices, and make Americans poorer. As the President said when gas prices reached $4 a gallon in the summer of 2008 when he was running for President, the problem wasn’t the price, but that prices had risen too suddenly. In fact, the Administration is full of senior officials who are on record supporting much higher gasoline and electricity prices, starting with Energy Secretary Steven Chu.