Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com
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.
Sen. David Vitter, speaking at a townhall meeting in Metairie, La, is shown here in an exclusive video saying that he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama’s citizenship in court.
This is the first time that a sitting Senator of the United States as acknowledged the controversy of Obama’s birth place that just won’t go away.
Vitter made these remarks answering a question about Obama’s refusal to produce a valid birth certificate. This controversy has developed because instead of a true birth certificate Obama has only posted a “certification of live birth”, which under Hawaiian procedures could be obtained from out of state.
Vitter responded that although he does not have legal standing to bring forward a lawsuit, he supports “conservative legal organization and others who would bring that to court.”
Although Vitter is the first U.S. Senator to speak on this, he is not the first high profile leader in recent days to come forward to challenge Obama on his birth certificate.
In this past week, Hector Maldonado, a candidate for Senator in Missouri, said in a video that he is considering a lawsuit against Missouri for discrimination for requiring him to show a valid birth certificate but not Obama.
And he is not the only one. Here is a list of other recent high profile people who have challenged Obama, including former house majority leader Tom DeLay and Sarah Palin.
Although the Mass Media dismiss claims that Obama is covering this up and the Obama administration mocks anyway who asks about it, more and more people are beginning to acknowledge that this is a serious concern to hundreds of thousands of Americans.
By Joseph Curl, Washington Times
The rapidly expanding environmental catastrophe caused by the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana is presenting a growing political challenge to the Obama White House, with Mr. Obama and his aides at pains to defend the response and forestall comparisons to the Hurricane Katrina crisis.
Nine days after British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew apart and began spewing 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, a massive oil slick is set to wash ashore on the southern coast Thursday evening and, experts say, could dwarf the damage caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.
Failure to get control of the relief effort and contain the environmental challenge could pose the same kind of political threat to Mr. Obama’s popular standing that the much-criticized handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina did for former President George W. Bush. And unlike Katrina, it is likely the federal government will be the clear lead authority in dealing with the BP spill.
But Mr. Obama only Thursday dispatched Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson to help coordinate the federal response to the potential environmental disaster.
"We are being very aggressive and we are prepared for the worst case," Coast Guard Rear Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara said at the White House.