ELECTION IRONY: FRACKING BOOM MAY MEAN OBAMA WINS OHIO
Monday, October 29, 2012
Hollywood, CA— President Obama may gain re-election thanks to the fossil fuel industry and in particular a sector of the industry that the environmental movement hates, a new short documentary claims.
The five minute documentary, The Dinosaur Election, points out that Ohio and Pennsylvania — two significant swing states in the election — are currently experiencing localized economic booms due to fracking.
Fracking is a method of extracting oil and natural gas from previously inaccessible shale rock and is hated by the environmental movement.
View the documentary by filmmaker Phelim McAleer here.
“Incumbent Presidents always do well when people feel optimistic, and at the moment — thanks to fracking and fossil fuels left by decaying dinosaurs — there is much to be optimistic about in Pennsylvania and Ohio,” said Phelim McAleer, a journalist and filmmaker who directed and produced the documentary.
The fracking boom started to take off in Pennsylvania just five years ago and has recently spread to Ohio. It has brought tens of billions of dollars to the states in investments and royalties to farmers but has become the number one enemy of the environmental movement who claim the process is polluting and damaging.
The Dinosaur Election points out that this boom is part of a feel-good factor that is sweeping Ohio and Pennsylvania and could lead to the re-election of President Obama.
But the prospect of President Obama getting re-elected because of fracking drips with irony.
“It’s no secret that President Obama and his administration don’t like fossil fuel industry and would rather support renewable such as solar panels and windmills,” McAleer said. “But they may owe their survival and second term to a boom they don’t like and don’t support.”
The Dinosaur Election features Republican and Democrat analysts who emphasize just how important the two states are for President Obama and how their mini-booms amidst a nationwide recession may swing the election in an unexpected way.
McAleer said there is a further irony that President Obama may use the flexibility of his second term to undermine and regulate the fracking boom, which is hated by the environmental wing of the Democratic Party.
“This isn't a ‘donkey’ or ‘elephant’ election. It’s a ‘dinosaur’ election,” McAleer said.
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Phelim McAleer is a journalist and the director of FrackNation, a documentary about fracking. For interviews, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 290-9481.
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ELECTION IRONY: FRACKING BOOM MAY MEAN OBAMA WINS OHIO
The Obama administration, citing environmental concerns, has banned drilling on half of the vast National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska in a move decried even by Alaska’s congressional delegation.
“The price of gasoline, which was $1.84 a gallon the day President Obama took office, has more than doubled since, willfully aided and abetted by an administration that claims we can't drill our way to energy independence as we ignore vast reserves of North American energy that dwarf OPEC's and we sit on 100 years' supply of petroleum,” Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) stated in an editorial.
The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA), not to be confused with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to the east, is a 23.5-million-acre, Indiana-sized tract on Alaska’s North Slope. It was established by President Harding in 1923 to ensure oil supplies for the U.S. Navy.
The desolate NPRA has been described as the largest tract of undisturbed public land in the United States and includes a point 120 miles from the nearest village or usable road.
In 1976, the reserve was transferred to the Interior Department and Congress designated it as a strategic oil and natural gas stockpile to meet the “energy needs of the nation.”
But in August, Obama’s Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that new drilling would be allowed on half of the reserve while the other half will be off-limits to oil and gas exploration.
Environmentalists had lobbied to protect the habitat of caribou, eider ducks and other Arctic species.
“The move drew praise from environmentalists but sharp criticism from oil and gas proponents who said it would restrict the industry’s ability to tap the nation’s hydrocarbon resources,” the Washington Post reported.
The off-limits portions of the reserve are “the most productive areas” of a tract that IBD says contains 2.7 billion barrels of oil and 114 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
Alaska’s congressional delegation — Sens. Mark Begich (a Democrat) and Lisa Murkowski, and Rep. Don Young — call the administration’s action “the largest wholesale land withdrawal and blocking of access to an energy resource by the federal government in decades.”
They also said the move “will significantly limit options for a pipeline” through the reserve to transport oil and gas.
Erik Milito, the American Petroleum Institute’s group director of upstream and industry operations, said the plan “continues to leave domestic energy resources, jobs and government revenue off the table.”
IBD concludes: “The move is typical Obama sleight of hand: Take credit for increased oil production on public lands that you had nothing to do with, lock up resources on federal lands with the exception of places the oil companies find unprofitable or unpromising, then blame them, not your administration, for driving up prices.”
In the spirit of the day, I wanted to pass along the below post from Lonely Conservative, which sums the true meaning of this "holiday" nicely.
Today is ‘Global Wind Day’ – A Day for Activists to Push for More Wind Funding and Indoctrinate Children
June 15, 2012
Did you know that today is “Global Wind Day,” a day for environmental activists to push for more funding for wind farms and indoctrinate young children. It appears that the corrupt Sierra Club (a group that took funding from natural gas companies before knifing those companies in the back) is one of Global Wind Day’s biggest promoters.
The Renewable Energy Industrial Index (RENIXX) tracks the stock value of wind and solar companies. In May—though you did not read about it in the mainstream media—it announced that thirty of the largest renewable energy companies were trading at “an all- time low” and the index “had lost over 90% of its value since 2008.”
So, naturally, the Sierra Club was eager to tell me about Global Wind Day and that my home state of New Jersey had the “potential to replace all the dirty coal and gas plants in the state.” The distance between “potential” and reality is roughly the distance between New Jersey and the planet Neptune.
The Sierra Club (along with a rogue’s gallery of environmental organizations) wages war on all forms of energy production and use. They urged me to join others “at a beach near you for a kite-flying rally and celebration of New Jersey’s offshore wind potential.” Not only does it oppose the use of America’s vast reserves of coal, but it also has a “Beyond Natural Gas” program as well; another huge source of power for the nation. (Read More)
Of course, no global day of action would be complete without some child indoctrination. Thanks to Americans for Prosperity for picking up on it.
Global environmentalists connected with the radical Party of European Socialists are indoctrinating and manipulating innocent children as props to advance their radical “renewable” energy schemes.
Examination of the website GlobalWindDay.org reveals a concentrated effort to indoctrinate small children into a cult-like movement to force taxpayers to provide massive subsidies for on land, and the even more costly, offshore wind mills.
“These European eco-zealots are penetrating our grammar schools with a bizarre program of indoctrination that includes forcing little children to color in propaganda style coloring books while being taught that the world will end if windmills don’t come to the rescue,” stated AFP New Jersey state director Steve Lonegan.
“Meanwhile, these environmentalist radicals are receiving enormous funding from the project’s major benefactors: General Electric, Siemen’s, Lockheed Martin, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and Ernst & Young, the international corporations that stand to profit handsomely from these schemes.”
“This is disturbing and really quite sick. What we are seeing is a bunch of very radical and extreme elements of the environmental movement attempting to brainwash kids and then use them as props and human shields in their quest to foist their European-style, anti-free-market, globalist ‘green’ agenda on the world.”
“People, especially parents, need to be made aware of this and that’s exactly what AFP is going to do this Friday. We won’t be stopped by their efforts to intimidate and silence us,” concluded Lonegan.
Read the whole thing for a list of today’s activities.
It’s been estimated that in New Jersey alone taxpayers could be stuck with over $4 billion for this wind boondoggle, and that’s not counting how much it will drive up the cost of electricity.
It’s too late to catch a bus, but if you live near Asbury Park or Ocean City, NJ it isn’t too late to show up at AFP’s counter-protest at noon today.
If wind energy is so wonderful and profitable, let private investors put up their own money for it. We the taxpayers can’t afford any more failed investments.
NH House Leaders Comment on Blocking Restriction of Use of Gasoline and Heating Oil, Raise Fuel Prices
CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader Pete Silva (R-Nashua) today commented on the passage of committee of conference report on House Bill 1487, which would prohibit New Hampshire from participating in any low carbon fuel standards program requiring quotas, caps, or mandates on fuels used for transportation, industrial purposes, or home heating without authorization from the legislature. The scheme to cap the amount of gasoline and other liquid fuels, such as home heating oil, would raise the price of these fuels. According to an analysis by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) of the economic impact of the regional low carbon fuel standards on Northeast states, nominal gasoline prices would at least double and diesel and jet fuel prices would increase by at least 18-23% under the program. HB 1487 passed on a voice vote.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“In 2009, Governor Lynch began the process of raising the price of gas and heating fuel by implementing this absurd scheme known as low carbon fuel standards. Now is certainly not the time to be raising the price at the gas pump. We should be looking for ways to increase production of gas and heating oil, not trying to find ways to restrict it.”
House Majority Leader Pete Silva
“It’s time to stop adding to the burden on the backs of our working families and to start helping our citizens. The Governor and his Democratic colleagues continue forward on this reckless proposal to increase fuel costs on our citizens. The last thing we need is a ‘liquid RGGI’ for New Hampshire.”
By Moe Lane
Tuesday, May 22nd
Will this be the 2012 election map?
The basic framework for this argument is this map:
…which shows the top sixteen coal-producing states in the USA. There’s a total of 182 Electoral Votes at stake, there – and in 2008 there were 180. Obama actually won coal-producing states in 2008, 100 to 80; and if no states flip in November, he’ll win them, 96 to 86. Except that… states are going to flip. Indiana’s already gone; and of the remaining six Obama states only New Mexico and Illinois are not considered toss-ups. The administration’s relentless hostility towards coal production and use may have already contributed to Democratic electoral disaster: since Obama took office the state governments and legislatures of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia have all been taken over by Republicans; in Colorado we flipped the House of Representatives; and in New Mexico we captured the governorship. Heck, we even gained seats in the Illinois legislature, and came very close to winning the governorship.
The question is, is it fair to wonder whether coal will make things worse for the Democrats? I think so. In Virginia they’re worried about new EPA regulations on air quality. In Colorado people are noticing that President Obama and EPA chief Lisa Jackson are fighting the United Mine Workers. Pennsylvanian Republicans are already campaigning on the issue; so are Ohioan Republicans. All in all, this combination of stubborn refusal to budge from a radical Green agenda + an economy that can pretty specifically not support the inefficient luxury of a radical Green agenda = increased risk in a variety of Obama ’08 states.
Such a shame.
Last Night, Obama "Barely Ek[ed] Out Wins In Kentucky And Arkansas." "President Barack Obama continued to have trouble on Tuesday performing in Democratic primaries in traditionally conservative states, barely eking out wins in Kentucky and Arkansas." (Ginger Gibson, "Obama Struggles In Primaries,"Politico, 5/22/12)
Democrats In "Kentucky And Arkansas Are Taking A Swipe At President Barack Obama, Denying The Incumbent Nearly 4 Out Of Every 10 Votes Cast On The Democratic Side." "Some presidential primary voters in Kentucky and Arkansas are taking a swipe at President Barack Obama, denying the incumbent nearly 4 out of every 10 votes cast on the Democratic side." ("Primary Protest Votes Show Displeasure With Obama," The Associated Press, 5/22/12)
The Vote Was "A Bit Embarrassing For The Democratic Party And Highlights Obama's Political Weakness In Southern States." "The results in either state will not hamper Obama's effort to gain the party's nomination for a second term. Still, it's a bit embarrassing for the Democratic Party and highlights Obama's political weakness in Southern states." ("Primary Protest Votes Show Displeasure With Obama," The Associated Press, 5/22/12)
"In Kentucky's Closed Primary, About 42 Percent Of Registered Democrats Who Voted Selected 'Uncommitted.'" ("Primary Protest Votes Show Displeasure With Obama," The Associated Press, 5/22/12)
In Arkansas, "Where At Least He Was Running Against An Actual Human," Obama Lost 42 Percent Of The Vote To Lawyer And Occupy Wall Street Supporter John Wolfe. "Obama faced a similar threat in Arkansas, where at least he was running against an actual human. Lawyer and Occupy Wall Street supporter John Wolfe also came in around 42 percent, or right about where he was polling." (Dashiell Bennett, "'Uncommitted' Beats Obama In Half Of Kentucky," The Atlantic Wire, 5/23/12)
[via RNC Research]