The War on Energy

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naturalgas“We need an energy strategy for the future – an all-of-the-above strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of American-made energy.”  President Barack Obama.

This March 2012 quote appears on the White House web site. Whenever the Obama administration states a policy concerning an issue on which the public holds a clear position, it means the administration is already doing the opposite of what it says.

President Obama and his minions have uttered similar words countless times. Our experience suggests this means they are busy all day, every day, making sure “all-of-the-above” is defined as “wind and solar.”

You’ll recall the President three weeks ago, beset on all sides by problems that actually matter, delivering a policy address saying his big second-term priority is to fight global warming.

Let’s pretend we think it important to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.  Perhaps we’d use more natural gas and less coal for basic energy production–precisely what’s happening in the U.S. energy sector. Moreover, hydraulic fracturing enables an accelerated shift away from coal.

But trouble’s brewing: Obama said he favors increased development of U.S. natural gas reserves, which can only mean he’s doing everything possible to block development of U.S. natural gas reserves.

Last week a veritable blitzkrieg of alarms rolled forth from government agencies, advising that activities associated with natural gas production are implicated in vastly increased numbers of earthquakes. Say goodbye to inexpensive natural gas.

In short, the game is rigged to make unreliable, environmentally destructive wind and solar appear economically competitive with useful forms of energy. The damage done by Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty will be nothing compared with Obama’s War on Energy.

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