Time for some “Common Sense” energy policies By the Bear

While the world awaits the outcome of events in Egypt, if I was a betting man, the outcome is not going to favor U.S. interest and the dooms day clock has just been advanced towards potential war in the Middle East.

The likely scenario is the Muslim Brotherhood will attain a position of power in the new government and another snake in the grass, ElBaradei, will replace Hosni Mubarak. So while the idiots in the MSM cheer for Democracy in Egypt, what will they say to the Egyptian people when a tyrannical regime has just been replaced with radical Islamic extremism. The Muslim Brotherhood is the founding inspiration for virtually every major terrorist group in the Mideast — from Hamas and Hezbollah to al-Qaida and Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

Whatever the final outcome will be at this point is anyone’s guess but one thing is for sure the United States is dependent on Middle East oil. We have been down this road of energy dependence for decades and each and every administration in Washington has called for America to be ‘ENERGY FREE” of foreign sources, yet today America is more dependent on foreign oil than ever. So while the politicians talk a good game, their actions have left us at the mercy of regimes that would like to see nothing better than to see our demise.

Although Egypt is not a large producer of oil, it does serve as a critical link in the supply chain. About 600,000 barrels of crude oil and roughly 1.2 million barrels of refined oil products travel through Egypt’s Suez Canal each day. To date, the vital shipping lane remains open for business, but if it stops running the public could be in for some major pain at the pump and elsewhere.

The potential for an ‘energy crisis’ now looms larger than ever as our government has betrayed us because they sold our energy independence for 13 pieces of silver to the environmentalists. How many years has it been that we have heard the Democrats chant, “It will take ten years to get oil out of ANWR?” 31 to be exact.

Since America imports about 2/3 of our oil needs, it is not beyond comprehension that our domestic supply of oil will be squeezed and the Obama administration policies towards oil producers has been one of tax more, bully, demonize and put out the NOT welcome sign to all. This country has more untapped “Black Gold” than anywhere else in the world and yet America’s economy is hanging by a tread due to self-imposed needless moratoriums.

Last week I wrote about White House Energy Czarina, Carol Browner’s, who suddenly resigned, willful intent to manipulate the Gulf (BP spill) Oil Report to suggest that moratorium was needed when the report did not. Commissar Browner actions of perpetuating a fraud on the American people shows how far the left and this administration will go to destroy the fossil fuel industry.

Whether the Obami like it or not, OIL for the foreseeable future is the only reliable source of energy to keep America moving and no amount of windmills and green weenies can fill our energy needs. Unless this administration does a 180 on its energy policies, which I doubt, America could be looking at gas rationing, long lines at gas station and skyrocketing gas prices resembling the 1973 OPEC embargo.

The geo-political situation in Egypt has brought to the forefront America’s ‘Achilles heel’, importation of foreign oil. This may be the catalyst for an overhaul and apply some common sense to our country’s energy policies.


SideBear: The RULE of LAW is the very essence of what binds a free society together, without it a society cannot function and declines into chaos. In the United States we accept this premise as a given to an orderly society and without question the RULE of LAW applies equally to all and that includes the President of the United States.

The idea that I even have to write these words of explanation….” the RULE of LAW applies equally to all and that includes the President of the United States,” should be a concern to us all.

Mr. President, You’re in Contempt

Anyone who has ever watched Law & Order knows that someone is held in contempt of court when they egregiously disrespect the role of the court and the rule of law. Holding someone in contempt is a powerful sanction in a judge’s arsenal to redress an intentional disregard for the law and the courts.

So it is no small matter when yesterday Federal District Court Judge Martin Feldman held the Obama Interior Department in contempt of court for dismissively ignoring his ruling to cease the job-killing drilling moratorium imposed by President Obama last year.

Feldman wrote:

    “Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the reimposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this Court with clear and convincing evidence of the government’s contempt of this Court’s preliminary injunction order.”

Defiantly ignoring binding judicial decisions seems to have become a matter of habit for this White House. This past week, after a second court ruled Obamacare unconstitutional in a case binding in at least the 26 states that are parties to the litigation, The Wall Street Journal quoted a senior official as saying that the Obama Administration has no intention of halting implementation of the law.

As a former law professor, there is simply no excuse for President Obama’s open contempt for directly binding judicial rulings. Judge Feldman, in his original injunction said the Obama Administration “acted arbitrarily and capriciously in issuing the moratorium.” Our economy can’t suffer much more of the president’s arbitrary and capricious behavior, and neither can the courts.

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