Salazar’s War On Jobs by Audrey Hudson

The plight of the prairie chickens, smelt fish and dunes sagebrush lizards is not just a policy cause for environmentalists anymore, but the weapon of choice in a war on jobs by the Obama Administration, say critics in Congress.

The policies in effect at the Interior Department, now led by Secretary Ken Salazar, are supposed to protect endangered species against certain annihilation. But they’re also turning farmlands into dust bowls and running oil and gas development off the land, out of the water and out of the country.

And in some cases, even eco-friendly energy development is getting the cold shoulder.

“I think they have constructed the most effective job-killing machine in the history of the country,” said Rep. Tom McClintock (R.-Calif.).

“If Salazar’s job is to kill jobs, then he gets an A plus,” added Rep. Devin Nunes (R.-Calif.) “His department has killed more jobs in the U.S. than any other federal agency.”

California’s Central Valley struggles for water because some 200 billion gallons are diverted to the Pacific Ocean for the benefit of the Delta smelt, Nunes said.

That man-made drought has idled more than a quarter of a million acres of farmland and, with thousands of farmers out of work, the unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country at more than 20%, Nunes said.

“The goal of the Obama political appointees is all about stopping capitalism and stopping job creation. And the halls of Interior are filled with environmental extremists,” Nunes said.

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Big Green lawsuits are obstacle to jobs, economic growth

Federal regulators had no sooner completed their review and approval of Royal Dutch Shell’s application to resuming drilling for oil and natural gas in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico before Big Green environmental radicals were in federal court filing suit to stop the project. David Guest, a spokesman for Earthjustice, which filed the suit along with the Sierra Club, the Gulf Restoration Network and the Florida Wildlife Federation, said the litigation was necessary because “before new deep-water Gulf drilling occurs, the government must make a realistic assessment of the risk to the Gulf’s ecosystem, its communities, and the many jobs that depend on tourism, fishing and recreation. It has utterly failed to do so here.”

Legal experts expect this suit to be the first of many to come as oil companies resume exploration and drilling operations in the Gulf more than a year after the Deepwater Horizon disaster virtually shut down the energy industry along the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, at a cost of up to 50,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of other economic losses to the regional economy. The permits issued to Shell that sparked the suit were issued under the review process employed by the Department of Interior in the wake of Deepwater Horizon, which industry officials said was unnecessarily complicated and gained nothing in the way of additional safety margins in drilling or environmental protection for the Gulf’s ecosystems.

But as costly as more government red tape almost always is for industry, it is likely to pale by comparison with the expense of defending against endless lawsuits from Big Green environmentalist activist groups whose sole mission often seems to be to use the federal court system to stop economic activity of which they disapprove. It is no coincidence that the anti-Shell suit was filed just one day after ExxonMobil announced a major discovery in deep Gulf waters that could provide up to 700 million barrels of oil. That’s 700 million barrels that won’t have to be imported from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

The problem is the ultimate outcome of such litigation is almost less important than the fact that defending against it will cost Shell hundreds of millions of dollars and delay the project by years, possibly long enough even to render it economically unfeasible to continue. Arguing over whether an already complex government regulatory review process was sufficiently comprehensive to provide the “realistic assessment” of environmental risk demanded by Earthjustice can easily take years and might never be completed to the satisfaction of those who are determined to end fossil fuel use. Considering that these Big Green groups receive hundreds of millions of federal tax dollars every year, it is time Congress started asking some tough questions about who has legal standing to bring such litigation.

Source: Washington Examiner Editorial

PDS: Palin Derangement Syndrome By the Bear

It is now going on three years since Sarah Palin became a national political figure and since that arrival a love -hate relationship like no other in recent times has developed. The MSM has been obsessed with Sarah to the point it can only be characterized as immoral psychotic syndrome.

It is one thing to disagree with her political philosophy, that’s what America is all about, but that is not what this all about. Palin personifies everything that the left’s “useless idiots” hate about conservative women and thus the ‘seek and destroy’ mission remains in full force to the point of utter nonsense is being reported as newsworthy.

Sarah Palin recently said, “Paul Revere warned the British” and our “useless idiots” went crazy reporting that Sarah didn’t know her history. Now it turns out that historians say that it is true, upon capture by the British, Revere warned them not to try and disarm the colonist. So, who looks stupid now?

My point being that even if it wasn’t true and it was slip of the tongue, is this newsworthy enough to make the front pages across the country? Or have they crossed the line of obsession to the point of needing psychoanalysis? I think the latter.

All politicians make an occasional slip of the tongue, even our community organizer once stated that there are “57″ states in the union. Did any of our “useless idiots” ever pull out a map and count to “48″ and correct him? Hell no, they buried the story in with the help wanted adds. (Raise your hand if you think I made a mistake about the”48″)

Here are a couple recent irrational examples of PDS ….

The other night NBC’s Brian Williams stately started that he would not bother reporting on WeinerGate because it was inconsequential to the important news of the day. And just what was that important news of the day. Revisiting Sarah Palin’s Paul Revere comment.

Tell me that this guy doesn’t need help for his case of PDS.

The Brian Willams report is mixed in with this video.

Then there was this strange statement by Barbara wa wa (Walters) on The View program.

    if Sarah Palin ‘can ride around on her bus,’ Weiner Can Stay in Congress.

What the hell does Sarah Palin have to do Weiner staying in Congress? The only connection that I can think of… is maybe the old battleaxe is getting tweet’s from the weenie.

(For those of you unfamiliar with The View…it is a collection of cackling old hens with a combined minus I.Q. trying to discuss word events.)

The last laugh in this whole endeavor will come from Sarah Palin, the more they try and demonize her the more she stays on the front page of the news cycle and this allows her to increase her campaign war chest to advance her conservative agenda and will be a powerful force in the Republican Party.

At this point I don’t think Sarah has any intention of running and PDS has made her a national figure that will have a say in the final outcome.

Sarah Palin explains….

And if you haven’t seen this video, see how your fellow Americans answer the questions about Sarah Palin, I never seen such gross ignorance like this before and these people have a right to vote. WHY ????

NEXT UP: 24,000 emails as the morons look in the garbage can.

Scarborough Attacks Gov. Sarah Palin (R) E-mail Hunt, Time’s Halperin Says the Reason Is ’50 Percent Bias Against Her’

Krauthammer’s Take On the Palin’s emails:

It’s unprecedented, and it’s a disgrace. The Times and the Washington Post are actually asking readers to go through this and to send in stuff.

Now, if you want to read old e-mails of a politician — letters of a [former] president — as a way to get a rounded understanding of that personality, that’s done all the time. Historians always are doing that. Then you would do it yourself.

But you don’t do that [inviting examination by strangers] if you want to get a rounded understanding. You don’t send it out to strangers to look for gotcha stuff…. And that’s exactly what the mainstream media are doing, and I think it is utterly egregious. …

Palin Derangement Syndrome. That’s what it is.

Utility giant AEP says it will close five coal plants to comply with EPA regs By Andrew Restuccia

Utility giant American Electric Power said Thursday that it will shut down five coal-fired power plants and spend billions of dollars to comply with a series of pending Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

The company’s dramatic plan to comply with the regulations could give Republicans and moderate Democrats ammunition in their ongoing fight against EPA’s efforts to impose new regulations aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants including mercury and arsenic.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) immediately pounced on AEP’s announcement.

“This is a perfect example of the EPA implementing rules and regulations without considering the devastating impact they may have on local economies and jobs,” Capito said.

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SideBear: I have warned numerous times on this website that unless the EPA is stopped we are going to see power blackouts and experience energy shortages. May be this what it is going to take for the people to wake up.