Banning fossil fuel benefits

“Blue collar, middle class and minority families feel they are fighting for their very survival, against policies and regulations that profoundly impair their jobs, incomes and futures,” writes Paul Driessen. “Indeed, the governing classes are actively harming the very people they claim to care the most about – and actually killing people in the world’s poorest nations, by denying them access to energy and other modern technologies.”

“Unelected Earth Guardians must control the lives, livelihoods, living standards, liberties and life spans of commoners and peasants, especially in “flyover country.”

“It’s time to examine these absurd positions.”
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Banning fossil fuel benefits

Does their abysmal grasp of energy and economics make Hillary and Bernie unfit to govern?
By Paul Driessen

“Natural gas is a good, cheap alternative to fossil fuels,” former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi famously intoned. (Psssst. Ms. Nancy, natural gas is a fossil fuel.)

“If I thought there was any evidence that drilling could save people money, I would consider it. But it won’t,” President Obama said in 2008. “We can’t drill our way out of the problem” of high energy prices and disappearing supplies, he still insisted two years later. How shocked he must be now.

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing – aka, fracking – has unleashed a gusher of oil and natural gas, sent oil prices plunging $100 a barrel since 2008, dropped US oil imports to their lowest level in 45 years, and saved American families tens of billions of dollars annually in lower energy costs.

But if price and “peak oil” rationales fail, there is always “dangerous manmade global warming” to justify carbon-based energy and fracking bans, and renewable energy mandates and subsidies.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton contend that climate change is an “existential threat” to people and planet. Senator Sanders says bluntly, “I do not support fracking.” He also wants legislation that would keep America’s abundant oil, gas and coal “in the ground.”

Mrs. Clinton opposes all fossil fuel energy extraction on federal lands. She rejects fracking if “any locality or state is against it,” any methane is released or water contaminated, or companies don’t reveal “exactly what chemicals they are using.” Under her watch, there won’t be “many places in America where fracking will continue.” She will “stop fossil fuels” and ensure 50% renewable energy by 2030.

One senses that these folks inhabit a parallel universe, cling like limpets to anti-hydrocarbon  ideologies, or perhaps embody Mark Twain’s admonition that “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you’re a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

One also senses that as president the two Democrat candidates will continue Mr. Obama’s imperial practices. If Congress resists their policy initiatives, they will simply issue more Executive Branch diktats, and ignore their impacts on jobs and the economy, the absence of evidence that fracking harms human health or water quality, the reality that renewable energy “alternatives” also cause serious problems – and scientists’ continuing inability to separate human from natural influences on climate and weather events and trends that are essentially the same as during the twentieth century.

Officially, 7.8 million Americans are still unemployed. But add the long-term unemployed, those who looked for a job once in the past year but not in recent weeks, and those who are working involuntarily in low-pay, part-time positions – and the total swells to 16.8 million. Over 46 million are on food stamps.

The federal debt hit $19 trillion in February and is projected to reach $23 trillion by 2020. In FY2015, the US Treasury collected $3.2 trillion in taxes and other revenues, but spent $3.7 trillion. Profligate state and local spending has swollen these deficits by tens of billions more, for the same reason: politicians are in cahoots with unions, crony capitalist rent seekers, and assorted grievance, victim and welfare groups.

Mountains of federal regulations cost businesses and families $1.9 trillion annually – half of our national budget. They drag down investment, job creation and tax revenues. State and local rules add more pain.

To borrow the Greens and Democrats’ favorite term, this is unsustainable.

Oil, gas and coal account for 82% of all US energy and 68% of all US electricity generation – reliably and affordably. Producing this abundant energy also generates positive cash-flow: fossil fuel bonuses, rents and royalties from federal lands totaled $126 billion between 2003 and 2013; corporate and personal taxes resulting from the jobs and activities powered by that energy added tens of billions more.

Wind, solar and biofuel programs, by contrast, are black holes for hard-earned taxpayer subsidies – and rarely work unless consumers are required to use that energy, and pay premium prices for doing so.

Even getting to 50% “carbon-free” energy fifteen years from now will require: vastly more subsidies and mandates; turning entire forests into fuel; blanketing croplands and habitats with enormous biofuel plantations, wind farms and solar installations; and killing millions of birds, bats and other wildlife in the process. However, biomass and biofuels are also carbon-based and also release carbon dioxide – and their energy per volume is paltry, their energy efficiency deplorable, compared to hydrocarbons.

A renewable energy future means scenic, wild and agricultural lands become industrial zones and high voltage transmission corridors – feeding urban centers where people will have lower living standards.

Environmentalists used to tell poor countries they could never have the lifestyles of people in developed nations, as it wouldn’t be sustainable. Now they say our living standards are unsustainable and aren’t fair to the world’s poor. Therefore, their lives should be improved a little via wind, solar and biofuel energy, while ours are knocked down a peg via climate and sustainability regulations (except for ruling elites).

Environmentalists and other liberals are also hardwired to be incapable of acknowledging the countless health, welfare and technological blessings that creative free enterprise capitalism has bestowed on humanity – or to recognize the dearth of innovation by repressive socialist regimes.

Liberals like to say Republicans want to control what you do in your bedroom. But Democrats want to control everything you do outside your bedroom – but for the noble, exalted purpose of changing genetically coded human behavior, to Save the Planet for future generations. That means unelected Earth Guardians must control the lives, livelihoods, living standards, liberties and life spans of commoners and peasants, especially in “flyover country.”

Fossil fuel and fracking bans are part of that “fundamental transformation.” They will force us to use less oil and gas, but they also mean we will import more petroleum from Saudi Arabia and Iran, though not from Canada via the Keystone pipeline. Energy prices will again climb into the stratosphere, more jobs will disappear, manufacturing will shrivel, and royalty and tax revenues will evaporate.

The billionaire bounties that Hillary, Bernie and their supporters also need to pay for all the free college, ObamaCare, renewable energy subsidies, income redistribution and other “entitlements” will likewise be devoured quickly, while millions more people end up on welfare and unemployment rolls. The bills will simply be forwarded to our children and grandchildren.

Meanwhile, despite any US bans, other countries will continue using fossil fuels to create jobs and grow their economies. So total atmospheric CO2 and greenhouse gas concentrations will continue to rise.

Of course, “climate deniers” and other members of The Resistance will have to be dealt with. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will pave the way on that. In the process, as Obama and Clinton mentor Saul Alinsky put it in his Rules for Radicals, the ruling elites will pick, freeze, personalize and polarize their targets. They will repeat their allegations and maintain their pressure until all resistance crumbles. Facts will be irrelevant. Power and perceptions will rule.

Blue collar, middle class and minority families feel they are fighting for their very survival, against policies and regulations that profoundly impair their jobs, incomes and futures. Indeed, the governing classes are actively harming the very people they claim to care the most about – and actually killing people in the world’s poorest nations, by denying them access to energy and other modern technologies.

That’s why Trump, Cruz, Carson and other “outsider” candidates have resonates. People are fed up.

Perhaps it’s time to borrow a page from Alinsky – Rule Four, to be precise – and make “the enemy,” the ruling elites, live up to their own rules. Watching them scream and squeal would be most entertaining.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death.

 

 

20 thoughts on “Banning fossil fuel benefits”

  1. None of the AGW hysteria we have all had to live with for the past 25 years has ever had anything to do with “saving the planet.” It has always been about controlling the sheeple with fear, crippling the western economies, eliminating national boundaries and trade boundaries, and establishing a one-world government. Hillary and Bernie are simply following the dictates of their globalist handlers as have Obama, both Bushes, Bill Clinton and maybe any number of presidents and political leaders before them.

  2. Politicians have little concept of life. In Australia the majority have backgrounds in law and we all know the joke about 100 lawyers chained to a block of concrete and dropped into the ocean – a good start.

    Ordinary people have little chance in gaining political office.

    I see nothing wrong with a society giving everyone assistance as needed – surely this is the very definition of society – but I cannot understand how people who have this philosophy in life and who know that this requires financing can support the “clean energy” proposals knowing full well they divert huge sums of money from productive use to wasteful stupid failed technologies.

    Let’s be honest – from the invention of the first steam engine the peoples of the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century abandoned the intermittent and energy poor traditional sources in droves.

  3. Jobs? What jobs? There will be no need for human jobs from engineers, to airline pilots, doctors to soldiers, farmers, code writers, even artists and musicians. Those things will be come irrelevant.
    Within the very very near future humans will become obsolete.
    We have engineered our own extinction.

  4. I’m ashamed to even live in a country that there is so many ignorant fools they would put Hillary up for a third term. The alinsky tactics won’t work for us, they already blamed us first, that’s the way it works in their courts, now all you can do is try to defend yourself.

    1. And here’s what they do to people who want their rights back. Here is your big bad militia man, now murdered,who was trying to grow some food for you. This is a half an hour, but if you americans can’t take the time for a patriot that died trying keep your constitution,well you don’t have an ounce of American in you. watch it all too and be ashamed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g8yfsr7N-E&ebc=ANyPxKpWRUjGFxulOx0vanemdmbFVLf1prpZLZC3z3fz7A8vyLDAieT08PXCzvyFQ_PbBOC-rOcQ Andnow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F_kgt2YEIk&ebc=ANyPxKr8JoIYbuUGyvvRFZboGlrfbUXo05awBTNdpoo4R9WxQ-V4M7QUxtCUQKuTAlVCVhZsq6KI

      1. And remember the 80 some Christians, Men, Women and Children, in Waco Texas who were murdered on their own property for nothing but the further agenda of confiscating the 2 amendment. Done by the clintonistas, and now the murderer wants to be your Queen. AND with the shit going on here now your gonna tell me that nazi queen isn’t behind this, an that’s what you will get. By the time you read this I will have voted for Trump. Unless they kill me tonite, I also have a citizens rule book.

        1. Americans, study this murdering of this cattle rancher, people out there are proving there may already be foreign or internationally hired hit men here in usa all the time . If the supreme court judge was murdered ,these would be the same scum bags, just different methods. This all smells to high hell of the murderous hitlery and the whole Clintonista era. This needs to become a political hot topic NOW and make some of these phony agw bastards running for office lie about the murdering of a patriotic cattle rancher. Who will be next? How many? Where? Did they start on us with the judge? Deb, re, about dumb for taking them on alone, us deniers will not have any more county city or state police, Governors or politicians standing up for us than they were for Lavoy Finicum. And for all you sheeple out there who don’t have a citizens rule book, Get One and learn why you have lost your court system. Every armed citizen is Militia. So all you stupid gun grabbers out there can hang a gun free zone sign on your door, or head for Kim Jung Lee territory and stop hiding behind mine.

  5. Green Bashing isn’t going to change anybody’s mind.

    The “Deniers” would get far more done if they put up the money to do a feature film on the geological and climatological history of the earth over the last few billion years illustrating – visually – the endless cycles of climate change.

    Most people are much more visual learners than word-learners, i.e., a good movie is worth ten billion words.

    Then do a real economic analysis of the costs, risks, and benefits, of solar, wind, oil, coal, gas, nuclear.

    We would also do well to remind ourselves that oil and gas are very probably finite resources, they won’t last forever, at some point we will have to make the evolution away from finite resources to solar, wind, and nuclear as our primary energy sources.

    1. Being green should be about only using the minimum resources that you need to use for a given task, that way you leave resources for later generations. It also means not polluting your front lawn with junk and harmful pollutants and, if you make a mess then clean it up; but doesn’t mean you legally inflate the clean-up costs as per the BP blowout. America is very good at trashing other countries assets with junk which breaks up crossing the Atlantic. – lend lease destroyers springs to mind, we still had to pay for them for over 60 years and a series of financial frauds which trash other countries ecconomies.
      However, green currently means being anti-nuclear cos you can make bombs out of it, never mind the KGB funding them up to 1985. It means anti-hydrocarbons, anti-coal, anti-development , anti GM, anti-plant breeding, anti-equal rights, and the return to Iron Age subsistence farming with woman being a man’s chattels , a return to most dying in their early forties, or sooner if you are a woman in child birth. The gullible so called environmentalists aren’t green, they are Red for stop everything.
      Our entire modern civilisation depends on CHEAP energy, to make the things we use in our homes and factories, to provide medical, and care for the aged, to provide education for our young, to transport and put food on the table. None of these can be provided without abundent energy.
      Currently there is a large High pressure system over the UK, with very little wind, it has been here for a week and it may be here for another 10 days, Who or what, is going to provide the base energy and the backfill energy to cover the lack of wind generation and for much longer periods in the future.
      The UK government now intends on moving to 100% carbon free power generation, and rely on renewables; what a joke, they are so busy closing Coal power stations, they haven’t got time, or the money to build the gas or nuclear replacements. The people of the UK had better get used to peak hrs power cuts, still as per the 1974 power strikes, the people will go back to indoor entertainments and we will have an increase in population that will mean more mouths to feed.

  6. The anti-human life liberal elites truly do want billions of people to die to save the Earth for the anti-human life liberal elites.

    Also, their ignorance, if they truly belief the things they say about saving the Earth, is astounding. The Earth doesn’t give a crap about humans or any other species. Other than the fact that the Earth is not a sentient being, the Toba catastrophy and the subsequent human genetic bottleneck, of about 70,000 years ago in which breeding pairs of humans are estimated to have gone down to anywhere between 50 and 1,000, should tell them something about real life. And, if it happened once it sure as hell can happen again.

  7. “The bills will simply be forwarded to our children and grandchildren.”

    Has anyone considered the possibility that such bills like real estate prices might be coldly rejected as being too expensive and not a legitimate obligation by those who did not contract the expense or debt in the first place?
    There really are no social contracts. People today and future generations are not being paid to live in the world as it is now or in the future. Sticking them with extra expenses is not only unreasonable it ought to be considered criminal.

  8. What is badly need right now is INNOVATION. But the the crushing debt load foisted on the American people by corrupt and greedy political and financial elites (same difference), as well as the foolish and totally misguided “climate change” policies, which are in fact an attempted power grab, social control, AND mechanism for raising taxes, are stifling a robust response to the actual problem. Nothing constructive is going to happen until all the bad debt, public and private, is shaken out of the economy and written off, and REAL science, is restored to its rightful place, and contrived data cooked up by academic hacks prostituting themselves for a cushy public funded jobs, is acknowledged for what it is. I believe “climate change” is, at least in part, a means of trying to distract and control the ultimate financial melt down that is coming, may be upon us, and will be much worse when it comes because it has been delayed for so long. Alas, they can’t kick the can down the road much farther, and they’re looking for an escape hatch.

  9. Global warming is b.s. and so is the globe. Water is always level. All flights between the S.H. continents fly deep into the N.H. or cross the N.P. Theses flights make no sense on the globe, but the flat Earth map explains this. The U.N. logo is the world you live on. I live on a fixed surface and hope you all will stop spinning.

  10. Quote: “Blue collar, middle class and minority families feel they are fighting for their very survival, against policies and regulations that profoundly impair their jobs, incomes and futures,”
    They have, in many if not all of the western alliance countries have been over taken by a series of financial frauds since the Dot Com boom, each crash has got worse devaluing the currencies and devaluing the value of the pay earnt by these hard working people.
    Globalisation was the panacea for the bust financiers and governments to recover their finances at the expense of working people, by depressing their wages, either by mass migration as in the UK, or moving their work to Asia enmass to fund these corporate changes.
    Eventually the majority of the working masses realise that their true enemies are the supposedly elected governments they have voted for years, and the well paid civil servants riding rough shod over their right and future prospects.
    In America they have a choice, vote for more of the shafting by the establishment, or vote for change, if it where me I would swallow my reservations and vote for change, in my case that is to vote against the failing EU and protect our borders from unregulated migration, in doing so, the wages of 60% of the UKs workers will commence to rise back to living wages levels not seen for 25 years.

  11. “None of the AGW hysteria we have all had to live with for the past 25 years has ever had anything to do with “saving the planet.” It has always been about controlling the sheeple with fear, crippling the western economies, eliminating national boundaries and trade boundaries, and establishing a one-world government. Hillary and Bernie are simply following the dictates of their globalist handlers as have Obama, both Bushes, Bill Clinton and maybe any number of presidents and political leaders before them.”

    “Tell it like it is, bruddah!”

  12. Newspaper reporters asked Benjamin Franklin what kind of
    government was agreed upon as he emerged from the forum?

    We gave them a Republic, if they can hold on to it, he replied.

    Ted Cruz while in the senate put not one dent into the disabling of the constitution. He spat a few words here, made sure he was being politically correct in the manner of language and skills he improvised.

    To become a republic again will take an unraveling of the institutions and their practices which are unraveling this nation. And to do that will take an individual willing to give some bloody noses and take some on the chin without wavering and not being politically correct!

    To put the nation back to a republic all bloody hell will be unleashed, democratic and republican establishments verse the people, if we can get a leader with small hands to do a big and most pressing task?

    Am afraid Mr. Cruz will run back to Canada and hide in his hole before chewing on both ends of the rope at the same time. We need a bulldog that can clamp onto both ends and with the support of full fledged constitution upholders we MIGHT start building that which has been chipped and eroded away.

    The fiddling is starting to fade and will be replaced with……..

  13. Whatever happened to:
    “United we stand, divided we fall.” (Aesop)
    “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”(Jesus Christ)

    This country was founded on 13 disparate colonies putting aside their differences and standing together. Our enemies have polarized and fragmented our society, but they couldn’t have done it without at least the tacit consent of the people.

    There are 38 states with civilian militias whose stated objective is to protect the Constitution. United, they would be a force to reckon with, and not just militarily but in the forum where the real battles are fought, the minds of Americans.

    There is a principle known as “picking your battles”. The other name for it is STRATEGY. All of the courage in the world will not win the day if the leaders are lacking in strategic planning.

    “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation…” Matthew 12:25

  14. Fossil fuels?. Hardly. Finding oil under the ocean floor. No, another process is occurring to produce so much abundance. I believe on a moon of Titan there are oceans of oil.

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