The US (through President Barack Hussein Obama’s failed green energy policies and his desire to repay campaign contributors) has decided to pursue green energy. Obama promised that green industries would create millions of jobs after he took office. His administration earmarked billions of dollars for investment in “clean” industry. But no matter how you define a “green” job, the numbers are falling far short of millions of jobs.
The US has decided to forgo the worldwide demand for oil and gas that is booming. Instead, we are not taking advantage of the US’s natural resources and getting a large share of the worldwide market.
On June 28, 2012, Obama unveiled a “five year oil leasing plan” of oil development. How fitting that Obama calls it a five year plan, just like in the (now defunct) Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Or was the plan name a Freudian slip that exposes what he really believes?
Obama’s aptly named plan simultaneously opens two doors: similarities between what Obama has done/is doing and Stalin’s five year plans, and the sad state of affairs of our oil and gas exploration and use.
- USSR Five Year Plans: Josef Stalin believed that the USSR should ‘overtake and outstrip the capitalist countries.’ Five year plans were drawn up by GOSPLAN (the USSR planning organization), just like Obama is doing today. Workers were bombarded with propaganda, posters, slogans and radio broadcasts, just like Obama, Environmentalists, the White House, and the MSM are doing today. Women were attracted by day-care centers so that mothers could work. Sound familiar? With the introduction of the Five Year Plan, Stalin argued that it was necessary to pay higher wages to certain workers in order to encourage increased output. His left-wing opponents claimed that this inequality was a betrayal of socialism and would create a new class system in the Soviet Union. Again, does that sound familiar? That is exactly what Obama is arguing today, that all wages should be the same, and that he wants to achieve that goal through taxation, through having everyone pay his fair share, through redistribution of wealth.
The five year plans were ruthlessly implemented, aimed at making the USSR self-sufficient and emphasized heavy industry at the expense of consumer goods. The five year plans were successful: new cities were built, dams that provided hydroelectricity were built, transportation and communications facilities were built, and coal and steel production was increased. But the USSR paid a high price for the plans’ successes. Besides slave labor and many deaths, there were few consumer goods, poor housing, no human rights, a widening gap of wages paid to workers and skilled workers, and secret police.
- Obama’s Five Year Plan : The Obama administration unveiled its latest five-year oil-leasing plan. His plan is great if the goal is to reduce the number of jobs and stunt economic growth. US oil companies will be allowed limited access to the Arctic under the final version of the Obama Administration’s five year drilling plan. The plan calls for lease sales in three offshore Alaska areas, but the auctions would not be held until the final years of the plan because of environmental concerns about drilling in the Arctic. The Obama administration has consistently reversed bipartisan efforts to open America’s offshore resources for energy development. Obama himself has canceled lease sales, delayed others, and imposed a unilateral executive embargo on the oil resources. While President Obama and Interior Secretary Salazar claim an “all of the above” energy strategy, the plan continues to give the American people access to only a fraction of offshore resources.
Doc Hastings (R-WA), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said, “Today, the Obama Administration has announced a bleak future for American energy production by keeping 85 percent of America’s offshore areas under lock and key and refusing to open any new areas to drilling.” Drilling our own resources will produce jobs, create wealth, and increase our energy security. But, nooooooooooooo (to quote John Belushi), the environmental lobby got into the act.
Environmentalists criticized the new plan as risky, expanding drilling so soon after the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform that sent oil gushing uncontrolled into the Gulf of Mexico for three months. “The plan is too aggressive, too broad and too rushed,” said Regan Nelson, at the Natural Resources Defense Council. But all the oil from the Gulf Oil Spill was not all oil from BP’s Deep Horizon well.
And now we learn that Obama has reinstituted a 27 year old ban on denying drilling on the US east coast outer continental shelf that was lifted in 2008. Obama’s plan for developing the energy resources in the Outer Continental Shelf will keep America dependent on foreign sources of oil and keep people unemployed.
The USSR five year plans achieved (among other things) falling wages, a reduction in consumer goods and human rights, and a secret police. We know that Obama is a socialist and a marxist. Job and economic growth are, at best, flat. Obama has called for wealth redistribution and other socialist actions. Is the USSR’s five year style plan what awaits us if Obama’s five year plan is enacted, if he is reelected?
But that’s just my opinion.