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Obama’s EPA Wants to Crucify Oil Companies

Last week, a powerful video came out detailing what America should do with its energy resources, if it wanted to fail.  This week, a member of Obama’s EPA was caught discussing tactics that they use to “crucify” American energy companies.

The White House press secretary has tried to say that the Obama administration does not agree with these tactics, but you have to wonder, especially considering that a Candidate Obama said his plans would make American energy prices “sky rocket”.  Chickens coming home to roost, indeed.

White House Nominates Gulf Coast Fund Director as ‘Champion of Change’

NEW ORLEANS, July 18, 2011 — LaTosha Brown, Director of the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health (http://gulfcoastfund.org), has been nominated as a “Champion of Change” by the White House for her work to help the Gulf Coast recover from the BP drilling disaster. The Gulf Coast Fund is a community-led philanthropy working towards a just and sustainable Gulf Coast region that funds and supports over 200 grassroots organizations.
“Champions of Change” is a special series at the White House that profiles Americans from across the country who are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world. To learn more about the Champions of Change program visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
“I am honored to receive this recognition from the White House on behalf of the Gulf Coast Fund and its partners. I am also grateful for the opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of our grantees across all five Gulf Coast states,” declares LaTosha Brown, recipient of the “Champion of Change.”
In addition to being formally recognized at the White House on July 19th, Ms. Brown will also participate in the Gulf Coast Sustainable Economies Roundtable. The purpose of this roundtable discussion is to share best practices and connect local leaders with the Federal resources they need to succeed. Additional meetings are also being organized by the U.S. Departments of Energy and Commerce.
The Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health is a vital resource for grassroots organizations throughout all five Gulf Coast states, distributing over $4,000,000 to date in grants. The Gulf Coast Fund supports projects that strengthen and amplify community organizing, address social justice concerns, build movement, and create a just and sustainable future for the region. Founded in 2005 after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Gulf Coast Fund is the only regional philanthropic initiative that is run collaboratively with Gulf Coast communities, focused on all five Gulf Coast states, and led by respected advocates and grassroots organizers from across the region.

Governor Scott Acquires $30 million from BP for Florida Businesses and Tourism

APRIL 11, 2011                                                                                                       


   Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced that the Northwest Florida Tourism Council (NWFTC) will receive a $30-million BP marketing grant to help mitigate impacts to Northwest Florida ’s tourism industry as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  The grant was a direct result of efforts by Governor Scott, with the help of local leaders, to ensure BP is more deeply invested in the Northwest Florida recovery effort. 

“I’m pleased that BP is doing the right thing, and I’m optimistic that with the assistance of this grant the world will know that Florida’s beaches are as beautiful as ever and open for business,” said Governor Scott. “However, this is just one small step on the road to recovery, and I’m going to continue to hold BP accountable to the Floridians and businesses that lost millions of dollars because of the oil spill.”

 The Governor and the NWFTC signed two separate agreements which direct the $30-million marketing grant directly to the NWFTC coalition, which includes Escambia, Santa Rosa , Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, and Franklin , and establishes a policy for handling the grant.

“On behalf of the tourism council, we want to thank BP for helping to ensure Northwest Florida returns to its previous state and continuing to support this region’s economic recovery. This grant is over and above what is being allocated through the claims process,” said Dawn Moliterno, chairperson for the NWFTC. “We believe this additional marketing push will be just what Northwest Florida needs to create that share of voice to showcase that our beaches are as beautiful as ever.” 

The three-year grant must be used for the purposes of tourism promotion and awareness building. BP will evaluate expenditures and the NWFTC partners have agreed to quarterly updates on tourism program activities and results pursuant to the grant agreement. The detailed reports will measure results against quarterly benchmarks to demonstrate how the funds are being used and the results that were generated. Return on investment will be measured in variety of ways including website metrics and analytics, participation at events, visitation, bed tax collections and economic impact. 

BP America’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization Executive Vice President, Luke Keller said, “BP is very pleased to be working cooperatively with Governor Scott and the state on this road from response to restoration. The agreement we have signed is a further example of BP’s commitment to doing what is in the best interest of the state and the people of  Florida . Today’s announcement brings BP’s commitment to Florida to $82 million for tourism and seafood testing and marketing.”

The NWFTC was created by seven tourism development councils (TDCs) many years ago for the purpose of marketing Northwest Florida through a regional partnership. The seven-county coalition reunited after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in an effort to overcome misperceptions about the status of Florida beaches. The organization, which is a 501C6, will receive the overall marketing grant funds and then distribute to the seven TDCs. The dollars will be allocated to each TDC based on an agreed upon formula—two percent flat plus two percent of annual bed tax collections. The individual grants will allow each organization the flexibility to customize advertising and marketing programs to their customers and markets and address specific needs.

“The Tourism Council has been in conversations with BP since fall of 2010,” said Moliterno. “We owe a great deal to our Governor Rick Scott and his staff who have been working tirelessly with state and local elected officials, our partners and VISIT FLORIDA to rally on behalf of the region, encouraging additional marketing funds be made available prior to our peak summer season.”

   More change you can truly believe in for all Floridians. Thank you Governor Scott.

Obama Can't Talk to BP CEO Because He's Afraid of BP's Board?

So, the administration has it’s loafers on the neck of BP – which part of BP?  It might be those former employers of BP that rely on the company for their pensions.  It could be those that have BP in their 401k retirement accounts.  It’s certainly not the CEO, Obama hasn’t even called him yet.

Finally, after weeks of wondering why the CEO  wasn’t hearing from our golfer-in-chief, pontificator Gibbs provides us with the answer – It’s the board stupid.  This ranks right up there with Gibbs having told us that Rush trying to buy a stake in the St. Louis Rams was, “slavery.. only fatter”.

Gibbs informed the press and public that Obama hasn’t dialed-up Tony Hayward because, “Anything the CEO wants to do .. has to be approved by the board”.

Ah, so.. Obama held a session with the Board members then… not exactly – wait, not at all.

This has to be the worst excuse ever.  Of course it was approved by Obama, wonder what that intellectually stunning exchange sounded like:

Gibby: “Barry, I have to tell ’em something.. I could tell them that you were working with Republicans and Democrats so that we could conduct the call in a bi-partisan manner?”

Barry: “I think everyone’s figuring out the whole partisan thing – try again”

Gibby: “You texted him, just not sure if he got it?”

Barry: “Good, but no, that doesn’t blame anyone else for my lack of action”

Gibby: “I see, how about blaming BP’s board?”

Barry: “Now THAT’s the way to kick the ass down the road”

Gibby:” kick the can down the road sir?”

Barry: “Uh, I’m a very busy man”

The CEO does not run to the board to get every act approved and if Obama thought the Board was who needed to approve his miraculous, but still announced super-fix-it plan.. couldn’t he talk it over with the CEO and let Mr. Hayward worry about the corporate governance issues?

Obama doesn’t understand because he has no clue how business, corporations, or much of anything else in the real world works.  He’s a slick-talking, over-dressed, arugula-scarfing elitist.

Oil leak, rioting masses, terrorists in NY. Is the White House Getting Anything Done?

When you focus too much on politics, often reality beats you into the ground. Our current President is about to realize that he didn’t do enough, said too much and failed to empower so many others that the Gulf disaster is worse than it should have been.  On top of that, President Obama has led liberal dissenters to become more violent than the right-wingers he warned us about, and his anti-government rhetoric is focusing more on his hypocrisy than anyone else’s.

In fire-brandishing gatherings reminiscent of the L.A. riots from the O.J. trial, liberals broke windows and vandalized property while carrying lit torches. I thought Obama was concerned about political rhetoric energizing far-right groups to the point of violence. In fact, all the arrests are from liberal protests. Why is that? Ah, because Obama’s misunderstanding of the Arizona law, his own health care reform, or the financial reform is better understood by the majority of Americans than his own political base.

Obama and his cabinet members point at the Arizona anti-immigration law as unconstitutional and clear racial profiling. Actually, the law, and the following clarification both say it is illegal for law enforcement to search, approach, or arrest anyone simply on the basis of race, ethnicity or anything other than criminal activity.

We could also look at Obama’s performance in the Gulf of Mexico. Since 1994, a plan has existed to fight an offshore well oil leak.  It requires the use of “fire-booms” to ignite the slick.

A single fire boom being towed by two boats can burn up to 1,800 barrels of oil an hour, Bohleber said. That translates to 75,000 gallons an hour, raising the possibility that the spill could have been contained at the accident scene 100 miles from shore.

“They said this was the tool of last resort. No, this is absolutely the asset of first use. Get in there and start burning oil before the spill gets out of hand,” Bohleber said. “If they had six or seven of these systems in place when this happened and got out there and started burning, it would have significantly lessened the amount of oil that got loose.”

The question remains, if the department of Homeland Security, the EPA, or Obama were aware of this valuable tool, why do we only have one of them?  An Associated Press piece even questioned the Administration’s assertion that they have been involved with the spill since day one.  Day nine… maybe, day one they still did not understand how serious the accident was.

Politico’s Jeanne Cummings digs into the issue of Obama failing to accomplish key progressive policy changes and how the left is reacting.  Jeanne quotes David Gergen on Obama’s leadership style (or lack thereof):

“Most presidents like to lead from upfront. When you lead from behind, as [Obama] frequently does on domestic issues, many people are unhappy because they don’t know where things are going. There is constant jockeying that takes place,” said David Gergen, an adviser to four White Houses.

Our President seems more concerned about being perceived poorly than performing poorly, and he may accomplish both.  Viva November.