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House Questions Use of Secret Email Accounts by Obama Administration

Yesterday, the House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee released a statement in which they announced their investigation into EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s use of an email alias and questionable tactics by other Administration departments to prevent disclosure under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Recent reports claimed that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used an alias email address under the name “Richard Windsor” to conduct official Government business.  This reported incident follows similarly secretive and highly questionable methods of communication by senior officials at science agencies within the White House, Department of Commerce (DOC), and Department of Energy (DOE).

Conducting official government business using private accounts is in direct contradiction to Federal law. The only purpose such actions could have is to prevent the tracking and archiving of email traffic that the administration does not want citizens or the press to uncover when they issue requests for email relating to topics.

Members of the committee sent a letter to Ms. Jackson as well as letters to the Inspectors General of the EPA, Department of Commerce, and the Department of Energy asking for information and reviews of how each agency is complying with the federal law. Specifically the letter to Jackson asks for documents detailing the use of alias accounts.

Look Who’s Jet-Setting on the Taxpayer Dime This Week

While many Americans are cutting back on household budgets to put $4.00 a gallon gasoline in their vehicles to get back and forth to work, a couple of Obama-appointed government employees have been caught jet-setting to Paris and Tokyo recently. Just like Obama claiming that his current taxpayer-funded reelection campaign blitz and fundraisers are “policy speeches,” when the news about these lavish jet-setters taxpayer-funded trips to Tokyo and Paris reaches the American public, they can expect numerous phony excuses as to why they are supposedly on “official business.”  Rob Bluey, of Hot Air.com outed these two taxpayer-abusing, elitist jet-setters as follows:

While many Americans were filling up their tanks with $4 gasoline this week, Energy Secretary Steven Chu was enjoying Major League Baseball’s opening game on a taxpayer-funded trip to Tokyo. Taxpayers were also footing the bill for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to spend a few days in Paris.

Chu was outed by The Washington Gaurdian’s John Soloman when he discovered a picture sent by Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s official taxpayer-funded twitter account of a baseball game in Tokyo Japan. Meanwhile, Lisa Jackson, she of this EPA-fame, was in Paris France, to “meet with environmental leaders from more than 40 nations to discuss the Agency’s international efforts on urban sustainability.”  Global government, when coupled with so-called urban sustainability and climate change fear-mongering propaganda, are basic anti-capitalistic stealth forms of Socialism, which is dependent on the Marxist principles of wealth redistribution through the overthrowing of established governments to enact social justice fraud.

Lisa Jackson, the lifelong global warming political activist fits right in with the urban sustainability pimps of Europe, which by the way, is in the middle of the worst economic crisis in modern history. All of these anti-capitalist mandates coming out of these types of U/N European Socialistic programs are dependent on one thing for survival: The blatant theft of American wealth to be “redistributed” to the less productive societies of the world through dishonest fear-mongering from globalists and environmental terrorists posing as green-earth saviors. Thus the Obama administration uses taxpayer dollars to fund Jackson’s lavish Paris gig… to further undermine American sovereignty and take away her freedom that has made American freedom the envy of the world for centuries.

Do Americans really want four more years of watching Obama-appointees fly around the world to promote the injection of these types of freedom-robbing European Socialism here in America?  When Americans go to the polls in November they have a simple choice: Either vote for American freedom and prosperity through voting for proven conservative politicians, or vote for Obama and the Democrat’s poverty-inducing European Socialism-style insolvency.  The choice is that simple.

 

 

EPA Mandates Cap and Trade 3.0/ Congress Remains Irrelevant

The Extreme Political Activists, (also known as the EPA, or Environmental Protection Agency) of the Obama administration recently announced new carbon emissions limits for all future coal-fired power plants in the U.S.  that will require all new coal-fired power plants to cut their carbon emissions by approximately 50%.  Just how does EPA head environmental activist Lisa Jackson propose that these power plants acquire such a drastic reduction in carbon emissions?   By using CCS technology that requires the capturing of carbon dioxide, and storing it underground, which is a technology that in her own words, will not even be commercially available for 10 years. “Every model that we’ve seen shows that technology as it develops will become commercially available certainly within the next 10 years”, stated Jackson.  Apparently, back in 2008 while campaigning for President, when Barack Hussein Obama told a reporter that under his plan “energy prices would necessarily skyrocket” he certainly meant it.

Lord Moncton summed up the CCS technology Obama’s EPA is using as it’s main weapon in their war on affordable energy today as follows:

There are clear remedies that could be applied to conventional pollutants. The particulate issue can be rectified by covering stockpiles of coal, dampening and more efficient transportation. The toxic trace elements issue could be resolved by the introduction of ultrasuper-critical coal technology. This technology is not only greatly more efficient than all other forms of energy production but because it operates at such high temperatures it eliminates most of the real pollutants such as the oxides and mercury.

Coal companies are making a strategic error here. They should acknowledge and rectify the well-known coal-related pollutants, and argue the lack of merit of AGW theory, instead of hiding behind the chimera of Clean Coal or carbon capture technology [CCS]. The problems of CCS are obviously insurmountable: the energy required to capture the CO2 emissions when the coal is burnt requires about as much energy as the coal produces. Secondly, the final sludge containing the captured CO2 requires a storage space about 30 times the size of the quarry from which the coal was mined. To date CCS has cost the Australian taxpayers and the coal industry about $400 million. The coal industry could have solved the particulate problem and made a start on introducing ultrasuper-critical technology.
 The White House claims that the new rules will impact only new plants. But in fact, in the past three years, the Obama administration has hit the utility industry with new regulations on mercury emissions and cross-border pollution as well. This latest episode is just one of the many elements of the Obama administration’s war on affordable energy that will snowball into extremely expensive energy prices for the entire nation in the next decade. The Extreme Political Activists of the Obama administration must be reigned in immediately by the currently irrelevant [supposed] lawmakers of Congress. That starts with defeating Barack Obama in the November elections, and electing new members of Congress that will take a stand against the EPA’s unconstitutional mandating of Cap and Trade laws that were voted down by Congress in 2009.

Merry Christmas From the Job-Killer in Chief

As Americans get ready to celebrate Christmas and make plans for the new year to come, they had better buckle down their family budgets even tighter, thanks to the Job-Killer in Chief and his merry minions over at the EPA. As if killing an instant 20,000 jobs by denying the Keystone Pipeline permits wasn’t enough bad news for Americans hoping to get back to work next year, President Obama will kill another estimated 3000 jobs with the help of his rogue elves over at the EPA, as they rolled out a final ruling on MACT standards that will shutter up to 60 coal-fired power plants in the near future.

Merry Christmas from the Job-Killer in Chief folks. Here is another gift from Obama’s non-elected, political activist-elves over at the EPA that is sure to keep on giving Americans those “skyrocketing electricity prices” Barack Obama promised everyone before they elected him POTUS: Meet what is widely referred to as “Utility MACT.” According to Power Engineering, “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the finalized Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, EPA’s mandate to limit mercury emissionsfrom coal-fired units. The rule will also curtail a number of hazardous air pollutants, including lead, arsenic, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride and dioxins/furans.”

Of course the Extreme Political Activists (EPA- Lisa Jackson and company) claim that these new standards will be completely free to implement for the American taxpayer, as John Ransom explains:

EPA said that by shutting down the plants, they’ll be preventing 17,000 deaths per year caused by polar bear cannibals, er, strike that…by pollution…yeah…pollution. Of course they provide little-to-no data to support the claim. Indeed, in one place the EPA revises the number downward to 4,200-11,000 global warming, er,…pollution deaths. With the many global crises going on, it’s hard to keep track of which crisis the Democrats are saving us from on any given day.

When people set out to deceive the citizenry with made-up, base-less statistics about supposed money-savings from death preventions 30 years down the road in order to pass unconstitutional laws upon the citizenry, we get certain freedom-loving Americans such as Newt Gingrich saying if elected this kind of passing laws by fiat must stop, even if it has to be done by abolishing the EPA completely.

We also get statements from actual officially elected members of Congress such as these:

With several thousand gigawatts of coal-fired retirements expected, Utility MACT has brought the future of electric reliability into question. In an effort to ensure electric reliability and protect jobs, Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) have formed the “Fair Compliance Act,” which would extend the Utility MACT and CSAPR compliance dates until Jan. 1, 2017.
“The bottom line is this: when it comes to these very costly regulations, we need to reach a middle ground that achieves a balance between our economy and environment,” Manchin said.

Between the EPA’s new Cross-State Pollution rules, the Keystone Pipeline blockage and now Utility MACT, Santa-Bama and his EPA elves surely must think Americans have been totally naughty and not very nice this past year. Giant chunks of coal for everyone! Just don’t try to use that coal to heat your home or power your electric plants. And turn off all those Christmas lights before the EPA bans them too under the guise of saving millions of lives some 5 decades from now!

Merry Christmas to the uninformed masses, from the Job-Killer in Chief. Now give me four more years, and watch me deliver those “skyrocketing electricity prices” I promised you!

Would 230,000 New Jobs Get Obama Reelected?

A trillion taxpayer dollars wasted here and another trillion or so wasted over there, and we still have unemployment over 9%.  So what is an incumbent President to do to get reelected under such dismal U/E numbers, considering that in all of modern U.S. electoral history no sitting President has ever been reelected with an U/E rate over 7.2% ? As the economists, bloggers and media mouthpieces  across the nation tell us every single day,  the 2012 election will be all about JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.  So what is a president to do to make it appear as if he is creating the number of new jobs that America needs to point to a real recovery of  the going-on-3-year-Obama-recession that we face today? 

The Obama administration has already added a very large number of taxpayer-funded employees to the government payroll in the last 3 years, ( 379k in Obama first year alone here)  which adds to the already skyrocketing yearly deficits, and decreases actual operating funds for other government programs, as common sense business calculations prove.  The Obama administration and the current crop of Liberal fake democrats in Congress today just can not seem to grasp the reality of these facts.  In keeping with the Liberal big government expansion of the last few years that has proven to be a huge part of our current economic problems of  finding and authorizing funding for such important programs as FEMA and transportation projects. This points directly at a serious cash flow problem within the U. S. government today, yet  Barack Obama seems to think that expanding the government even further will magically reduce our deficits.  That statement is proven by the latest big government expansion plot that was exposed in this article by Ben Howe over at RedState.com:  EPA Calls Compliance With Own Law “Absurd or Impossible” and Requests 230k new Employees.  We have to wonder how the Extreme Political Activists at the EPA came up with that number in  their recently demanded increase of taxpayer funded government employees. Why not just round it off and ask for a quarter of a million new government climate change propagandists and business-bullies posing as ” EPA regulators” and assorted pencil pushers?   Ben Howe also outlined how the EPA is actually breaking their own laws in trying to assist Obama’s plan to expand big government and increase it’s power over the people.. at taxpayers expense, of course. Government jobs do not increase government revenue, contrary to Liberal ideology where bigger government is their solution to everything.

As stated above, these new jobs would serve the purpose of enforcing all of the new regulations under the Clean Air Act  which was created by the EPA in 2009.  So why are courts involved?  Because the EPA is deliberately violating the very Clean Air Act they are intending to enforce.

Mr Howe went on to cite how The Institute for Energy Research used sections of the EPA’s very own court brief in showing how ludicrous this big government expansion truly is, and the EPA’s own stated reasons for it, which included the following very informative tidbits:

Sources needing operating permits would jump from 14,700 to 6.1 million as a result of application of Title V to greenhouse gases, a 400-fold increase.…Hiring the 230,000 full-time employees necessary to produce the 1.4 billion work hours required to address the actual increase in permitting functions would result in an increase in Title V administration costs of $21 billion per year. (emphasis mine)

There we see that during the current harsh economic times that forces households across America to cut back on their budget to make ends meet, Obama appointee Lisa Jackson and company at the EPA want to strap another 230k government paychecks onto the backs of the working class taxpaying citizens. Instead of accepting the obviously painful fact that our government must be cut back to stem the bleeding known as our $1.5 trillion dollar deficits that led to the first U.S credit downgrade in American history due to increasing our debt load, these lunatics want to expand big government exponentially.  Considering that democratic operative James Carville stated that the Democratic Party was set up for a 40-year dynasty after Obama was elected, we now see how big government expansion fits into their long-term plans to remain in power.  The Extreme Political Activists that Obama has installed into the EPA have been bypassing Congress for years and trying to create laws by passing new regulations, which a federal judge explained in detail from  The New Media Journal:

      Federal Judge Slaps Down EPA”s Attempt to Create law by Regulation

A federal court has sharply rebuked the EPA for exceeding its statutory authority. On May 26, 2011, Judge Richard Leon of the federal district court for the District of Columbia ruled that the agency’s regulatory process cannot trump a clear Congressional mandate, nor override judicial authority to compel EPA’s compliance with the law. (emphasis mine)

 

In summary we see that the EPA is caught making laws by regulation by over-stepping their authority more and more every day. The  Extreme Political Activists of today feel that they are somehow above the rule of law.  Now they want another 230,000 taxpayer funded employees to continue their march towards a Liberal Socialist agenda of crushing businesses, and stealing hard-earned wealth through over-regulation based on their phony climate change propaganda. When will the American public stand up to these tyrants and demand an end to the EPA? Not a stiff cut in taxpayer funding, but a complete end to this Marxist manipulation of our system of government by the Extreme Activists in the EPA ? You can also bet the bank that if Obama and Jackson manage to  pull this power-grab/snow-job of a  massive increase in taxpayer-funded EPA employees over on Congress, we will see liberals across the land using those 230k jobs to try to paint themselves as being the real job creation saviors of the middle class in America. Those soundbites might sound good for about a week, until the middle class citizens actually get the bill for it, which will come in the form of higher taxes once again.

 

Why Obama’s Use of Regulation vs. Legislation is Flawed

The Failure of Barack Obama The Obama administration is using regulatory controls in place of legislation in many areas. By moving traditionally legislative actions into the executive branch, President Obama does not need to depend on a Congress that may not be able to produce the laws needed to force his progressive agenda on the whole of America. What he has failed to recognize is that the approach has a major flaw that could leave his legacy .. empty.

The latest of Obama’s regulatory pushes is the EPA’s push to limit CO2 by stretching the intent of the clean air act to illogical extents. By simply “declaring” carbon dioxide, the same element in human exhalation, a pollutant, the executive branch agency can create legally enforceable regulations that can limit anything that produces, and perhaps consumes, the life-giving molecule.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 910 last month in response to the administration’s dictator-like actions. The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 is a bill that would prohibit the EPA Administrator from regulating carbon dioxide. It passed the house 255-172, but will likely die in the progressive-heavy Senate. The executive branch trumps the legislative – what happened to checks and balances?

In April, CDN reported on the EPA’s successful maneuver to block Shell Oil from drilling in the arctic sea. As the article shows, EPA head Lisa Jackson and her band of progressive extremists didn’t use the law, didn’t even try to fight the actual act of drilling – they killed the project because of the CO2 emissions of a single ship.

The EPA’s appeals board ruled that Shell had not taken into consideration emissions from an ice-breaking vessel when calculating overall greenhouse gas emissions from the project. Environmental groups were thrilled by the ruling. (emphasis mine)

Right out of Saul Alisnky’s teachings the EPA uses ridiculous guidelines, that no one could possibly follow, to grind the American business machine into the ground.

Where the Obama team has been short-sighted is in thinking that this tactic will create lasting change. By relying on the executive branch’s authority, all one needs to do to reverse it is .. that’s right .. change the executive.

If Kathlene Sebelius uses regulation to define a market-killing health care system, whomever the next president chooses to replace her will undo it. Which will effectively render the law worthless precisely because it relies too heavily on regulatory authority and not enough on legislative backing.

This will apply to the EPA’s overreach on CO2, health care regulation and anything else the Obama administration dreams up. This is up to the will of the people. The founders of our nation may just have been even more wise than we have or can imagine.

E.P.A. = Extreme Political Activism

On April 25, 2011 Shell Oil Corporation announced it was dropping it’s efforts to drill for oil in the Arctic Sea off the northern coast of Alaska. This decision comes after 5 long years of jumping through the governmental hoops of massive regulations, careful, tedious exploration and the expense of investing over 4 billion dollars in the project. So just what caused Shell to accept the massive monetary losses and drop the project? Was it due to the fact that they couldn’t find enough oil there to make a profit? Apparently that is not the case, as there are an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil just sitting there waiting for extraction. Could Shell’s reason for dropping a 4 billion dollar project be that there is no demand for all of that oil in the U.S. today? With current gasoline prices over $4.00 a gallon across the nation that hardly seems like a valid reason to not extract that domestic oil in the Arctic Sea. Supply and demand are what drive gasoline prices, no matter who tells you anything different.

So why is Shell being forced to accept 4 billion dollars in losses in pulling out it’s drilling operations in the Arctic Sea near Alaska? The answer to that question can be found in 3 simple little letters: EPA , as in the infamous Environmental Protection Agency. Just do not try to get an exact answer from Obama appointee Lisa Jackson, the current EPA administrator, as she refuses to answer phone calls or emails to explain this ludicrous decision by her four radical Democrats on the board that denied an “air quality permit” for Shell to drill in the region. So much for accountability in our government once again from an Obama appointee. They have a pattern of making radical decisions, and then refusing to explain them to the very people who pay their salaries. I offer this article from FoxNews as proof  of just who is behind this ludicrous decision, and how they refuse to tell the people why they have made such a blatantly extreme decision.

The EPA’s appeals board ruled that Shell had not taken into consideration emissions from an ice-breaking vessel when calculating overall greenhouse gas emissions from the project. Environmental groups were thrilled by the ruling. (emphasis mine)

After 5 years and 4 billion dollars, the Democratic extremists on a panel for the EPA have denied the extraction of 27 billion barrels of our very own oil for… wait for it…the fact that ice-breaking vessels burn fuel, and therefor emit pollution. Does this mean that every ship traveling in our waters will be shut down also because they all burn fuel of one type of the other. No, this only means that the evil capitalists at Shell Oil will be stopped from producing millions of dollars of oil for U.S. consumption because they ‘gasp’ did not include the emissions from the ice breaking ships in their total environmental impact figures for air quality control. If crab fishermen in Alaska get stuck in the ice this year, does this mean that the ice breaking ships will be told to let them sit there and freeze to death until Lisa Jackson’s radical EPA board checks their emission statements too? There is no difference there.  These people on this EPA board, including Lisa Jackson are extreme activists, hypocrites and liars, period. From the prior linked Foxnews article we see who they really are:

The EPA did not return repeated calls and e-mails. The Environmental Appeals Board has four members: Edward Reich, Charles Sheehan, Kathie Stein and Anna Wolgast. All are registered Democrats and Kathie Stein was an activist attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund. Members are appointed by the EPA administrator. Alaska’s Republican senator thinks it’s time to make some changes. (emphasis mine)

There you have it, an EPA board which includes an appointed political activist lawyer, all of them Democrats, has denied Shell Oil the rights to extract the oil in the Arctic Sea due solely to the emissions of the ice breaking ships. Will Lisa Jackson and this board write the refund check to Shell oil for the billions of dollars they are out of due to this environmental extremist board’s decision ? No I,m not talking about a check drawn on the taxpayers account here, but instead a personal check drawn on the accounts of these five people who bear responsibility for this nonsense. Maybe that would make them think twice before trying  a politically motivated stunt like this the next time they get asked to make a decision that will affect every single tax paying American citizen.

Steve Maley, over at Redstate.com also makes a very good point about the main agenda behind this decision here, in which he shows us the ultimate motive behind this action, shutting down the Alaska Pipeline:

But the real motivation, the real prize, is the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. The design throughput of the pipe is in excess of 2 million barrels of oil per day; recent throughput is around 600,000 barrels per day. At some limiting rate (I’ve heard 200,000 barrels per day), the cost to operate the line will exceed the value of operating it, and it will be shut down.  Pipeline shut-down is the ultimate goal of the environmental movement. Not just ANWR, but any new development must be stopped so that TAPS dies an early and unnatural death.

Since the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to de-fund the domestic terrorists over at the EPA, only to be denied by the career politicians in the U.S. Senate, I think we need to remember these Senate tyrants in 2012, and replace them with some people who will actually protect U.S. citizens from this kind of blatant abuse of power.