Writing in The Daily Caller yesterday, Deneen Borelli with Project 21 describes the foolishness of President Obama’s energy policies.
Borelli is being kind when she describes his policies as foolhardy. He has made it abundantly clear in statements since before he was elected that he planned on deliberately bankrupting the coal industry and creating an economic situation that would result in sky-high gasoline prices.
Be that as it may, Borelli points out how, in his State of the Union Speech, Obama pretended to be concerned about energy production. Just days before his speech, Obama nixed the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have produced 20,000 jobs and helped us become less dependent on Muslim oil.
Obama’s energy policy excludes coal. Coal now provides approximately 45 percent of our electricity, but regulations generated by the Obama EPA are imposing significant costs on utilities, costs that are forcing some power plants to close and others to spend billions of dollars in order to comply. Those compliance costs will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher electricity prices. Those higher electricity prices will inevitably force more companies to build manufacturing facilities overseas.
Fossil fuels — coal, oil, and natural gas — provide roughly 85 percent of America’s energy needs. Yet, despite the failure of companies such as Solyndra, Obama is doubling down on renewable energy by calling for a national renewable energy mandate, forcing the Department of Defense to buy enough renewable energy to power a quarter of a million homes and using public lands for “clean” energy development but not for fossil fuel production.
She also notes that renewable fuels are inefficient, costly, and require huge amounts of land:
An analysis by Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute sheds light on the fundamental limitations of renewable energy. Bryce compares the footprint of the two nuclear reactors at Indian Point, New York, which generate 30 percent of New York City’s electricity, to the footprint of a wind farm that could generate the same amount of power. Wind turbines would require a space equivalent to the size of Rhode Island to produce the same amount of electricity as Indian Point does on approximately 250 acres of land.
Nothing is going to change if Obama remains in office in 2013. In fact, it will get much worse than it is now. He is already unchained from the Constitution, but he wants to get elected so his anti-energy aggression will be subdued until he’s safely back in the White House next year. Once that happens, get ready for long gas station waiting lines, $6 a gallon gas (if you can get it), black outs, and out-of-control prices on everything we need for daily living. Now is probably a good time to stock up on non-perishable food items and candles.
The Obama Dark Ages will descend upon us if he is reelected this November.
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