Friday, November 5, 2010

America Voted Smarter than the Pundit's Give them credit for. - 2010 Election

America Voted much Smarter than the Pundit's Give them credit for, in the 2010 election.
Absolutely, the economic downturn is the number one reason Americans Voted for the Challenging Congressional Candidates and against the incumbents, no one denies that.  Incumbent Republicans were voted out too.
However, the majority of Voters know that the Economic Downturn is due to Cheney/Rumsfeld War policies, which even Bush is sharing honestly that he opposed in his new tell all book.

The American Voters DO NOT blame Obama policies.  American Voters blame their congress members.  They were there in '03, 'to '07 and did nothing to end the Wars or curb the Government Sponsored Mortgage Ponzi Scheme.  2010 is an effort to flush the rest of the Bushicrats out, who supported the War and the Predatory lending effort to hyper inflate Residential Real Estate, and encourage citizens to "Spend more Money" - Sure Bush delivered the quote, but the American Voters are smart enough to know he was just the Face-Man for 8 years.
The percentage of Voters who buy into the Republicorp's Propaganda machine that Obama is to blame for the economy is in the single digits.  Of course GOP Voters know the Propaganda machine lies to benefit their party, but their ok with that.  You don't point out the flaws of your own team - oh wait, until now.  Now we have the TEA-Party which can point out the flaws of the establishment GOP.

So what's with the IER Spin-message below.  Well the goal is to claim victory and that every single voter absolutely was thinking how shall I cast my each and every candidate vote and proposition to support, favor and protect the Petroleum industry from any regulations, such as safe drilling and capping efforts on offshore platforms, 60 year-old transit pipe maintenance and automatic safety valves protections that would prevent neighborhoods from blowing up lie the one south of San Francisco a few weeks ago.   The article below is claiming that every voter is so very concerned about protecting the fragile Petroleum industries monopoly.  Any hint of Alternative Energy sources to propel personal automobiles would be devastating to the economy and lead to hundreds of thousands of jobs lost in their local community. - Puhlease.
American Voters are well aware of the Quiet Moratorium on Alternate Fuels in the United States.  Just Google 2015 Moratorium and you find thousands of articles and auto maker press releases, where they acquiesce to the Petroleum industries demands.
On the Green front, 85% Voters have not read the details of the Waxman Markey Cap & Trade bill that creates a ridiculous bureaucracy granting Pollution Credits to Oil Co's for the first 5 years, thus gutting it's claimed purpose.  But Voters do want real Green Legislation and mandates, even in the heart of Texas.  We seen the pollution, we live in it.  Our family members are dieing of cancer form it.  We know.  And we know it's time to move on.  You don't even need to dump the full contents of an oil well in the gulf for two months to inspire the American Voters to be open to moving to new energy sources.  We are ready!
The Majority of American Voters are ready to step up to George Bush's 2005 intervention challenge "America is Addicted to Foreign Oil".  We know we can not go cold turkey, but we are ready to wean ourselves from the teat of foreign oil and try new energy.  We are willing to pay a little extra up front.  We are willing to deal with some minor inconveniences.
American Voters are not dumb enough to buy into a Cap and Trade Bureaucracy, but we are more than willing to cut the Tax-Payer supported subsidies of imported foreign oil.  It's hard to get off the sauce when someone is snatching the cash from your wallet and then bringing you cheap drinks/oil/gasoline.
Americans welcome free-market energy choices and reduced government intervention especially the imported Oil Subsidies.  We have not had free-markets in transportation energy since Standard Oil started buying political support for outlawing the horse & buggy in urban areas, which continued with the hostile takeover of both private and public trolley services. {Ooops, almost forgot the acquisition and removal from market of the first battery packs in the last century.} So it's safe to say they no living Americans have every seen free markets or a level playing field in personal transportation.
Hint: you'll know you have a level playing field and free-markets when your go the the Auto dealer and you can choose the exterior color, leather seats, hydrogen electric, and no smog checks for the life of your car, 100% transferable on resale to the new owner.  That's right "Owner", not a highly restrictive Lease Option that only lets you drive around Southern California.  Oh and quit propagating the infrastructure Myth, H2 can be produced and filled directly to the vehicle.  There is no need to invade and occupy the dessert lands on the other side of the planet, drag billions of tons of fossil fuels back to the US, run it through cracking towers, transferring pollutants throughout our communities, just to run on a single choice of energy from your monopoly.

Now that you've read the truth, you can read the propaganda below.
Oh, and one more piece of Legislation we need the 112th congress to introduce.  Revoking the Non-Profit Tax status of Organizations who create propaganda to support a monopoly.

The propaganda piece is brought to you by the "Canada Free Press" - LOL  Seriously, just call it "Protecting the Oil Monoply"  or "God Save the Oil Monopoly" GSTOM

What it means fior energy

America repudiates Obama policies

 By Institute for Energy Research  Wednesday, November 3, 2010 RESULTS
Yesterday’s election clearly demonstrates that the American people reject President Obama’s handling of the economy.  Just as the 2008 elections were interpreted as a repudiation of President Bush’s agenda (particularly with respect to foreign policy), the 2010 mid-term election shows that America does not support President Obama’s domestic priorities.
Specific to energy and the environment, one clear message from the election is that cap-and-trade, top-down, command-and-control regulations are a losing argument with the voters.  Candidates who voted for cap-and-trade, with few exceptions, ran away from that vote.  Voters understand that cap-and-trade is a national energy tax.
With respect to energy policy, the election results will likely yield a modest and marginal improvement.  While it will certainly not be the “environmental doomsday” that the national environmental lobby claims, unless the Republicans have truly changed their stripes, it will also not be the dramatic improvement that some predict or hope.
The Good
With the Republicans in charge of the House and a narrowly-controlled Democratic Senate, massive new federal programs like cap-and-trade appear to be off the table for now.  The biggest improvement we can expect is that the new Republican leadership in the House will carry out the necessary job of conducting oversight hearings and trying to rein in an out-of-control Obama Administration, whose goal from day one has been to fundamentally transform America.
Hopefully, the new Republican majority in the House will provide a counterweight to the Obama administration’s goal of making coal, oil, and natural gas more expensive and more difficult to produce domestically.  In the past, Republicans have not exactly been paragons of the free-market, so it is as important as ever to continue to hold Congress and the administration accountable whenever they move towards government intervention in energy markets.
The Not-So-Good
One doesn’t have to think back long to remember what previous Republican majorities have delivered—policies such as the ethanol mandate, subsidies for inefficient and unreliable energy sources, and moratoria on oil and gas exploration and development, just to name a few.  In recent weeks, leading Republicans have already pushed for a federal renewable electricity mandate, a carbon tax, utility price caps, a tax on oil imports, and a newer, larger ethanol mandate.  Unfortunately, many Republicans, it seems, are willing to compromise free market principles for the sake of political expediency.


As noted above, there are both positives and negatives to Republicans increasing their numbers in Congress. 
•  “All-of-the-above” energy Republicans. With this new political landscape, President Obama will try to advance his energy agenda in piecemeal fashion.  Some Republicans will be tempted to go along with the President to support misguided notions of their “all-of-the-above” energy policy.  While “all-of-the-above” makes for a good rhetorical device, it is deeply flawed as an actual policy since it seeks to increase federal involvement in all types of energy production.
Instead of increasing federal involvement in energy, Republicans should move away from “all-of-the-above” and instead focus on creating a level playing field for all sources of energy.  Congress should focus on removing impediments to all types of energy production so that individual Americans, not politicians, can decide which types of energy work best for their individual needs.  This agenda would be much more in keeping with the renewed (and welcome) emphasis on smaller government, more freedom, and less federal involvement in all aspects of our lives.
•  Oversight. We expect to see hearings on EPA’s continued and unprecedented assault on affordable energy access and use—starting with the agency’s ongoing development of greenhouse gas rules, and extending to new fuel economy mandates, ozone regulations, industrial boiler regulations, dust regulations, and others.  Also expect to see hearings on the Administration’s hostility to oil and gas production, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s agenda for the Yucca Mountain, and analyses of the renewable energy projects funded through the 2009 economic stimulus package to name a few oversight topics.
•  More benefits for nukes and electric cars. In the past, some powerful Members of Congress have supported tax credits and increased government funding for nuclear power and natural gas and electric vehicles. For example, Sen. Burr, who would replace Sen. Murkowski as chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee, has previously supported these policies.
•  Offshore oil and gas exploration and development. The Republicans in Congress will no doubt seek to pressure the Department of the Interior to accelerate the pace of permitting for offshore energy development.

•  Renewable Energy Mandate. As improbable as it seems, some Republicans lead by outgoing Senator Sam Brownback (the Governor-elect of Kansas), are talking openly about imposing a federal renewable energy mandate on electricity users during the upcoming lame duck session. Such a mandate would increase energy costs and reduce electricity reliability and result in a transfer of money from ratepayers to well-connected wind and solar companies and their lobbyists.


It is no surprise that Republicans regained control of the House.  As of this writing, it appears that the Republicans are poised to pick up at least 60 seats—more than enough for a comfortable majority. The only real question is, what does this mean for energy policy?
Committee Chairmanships:
•  House Energy and Commerce Committee. Under current House Republican rules, Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Joe Barton (TX) may be barred from seeking the full committee gavel in the 112th Congress, owing to term-limitations.  Barton, however, will request a waiver from that rule—with a final decision likely handed down in a few short weeks.  If that dispensation is not secured, next in line for the top spot is Congressman Fred Upton (MI).  For supporters of less government intervention, Upton has a spotty record.  For example, he has consistently voted to place more federal lands off limits to domestic energy production, was an architect of the incandescent light bulb ban, has voted for ethanol mandates, and has cast votes in opposition to oil and gas production from offshore areas.
•  House Natural Resources Committee. Representative Doc Hastings (WA), the current Ranking Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee, will likely serve as its chairman in the 112th Congress.  This committee plays a central role in crafting policy with respect to energy production on federal lands, both onshore and offshore.  Hastings has a solid pro-energy record, which should bode well for those interested in reigning in the Obama agenda of curtailing domestic energy production on federal lands.
•  Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. An important first test for the Republicans in the House will be whether or not they dissolve this toothless committee.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA), as a payoff to her pal Congressman Ed Markey (MA), invented this committee.  It has no legislative authority. It is “feathers on a fish,” according to Democratic Representative John Dingell (MI), the dean of the House.  Unfortunately, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (WI), the Ranking Republican on the committee, has argued strongly that it not be dissolved (with him serving as Chairman, naturally) so it can focus on oversight.  The fact that Sensenbrenner, regardless of his rationale, is unable or unwilling to look beyond his own parochial interests and call for an end to this charade of a committee is a discouraging sign.


While all of the results are not yet in, it appears the Democrats will cling to a narrow majority in the Senate.
Senator Harry Reid is expected to retain his post as Majority Leader.  He is openly hostile to affordable, domestic energy production. Senator Reid has been the President’s lead advocate in the Senate in promoting an agenda to deliberately increase the price of energy, impose additional regulations, and decrease domestic energy production.

Committee Chairmanships:

•  Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Senator Jeff Bingaman (NM) will remain the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Senator Bingaman is a lead proponent of a renewable electricity mandate. He is expected to push for this policy during the lame duck session in the coming weeks. Bingaman is hostile to offshore oil and gas production, as demonstrated by his vehement opposition to state revenue sharing of royalties from offshore energy production.
Due to the time zone difference and the complexity involved in counting write-in votes, the outcome of the Alaska Senate race remains undecided. Senator Lisa Murkowski, the Republican incumbent and current ranking member of the committee, is fighting to save her seat as a write-in candidate against the Republican nominee Joe Miller. Senator Murkowski’s record has not always been seen as a good one.  For example, when she fought to pass a ban on EPA moving forward on its greenhouse gas rules, she said she was doing it—above all else—to protect the Senate’s prerogative to pass the same type of regulation; regulation that would increase costs to consumers and drive jobs offshore. If she ultimately loses, Senator Richard Burr (NC) will likely replace her as ranking member.
•  Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Senator Barbara Boxer (CA) has won reelection and will remain Chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Boxer is a darling of the anti-energy environmental lobby and will continue to use her platform as Chairwoman to serve as a foot solider in Obama’s war on affordable energy.
Senator James Inhofe (OK) will likely remain the ranking member on the committee. Inhofe has been a tireless champion in the fight against new draconian greenhouse gas regulations such as cap-and-trade.


Typically there is a shakeup in White House staff after the President suffers an electoral defeat as stunning as this election. And nowhere in the Obama Administration would a staff shake up be more welcomed than in the agencies that deal with energy and environmental issues.
But even if a shakeup were to occur, there is no reason to believe the administration will back down from its regulatory assault on affordable energy. EPA is moving full speed ahead with its offensive on affordable energy, namely through the implementation of greenhouse gas regulations.  EPA will also continue forward with new regulations on dust, ozone, “conductivity” of surface water in Appalachia (in an effort to stop coal mining), industrial boilers, water-cooling intakes, and more.
Yesterday’s election, among other things, is a direct referendum of the administration’s anti-energy agenda.  The administration will recognize this and switch its focus to the less democratic arenas of regulation and litigation to achieve its ends—which include increasing the costs of all traditional and reliable forms of energy and transportation.
The new Republican leadership in the House has the power to prevent this from happening by defunding the White House’s ability to implement their draconian greenhouse gas rules through the budget and appropriations process.  The big question is whether they will have the resolve to take on these powerful agencies.


If the money spent on campaigns indicates their relative importance, the three most important races last night weren’t U.S. Senate or House races, but the contests for governor in California, Florida, and Texas.  While the fight to control the House and Senate dominated the news and election coverage, the races at the state levels might be even more important than control of the U.S. Congress since the states will redraw all 435 Congressional districts for the next decade.  Last night, 37 governorships and 6,118 state legislative seats were up for grabs. As of this writing, eight governorships and five state legislatures have changed from Democratic to Republican hands. Among the big three prizes, Florida and Texas appear to remain in Republican control.
California Prop. 23. California Prop. 23 failed.  This proposition would have suspended the implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act unless unemployment in California fell below 5.5 percent for 4 consecutive quarters.  California will face some severe economic challenges because of the Global Warming Solutions Act as it tries to implement policies that have failed everywhere they have been tried.
The passage of this initiative was always a long shot, but its failure has given some momentum to the proponents of substantial energy limitation and regulation. Thanks to your efforts and support, we have given environmentalists and their allies precious little to cheer about in the past two years. They will surely cheer that they have retained the Global Warming Solutions Act for the time being.
In the future, this defeat will have little practical importance outside of California.  States are not following California’s lead off the economic cliff.  Instead, other states such as Florida and Maryland, which have passed greenhouse gas regulations laws have taken a much more tentative approach and will likely limit their losses during these difficult economic times.
Regardless of the fact that Proposition 23 failed, the reality of the election is that states are going to take one step back from both regional greenhouse gas initiatives (both Nevada and New Mexico have new, conservative governors who will exit the Western Climate Initiative, which in turn will hasten the collapse of its counterpart in the East, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative), as well as renewable mandates (there are about a half dozen governor candidates who have explicitly said they plan on either repealing or scaling back their state’s mandates).


The election may be over, but the fight has just begun.  Thanks to your support, many important battles in Congress were won on the energy front.  The stakes, however, are just as high in the coming two years.  The White House will continue to dictate policy, but hopefully its power will be somewhat restricted by the new Republican majority in the House.  Too many times in the past Republicans have compromised important principles and imposed harmful energy policies. We must work to ensure that history does not repeat itself.
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