If Americans are growing more confused by the day with President Obama’s energy policy, it is understandable. The answer to their question is this: There isn’t one.
From the Solyndra fiasco and bankruptcy to the Keystone Pipeline, there is no coherent policy, period. What there is can only be labeled day to day political strategy by the White House and Obama’s re-election staff – madly determining each day’s events to determine who needs babysitting for votes.
Which group is yelling louder today and needs political attention? Will it be the environmentalists, the unions or the oil companies? That is the dilemma Valarie Jarrett (Obama’s number one adviser) and David Axelrod (his campaign chairman) face coming to work day after day.
After saying no to the Keystone Pipeline earlier this year, the president then changed his mind and approved the southern portion leading to the Gulf of Mexico. Why not the whole pipeline so the oil can flow from Canada, where the oil will be coming from? Not so fast, you’re not thinking like an Obama operative.
The logic in the White House and with the re-election talking heads is this: Obama originally had the unions in his pocket and no problems on that front. He figured his “saving” of GM and Chrysler made him the sort of hero they wanted to see as a Democratic president. And don’t they always vote for Democrats? Ignore them.
But then came the announcement that the Democratic National Convention would be held in a “right to work” state – North Carolina. Someone brought out a calculator gauging the loss of the pipeline jobs would have gotten and began to whine louder than the other whiners.
That meant the original group opposing the pipeline that he thought needed major appeasing, the environmentalists, had to be put in deep freeze. Nowhere near the votes or money Obama needed from the unions. Time to get back to the drawing board showing wear and tear from daily use.
So what’s the latest decision that makes absolutely no sense dreamed up by Obama’s re-election jug heads? Build the southern portion of the pipeline to get labor back on his side while negating the northern portion to keep environmentalists. Yep, that will work to keep everyone happy and contributing re-election money.
Is this what is called leadership?
Now we can move on to the latest hourly decisions on energy the White House strategists create. Remember the major BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Every possible ploy was utilized to demonize the oil companies in general and shut down drilling in the gulf. They were evil and we needed to look towards alternative energies for our future. You know, solar, windmills, rubber bands, etc.?
Thousands of jobs were lost as rigs shut down with the White House moratorium on drilling. The oil companies began to move their rig crews on to other locations such as offshore drilling in Brazil. The Solyndra bankruptcy occurred and the American taxpayer saw Obama’s alternative energy policy, for just one company alone, cost over $500 million. Not to the White campaign contributors who were behind Solyndra. No, they were illegally protected ahead of the American taxpayer. You pay.
Meanwhile, with skyrocketing gas prices and the Solyndra nightmare, his energy secretary (with a straight face) told Rep. Darrel Issa’s House committee he deserved “an A” for his efforts the last three years. Huh?
For obvious reasons, Obama’s re-election brains, sitting in a bunker somewhere in Washington, watched their bosses’ poll numbers reach Death Valley levels.
So what to do … today? How about offshore drilling again? Yep, that will work to get the American people back in line. Jarrett and Axelrod has once again found a way to confuse Americans, oil companies, environmentalists and unions a new way.
It was announced yesterday (Thursday) that the Obama administration has taken a significant step toward allowing oil and natural gas companies to drill off the coasts of Virginia (a key state in November’s election) and other Atlantic Seaboard states. Huh?
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (God forbid Energy Secretary Chu be given the microphone again) announced a plan to allow companies to conduct seismic mapping surveys on the outer continental shelf of the coast from Delaware to the middle of Florida.
But wait, on the very same day the president pleaded with Congress to end $4 billion in tax subsidies to oil companies. He was rebuffed. The Senate (Democratically controlled) turned back their own bill to repeal tax breaks. It surely will be another brainstorm for Jarrett and Axelrod to blame all this on greedy, rich Republicans. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
For any American trying to keep abreast of the president’s energy policy, the best way to do so is watch his polls and determine who’s unhappy during that 24-hour cycle.
What a mess.
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