The White House claims the rules are needed to reduce emissions of methane, which it calls a “potent greenhouse gas” that contributes to “dangerous climate change.” The real goal is to put federal bureaucrats in charge of fracking and production on state and private lands, now that they have made most federal lands off limits to drilling. His own State Department concluded that the Keystone XL pipeline project alone would create 50,000 jobs: 10,000 in construction; 16,000 providing pipe, valves, heavy equipment, hotel rooms, and other goods and services directly related to the project; and 26,000 “indirect” jobs supported by primary and secondary workers spending their KXL wages in other sectors of the economy. These jobs may only be what the President derisively calls “temporary.” But that is the nature of all such jobs. Since no affordable or proven technology exists to achieve this, the rule will shutter numerous power plants and cost some 600,000 jobs in states that rely on coal for reliable, affordable electricity.
You just need a steady stream of new projects to keep construction and factory workers employed for decades – versus the “permanent” jobs the President seems to prefer: for bureaucrats who stifle other job creation or decree that only “renewable energy” jobs merit creation via taxpayer or borrowed money. Moreover, as my Climate Hype Exposed report makes clear, the rules will do absolutely nothing to “stabilize” Earth’s always fickle climate.
* Use vetoes and Democratic obstinacy to underscore the need for more pro-growth and environmental-balance candidates in 2016 congressional and presidential elections – by showing leadership and responsible alternatives to eight years of Reid, Pelosi, and Obama obstruction and job destruction.
Washington’s new “common ground” will be a tricky, dangerous swamp. That’s bad news for Iran, Russia, Venezuela, and ISIS–but great news for energy users.
What can the new Republican Congress do in the face of the President’s ideological intransigence?
* Pass Keystone pipeline legislation and bills promoting expanded leasing and drilling on federal lands.
Second, few (formerly) rich countries will ever honor their supposed commitments to provide billions of dollars a year for climate change “adaptation” and “mitigation” – and those contributions will never come anywhere near the 0 billion per year that poor developing countries are demanding as their price for signing a treaty.
Third, most of this money will end up in Swiss bank accounts of kleptocratic African, UN, and other dictators; bureaucrats; politicians; activists; and corporatists. Fourth, most of this promised aid – as well as OPIC, World Bank, and other loans and grants – comes with the proviso that the money be used only for wind, solar, and biofuel projects.