March 12, 2011
Obama's Great LEAHP BackwardBy Jim Guirard
In most discussions about our ever-increasing oil imports, our skyrocketing gasoline prices, and our enormous energy-related job losses, the blame is attributed to the fact -- actually, the patently false belief -- that "we have no energy policy."
But of course, the Obama-Pelosi-Reid "progressives" and militant "greens" most certainly do have an aggressive, multi-layered, no-holds-barred energy policy whose overarching goal is quite clearly that of Less Energy At Higher Prices -- LEAHP for short.
First: Obama's OutForcing of Jobs
While Barack Obama and his entourage foretell a bright future of "energy independence" and of millions of new "green" jobs, here are more than a dozen general -- as opposed to energy-specific -- elements of their relentless "outforcing" of American jobs (especially high-carbon mining, refining and manufacturing jobs) and of urgently needed capital investment. This first batch of disincentives is as follows:
While no single one (or even two or three) of these anti-business and high-tax factors is fatal to the U.S. economy, the cumulative disincentives they impose on job retention, job creation, and capital formation are plainly "headed in the wrong direction" at best -- and suicidal at worst.
Importantly, both this group of job- and capital investment-killers and an equal number of energy-specific items presented below are traceable entirely to the Pelosi-Reid-Clinton congressional Democrats -- and to a "progressively" worse President Barack Obama.
Second: Obama's Great LEAHP Backward
Next come the deadly job-killing aspects of the Obama Democrats' steady downforcing of virtually all major domestic energy supplies -- except for the marginal ones of wind, solar, geothermal, and enormously subsidized ethanol -- which are as follows:
Under these onerous circumstances, the empty Obama-Pelosi-Reid drumbeat of "jobs, jobs, jobs" needs four more words inserted therein -- jobs outforced, jobs downforced, jobs forsaken, and jobs aborted.
Third: Blame the Branch Carbonian Cult and its anti-CO2 Crusade
In the final analysis, it is those zealots of what should be called the "Branch Carbonian Cult" -- now in lockstep with the Code Pinks and the Van Jones-style communists (self-labeled as such) -- who are threatening to bring this great nation to its knees via the unforgiving nature and tactics of this name:
Led first by the dour, tree-hugging Al Gore and his EPA secretary and "ghostwriter" Carol Browner, the Cult is guided now by the Elmer Gantry-style Barack Obama and his own "energy czar," Carol Browner -- same name, same game! -- with this lady's latest masterwork having come to the Obama White House via Socialist International, to which she may now be returning.
And of course, these perpetrators are doing all of this in the "progressive" spirit of President Obama's loudly proclaimed "Audacity of Hope" -- which in this case is actually an audacity of hype about a vital trace gas (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere which over the last century and a half has risen from a normal 1/4,000 to an "alarming" 1/3,000 of the whole.
According to these Branch Carbonians and their prophet's "Great LEAHP Backward" on both jobs and energy, only a stringently lower (and therefore suicidal) carbon footprint will save the planet -- even if it destroys the U.S.'s economy and national security in the process.
And anyone who dares to disagree is condemned as a corporate polluter, a tool of "Big Oil," and (alas) a heretic.
A D.C.-area attorney, writer, and national security strategist, Jim Guirard was longtime chief of staff to former U.S. Senators Allen Ellender and Russell.Long of Louisiana. His TrueSpeak.org website is devoted to truth-in-language and truth-in-history in public discourse.