OBAMA CAN TAKE CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE: POLITICAL OBSTRUCTION & INDIFFERENCE TO THE PLIGHT OF SUFFERING AMERICANS!
BY A. DRU KRISTENEV
His own policies have shuttered federal oil leases, selling them at a premium with crippling restrictions while extorting oil companies (most particularly BP after the Gulf spill in 2010) to pay royalties on oil left in the ground.
In one breath the president lauds the plummeting price of gas as it allegedly provides a boost to the low-growth economy he engineered, and in the next he warns of his plan to veto oil transport across the center of the nation via the Keystone XL pipeline.
How many times did your parents tell you that “you can’t have it both ways?” Evidently, nobody ever made mention of that law of circumstance to Mr. Obama during his formative years. Simply put, you can’t supply the demand by closing the road to get product to the people, which is precisely what he has been trying to do with all his might and bluster.
Lucky for us average citizens that entrepreneurs went around the government roadblock in their determination to give Americans, and consequently the world, what they demanded: affordable energy.
To reiterate, we have a president taking all credit for oil-production success that he actually continues to do everything in his power to derail, including: halting the Keystone pipeline with incoherent arguments.
No one can claim Keystone hasn’t encountered a few hiccups as legs of it have been under construction for years, which property issues need be alleviated to benefit landowners as the pipeline plans go forward.
But the claims of the radical environmental lobby that the Keystone project will damage eco-systems, inflate the fallacious carbon footprint, etc. are specious.
For those who still have no clue, the United States is already crisscrossed by a vast pipeline infrastructure that carries natural gas and crude oil from the production fields to refineries, ports and end-use stations—your home and mine.
In fact, these home-grown pipelines have operated with minimal trouble for years, decades.
And is Keystone a special case? No, even if oil-sands oil must be diluted to flow.
One need only look to the Alaska Pipeline for validation of how a pipeline can coexist with wildlife, as its heat supplies a haven for caribou in the coldest of winters, actually helping to increase the herd numbers.
PANDERING TO HIS FRACTIONAL SUPER-GREEN VOTING MOB
Yet, while pandering to his fractional super-green voting mob, Obama’s insistent veto threats haven't cowed the Republican-held Congress:
A mandate to finish Keystone passed the House last week, and a bi-partisan preliminary vote rolled through the Senate (63-32) on January 12, 2015.
Congress is just shy of mirroring citizens’ strong 65% support for the Keystone pipeline that was indicated in a new poll.
What the president should be concerned about is the temporary tumbling price of oil that the OPEC glut is creating in an attempt to pressure U.S. producers.
Then again, Mr. Obama thoroughly approves the obstruction of American enterprise, especially energy production that improves the living standards of U.S. citizens.
It’s no secret that the empathizer-in-chief believes America doesn’t deserve a booming economy when other ‘less fortunate’ nations are struggling to climb out of third world status.
Heaven forbid that he should put Americans' own interests first, for a change!
It may not take a rocket scientist to understand that it is the original intentions of the founders of our nation that created the environment (pun intended, thank you very much) to build a great economy.
However, a Statist attorney -- like Barack Obama -- will never grasp the concept.
And in this instance, Obama, as just such a politician, will continue to impede private enterprise and applaud foreign states that undermine our homegrown prosperity.
After all, chronically proving that he sides with foreign interests over American interests, the president consistently promotes new regulations that censor affordable domestic energy development -- from curtailing coal-fired power plants, to the newest hurdle for the natural gas industry: unreasonable and redundant methane emission standards.
Redundant because the industry is already building wells that capture as much of the resource as possible, because of its commercial value.
And so, with each day’s dawning in 2015, the new Congress is compelled to confront President Obama and his obstructionist pen that hovers prepared to slash their efforts to dial back his ruinous agenda.
Civility may have to go by the wayside in the fight to oust what the president assumes to be his (executive) privilege.
But harmony was never in Obama’s vocabulary.
On the other hand, Discord is his middle name!
[Former newspaper publisher, A. Dru Kristenev, has four decades of experience in periodicals. Kristenev grew up in the publishing industry working every angle of a paper, from ad composition and sales, to personnel management, copy writing, and overseeing all editorial content. During her tenure as a news professional, Kristenev traveled internationally as both a representative of the paper and non-profit organizations.
Kristenev carries a Master’s Degree and taught at some of the foremost colleges of the Inland Northwest until going on the road with fulltime ministry and writing in 2010.
Since 2007, Kristenev has authored four fact-filled political suspense novels, the Baron Series, and two non-fiction books, all available on "Amazon". ]