Obama Puts Another Boot On The Thoat Of Business

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by pspr, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. pspr


    Anti-Industry: The president reportedly will tell federal agencies they can't approve major projects until their impact on global warming has been weighed. Why halt commerce in an economy in dire need of more?

    According to Bloomberg media, "President Barack Obama is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they should consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects, from pipelines to highways."

    Bloomberg says Obama plans to "expand the scope of a Nixon-era law," the National Environmental Policy Act, "that was first intended to force agencies to assess the effect of projects on air, water and soil pollution."

    It's happening just as Obama threatened it would: If Congress won't pass the laws he wants — in this case limits on greenhouse gas emissions — he will just make law on his own, without constitutional restraint.

    At risk under such a regime are "natural gas export facilities, ports for coal sales to Asia, and even new forest roads," Bloomberg reports industry lobbyists as saying.

    To that list we'd add fracking, which has produced a historic domestic energy, economic and employment boom.

    This latest menace from the White House has, not surprisingly, alarmed the business community.

    Ross Eisenberg, vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers, told Bloomberg that Obama's proposal has "got us very freaked out."

    While Eisberg says he doesn't expect "the answer is ever going to be 'no'" from the federal agencies, he does anticipate delays. That reminds us of the hyper-regulating Food and Drug Administration, whose value as a protector of the public is far outweighed by its practice of keeping lifesaving and life-enhancing drugs off the market through its slow approval process.

    Whether Obama's order results in delays or outright shutdowns of projects, it's bound to have a negative economic effect. One senses yet another hang up of the Keystone Pipeline is coming, as well as countless delays in enterprises the administration doesn't like.

    The Obama economy, which is slogging through the weakest recovery in modern history, needs a jolt of commerce and industry. But the red tape made inevitable by Obama's further appropriation of power will depress the capital that's needed for projects that would have otherwise been started.

    Rather than liberate the economy, it appears that Obama, who said Friday he wants another $2 billion from the taxpayers to pay for green vehicle technology, would rather have as many Americans as possible dependent on government — a government that he continues to expand and have greater executive power over.

    It could be different.

    By employing both his constitutional executive powers and his role as a leader Congress would follow, Obama could move government out of the way.

    He won't. But he should. Because the stimulus doesn't come from more government spending. It comes from the private sector, where the action really takes place.

  2. Lucrum


    Yet another undeniable reason why we needed Romney to win.
  3. Quite frankly I think obama's only avg in intelligence.
  4. pspr


    Really? You think it's that high?
  5. yeah I might be over stating the case a bit 92 sounds about right.
  6. Not only that, I think he's a slow learner.
  7. There was a comment in todyas paper regarding the pipeline. One way or another Canada is going to sell their tar sands oil. China will come in and build a pipeline to the west coast and that will be that.

    Where is Obama these days. Seems kinda quiet.
  8. pspr


    He's going to let it sit on the shelf as long as he can. He may never approve it if his polling doesn't show it hurting him much. I guess that will depend upon what the price of gas does.

    If he manages to shut down fracking that's going to be another story.
  9. Who says that global warming might not be a net benefit and should become a goal.
  10. pspr


    It would be. But the AGW alarmists want to convince the world that it would be a runaway warming and is caused by CO2 emissions and must be stopped. That way they can create this huge carbon tax. The one in Europe is already raking in billions of new taxes.

    That's why they'll do everything, including lying and providing false data.

    The truth is that man has zero effect on the climate and all we can do is roll with the punches. Hotter or colder, it's out of our hands.

    But, we could introduce some different chemicals into the atmosphere to try to make it warmer or colder but that would probably be more dangerous than just rolling with the punches unless a full blown ice age was upon us. For instance, SO2 to cool the earth and Methane to warm it. But how much and how? More or less CO2 wouldn't be a solution. It's effects are negligible.
    #10     Mar 17, 2013