Same story, different day, different target. A recent Government Accountability Office report declares Obama put politics ahead of science in his hasty closure of Yucca Mountain. Ed Morrissey writes:
Quick — which presidential candidate pledged to restore science to its “rightful place” in government policy? If you’ve forgotten, well, so has Barack Obama and his administration, according to the GAO. The watchdog agency reports that the White House rushed to shut down the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste disposal facility for political rather than scientific considerations, and that Obama’s manipulation will cost taxpayers billions of dollars and set back the nuclear industry by decades
There are even bigger problems that the GAO report uncovered, not all having to do with the Obama administration. Thanks to the hasty closure, another disposal site must be found. However, the GAO estimates that even if a decision on a new site was made today, the permit process for its use would keep it off line until … 2045. It will take 34 years to get full approval on the next waste-disposal site, and that’s if the site avoids “cost delays” and “garners public acceptance.”
Due to federal over-regulation, we have not built a new nuclear plant or oil refinery in the US in over 30 years. And now, thanks to the Obama administration playing politics instead of going with the science, has basically guaranteed we won’t open a new nuclear waste disposal facility for more than 34 years. But, hey, when Obama has an agenda, nothing gets in his way.
Coal power has been on Obama’s hit-list since before he was President. And he knew his goal would necessarily make electricity costs skyrocket and bankrupt large portions of the coal industry.
The Obama administration sought and got expert opinion regarding deep-water drilling after the Gulf disaster. Then the Obama administration lied about what those experts signed off on. You see, the experts signed a 44-page document that did not say “shut ‘er down” and then added two “shut ‘er down” paragraphs into the document after it was already signed. That’s fraud. That’s intentionally misrepresenting what the experts said. That’s placing expert signatures on something the experts did not sign.
Then a federal judge ordered an immediate halt to the moratorium. And the Obama administration ignored the federal judge’s order. Of course, Obama thinks he’s above the law. He’s ruler of the USSA, after all. But the judge didn’t see it that way. He found the Obama administration in contempt of court. Ed Morrissey wrote about that in February of this year.
When Judge Martin Feldman ordered the federal government to end its moratorium on deep-sea drilling, he actually meant it. In a ruling earlier today, the federal judge in New Orleans has held the Obama administration in contempt for its “defiance” in reimposing the moratorium through other means:
The Obama Administration acted in contempt by continuing its deepwater drilling moratorium after the policy was struck down, a New Orleans judge ruled.
Interior Department regulators acted with “determined disregard” by lifting and reinstituting a series of policy changes that restricted offshore drilling, following the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, U.S. District Judge, Martin Feldman of New Orleans ruled yesterday.
“Each step the government took following the court’s imposition of a preliminary injunction showcases its defiance,” Feldman said in the ruling.
“Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the re- imposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium, and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this court with clear and convincing evidence of the government’s contempt,” Feldman said.
Shortly after Obama became President, he canceled oil shale leases in Utah.
The truth is, ever since Barack Obama took office the President has been making it more difficult to exploit our own energy resources, one of his first actions was having the Secretary of the Interior cancel leases to exploit our shale oil reserves in Utah. It seems as if President Obama’s energy policy consists of making America more dependent on foreign oil.
Obama has been very busy grabbing up energy-rich land ever since he took office. And Michelle Malkin has been busy documenting it.
I’ve been reporting on the stealth Obama land and ocean grabs for the past year now. Quick review: Last August, I told you about the “Great Outdoors Initiative” to lock up more open spaces through executive order. This came on top on top of a separate, property-usurping initiative exposed by GOP Rep. Robert Bishop and Sen. Jim DeMint earlier this spring. According to an internal, 21-page Obama administration memo, 17 energy-rich areas in 11 states have been targeted as potential federal “monuments.” The Obama War on the West is a War on Jobs that extends from land to sea based on politicized junk science by executive fiat and czar evasion. In November, I noted the expansive Interior Secretary Ken Salazar/NLCS designation. And in February, I mentioned the federal wild lands grab slipped through by Salazar during the Christmas season lame duck session.
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Obama wants energy costs to skyrocket. It’s part of his plan.
Lock up land that can produce energy.
Shut down off-shore drilling by using a fraudulent document.
Blatantly refuse to obey a federal judge’s order.
Kill oil jobs and put oil-related businesses out of business.
Declare desire to bankrupt the coal industry (which produces 48 percent of our electricity).
Set the nuclear energy sector back 34 years at a minimum for political reasons, ignoring the science, at a cost of billions of tax-payer dollars and many high-paying jobs.
There can be no other explanation. Obama wants US energy costs to go through the roof. And that will destroy the economy. Working poor and middle class hardest hit.