And then we can stay out of stupid wars, and concentrate on things we need to do for ourselves.
Tell me you used a comdom???
One of the best examples of this EPA/ESA scam technique is DDT, when the EPA just up and declared DDT harmful where a Federal court had already ruled they could find no evidence of the same. The millions that have died of malaria worldwide that the EPA for their great scientific work.
Restrict the supply of domestic oil, limit drilling, drive up prices … Hey it worked using the polar bears.
How to scam the public out of oil production and fossil fuel supplies … an entire green scam industry has been built on that pretext. Using the cover of secret science….
As the climategate scandal exposed the secrecy, speculation, and contradiction in the manmade climate change research that precluded opposing viewpoints from being considered, the Kintigh investigation should change the entire ESA process from now on.
In short, the proposed rule plays on fear, uncertainty, and doubt and fails to scientifically show that the lizard is endangered or is negatively impacted by human activity.
It’s not nice to play fool with Texas, they will kick your skinny ass if you do.
History tells us that listing a critter as an endangered species does little for the species and can do a great deal of harm to the local economies—the spotted owl and the delta smelt are two oft-cited cases. But there is not a big body of evidence showing how these listing decisions were made. It was just assumed that the species plight warranted protection.
But that was before the listing proposal for the dunes sagebrush lizard threatened a large segment of U.S. domestic oil production and the economies of Southeastern New Mexico and West Texas.
Rallies in opposition to the listing have drawn hundreds of irate citizens, hearings on the matter have had overflow crowds, and the public register has pages and pages of public comment. Both ABC and Fox News have done stories on the lizard
Acting on the outrage of his constituents and using his law enforcement background, New Mexico State Representative Dennis Kintigh gathered a group of independent scientists—several from area universities—who have spent the last several months reviewing the science underlying the listing. Their report will be released in a public meeting on Monday, August 15, in Artesia, New Mexico, in a roundtable format with the scientists available for questions.
Combining Kintigh’s FBI skills with the scientists’ expertise, the team is exposing fatal flaws in the proposed rule that should bring every previous listing, and the entire process, into question.
While the complete report will be available online on Monday, I’ve met with Kintigh and have a draft copy.
One of the biggest concerns is the supposedly independent peer review of the science on which the proposed rule is based. The Federal Register states:“It is the policy of the services to incorporate independent peer review in listing and recovery activities.”
To the average citizen, the underlying science may appear to have independent peer review as five different universities are listed as offering review—however, no names of the individuals or their qualifications are provided. The anonymous peer review process is routine in scientific journals, but in such settings, there is an established and trusted editorial board and reviewers are required to disclose any conflicts of interest.
But in Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings, the public should be appalled by the shroud of secrecy. This decision involves public money and has a large potential for direct economic impact on the surrounding communities, and, to a lesser extent, the whole country. At the least, peer review needs to be transparent. Better yet would be a process where advocates from each side can clash openly before independent decision makers.
Read more here:
Did you know you can make gasoline and diesel fuel from coal? Search google for “fisher-tropsch”
Did you know that natural gas is a step in the process producing fossil fuel from coal?
The AP reported “Obama releasing 30M barrels from US oil reserves”:
Wary of a new surge in gas prices, the Obama administration has decided to release 30 million barrels of oil from the country’s emergency reserve as part of a broader international response to lost oil supplies caused by turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly Libya.
The release from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve will amount to half of a 60 million barrel international infusion of oil planned for the world market over the next month.
“We are taking this action in response to the ongoing loss of crude oil due to supply disruptions in Libya and other countries and their impact on the global economic recovery,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Thursday.
The administration said the uprising in Libya has resulted in a loss of about 1.5 million barrels of oil a day. The release comes as the United States approaches a period of high energy use in July and August.
Since the Obama Gulf Oil Moratorium eliminated about a million barrels a day in US production, 30 million is about a months supply of what we lost.
I note for some strange reason, the news appears in the foreign press. I wonder why that is.
Obammunism, drill nothing unless needed for the election.
Predictably — Oil price increases 2% to $100 a barrel.
Tell me how insane it is that the USA, the country with the world’s fossil fuel reserve still pays these middle east loons. And that’s according to the US government. What kind of scam is the federal government running here.
Do you think the Democrats want America to succeed? Why?
Quick — have Obama make it a national monument!
CATARINA, Texas — Until last year, the 17-mile stretch of road between this forsaken South Texas village and the county seat of Carrizo Springs was a patchwork of derelict gasoline stations and rusting warehouses.
Now the region is in the hottest new oil play in the country, with giant oil terminals and sprawling RV parks replacing fields of mesquite. More than a dozen companies plan to drill up to 3,000 wells around here in the next 12 months.
The Texas field, known as the Eagle Ford, is just one of about 20 new onshore oil fields that advocates say could collectively increase the nation’s oil output by 25 percent within a decade — without the dangers of drilling in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico or the delicate coastal areas off Alaska.
The Senate on Wednesday rejected Republican-backed legislation intended to speed up and expand offshore oil and gas drilling.
In a 42-57 vote, the Senate failed to move forward with the bill, which was opposed by the White House and most Senate Democrats. Republicans needed 60 votes for the measure to proceed.
Every Senate Democrat voted against the motion to proceed along with five Republicans: Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Mike Lee (Utah), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and David Vitter (La.).
The legislation – which is similar to bills the House approved in recent weeks – would set deadlines for several upcoming Gulf of Mexico lease sales.
We must hold our elected representatives accountable. Here is how your lawmakers voted on key legislation. The good news is that all of these great bills passed!
For example, what about all those “subsidies” the federal government is giving Big Oil that Obama and the Democrats want to terminate? Here’s Inhofe with the facts:
Today Democrats are supporting legislation to raise taxes on oil and gas companies. Sure, we hear about ending subsidies for these companies that don’t need them. But these aren’t subsidies, they’re not government handouts, or checks coming from the taxpayers.
“These are tax provisions such as expensing and depreciation provisions that are extended to nearly all companies operating in America, not just oil and gas companies.
There are just things the old media just won’t tell you, now that class warfare is Obama’s campaign slogan for 2012. Things like what Obama’s no drill policy is doing to our oil supply, what the fed is doing to devalue our dollar, yes oil is traded in dollars, and other pertinent data that fuels the Obama demagoguery.
So here is Exxon-Mobil’s earnings in one easy to understand chart:
Big numbers make headlines – like our announcement of $10.7 billion in earnings for the first quarter of 2011. What may not make the headlines is the context surrounding that number, so I thought I would share with you what I told reporters following the announcement:
Let me start by putting our earnings into context for U.S. motorists.
ExxonMobil’s earnings are from operations in more than 100 countries around the world. During the first quarter, more than three-quarters of our operating earnings came from outside of the United States.
The part of ExxonMobil’s business that refines and sells gasoline, diesel and other products in the United States represents less than 6 percent – or 6 cents on the dollar – of our earnings.
Why so little? Because we actually buy more crude oil to refine into gasoline and diesel in the U.S. than we produce ourselves. And these purchases are made on the open market at the prevailing rates.
During the first three months of this year, for every gallon of gasoline and other products we refined and sold in the United States, we earned about 7 cents. Compare that to the 40 to 60 cents per gallon that went from gasoline consumers to the government (state and federal) in gasoline taxes.
The underlying question people are asking is: Why are oil prices so high at the present time? The answer to this question is important because the price of crude oil accounts for most of the price of gasoline.
There are several factors involved in the rise in oil prices.
First, as a result of the global economy strengthening – particularly in countries like China, India and Brazil – demand for crude oil is on the rise.
Second, political instability in some oil-producing regions is contributing to uncertainty about future oil supplies. Oil markets are well-supplied today, but the issue is this: What will it cost to replace this supply if it is lost in the future? This uncertainty about tomorrow is reflected in prices today.
Finally, another factor behind higher oil prices is unique to the United States. And that’s the weak U.S. dollar. Oil and most other food and industrial commodities are invoiced in dollars. Accordingly, when the dollar goes “down” the price of primary commodities tend to go “up,” and vice versa.
The dollar is at a three-year low against other currencies and is approaching the record low which occurred in 2008, when oil prices were at historically high levels.
The dollar’s decline accelerated last week after a warning by Standard & Poor’s about the country’s $14.3 trillion debt and economic weakness compared to other countries.
So these factors all combine to drive oil prices up.
What is our government doing about it? Unfortunately, they’re reaching for the political playbook rather than seeking real solutions.
Among some of the many things the Obama regime is doing to limit our oil supply … Shell Cancels Arctic Oil Drilling Plans for 2011 … After having spent $4 billion so far to explore the tract. Why you ask, when they have a 27 billion barrel find about 50 miles from the Alaska pipeline terminus — Simple the ice breaker they planned to use emits CO2, and we can’t deny the global warming hoaxers at the EPA, now can we.
Drill baby, Drill …
McMoRan Exploration Co. today announced what it said could be one of the largest oil and natural gas discoveries in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico in decades.
The discovery was made at the Davy Jones ultra-deep prospect located on South Marsh Island Block 230 in about 20 feet of water and 10 miles off the Louisiana coast, the New Orleans company and Energy XXI, one of its Houston partners in the project, said in statements this morning.
The well was drilled to 28,263 feet and found a 135-foot column of hydrocarbon-filled sands in the Wilcox section of the Eocene and Paleocene geologic trends.
That puts the estimated the size of the discovery close to 2 trillion cubic feet of resources, rivaling some oil and gas discoveries in the deep water Gulf.