Obama’s Energy Policy Destroys Jobs

By Andy McKinney

Internal stresses and conflicts in an organization can be just as fatally detrimental as outside attacks.  We see these internal contradictions in the Obama administration causing serious damage to Americans .  The administration cries out for job creation and energy independence but, as we shall see, thwarts the creation of both by deliberate, if badly misguided, policy.

Environmental Extremists Stop Domestic Oil Production

Off the coast of Alaska in the Chukchi Sea, oil companies have successfully bid on the right to drill for oil.  They have paid their money and are ready to begin drilling.  The environmental industry has sued to delay the exploratory drilling on the usual basis.  Please note that the whole lease bidding process has been completed.  The time for debate has ended.  The arguments have been heard from all sides, and the lease sale has proceeded to its conclusion.  No one was denied his opinion at the proper time.  The arguments are over. But that is not good enough for the enviro-extremists.  Their goal is to cause as much delay, disruption, and expense to the drillers (and at the end of the day to you and me) as is humanly possible. 

 What would happen to you if you paid for a new transmission for your car and then were not allowed to have the transmission installed?  You would have spent money to no good purpose.  The money that should have gone to the repair might have gone to some other good purpose but is instead tied up in limbo, doing nothing.  Multiply this by every project connected with energy, every road project, every building project, and so on across the country and you begin to sense the scale of waste of our financial resources in our country.  It is as if money has no meaning, as if every dime of wealth we have does not come, in the end, from the sweat and inspiration of our citizens.

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Center for Biological Diversity: Liars and Defamers

The Center for Biological Diversity is an evil organization that was proven guilty in 2005 of making "false, unfair, libelous, and defamatory statements against Jim Chilton, a Southern Arizona rancher."  

Jim Chilton and his family were awarded $100,000 in actual damages and $500,000 in punitive damages.  He planned to use part of the money to pay his lawsuit expenses, and donate the rest to the Arizona Cattle Growers Association to "promote truth and responsibility with respect to cattle grazing issues."  

"Our opponents don’t use science.  They subvert science," stated Mr. Chilton.  "Endangered species are just their tool to raise money and impose their anti-production philosophy."  He is incensed over the lost livelihoods of tens of thousands of rural westerners:  timber workers, ranchers, and miners who have lost productive well paid employment.  "Too many other victims just couldn’t defend themselves against relentless attacks by the CBD (Center for Biological Diversity) and Forest Guardians."

"Environmentalists wear people down until they can no longer function," stated a witness.

As Jim Chilton said, "Ranching is not a job.  It’s a culture.  It’s a unique western American way of life and a national cultural treasure worthy of preservation."

Dear friends of liberty, the Center for Biological Diversity is one of the many radical environmental groups that has learned how to subvert the legislative process and, between FY2009 – FY2012, fleeced American taxpayers out of over $2 million in their ESA (Endangered Species Act) lawsuits against federal agencies.  It’s quite a racket.  See This is How Radical Environmental Groups Fleece the Taxpayer and Use the Money to Advance Their Agenda

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Wolf Hearings

Wolf Hearings

December 03, 2013

Special panel presentation and documentary viewing
Sponsored by: David Spady Film Veritas Research
and Americans for Prosperity
McNary Community Center/Library, Hwy 260 (aka Pine St.), McNary, AZ 12:00-­2:30 pm
Come hear specialists, scientists, leaders, land stewards and other expert testimony concerning the impacts of the reintroduction of the Mexican Gray Wolf.  Also, enjoy a free viewing of the documentary,
“Wolves In Government Clothing”.
Film maker and AFP-California State Director David Spady
Endangered Species Act Consultant Doyel Shamley
Rancher Wink Crigler
University of Alaska Geneticist Dr. Matt Cronin
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Public Information Meeting
Hon-­Dah Conference Center
777 Highway 260, Pinetop, AZ
3:30-­5:00 pm

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Public Hearing
Hon-­Dah Conference Center
777 Highway 260, Pinetop, AZ
6:00-­8:30 pm

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This is How Radical Environmental Groups Fleece the Taxpayer and use the Money to Advance their Agenda

It’s called "Sue and Settle."  Environmental groups work in close coordination with government officials.  They sue the government agency to change environmental policy.  The agency being sued uses "mediation" in a process to avoid a public court hearing.  The lawsuit is settled for thousands of dollars, including attorney’s fees, and the environmental policy is changed.  All of this is done behind closed doors. No public disclosure.  No legislative involvement.  

 
Take a look at the chart below titled ESA (Endangered Species Act) Litigation Expenditures by Organization to see how many millions in taxpayer dollars these radical environmentalists have been paid!
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REMINDER: Please Comment regarding Two Issues relating to Mexican Gray Wolf/Dogs into Gila, Coconino, Navajo, and Graham Counties

Please comment against the two issues relating to the Reintroduction of the Mexican Gray Wolf.  Deadline for comments is 12/17/2013.

1)      The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services (USFWS) plans to reintroduce wolves to Gila, Coconino, Navajo, and Graham counties.  Comment by clicking HEREYou will see where to comment in the upper right hand corner.  These wolves are an apex predator.  This means that they have no fear of any other animal in the forest.  A pack of wolves have killed grizzlies.  They are capable of killing any animal they choose, including man.  

2)      The USFWS also intends to retain the "endangered" status of Mexican gray wolves.   Comment by clicking HERE to object!. You will see where to comment in the upper right hand corner.  If these animals are given this special protected status, it will have far reaching implications for all of us who live in the intended release area.  It will affect our ability to use our own land!  These animals are not pure wolves. There is DNA evidence suggesting they have mated with dogs. How can they be endangered if they are wolf hybrids?  

Two public meetings have been set by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for 12/3/2013 in Pinetop.  

These meeting will be preceded by a movie and Rally sponsored by Americans for Prosperity.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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EPA’s Secret Deals with Environmentalists: Sue and Settle

The EPA is under investigation for a practice called Sue and Settle. Environmentalists in government and private organizations have found ways to create new regulations by fashioning lawsuits tailored to have courts institute policy changes. Both parties involved in the lawsuits secretly decide in advance what the outcome will be and how much taxpayer money will be transferred to the environmental group in the settlement. In other words, they are exploiting the courts to change laws, and in the process, helping to fund radical environmental groups without legislative or taxpayer consent. Millions of taxpayer dollars have been given to these groups.

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Report on the 11/14/2013 EPA Hearing: Navajo Generating Station

by Patrick O’Malley
Precinct Committeeman (LD12)

At the EPA Hearing on November 14, the EPA asked those who wished to speak to come up and take a seat at the front table two at a time for efficiency. So I’m making my comments and the guy sitting next to me is with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Is he supposed to be the balance to my conservative comments? No, we are both there trying to convince the EPA to leave Navajo Generating Station (NGS) alone. Or at least leave something in operation after they make their final ruling, because we both clearly see the damage changes at NGS will have on Arizona’s economy. It’s not just a federal authority out of control or state’s rights issue. This agency is messing with our everyday lives.

There were about 200 people at the hearing and about 100 of them made statements. It broke pretty cleanly into the Sierra Club wanting quick, drastic changes that will close NGS, and everybody else. Everybody else included legislators, union workers, Central Arizona Project, farmers, Indian Tribes, and average citizens. Rep. Warren Petersen and Joy Staveley from Canyoneers wanted the EPA completely out of our business and to back off completely from NGS. They have the right principles for the long term fight with the EPA, but I’m afraid it’s too late for principles to triumph on NGS.

The Technical Working Group (TWG) Negotiates a Surrender

In June of this year the Technical Working Group (TWG) got together and proposed a negotiated surrender as opposed to having the EPA force them into an unconditional surrender. TWG consists of Salt River Project and the Department of the Interior as major owners of NGS; Central Arizona Project (CAP) as the biggest customer of NGS; Gila River Indian Community as a major customer of CAP; the Navajo Nation because NGS is on their land, and they supply the coal to make it go; and two environmental groups, Environmental Defense Fund and Western Resource Advocates. The Sierra Club was originally part of TWG, but walked out when the plan wasn’t severe enough to satisfy them.

So why didn’t the State of Arizona get a seat at the TWG table? Technically because the EPA is dealing directly with the Navajo Nation and it’s not an Arizona issue, but it’s safe to assume the other members of TWG were afraid a State of Arizona representative couldn’t be trusted to surrender fast enough.

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Gilbert Town Council Votes AGAINST Gilbert Families, Homeowners, Free Market – ICC Codes Pass

Don’t think for a minute that your Council members aren’t passing these codes "at the recommendation of Town/City staff."  They are. 

The November 7, 2013 Town Council Meeting provided Gilbert Watch with the saddest and most telling evidence to date that proves that 4 out of 7 Town Council members have lost their ability to represent their constituents, unless those constituents are the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Alliance, SRP, Town Officials, and neighboring jurisdictions.   These Council members include Mayor John LewisVice Mayor Ben Cooper, and Council members Jenn Daniels and Jordan Ray.  

They approved one of the largest increases in regulations on private property and on the building industry, in Gilbert history. What is truly disappointing is that they did this in spite of having received months of evidence from private citizens for why the Council should  not approve these regulations.  It is also remarkable that the Council is preparing to approve the next round of codes, as dictated by the ICC (International Code Council) for 2015.

Three Council members opposed passage of the Codes:  Victor Petersen, Jared Taylor, and Eddie Cook.  Council member Victor Petersen favored an option which would have allowed passage of only those codes that would have reduced regulation.  Council member Eddie Cook read many of the code books!  Jared Taylor has articulated very well, and often, the critical difference between consumer choice versus government mandate.  

Each of these three Council members deserve a Thank You from Gilbert citizens!  Victor.Petersen@gilbertaz.gov, Jared.Taylor@gilbertaz.gov, and Eddie.Cook@gilbertaz.gov. 

The ICC

Over the last ten years, the ICC (International Code Council) has morphed into an organization that has forced builders all over America to comply with building codes that no longer address honest, urgent safety issues.  Rather, these ICC codes force everyone to become captive consumers of products that the ICC mandates through its "codes."  The obscene proliferation of these codes also forces builders and everyone in the building and construction industry to comply with an ever increasing time-consuming bureaucracy.  More bureaucrats and more training are needed to ensure they consistently interpret the codes.

Just like the ICC, 4 members of the Gilbert Town Council have morphed into facilitators of Big Government tyranny.  When you watch them reason and justify their rationales, they "sound nice."  But what exactly are they doing?  They are pushing centralized government.  They do not trust the citizenry.

Their actions prove that they do not care about the damage they are doing to families and homeowners who are forced to pay thousands of dollars more than necessary for their homes.  They do not care about the grief these codes have caused self-employed citizens who work in the construction industry who must adhere to these mandates.  They do not understand Free Market principles.  They reject the notion that these people are experts in their fields.  They do not care that many of them have closed their businesses.  They reject clear evidence that the Free Market reacts quickly to changing conditions, and that it’s the government-imposed codes that are slow to change.  

Gilbert Watch has reported on the ICC codes for months.  Gilbert citizens and self-employed business people have been emailing and speaking out to the Council for months.  They have been meeting with Town Staff, and supplying tons of research.

At the Nov. 7 meeting, there were 6 citizens who spoke in opposition; 24 citizens had sent letters; there were 19 citizens in the audience who were in opposition but did not speak; and 16 people who were in opposition who submitted their names to a list.   That’s 65 citizens documented in the Minutes of the meeting.  And it doesn’t count more citizens who showed up to the meeting.  

The Council gave more credence to the representative from the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, the representative from the Small Business Alliance, and the representative from SRP (Salt River Project).  In fact, I doubt seriously if the members of these organizations have much first-hand experience dealing with these onerous codes.  

There was one citizen who spoke in favor of all the codes, including the Green and Energy Codes.  A quick search revealed that he’s a Democrat and a member of Sierra Club.

Here is the Motion that Passed:
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