Aug 312012

Someone has finally picked up on this, Heritage Foundation. The update is what they reported on Obama’s latest Executive Order (EO) on industrial energy efficiency, one would think American companies were not interested in saving money and gaining a competitive advantage:

While our manufacturing facilities have made progress in becoming more energy efficient over the past several decades, there is an opportunity to accelerate and expand these efforts with investments to reduce energy use through more efficient manufacturing processes and facilities and the expanded use of combined heat and power (CHP). Instead of burning fuel in an on site boiler to produce thermal energy and also purchasing electricity from the grid, a manufacturing facility can use a CHP system to provide both types of energy in one energy efficient step. Accelerating these investments in our Nation’s factories can improve the competitiveness of United States manufacturing, lower energy costs, free up future capital for businesses to invest, reduce air pollution, and create jobs.

President Obama’s EO goes on to state that manufacturers are under-investing in energy efficiency and that public investment in efficiency upgrades will encourage private investment to capture this low-hanging fruit. While technological advancements do often improve efficiency, those investments should not be subsidized by the taxpayer, much less selected by Washington bureaucrats. Businesses and consumers will make these decisions, weighing preferences and considering trade-offs.

Businesses do not need public investment to improve efficiency and cut costs; they make those investments regularly with their own money for the very reasons stated in President Obama’s EO: to save money and improve their competitive advantage.

If President Obama wants to help America gain a competitive advantage in manufacturing, he should work with Congress to open up federal lands and waters to oil and gas production. The amount of natural gas production in the U.S., occurring largely on private and state-owned lands, is making this country an attractive place to do business, especially for energy-intensive industries.

President Obama can help American manufacturers without the help of the taxpayer. Opening access to America’s energy sources and prohibiting onerous and duplicative regulations will create jobs, grow our economy, lower energy prices and bring in much needed state and federal revenue.

Nicolas Loris

h/t @ResistTyranny on Twitter

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to promote American manufacturing by helping to facilitate investments in energy efficiency at industrial facilities, it is hereby ordered as follows:

There is no one size fits all solution for our manufacturers, so it is imperative that we support these investments through a variety of approaches, including encouraging private sector investment by setting goals and highlighting the benefits of investment, improving coordination at the Federal level, partnering with and supporting States, and identifying investment models beneficial to the multiple stakeholders involved.

Sec. 2. Encouraging Investment in Industrial Efficiency:

(a) coordinate and strongly encourage efforts to achieve a national goal of deploying 40 gigawatts of new, cost effective industrial CHP in the United States by the end of 2020;

(c) (i) providing assistance to States on accounting for the potential emission reduction benefits of CHP and other energy efficiency policies when developing State Implementation Plans (SIPs) to achieve national ambient air quality standards;

(ii) providing incentives for the deployment of CHP and other types of clean energy, such as set asides under emissions allowance trading program state implementation plans, grants, and loans;

(iii) employing output based approaches as compliance options in power and industrial sector regulations, as appropriate, to recognize the emissions benefits of highly efficient energy generation technologies like CHP

To once again as is given with ANY bill by Obama, you must read between the lines

The proof is in the pudding what his intent is:

* Murray Energy Corporation today announced that it is closing a mine in Brilliant, Ohio

* Obama proclaimed a mandate to close all coal fired electric plants

* Obama’s War on Coal can be stopped, ‘Not Reversed’

* Ohio Miners Turn on Obama

June 10th, 2011 Obama’s EPA Getting it Done: AEP Closing 5 Coal Fired Plants

Now to recent coal plant closings:

August 30, 2012 The Fisk power plant, in service since 1903, is burning its final batch of coal Thursday; its sister plant Crawford shut down by Wednesday. Closure of Chicago’s Crawford, Fisk electric plants ends coal era

August 23, 2012 Coal Power Plants Still Face Closures , EPA Court Loss. DESPITE a Republican backed plant which favors the industry. As many as 1/6 of our coal plants would close in 8 years.

Aug 8, 2012 Reid wants closure of coal power plant near Vegas and joins tribe members, advocacy groups seeking closure of coal-fired power plant near Vegas. Despite the fact Obama Admin Gave $98.5 Million to Nevada Geothermal Power and Harry Reid ~ that is Now Going Belly-Up!

July 27, 2012 RALEIGH, N.C. Progress Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, will accelerate the retirement of one North Carolina coal-fired power plant previously slated for closing in 2013, and will retire the utility’s only coal-fired unit in South Carolina. Progress Energy Carolinas Announces Accelerated Coal Plant Closings

I saved this one for last because it affects the state I live in . A state that the very livelihood of thousands rely on Coal production. This will give you an idea of how vital it is to my state. JUST look at the list of members. There are around 95 active coal mines located in the Black Warrior River watershed.

Experiencing both boom and bust, the coal-mining industry has affected the lives of thousands of people in northern and central Alabama. Early accounts suggest that numerous citizens of Bibb, Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, and Walker counties collected coal from this region as early as the 1830s.

You can best believe that all the fracking we got going on here is no longer about coal. Although there is plenty of it. I cite one company for example. Manta is a small coal mining business that has 29 companies under its umbrella. Can you imagine the thousands Manta alone employs? And exactly what alternative source does Obama name in his new executive order? All we know are his energy source ‘Failures’.

As evidenced by this post: { Endless FAILS } Obama Admin Gave $98.5 Million to Nevada Geothermal Power and Harry Reid ~ Now Going Belly-Up


Obama’s Fight to End Coal…

While Campaigning For President In 2008, Barack Obama Said That His Program Would Bankrupt Coal-Powered Plants. OBAMA: “So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can – it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Interview With The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Editorial Board, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/17/08)

The cited link no longer exists, but this one will do: Barack Obama has a remarkable hostility to coal.

After Endorsing Obama In 2008, The United Mine Workers Of America Has Decided Not To Endorse Obama In 2012. “After giving then-Sen. Barack Obama a full-throttled endorsement in the 2008 presidential election, the United Mine Workers of America has decided not to endorse either Obama or the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, in 2012.” (Amy Harder, “Coal Miners’ Union Sits Out Presidential Race,” National Journal, 8/9/12)

To see what the ALGOP has uncovered Click Here

So we must question yet another executive order he sneakily signed today. He is killing us with intention…

JUST one more reason WE MUST Vote:


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  1. […] you, this does not cover June, July or August. And this one was a biggie EO. Also being I can’t cover ALL of his EO’s here’s JUST a smidgen of them.PF asks […]

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