Obama’s Ironic Trip to Pennsylvania

posted at 6:20 pm on February 3, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Following a brief delay for snowmageddon, President Obama visited the Keystone State today to continue his laser-like focus on jobs and the economy. The subject of his planned remarks? Making buildings more efficient through “green energy initiatives” funded by… you guessed it. You.

Obama will announce a plan to improve energy efficiency in U.S. commercial buildings by offering businesses incentives to help pay for clean energy upgrades of offices, stores and other buildings.

Obama’s push for the United States to build a green economy is part of a global race to dominate what is seen as a potentially huge industry in solar, wind and other alternative energies that offer wealth and energy independence.

If one wants to give a speech on energy and jobs, there is probably no more ironic location to select than Pennsylvania. In Oil and Gas Journal this week, API policy adviser Stephanie Meadows explains the not terribly funny humor in this.

Meadows said that API’s release of the latest fracing guidance document was timely since US President Barack Obama was scheduled to visit Pennsylvania on Feb. 3 to discuss economic recovery and job creation measures.

“While he’s there, he will be standing on top of the second-largest natural gas formation in the world, the Marcellus Shale, which potentially could supply significant amounts of gas, produce new revenue for states and communities, and provide a major number of new jobs,” she said. “We call on the president to lend the full weight of his office to development of this resource in New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.”

Despite the huge energy reserves and potential for significant job growth and industry investment, residents of both New York and Pennsylvania have been dealing with a series of threatened drilling moratoriums, government red tape and lawsuits from environmental groups. Even where the moratoriums have failed or been lifted, endless delays continue and the EPA has dragged its feet in response to landowners’ efforts to begin production while Democrats in Congress work to terminate any discussion of it.

And how was the President’s message received? Pretty well if you don’t understand the current crisis in energy policy.

Mr. Obama acknowledged that the tax credits he wants to provide would drain money from the Treasury. He received his largest applause when he reiterated his call for Congress to eliminate tax breaks for oil companies.

For the president to stand atop one of the world’s largest – and still largely untapped – supplies of natural gas and talk about the need for energy, jobs and efficiency is a bit of irony which will not leave many people laughing. Let’s hope he listens to the locals and pushes the EPA to actually do something productive for both our energy policy and employment prospects which could be accomplished right now.

But the trip wasn’t a total loss. He managed to get in a plug for the Steelers.


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Dealing destruction’s devastating doom.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 3, 2011 at 6:24 PM

He managed to get in a plug for the Steelers.

Dammit!

[wearing Steelers jacket as I type this]

innominatus on February 3, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Obama will announce a plan to improve energy efficiency in U.S. commercial buildings by offering businesses incentives to help pay for clean energy upgrades of offices, stores and other buildings.

Excuse me Barry, I know that you have a towering intellect, Valarie Jarrett told us that – you know, the woman who can’t tell the difference between a general officer of the US military from a liveried table waiter.

But didn’t COMPANIES – when faced with skyrocketing fuel costs in the 70′s DO SOMETHING about their energy efficiency? And because of GLOBAL COMPETITION, haven’t they continued to do that?

I thought all the ‘liberal elite’ talking heads of the MSM said that Barry was moving right? “Draining the Treasury” doesn’t sound like what “the right” had in mind.

Come on 2012!

GarandFan on February 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Our very own WTF President.

WTF means Win the Future — not jobs focused.

What about that contempt citation???

tarpon on February 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Dammit!

[wearing Steelers jacket as I type this]

innominatus on February 3, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Double dammit.
Hopefully he’l ldo the same with the Packers.I hate to think the Obama curse wll fall on the Steelers.

katy the mean old lady on February 3, 2011 at 6:35 PM

He received his largest applause when he reiterated his call for Congress to eliminate tax breaks for oil companies.

This just never gets old does it??

‘Blah, blah, blah….blah…oooo look a KITTY!!!!’

BigWyo on February 3, 2011 at 6:37 PM

So this week he’s a Steelers fan? Oh, good. Congratulations to the Packers.

White House on three!

JammieWearingFool on February 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM

He is destroying our economy and our country through stupidity or on purpose it matters not which he must GO!

Come on people honor your oaths of office and remove this enemy domestic!

dhunter on February 3, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Not that Mr. Shaw isn’t wonderful but where is AP?

Cindy Munford on February 3, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Couldn’t be more tone deaf if he was born that way.

Folks, I have worked in the energy and energy conservation field for over 11 years, and in the nuclear Navy for 20 years before that. I have seen what it would take to make a “green economy” sustain itself. Unless your electric bills triple, and your gasoline bills double (at least), you are never going to make it economical for wind, solar, and “alternative fuels”, like bio-diesel, to displace the energy released from fossil fuels. The federal government has been insisting on wind turbines, and solar projects for decades for their new buildings and facilities to obtain more environmentally friendly LEEDs certifications. Almost none of the tens of thousands of projects has saved the energy they were promised to save, and almost none pay for themselves inside of 20 years overall.

I will admit that fluorescent lights, when used to replace almost all the lights in a mostly incandescent facility, will save you all money. But almost all the facilities in the country today, including commercial buildings and businesses (which were not required to use these energy savings devices) have already had the maximum energy savings construction effected already. They already are all fluorescent. Almost everything that can be done, has been done. All new construction already uses these devices. In order for the country to save another 20% of our energy consumption, we are going to have to start doing without civilization, or start killing off people.

Which of those options do you prefer? Me neither!

Stop trying to bend the Laws of Physics and Thermodynamics, and start finding more oil, gas, coal, and nuclear power sources. Pursue those sources smartly and efficiently, but cost effectively. If it will not significantly improve air quality (When was the last time we had major acid rain problems and significant smog issues in our cities anyway? I remember when you could see the air in Houston and Los Angeles and NYC. Not so much at all now.), then why are we, as taxpayers and consumers, paying for it.

Wake up people. You already live in one of the least polluted countries in the world. Try visiting Africa or Asia and walking through the open sewers there and then tell me we have a pollution problem in the US. The only people you help through supporting environmental legislation, is lawyers and Congresscritters who are stealing YOUR money. Don’t pay them any more.

Subsunk

Subsunk on February 3, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Marcellus Shale

I think he was in Rocky IV.

Emperor Norton on February 3, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Obamaturism of the day?

Vince on February 3, 2011 at 6:42 PM

When the Steelers lose will you forgive Obama for his curse just as the Bears did? Where’s the love and compassion?

Rovin on February 3, 2011 at 6:44 PM

He managed to get in a plug for the Steelers.

did he brag about hangin’ with fly girl, JLo, this Sunday?

ted c on February 3, 2011 at 6:47 PM

This one the reasons I do not and will not listen to bho! bho has zero input in anything I think a president should be. I am waiting for 2012!
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letget on February 3, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Let’s hope he listens to the locals and pushes the EPA to actually do something productive for both our energy policy and employment prospects which could be accomplished right now.

dude. he has one way conversations. From the throne, to the proles ears. That’s how it works. The local homies in happy valley are to sit, smile, and be happy–for they are being graced with the Presence. Pay no mind to the shale below, His Eminence spaketh his vision. Just sit back, and enjoy./

ted c on February 3, 2011 at 6:57 PM

The ChiComs at this very moment are drilling through the center of the earth to tap into this reserve. It seems they have the WTF, ‘can do’ spirit and were inspired by Obama’s WTF speech and recollection of the Soviet achievment of Sputnik. China’s foreign minister is quoted as saying: “If the Russian communists could put a satellite in space, we Chinese communists can steal the gas from the American communist administration.”

JimP on February 3, 2011 at 6:58 PM

If doing these things to their business would save them that much money, don’t you think they would do it themselves?

Cindy Munford on February 3, 2011 at 7:02 PM

This is why I really hope Sarah becomes president. Maybe she can get this turned around so we can take advantage of our own natural resources. I learned this way back in grade school geography classes. If you have your own natural resources, you will be less dependent on others. Common sense.

Mirimichi on February 3, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Neato. Obama was in my neck of the woods and I wasn’t.

steebo77 on February 3, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Nuclear, in various forms is the energy of the future, wind and solar are pipe dreams of children never to be realized.Bo keeps driving for a solar wind economy but it’s all “HOT AIR” to me.

tim c on February 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Keep talking green jobs whilst standing in the friggin OPEC of coal, skippy.

How about a simple four point energy policy:1. We retrieve our resources wherever they are.
2. More refineries, in more places (stop moving crude to distant refineries, and then moving refined fuel to its’ point of use.)
3. Nuclear
4. Any alternative energy plan that is privately funded gets fast-tracked; no nimby infighting, streamlined permits, tax breaks upon successful production.

massrighty on February 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

So Obama goes to PA to talk about green energy, which is all about his pal Jeffrey Immelt and GE. Of course the GE plant in Erie, PA alone lost 6000 jobs, mostly to Mexico. And those green jobs?…GE created 2000 0f them…in the UK.

Deanna on February 3, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Wind & solar power also use large amounts of land. That land has present occupants – I’m no enviromaniac, but see no point to killing tortoises, foxes, etc.

But the land I’m most worried about is my own valley. People live here. They want to take a beautiful valley (that just coincidentally has a small river – you can guess how coincidental that is in So. Calif.) and pave prime farmland with solar panels.

It’s all BS, the jobs, the energy savings, green this and that. Bottom line is profits from tax incentives, ARRA, etc. We are fighting this blight as best we can, but the cards are sure stacked against us. Rural people, no matter their ethnicity, are the new minority.

jodetoad on February 3, 2011 at 7:24 PM

But the trip wasn’t a total loss. He managed to get in a plug for the Steelers.

S.O.B.

myrenovations on February 3, 2011 at 7:26 PM

But the land I’m most worried about is my own valley. People live here. They want to take a beautiful valley (that just coincidentally has a small river – you can guess how coincidental that is in So. Calif.) and pave prime farmland with solar panels.

If a private-sector company wants to buy the land, at fair-market value, and do the work with private (non-taxpayer) funding, I’m all for it.

If there’s any land-taking, or tax-breaks, then sorry, no sale.

massrighty on February 3, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Barry is just so frickin clueless. It’s almost like we don’t even have a president. The guy is just such a worthless POS.

WarEagle01 on February 3, 2011 at 7:32 PM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/02/AR2011020205041.html

The puppet master speaks…………the puppet moves his mouth.

PappyD61 on February 3, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Obama is a wind producer in his own right.

But does he have shingles?

profitsbeard on February 3, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Did Obama see his shadow while in PA? Does anybody know?

mike in NV on February 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Did Obama see his shadow while in PA? Does anybody know?

mike in NV on February 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Yes.
20 more months of repression…

massrighty on February 3, 2011 at 7:41 PM

He was here? In PA? Ewww!! I was too busy diggin’ in the 50-75% off clothes and cleaning the racks. That is called capitalism, my friends.

Of all the irony, Pennsylvania. Twat doesn’t do some basic research on the 57 states he visits? Gee, I was not born nor raised here and I know about coal, coal miners, nuclear power plant in PA, so on and so forth.

So Obama goes to PA to talk about green energy, which is all about his pal Jeffrey Immelt and GE. Of course the GE plant in Erie, PA alone lost 6000 jobs, mostly to Mexico. And those green jobs?…GE created 2000 0f them…in the UK.

Deanna on February 3, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Ten years ago GE lost 650, so they’re trying to make up for it.

ProudPalinFan on February 3, 2011 at 7:42 PM

He received his largest applause when he reiterated his call for Congress to eliminate tax breaks for oil companies.

Big applause line, for chumps. Those big bad oil companies happen to employ people, a function with which Il Douche is completely unfamiliar.

Oh well. Maybe the applauding Pennsylvanians can stock their cupboards with some yummy dreams of high-speed rail.

Cicero43 on February 3, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Having seen a mere small amount of a presidential motorcade that is necessary for any president, maybe Obumba could better help the, supposed, environment issues by staying at the White House rather than a re-elect campaign BS speech?

That would be “Green”…gag.

Dingbat63 on February 3, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Ironic that he was at Penn Sta

CanuckInPA on February 3, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Ironic that the One was at Penn State, where Terry Pegula has donated $88 million to fund varsity hockey and a new arena after selling his natural gas interests in PA to Shell for $2.8B.

Oh, and Mr. Pegula had enough change left over to by the Buffalo Sabres.

So BHO gave a shout out to the Stillers — did he mention the Nittaly Lions as well? WTF, indeed!

CanuckInPA on February 3, 2011 at 8:20 PM

President Obama visited the Keystone State today to continue his laser-like focus on jobs and the economy

Someone needs to get to the president right away and tell him he’s not supposed to be looking at the laser.

Our very own WTF President.

tarpon on February 3, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Reason #3,487 to love Sarah Palin: taking the president’s SOTU theme and turning it into his nickname.

Thank you, Mrs. P.

turfmann on February 3, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Obama and the Democrats:

Here’s a great idea…let’s destroy all forms of energy production and starve ourselves to death!!!

/sarc>

landlines on February 3, 2011 at 8:39 PM

ObaMao is the genius who referred to the Penn State team as the Nittaly Lions on one of his visits.

We have a local enviro-whacko who is fighting the development of the Marcellus Shale opportunities with scaremongering activism over fracking spoiling our local water and air. The dimwit doesn’t realize the hoops that these energy companies have to leap through, and they are being quite environmentally responsible. She is at the forefront of every Lefty enviro-cause.

onlineanalyst on February 3, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Marcellus Shale

I think he was in Rocky IV.

Emperor Norton on February 3, 2011 at 6:42 PM

marcellus wallace…..Pulp Fiction

screwauger on February 3, 2011 at 8:57 PM

His problem may be everything has to be about him, and that means govt solutions. Which we all know now are losers. But he has to stay with the govt solutions. So, energy efficient buildings here we come.

Encouraging and allowing small business and the private sector to thrive? That’s fine, but that’s not about him. He was elected to make a difference, and make a difference he will.

Paul-Cincy on February 3, 2011 at 9:01 PM

I am all for reducing polution and power needs. who would not be.

Almost everything that Obama does has the finger prints of socialism even communism on it. He had no problems with Van Jones, a hard line communist advising him or ACORN an organization he worked for, who’s former head has admitted to be a communist. Maybe it is just a coincdent that he was mentored from childhood by the best socialist and communist this nation could provide to him.

If you look at the communist platform, right at the top is the nationalized health care. Its importance is that once in place it can reach into any corner of a citizens life and replace a republican form of government that empowers the states with a democratic form of government that controls the states. What was Obama’s primary purpose of his first two years, to the exclusion of almost everything else? Nationlized health care. Each and every one of the subset laws he has sought or gained have roots in Marxim.

If you drop down a few planks you find “Green” laws and controls. The plank is clearly anti business with the main goal of laws like “Cap and Trade” that would not only weaken if not destory corporations, but redistribute the profits to other third world countries. Obama is pushing Green laws.

Before there was the key phrase “Green” there was a plank of simuliar nature in the communist platform around 1998. It might clarify the true nature of “green laws” and why they are so important to communist. The old plank called for laws that imposed punitive fines on large corporations, then progress to forcing them to clean up pollution. Good intentions in most views but their stated goal in this plank was to destroy the large corporations and replace them with small local factories. This fits in with the old style, “from each according to their abilites to each according to their needs. Communisum usually finds that housing workers near their assigned factories is cost saving.

I remember laughing at that plank when I read it and discussed it with my class. Not in our country would that happen I told them. Ten years later we have a president who’s platform mirrored that of the communist party, makeing plans to make it so.

Franklyn on February 3, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Per Spain, each green job kills 2.1 non-green jobs.

Dandapani on February 3, 2011 at 9:22 PM

The new demon of the environmentalist movement when it comes to shale exploration in the Northeast is fracking, a 60-plus year old method of basically forcing oil and gas out of the ground via use of water and sand injection. If you have bad casing going down into the formation, the mix and other chemicals that are part of the process can leach into the underground aquifer, but the aquifers are far, far above the levels where the oil and gas reserves are locked in the shale, so under proper procedures, the two don’t mix.

Try telling that to the environmental groups, who are pushing for an outright ban on the process instead of monitoring and regulation (which are required, because with as much money as can be involved, you have had situations in places like Texas where companies have tried to cut corners on drilling safety measures). Since the same people opposed to fracking also oppose nuclear power, wind power, high voltage lines to carry power from rural to urban areas, and are now starting to campaign against solar power, they’re pretty much beyond reasoning with, and only have a goal of massive cutbacks in both U.S. energy production and individual lifestyles (while at the same time thinking they’ll somehow gain an exemption to keep powering their iPhones, computers, HDTVs and Priuses from the energy fairy).

jon1979 on February 3, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Can’t say I feel much sympathy for PA. They voted for this imbecile along with Gore and Kerry. Screw them.

angryed on February 3, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Obama and the Democrats:

Here’s a great idea…let’s destroy all forms of energy production and starve ourselves to death!!!

/sarc>

landlines on February 3, 2011 at 8:39 PM

I think you may have dropped your sarc tag. It doesn’t belong attached to a true statement.

turfmann on February 4, 2011 at 6:02 AM

Subsunk on February 3, 2011 at 6:41 PM

. . . Folks, I have worked in the energy and energy conservation field for over 11 years, and in the nuclear Navy for 20 years before that. I have seen what it would take to make a “green economy” sustain itself. Unless your electric bills triple, and your gasoline bills double (at least), you are never going to make it economical for wind, solar, and “alternative fuels”, like bio-diesel, to displace the energy released from fossil fuels. . .

That, of course, is the avowed intention of the Obamunists. Wasn’t it Stephen Chu who said we have to figure out a way to get gasoline prices to European levels? And Obambi himself talked about bankrupting the coal industry. These ‘watermelons’ (green on the outside, red on the inside) are going to destroy this country, if we let them.

MrLynn on February 4, 2011 at 7:14 AM

But the trip wasn’t a total loss. He managed to get in a plug for the Steelers.

Remember when The One called Michael Vick after the Eagles’ miracle comeback win against the Giants? Well, the Eagles lost all three of their games played after that call. Steelers fans….brace yourself for the Obama-jinx.

olesparkie on February 4, 2011 at 7:37 AM

hey angry ed….Im from Pa and I didnt vote for him. The ones who did live in Pittsburgh and Philly..plus, the kids in college town State College. The central part of Pa didnt vote for him.

becki51758 on February 4, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Unlike those of us who are really, truly, absolutely die-hard Steelers fans, Obama’s “love” for the Steelers is directly tied to the huge payoff for an ambassadorship to Ireland donation he received from Dan Rooney. May Dan Rooney never be forgiven for that.

in other news, my vote for Comment of the Day goes to massrighty:

Did Obama see his shadow while in PA? Does anybody know?
mike in NV on February 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Yes.
20 more months of repression…
massrighty on February 3, 2011 at 7:41 PM

PoodleSkirt on February 4, 2011 at 12:13 PM