Oh, by the way: Obama issues executive order to triple government’s renewable-energy usage by 2020

posted at 10:31 am on December 12, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

I mean, I suppose he has been pretty up-front about his intentions to flout this pesky representative democracy of ours in order to pass the progressive agenda items that those spitefully obstructionist Republicans would otherwise prohibit. There’s that, at least.

But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.  I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.

In addition to the many heavy-handed regulations his administration has already issued on the ostensible behalf of his fustian ambitions for retarding climate change, President Obama fairly quietly released an executive order last week that will, in a nutshell, require the federal government to replace 20 percent of the electricity they use with renewable sources by 2020:

MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

SUBJECT: Federal Leadership on Energy Management

In order to create a clean energy economy that will increase our Nation’s prosperity, promote energy security, combat climate change, protect the interests of taxpayers, and safeguard the health of our environment, the Federal Government must lead by example. During my Administration, Federal agencies have reduced their annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 15 percent (7.8 million metric tons) — the equivalent of removing 1.5 million cars from the road. Today I am establishing new goals for renewable energy as well as new energy-management practices. …

To help agencies achieve my Administration’s climate change goals and increase development of new renewable energy sources, I hereby direct the following:

Section 1. Renewable Energy Target. (a) By fiscal year 2020, to the extent economically feasible and technically practicable, 20 percent of the total amount of electric energy consumed by each agency during any fiscal year shall be renewable energy. …

And etcetera. This kind of seems like a relatively small-potatoes directive at first, especially in light of the fact that this order is building (although quite substantially) on renewable-energy targets and goals the federal government already has, but consider that the federal government is the single largest consumer of electricity in the United States, and that this applies to all agencies both civilian and military. It takes a lot of gall to call this an effort to “increase our Nation’s prosperity” and “protect the interests of taxpayers” when this is yet another blatant attempt to use taxpayer money to subsidize their politically preferred energy sources — this time, not through cash grants, loan guarantees, favorable regulations, or tax credits, but by artificially boosting a market for renewable energy that wouldn’t have nearly so much “success” (if you can call it that) on its own. One needn’t look any farther than Europe to see the direct consequences of trying to forcibly integrate more of particular energy sources into the economy into a market that isn’t calling for it: Dramatically higher energy prices and a whole lotta’ backtracking.

Then again, however, the order doesn’t seem to have any teeth, exactly; there are a couple “to the extent economically feasible and technically practicable” thrown in there (and renewable energy ain’t cheap), which makes me wonder if this isn’t just more climate-change showboating designed to appeal to his progressive base and eco-minded cronyists and donors. I mean, of course it is, but we’ll have to see how far they try to take it.


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Facts will count up soon.

This lie to big, go bad, to evil to work.

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

He now self destructs in my not so humble opinion.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will….Oh and Amnesty too K? – Preezy Selfie Historical

workingclass artist on December 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Meanwhile ObamaCare continues to exude and a slimy stink film on the furniture.

SparkPlug on December 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

By fiscal year 2020, to the extent economically feasible and technically practicable, 20 percent of the total amount of electric energy consumed by each agency during any fiscal year shall be renewable energy. …

That sentence exempts any Federal Agency from complying. It’s just a fluff throw away piece to the global warming idiots.

Johnnyreb on December 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

During my Administration, Federal agencies have reduced their annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 15 percent (7.8 million metric tons) — the equivalent of removing 1.5 million cars from the road.

With added bonus of removing millions of other cars from the road as well. People without jobs don’t drive much.

Happy Nomad on December 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

The ones to watch on this are the “ear mark” Republicans.

If they go for windmill farms for their donors then the jig is up.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

to the extent economically feasible and technically practicable,

Lies to find excuses for more lies…

albill on December 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Who ever thought liberals would be funding energy created by whacking eagles?

Akzed on December 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.

Says the lazy shiftless stupid Kenyan bastard who has destroyed all economic hope for future generations. Hey kids, you may be living in poverty with no chance of escaping my spending, but your gulag will be powered by wind turbines!

Happy Nomad on December 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

The petulant man child keeps on forgetting that WE THE PEOPLE elected the republicans to protect us from HIS progressive dreams.

stephana on December 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Well, I guess it was a good idea to let Detroit go bankrupt, look at the savings…

And another good idea cutting emissions in the Government, I mean look how much more efficient they are, take ObamaCare for instance…no, wait…

right2bright on December 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Who ever thought liberals would be funding energy created by whacking eagles?

Akzed on December 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Workers at New York’s JFK Airport have been given orders to shoot to kill any snowy owls they see,

When it comes to liberal money, environment isn’t so important after all…

right2bright on December 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Two posts by Erica and one by Mary Katharine before 11:00AM; is it ladies day at HotAir?

meci on December 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

So let’s put the EPA on renewable electric power only, which would be less than 20% of the total electric power consumed by the Federal Government. Then wait until a calm day when the windmills don’t turn and the EPA’s computers crash, then drill for oil and gas on Federal land.

Steve Z on December 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Well, at least the cost of feather pillows should decrease, so there is that…

hillsoftx on December 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

But if Congress won’t act soon to protect destroy future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution energy production, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change next step in our march to agrarian socialism, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of no use of any energy, ever.

Edited to reflect what’s really happening in the alternate universe in The One’s mind.

Please note that since he’s the only one who can “take executive action(s)”, when he uses “we” instead of his beloved “I” or “me” in this context, he is in all probability openly referring to himself as he does in his own mind.

That is, in the royal first person plural.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

It’s only the beginning people.This moron can see the handwriting on the wall, with elections only 11 months away he knows there’s and ass whoopin coming.F*ck Congress and the American People I WON!!

jeffinsjvca on December 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

It’s only the beginning people.This moron can see the handwriting on the wall, with elections only 11 months away he knows there’s and ass whoopin coming.F*ck Congress and the American People I WON!!

jeffinsjvca on December 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Yeah, during the next year the lazy stupid shiftless bastard is going to do more looting than his people do at a Louisiana Wal-mart when the EBT system is down.

Happy Nomad on December 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

During my Administration,

LOL. And there are still people who think that this retard scored higher than 480 on the English section of his SATs? This, from an editor – THE EDITOR!! – of the Hah-vahd Lawn Review … Hah-vahd and Columbia must be so proud of their affirmative action imbecile.

P.S. Capitalizing “administration” in this context of perverted English makes it all that much worse, though I think we all know that he was really fighting himself mot to capitalize “my”. I would love to see Barky’s personal edits of Lawn Review articles. They were probably done in crayon … according to the Austrian Language Book of Style.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM

*renewable* – can we safely presume this includes *windmills-that-have-NOT-generated-a-DIME-of-honest-profit-without-being-propped-up-by-OUR-tax-dollars-in-the-form-of-subsidies?

Yep I thought so – imagine my confusion last month when riding my motorcycle past a ‘windmill farm’ in west Texas (easily 100 windmills or so)…….I was working to hold my bike in one lane with a hefty SW wind coming in over my left shoulder (easily 15 – 20 mph) and not ONE of these windmills was spinning……Gosh I thought these were IMPORTANT renewable energy producing devices???

Katfish on December 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM

As an environmentalist, I predict that the effects on the ecology of this executive order to be devastating compared to fracking of natural gas. How did “environmentalism” come to mean this insanity?

thuja on December 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

the equivalent of removing 1.5 million cars from the road.

Hell, that’s more ambitious than cash for clunkers!

BacaDog on December 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I don’t think this goes far enough.

Obama should mandate the entire federal government rely 100% on renewable energy. Since it will never be able to, it will have to shut down, saving the American people expense and headaches.

BKennedy on December 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Given the Greenpeace advert unveiled yesterday that melting ice in the Arctic, caused by climate change, was threatening Santa’s facility at the North Pole and requiring the cancellation of Christmas, is the NYT going to run a banner headline tomorrow touting this Exec Order as ‘Obama Saves Christmas’?

Athos on December 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Does anybody even obey this fool’s orders?

mnjg on December 12, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Let me guess, Emperor Obama is doing it because “It’s the right thing ta do!”.

OxyCon on December 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Obama is to announce the plan on Thursday as part of his second-term drive to combat climate change and prepare for its effects. A plan announced in June would put first-time limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants, boost renewable energy production on federal lands and prepare communities to deal with higher temperatures.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/developmental-issues/Obama-to-tell-govt-to-boost-renewable-electricity/articleshow/26916924.cms
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canopfor on December 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

One thing King Barack the Magnificent forgets – HIS “executive orders” can be overturned by the next President.

Evidently the Narcissist in Chief believes his orders will be engraved in stone.

GarandFan on December 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

One thing King Barack the Magnificent forgets – HIS “executive orders” can be overturned by the next President.

Evidently the Narcissist in Chief believes his orders will be engraved in stone.

GarandFan on December 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Yes he is that stupid… I also think that many agencies are not carrying his stupid orders or just carrying them superficially…

mnjg on December 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Just like the $90 per gallon jet fuel….. the president continues to degrade the country as much as he can….. he is a communist and a fraud. Clint Eastwood’s empty chair speech was never so appropriate.

ultracon on December 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM

One thing King Barack the Magnificent forgets – HIS “executive orders” can be overturned by the next President.

Evidently the Narcissist in Chief believes his orders will be engraved in stone.

GarandFan on December 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

GarandFan: Excellent,..I did not know that:0

canopfor on December 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Two posts by Erica and one by Mary Katharine before 11:00AM; is it ladies day at HotAir? meci on December 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

They didn’t wake up, they stayed up.

¡Partay!

Akzed on December 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM

If the Republic survives these mentally ill ideologues and the facts become apparent, the progressive fascist model will be dead for 100 years.

Mimzey on December 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM

I don’t get it.

We’re concerned that a budget law passed today will never survive into the reality of the future. In other words, the next Congress will void the “future” savings.

But we believe that an EO signed today will live into perpetuity? Or in this, will survive to see 2020?

Carnac on December 12, 2013 at 11:57 AM

And far too much of this “renewable” energy has a negative EROEI (energy returned on energy invested). That means that it requires more energy to make, install, operate, and maintain than it generates throughout its lifetime.

blink on December 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

This.

All else is irrelevant. Most “renewable” energy is unsustainable.

ZenDraken on December 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM

But we believe that an EO signed today will live into perpetuity? Or in this, will survive to see 2020? Carnac on December 12, 2013 at 11:57 AM

The Dems behave as if their edicts and legislation is as permanent as the Law of the Medes and Persians.

Everyone else deals with reality. Hence, the disparity in perceptions.

Akzed on December 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM

And far too much of this “renewable” energy has a negative EROEI (energy returned on energy invested). That means that it requires more energy to make, install, operate, and maintain than it generates throughout its lifetime.

blink on December 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I wonder exactly what “renewable energy” means. Ethanol has negative EROEI in addition to being bad for the ecology. But what about wind mills, geothermal, and solar? I would hope that they have positive EROEI.

thuja on December 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

The only true renewable energy sources are wood, methane, and alcohol.

Everything else is single use.

BobMbx on December 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM

He doesn’t sound like someone who has no plans to run again.

flataffect on December 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

But what about wind mills, geothermal, and solar? I would hope that they have positive EROEI.

thuja on December 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Solar photovoltaic is net energy negative, per this source:

http://www.tinaja.com/glib/pvlect2.pdf

More on energy fundamentals here:

http://www.tinaja.com/etsamp1.shtml

ZenDraken on December 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

We can see how well that worked for Fisker execs, who received quite a chunk of taxpayer money as the ship sunk:
Fisker paid its execs not to build cars

jediwebdude on December 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Finally, he’s gone way over his head on this one. He can’t triple our renewable energy use without the help of Congress, the money’s not there and if it’s not in the budget, tough luck guy. There are advantages to having a budget deal!!!

bflat879 on December 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

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canopfor on December 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Finally, he’s gone way over his head on this one. He can’t triple our renewable energy use without the help of Congress, the money’s not there and if it’s not in the budget, tough luck guy. There are advantages to having a budget deal!!!

bflat879 on December 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Don’t worry – Paul Ryan and Patty Murray will handle that.

Ward Cleaver on December 12, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Natural gas, baby. Great investment.

rickyricardo on December 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM

…and the Banjo music continues to play as every american begins to feel like Ned Beatty in ‘Deliverance’.

easyt65 on December 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

As an environmentalist, I predict that the effects on the ecology of this executive order to be devastating compared to fracking of natural gas. How did “environmentalism” come to mean this insanity?

thuja on December 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Google “Donald M. Ware”. A leading early environmentalist, he began as a UFO “contactee”.

The “contactee movement” was largely the product of the A-bomb and the early Cold War, in that a substantial number of none-too-stable people, notably university types, became terrified by the prospect that a new war fought with nuclear weapons could kill them, as opposed to just killing “peasants” by the bushel (which they had no problem with, then or now).

As such, they began imagining- and then hallucinating- benevolent “Space Brothers” (who were uniformly tall, beautiful, blond-haired, blue-eyed, and so Aryan that they’d have given Herr Schickelgruber frissons) who were inviting us into the “Peaceful Galactic Federation”- as long as we gave up on technology in general and nuclear power in particular, and became an agrarian socialist commune, ruled by- of course- the “enlightened” contactees.

(Somehow, magickal advanced technology like Flying Saucers, etc., was OK for them to have, but a flashlight was too dangerous for us to be allowed to possess.)

Ware moved over into politics in the early Sixties, when the contactee movement faded, and brought a lot of his friends with him. They became “progressives”, and began running “foundations” that spread their anti-technology gospel, notably on the left. It got grafted onto the “counter-culture” via the hippies, Est, etc., in the late Sixties.

In the mid-Seventies, the anti-war Vietnam crowd, feeling flush after their triumph (i.e, the fall of Saigon, the Cambodian killing fields, etc.), were looking for another club to beat Western civilization over the head with. And concluded that Ware’s brand of primitivist “deep ecology” was it.

Even before that, the base “environmental” movement was full of unstable, probably dangerously unhinged types, such as Rachel Carson. (She wrote her books because she blamed modern technological society for the ills she imagined she had, being a hypochondriac.) But the combination of the basic “back to the land or else!” message of the primitivists from UFO-land, and the sheer political power to be had by harnessing the ignorance and fanaticism of the counter-culture, was irresistible to the radical anti-Western left, and has been ever since.

BTW, another major source of modern “environmentalist” philosophy (anti-technology, Veganism, “holistic” medicine, Gaia-worship, etc.) was… Nazi Germany. They got it from the “German Romantic” movement of the 19th century by way of the various anti-Semitic German “occult” groups such as the Thule Society. Not to mention the queen mystic con artist of them all, “Madame” Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, who also called for a “return to the soil”.

(Blavatsky claimed to be a Russian countess. Trouble is, her Russian was even worse than her English, and her French- the language of the Russian court in Czarist days- was about at the Marseilles-waterfront level. The only language she spoke fluently was Hungarian, which probably tells you where she actually hailed from.

BTW, she coined the term “Aryan” as a reference to a distinct racial group as opposed to a description of a group of languages used in South Central Asia.)

“Environmentalism” has always been about opposition to modern civilization, the desire to destroy same, and the dream of replacing it with something more socialist, more feudal, more brutal, and less concerned with the welfare of the average person, no matter what the leaders claim.

It hasn’t been “taken over” by “insanity”. It has been insane, nihilistic, and apocalyptic right from the start.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 12, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Oh by the way, “the Obama administration is making a major policy shift by agreeing for the first time to allow thousands of new Syrian refugees into the United States” –

http://bitly.com/13Rl1MM

Coming to your neighborhood soon, but don’t expect anyone to ask you if you mind.

Chessplayer on December 12, 2013 at 8:03 PM

News flash, the Air Force is changing from jets and jet fuel to propellers. There is still some argument whether the power source will be D-Cells or very large windup keys. The Navy will be powering its smaller vessels with crews and oars. The Army will replace all their vehicle engines with electric motors and AA-Cells for the larger vehicles and windup keys for the smaller vehicles.

{+_+}

herself on December 13, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Finally, he’s gone way over his head on this one. He can’t triple our renewable energy use without the help of Congress, the money’s not there and if it’s not in the budget, tough luck guy. There are advantages to having a budget deal!!!

bflat879 on December 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Budget? Budget? We don’t need no steenking budget.-Harry Reid

yesiamapirate on December 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM