GOP to White House: If you won’t act on natural gas, we will

posted at 4:41 pm on February 4, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Here are three separate but very much related points that President Obama made in his meandering and very much over-hyped State of the Union address the other night: 1) He touted his willingness to use his executive powers (and then some) to “act” where Congress won’t to help the economy; 2) he trumpeted natural gas as “one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back” to his otherwise meager economic ‘recovery’; and 3) he applauded increased exports as a means to help American businesses “create even more jobs.”

And, this is not a perfect storm of reasons to use “your pen and your phone” to do something the executive is actually, seriously supposed to be doing and approve more natural-gas exports, because… er, why?

The United States can only export natural gas (LNG) to countries with whom we already have special free-trade agreements, and at this exact moment, there is a stack of pending applications just sitting in the Department of Energy’s inbox. It is very much within the executive branch’s range of responsibilities to get these things done, and if Obama really wants a “year of action,” why not get to work on an action-item that is basically tailor-made to satisfy several of the goals that Obama himself just highlighted?

The GOP would like to know, and if Obama won’t “act,” then they will. Via The Hill:

House Republican leaders issued a report Tuesday calling on the Obama administration to open the global market for U.S. liquefied natural gas exports (LNG), warning they will act if the Energy Department does not.

Citing economic and geopolitical advantages, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s white paper urges the agency to approve all pending LNG export applications by the end of 2014.

The Energy Department has approved only a handful of applications, and roughly 20 are currently pending, according to Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton. …

“In essence we’re sending a friendly shot across the bow for DOE [Department of Energy] to take it up,” he said. …

“We have people all over the world clamoring for this product,” Whitfield said. “Why would this administration want to be dragging their feet on an issue like this.

Of course, the Obama administration just isn’t going to do anything they don’t want to do — because, you know, bipartisanship is only something that happens when the GOP bends to their will — but allowing for more natural-gas exports makes a lot of sense given their own stated goals. The DOE has approved four export terminals in the past five years, which is a nice start, but every day is a lost opportunity when so many countries are insanely eager to buy our product at a competitive price.

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Don’t TELL us………….SHOW us!!!!

Katfish on February 4, 2014 at 4:51 PM

King Barack TALKS a lot. But he doesn’t DO a lot.

GarandFan on February 4, 2014 at 4:58 PM

That miniature font is pretty cool.

Bishop on February 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

King Barack TALKS a lot. But he doesn’t DO a lot.

GarandFan on February 4, 2014 at 4:58 PM

That’s the whole point of Obama’s shucking and jiving. For what little he does, there is a whole lot of trash talking coming out of the White House. One example, for all the talk about delivering a higher minimum wage for federal contract workers he doesn’t point out that it only deals with new contracts and that most contract workers already make more than the new wage- meaning the virtually nobody benefits from his use of that damned pen.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM

And what exactly are they going to do when the administration just ignores them once again? Come up with another strongly worded letter promising to discuss at some future GOP retreat some action against some pet legislation of Obama’s, that everyone knows they’ll cave on even before it’s announced?

Gator Country on February 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Don’t TELL us………….SHOW us!!!!

Katfish on February 4, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Yep.

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Just sayin.’

…just talkin.’

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Justice Antonin Scalia predicts that the Supreme Court will eventually authorize another a wartime abuse of civil rights such as the internment camps for Japanese Americans during World War II.

“You are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again,” Scalia told the University of Hawaii law school while discussing Korematsu v. United States, the ruling in which the court gave its imprimatur to the internment camps.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/justice-antonin-scalia-says-world-war-ii-style-internment-camps-could-happen-again/article/2543424

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Amerika: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2014/02/04/scenes-from-a-militarized-america-iowa-family-terrorized//?print=1

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

We are living in the movie Brazil.

Murphy9 on February 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Don’t TELL us………….SHOW us!!!!

Katfish on February 4, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Quaint notion there. Reminds me of Spaceballs…

“What are you preparing? You’re always preparing! JUST GO!”

oryguncon on February 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

And what exactly are they going to do when the administration just ignores them once again? Come up with another strongly worded letter promising to discuss at some future GOP retreat some action against some pet legislation of Obama’s, that everyone knows they’ll cave on even before it’s announced?

Gator Country on February 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Take away the White House travel and entertaining budgets. Mooch would be on the case quicker than she can tear apart a lobster claw.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 5:21 PM

We are living in the movie Brazil.

Murphy9 on February 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

More like 1984 without the rationing (yet). How else but memory holes do you explain the fact that the MSM will tell you that Benghazi was a spontaneous attack, there were 8 rogue IRS employees targeting conservative groups, Obamacare is on target, and Obama won fairly in 2012.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Amerika: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2014/02/04/scenes-from-a-militarized-america-iowa-family-terrorized//?print=1

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

The most infuriating part is when the security camera shows one of the swat team cops yanking out a camera. Destruction of property charges right there.

oryguncon on February 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Amerika: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2014/02/04/scenes-from-a-militarized-america-iowa-family-terrorized//?print=1

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

The most infuriating part is when the security camera shows one of the swat team cops yanking out a camera. Destruction of property charges right there.

oryguncon on February 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Exactly. If cops aren’t doing anything wrong, why are they upset at being recorded.

That includes traffic stops.

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 5:39 PM

The most infuriating part is when the security camera shows one of the swat team cops yanking out a camera. Destruction of property charges right there.

oryguncon on February 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Yeah, they need to fire that guy because I can think of no reason why the police should be yanking out cameras when carrying out a warrant.

Funniest part is how the dog was all about going along with the cops as they went down the hallway. He was having a ball.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I suspect that if the House does act (and I hope they do as quickly as possible), the bill will find it’s way into Harry Reid’s circular file – right on top of the EU free trade bill that he’s also refusing to bring to the floor.

Athos on February 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Exactly. If cops aren’t doing anything wrong, why are they upset at being recorded.

That includes traffic stops.

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Face it, the cops will cover for one another and ignore both the property damage and the fact that they clearly exceeded the scope of their warrant.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM

The most infuriating part is when the security camera shows one of the swat team cops yanking out a camera. Destruction of property charges right there.

oryguncon on February 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Yeah, they need to fire that guy because I can think of no reason why the police should be yanking out cameras when carrying out a warrant.

Funniest part is how the dog was all about going along with the cops as they went down the hallway. He was having a ball.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Police in Harvey, Ill., shot a man in the back of the leg without cause, threatened to “shoot the shit out of” a witness with a camera, then shot to death a witness’s puppy, the wounded man and dog owner claim in federal lawsuits.

A witness tried to record the scene with his cell phone, but a Harvey officer grabbed the phone and threw it, saying “You touch the phone, I will shoot the shit out of you,” Manning says in the complaint.

http://www.alternet.org/police-shoot-puppy-witness-another-police-shooting

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 5:54 PM

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 5:54 PM

I give the police a lot of latitude. But when you see them deliberately trying to keep from having to explain their actions as they appear through video recorder or cell phone…. then something is wrong.

It is clear that the son in that Iowa family was not early selected at an Ivy League college. There were houseguests with issues. But none of that changes the fact that their civil rights were abused by jack-booted thugs who seemed intent on hiding what they were doing in that house.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Los Angeles police commission: Officers violated deadly force policy when they opened fire on a pickup during 2013 manhunt – @KFINEWS

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Reminds me of Spaceballs…
oryguncon on February 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Not every day you get to mention spaceballs in a thread…..

Renee on February 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

What exactly is the house going to do about it?

Kafir on February 4, 2014 at 7:03 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 1h

Rest easy, Ankeny, Iowa: your police have a fully armed paramilitary squadron ready to blow away any credit card scofflaws in your midst.

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Yeah but Soros owns a large stake in Brazil’s vast newly discovered energy resources, so, fuggedabowdit.

Akzed on February 4, 2014 at 7:15 PM