Ahead of power-plant regs, new report from the White House: Basically everything good that’s happened in the energy sector is because of us. You’re welcome.

posted at 1:21 pm on May 29, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Spare us, please. Via the AP:

Setting the stage for upcoming restrictions on coal-fired power plants, the Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources.

In a 42-page report to be released Thursday, the White House argues that significant increases in the domestic production of natural gas and reductions in oil consumption have better positioned the United States to advance its economic and environmental goals.

Few of the report’s conclusions are new, but it includes a detailed analysis of how past reliance on petroleum imports made the U.S. economy especially susceptible to oil price shocks, a vulnerability that White House economists say has been diminished by a reduced U.S. demand for foreign oil. …

While the White House economic report does not address those criticisms directly, it says greater domestic energy production, the use of wind and solar power and the reduction in oil consumption “have had substantial economic and energy security benefits, and they are helping to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector and thereby tackle the challenge posed by climate change.”

A quarter of the report is devoted to analyzing the economic impact of the United States’ shift from importing more energy than it produced to producing more than it imports.

Yes, which is largely thanks to the oil-and-gas production boom that has overwhelmingly gone down on state and private lands because of technological innovation in the private sector, and hardly at all thanks to the Obama administration’s deliberately slowed-down drilling permit processes and a handful of federally subsidized/technologically questionable solar farms. The fact that we are producing more oil and gas been a separate phenomenon from their ostensibly “all of the above” energy strategy, but they are perfectly happy to imply that they deserve the credit for it now that it’s one of the few really robust things we have going for us.

Here’s the White House’s report if you’re at all interested, but as the Associated Press suggests, there isn’t much new there — this is basically part of their preemptive one-two punch against the inevitable pushback they are going to get with their new regulations for existing power plants. First, they released a frightening report on the many disastrous consequences of climate change already among us, and then they release a report about the awesomeness of their energy strategy just to oh-so-humbly remind us all how very much they have supposedly done for us. Read: You will abide by our new emissions standards, no matter the consequences, and you will like it.

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Goodbye Erika!

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Can’t wait for these guys to do to the energy sector what they have done to the healthcare sector…

NotCoach on May 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

The reduction in oil consumption is also significantly impacted by the ongoing economic stagnation.

He should certainly highlight his success in this area!

s1im on May 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

If arrogance were a chemical weapon, Obama would be on trial at The Hague.

This petulant, ignorant and useless man has done nothing to position the United States in a strategically optimal position when it comes to energy and energy independence.

Good God forgive me but I just loathe this man.

turfmann on May 29, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The ObamaCons are continuously writing their own history, like it was a movie script over something. What they don’t realize, as the rest of the world does, is that its a comedy.

Reality has no effect what they say or do.

BobMbx on May 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Name the issue, and Obama’s a failure.

Yet voters and the media wanted this POS.

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

“You will abide by our new emissions standards, no matter the consequences, and you will like it.”

All of those coal fired power plants that are scheduled to be shut down due to Obowma’s failed ideology were running at 100% capacity last winter during the extended big freeze…

… What do you think is going to happen when they aren’t there next year to the millions of people that go to turn on the heat and the power goes out?

But don’t worry, Barry will have the thermostats at the White House set at a comfortable 78 while the snow falls…

… So it’s OK!

Seven Percent Solution on May 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

SHILL, BABY, SHILL!

Christien on May 29, 2014 at 1:29 PM

The beatings will continue until morale improves

lineholder on May 29, 2014 at 1:29 PM

White House: Basically everything good that’s happened in the energy sector is because of us. You’re welcome.

It’s never surprising when the WH takes credit for the good (energy production), and shifts blame for the bad (IRS, VA, Benghazi, economy, etc.).

Mark Boabaca on May 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM

“See those B17′s darkening the sky over Berlin, that’s actually a good thing. You’re welcome.”

Bishop on May 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

The good news, everything good in the energy sector is because of us. The bad news, nothing good has happened in the energy sector.

rjoco1 on May 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Mark Boabaca on May 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Yeah, but imagine how awful it would be if someone was intercepting his morning newspaper.

He might never hear about these speed bumps.

BobMbx on May 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

This petulant, ignorant and useless man has done nothing to position the United States in a strategically optimal position when it comes to energy and energy independence.

Good God forgive me but I just loathe this man.

turfmann on May 29, 2014 at 1:27 PM

There is nothing ignorant about what Obama is doing. He is “Fundamentally Transforming” America into a Marxist Utopia. Just as he promised to do, first he has to complete the destruction of the Capitalist economy, which he is accomplishing with a rather dazzling brilliance.

oscarwilde on May 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

No word on Sparky.

KCB on May 29, 2014 at 1:36 PM

White House: Basically everything good that’s happened in the energy sector is because of us. You’re welcome.

More bullshit….

At this rate the bullshit produced by the White House could power America until 2114…..

redguy on May 29, 2014 at 1:36 PM

I hope the first high electric bills are sent out in August and the first brown-outs are in October.

For those of you voters, who really believe re-electing this guy was necessary, this is why you shouldn’t have. He’d done enough damage in 4 years that it would take a new president most of that to straighten it out, I can’t even begin to imagine how long it’s going to take to straighten out the mess he’s actually implementing. If you like you plan, you can keep your plan, will seem like a minor detail when you don’t have enough power for your night light.

bflat879 on May 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Just another lie from the white house.

sadatoni on May 29, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Coal plants should SHUT DOWN immediately… we don’t need things like …ELECTRICITY for tens of MILLIONS… we have the SUN. All the coal workers can get another job…it won’t hurt anyone…. right?

originalpechanga on May 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Every new day is one day closer to no more Obama as President.

albill on May 29, 2014 at 1:44 PM

He’s so awesome!

higgins1991 on May 29, 2014 at 1:45 PM

WTF do oil imports have to do with wind and solar? The conflation of energy for electricity and energy for transportation by the Left is maddening. They ask that we not believe our lyin’ eyes.

Charlemagne on May 29, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Obama went on to thank himself for the Keystone XL pipeline completion…

Lying liar lies…dog bites man…water is wet…

jukin3 on May 29, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Reducing carbon emissions GDP growth is easy!

Spit double spit.

can_con on May 29, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Fascists sounded exactly the same.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Specify.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Sorry that you’re moving on, Erika, but best of luck in law school and in your career ahead fighting the enviro-whackos. Have always enjoyed your pieces and will miss them.

TXUS on May 29, 2014 at 1:48 PM

“See those B17′s darkening the sky over Berlin, that’s actually a good thing. You’re welcome.”

Bishop on May 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

If Obama was president on August 6, 1945, he would have told the Japanese “that one airplane up there is going to provide you a couple of extra minutes of brilliant light. You’re welcome”.

TulsAmerican on May 29, 2014 at 1:50 PM

King Barky the Liar also took full responsibility for tens of millions of GovMtr’s Volts being sold.

jukin3 on May 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM

When you’ve got NOTHING, publish bullshit. At least 33% (low IQ, low-info voters) will believe it because their Obamassiah says so.

GarandFan on May 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Read: You will abide by our new emissions standards, no matter the consequences, and you will like it.

And if we can’t use cheap, clean, and plentiful natural gas to produce power because of regulations on carbon dioxide dictated by the EPA in 2010, and there are rolling blackouts, well that’s too F’n bad.

King Putt is the one we’ve been waiting for to heal the planet! Let the sun shine in on Solyndra panels! Why worry if the lights go out? Embrace the suck!

Steve Z on May 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Because you know, um, at some point, uh you’ve really got enough:

Money
Liberty
Energy
Freedom
Prosperity
Privacy

I keep thinking of GWB during the financial crisis meeting saying “this sucker’s goin’ down”. Obama probably was thinking to himself, what a lightweight. I’ll show you how it’s really done.

can_con on May 29, 2014 at 1:58 PM

The fact that we are producing more oil and gas been a separate phenomenon from their ostensibly “all of the above” energy strategy, but they are perfectly happy to imply that they deserve the credit for it now that it’s one of the few really robust things we have going for us.

Just start walking around New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco telling liberal Democrats that — based on today’s report — the Obama Administration’s proudly taking full responsibility for the current oil and gas fracking boom. It’s not true, of course, but their reactions would be priceless.

jon1979 on May 29, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Maybe when Boehners tanning bed goes dark there will be something done about the EPA and their war on human existence.

StubbornGreenBurros on May 29, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Name the issue, and Obama’s a failure.

Yet voters and the media wanted this POS.

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

They either aren’t aware of the issues/failures, or simply don’t want to hear about them. And, the old standbys…blame Bush, the Koch Brothers, the TEA Party, a generic incompetent, obstructionist “Congress” and so on.

If only everyone in the country would have gotten behind The One, then we wouldn’t be having all these problems…everything would have been fixed long ago…duuuuh.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

He blames Bush for everything; here is something Bush did promote, fracking, and not a word of credit.

Tater Salad on May 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

I am unclear as to how this administration has the balls to take credit for this. They’ve done exactly the opposite.

jaywemm on May 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

He blames Bush for everything; here is something Bush did promote, fracking, and not a word of credit.

Tater Salad on May 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Yeah, it would be easy enough to sign off on whatever these companies need to get fossil fuels out of the ground…but yet they won’t.

The big question is…why?

I don’t buy this junk about “appeasing the Greenies” and all that. That’s cover.

Could be ideological-that is, the continuing de-industrialization of America.

But somehow, some way I think it comes down more to $. Question is, how does the One and Co. profit off of this? They must be holding out on the permissions in return for the appropriate bribe.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Every new day is one day closer to no more Obama as President.

albill on May 29, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Not so fast… The leftist cabal that has hijacked the levers of ultimate power will not relinquish it willingly. Do you think Michelle! 2016 is out of the realm of possibility? (how historic!!) Do you think the manufacture of a martial-law level ‘crisis’ to cancel elections is beyond these people?

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, we are entering a very dark age, and I don’t mean just power plants shutting down.

Harbingeing on May 29, 2014 at 2:11 PM

People! Let’s be clear here! This man doesn’t always walk on water but when he doesn’t, he blames Bush. Everything good in the universe is due to this god.

coolrepublica on May 29, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Yes, and good luck Erika. You will be missed.

Chuck Ef on May 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Happy to report some great news from here in New Hampshire. This hasn’t been picked up by the National Democrat Media yet, and probably never will, but wind power suffered a huge defeat here this week.

Firm Scraps Proposed Grafton Wind Farm

The developer of a proposed 23-turbine wind farm southeast of Cardigan Mountain has scrapped the project because of an unfavorable political and regulatory climate in New Hampshire, the project’s developer said Tuesday.

The Wild Meadows project, which originally would have included about a dozen wind turbines in Grafton, was scaled back last year to the towns of Danbury and Alexandria, N.H., but would have been visible from parts of Grafton and atop Cardigan Mountain.

In February, developer Iberdrola had said the $150 million project was temporarily on “pause” while it worked on outstanding issues at a 24-turbine farm in Groton, N.H. At the time, company spokesman Paul Copleman said the company remained committed to Wild Meadows.

Ibredola is a huge Spanish company. In their “press release” on Tuesday, they blamed the NH political climate (even though NH is run by Democrats now) and they also blamed the stupidity of the New Hampshire residents for not embracing 492 foot tall towers. Of course, what they didn’t mention is that all of the power produced by their wind farm would have been sold out of state.

A hypocritical side issue to this: the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Northeast’s version of the Sierra Club, never protested the Groton wind farm, even though it was directly across the valley from one of the only Peregrine Falcon nesting sites in New Hampshire and was also visible from the Appalachian Trail. But they did protest this proposed wind farm, because…it would have been in their own back yard. AMC runs a huge lodge at the base of Mt. Cardigan and some of the towers would have been visible from there.

Del Dolemonte on May 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Translation:

Never mind that you are paying double for energy. Never mind that you are freezing in the winter, broiling in the summer. I Barack Hussein Obama mmmm mmmm mmmm have allowed you to have energy. Hey I could make you read by candlelight and heat your meals over a camp stove. See how generous I and my Dem comradesfriends are to you plebes? You’re welcome

neyney on May 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

This “drops mic” meme needs to be nipped in the bud.

Missy on May 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

The GOP might as well start arguing that new abortion regulations actually increase access to abortions.

crrr6 on May 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

might as well lie about whater he wants there isnt a single patriot left in america to do anything about it.

Murphy9 on May 29, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Good info Del

A+

DanMan on May 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Hi Erika,

I’ve enjoyed your posts since you started here and am sorry to see you go. Congratulations on your full scholarship. Keep up the good fight to the extent that you can. You will be a formidable opponent to the leftist hacks.

All the best!

MisterElephant on May 29, 2014 at 3:21 PM

A caller to Rush today summed up Barry’s strategy perfectly:

If it ain’t broke, fix it until it is.

slickwillie2001 on May 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM