Well if mockery couldn’t stop it, we’ll do it with executive orders

After the election I'll have more flexibility, your majesty

After the election I’ll have more flexibility, your majesty

Obama moves against U.S. oil/gas producers with new methane rules.

Taking direct aim at the oil-and-gas industry, President Obama on Wednesday put forth long-awaited regulations on methane emissions, setting an ambitious goal of reducing those emissions by 45 percent over the next decade.

“The U.S. is now the largest oil-and-gas producer in the world, providing an abundant source of energy to power and heat American homes and businesses [despite Democrats’ best efforts] ,” White House energy and climate change adviser Dan Utech told reporters Wednesday morning. “At the same time, methane … is a potent greenhouse gas with 25 times the heat-trapping potential of carbon dioxide.”

Even though methane emissions are down 16 percent since 1990, the White House says they might rise over the next 10 years unless dramatic actions are taken. Under the plan laid out by the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, the oil-and-gas sector must reduce methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent by 2025.

That’s because the ridiculing of drilling advocates has failed so spectacularly.

Back when gas topped $4 a gallon, Republicans chanted “drill, baby, drill” at rallies across the country — arguing more domestic drilling would increase supplies, reduce dependence on foreign oil and boost the U.S. economy.

Democrats, almost universally, mocked the GOP plan. In 2012, President Obama called it “a slogan, a gimmick, and a bumper sticker … not a strategy.”

“They were waving their three-point plans for $2-a-gallon gas,” Obama told a laughing audience during an energy speech in Washington. “You remember that? Drill, baby, drill. We were going through all that. And none of it was really going to do anything to solve the problem.”

“‘Drill, baby, drill’ won’t lower gas prices today or tomorrow,” Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., echoed on the floor of Congress in 2012. “But it will fuel our addiction to fossil fuel.”

Today, Democrats are singing a different tune, as increased domestic drilling has led to a record supply of domestic crude, put some $100 billion into the pockets of U.S. consumers and sent world oil prices tumbling.

The price of a gallon of regular gasoline on Monday was $2.13 nationwide, and below $2 in 18 states.

There’s an agenda here, and it has nothing to do with “global warming” and everything to do with weakening the United States.

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  1. AJ

    The Left can’t stand success: it’s something they can’t control other than hurling inanities such as “if you have a business you didn’t build it,” not taking into account that it is the creators of wealth that created the jobs that paid the taxes that built the infrastructure. Oh well.

    The Left’s War on Uber, Sharing, and the Poor

    January 13, 2015•Andrew Syrios

    Uber has jumped on the scene as the quintessential example of the new technology-driven “sharing economy.” The company allows customers to request rides from a mobile app, which will select a nearby Uber driver to taxi you to your desired located. Uber itself has simply exploded, and is now worth some $40 billion dollars and made around $2 billion in revenue in 2013.

    And it’s not only a successful business story, it’s great for customers. A study from UC Berkley found that,

    Compared to Uber, Lyft [one of Uber’s competitors] and others, taxis are slow to pick up passengers — if they come at all. No matter the time of day or week … around 90 percent of ridesourcing customers were picked up in less than 10 minutes. … Those same percentages were dismal when asked of taxi customers. During the week, less than 40 percent were picked up within 10 minutes.

    And Uber is also much cheaper than taxis, even with their dreaded “surge pricing” (which, as Walter Block has shown, is a great way to reduce traffic congestion). So obviously, as with most companies that are hugely successful and offer a great service that customers love, left liberals hate it.

    Uber Must Be Stopped

    First, the self-parody that is Salon told us “Why Uber must be stopped” because Uber is the “embodiment of unrestrained hyper-capitalism” and has tried to hire away drivers from its competitor Lyft and what not. Salon then asks “The Real question … what happens when a company with the DNA of Uber ends up winning it all?” The answer is (1) it’s highly unlikely and (2) competition would come in and take a piece of “it all” which has happened over and over and over again (unless of course the government makes or protects it).

    Now comes Leo Mirani at Quartz telling us that “the secret to Uber’s success is wealth inequality.” He starts off . . .

    http://mises.org/library/left%E2%80%99s-war-uber-sharing-and-poor

  2. Publius

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/04/11/methane-the-irrelevant-greenhouse-gas/

    Methane is a fuel and pray tell why would a company that is exploring and drilling for fuel whose cost to produce is less than what the market pays ( referred to as a gross margin) allow their gross margin to escape their greedy clutches. Fracking has come a long way in a very short period of time and the advances in the technique allow for a large % of fuel capture and reduction of lost/escaped energy from the well. Methane leakage from wells is usually due to faulty seals around the well piping, so the ability to address this issue is and has been done.

    The political class, having spent no time in the private sector is oblivious to this notion of maximizing the bottom line and hence upon inspection their reason for regulation collapses. I’m sure the “Koch Brothers” knee jerk talking point # 1 will get plenty of air time (sans methane of course) as Ole Bessy farts away in the field having been grass fed and awaiting humane slaughter to be served upon the plate @ $50/lb to some limousine liberal who thinks this all wonderful.

  3. Anonymous

    Little Mugabe wants to cement his legacy on climate change. How appropriate, a legacy based on a hoax.

    • sunbeam43

      This is the best comment I’ve heard EVER! I’ve got to share it! Sorry I cannot give it a better accreditation than “Anonymous”!

  4. Anonymous

    bowing like that is an insult. symbolic, i know, but what else can we expect from the apologist in chief?

    it’s despicable.