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We need a new energy president

Published: Tue, October 9, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

We need a new energy president

Today, as hundreds of mil- lions of dollars are being distributed to local landowners, as billions are being invested by oil field companies offering hundreds of jobs, and now hearing the steady drumbeat for training to fill the seemingly endless supply of coming jobs; we must look to see who will support those industries —our future — and vote accordingly.

In short, we must become energy voters. So where does our president stand with his energy vote? Since taking office President Obama has:

1. Decimated the coal industry by killing coal fired power plants and affordable electricity.

2. Gave billions to Brazil to develop their offshore oil assets while shutting down the U.S. Gulf of Mexico exploration for nearly a year.

3. Killed the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring cheaper Canadian oil to market in U.S. refineries and create thousands of jobs to build it; while Ambassador Richard Morningstar recently said that “The United States is ready to help Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Turkey build the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline in the speediest possible manner.”

4. Enacted EPA air quality standards in 2014 that will impair the well servicing companies’ ability to stimulate wells; ultimately making it more difficult to make wells produce the oil and gas.

5. Limited drilling on most federal lands across America.

6. Given billions of dollars to now bankrupt “Green energy” companies like Solyndra, with more of them failing every day.

7. In spite of reduced demand for gasoline, American’s cost of fueling our cars and trucks has doubled during this president’s tenure. His “all of the above strategy” is skewed towards a combination of crony capitalism and NIMBYism. It bears almost no resemblance to the capitalism that brought America to the forefront of every industry in the last 200 years.

In spite of this president, the private sector increased oil and gas production in America, and we are next.

If we truly “vote our pocketbooks,” then we must look clearly at the fact that Northeast Ohio is becoming a focal point for the energy independence America must have.

We need to become energy voters or the bonus checks being distributed today might be the last of the payments we will see.

Dan Crouse, Warren


1kurtw(864 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I agree. Only problem is fossil energy, using it, is bad. It will increase Global Warming and within a 100 years or so Los Angelos and, most likely, the entire state of California will disappear.

On second thought, lets burn Coal!

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2palmer16121(116 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Dan, i would somewhat agree with you, but I mostly disagree with you. I am sure you're well aware that the big oil lobby will do everything in thei power to make sure everything you listed off is changed (in their favor). They obviously dno't want to change up their cash cow through the US government. Also keep in mind the Keystone XL pipeline was slated to be ran on an earthquake prone area...the New Madrid Fault. If an earthquake hits there...then it'd be a worse disaster than the Deepwather Horizon well in 2010.

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3cambridge(3013 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

The entire world uses more clean renewable energy every day. Anyone that thinks that drilling, mining and polluting are preferable over using the sun, wind, geothermal and other clean sources of energy are fools.

China is flooding the market with government funded solar panels and wind turbines while America gets left behind in their manufacturing.

You could take all the oil, gas and coal in the world and eliminate them and the worlds population would survive and not miss a beat. Eliminate the worlds supply of clean water and air and everyone on earth would be gone in days.

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4AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

The Gulf of Mexico did not have enough oil spilled into it. We need to pipe some extra in from Canada.

We must continue to give tax breaks to oil companies so the can profit $30 Billion a quarter.

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5DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Dan, electricity prices aren't up at all. Gas is cheaper to burn so maybe those coal plants should convert instead of closing.

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6DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Also, I've never understood why people want the XL pipeline. Right now much of that oil goes to refineries in the midwest. If you pipe it to the gulf of mexico it gets refined and exported to other countries. So we get higher prices because the oil supply dries up and the Canadians make all the money for selling it.

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7cambridge(3013 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

The city of Alameda, California (population 75,00) has had it's own city run power company for 125 years. All electricity is 66% clean and renewable and for an extra $6.00 a month a household can be 100% clean and renewable.

The future is already here. The sun isn't going to stop shining and the winds aren't going to die. We know how to harness and store that energy. If America doesn't step up we will be left behind in what is going to transform this planet environmentally and economically.


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8HappyBob(285 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Dear Andersonathan,
How many times did Thomas Edison fail?
How many times did Apple fail?
You get the idea...
As every venture capitalist knows (including Mitt Romney)," nothing ventured, nothing gained"
A better, more revealing question is this: What percent of the money allocated for advancing green energy are failures?
If the failure rate is excessive, then consider curtailing investment.
But just because you experience some failures, is not a valid reason to abandon the search for new technologies. Giving up is defeatism, and I would propose that American is not about defeatism.

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9cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

$90 billion dollars of taxpayer money for GREEN Energy ? Just because this is Obama's pet project, why should Americans pay for FAILURE ?

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10cambridge(3013 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

cathylukasko....More than a trillion dollars of taxpayer money for OIL in Iraq. Just because that is bush's pet project, why should Americans pay for FAILURE?

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11walter_sobchak(1912 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

If the foray into Iraq was all about making money for Bush, Cheney, anf their oil company friends, why is gas almost $4 per gallon after almost 4years of Barack Hussein Obama, our first black muslim president?

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12cambridge(3013 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Gas is almost $4 per gallon so big gas and oil can make record profits quarter after quarter. It's what they do.

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13Ret(39 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

"How many times did Thomas Edison fail?
How many times did Apple fail?"

Good point, But just how many US tax dollars where given to Thomas Edison to invent the light bulb?

And was Steve Jobs was also on the goverment's dime the same as Solyndra?

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14chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Gas at the pump has doubled because of the weak US dollar from the Obama-Fed quantitative easing.

Monetary policy is driving this increase, not the oil companies.

Also, great job, andersonnathan on your post

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15cambridge(3013 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

hunter2....We just disagree what energy should be used.

You are for workers going down in coal mines and burning coal. I'm for those same workers building and installing wind turbines and solar panel farms.

You're for using our clean water supply for forcing oil and gas to the surface so we can burn it. I'm for using the energy of the sun, wind, tides, geothermal and any other clean and renewable source. Call me crazy.

My way is the future of the worlds energy but America is getting left behind because of people like you.

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16JME(801 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Not too many months ago you defended Obama and said the high gasoline price was due to the higher barrel price for oil; which it was then and under Bush.
Now your saying it's all because of the greedy gas/oil companies and their profits?
Good to see you still flip-flop and change your stories. I suppose now you'll change the subject.

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17newsmaker1(127 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

We badly need an Energy President, We need to use Gas,Oil Coal to be a Great Manufacturing nation. Those are the 3 keys, then less corporate taxes to attract more private investmen money, its produces private sector jobs.

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18WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I guess it's safe to say that DwightK, Cambridge, AAC, FLHTCUI and the rest of the Green Energy Goofballs aren't Engineers, Scientists or Mathematicians. If they were they would EASILY understand that all the "Green Energy" in the US, combined, cannot even BEGIN to scratch current production levels.

Electricity production from natural gas outperforming coal? Obviously a completely moronic statement. Go look up the number of megawatts produced by an NG facility versus coal. Not even close. We'd need double the number of NG plants versus coal plants just to keep even. Wind? Joking, right? The industry would be blowing in the wind without TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES. The "industry" is SO expensive it cannot exist without mama feeding the baby constantly. The second that subsidies dry up the wind farms are toast. Cost per megawatt is sky high compared to coal. Solar? Same. Worse even.

Even a basic grasp of Thermodynamics for the users mentioned would answer all of their questions and more. And therein lies the point. The people spouting off about green this and green that simply are uneducated on the topics and are unable to understand the needed material- Calculus, Physics, Thermodynamics, Engineering. Go back to school folks and maybe you'll stand a chance of understanding how stupid the current concepts of "Green Energy" actually are. Until then maybe you could just stop spouting off about things you know nothing about. Thanks!

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19WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Under the "Green Energy President" we have:

-Al Qaeda is ALIVE
-Gasoline prices up 250%
-47 million on FOOD STAMPS
-Grocery prices up 15%
-16.2 trillion dollars in DEBT
-MILLIONS left the labor force
-43 months of 8%+ unemployment
-Income down 8.2%
-Ambassador DEAD
-Benghazi cover up.
-Fast n Furious cover up

King O-Blame-Everyone-Else has to GO!

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20WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

The complete list of Green Energy Failures. These are all faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies sponsored by President O-Blame-Everyone-Else-a:

1 Evergreen Solar ($24 million)*
2 SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
3 Solyndra ($535 million)*
4 Beacon Power ($69 million)*
5 AES’s subsidiary Eastern Energy ($17.1 million)
6 Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
7 SunPower ($1.5 billion)
8 First Solar ($1.46 billion)
9 Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
10 EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
11 Amonix ($5.9 million)
12 National Renewable Energy Lab ($200 million)
13 Fisker Automotive ($528 million)
14 Abound Solar ($374 million)*
15 A123 Systems ($279 million)*
16 Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)
17 Johnson Controls ($299 million)
18 Schneider Electric ($86 million)
19 Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
20 ECOtality ($126.2 million)
21 Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
22 Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
23 Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
24 Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
25 Range Fuels ($80 million)*
26 Thompson River Power ($6.4 million)*
27 Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
28 LSP Energy ($2.1 billion)*
29 UniSolar ($100 million)*
30 Aure Dynamics ($120 million)*
31 GreenVolts ($500,000)
32 Vestas ($50 million)
33 LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($150 million)
34 Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
35 Navistar ($10 million)
36 Satcon ($3 million)*

*Companies that have filed for bankruptcy.

Reproduced from http://blog.heritage.org/2012/10/18/p...

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21penguin86(11 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Everybody should watch(for free on Armstrong on Demand) Obama 2016. A well done documentary on what makes Obama tick. Its something the Main stream media should have done 4 years ago.

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22cambridge(3013 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

william, swing on this....This is the second time that I've seen you post this same BS list. The very first company on your list, Evergreen Solar received NO federal funding and I've provided a link as proof just like i did the last time you posted your BS.

It took about a minute to find that link but I'm not going to bother looking up the rest for you. Don't you know by now that when you lie on this board people are going to call you out? I know that doesn't matter to teabagger/republicans, they will just tell the same lie again tomorrow. Just shows how desperate these clowns are.


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23WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago


They received taxpayer funded guarantees, just like Solyndra. $25 million worth.


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24cambridge(3013 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Your link shows that the US government provided almost 3.5 million loans for American companies just like we always have. I guess this is the first time a hand full has failed.

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25WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago


My link? You think I am the government? You come back at me acting like the list I posted is "lies" and post some bogus, nonsense link to an almost unrelated topic in some liberal rag. I completely DESTROY your claim with a link to a government website and the correct information, which you disputed and all you have to say is some lame-assed attempt to change the subject? You are wrong and you lose dirtbag. Admit it. The company did get taxpayer funded guarantees, just like Solyndra, from O-blame-ya and now they are bankrupt- just like I said. Admit it.

But you will not admit you were wrong so you can eat it you scumbag dem loser. The list is correct and you are a LIAR. Now go get your shinebox. I want them shining like mirrors.

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26WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

These failures are unique. They are all "green" companies with dubious claims and products. To my knowledge previous administrations did not risk taxpayer money on these "gimmick green" companies. Only O-blame-ya has sunk hundreds of BILLIONS into worthless, fraudulent "green" companies.

Make sure you vote Romney by the way. Did you know that under O-Blame-Bush-For-Everything we have these things occurring?

-Al Qaeda is ALIVE
-Gasoline prices up 250%
-47 million on FOOD STAMPS
-Grocery prices up 15%
-16.2 trillion dollars in DEBT
-MILLIONS left the labor force
-43 months of 8%+ unemployment
-Income down 8.2%
-Ambassador DEAD
-Benghazi cover up.
-Fast n Furious cover up
-Billions wasted on fraudulent "green" projects

King O-Blame-Everyone-Else has to GO!

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