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Multiple Standing Ovations For Governor Sarah Palin at Houston Energy Summit

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Before Sarah Palin was Governor of Alaska [and after she was term limited out as Mayor of Wasilla] she was Chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. One of the most powerful jobs in Alaska, and the oil and gas industry as a whole.

Once elected Governor, Palin was then elected Chairman of the nation’s Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, which comprises all of the oil and gas producing states in America. The National Governors Association, comprised of Governors from all 50 states elected Palin as Chairman of their Natural Resources Commission.

Palin is a recognized expert on oil and gas production and has been involved in exploration and developing best practices and ethics for the industry.

She is quite famous for taking on Big Oil, numerous times. So much so, industry insiders wrote the best seller Sarah Takes On Big Oil which is still available through Amazon.

By Gary P Jackson

Governor Palin headlined the Decision’s Maker’s Breakfast at the North American Prospect Expo in Houston on Thursday. She was greeted by a standing ovation and left to one as well. “It’s always a pleasure to be back in Alaska’s sister state Texas.” Palin told the excited audience.

When asked, she still isn’t ruling out a presidential run in 2016. Many in the media are ridiculing her for not committing, never mind most so-called hopefuls haven’t either. Here’s the thing. Governor Palin still has her TV show on The Sportsman Channel and new episodes, already filmed, are still airing. Once she declares, The Sportsman Channel will be forced to discontinue airing episodes. There are only a handful of episodes left that haven’t aired. I have no idea whether Palin will, or will not run. I do know there is absolutely no hurry for her to declare, especially when basically no one else has, yet. We all know the rules seem to be different for Governor Palin, but come on!

We have some excepts from Governor Palin’s speech, sourced from several reports. Her speech included a moderated question and answer session. [Which will be reflected by highlighting questions asked]

Energy is my baby. I absolutely love it. It’s the theme that I miss most about my governing responsibilities. Being able to help spur investment and exploration and development and, you know, responsibly extracting that most valuable resource we have in Alaska and so many other places. And being able to feed and fuel our great nation with what God has created for man’s responsible use.”

My husband Todd started off with BP on the North Slope of Alaska. We raised our kids with that North Slope lifestyle. Thank you so much for paying my bills for many years.

About Obama asking Congress to designate parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska as a wilderness area, although he will look into opening the Atlantic coast to oil and gas exploration:That’s a bogus exchange. The Atlantic potential out there has already been tried. … Picture a football field — that’s ANWR — and a postage stamp. That’s the size of what we need to explore.

Not to mention the fact offshore drilling has major environmental risks not found when drilling on land! ~ Gary

Concerning slumping oil prices and job cuts:Now is the time to start planning for more drilling, for more production. With downturned prices like this, it gives y’all a chance to sort of catch a breath, right, and plan for the future. We can look at it as the glass half empty or half full. Of course, the half empty part is the job losses. From a humanitarian standpoint, it’s sad to see people threatened with their employment. But, on the other hand, these low oil prices can actually really help spur our economy and, ultimately, help the industry.

Right now low oil prices are helping to spur our economy, though they are hurting the oil and gas industry. Now is the time to plan for more drilling and more production. It’s a time to catch your breath and plan for the future.

Can government do anything to help the industry at this time?Usually government just gets in the way, and is so much of the problem in our economy. But right now government can spur more production by lifting the export ban.

But instead of common sense moves like that, the administration is hurting the industry by blocking Keystone XL, by pursuing land grab in Alaska. By enabling an EPA guilty of vast regulatory overreach. The punative aspect of it is to really stick it to the American people.

The president is not for American energy independence. If he were he wouldn’t be trying to lock up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. That’s 20 million more acres he wants to lock up from development.

All we need to explore and develop ANWR is a 2,000 acre swath. Alaska is 400 million acres when you consider our water and land. A postage stamp in the middle of a football field. That’s all the land we need to develop.

As for the Keystone XL pipline:It’s a no-brainer. It’s basic infrastructure. We have millions of mile of pipe streaming across this country. It’s the safest way to transport friendly fuel. It’s a shame [President Obama] has taken off the possibilities for America and for Canada to transport this fuel. It will get to market somehow.

Currently the oil in question is being transported by rail. There have been numerous spills due to derailments. NOT having the Keystone Pipeline is an environmental disaster. With the pipelines, spills are virtually none existent. Conspiracy theories have sprouted due to the fact the railroad used is owned by one of Obama’s top cronies, Warren Buffet. In public Buffet has said he is for the pipeline, even though it would hurt his bottom line. ~ Gary

The administration is not understanding the inherent link between energy and security and energy and prosperity. He’s rewarding the environmentalists who are extreme in saying there would be environmental harm in developing ANWR. They worry about the impact on the moose and caribou. Well we’ve had the Trans-Alaska Pipeline for decades, and that pipeline has not been adverse at all.

On the contrary, “the animals like the warmth that the pipeline gives off. “The animals mate under the pipeline. I haven’t actually seen it but that’s what I’m told. If oil and gas development is risky to wildlife, if it is to hurt one caribou, then that one caribou should take one for the team and allow the rest of the country to benefit.

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Governor Sarah Palin and her team in front of the Trans-Alaska pipeline.

Speaker John Boehner, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, they took the time to fly up to Alaska and actually visit ANWR. The president has never been up there. Politicians need to take the time to see for themselves what they’re voting on.

I can’t wait for 2016. That election I can see from my house. I hope for a GOP candidate who understands energy and understands infrastructure.

Hillary Clinton will be the Democrat candidate because she has the money. After her, it’s a shallow bench.”

Is there any chance a dark horse could emerge to challenge her?Not really, because of the money. Hillary Clinton will seize the opportunity to collect those funds. Hillary is it.

As for Vice President Joe Biden?He’s been in politics long enough to have voted against the Trans-Alaska pipeline.

Palin says the field of GOP candidates representa deep bench.”

Common sense conservatives — we’re going to have our hands full.

Is Sarah Palin considering a run?I’m so sorry you asked that. It’s just too early. But a lot can change.”

Can we win?I don’t underestimate the wisdom of the people. Enough is enough for this hopey changey stuff that didn’t work.” America needs common sense. America needs to reclaim exceptionalism.

Candidate Obama promised to fundamentally transform America. But we don’t need that. We need to restore what’s great about America.

On the topic of international relations:

It’s been said that Saudi Arabia has recently been trying to seek back bigger market share. To penalize the shale players. And that the U.S. is going along with it to extract penalties against Putin and Iran.

But a side effect is that the U.S. is becoming more of the global oil swing player. The Saudis are basically allowing America to take over the decide on production levels and the market.

With so much of the world oil supply dominated by OPEC and Saudi Arabia, it’s just such a shame that we are so enormously under the influence of foreign countries.

We want to get out from under that. That’s why I support things like Keystone and fracking and horizontal drilling.

America should have the ultimate goal of being really energy independent, instead of going over to Saudi Arabia and bowing before the king. We don’t want to have to rely on what’s going on over there.

It’s tough to imagine that the Middle East can get even worse than it is, when you consider the evil. The terrorists spreading out across the globe. America losing its position of strength.

But it will get worse.

The Saudis will try to get rid of competition, which includes America.

Russia will be a problem as well.Putin is like a wounded bear. Very unpredictable. He still has the KGB in him. He bullies his neighbors.

There’s reports out there that billionaire Russians out there are helping to fund some U.S. environmental groups that oppose fracking and basic developments here so that the public will want to ratchet down production. That would bolster the position of the Saudis. The Russians. These dollars coming into environmental groups. I would like to find out whether that’s true.

America has to stand up to all this. It’s a psychological, emotional type thing. Our young people are losing the sense of what it means to be America. The Constitution, freedoms. What we will do on our lands. How we will responsibly develop God-given resources for our use. The founding fathers created a blueprint to allow us to be exceptional. We are exceptional.

Freedom isn’t free. You have to fight for it. That’s why I support the U.S. military. They are America’s true heroes.

Thanks to Michelle McCormick for her hard work and contributions.

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Governor Sarah Palin: Why “Drill Baby, Drill” was Right

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By Gary P Jackson

This op-ed by Governor Palin originally appeared in the Texas Tribune and she posted a note on Facebook :

It’s always a pleasure returning to the beautiful Lone Star State. This week I’m in Houston speaking with the industrious men and women of America’s oil patch at the North American Prospect Expo. These are the unsung heroes of our nation’s energy renaissance.

In the brutal economic environment of the last six years, one sector had good news to report, and it came straight out of America’s oil patch. From 2007 to 2012, employment in the energy industry rose a dramatic 31.6 percent while employment nationwide fell 2.7 percent. U.S. oil production increased from 6.5 million barrels per day in 2012 to 7.4 million barrels per day in 2013, and in December, the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas produced its billionth barrel of oil. Thanks to American energy entrepreneurs’ drive and innovation, we’ve surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest oil and gas producer. This truly is a great American success story, and it’s a proud moment for those of us determined to educate D.C. bureaucrats on the link between energy and our security and prosperity.

Apparently, the president is pretty proud, too. In his State of the Union address last month, he boasted about the surge in oil and gas drilling, saying, “We are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years.” From the way he’s talking, you’d think he coined the phrase “drill, baby, drill.” But it was just three years ago while campaigning in Miami that he lectured, “We can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.” Respectfully, Mr. President, “yes we can.” And yes we did. Average gas prices were well over $3 in 2012, but in the first months of 2015, they’re near $2, with some states enjoying even lower prices.

Despite his newfound appreciation for drilling, the president fails to mention that most production is on private and state lands out of his control rather than on federal lands he can over-regulate and lock up. In fact, under the Obama administration, natural gas production on federal lands — onshore and offshore — has fallen an astonishing 28 percent while production on private and state lands, many sitting atop prolific shale plays like the Bakken and Eagle Ford, thankfully increased by 33 percent. Similarly, under Obama, oil production on federal lands has fallen 6 percent but increased by 61 percent on nonfederal lands.

Though they like to take credit for this energy renaissance, politicians weren’t the ones who searched the shale formations for resources to extract. It was our private sector, and its responsible use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, that spearheaded the shale gas surge.

Our nation is blessed with the natural resources, the knowledge and the workforce to now take this energy renaissance to the next level. What we lack is the political leadership and courage to do so. T. Boone Pickens summed up the problem by observing that “a five-minute conversation on energy can’t happen in Washington, because within three minutes, you’ve run out of everything they know.” The private sector’s natural adversary has always been the market forces of supply and demand, so the last thing it needs is the artificial adversarial forces of political machinations.

Alaskans understand both of these frustrations. We know the challenges of wildly fluctuating oil prices. During the heyday of our trans-Alaska oil pipeline, oil prices were high, the boom was on and state government spent fast. Then the bottom fell out: $9 per barrel. Alaskans drove around with bumper stickers that read, “Dear God, give us another oil boom and we promise not to piss it away this time.” Alaskans also know the frustration of fighting against politicians in D.C. who constantly attempt to lock up huge swaths of our resource-rich Arctic land and water. Just last month, the Obama administration released a plan to potentially expand offshore drilling in Virginia and the Carolinas while placing millions of acres in Alaska off limits to future development. The president’s advisers would have you believe he’s being pragmatic, but to those in Houston and Anchorage, it looks like pretzel logic.

If the administration sincerely wanted to help our domestic energy sector, it would lift the four-decade-old ban on exporting crude oil. American producers shouldn’t have to beg permission of our own government to export our resources while the White House negotiates increased oil exports with Iran. For an administration not shy about acting on its own, it has no excuse to ignore this and not even consider lifting the ban. I challenge the watchdog press to ask why this is so.

The energy sector has been a star athlete, and Washington is scrambling on the sidelines, unaware of how to react. Let’s remind them that our government is supposed to work for us, not get in our way. Let’s tell them, “Just watch.” Watch how America’s oil patch fuels our nation’s economic engine. Watch how continued investment, innovation, exploration and production allow the U.S. to remain the global economic powerhouse. Watch the men and women of America’s new energy boomtowns in states like Texas show the bureaucrats in D.C. that no matter what roadblocks are placed in their way, they’ll find a way through and build a stronger America.

Besides the facts Governor Palin always brings to the table, the most interesting thing, to me, is where the appeared originally. The Texas Tribune is based in Austin, Texas and is as far left in it’s editorial content as can be. Kudos to the Tribune for hosting the Governor’s op-ed and allowing it to be seen by an audience that wouldn’t normally take the time to read anything Palin writes. Now let the further speculation regarding 2016 begin!

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Energy Experts to Obama: You’re Not Telling The Truth About America’s Vast Reserves

By Gary P Jackson

We’ve continually noted that the United States has enough reserves to be completely energy independent for centuries, if we would just tap that energy. In June of 2008 Kiplingers ran an article stating:

… untapped reserves are estimated at about 2.3 trillion barrels, nearly three times more than the reserves held by Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties (OPEC) and sufficient to meet 300 years of demand-at today’s levels-for auto, aircraft, heating and industrial fuel, without importing a single barrel of oil.

That doesn’t take into account all of the natural gas and coal we have. As Whitney Pitcher reported a year ago, there are 1.67 QUADRILLIAN [1,670 trillion] cubic feet of natural gas in the arctic alone. And we have the world’s largest recoverable coal reserves. And we haven’t even talked about nuclear yet.

The fact is, the United States is the most energy rich nation on the planet, and yet, thanks to decades long policies, put forth by both political parties, we are beholden to the rest of the world for the energy we need.

We’ve allowed radicals and “green” fanatics, as well as scam artists looking to make a buck off the “green” movement, to set our energy policy. How idiotic is that?

Energy, and it’s pricing, drives the economy. High energy prices are killing our economy. So is the fact we import, rather than use our own energy. We are losing hundreds of thousands of jobs, and between $700 billion and a trillion in revenue annually.

It’s insane.

Jim Angle has more on this:

In almost every energy speech, President Obama makes this statement: “We’ve got 2 percent of the world oil reserves. We use 20 percent.

But there’s more to those numbers than meet the eye.

It’s accurate but extremely misleading,” says Dan Kish of Institute for Energy Research, which is supported by the industry. “What he is talking about is oil we already have found.”

Misleading, he argues, because the president is pointing to “proven” reserves, which is some 21 billion barrels, but the U.S. is sitting on vast reserves of untapped energy that are far greater.

One federal agency says there’s 10 times more — 219 billion barrels more –, in what is called “technically recoverable” energy.

Another agency in the Energy Department says there’s 20 times that much, or 400 billion barrels more, and some in the industry claim there’s 60 times that amount, meaning some 1.4 trillion barrels in untapped resources.

That’s energy the government knows we have but that has not yet been drilled for. Industry experts argue it’s there for the taking.

The trillion-plus barrels of oil in this country, more oil than in Saudi Arabia, is not counted by the president, and I think that’s misleading the American people,” John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil, said.

With those kinds of resources, the U.S. could continue at its current consumption rate for 200 years without any imports, Kish of IER said. “And add Canada and Mexico? The numbers go off the chart.”

But not everyone thinks we should be drilling more.

We are addicted right now — there’s no question about that. But there’s a question about how do we get off of that addiction,” Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth, said.

The president prefers to emphasize weaning ourselves off of oil, which reduces the urgency to drill. And Pica and many other environmentalists agree.

I don’t think that it is a good decision for this country or for the globe, realistically, to push for maximum drilling,” Pica said. “The atmosphere just can’t hold that much carbon dioxide anymore.

Obama refers to the more limited number of proven reserves as a way to argue it would be futile to drill for more oil — because it could never be enough to meet our needs.

As much as we’re doing to increase oil production,” Obama says, “we’re not going to be able to just drill our way out of the problem of high gas prices.

Some of us believe that the president is trying to suggest that we don’t have adequate resource here in the United States, which is just not true,” says Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, another industry group.

Analysts point out that proven reserves were 20 billion barrels back in 1944. But we’ve produced some 170 billion barrels since then, and proven reserves are still just over 20 billion.

In fact, one industry analyst says by tapping American oil along with Canadian resources and renewable energy, the U.S. could be self sufficient in just 12 years.

More here.

We already know global warming is a hoax. We also know that energy exploration, due to all of the regulations, is safer and more environmentally friendly in the U.S. than in any other country. There is simply no excuse for our nation to continue it’s dependence on other countries, many who hate us, when we have so many reserves right here.

We also know that adding supply to the market will cause prices to come down. Even the hint that we are really going to get serious about becoming energy independent would cause oil prices to plummet.

Currently the prices are rising on fears of confrontation with Iran. If that oil is taken off the market, all bets are off.

Of course, that brings us to another important issue that Obama and “Team Green” refuse to consider. One of the reasons we put up with rogue nations, nations that threaten the entire world, is the need for cheap oil.

Our foreign policy would look a lot different if we were completely energy independent.

Obama is lying to the American people, the “greens” are lying to the American people, and it’s time we stand up and demand real change.

There is no excuse for not America not being energy independent.

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Karen Harrington: ANWR is Vital to National Energy Independence

By Gary P Jackson

Karen Harrington is running for Congress out of Florida’s 20th district. That’s the seat currently held by DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She’s come out strong for energy security and say the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge [ANWR] is the place to start.

Harrington writes about the need for energy security on her website:

ANWR is Vital to National Energy Independence

The Republican led House of Representatives just passed an energy bill that would help our country move in the right direction towards energy independence. But like most of the other important legislation that House Republicans have sent over to the Democratic-controlled Senate, this bill will either be shelved or voted down, even as gas prices in the United States hover around $4 a gallon and the prospects for higher gas prices are likely this coming summer. The Senate should act swiftly and pass this House energy bill.

President Obama has done his best to play energy politics at every opportunity while he has avoided enacting a bona fide energy policy that serves the national interest. Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline was a monumentally foolish decision that not only hurts us economically and kills jobs,it continues to leave us vulnerable to the whims of OPEC and to the increasingly dangerous regimes in Venezuela and Iran. 
 
For starters, why aren’t we drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska? The ANWR region in Alaska is estimated to have 21 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, but these reserves have not been tapped because of unfounded concerns by environmental activists who believe drilling would endanger the environment and could cause catastrophic damage ‘if’ an accident were to happen.

These are the same people who opposed the initial building of the Alaskan pipeline partly due to concerns that the Caribou’s migratory patterns would be interrupted— a claim which has subsequently been proven wrong, as the Caribou population has actually increased since the construction of the pipeline.

Nowhere more than Alaska – Alaskans – would be impacted by development in ANWR. And here in Alaska, our constituents, the people who live here, want it drilled. So that tells you that we have confidence in the safety and the responsibility that we’ll see there with the development of ANWR… we’re talking about a sliver of the coastal plain of Alaska being explored and drilled for oil. It’s about a footprint of a 2000-acre plot of land. That’s smaller than the footprint of LAX, for instance.

~Governor Sarah Palin, 2008 Interview with Larry Kudlow

The recent rise in oil prices is partly fueled by the increasing tensions in the Middle East and concerns about a possible naval showdown in the straits of Hormuz.  Coupled with the increasing threat that emanates from Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and his closer collaboration with Iran, it makes zero sense to continue with our self-defeating national energy policy that is intentionally putting the natural resources that reside under our feet off line to exploration and development. 
 
It is incomprehensible that an American President could be so naively ignorant to the growing national security concerns we face or the fact that our lack of energy independence is really a national security issue.  President Obama’s cynical approach to energy is harming this great nation in far too many ways, and if his Administration continues to double down on his failed set of energy policies, the economic ramifications of $5 a gallon gasoline won’t be very easy for him to ignore.

Karen Harrington is right. Energy security is the key. We have hundreds of years worth of oil, natural gas and coal right here in the United States. All we need is the will to develop it.

Energy security means stability. Energy security means jobs. Good paying, durable jobs. Energy security also means better national security.

I’ve been following Karen for a while now. She’s for real.

If you’d like to help send Debbie Wasserman Schultz packing, and put a real Conservative in her place, check out Karen’s website and get involved. Also check her out on Facebook, Twitter, and at her You Tube channel.

We need real common sense Conservatives in Congress, and Karen Harrington will bring it.

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Obama Regime Blocks Drilling In Alaska, But Allows Italians To Drill Baby Drill

By Gary P Jackson

When Barack Obama took office, the national average for a price of gasoline was $1.85. Now it’s over $4 and we are hearing it may very well be $6 or $7 before the end of summer. So what does Obama do?

His regime just blocked Shell Oil from drilling where we know there are 27 BILLION barrels of oil. If Obama’s deliberate war on the United States’ ability to use it’s own abundant natural resources doesn’t border on treason, I’m not sure what does.

From the Heritage Foundation:

There are an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil waiting to be tapped in the Arctic Ocean, off the coast of Alaska. But after spending five years and nearly $4 billion, Shell Oil Company has been forced to abandon its efforts to drill for oil in the region.

With gas at $4 per gallon and higher, one might think that more oil would be a good thing. So what’s the road block? The Environmental Protection Agency. Fox News reports that the EPA is withholding necessary air permits because of a one square mile village of 245 people, 70 miles from the off-shore drilling site.

Read the rest of this shocking report here.

Obama has been trying to scam the American people by falsely claiming he is doing all he can on domestic production, however the facts show he’s doing everything he can to actually block all domestic production.

Never mind the fact the United States has the largest fossil fuel reserves in the world. That’s right, between oil, natural gas, and coal, the United States has more energy resources than any other nation on the planet. And yet, our President has blocked all attempts to recover it. At least by Americans.

As Obama has blocked drilling permits at a frantic pace, other nations are drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico for their own markets. Never mind this is our oil.

Now we learn that even though the Obama regime and radical environmentalists have fought to stop all drilling in Alaska, and Italian company is drilling away, AND spilling oil. From the Anchorage Daily News

Oil spilled at an Italian oil company’s new Alaska oil field on the northern coast last Wednesday, 10 days after the field started production, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said today.

Oil spilled at an Italian oil company’s new Alaska oil field on the northern coast last Wednesday, 10 days after the field started production, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said today.

About 61 gallons of crude oil sprayed out of a flare vent, which is used to relieve pressure. Programmable circuits failed and crude oil was pushed through the flare and outside onto snow and gravel, the DEC said.

The DEC estimated the oil affected 60 cubic yards of snow and one cubic yard of gravel, all of which will have to be removed. Eni personnel had the area about 80 percent cleaned when DEC responders arrived.

The spill occurred at Eni’s production facility for its new Nikaitchuq field, which started production Jan. 30, the DEC said. Although Nikaitchuq is an offshore field in the Beaufort Sea, this spill occurred onshore at Oliktok Point, where some production occurs.

Work at Eni’s production wells continued throughout the incident.

Eni has drilled 12 wells and plans to drill a total of 52 by 2014. The Oliktok Point pad will tap oil from 22 wells; an offshore pad near Spy Island will tap the remaining 30.

The company expects the facility to produce for more than 30 years, with a peak of 28,000 barrels per day.

At the current price of crude, we’ll spend between $700 billion and $1 trillion importing oil from other nations, many of which don’t much care for us. Can you imagine the U.S. economy if that $1 trillion was allowed to circulate here. The amount of good paying jobs it would create.

I can.

Just one more case why Obama must go.

By the way, have you noticed how much cover the lamestream media is giving Obama? Back when Bush was President, and gas prices rose, it was all his fault. Now that Obama is President the meme the left is pushing is “there are no easy answers” [as to why the price has gone through the roof.] It’s amazing to watch the overt bias.

Of course, as gas prices skyrocket, the price of transporting goods will skyrocket as well, effecting the price we pay for everything, especially food.

Enough is enough. We must demand a real energy policy and we must demand it now.

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President Obama Knocks “Drill, Baby, Drill” in Energy Policy Speech

by Whitney Pitcher

As the Hill points out, in an uncharacteristic move, President Obama went off teleprompter to get in a dig at Governor Palin during his speech on energy this morning.

As shown in the clip above, President Obama stated:

But here’s the thing – we’ve been down this road before. Remember, it was just three years ago that gas prices topped $4 a gallon. I remember because I was in the middle of a Presidential campaign. Working folks haven’t forgotten that. It hit a lot of people pretty hard. But it was also the height of political season, so you had a lot of slogans and gimmicks and outraged politicians waving three-point-plans for two-dollar gas – you remember that-‘drill, baby,drill’-we were going through all that. And none of it would really do anything to solve the problem. There was a lot of hue and cry, a lot of fulminating and hand wringing, but nothing actually happened. Imagine that in Washington.

However, in his prepared remarks released to the press, this portion of his speech reads (emphasis mine):

But here’s the thing – we’ve been down this road before. Remember, it was just three years ago that gas prices topped $4 a gallon. Working folks haven’t forgotten that. It hit a lot of people pretty hard. But it was also the height of political season, so you had a lot of slogans and gimmicks and outraged politicians waving three-point-plans for two-dollar gas – when none of it would really do anything to solve the problem. Imagine that in Washington.

President Obama characterizes Governor Palin as an “outraged politician”. However, the Obama administration  has repeatedly claimed they don’t think about Governor Palin. This is not the first time that President Obama has taken a political shot at Governor Palin’s comment during a policy speech. In his speech in September of 2009 where he tried to sell his form of health care reform, he stated that the claim that Obamacare include “death panels” was “a lie, plain, and simple”. Of course, it has been shown again and again that “death panels”, rationing via bureaucratic decision making, are present in Obamacare. We have addressed this numerous times, here, here, here, and here to name a few.

Beyond the political shot at Governor Palin during what was supposed to be a policy speech, it is clear that President Obama sees every speech as a campaign speech. In 2008, Republicans, namely Governor Palin, saw “drill,baby, drill” as a mantra representing a solution to make America energy independent. However, when the America people bought the “hope and change” mantra over the “drill,baby,drill” mantra, there’s little wonder that ” nothing actually happened”, as President Obama said. Hope and change is little more than a platitude, yet in many ways, it is indicative of the energy policy that President Obama has implemented since he was elected.

Governor Palin has highlighted many of the wrong-headed energy initiatives that President Obama has touted are unproven and can only be pushed because liberals hope that they work. In her Facebook post earlier today, Governor Palin highlighted the “boondoggle” of President Obama’s support of electric cars:

It’s a lot more viable than subsidizing boondoggles like these inefficient electric cars that no one wants. I’m all for electric cars if you can develop one I can actually use in Alaska, where you can drive hundreds of miles without seeing many people, let alone many electrical sockets. But these electric and hybrid cars are not a quick fix because we still need an energy source to power them.

The promotion of electric cars as a means of reducing Americans dependence on energy is laughable, as the majority of the time these electric cars will be charged using electricity generated from fossil fuels, and like Governor Palin said electric cars are horribly impractical in many areas like Alaska.

Beyond this “hope and change” energy policy idea, President Obama is right to say that “nothing has happened”, because despite his claims that his administration has increased drilling, the opposite has happened. Yes, he has advocated for drilling, but his biggest recent push for drilling has been in Brazil, not America. He has been slow to issue deep water drilling permits, and a few of these have been for projects that started prior to last year’s oil spill, not new projects. Additionally, the EPA redtape has held up Arctic drilling for Shell until 2012. If he has promoted drilling, it’s akin to someone tying a runner’s shoes together, then telling them to go run a mile.

President Obama continues to also falsely claim that America has only 2% of the world’s oil resources. American Solutions highlights the fact that this number is taken from only taking into account the reserves where we are already drilling–not the billions and billions of untapped barrels of oil that we are currently not accessing, due in large part to what Governor Palin has characterized as a “moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the de-facto moratorium in the Arctic”. The 2% of worldwide oil resources is only in light of the fact that we are not drilling for oil where we do have it. In fact, a recent Congressional study showed that America has recoverable more fossil fuel–oil, natural gas, and coal–resources than any other country in the world. Governor Palin has often said that we have the resources, the workers, and the ingenuity for energy independence, all we need is the political will:

Cars and businesses cannot be fueled and homes cannot be heated by an energy policy of “hope and change”. However, when “drill, baby drill” is implemented bringing economic, monetary, energy, and national security, it not only contributes to an “all-of-the-above approach” to energy independence, but also addressing many problems we face in America.

As Governor Palin says, “2012 can’t come soon enough”.

Thank you to Sheya at C4P for providing both video clips.

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Absolute Must See: The Impact Of Obama’s Illegal Offshore Drilling Moratorium Explained

The Offshore Marine Services Association is calling on the Obama Administration to end its de facto moratorium on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Watch this video to learn how the President and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar are defying the courts, sidelining Gulf oil workers and harming the American economy.

By Gary P Jackson

This is a wonderful video that was put together by the Offshore Marine Services Association. It explains exactly how the Obama regime is destroying America with it’s moratorium. Everyone in the country needs to see this.

Readers should also check out:

Flashback: Obama Surrenders Gulf Oil To Moscow

Sarah Palin: Obama’s War On Domestic Oil & Gas Has Caused Pain At The Pump, Endangered Chances Of Economic Recovery, & Threatened National Security

Skyrocketing! Gasoline Prices Up 67 Percent Since Obama Took Office

Governor Palin, the Success of ACES, and the Defeat of Corruption–Part 1

Governor Palin, the Success of ACES, and the Defeat of Corruption Part II

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Sarah Palin: Obama’s War On Domestic Oil & Gas Has Caused Pain At The Pump, Endangered Chances Of Economic Recovery, & Threatened National Security

By Gary P Jackson

Tuesday evening Sarah Palin released this blistering statement concerning the sorry state of affairs the Obama regime has put the country in.

The $4-Per-Gallon President

Is it really any surprise that oil and gas prices are surging toward the record highs we saw in 2008 just prior to the economic collapse? Despite the President’s strange assertions in his press conference last week, his Administration is not a passive observer to the trends that have inflated oil prices to dangerous levels. His war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production has caused us pain at the pump, endangered our already sluggish economic recovery, and threatened our national security.

The evidence of the President’s anti-drilling mentality and his culpability in the high gas prices hurting Americans is there for all to see. The following is not even an exhaustive list:

Exhibit A: His drilling moratorium. Guided by politics and pure emotion following the Gulf spill instead of peer-reviewed science or defensible law, the President used the power of his executive order to impose a deepwater drilling moratorium. The Administration even ignored a court order halting his moratorium. And what is the net result of the President’s (in)actions? A large drilling company was forced to declare bankruptcy, the economy of the region has been hobbled, and at least 7 rigs moved out of the Gulf area to other parts of the world while many others remain idle. Is it any surprise that oil production in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to fall by 240,000 bbl/d in 2011 alone?

But that’s just the Gulf. There’s also the question of a moratorium on the development of Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf. It seems the Obama Administration can’t agree with itself on whether it imposed a moratorium there or not. The White House claims that they didn’t, but their own Department of the Interior let slip that they did. To clear up this mess, Gov. Parnell decided to sue the DOI to get a solid answer because such a federal OCS drilling moratorium would violate federal law.

Exhibit B: His 2012 budget. The President used his 2012 budget to propose the elimination of several vital oil and natural gas production tax incentives. Eliminating these incentives will discourage energy companies from completing exploratory projects, resulting in higher energy costs for all Americans – and not just at the pump. According to one study mentioned in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, eliminating the deduction for drilling costs “could increase natural gas prices by 50 cents per thousand cubic feet,” which would translate to “an increased cost to consumers of $11.5 billion per year in the form of higher natural gas prices.”

Exhibit C: His anti-drilling regulatory policies. The U.S. Geological Survey found that the area north of the Arctic Circle has an estimated 90 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil and 1,670 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable natural gas, one third of which is in Alaskan territory. That’s our next Prudhoe Bay right there. According to one industry study, allowing Royal Dutch Shell to tap these reserves in Alaska’s Chukchi and Beaufort seas would create an annual average of 54,700 jobs nationwide with a $145 billion total payroll and generate an additional $193 billion a year in total revenues to local, state, and federal governments for 50 years. This would be great news if only the federal government would allow Shell to drill there. But it won’t. It’s been five years since Shell purchased the lease to develop these fields, but it’s been mired in a regulatory funk courtesy of the Obama Administration.

After investing $3.5 billion in exploration programs (a significant portion of which went to ensuring responsible spill response and prevention), Shell announced last month that it has given up hope of obtaining the required permits to conduct exploratory drilling this year. That means no jobs and no billions in oil revenue from the Arctic anytime soon thanks to this Administration. Let’s stop and think about this for a moment.

Right now Beltway politicos are quibbling over cutting $61 billion from our dangerously bloated $3.7 trillion budget. Allowing drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas will enrich federal coffers by $167 billion a year without raising our taxes. If we let Harry Reid keep his “cowboy poetry,” would the White House consider letting us drill?

Taken altogether, it’s hard to deny that the Obama Administration is anti-drilling. The President may try to suggest that the rise in oil prices has nothing to do with him, but the American people won’t be fooled. Before we saw any protests in the Middle East, increased global demand led to a significant rise in oil prices; but the White House stood idly by watching the prices go up and allowing America to remain increasingly dependent on imports from foreign regimes in dangerously unstable parts of the world.

This was no accident. Through a process of what candidate Obama once called “gradual adjustment,” American consumers have seen prices at the pump rise 67 percent since he took office. Let’s not forget that in September 2008, candidate Obama’s Energy Secretary in-waiting said: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” That’s one campaign promise they’re working hard to fulfill!

Last week, the British Telegraph reported that the price of petrol in the UK hit £6 a gallon – which comes to about $9.70. If you think $4 a gallon is bad now, just wait till the next crisis causes oil prices to “necessarily” skyrocket.

Meanwhile, the vast undeveloped reserves that could help to keep prices at the pump affordable remain locked up because of President Obama’s deliberate unwillingness to drill here and drill now.

Hitting the American people with higher gas prices like this is essentially a hidden tax and a transfer of wealth to foreign regimes who are providing us the energy we refuse to provide for ourselves. Like inflation, higher energy prices are a hidden tax on Americans who are struggling to make ends meet. And these high gas prices will be felt in the form of higher food prices due to higher transportation costs. Energy is connected to everything in our economy.

Access to affordable and secure energy is key to economic growth, which in turn is key to job growth. Energy is the building block of our economy. The President is purposely weakening that building block and weakening our country.

2012 can’t come soon enough.

~ Sarah Palin

For additional information you should check out Whitney Pitcher’s in-depth article:

Governor Palin Says President Obama Is “Scary Wrong” on Oil

To see how Sarah’s energy and tax policies worked in Alaska, check this out, also from Whitney:

Governor Palin, the Success of ACES, and the Defeat of Corruption–Part 1

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$5 Gas Could Pave The Way For President Sarah Palin

By Gary P Jackson

Recently Sarah Palin said Barack Obama was “scary wrong” on oil. Whitney Pitcher put together a great report that details exactly why Sarah Palin is right about this, and also points out the staggering amounts of recoverable oil and natural gas in Alaska:

As Governor Palin mentioned in her tweet, Alaska has billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas. The Natural Petroleum Reserve in Alaska alone is estimated to have 53 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The Arctic is estimated to have 90 billion barrels of oil and 1. 67 quadrillion (1,670 trillion) cubic feet of natural gas. For some perspective, that is 1,670,000,000,000,000 cubic feet of natural gas. Those kinds of numbers make even Obama’s deficit numbers seem small!

She also mentioned that other states have large amounts of resources as well. For example, the Green River formation in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah is estimated to have 1.5 trillion barrels of oil–6 times as much as Saudi Arabia. There are 3-4.3 billion barrels of oil in the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana. Those a just a few examples of the abundance of God-given resources.

Read the rest of Whitney’s comprehensive report here.

Economies run on energy. It’s the life blood of any healthy economy. Rising energy prices cripple economies though, and hurt the poorest among us, as the price of oil determines the price of everything we buy. Since Obama has been in office, gasoline prices have already risen an unbelievable 67 percent and Americans expect $5 gasoline by July of this year. If this trend continues, we could see $10 or higher gas by July of 2012.

As Scott Conroy writes, Sarah Palin is the one potential presidential candidate who not only understands the energy issues but has hands-on experience:

As gasoline prices shot up for the 13th straight day on Monday to a new national average topping $3.50 and oil prices rose to over $106 a barrel, the cost of energy seemed poised once again to rise to the forefront of the political discourse just as the 2012 presidential campaign generates steam.

Of all the prospective Republican candidates, none may have a better opportunity to benefit politically from a nominating cycle in which gas prices take center stage than former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

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But it would be difficult for Palin’s GOP rivals, and even her Democratic critics, to deny that energy issues fall directly into the wheelhouse of the former Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commissioner who went on to lead a state where almost 90 percent of the budget is funded by oil revenue. As Tina Fey might say, Palin can see oil pipelines from her house.

During an appearance on Fox News last weekend, Palin nodded in anticipation and smiled confidently as host Jeanine Pirro lined up a question about what the government should do about rising gas prices.

Speaking with unbridled relish, Palin replied that opening the strategic oil reserves was not the solution to the problem and reverted to her old mantra that the government should “drill here and drill now” before going into a more in-depth criticism of the Obama administration’s energy policies.

Back in ’08, our U.S. crude also was trading at about $100 a barrel as it is today for about six months, and that was right before our world economy imploded,” Palin said. “And now here we are back again, so [Obama’s] timing – his destructive timing – of locking up 97 percent of our off-shore and not allowing ANWR to be touched, not allowing domestic drilling to take place to the degree that it should, it is terrifying where he is leading us in terms of being at the mercy of foreign regimes that would seek our demise to produce energy for us.”

With analysts predicting that gas prices are likely to soar even higher amid continued unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, other prospective GOP contenders have already begun seizing on the issue, as the high energy usage summer months approach rapidly.

During an appearance at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour accused Obama of intentionally boosting energy prices to promote a progressive environmental agenda.

This administration’s policies have been designed to drive up the cost of energy in the name of reducing pollution, in the name of making very expensive alternative fuels more economically competitive,” Barbour said.

As the governor of a Gulf state, Barbour might also lay claim to having a special understanding of energy issues, but Palin for years has placed a particular emphasis on topic during her time in office and beyond.

The Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, which Palin signed into law in August of 2008, set the framework for a major natural pipeline proposal that would transport natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope to the Lower 48.

On the vice presidential campaign trail just weeks later, Palin spoke more frequently about energy issues than any other subject, and the emotional high-point of her boisterous rallies often came when she led crowds of tens of thousands of people in chants of “drill, baby, drill!

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As she continues to mull a presidential run, Palin figures to take particular note that energy issues figure to loom especially large in the nation’s first voting state of Iowa.

The people here who are large consumers of fuel, in the trucking industry or farmers, it cuts into their profitability, and those businesses will start to ask questions about what can be done to relieve costs of high fuel,” said Polk County Republican co-chairman Will Rogers, a supporter of Newt Gingrich, who is in talks to become a paid consultant to the former House speaker in the coming weeks. “Whether it’s Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich or anybody else that’s looking at running for president, this is a real issue for many Americans. If we see between now and January another $20 to $30 added to the price of a barrel of oil, people will be talking about it here in Iowa.

Besides being Alaska’s top energy regulator, Sarah was also the Chairman of the Interstate Oil And Gas Compact Commission. The IOGCC is a multi-state government agency that works to ensure our nation’s oil and natural gas resources are conserved and maximized while protecting health, safety and the environment.

From their website:

The IOGCC advocates for environmentally-sound ways to increase the supply of American energy. We accomplish this by providing governors of member states with a clear and unified voice to Congress, while also serving as the authority on issues surrounding these vital resources.

The Commission also assists states in balancing a multitude of interests through sound regulatory practices. Our unique structure offers a highly effective forum for states, industry, Congress and the environmental community to share information and viewpoints to advance our nation’s energy future. We stand dedicated to securing resources needed to ensure our nation’s energy, economic and national security.

We recommend books from time to time, and one I can’t recommend enough is Sarah Takes On Big Oil, written by Kay Cashmann and Kristen Nelson. This book goes into great detail describing how Sarah got things done as Governor, while dealing with the oil companies. It’s essential reading if one is to understand why a Palin presidency makes sense.

Cashman is the publisher and executive editor of Petroleum News and Nelson, the editor-in-chief, has maintained a long-time eye on Alaska government and its interactions with the state’s most lucrative industry.

Recently we pointed out that Sarah Palin is the national security candidate, the clear favorite among those who view national security as their number one concern. Given that energy is very much a national security issue, it’s the safe bet that Sarah Palin is the right person for the job.

Sarah has a two decades long history of leadership. Strong leadership. As the nation spirals out of control, we need strong leadership. We need Sarah Palin.

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Rasmussen: 58% Say It’s Likely Gas Prices Will Top $5 A Gallon By July 1st

By Gary P Jackson

A recent Rasmussen poll finds Americans overwhelmingly believe the price of gasoline will rise to as much as $5 per gallon by July 1st of this year. Knowing that the price of gasoline has already skyrocketed 67 percent in the first 26 months of the Obama regime, I’d say the American people are right on target!

Most U.S. voters have taken notice of the recent spike in gasoline prices and they believe gas is likely to top the $5 mark by the beginning of summer.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 58% of voters nationwide say it is at least Somewhat Likely that the price of gas will rise above $5 a gallon before July 1. Thirty-five percent (35%) disagree and say it’s not likely. These findings include 21% who say it’s Very Likely that the price of gas will top $5 a gallon and seven percent (7%) who believe it’s Not at all Likely.

An overwhelming majority (82%) believe that the price of gas has already gone up “a lot” in recent weeks while just 16% say gas prices have gone up “a little.” Fewer than half a percent believe gas prices have gone down in recent weeks and only one percent (1%) says prices have stayed about the same.

The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.427, according to a daily survey from motorist group AAA. Gas Prices have not averaged more than $3.40 a gallon since October 2008.

Over the last several years, rising gasoline prices have frequently led to declines in consumer confidence as measured by the Rasmussen Consumer Index.

More about the poll here.

Having lived through the Carter years, I can say that without a doubt, Barack Obama makes Jimmy Carter look good. $5 a gallon gas will stop America’s economy dead in it’s tracks!

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