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Obama's anti-energy policy killing jobs

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Obama promised to make electricity rates "skyrocket" in 2008. He has kept that promise. The result is the destruction of an entire industry that provides thousands of jobs and cheap electricity. This is just one of many job killing policies of Obama's jobs focus. Obama seems to be doing everything in his power to increase the price of gasoline, oil and all forms of energy in America. Can we afford four more years of economic suicide? Before his election Obama promised his plan would make electricity rates 'skyrocket'. Since he took office the price of oil has skyrocketed 117% and gasoline has increased 67%. While talking big on energy independence Obama's real energy agenda is pushed by his tyrannical EPA. It is economic suicide to use a disproved theory of global warming as an excuse to minimize energy production of our own US resources. The EPA is waging a war on oil. West Virginia has had to sue the EPA over coal killing regulations. In speaking of the lawsuit Gov. Manchin said "Over the past year and a half, we have been fighting President Obama's administration's attempts to destroy our coal industry and way of life in West Virginia". He went on to say that the EPA has "usurped the authority of the state and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to oversee and regulate important aspects of our environment, like water quality," and "These actions by U.S. EPA are threatening not only to end surface coal mining in West Virginia but to affect all forms of mining in the state." A report put out by by the minority on the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works entitled EPA'S ANTI-INDUSTRIAL POLICY: "THREATENING JOBS AND AMERICA'S MANUFACTURING BASE" stated that: "The evidence is clear: these rules threaten the economic viability of America's manufacturing base and hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs. Moreover, these rules will bring little, if any, public health or environmental benefits. As Americans suffer through a jobless recovery, EPA is pursuing policies that exacerbate our economic problems and do not improve the environment." Further on it points out that by the EPA's own estimate these rules will have an environmental effect so minuscule as to be immeasurable. 'One might expect that these costs would at least be offset with meaningful environmental benefits. Yet EPA's own analysis shows that's not the case. In estimating the impacts on global temperatures of the agency's mobile source rule, EPA concluded: "Based on the reanalysis the results for projected atmospheric CO2 concentrations are estimated to be reduced by an average of 2.9 ppm (previously 3.0 ppm), global mean temperature is estimated to be reduced by 0.006 to 0.0015 °C by 2100."' [emphasis added] And yet these rules and regulations would kill tens of thousands of jobs in construction, steel plants, coal industry, oil production, gasoline refineries. It would cause the loss of coal plants, cement plants, and has already cost tens of thousands of jobs in the oil industry on the gulf coast. An ally of the EPA action, The Sierra Club, brags that it has stopped 100 new coal plants since 2001. "Stopping one hundred coal plants is a huge milestone in our fight to end global warming, but the coal industry is still pushing forward with plans for dozens of new plants in places, like Michigan and Kansas, and pouring money into slick advertising campaigns and lobbying efforts," said Nilles. "As we celebrate this amazing milestone, we must redouble our efforts to stop new plants and replace the existing coal plants with clean energy." ~ Sierra Club press release. The Sierra Club is a powerful Washington lobbyist spending $1,580,000 on lobbying in the last three years according to OpenSecrets. Environmental groups as an industry have spent $14,746,646 on lobbying in 2010, $22,458,950 in 2009 and $17,953,057 in 2008 for a total in the last three years of over $55 MILLION!