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Obama Doubles-Down on Energy Program, Gives Lip-Service to the Left

In his State of the Union, Obama delivers for Big Oil.

Since campaigning on a clean-energy economy in 2008, the White house has suffered a number of set-backs including falling demand for solar panels and the Solyndra fiasco.

In addition, Obama has been fighting a PR war ever since canceling/delaying the Keystone XL Pipeline deal that promised a slew of new jobs in the coming years.

Last night in the State of the Union address, President Obama signaled that — despite these setbacks — he was pushing forward with bold new energy programs including a sharp increase in oil and natural gas production and research into the safety of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking on public lands.

"This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy -- a strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs."

And he also doubled-down on his clean energy platform and dealt directly with the Solyndra affair:

"Our experience with shale gas shows us that the payoffs on these public investments don't always come right away. Some technologies don’t pan out; some companies fail. But I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy. [...] I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here. We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That's long enough. It's time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs."

The President makes a compelling argument by proposing an increase in domestic oil and natural gas production and tying energy independence to clean energy initiatives.

However, it’s unlikely that the Republican-controlled house will approve ending subsidies for the oil industry only to pass on the corporate handouts to another industry against which it so openly derided when Solyndra collapsed.

Not even the Democratic Senate was able to pass legislation to end oil subsidies.

In order to make this work, the President would have to ransom the drilling rights until the oil subsidies are gone.

With an election looming, it is highly unlikely that Obama will initiate such an aggressive move that risks the promise of even more new jobs.

As a result, expect an executive order to open up the drilling.

But without any way to pay for new clean-energy subsidies, the left and those in the clean energy sector will be wondering what they can do with all that hope and change Obama is so good at instilling.

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skinnyDUDE January 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM
@ victor So you oppose the consevative idea the president proposed to lower tax rates on manufacturers here to create jobs? It is afterall one of your Liberal talking points that Walkers tax breaks for jobs is a bad idea. Is obama's same idea brilliant and Walker's bad? You cant have it both ways. I can remain consistant as I agree with this idea. There is no better Government program than a job. So I Gladly make this trade off. If you disagree......... Do you have an alternative idea to get businesses to open up shop here other than making it more expensive and more regulated place to profit? I mean those are reasons not to come back . Like it or not the businesses have options and unlike Government not making a profit isnt one that can sustain them or the jobs they create.
Victor Drover January 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I'm sure I have never criticized Walker for anything. Subsidies have a use, and when they are not needed anymore, they should go away. If they are needed to incentivize domestic jobs, so be it. Giving a tax break that is NOT tied to new jobs/hiting is nonsensical for any party at any level. That's my position. It is not related party affiliation. If Walker has proposed tax incentives for domestic hiring, I would happily support it until there was proof it was not working. Giving tax breaks NOT related to employment doe NOT creat jobs, as I've written on clearly.
skinnyDUDE January 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM
OPEC doesnt control prices of oil . Supply and demand does. OPEC can conspire to control Supply and if they hold the line on a supply level prices will rise. Other Producers including American ones benefit most when this is done. As they can capitalize on OPEC reduced supply, Prices are on a world market which Americans pay the given price per barrel.. OPEC is clearly a reason to have more energy independance. I will agree with you there . If we tap our own oil here we clearly make OPEC less and less relevant. This has been argued for decades. The biggest boom in this country right now is in oil rich North dokota. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out what is best for this country is a energy policy which actually taps into the resources we need most. we are Oil Rich ,We have natural gas as well as Nuclear will be the worlds main energy sources for decades to come. I put my alluminum cans in recycle bin , because its the right thing to do . But opening up are vast resources in the USA is a no brainer . Unfortunately, we got the one President and Too many Liberals in congress pretending to be the scarecrow in the wizard of oz.
James R Hoffa January 26, 2012 at 11:58 PM
@Bren - As a self-declared independent, one would think that you already did your due diligence on all potential Presidential candidates. And a true independent would base the viability of a candidate on the issues, not whatever it is that has you dismissing completely viable candidates such as Santorum and Paul. Not to mention that a true independent would take notice of the people that their leader chooses to surround themselves with, and offering advisory opinions. After all, aren't you the one who's constantly screaming Koch? The more you describe yourself Bren, the less independent you look and the more you appear to be the lefty liberal Democrat that I called you out as being since your first day on Patch. The reason you probably know nothing about Santorum's plan is because Sharpton, Matthews, Maddow, Schultz, and O'Donnell would rather make fun of his 'google' problem than inform you about his policy positions. Go figure, eh? http://www.ricksantorum.com/made-america There's the link - I hope you actually take the time to read it even though it doesn't take you to the Daily Kos!
James R Hoffa January 26, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Also, ask yourself why Obama's campaign website contains a tab entitled 'Groups,' listing African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Jewish Americans, Latinos, etc. However, where's the subset for Caucasians? You don't find anything like this on Santorum's website, as Santorum views all issues and problems as being American issues and problems - and not trying to divide us the way Obama does! Try again Bren!

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