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Monday, November 24, 2014

President Obama's Remarkable Success in Energy and Climate Issues




While the extremist Pee-Tardies are swallowing their tongues in a rage over the GOP House Select Committee's report on BENGHAZI!, this news is making the rounds.

If a Republican president presided over this much success in achieving energy independence, they would have built a living memorial, a living pantheon, to him or her.  But because a Democratic president has presided over this accomplishment, all the conservative media, pundits, and bloggers can do is bellow:

BENGHAZI!  BENGHAZI!   BENGHAZI!



However.  Fact are stubborn things, and this speaks for itself:





"That’s quite some record for a president widely panned as “hating” the oil industry. Energy independence for the US – with huge dividends not only in lower oil prices but also in greater freedom of action in pivoting away from the Middle East – is within reach – a goal, like universal health insurance – that presidents have aimed for for decades. Has this made tackling climate change even harder? Not if you look at another part of the Obama years – the rise and rise of renewables, fostered in part by subsidies."  --Andrew Sullivan



Today, the NYT lays out the remarkable new renewable energy environment at hand:

The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. Utility executives say the trend has accelerated this year, with several companies signing contracts, known as power purchase agreements, for solar or wind at prices below that of natural gas, especially in the Great Plains and Southwest, where wind and sunlight are abundant. Those prices were made possible by generous subsidies that could soon diminish or expire, but recent analyses show that even without those subsidies, alternative energies can often compete with traditional sources. 


"So we have a big boom in shale and a simultaneous collapse in the expense of renewable fuels. We have far greater energy independence and the beginnings of a renewable energy revolution. On top of this, we have strict new fuel emissions standards, much tougher carbon emission standards and a pact with the Chinese to curtail carbon over the next few decades. What, one wonders, will historians make of this record? I suspect a lot more than today’s pundits, don’t you?"--Andrew Sullivan





Will Mr. Obama get ANY credit for this? Don't count on it. The Pee-Tardies would rather eat shattered glass and drink vinegar than acknowledge a win for this president.

13 comments:

Jerry Critter said...

Obama will get credit for it IF Democrats yell it from the rooftops loudly and continuously. They need to learn some lessons from the republicans on messaging...do it loud, do it continuously, and do it together.

Ducky's here said...

There are still some true believers who are holding out for one more committee report.

This has been a crushing blow after Ebola malfeasance went no place.

Poor benighted souls might have to take a look at real issues.

Ducky's here said...

Solyndra,Solyndra,Solyndra

Rational Nation USA said...

Wonder how Lisa and FreeThinke will report this, if at all.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Of course they won't report it. They'll read it an say it's all a lie.

They're both one trick ponies.

(O)CT(O)PUS said...

Pee Tardy follies:

One-celled organisms outscore Jim 'denier-in-chief" Inhofe on IQ tests.

Steve “calves-the-size-of-cantaloupes” King has a one-in-a-terabyte chance of becoming a human being.

When Senator-elect Jodi Ernst was a child, her parents had to tie lamb chops around her leg just to get the dog to play with her.

The reason why Louie Gohmert opens his mouth: To change whichever foot was previously there.

Sarah Palin’s words are as illuminating as Alaska in December.

Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell donated his brain to science before he was done using it.

Steve “calves-the-size-of-cantaloupes” King is so dense, light bends around him.

If you stand close enough to Trey 'teh teh' Gowdy, you can hear the ocean.

Darrel Issa is one neuron short of a synapse.

If Speaker Boehner claims the House belongs to the people on more time, then I’ll say, "Get the hell off my property!"

Jerry Critter said...

Why are they even being mentioned?

Dave Miller said...

RN... they will respond much like Sen Graham... it's all a cover-up and a stonewalling by the Obama Admin...

I'm Skippy's Mom said...

Lisa and Free Thinke?

Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Look-At-Me!

Rational Nation USA said...

Slow news day Jerry. Until Ferguson MO erupted in insane violent activity that is.

So much for the rule of law.

Shaw Kenawe said...

This 2011 list from Reuters doesn't include California.


This list is more up to date (2014), and it doesn't include California either.

California is a huge state with a huge population. It may have a lot of people living in poverty because it's so populous, but as a percentage of its population, it doesn't rank in the top ten, according to this chart.



Anonymous said...

"Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera Reads Comments, Discovers They Are ‘Hateful, Ignorant And Racist."


What? Was he visiting Lisa's blog?

Jerry Critter said...

Here's the "rule of law" in action. Perhaps it is time to repeal it.