Tag: Energy

Obama applause our way to prosperity

Random thoughts on President Obama’s speech.

A little early for a State of the Union – like address, isn’t it?

Hillary is a camera hog.

Chris Dodd needs to be out of office, now.

“Short term gains were preferred over long term prosperity” Good.

Then the deluge, anti-low taxes, pro-regulation mantras.

Nothing new here folks. I wonder if one form of alternative energy is a wind farm in DC generated by Obama applause.

Democrats in Congress give themselves a standing ovation over passing the stimulus.

Extended unemployment benefits…ouch high unemployment to last for a while, eh?

Glad Obama gave props to Joe Biden. Nice.

More free loans for college, auto, homes, businesses…hmm isn’t this what got us in trouble in the first place.

Obama will refinance bad mortgages. Rick Santelli where are you?

A no “no strings attached” approach to bank bailouts. He’s right on the money here and the GOP stands up too on tis one. Ok, then guys don’t capitulate to the banks so easily from now on.

“It’s not about helping banks, it’s about helping people”. Ok if you have to say it then chances are you are doing the opposite. W said much the same thing, when he was helping out banks.

Dependence on foreign oil, health care, bad schools. Same old Same old.

A trillion dollar deficit, financial crisis and a recession…Ugh it’s true.

Bold action and Big ideas. Hold onto your wallets. (Standing O for the GI Bill…natch)

New research funds for medical research…Standing O in the Broussard home!

Energy efficiency blah blah blah.

“We should not and will not protect them from their bad practices.” Again if you have to say that it means you are protecting them from bad decisions.

Free health care for children gets a standing O…more candy for everyone! A cure for cancer?

Whoa the free health care for children gets a bigger O than a cure for cancer! Socialized medicine talk.

Teddy Roosevelt called for health care reform? Really?

Half of college entrants do not finish. Ouch. Is it wise to give everyone free money for tuition if they won’t finish college?

Incentives for teacher peformance is a good idea. Why W couldn’t think of that when he pushed NCLB I’ll never know.

Standing O for Obama telling kids not to drop out of high school. How can you be against that?

Education reform from Edward Kennedy….wait a second didn’t he author No Child Left Behind…I’ve gone cross-eyed!

Parents need to take care of their kids…another standing O!

I love how he swerved from endless promises of spending to being a committed fiscal conservative. I think I got whiplash.

Protectionist alert. Hard to get these Chinese to buy our T-bills if we don’t use stimulus $s to buy their goods. Still I’m all for the protectionist streak in Obama.

Tax free universal savings accounts…sounds good to me.

Oh yeah there’s a war going on…It’d be nice if he were to say “wins”, instead of “ends”, but the way he says ends sounds like, “ins” which is close to “wins” without the W. Maybe he’s just avoiding the W at all costs. “Unyielding support”, sounds more classy than Bill Clinton ever was to our citizens in uniform.

I read Newsweek so you don’t have to.

Great, unfortunately short interview with Newt Gingrich

Good line:

If Obama gets to be president, for his entire presidency, the majority of Americans will still have traditional internal-combustion engines.

Virginia Senate votes against offshore drilling, transportation

Recent attempts were made to obtain Virginia transportation funds outside of the regular and more popular means of raising taxes.  VA Senate Bills SB6005 and SB6011 were combined and aimed to set aside a majority of revenues received from offshore drilling for transportation dollars.  Today, this bill was voted down (predictably straight down party lines) in committee. Congratulations to those Virginia Senators who are thinking outside the box with regard to funding VA Transportation.  Those who opposed the bill sighted potential environmental effects of offshore drilling.

The outcome of this vote only solidifies my belief of Democrat’s wish to raise funds by repeated taxation of their constituents.  Tax hikes, I dread, is Democrat’s modus operandi…tax hikes disguised as “fairness” but socialist in application.  I digress

When I think of offshore drilling, I cannot help but think of Louisiana and the lack of significant oil spills even in the face of numerous 100+ mph hurricanes.   Following are links to research of the environmental affects of Offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico:

Destroyed/disabled platforms during hurricanes converted to artificial reefs (Link 1, Link 2)

Fish population at existing and working platforms.

Drilling pipes and associated canals cause salt water to encroach fresh-water ecosystems. Be that as it may, I am not convinced that this is the only contributor to decline of LA’s freshwater ecosystems.   In our arrogance to control nature, we’ve built numerous levees that prohibit the natural flow of rivers and as such destroy fresh water flood ways and ecosystems (One for certain–Achafalaya Basin).  Levee systems have systematically destroyed LA’s wetlands and coastal fishing industry while platforms have increased fishing sources.

TRANSPORTATION UPDATE:  The VA Democrats followed with their own bill to raise the VA gas and sales tax to raise transportation funds.  This bill promptly got voted down by the Republican House.  The state legislature will have another special session with the hopes of coming to a consensus for generating transportation funds.

DRILLING UPDATE:  Forbes just published a list of highest paid blue-collar jobs.  These jobs included oil extraction and gas refinery jobs.  The vote this past week was just another way to say, “Screw you, Virginia blue-collar worker!”


The only that surprises me about this is the fact that they had to write a story about it. I could never logically get my arms around how this was supposed to save us energy, anyway.

For example, households may draw less electricity for lights at night, but will use more power in the early in the day as they wake to darker and chillier mornings.

Yeah, it only really works if we can wake up in the daylight. Way to go Congress.

Early Daylight Savings fails in power savings

In my e-mail inbox

A letter from my dear Senator:

January 13, 2006

Dear John:

Over the past several months, a healthy debate has occurred in our country
about drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). I
appreciated knowing your views on this important issue.

As you know, after a great deal of thought, I voted against drilling in
the ANWR. I thought the risks outweighed the potential benefits. The
United States will never be petroleum independent-we simply do not have
the oil. Department of Energy (DOE) figures show that we are currently 56
percent dependent on foreign oil. The DOE estimates that the ANWR would
reach full production by the year 2020, and even then, it would only
decrease our dependence on foreign oil by about 2%.

We desperately need a comprehensive energy policy, and the Administration
should get a lot of credit for putting a comprehensive package together.
The energy bill that the Senate passed this Congress addressed important
issues, such as electricity reform, nuclear and hydroelectric plant
regulations, energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances, new
gasoline content standards and many others. These, in particular, are
more important to the energy needs of Ohioans than drilling in Alaska.

While I oppose drilling in the ANWR, I do not believe drilling should be
restricted on all federal land. The federal government is the caretaker
of millions of acres, which undoubtedly contain oil and gas reservoirs,
and I support the President’s efforts to identify potential energy sources
on our federal lands. In less fragile ecosystems, oil and gas exploration
can coexist with the natural environment. I believe that it is our duty
to find these sources and then carefully assess the costs versus the
benefits in each case.

Again, thank you for sharing your concerns. If you have any further
questions or comments please feel free to contact me.

Very respectfully yours,

United States Senator