Obama Thumbs His Nose At Energy, Jobs, And Economic Growth

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Follow New Republican members were still being sworn in and expressing their desire for bipartisan initiatives, when President Obama said he would veto the Keystone pipeline, ObamaCare fixes, and other bills that run counter to his agenda. Washington’s new “common ground” will be a tricky, dangerous swamp. Meanwhile, U.S. crude oil prices are below $50 per […]

American Tenacity, The Free Market, And Oil

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Follow Every American should be watching as free people demonstrate the American Exceptionalism that refuses to be thwarted by the largest government bureaucracy ever seen in American history. Free markets and ingenuity have answered the need for a cheap fuel source in spite of government’s attempts to shut down fossil fuel production. On January 9th, […]

Obama Administration Kicks The Oil-And-Gas Industry While It Is Down


Follow For the past six years, the oil and gas industry has served as a savior to the Obama presidency by providing the near-lone bright spot in economic growth. Increased U.S. oil-and-gas production has created millions of well-paying jobs and given us a new energy security. So now that the economic powerhouse faces hard times, […]

Coal Technology Can Free Millions From Poverty

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Follow Rather than crucifying the use of coal, why not develop newer and better coal-fired power plants, operating at higher temperatures and pressures while emitting fewer emissions? Actually, such plants can be built. They are referred to as ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plants. They deserve the moniker of clean coal. Coal is cheap and available in […]

Environmentalists And Energy Advocates Agree: Ethanol Reform Now

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Follow We all expect to pay a price for missing deadlines—fail to pay a ticket on time, and you may find a warrant out for your arrest. But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can apparently miss deadlines with impunity. For the past two years, the EPA has failed to meet the statutory deadline under the Renewable Fuel […]

The End of Green Jobs

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Follow The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issued its last green jobs report in 2011. Did this mean the end of green jobs? Obviously not, but it did put an end to unjustified manipulation of reporting on the number of green jobs being created. Green job creation is the benefit recited ad nauseam by politicians […]

Germany’s “Energy Transformation”: Unsustainable Subsidies And An Unstable System

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Follow On December 3, while 190 governments were meeting for two weeks of climate change talks in Lima, Peru (which, after 30 hours of overtime, produced a compromise deal that environmental groups see “went from weak to weaker to weakest”), Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed to a package that continues Germany’s optimistic—though unrealistic—goal and increases subsidies for […]

Still More Politicized Pseudo-Science?

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Follow Widening efforts to blame neonicotinoid pesticides for honeybee “colony collapse disorder” and other “beepocalypse” problems have taken a fascinating turn. Insisting that scientific evidence shows a clear link between neonics and honeybee population declines, EU anti-insecticide campaigners persuaded the European Union to impose a two-year ban on using the chemicals. Farm organizations and the Union’s Environment, Food, and […]

Private Job Creation With A Stroke Of The Pen

While most conservatives took a dim view of the recent passage of the "Cromnibus," the $1.1 trillion government spending bill that funds operations through next September, we should recognize the bill contained a number of riders that limited government intervention in the marketplace and will ultimately allow the free market to create thousands of jobs.  One of the most critical provisions opens up barren lands in Arizona for copper mining.  The project, often referred to as Rio Tinto or the Resolution Copper mine, will create 4,000 jobs and jump-start an estimated $60 billion in economic activity in the Western United States.

Federal ownership of massive swaths of lands in America's west has turned once productive towns, cities, and counties into ghost towns as gainful economic activity is thwarted by federal intervention in the name of environmental protection. Elected officials and political appointees often pay lip services to the idea of a "balanced approach" to these lands, but few will go to bat for the economic side of the equation.  In the case of Rio Tinto and a handful of other projects, they did.

A bipartisan group of Western leaders supported a series of lands bills utilizing federal land for job-creating mining and real energy ventures.  The package included provisions that will advance mining projects in Nevada, Arizona, and Montana; open land to oil and gas projects; and free up significant timber land in Alaska for a Native Alaskan corporation to log for timber, creating much needed employment in a remote region.

Among the chief supporters of the land packages were U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ), who applauded passage of the Rio Tinto copper land exchange.  In a statement, they said, “There is clearly a strategic national interest in increasing America's domestic production of copper. To maintain the strength of the most technologically advanced military in the world, America’s armed forces need stable supplies of copper for their equipment, ammunition, and electronics. In fact, copper is the second-most utilized mineral by the Department of Defense, and the Pentagon has labeled it an ‘essential mineral.’"

“The public lands title," they added, "will help address our strategic national interest in copper by advancing the Resolution Copper Mine project, which has potential to meet 25% of U.S. demand by developing the largest copper deposit ever discovered in North America."

Recognizing the importance the project will have to the local economy, they added, “Most importantly, Resolution Copper represents a game-changer for an area of Arizona facing grave economic challenges. It is estimated to create some 3,700 mining-related jobs in and around the Town of Superior and generate more than $61 billion in economic value to our state over the life of the mine."

For too long, the federal government has stood in the way of economic prosperity and progress. The provisions of law in the Cromnibus won't solve all of the federal impediments to economic growth; but for a small part of the country, the bill removes some straitjackets on economic growth that have been in place for too long.  Let the job creation begin.

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Follow While most conservatives took a dim view of the recent passage of the “Cromnibus,” the $1.1 trillion government spending bill that funds operations through next September, we should recognize the bill contained a number of riders that limited government intervention in the marketplace and will ultimately allow the free market to create thousands of […]

Greenpeace Again Offends Indigenous People

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Follow Greenpeace likes to pretend it’s on the side of local people, especially indigenous peoples. But time and again, they demonstrate a shocking degree of cultural boorishness. Now Greenpeace activists have Peruvians up in arms, after trespassing all over treasured Incan cultural sites at Machu Picchu and Nazca, while doing ridiculous publicity stunts to highlight their claim that tiny […]