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November 24, 2011
What a great, common-sense commentary by Charles Campbell on President Obama's misguided energy policies ("U.S. energy policy: slow national suicide," Nov. 21). Mr. Obama once again shows he is not a backer of U.S. energy self-reliance, while helping the Chinese to boot. As usual, he talks big about China, but he is actually much more willing to help the Chinese and the Brazilians than he is to help Americans. Whether he and his leftist friends realize it or not, the world is moving forward, and if we continue having to count on Middle Eastern oil, we will be a third-rate nation before we know it. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville
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August 4, 2014
How would you like to receive a quarterly check from the federal government? Most taxpayers would surely be happy with such an arrangement. But here's the really good part: What if by accepting that check you were also helping your country reduce a form of air pollution that is a threat to human health and responsible for climate change while simultaneously developing a rational, sustainable energy policy? That sounds too good to be true, but remarkably, it may not be. Under The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act introduced last week by Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, companies that drill for oil and gas or mine for coal would have to purchase through auction a permit to do so. Not a dime of the resulting revenue would be kept by the government but would simply be forwarded as checks to every man, woman and child.
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NEWS
April 28, 2011
Op-ed contributor Peter Morici talks about "Obama's failed oil policy" (April 26), but what has really failed is the lack of energy policies from President Reagan right down to President Obama. The last president to talk seriously about a national energy policy was President Carter, and his call for a long-term vision was largely ignored. Thirty years later we still depend on fossil fuels and drive gas-guzzling vehicles. Blaming high gasoline prices on someone who's been in office less than three years is ludicrous.
NEWS
April 12, 2014
Rep. John Delaney's commentary ("Natural gas is the right choice for the U.S.," April 2) speaks for the energy and job needs of Canada, Crimea, Europe, Russia, Ukraine the Midwestern United States and southern Maryland. Unmentioned in this geopolitical academic exercise are the energy and job needs of the very Congressional district he represents. I will help the congressman fill in the blanks by citing his distortions and omissions that may help him with his political base but harm everyone else in the district and create a strange sense of emptiness to people interested in growing jobs and the nation's energy needs.
NEWS
May 11, 2010
In his op-ed, "Gulf spill a lesson nation must heed" (May 10), Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin makes the argument that environmental groups have been slow to articulate: The BP oil spill is not just a failure of the oil companies or federal regulators — it is a failure of our energy policy to shift to clean energy sources. The recent string of energy disasters — the fatal natural gas plant explosion in Connecticut in February; the deadly Massey mining collapse in West Virginia in April; and the ongoing BP oil geyser in Louisiana — represent more than just the physical risks of the energy extraction.
NEWS
March 12, 2012
The recent Senate vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline ("Senate rejects GOP effort to advance oil pipeline," March 9) demonstrates the pathetic Republican energy policy. First, it advocates opening up more offshore sites for oil drilling leasing despite the fact that millions of acres currently under lease to oil companies have never been explored. Then it advocates construction of the Keystone Pipeline threatening the Ogallala Aquifer that is crucial to Midwest agriculture by a company whose prior pipeline experience has resulted in accidents and spills.
NEWS
April 12, 2014
Rep. John Delaney's commentary ("Natural gas is the right choice for the U.S.," April 2) speaks for the energy and job needs of Canada, Crimea, Europe, Russia, Ukraine the Midwestern United States and southern Maryland. Unmentioned in this geopolitical academic exercise are the energy and job needs of the very Congressional district he represents. I will help the congressman fill in the blanks by citing his distortions and omissions that may help him with his political base but harm everyone else in the district and create a strange sense of emptiness to people interested in growing jobs and the nation's energy needs.
NEWS
March 13, 2012
I asked my German son-in-law how his brother's new home in Hamburg was coming along. He said that the government supports his use of all of the existing modern technologies of geothermal, solar and wind, high efficiency insulation, windows, and appliances to reduce energy costs. Thus, one of the most powerful economies in the world can seamlessly decide to close all nuclear plants within the decade without a ripple from their populace because they have been preparing for the future.
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By Jonah Goldberg | April 9, 2012
In his speech before the Newspapers Association of America/American Society of News Editors Wednesday, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney accused the president of changing positions to get re-elected. For instance, Mr. Romney charged that, "As president," Mr. Obama "delayed the development of our oil and coal and natural gas. Now, as candidate Obama, he says he favors an energy policy that adopts an all-of-the-above approach. " That's not exactly right. Yes, Mr. Obama still says he's in favor of an all-of-the-above energy policy, but that hasn't slowed him down in his pursuit of his very-few-of-the-above policy.
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By Rachel Marsden | November 23, 2011
It's been a rough month for Canada. America's biggest trading partner and overall non-jerk country just wants to sell some oil to its friends. Canada is sitting on a black-gold mine, but its oil sales are unable to keep pace with production -- a problem that will only increase as the nation further taps the Alberta oil sands and Arctic territory. Canada's conservative prime minister, Stephen Harper, understands that energy means influence and independence. It would be tough to argue that Canada is on some kind of power trip, and it's not difficult to understand why the country is interested in establishing oil trade deals that would help its closest ideological allies retain their energy independence.
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Letter to The Aegis | August 20, 2013
Editor: For many members of the millennial generation, the current political landscape has discouraged us from becoming involved in the political debate. From health care, to unemployment, and everything in between there seems to be a lack of appetite from our elders to solve some of our nation's biggest problems. Few issues in our nation's current political debate, however, seem to spark more disagreement than climate change. Although many of my fellow millennials, despite political party or ideology, agree that the climate indeed is changing, our political leadership appears unable to meet the challenges of combating this 21st Century problem.
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By Jonah Goldberg | April 9, 2012
In his speech before the Newspapers Association of America/American Society of News Editors Wednesday, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney accused the president of changing positions to get re-elected. For instance, Mr. Romney charged that, "As president," Mr. Obama "delayed the development of our oil and coal and natural gas. Now, as candidate Obama, he says he favors an energy policy that adopts an all-of-the-above approach. " That's not exactly right. Yes, Mr. Obama still says he's in favor of an all-of-the-above energy policy, but that hasn't slowed him down in his pursuit of his very-few-of-the-above policy.
NEWS
April 5, 2012
Peter Morici attacks President Barack Obama for pursuing an energy policy which seeks to develop alternative energy sources ("Obama's bad bet," April 3). He brings up the Solyndra debacle, begun under theGeorge W. Bush administration, as evidence that we should just "drill, baby, drill" and deal with the environmental risks engendered. The problem with Solyndra was ultimately a political one, and it certainly should not be taken as evidence that we should stop seeking alternative energy sources.
NEWS
March 13, 2012
I asked my German son-in-law how his brother's new home in Hamburg was coming along. He said that the government supports his use of all of the existing modern technologies of geothermal, solar and wind, high efficiency insulation, windows, and appliances to reduce energy costs. Thus, one of the most powerful economies in the world can seamlessly decide to close all nuclear plants within the decade without a ripple from their populace because they have been preparing for the future.
NEWS
March 12, 2012
The recent Senate vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline ("Senate rejects GOP effort to advance oil pipeline," March 9) demonstrates the pathetic Republican energy policy. First, it advocates opening up more offshore sites for oil drilling leasing despite the fact that millions of acres currently under lease to oil companies have never been explored. Then it advocates construction of the Keystone Pipeline threatening the Ogallala Aquifer that is crucial to Midwest agriculture by a company whose prior pipeline experience has resulted in accidents and spills.
NEWS
February 24, 2012
The news article by Gus Sentementes about the reasons for the current rise in gas prices ("Increases fueled by demand in China and India, turmoil in Mideast," Feb. 22) curiously omits three other and more important reasons for the rise in gas prices: failure of the Obama administration to approve new U.S. land and offshore oil drilling permits, failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline to Texas, and failure to proceed with investigations into oil speculation. In 2007, when gas prices were at the unbelievable rate of $3.22, then-Senator Barack Obama demanded the FTC investigate "big oil. " In the 2008 presidential election year, presidential nominee Barack Obama blamed the Bush administration for lacking an energy policy to combat high oil prices.
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By Charles Campbell | November 21, 2011
In 1969, three unrelated events occurred that have since been combined with political bungling to slowly strangle the U.S. economy. Moammar Gadhafi overthrew King Idris of Libya. He nationalized Western oil company reserves with no retribution from the U.S. Sensing our weakness, all of the other OPEC nations abrogated their concession agreements with U.S. companies. The Arab producers cut back production and embargoed the U.S. because of our support for Israel. Middle East despots have been in the driver's seat ever since, and as the Arab Spring seems increasingly likely to empower Islamists, things are unlikely to get better.
NEWS
By The Daily Herald (Columbia, Tenn.) | July 10, 1991
PROMOTED WITH great fanfare almost two years ago, the idea of establishing a national energy strategy is dying a slow, agonizing death in Washington.A proposed policy was put forth earlier this year by Energy Secretary James Watkins. It was an abysmal effort. It said the country should steer a steady-as-she-goes course and rely on fossil fuels and a rejuvenated nuclear power industry in the coming decades. Alternative and renewable sources of energy were given short shrift.Now the proposal is in the clutches of Congress.
BUSINESS
Jay Hancock | December 19, 2011
As a connoisseur of the wide open spaces between what politicians say and what politicians do, I saw promise in Gov. Martin O'Malley years ago. "Taking on BGE to stop the rate hikes" was his main 2006 campaign message, an assignment that was doomed from the first, stirring television ad. The Baltimore Gas and Electric price increase of that year was cemented in law and history, a fait accompli engineered in no small degree by O'Malley's Democratic...
NEWS
November 29, 2011
The basic problem with Charles Campbell's commentary on energy policy is that drilling for oil and gas, which he strongly advocates, creates toxic substances that continue to poison the planet ("U.S. energy policy: Slow national suicide," Nov. 21). Mr. Campbell makes no mention of Germany and other countries which are decades ahead of us in terms of solar energy and conservation. He also makes no mention of the environmental and social costs of cheap oil, or of the vast amounts of energy wasted in gas-guzzling cars and trucks because we lack decent mass transit systems.
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