1:27 PM, Mar 22, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Thursday, the Washington Post published a piece titled "The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s the Koch brothers."
Over at Powerline, John Hinderaker dismantled the Post article brick by brick. The blog contains maps and graphs of the leaseholders involved, showing that Koch Industries owns leases worth less than three percent of the total. The number of leases Koch Industries holds has declined to 1.1 million acres from 2 million last year. The Post's entire report is sourced from a two-page document produced by the far-left International Forum on Globalization, which was then reproduced on the website "kochcash.org." When the same organization wrote about Keystone XL last year, Powerline noted at the time the International Forum on Globalization concluded that construction of the pipeline could cost Koch $120 billion over 50 years:
Using our modest estimate that KXL will prevent on average a $20 discount to the price of a barrel of tar sands crude, FHR’s [Flint Hills Resources, a Koch subsidiary] Pine Bend refinery will miss out on $120 billion in profit ($20 x 6 billion barrels = $120 billion).
This report and the organization that produced it don't seem credible, and that's being charitable. So why is this misleading info being pushed out there? It could be just incompetence and/or media bias, but there are a couple of other things worth considering. One, Democrats are caught between a rock and a hard place with their donors on the Keystone XL pipeline. And two, with Obamacare cratering, a sluggish economy, and the possibility of a wave election shaping up, Democrats can't run on their records. So they are already gearing up to run against the Koch brothers as an external threat that is buying the GOP -- the same playbook they used in 2010 when Democrats tried a ridiculous campaign to make the Chamber of Commerce out to be pulling Republican strings and using foreign money to buy elections.
Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas, has become a cause célèbre among radical environmentalists. Anything that could help them tie it to the Koch brothers who have been made out to be left-wing bogeyman is politically helpful to motivating the broader Democratic base to oppose the pipeline, since Democrats have spent the last several years claiming the Tea Party is a Koch conspiracy.
The problem is that the Democrats biggest campaign donors want the pipeline built as it would create tens of thousands of union jobs. Just before the 2012 election, AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka told me he thought that the pipeline would be built in Obama's second term. Given that unions spent $4.4 billion on politics between 2005 and 2011 -- nearly all of which went to Democrats -- they certainly feel they are owed. But now that Obama's in his second term and doesn't need the money, he's not as forthcoming with the union favors regarding Keystone XL, Obamacare, and a host of other union wishes. Unions have been pretty open about their frustration with Democrats and how it may affect their political donations and turnout efforts.
10:01 AM, Mar 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new Gallup poll shows the American people say climate change is one of the problems they worry about the least.
The polling firm asked Americans how much they worry about 15 separate issues facing the country, with the economy, federal spending, and health care ranking at the top. Fifty-nine percent said the economy and jobs were an issue they worried about "a great deal," and 58 percent and 57 percent said the same for federal spending and health-care affordability, respectively.
1:14 PM, Jul 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Today is Susan Rice's first day on the job as National Security Advisor. And already her portfolio has been expanded.
President Obama signed today an executive order on "Combating Wildlife Trafficking." The directive reads, "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to address the significant effects of wildlife trafficking on the national interests of the United States, I hereby order as follows:"
His administration was greener than you think. Jun 17, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 38 • By ELI LEHRER
Mention Ronald Reagan to an avowed environmentalist, and you’ll generally elicit a groan. In the conventional telling, the Gipper appointed right-wing extremists to key environmental positions and proceeded to give timber companies and energy interests a free hand to despoil nature. Had Congress not stopped him, the tale goes, all of the environmental progress of the 1970s would have been swept away in the 1980s.
Good news on natural gas is bad news for a Democratic party full of environmental true-believers Apr 29, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 31 • By ROBERT H. NELSON
Much has been said recently about the deep tensions within the Republican party. Far less has been said about a sharp division arising inside the Democratic party.
11:05 AM, Dec 28, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
It’s symbolically appropriate that one of President Obama’s preferred forms of “green energy” crony capitalism has the effect of killing off the national bird.
11:56 AM, Dec 1, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
A top adviser to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, was heckled at a speech yesterday to grassroots organizers by a "climate activist."
3:16 PM, Nov 27, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The world's greatest deliberative body (just ask any of its members) got hung up over what is called a "Sportsmen's Bill." The impasse came on the first day after the Thanksgiving holiday, which is, traditionally, a time when hunters like to be in the deer woods and duck marshes, which the bill supposedly would have expanded and made more accessible. This is one of those bills that is said to "enjoy wide, bipartisan support."
Obama deserts coal; Democrats desert Obama.Sep 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 02 • By HENRY PAYNE
Charleston, W. Va.
The billboard high over I-64 outside the capital of this blue-collar state minces no words: “Obama’s NO JOBS ZONE: The President talks about creating jobs but his EPA is destroying jobs.”
Businessmen across nearly every American industry cite the Obama administration’s regulatory assault—from Obamacare to bank lending restrictions to fuel-economy mandates—as a cause of America’s jobless recovery. But perhaps no industry can count job losses the White House is causing like the coal industry.
1:31 PM, Nov 28, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes, “Here’s one good way to consider the vote in 2012: It’s about whether to re-elect President Lisa Jackson, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, which these days runs most the U.S. economy.” The Journal observes that the Obama EPA has now decreed that “America’s fleet of passenger cars and light trucks will have to meet an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, a doubling of today’s average of about 27 mpg.”
3:08 PM, Sep 23, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon kicked off today in Washington on the National Mall, under inauspiciously dark rainy skies.
Sep 26, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 02 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
To find a metaphor for the failed Obama presidency, look no further than Solyndra. Before it went bankrupt, the solar panel manufacturer was more than the recipient of a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government. It was the model for the White House effort to put the American economy on a “new foundation.”
11:41 AM, Jun 23, 2011 • By ADAM J. WHITE
This week, climate change activists suffered a major loss at the Supreme Court, which unanimously threw out their highly publicized lawsuit against power companies. Although—or perhaps because—the Court's opinion was clear and direct, the losing activists have sought desperately to spin a loss into a win. And the press's lackluster coverage of the decision only has helped obfuscate the Court's decision.
Environmentalists block coal exports to China.9:00 AM, May 20, 2011 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Longview, Washington—When an Australian shipping company named Millennium Bulk Terminals announced plans last November to open a coal export terminal in this port city of 36,000, few predicted any trouble. Millennium quickly bought the site on which the terminal would be located, a property on the banks of the Columbia River that was once the home of an aluminum smelting plant.
From the Scrapbook.May 16, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 33 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
In the midst of the Osama bin Laden news last week occurred one of those quiet cultural transitions that catch The Scrapbook’s attention. We are speaking of the death, in Stamford, Connecticut, of 91-year-old Hubert J. Schlafly Jr.