Skip to comments.Cruz looks beyond Keystone XL
Posted on 02/10/2014 8:55:45 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is shifting his focus to the nation's energy policy, starting on Monday.
At the Heritage Action for America's Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Cruz will make the case that while President Obama should approve the Keystone XL pipeline, Republicans need to come up with other ideas to expand the country's energy production.
Aides to the Cruz told The Washington Post that the senator is drafting a bill called the American Energy Renaissance Act, which he will announce at the event on Monday.
"There is only one thing that will stop us from embracing it to its full potential: the federal government," Cruz plans to say, according to prepared remarks provided by aides to the Post. "Nothing else will stop the next generation of American energy pioneers. It wont be lack of determination, ingenuity, or grit. It will be some faceless bureaucrat sitting somewhere in some tall building who simply says, 'Youre not allowed to do that.' Or worse, 'Well do that for you.'"
"Yes, President Obama should drop his political opposition to the Keystone pipeline," Cruz will say. "But we also need to think bigger than Keystone. We need an energy policy that goes beyond Keystone. Here we stand with our toes at the edge of an energy revolution that could sweep the nation, providing an untold number of new opportunities and well-paying jobs."
Cruz will also push for more offshore oil exploration, increasing development on federal lands, scaling back restrictions on hydraulic fracturing, ending the crude export ban and fighting the Environmental Protection Agency's regulations on coal-fired power plants.
Cruz's plans are not all-popular, and many have already failed in previous years, like drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and granting control of federal lands to states. Cruz also aims to tackle the renewable fuel standard, established during the George W. Bush administration.
Perhaps the least surprising element of his plan is the coming fight against Obama's climate regulations on coal-fired power plants and carbon emissions. The regulations may already be a tough sell on Capitol Hill, with vulnerable Democrats facing reelection in November, but that won't stop Cruz or the GOP from scrutinizing every element behind the rules.
While Cruz announces his war against the administration's climate regulations the House GOP will be dissecting them during a hearing on the clean-coal technologies supporting the rule. And later this week House Republicans will hold a hearing on the "secret science" upon which they say the rules are built.
Prostituting Science "...."Science changed dramatically in the 1970s, when the reward structure in the profession began to revolve around the acquisition of massive amounts of taxpayer funding that was external to the normal budgets of the universities and federal laboratories. In climate science, this meant portraying the issue in dire terms, often in alliance with environmental advocacy organizations. Predictably, scientists (and their institutions) became addicted to the wealth, fame, and travel in the front of the airplane:
"A new and rewarding research lifestyle emerged which involved the giving of advice to all types and levels of government, the broadcasting of unchallengeable opinion to the general public, and easy justification for attendance at international conferences -- this last in some luxury by normal scientific experience, and at a frequency previously unheard of."......
Climate Changes Inherent Uncertainties "Virtually all scientists directly involved in climate prediction are aware of the enormous uncertainties associated with their product. How is it that they can place hands over hearts and swear that human emissions of carbon dioxide are wrecking the planet?"
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I want 50 nuclear plants. One in each state. Dams for flood control and to hold water for drought and recreation. Oil drilling everywhere.
I hate politicians. They are such weasels that they keep man from moving forward.
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