Friday, July 26, 2013 | 2 a.m.
This is in response to Assemblyman John Hambrick’s letter, “Obama’s energy policies are costly,” published July 23.
I am certainly glad that Hambrick made it to the Nevada Assembly. I wholeheartedly agree with his policy statement on energy. The Obama administration has tried repeatedly to derail fossil fuels by erecting onerous environmental regulations, delaying the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, waging a war on coal that is shutting down coal mines and devastating the coal workers in West Virginia, and refusing to permit oil and gas drilling on federal offshore tracks and in Alaska.
President Barack Obama is also threatening the latest boom in oil and natural gas production on private lands derived from fracking technology. This the most heartening and robust spike in oil and gas production to hit the U.S. in many years, but it’s under siege.
Obama is undermining American interests on fossil energy production, harming American energy independence, blocking job creation and increasing energy prices.
Instead, the president has embarked on a “green energy” policy that has been both an enormous market failure and an inexcusable waste of taxpayer dollars. Obama’s judgements on energy investments and his “green energy” strategy are seriously undermining American interests and are indications of his unrealistic and poor judgments and miscalculations.
His actions also reflect Obama’s overriding political objective to appease his environmental base and keep the far left happy. His policies are clearly not designed to strengthen America’s interests, but quite the opposite.