"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." January, 2008, Mr. Obama. "President Obama "literally said (if) his
cap-and-trade proposals were to pass, that utility rates, his words now,
would, 'necessarily skyrocket.'" Politifact, "True"
"In the midst of an unparalleled energy boom, U.S. electricity prices
have skyrocketed to new highs. This paradox is a result not of the free
market, but of runaway government "green" regulation.
Unnoticed by virtually everyone except the sharp-eyed folks at
CNSNews.com, new federal data show that electricity prices have never
In November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Electricity Price Index
hit 202.284, an all-time record and nearly 20% higher than just six
This might strike some as strange, given the private-sector
shale-fracking boom going on in the Midwest, Northeast and Texas, which
has led to soaring new domestic supplies of natural gas and oil.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, as recently
as 2008 the U.S. produced 2.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Today, it's 12.3 billion cubic feet and growing fast — truly astounding
Meanwhile, the U.S. is on the verge of producing more oil than it
ever has, and domestic sources now outstrip foreign ones. Thanks to
fracking, more's on the way.
But as energy booms, electricity prices are going up.
Is it just another case of greedy energy companies and utilities
sticking it to consumers? Hardly. You might hear that from your local
Democratic politician, but it ain't so.
What's really at work here is simple: Through unnecessary
regulations, government has destroyed another working market, telling us
what kind of energy to use regardless of cost — based solely on the
green movement's moral beliefs about what kinds of energy are "good."
Electricity is now one of the most regulated goods in the U.S. Thanks
to the Environmental Protection Agency's sweeping powers to regulate
C02 — a power we can't find anywhere in the Constitution — electricity
is becoming a very expensive commodity.
And it's about to get even more so. According to the Institute for
Energy Research, EPA rules put in place to please environmentalists will
remove 34,705 megawatts of coal-based energy capacity off our market.
Think about it: That's equal to about 10% of what we now produce with coal being removed from the grid.
The EPA's new rules issued in September are a de facto ban on all new
coal-fired plants. This despite the fact coal accounts for a third of
all electricity in the U.S., due to its cheap cost and plentiful supply —
and despite the fact C02 levels are falling in the U.S., not rising.
Still, the demonization of coal and other fossil fuels means
utilities must shut coal-fired plants and replace them with pricier
energy sources — like wind and solar.
And you foot the bill, as recent electricity prices show. Consider it
a massive, hidden energy tax levied on every American and every
business, killing jobs and output.
Angry? Hey, don't curse your local utility. Just thank the green
movement and President Obama. As with the ObamaCare debacle, another job
6/4/12, “Climate change stunner: USA leads world in CO2 cuts since 2006,” Vancouver Observer, Saxifrage
“Not only that, but as my top chart shows, US CO2 emissions are falling even faster than what President Obama pledged in the global Copenhagen Accord.”…
1/15/11, “Recession Special: Cleaner Air,“ NY Times, Matthew Wald
“What the government has not mandated, the economy is doing on its own: emissions of global warming gases in the United States are down.
According to the Energy Department, carbon dioxide emissions peaked in this country in 2005 and will not reach that level again until the early 2020s.”…
Comment: Assuming US CO2 was ever a problem to begin with, it no longer is. Everyone knows this. The fraud continues because it's very easy to steal trillions of dollars from US taxpayers for decades on end. They just don't care.