Posted by: Debby Durkee | August 22, 2011

Republicans: Here’s a jobs plan.

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Republicans: Here’s a jobs plan.

Since Obama is at Martha’s Vineyard working so diligently on a “Jobs” plan to be unveiled when he returns to D.C. in September, what will the Republicans have as their own answer to, what I’m sure, will be a detailed plan written somewhere other than on a teleprompter? Well, an East coast writer who goes by the pen name Green Lantern, has come up with a really good outline for the GOP. I wonder why he writes with a pen name. Maybe he doesn’t want to be ostracized from those really nifty parties they’re always throwing in NYC and D.C. This is from The American Spectator.

1. Build the Keystone Oil Sands Pipeline from Alberta to Texas to bring down Canadian oil for American refineries. The project is now being delayed by the State Department. The pipeline will not only be a huge construction project but it will lower gas prices.

2. Begin offshore oil drilling on the East and West Coasts. The two U.S. Senators from Virginia — both Democrats! — are already pushing for drilling on their shores. Alaska is ready to go as well. The people who are opposed to drilling are a distinct minority.

3. Revive the timber industry in the Northwest by admitting that the spotted owl was never a unique species and was not declining because of logging. The federal decision closed 60 percent of the sawmills in the Northwest and has created 20 percent unemployment in some areas. The latest report is that the spotted owl is being replaced by the barred owl, which is probably not a different species anyway. The two are mating in the wild. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just recommended shooting barred owls in order to justify the federal policy. It’s time for this madness to stop.

4. Limit environmental review to two years and put a limit on legal challenges. It now takes a minimum of seven years to build a new plant in the pulp and paper industry — if there is no opposition. Environmental impact statements are generational undertakings and can last forever. It’s become much more convenient to build in Mexico or China.

5. Limit design reviews at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to two years. Start replacing our aging fleet with new, safer reactors such as the Westinghouse AP1000, which has been under NRC review since 2004. Accelerate approval of the new small, modular reactors that can be buried underground for complete safety and cost $200 million instead of $8 billion.

He goes on to identify eight more suggestions that run the gamut from freezing the minimum wage (and making exceptions to $7.25/hour for jobs that are normally done by teenagers, in order to encourage teenage hiring) to loser pays lawsuits to selling insurance across state lines to defending the dollar by making the Federal Reserve only responsible for a sound currency and nothing else. Please read it all here:

http://spectator.org/archives/2011/08/19/putting-american-back-to-work

Giant “green” jobs killer.

Oh, and we really need a bunch of those recommendations from the previous post because Obama’s EPA is killing jobs in this country by the thousands. This is from Michael A. Walsh in the New York Post.

Even as the “green jobs” promise proves to be a lie, the Obama administration is getting set to force the shutdown of countless power plants across half the nation.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, announced last month, will affect coal-fired electric plants in at least 27 midwestern and eastern states. Set to take effect next year, the rule could shutter up to a fifth of the nation’s generating capacity.

I blogged about this travesty here: https://politicallyempowered.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/americas-lost-half-decade/  The Walsh column continues:

With coal providing 45 percent of the nation’s energy, utility companies warn of an economic “train wreck” if the regulations — based on Bush-era EPA proposals that the federal courts threw out in 2008 — take effect. One Wisconsin utility says its costs would jump $32.6 million next year, while the head of the Texas Public Utility Commission says the rules could lead to rolling blackouts — especially given the short time the utilities have to comply with Washington’s iron fist.

Steve Miller, president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, warns of job losses totaling 1.4 million over the next eight years and a 23 percent jump in electric rates in states dependent on coal-fired plants.

With unemployment still sky-high, new jobless claims routinely hitting 400,000 a week and consumer prices rising, is this really the time to hobble the nation’s reeling economy further?

Absolutely, says autocratic EPA chief Lisa Jackson — who could possibly be against improving the air quality for up to 240 million Americans? “Just because wind and weather will carry air pollution away from its source at a local power plant doesn’t mean that pollution is no longer that plant’s responsibility.”

So, while his EPA is killing jobs on purpose with some kind of leftist green dystopia plan, Obama is writing his jobs plan in between reading the books he bought in Martha’s Vineyard. Hey, POTUS, I’ve an idea. How about at the top of your jobs plan you fire EPA Director Lisa Jackson and eliminate all of the EPA rules she’s come up with since she started? You could probably save and create a bunch of jobs at the same time with that simple intelligent act, but then where’s the fun that? Read the whole maddening thing here:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/the_epa_giant_green_jobs_killer_KdfsWk1XtxOu1souIABLFM

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Responses

  1. God, I hate statists. Another plank in the jobs platform…fire the EPA, Dept of Education. Fire the Secretary of the Interior and get the lease renewed for Exxon Mobile’s massive gulf oil find. Go the Texas way and have loser pay on all of these suits that are filed by “environmental groups. Make all of their claims be peer reviewed prior to any action being taken by the government. Sell the majority of “federal” lands and put them in private hands (having the added benefit of not increased “revenue” but making government smaller in the process. I am sure I can think of others.

  2. Why not go after the energy in the oil sand of the Dakota’s and that located under the Rockies’. Just the announcement of doing this would drive down gas prices. The people with oil to sell now would want to get rid of it at today’s higher price before the U.S. reduces its demand. Also, just the work created in the building and transportation industries would have an immediate major impact on employment. Moving from an oil and natural gas consumer to producer of energy resources would build a legacy for future generations. The green jobs that America needs consists of the green on the dollar bills one receives for having a job.


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