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Editorial: Obama’s Green Plan, more silence from liberals




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George Rodriguez
July 24, 2013 | 2,847 views | 1 comment

President Obama recently announced an ambitious three-pronged plan to cut greenhouse gases and impact global warming. However, there are two questions that people in south Texas should ask: One, how will this plan affect South Texas’ Eagle Ford shale area, and two, how it will affect the people who live in that area?

Obama’s “green plan” can be carried out without congressional approval, using planned regulations, rules and standards aimed at cutting releases of carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases from power plants, heavy vehicles and buildings; a suite of new steps to cut vulnerability to climate and coastal hazards; and a summary of international initiatives the administration plans to pursue with other countries.

This plan will surely impact negatively on the Eagle Ford shale and the South Texas economy by slowing or strangling the energy industry.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a democrat from coal producing West Virginia, has slammed Obama’s proposal saying it imposes “unreasonable restrictions” that will have disastrous consequences for energy industry, American jobs, and the economy. Sen. Manchin went on to say “It’s clear now that the president has declared a war on coal.” The same can be said for South Texas energy industry.

But there is silence coming from the south Texas’ liberal Congressmen Pete Gallego, Joaquin Castro, Ruben Hinojosa, Henry Cuellar, and Filemon Vela. If a democratic senator can speak out against Obama’s unreasonable plan, why can’t the South Texas congressmen who represent the districts who depend on energy production?

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has forecasted that the demand for its oil will decrease in 2014 because the technology for extracting oil and gas from shale is reducing dependence on their oil-producing members. Rising output will make it harder for the 12-member group to keep its own output at high rates without risking a drop in prices below $100 a barrel, its preferred level.

This is great news to the South Texas economy because it creates local wealth and jobs. However our liberal congressmen seem more interested in promoting the environmentalist agenda than in supporting real job creation.

Rather than having an artificial economy based on government grants and programs, the shale energy boom can create economic independence for the region and its families.

For the people of South Texas, this plan becomes the classic clash of the liberal Democratic agenda versus the conservative, free market Republican philosophy. Do people want to continue to depend on government programs and handouts, or do they want to grow their personal wealth?

In the Eagle Ford energy boom, South Texas counties, and the people who live there, have suddenly found themselves with a bright economic future. But that future can be deemed quickly with the Obama plan ... and Gallego, Castro, Hinojosa, Cuellar, and Vela should speak up. Better yet, the people should speak up to them.

George Rodriguez is president of South Texas Alliance for progress and can be followed on Facebook at “El Conservador.”
 

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The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
July 24, 2013 11:12am
 
We should all hope the voters speak to the fearsome fivesome at the ballot boxes. A little prayer would help.

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