For crying out loud, Pelosi

For Republicans, the clown act Pelosi and some Democrat operatives are trying to perform, is more than a little bull butter.  The fact there are more than  two videos and a lot of narrative, shows the stupidity of lying liars, such as seen in the Gruber grab.

Read this account for more on the dregs that drag the demos down:

Dragging The Demos Down

As always, don’t forget the related articles found below.

Veterans Day: November 11th, 2014

 

  • Those following me in the past will know I always post something about veterans on Veterans Day and other veterans holidays.  I usually post the same or similar accounts year after year.  Often I will add something new … something compelling about fighting men and women.  The following is comprised of several stories or events.There is so much to honor about our and our allies’ veterans … so much, and we can never do the honor justice.  I hope you will do your part and more to honor out veterans.

    It Was Armistice Day (11th Month, 11th day, 11th Hour, 1918)

    Veterans Day 2007 poster from the United State...
    Image via Wikipedia

    The treaty to end the War To End All Wars was signed on November 11th, at 11 AM, 1918. The day was to be celebrated from that time on as Armistice Day.

    We know of course, World War I did not end all wars and another World War (WWII) would kill young and old alike from its beginning in 1939 until its end in 1945.

    The following, taken from the website Military.com explains the history of Armistince Day and how it came to be Veterans Day:

    Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’” As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

    In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

    And so we do … honor our veterans, today November 11, 2014 and forward in time.

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    177811943 poster, United States, World War II Artist Perlin, B. Publisher United States. Office of War Information Studio Name/Printer United States. Government Printing Office Historical period World War II

    HERE FOR MORE VETERANS DAY POSTERS

    Related articles

    Here’s an enlightening piece about a small town that has yet to forget the

    ir liberators during WWII.  First posted by us on November 12, 2010

    TODAY, NOVEMBER 12 2010, WILL BE CELEBRATED AS VETERANS DAY IN THE UNITED STATES. THE INFORMATION POSTED BELOW TELLS A TALE FROM A FAR DISTANT LAND.  A TALE ABOUT ONE PEOPLE’S LOVE AND DEDICATION TO PEOPLE WHO FOUND THEMSELVES IN A FOREIGN TOWN,  SAVING OR LIBERATING ITS PEOPLE.

    THIS POSTING OF THE INFORMATION BELOW WILL HONOR OUR VETERANS, JUST AS THAT SMALL TOWN HAS HONORED THEM FOR AN UNBELIEVABLE NUMBER OF YEARS.  I HAVE NO IDEA WHO TO ATTRIBUTE ALL OF THE INFORMATIONAL TEXT AND THE BEAUTIFUL IMAGES FOUND BELOW.  FOR THAT I AM SORRY, BUT IF SOMEONE WILL LET ME KNOW WHO TO ACKNOWLEDGE FOR THIS GREAT INFORMATION, I WILL BE PLEASED TO ATTRIBUTE THEIR WORK.

    Some of you will not be able to see the images below.  I apologize, but here is the link for the town web site … you’ll like it:
    YOU’ BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE FESTIVITIES
    Have you ever wondered if anyone in Europe remembers America’s sacrifice in World War II?  There is an answer in a small town in the Czech Republic, in the town called Pilsen (Plzen ).

    Every 5 years, Pilsen conducts the Liberation Celebration of the City of Pilsen in the Czech Republic.

    May 6th, 2010, marked the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Pilsen by General George Patton’s 3rd Army.Pilsen
    is the town that every American should visit.  Why?  Because they love America and the American Soldier…

    Even 65 years later… by the thousands,The citizens of Pilsen came to say thank you.

    Lining  the streets of Pilsen for miles From the large crowds, to quiet reflective moments,including this American family’s private time to honor and remember their American hero.

    This is the crash site of Lt. Virgil P. Kirkham, the last recorded American USAAF pilot killed in Europe during WWII. It was Lt. Kirkham’s 82nd mission and one that he volunteered to go on. At the time, this 20-year-old pilot’s P-47 Thunderbolt plane was shot down, a young 14-year-old Czech girl, Zdenka Sladkova, was so moved by his sacrifice she made a vow to care for him and his memory.For 65 straight years, Zdenka, now 79-years-old, took on the responsibility to care for Virgil’s crash site and memorial near her home.

    On May 4th, she was recognized by the Mayor of Zdenka’s home town of Trhanova ,Czech Republic, forher sacrifice and extraordinary effort to honor this American hero.

    Another chapter in this important story… the Czech people are teaching their children about America’s sacrifice for their freedom.

    American Soldiers, young and old, are the ”Rock Stars” these children and their parents want autographs from.

    Yes, Rock Stars! As they patiently waited for his autograph, the respect this little Czech boy and his father have for our troops serving today was heartwarming and inspirational.

    The Brian LaViolette Foundation established The Scholarship of Honor in tribute to General George S. Patton and the American Soldier, past and present.

    Each year, a different military hero will be honored in tribute to General Patton’s memory and their mission to liberate Europe . This award will be presented to a graduating senior who will be entering the military or a form of community service such as fireman, policeman, teaching or nursing – – – a cause greater than self. The student will be from 1 of the 5 high schools in Pilsen, Czech Republic .

    The first award will be presented in May 2011 in honor of Lt. Virgil Kirkham, that young 20-year-old P-47 pilot killed 65 years ago in the final days of WWII.

    Presenting Virgil’s award will be someone who knows the true meaning of service and sacrifice… someone who looks a lot like Virgil. Marion Kirkham, Virgil’s brother, who himself served during WWII in the United States Army Air Corps!!!

    In closing… Here is what the city of Pilsen thinks of General Patton’s grandson. George Patton Waters (another Rock Star!) we’re proud to say, serves on Brian’s Foundation board.

    And it’s front page news over there. not buried in the middle of the social section.

    Brigadier General Miroslav Zizka – 1st Deputy Chief of Staff, Ministry of Defense, Czech Armed Forces.

    Notice the flags? Share this email with your family and friends. Every American should hear this story.

    I have posted the following poems for several years running. I hope you will enjoy them and understand why I believe the draft should be reinstated.

    THE FOLLOWING POEMS, IN FLANDERS FIELD BY LT. COLONEL JOHN McCrae AND TOMMY BY RUDYARD KIPLING SAY MORE ABOUT THE TRUE FEELING OF SERVICEMEN, AND NOW WOMEN, THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD THAN ANY OTHER POEMS ON THE SUBJECT OF WAR AND SERVICE.  AND, EACH POEM DOES SO IN PLAIN, UNSTILTED LANGUAGE.  AS MEMORIAL DAY PASSES , I POST THE POEMS IN THE HOPE THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN WILL NO LONGER DIE, OR BECOME DISABLED IN  WAR … UNDECLARED OR OTHERWISE.

    In Flanders Fields

    Veterans Day | Field of poppies

    Veterans Day | Field of poppies (Photo credit: *Arielle*)

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high.

    If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

    Detailed information concerning the circumstances of the penning of In Flanders Fields can be found here

    TOMMY

    I went into a public-‘ouse to get a pint o’ beer, The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.” The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die, I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I: O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”; But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play, The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play, O it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play.

    I went into a theatre as sober as could be, They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me; They sent me to the gallery or round the music-‘alls, But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls! For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”; But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide, The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide, O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide.

    Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap; An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit. Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, ‘ow’s yer soul?” But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll, The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll, O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll.

    We aren’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too, But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you; An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints, Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints; While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, fall be’ind”, But it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind, There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind, O it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind.

    You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all: We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational. Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace. For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!” But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot; An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please; An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!

    Below is a nice recitation of Tommy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nGClrsAN2aY

     

    You will also find a very lengthy account of Kipling and his life here, where one of his most popular poems, My Boy Jack is given full treatment (after all it was about his son Jack’s death in battle.)  For reasons unstated, no mentions is made of  Tommy. Perhaps others do not share my respect for the poem, but more can be found regarding Tommy’s publication by clicking  here.

    Finally, the reader has seen that both poems are written by those who wrote of their own nation’s experience in war and individual battles.  The soldiers who fight, have much in common and little at odds … with the exception of the cause for which they must fight as dictated by their “Commanders in Chief.”

    This will end my 2014 contribution for
    Veterans Day.  I hope it was not to much to swallow for one setting, but if it is/was return to read it another day or days.
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Happening in maryland … Surely happening in new mexico

 This one comes from pjmedia.com A serious flap of the cap to them for their hard work in delivering the details

 

An election integrity watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland, alleging that it has discovered massive and ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens in one county. But because of the way that the non-citizens are able to cast votes in elections, the fraud is likely happening in every single county and subdivision across the state. The group believes that the illegal voting has been happening for years.

You can catch the rest of the sordid story if you follow the link posted just below:

Massive Voter fraud In Maryland?

Conspiracy Brews 9.25.14

If you like movies, check out Eric Lucero’s Reviews on our website

http://www.conspiracybrews.com/movie-reviews/

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If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday. Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting. For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact: ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews

“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.”

Benjamin Franklin

Not your average political discussion group!

October 25, 2014

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center
10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

*** Quotes of the Week ***

“America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this.”

Barack Obama (Nomination acceptance speech 08-28-08)

(the following is dedicated to the Barack of 2008)

“There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.”

Steven Wright

Steven Wright

Cover of Steven Wright

Suggested Topics

– Would you read an interesting article on how a Dane becomes a Jihadist?

http://mashable.com/2014/10/15/childhood-friend-isis-jihadist/
(The article is long. Continue down through the end of the article)

– Some say education in NM won’t improve until the culture wants it to, what do you think?

– How’s that hope and change working out in health care?

(Light Quotes of the week)

“Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president.”

Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson

Cover of Johnny Carson

“Someone’s boring me. I think it’s me.”

Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas

Cover of Dylan Thomas

“A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on.”

William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs

Cover of William S. Burroughs

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Conspiracy Brews 09.27.14

If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday. Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting. For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact: ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews
“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.”

Benjamin Franklin

Not your average political discussion group!

September 27, 2014

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center
10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

*** Quotes of the Week ***

“When you appeal to force, there’s one thing you must never do – lose.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

English: Gen. of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower...

English: Gen. of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower (detail). See orginal for stamp of origin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Dedicated to Tom Udall)

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

— Robert F. Kennedy Jr wishes there were a law where he could jail politicians that oppose Global Warming…Potential Tyrant or reasonable political who like Udall would destroy the First Amendment?

English: U.S. Senator for New Mexico

English: U.S. Senator for New Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/66190

Suggested Topics

— What do National Democrats stand for?

2012 Democrat Platform 32 page PDF

— What do National Republicans stand for?

2012 Republican Platform 64 Page PDF

(Light Quotes of the week)

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”

Mae West

“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.”

Charles M. Schulz (Charlie Brown in Peanuts)

“Rejoice not at thine enemy’s fall – but don’t rush to pick him up either.”

Jewish Proverb
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Conspiracy Brews 9.13.14

If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday. Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting. For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact: ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

 

Conspiracy Brews

 

“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not your average political discussion group!

 

September 13, 2014

 

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center
10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

 

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 

*** Quotes of the Week ***

 

“War’s very object is victory, not prolonged indecision. In war, there is no substitute for victory.”

 

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur

 

English: General of the Army Douglas MacArthur...

English: General of the Army Douglas MacArthur smoking his corncob pipe, probably at Manila, Philippine Islands, 2 August 1945. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.”

                         Dwight W. Morrow (in a campaign speech, Oct 1930)

English: Dwight Morrow (1873-1931)

English: Dwight Morrow (1873-1931) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Suggested Topics

 

— When did the National Republican and Democrat Parties become reactionaries rather than visionaries?

 

–We’ve talked about the APS School Board…is it time to act for the upcoming election?

 

— Is New Mexico’s epithet now RIP?

 

(Light Quotes of the week)

 

“His absence is good company.”

 

(Scottish saying) perhaps to Great Britain

 

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers

 

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso.

Pablo Picasso. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven’t got the guts to bite people themselves.”

 

August Strindberg

August Strindberg as an older man

August Strindberg as an older man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Conspiracy Brews 8.16.14

If you like your coffee, tea, hot chocolate and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday. Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting. For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact: ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews

ConspiracyBrews

“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.”

Benjamin Franklin

Not your average political discussion group!

August 16, 2014

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center
10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

*** Quotes of the Week ***

“Those who abuse liberty when they possess it would abuse power could they obtain it.”

Thomas Paine

“The body politic, like the human body, begins to die from birth, and bears in itself the causes of its destruction.”

Jean Jacques Rousseau

The tomb of Rousseau in the crypt of the Panth...

The tomb of Rousseau in the crypt of the Panthéon, Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Suggested Topics

— Are you for or against the militarization of the police?

http://time.com/3111474/rand-paul-ferguson-police/

–Can we overcome and change the NM dependency on government for jobs?

— If Rio Arriba County is the # 1 drug capital of the USA, what does that say about NM?

Seal of Rio Arriba County, New Mexico

Seal of Rio Arriba County, New Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Light Quotes of the week)

“After twelve years of therapy, my psychiatrist said something that brought tears to my eyes. He said, ‘No hablo ingles.’.”

Ronnie Shakes

“A statesman is a politician who has been dead ten or fifteen years.”

Harry Truman

“A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.”

Robert Benchley

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Nancy Pelosi — Needs to straighten up

She could start with a “strait”jacket and a muzzle as she becomes increasingly irrelevant and irreverent with her antics on the floor of the House. Her latest tirade had her running across from her place in the House chamber to berate, or should we say, attempt to berate a fellow congressperson from across the aisle.  Here’s the URL for the story from the blaze:

The Harridan Speaks And Gestures

Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi

Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Two harbingers of hate and mistaken messages

 

Marita Noon: Looking for bad legislation … you could start with 2007 and ethanol mandates

Greetings!

 

I am writing to you today from Atlanta where I will be speaking tomorrow at a “Stop the EPA Power Grab” rally on the steps of the Sam Nunn Federal Building in Atlanta GA. Wednesday I am on the docket to speak at the EPA’s Atlanta hearing regarding its Clean Power Plan that I wrote about on June 2 (I expect next week’s column will reflect my experiences there). Yesterday I was in Knoxville, TN, where I spoke to the 32nd annual meeting of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) where, among other things, I addressed the Clean Power Plan.

 

On Thursday afternoon, while on a bus during a tour of Oak Ridge National Labs as a part of the DDP meeting,  a little piece of news arrived in my in box. The headline read: “White House indicates ethanol mandate could go up.” “What?!” I thought. I know that last fall the EPA did something reasonable: it reduced the volume of ethanol required to be blended into gasoline. There has been legislation in the works to modify or kill the 2007 ethanol mandate. The Ethanol tax credit died in January of 2012. Now, unexpectedly, news that the White House is directly involved in bumping it up? Wow, that is news.

 

In this week’s column: 2007–a great year for growing bad legislation like the ethanol mandate (attached and pasted-in-below), I offer some history and context and then address the Thursday meeting John Podesta had with “select Senate Democrats” that happened while the rest of the world wasn’t paying attention. The meeting got very little news coverage—though Senator Al Franken is crowing about it. Please help me spread the news by posting, passing on, and/or personally enjoying 2007–a great year for growing bad legislation like the ethanol mandate.

 

Thanks!

 

Marita Noon

Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great, inc.

PO Box 52103, Albuquerque, NM 87181

505.239.8998

 

 

For immediate release: July 28, 2014

Commentary by Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.

Contact: 505.239.8998, marita@responsiblenergy.org

Words: 1273

 

2007: a great year for growing bad legislation like the ethanol mandate

President Obama, and his administration, has enacted so many foolish and cost-increasing energy policies, it is easy to think that they are his purview alone. But in 2007, Republicans were just as guilty. Seeds were planted and a garden of bad legislation took root in a totally different energy environment. At the time, the growth seemed like something worthy of cultivation. However, what sprouted up more closely resembles a weed that needs to be yanked out.

 

Last week, I wrote about Australia’s carbon tax that was pulled on July 17. Its seeds were also planted in 2007, though not germinated until 2011. Prime Minister Abbott promised to eradicate the unpopular plant—and after nearly a year of struggle, he did.

 

2007 was also the year of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Around that time, more than half the states put in a mandate requiring increasing amounts of wind and solar power be incorporated into the energy mix the local utilities provided for their customers. It was expected that the RPS would become a much-admired garden with wind turbines blowing in the breeze and solar panels turning toward the sun like sunflowers.

 

Instead, the RPS has been an expensive folly. Angering the ratepayers, electricity prices have gone up. Groups, like the American Bird Conservancy, have filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because it allows bald and golden eagles to be chopped up by wind turbines without punishment to the operators. Industrial solar installations are in trouble due to the massive land use and literally frying birds that fly through the reflected sunlight. The mandates have created false markets and bred crony corruption that has the beneficiaries squawking when legislatures threaten to pull plans that have grown like kudzu. Yet, many states have now introduced legislation to trim, or uproot, the plans that sounded so good back in 2007. Though none has actually been yanked out, Ohio just put a pause on its RPS.

 

The RPS was state legislation; the RFS, federal.

 

Enacted, in 2005 and strengthened in 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)—also known as the ethanol mandate—had true bipartisan support (something that is difficult to imagine in today’s political climate). Both Republicans and Democrats lauded the RFS as America’s solution to U.S. dependence on foreign oil. In signing the Energy Independence and Security Act that contained the RFS, President George W. Bush promised it would end our addiction to oil by growing our gas. Although it was passed by Congress with the best of intentions, it, too, has become a costly, wasteful, and politically-charged fiasco that has created an artificial market for corn-based ethanol and driven up both fuel and food prices while threatening to damage millions of families’ most prized and essential possessions: their cars and trucks.

 

Times have changed. People are no longer lining up to view the garden of renewables as they do to stroll through the spectacular floral displays at Las Vegas’ Bellagio—where teams of specialized staff maintain the stylized gardens. At the Bellagio, you can gaze gratis. America’s renewable garden is costly at a time when our citizens are forced to cut back on everything else.

 

Compared to 2007, several things are different today. The big one is the economy. We, as a country, were still living large in 2007. We were also still dependent on oil from overseas and our purchases were funding terrorism. Plus, it was, then, generally believed by many that our globe was warming—and it was our fault because of burning fossil fuels. When presented with the idea of growing our gasoline, even though it might cost more, it seemed worth it—after all, what was a few cents a gallon to thumb our nose at the Middle East and save the planet?

 

But this is a different day. A few cents a gallon matters now. Thanks to the combined technologies of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, America is rich with oil-and-gas resources—and we could be truly energy secure if there were greater access to federal lands. Since 2007, the U.S. has trimmed our CO2 emissions—while they’ve grown globally. The predicted warming (and accompanying catastrophes) hasn’t happened. Instead, it appears that the increased CO2 has generated record harvests—despite predictions to the contrary.

 

But the seeds planted in 2007 have grown false markets that need the mandates—both for electricity generation and transportation fuels—to stake them up, as they can’t survive on their own. Talk of yanking the mandates is likened to cutting down the once-a-year blossom of the Queen of the Night. “How could you?”  “You’ll kill jobs!”  Elected officials, such as Congressman Steve King (R-IA), who are normally fiscally conservative, vote to continue the boondoggles that benefit his state.

 

When the Energy Independence and Security Act was passed in 2007, it was assumed that gasoline demand would continue to rise indefinitely so larger volumes of ethanol could be blended into gasoline every year to create E10, a motor fuel comprised of 90 percent gasoline and 10 percent ethanol. Rather than requiring a percentage of ethanol, the law mandated a growing number of gallons of ethanol be used.

 

Instead, due to increased vehicle efficiencies and a bad economy, gasoline demand peaked in 2007 and began to decline, reducing the amount of gasoline consumed in the U.S. Still, the law requires refiners to blend ever-increasing volumes of ethanol into gasoline every year until 36 billion gallons of ethanol is blended into the nation’s fuel supplies by 2022.

 

It is the mandate that allowed the ethanol tax credit (a.k.a. subsidy) to expire at beginning of 2012. The growing mandates gave the corn farmers plenty of incentive.

 

In the modern era, with ethanol no longer needed due to America’s increasing oil production and the mandates’ unreasonable requirements, an unusual collection of opponents has risen up against ethanol: environmentalists and big oil, auto manufacturers and anti-hunger groups.

 

Much to everyone’s surprise, last November the EPA came out with a proposal to use its authority to make a practical decision to keep the mandate from increasing that resulted in a cut in the amount of biofuels that refiners would need to mix into their fuels—a decision that was required to be made by the end of November 2013. To date, in the seventh month of 2014, the EPA still has not released the 2014 mandates. Refiners are still waiting.

 

On Thursday, July 24, White House Advisor John Podesta met with select Democrat Senators including Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Al Franken (D-MN) to discuss the EPA’s November 2013 proposal to lower ethanol targets—which, according to reports, Franken called: “unacceptable.” The Hill quotes Franken as saying: “White House adviser John Podesta has indicated the administration plans to raise the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.” And, in another report, The Hill says: “That may mean Podesta’s signal—that the levels of ethanol, biodiesel and other biofuels will be increased in the EPA’s final rule—is as good as gold.” A decision from the EPA is expected to “be imminent.”

 

All of this amid new reports that ethanol has little if any effect on reducing greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change. A Congressional Budget Office report, released on June 26, states: “available evidensce suggests that replacing gasoline with corn ethanol has only limited potential for reducing emissions (and some studies indicate that it could increase emissions).”

 

It may have been Bush who planted the ethanol mandate, but it is the Obama administration that is fertilizing it and keeping it alive, when it should be yanked out by its roots.

 

 

 

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.