The night was almost four years ago. Candidate Obama had defeated John McCain. This victory was to introduce a new and magnificent period of “hope and change” to America. The bad old Republicans and their money grubbing ways had been swept into the past. The changes to come would be breathtaking! There would be so much hope and so much change that, according to the new President his election signaled that “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal”.
Whether he actually believed what he said or not, the statement was intended to impress. This proclamation was nothing more than a corpulent bloviation meant for the teary eyed, gullible people who might believe such things were possible. To even imply that his election to the Presidency could in some way stop the oceans from rising was a comical statement worthy of the best of Saturday Night Live. I’m afraid to some it actually had real meaning.
Abundant, accessible and affordable energy is the glue that binds civilizations together and enables them to adhere to policies that encourage growth and prosperity. In his three and one half years as President, Mr. Obama has categorically shown that he is totally opposed to expanding our abundant, accessible and affordable energy industry. He blocked the building of the XL pipeline. He promised to open up offshore drilling sites off the east coast and then threw up all kinds of road blocks to prevent it. His EPA is actively at war with the coal industry and is doing everything it can to shut the whole thing down.
Fossil fuel energy sources have propelled the American economy to unprecedented stellar heights over the last 100 years. Now in the fall of 2012 we are on the precipice of possibly re-electing the only United States President ever who is passionately dedicated to dismantling the entire energy system. This is unprecedented and extremely dangerous. And yet those who will vote for him again seem to be completely oblivious to it. If President Obama is granted another term his weapon of choice will be the same he has embraced in his first term, man made global warming and the rising oceans it will cause.