February 23, 2012 |
President Obama tried to deflect criticism over rising gas prices Thursday, as he accused Republicans of cheering the bad economic news and asked for patience from Americans anxious about the cost. "It's the easiest thing in the world to make phony election-year promises about lower gas prices," Obama told a crowd at the University of Miami. "What's harder is to make a serious, sustained commitment to tackle a problem that may not be solved in one year or one term or even one decade.
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February 7, 2012 |
It was the simple beauty of the sagebrush hills and the first-rate fishing that drew Vince Salvato here 15 years ago. "All I wanted was a quiet, pristine place with clean air," he said, sipping sarsaparilla inside Bronco Bobbi's curio shop in this tiny town in southern Utah. "That's why I came here. " But the tranquillity has been broken by the day-and-night rumble of trucks ferrying coal from a strip mine near Bryce Canyon National Park to a power plant three hours to the north.
January 26, 2012 |
President Obama declared the United States the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" Thursday as he plugged an energy policy that would offer incentives to companies that power their vehicles with natural gas. Speaking to a crowd at a UPS facility here, Obama praised the company for being among the first to respond to an administration call last year to reduce the use of fossil fuels. "That's how they roll," Obama said of UPS. The remarks come as the White House is rolling out more details of its energy proposals, which administration officials call the "all of the above" plan for reducing reliance on foreign oil. Officials on Thursday also announced an oil and natural gas lease sale in the central Gulf of Mexico, scheduled for late June.
January 18, 2012 |
At the turn of the last century, Time magazine published a list of what it considered to be the 100 worst ideas of the 20th century. It included Prohibition, leisure suits, the Titanic, cold fusion. You get the idea. I know it's early, but assuming such a list is composed again at the end of this century, I have a nomination. It was an idea proposed in a speech last week. Thomas Donohue was speaking. Not just speaking; the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was giving his annual "state of American business" address, in the 100th year of the chamber's operation, from the chamber's Hall of Flags in its office just across Lafayette Park from the White House.
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December 1, 2011 |
Former Rep. Carlos J. Moorhead, a Republican who represented Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena and surrounding communities for 24 years in Congress, died Nov. 23, his family announced. He was 89. A Glendale resident, Moorhead died at an assisted-living facility in La Cañada Flintridge after battling Alzheimer's disease. Moorhead worked as an attorney in Glendale before entering politics in 1966, when he was elected to the California Assembly. In 1972, he was elected to Congress.
November 28, 2011 |
Let me say upfront that I have always been a Democrat. However, I also vote my conscience and have supported independent candidates. Today, energy policy is one area where I think my party is wrong. I wasn't always a disillusioned Democrat. For decades, the party's policies ensured that the United States had adequate supplies of domestic oil, natural gas, coal, hydroelectric power and uranium to fuel our growing economy while providing good-paying jobs to the men and women who produced our energy and transported it. These policies helped create America's affluence of the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s.
September 25, 2011 |
The Quest Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World Daniel Yergin Penguin Press: 804 pps., $37.95 Daniel Yergin is our most tenacious and experienced analyst of energy policy - an effort that dates to his co-authorship of the groundbreaking book "Energy Future" in 1979. In that book, Yergin and his co-authors set forth several themes that remain relevant today, including the potential of solar power and conservation to address shortages of traditional energy sources such as fossil fuels.
June 7, 2011 |
President Obama acknowledged the nation remains "skittish" about the state of the economy, but said he is confident in avoiding a second recession. "I'm not concerned about a double-dip recession. I am concerned about the fact that the recovery that we're on is not producing jobs as quickly as I want it to happen," he said Tuesday. During a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House, the president said that if not for "body blow" of the 2008 economic meltdown, the most recent poor jobs report might have been viewed less ominously.
May 30, 2011
Controlling guns Re "Gun control that won't," Opinion, May 24 There is something the matter with the whole discussion of gun control. The current effort by the gun lobby is targeted (pun intended) at having everyone carry a gun. There is no reason, in a country where the violent crime rate has fallen every year for the last 10 years, for weapons to be carried, openly or concealed. Who is supposed to benefit, and how? The answer is clear: The benefit goes to the gun manufacturers, who have a problem selling guns.
April 26, 2011 |
"What the heck went wrong?" That, apparently, is the question roiling the environmental community as it realizes that the fight against climate change has fizzled. As Brad Plumer writes in the New Republic, everything was looking great in 2008 for a sweeping effort to make good on candidate Barack Obama's pledge to start turning back the rising oceans. The Democrats held Congress. Both John McCain and Obama had promised to push for capping carbon emissions. Corporations had gotten on board.