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If you’re not familar with the Cape Wind project it’s a plan to place a massive wind farm off the coast of Nantucket Sound.

Two of the area’s residents the late Sen. Kennedy (D-Chavis) and current Sen. “I’m reporting for duty” Kerry (D-Loonyville) have long opposed the project despite their congressional efforts on behalf of “climate change” and alternitive energy.

The windmills will spoil a lot of oceanfront views is their Cup of Whine.

Now the opposition to the project has taken on the fine patina of NAMBYHood in the form of the “Save Our Sound” organization.

Save our Sound objects that the windmills aren’t economically viable and it decries the “special privileges” being granted to the wind industry by state and federal government.

Well we all do, so where’s the problem?

Under the heading of “Alternatives to Cape Wind” the organization promotes solar, geothermal, Tidal and even windmills.

Well, windmills that are located in “deep water,” and land based windmills.

NAMBY’s. assholes one amd all.

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Well, you just knew this was comming.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reissued a moratorium on deepwater offshore drilling Monday, after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the White House’s appeal of a lower court decision to halt the drilling ban.

The reinstated ban will “ protect communities, coasts, and wildlife as oil and gas companies implement adequate safety measures to reduce the risks associated with deepwater drilling operations and to ensure they are prepared for blowouts and oil spills,” wrote the Interior Department in a statement.

The ban won’t apply to shallow water drilling activities, which, the department said, “ do not present the same type or level of risks as deepwater drilling operations can continue to move forward if operators are in compliance with all safety and environmental requirements, including the safety and environmental requirements implemented through recent Notices to Lessees.”

The new ban will be in effect until November 30 or until such time as Salazar deems that drilling can move forward safely, the department said.

It is supported, said a departent statement by an “extensive record” indicating that the operations “would pose a threat of serious, irreparable, or immediate harm or damage to the marine, coastal, and human environment.”

The delay, it said, “would allow time for the implementation of new safety reforms aimed at preventing further drilling accidents.”

Administration allies (read syncophatic nitwits) hailed the reinstatement of the ban Monday and said that it would not harm the Gulf’s economy. “This moratorium will reduce oil spill risk while the Gulf will continue to produce oil,” said Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who chairs the House Energy panel’s subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. “As new laws and safety measures are put into place on these few dozen rigs, 97 percent of the manned rigs in the Gulf will still be allowed to work,” he said.

Meanwhile, unnoticed by asshat Markey, one drilling rig has already left the Gulf headed for Egypt where there is no moratorium.

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A Taiwanese-owned ship billed as the world’s largest skimming vessel was preparing to sail Friday evening to the scene of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The owners of the “A Whale” – the length of 3 1/2 football fields and 10 stories high – said the ship features a new skimming approach that has never been attempted on such a large scale. They are anxious to put it to its first test in the Gulf.

The A Whale skimmer, 3 1/2 football fields long and 10 stories tall, was photographed in Norfolk, Va., on Friday. June 25 2010

“We really have to start showing people what we can do,” said Bob Grantham, project coordinator for TMT Group, a Taiwan-based shipping company.

The company said it also needs a waiver of the 1920 Jones Act, which limits the activities of foreign-flagged ships in coastal U.S. waters. The A Whale is Liberian-flagged vessel.

Ah… the Jones Act.

Much as been written about it but is it really a problem?

Apparently not.

It is what any large government operation does.

It becomes mired in indecision, bungling and flat-out stupidity!

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It’s been a while since Sen. John Kerry has made any news worthy of reporting. And it shouldn’t surprise when he pops his head out it’s to spew a load of BS.

John Kerry appeared on ABC’s “This Week” this past Sunday and made a claim that “every major study that has been done by a legitimate group … shows that there are hundreds of thousands of jobs to be created if you pass our (cap-and-trade) legislation. And if you wind up pricing carbon.”

Would you be surprised to learn Kerry is a lying piece of dung?

Nah, me neither.

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Well so much for Obama’s Green Jobs canard.

You know the one, it’s where bazillions of dollars will be spent to make America “ecco-friendly,” produce enough energy to power not only the good ole US of A but every known planet in the universe and create more jobs than has ever been produced in the history of mankind.

At least that’s the bullshit Obama spews out on a regular basis.

Obama also cites the country of Spain as a model to follow.

NEWSFLASH courtesy the Spanish newspaper La Gaceta

As predicted was inevitable, today the Spanish newspaper La Gaceta runs with a full-page article fessing up to the truth about Spain’s “green jobs” boondoggle, which happens to be the one naively cited by President Obama no less than eight times as his model for the United States. It is now out there as a bust, a costly disaster that has come undone in Spain to the point that even the Socialists admit it, with the media now in full pursuit.

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La Gaceta boldly exposes the failure of the Spanish renewable policy and how Obama has been following it. The headline screams: “Spain admits that the green economy as sold to Obama is a disaster.”

What no jobs, and electricity prices have sky rocketed?

Who’d a thunk it!

The internal report of the Spanish administration admits that the price of electricity has gone up, as well as the debt, due to the extra costs of solar and wind energy. Even the government numbers indicate that each green job created costs more than 2.2 traditional jobs, as was shown in the report of the Juan de Mariana Institute. Besides that, the official document is almost a copy point by point of the one that led to Calzada being denounced [lit. “vetoed”] by the Spanish Embassy in an act in the U.S. Congress.

The presentation recognizes explicitly that “the increase of the electric bill is principally due to the cost of renewable energies.” In fact, the increase in the extra costs of this industry explains more than 120% of the variation in the bill and has prevented the reduction in the costs of conventional electricity production to be reflected on the bills of the citizens.

What you mean Obama lied?

Well yeah, so what else is new!

Remind me again who it was that said, “under my plan electricity prices will necessarily sky-rocket.”

If you don’t know it was Obama.

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Well now, it would seem Obama has had an epiphany. Where once he derided Senator John McCain’s plan to open up off-shore areas for drilling during the campaign he’s now embraced the Republicans mantra of “Drill baby, Drill!”

Or not, nothing is at it seems with this administration.

Today, the President gives a speech on energy issues, focusing on expanded offshore oil and gas drilling, which has broad backing as one way to boost domestic energy production.

This is all part of an effort by the White House to stir more support for the work of three Senators, John Kerry (D-MA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC), who have been trying to put together what might best be described as a “grand compromise” on energy issues.

The reason that a different legislative plan of action was needed on energy was because the original drive for a Cap and Trade bill simply isn’t going anywhere in the Senate.

If President Obama is going to get an energy bill through the Congress, then it will have to be something that allows for more offshore energy exploration, more nuclear energy initiatives, and also some efforts to clamp down on carbon emissions that produce greenhouse gases.

You could call it Cap and Trade Lite, framed as an energy bill.

As a reminder, The House of Representatives [barely] passed a comprehensive climate change bill last year that included a cap-and-trade system.

The bill has generally thought to be dead in the Senate. In fact one of Obama’s cabinet administers seems to indicate today the entire bill is dead.

“I think the term ‘cap and trade’ is not in the lexicon anymore,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said this morning on CNBC.

To which I say BULLSHIT!.

It was dead before, it was even deader when Scott Brown took away the Dems 60 seat majority in the Senate.

But it’s a “brave new world” now. A new world that saw the health care bill pass via shenanigans not seen outside the crooked games run by a traveling carnival.

Pure and simple it is part of a strategy to get climate legislation through Congress nothing more, nothing less.

This announcement follows obama’s plan to offer $50 billion in loan guarantees to help build eight new nuclear power plants.

What he and the Obama-Bots fail to say is both off-shore drilling and any and all nuclear plant construction will be bogged down by hundreds of “environmental studies, and in dozens of courts for many years to come.

“With one fell swoop, Obama deprives Republicans of the major talking point they’d use to object to more expansive government-based climate remediation and energy prospecting policy,” writes CBS Chief Political Consultant, the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder.

I would disagree with Ambinder’s point. The opponents of any type of Cap and Trade, or what apparently now is Cap and Trade Lite need to center on all the phony science.

Hell, NASA had taken some serious lumps over cooking it’s books on climate change, now we find out they admit their crap science is worse than that of University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center.

Both their “studies” were crap-on-a-stick and NASA cops to theirs being worse.

Not a good thing for them, but a boon to those that oppose Obama’s climate agenda if only they center the argument on the phony science behind it.

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