I keep telling all the Conservatives to watch out for the weekends, because this is when the Left does their dirty work when they hope our side won’t notice.
Well, this writer did notice. It’s no secret that Obama is after fossil fuels in the U.S. After all, everything is on the table except coal, oil, uranium, and now natural gas.
Obama did a DocuDump EO yesterday in the dead of the night. On first glance it appears absolutely benign as they all do. Supporting Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Natural Gas Resources. Whenever you see government “double speak” you know you are in trouble. He touts this as an “intra-agency working group.” So let’s see who is in that *group.*
(i) the Department of Defense;
(ii) the Department of the Interior;
(iii) the Department of Agriculture;
(iv) the Department of Commerce;
(v) the Department of Health and Human Services;
(vi) the Department of Transportation;
(vii) the Department of Energy;
(viii) the Department of Homeland Security;
(ix) the Environmental Protection Agency;
(x) the Council on Environmental Quality;
(xi) the Office of Science and Technology Policy;
(xii) the Office of Management and Budget;
(xiii) the National Economic Council; and
(xiv) such other agencies or offices as the Chair may invite to participate.
Spearheaded and overseen by:
There is established an Interagency Working Group to Support Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources (Working Group), to be chaired by the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, or a designated representative. [emphasis mine].
Many natural gas organizations immediately came out and stated in pressers that this was “great.” Marcellus Shale Coalition had this to say excerpted:
“As the inter-agency’s panel begins its work, we remain eager to provide real-time, on-the-ground insight in an effort to ensure that common sense regulations are in place, which is essential to leveraging the countless benefits of America’s natural gas resources.”
And the American Gas Association had this to say, excerpted:
“This working group will foster improved government communication and coordination that will help our members continue to safely deliver this foundation fuel to 177 million Americans every day.”
The Washington Times glowed:
In a move that immediately drew praise from across the energy industry, President Obama on Friday issued an executive order to better coordinate federal oversight of “fracking,” the popular but controversial natural gas extraction method.
So who is this *mysterious person,* the Director of Domestic Policy Council who will oversee and coordinate the various agencies which will ultimately decide the fate of our natural gas industry? I immediately went to the non-partisan and prestigious Institute for Energy Research knowing they would have the answer:
WASHINGTON D.C. — President Obama released today an executive order claiming to support safe and responsible development of unconventional domestic natural gas resource. The order creates an interagency working group led by the chairman of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Ceclia Munoz, who formerly led the Center for Community Change and the Open Society Institute — two organizations with close ties to billionaire George Soros, ACORN, MoveOn, and other radical groups with a record of opposing the development of America’s organic fossil fuels. [emphasis mine]. [snip] “If the president is serious about robust development of our vast natural gas resources, it is bemusing to learn that he has appointed an immigration advisor and community organizer with deep ties to George Soros [emphasis mine] to lead the effort. Natural gas production on federal lands is dropping under this administration, a fact that the non-partisan Energy Information Administration attributes in part to the regulatory difficulties faced by industry when seeking to access these resources.
And Obama doesn’t deny it. In a presser in January of this year, albeit leaving out the relationships to Soros he says:
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Muñoz served as Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization. She supervised NCLR’s policy staff covering a variety of issues of importance to Latinos, including civil rights, employment, poverty, farmworker issues, education, health, housing, and immigration. Her particular area of expertise is immigration policy, which she covered at NCLR for twenty years.
Ms. Muñoz is the former Chair of the Board of Center for Community Change, and served on the U.S. Programs Board of the Open Society Institute and the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Philanthropies and the National Immigration Forum. In June 2000, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in recognition of her work on immigration and civil rights.
Do we REALLY want a person with this biography leading these governmental agencies on what this writer foresees as a mistaken path which may very well denigrate this country’s natural gas production? Please. Can you spell ACORN?
If any of these NG agencies wish to recant their original glowing pressers or find fault with my logic they can find me on twit.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks