Category Archives: Politics

In Defense of a Democrat

In its never-ending quest to stop the peril this country faces from natural gas, the New York Times takes on Rep. Dan Boren, the sole Democrat in Oklahoma’s congressional delegation. He co-chairs the House Natural Gas Caucus and serves as … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day, Dick Cheney Edition #rsrh

From Aram Bakshian, Jr.’s review of In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, by Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney: And let’s not forget Dick Cheney’s masterful election debate performances in 2000 and 2004. They helped keep two prime liberal … Continue reading

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Competence 2012

Maybe I’m all alone here, but I’m thrilled with the way the Republican field of candidates is shaping up for 2012. Of course they all have faults. But there is one trait common to the three who have risen to … Continue reading

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Nevada Geothermal: Solyndra Lite?

The New York Times reports on another Department of Energy green energy loan going bad. This one involves Nevada Geothermal Power, which generates electrical power using near-surface geothermal heat. After $79 million in loans and $66 million in outright grants, … Continue reading

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Louisiana Dems Field >>Zero<< Credible Candidates in Statewide Qualifying

Huey Long must be turning over in his grave. Qualifying closed today for Louisiana’s Fall 2011 statewide elections, and the once super-dominant Democratic Party has failed to field a single credible candidate for statewide office. Not a single one. Louisiana’s … Continue reading

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Edwin Edwards for Governor?

Fans of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards have created a Facebook page called “Ask Obama to Pardon Edwin Edwards”. As an convicted felon, the Silver Zipper is precluded from running for a fifth term as governor. Barack Obama could change … Continue reading

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Exxon’s Offshore Lawsuit: The Rest of the Story

Last week, ExxonMobil filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior in the Western District of Louisiana. The lawsuit alleges that DOI, through the Minerals Management Service (MMS), acted improperly in cancelling three leases owned by ExxonMobil and Statoil, … Continue reading

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Two Words for Michele Bachmann and the $2 per Gallon Gasoline Pledge

Here they are: Natural Gas. I’m as bullish on domestic oil as the next guy, but I’m also a realist. I don’t see any way to solve a problem with the scope and breadth of our nation’s dependence on foreign … Continue reading

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Sustainability.

“Sustainability” is something of a corporate fad. Shell Oil has a sustainability policy. So does ExxonMobil. Dow Chemical. Walmart. Mattel. Even Ben and Jerry’s has a sustainability policy. Even though “sustainability” may be interpreted differently in different companies, sustainability is … Continue reading

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Strategic Petroleum Reserve to be Renamed “The Hope and Change Re-Election PAC”

You heard it here first. The International Energy Agency, a body whose membership parallels the G-20 and which is dominated by members of the EU, announced that it may consider releasing more oil from “its stockpile” (1.6 billion barrels, nearly … Continue reading

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