Exclusive: Maker of viral video asks, ‘Will America Fail?’

Chris Salcedo
The Blaze
October 6, 2014

Show of hands: How many of you wrote off the millennial generation as being permanent residents in their parent’s basement, plugged into their tech, unplugged from humanity and hopelessly liberal? I have to admit, after their strong show of support for Resident Obama in the last two elections, I didn’t have high hopes.

It turns out I may have been a little too hasty in my judgment of these Americans.

The maker of the 2012, viral video “If I wanted America to Fail,” Ryan Houck, is back with another provocative video and a companion book. It’s called, “Will America Fail?” The discussion I had with Ryan was fascinating. It turns out that the millennial generation has a quirk. When they hear political promises, given in exchange for their vote, they expect those promises to be kept. After a healthy dose of liberal Democratic lies over these last six years, the millennials are realizing that they were sold a bill of goods by big government progressives. In short, there’s hope yet fro America’s future!

Check out the interview (cue to 57:00):

And here’s Houck’s new video, released exclusively to TheBlaze:

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View the original, If I Wanted America to Fail.

Obama throws in towel on global-warming legislation - But speech vows new regulatory action against carbon emissions

Ben Wolfgang
Washington Times
January 28, 2014

President Obama came to office promising significant action to fight climate change, and Tuesday night’s State of the Union indicates this administration fully recognizes any action on that issue over the next three years will come not through legislation but through regulations and executive actions.

Rather than call for a “comprehensive energy and climate bill” as he did in 2010, Mr. Obama on Tuesday focused on much smaller goals and touted the controversial efforts of his Environmental Protection Agency to cut down on carbon emissions from power plants.

He again drew attention to climate change and cast it as a fundamental issue that will impact future generations, and while he did not call for a cap-and-trade style bill as he has done in years past, he did vow to use his authority to continue combating global warming.

“Our energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner, safer planet. Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on earth,” Mr. Obama said. “But we have to act with more urgency because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods.”

Then he vowed his administration would act to limit carbon emissions, but did so without mentioning legislation.

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Robert Wilde
January 22, 2014

On Monday, four members of an anti-fracking group wound up in jail for using bicycle locks and glue to fasten themselves to gas pumps at a petrol station in Great Lever, England. The group sacrificed themselves in order to protest the hydraulic fracking activities of Total, a French petroleum company.

But, to their embarrassment, the group sacrificed themselves to the wrong petrol station, which was no longer owned by Total. The petrol station was owned by Certas Energy, who neglected to take down the signs after buying the station.

The petrol station’s manager, Reezwan Patel commented that some protesters were peaceful, but that those who shackled themselves to the pumps “were stupid and have cost us a lot of money.” He added that, “We had to close for six hours, so with the loss of customers and the damage to the pumps, it could be a couple of thousand pounds we have lost.”

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Ex-EPA official told lawmakers of project to 'modify the DNA' of capitalism

Fox News
January 22, 2014

A former high-ranking EPA official who recently was sentenced to prison for fraud told lawmakers last month that, before he left the agency, he was working on a "project" examining ways to "modify the DNA of the capitalist system."

The startlingly blunt comment was included in newly released transcripts of John Beale's deposition before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. One group that is frequently critical of the Obama administration's energy policy, the Institute for Energy Research, said the claim is a "smoking gun" that reveals the administration's true intentions.

Beale's credibility is not exactly ironclad. He was sentenced last month to 32 months in prison for bilking taxpayers out of nearly $1 million by pretending to be a CIA agent.

But, in the transcripts, he spoke in great detail about meetings he supposedly had with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, back when she was heading the Office of Air and Radiation.

Beale said they started meeting in mid-2009. At a lunch, he claimed his "fabricated story about working at CIA came up," but that they also discussed various projects. Beale recalled telling her about a project he wanted to work on, which he described as "green economics."

He argued that environmental regulation was reaching its "limits" because "the fundamental dynamic of the capitalistic system is for businesses and individuals to try to externalize all costs." So he said he began working on his plan.

This, he said, involved "coming up with specific proposals that could be -- could have been proposed either legislatively or things which could have been done administratively to kind of modify the DNA of the capitalist system."

Beale said this "is not new" and has happened "tens of times" in the history of capitalism.

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EPA's New Power Plant Rule Will Doom King Coal

Tom Borelli
Real Clear Energy
January 16, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule for new power plants to limit greenhouse gases. If approved, the new regulation would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants, marking a pivotal turning point in President Obama’s war on coal and the culmination of a lie arguably bigger than “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy denied any existence of a war on coal in an interview with The New York Times last year, claiming, “We don’t have a war on coal. We’re doing our business, which is to reduce pollution. We’re following the law.” Only a tried-and-true bureaucrat could spin efforts to facilitate the extinction of an entire industry as something else than a war on that industry. It's like the IRS trying to argue that the Tea Party wasn't being targeted. The facts don't lie.

Of course, EPA’s lead bureaucrat is simply following orders. President Obama has explicitly stated his goal to raise the cost of using coal to such a degree that it bankrupts utilities using it as a fuel source.

In 2008, then-Sen. Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle, “If someone wants to build a new coal-fired power plant they can, but it will bankrupt them because they will be charged a huge sum for all the greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

The EPA’s public lies about the existence of its war on coal is only the beginning. This new proposed rule tries to hide is true intent by falsely claiming that utilities can use new technology to meet the agency’s emissions limit for carbon dioxide – the targeted greenhouse gas. The agency’s proposed New Source Performance Standard for new coal-fired power plants mandates an emissions standard of 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. This is far lower than the roughly 1,800 pounds released per hour by coal-based power plants using current technology. The nearly 40-percent reduction in emissions mandated by the proposed regulation would be impossible to meet with today’s technology, and the EPA knows it.

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The coal debacle: More Obama lies

January 4, 2014

Waging war on coal and not letting the truth stand in the way of its far-left, anti-growth agenda, the Obama administration fudged figures to make a proposed coal-mining regulation seem less of an economic threat.

An Interior Department watchdog's report, first cited by The Washington Times, says the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement told a contractor to switch to another set of baseline criteria after media reports in January 2011 revealed the initial set yielded projections of 7,000 job losses and a broad decline in coal production. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and other coal-state senators reacted with a letter telling the administration it could not “discard the economic analysis because it does not like the results.”

The watchdog report documents damning internal discussions and emails, revealing that the administration's preferred baseline criteria involved a 2008 modification of the “Stream Protection Rule” that had been challenged in court and therefore enforced only in Tennessee and on Indian lands. An executive with a subcontractor working on the economic-impact projections told Congress in November 2011 that the 2008 baseline would “create a ‘fabricated' scenario that would show less impact and ‘soften' production losses,” the watchdog report says.

Appalling? Yes. Shocking? Not from an administration whose default position is lying about its radical policies' ruinous economic fallout, from environmental regulations to ObamaCare.

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GOP lawmakers accuse EPA of muzzling scientists on climate regulations

Fox News
December 20, 2013

Republican leaders on the House Science Committee are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of disregarding science in its push to impose carbon dioxide limits on power plants.

Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and 20 other Republican lawmakers sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Thursday, claiming the agency has "muzzled" members of its independent science advisory board.

The EPA released a proposal in September that would set emissions caps for new coal-fired power plants and would likely require the industry to use carbon-capture technology, which involves burying the carbon underground.

Critics of the proposed rule say the technology, which is still under development, is too expensive, not commercially available and poses safety risks.

The lawmakers claim the agency is ignoring dissenting voices on its science advisory board, which recommended a review of the science underpinning the newest power plant rule.

A senior official at EPA recently deflected the scientists' criticisms by claiming that the rule, which has yet to be finalized, doesn't need to address carbon dioxide storage, the lawmakers said.

“We are concerned about the agency’s apparent disregard for the concerns of its science advisors,” the lawmakers wrote. “Science is a valuable tool to help policymakers navigate complex issues. However, when inconvenient facts are disregarded or when dissenting voices are muzzled, a frank discussion becomes impossible."

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The Utterly Pointless War on Coal

Peter Roff
US News
October 29,2013

The Obama administration's war on coal not only runs counter to global energy trends. It actually threatens to jeopardize U.S. global competitiveness and the prospects for American energy independence.

As has been said many times, the United States is "the Saudi Arabia of coal." The proven reserves can be used to fuel the country's base load power needs for decades to come as far as the generation of electricity is concerned. The potential also exists for this country to become one of the world's major exporters of this most basic of fossil fuels, save for the radical environmentalists who are standing in the way.

Concerns about so-called greenhouse gases and "global warming" will not stop the rest of the world from employing coal as an energy source. The theory that the consumption of carbon-based energy is producing changes in the global climate remains just that: a theory. Nevertheless the industrial planners and ivory tower academics who hold sway over Obama administration environmental policy are determined to remove it from the U.S. domestic energy mix and, if possible, to block its use around the world.

It's a fool's errand. As Energy Trends Insider reported at the end of 2012, the International Energy Agency forecasts that coal will overtake oil as the world's fuel source of choice by around the start of the next decade or, at the latest, by 2022.

"The boost in coal use is due to extreme growth in emerging markets like China and India, countries that require cheap fuel sources for electricity production in order to support their quickly growing infrastructures and populations," the ETI reported. "At current rates of growth, the IEA says that it expects that coal consumption will rise to 4.32 billion tons of oil equivalent versus 4.4 billion tons of oil per year worldwide" by the middle of the current decade, even with the Obama administration standing in the way

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