Continued from Breaking down the 2012 Republican party platform part 2.
Read from the beginning at Breaking down the 2012 Republican party platform part 1.
III. America’s Natural Resources: Energy, Agriculture and the Environment
“We are the party of sustainable jobs and economic growth – through American energy, agriculture, and environmental policy.”
It looks as though this part is going to be all about how letting the energy companies do their thing unhindered will somehow save the environment. Of course, there’s also a focus on jobs, because with less restrictions we can shove more people down in that mine.
A. Domestic Energy Independence: An “All of the Above” Energy Policy
Drill, Baby, Drill! This is a nice, three paragraph section all about how drilling more at home will make us less dependant on foreign oil. That’s an outright lie and they know it, but that is pretty much the theme of their campaign and this is a fairly common lie from that side. Oh yeah, this will create more jobs, too. Jobs are important, labor keeps the peasants busy.
B. Our Nation’s Energy Abundance
Seek alternate forms of renewable energy, but not too hard. Instead, focus more on coal.
“We look toward the private sector’s development of new, state-of-the-art coal-fired plants that will be low-cost, environmentally responsible, and efficient. We also encourage research and development of advanced technologies in this sector, including coal-to-liquid, coal gasification, and related technologies for enhanced oil recovery.”
They really like coal.
C. Pulling the Plug on American Energy Independence: The Failure of the Current Administration
This part is pure mud slinging. Somehow it’s Obama’s fault that we don’t have cheaper gas or renewable energy, yet. Therefore, pursuing it is wasted money. The truth is, pursuing it will lead to an end of the fossil fuel money train. Renewable sources are much cheaper than something with a limited supply.
“Americans are concerned about the increasing cost of their food under the current Administration policies that restrict energy production and raise costs for producers due to increased regulation.”
Anybody remember this drought we had?
As expected, this section goes on to say that government restrictions and tax laws are hurting family farms. It has nothing at all to do with the farming conglomerates. Oh, and those chemical companies that patent their seeds and then sue any farmer who collects from his own crop for the next year? That’s just business.
E. Protecting Our Environment
This is a very small, but contradictory, paragraph. They start off saying that it’s wonderful how much cleaner the environment is getting since the regulations have been in place.
“Efforts to reduce pollution, encourage recycling, educate the public, and avoid ecological degradation have been a success. To ensure their continued support by the American people, however, we need a dramatic change in the attitude of officials in Washington, a shift from a job-killing punitive mentality to a spirit of cooperation with producers, landowners, and the public.”
To continue on this path we should do away with the regulations that made it happen?
F. Our Republican Party’s Commitment to Conservation
“Conservation is a conservative value.” Ooh, a pun. This section continues by oh-so-cleverly taking a stab at climate change. “We must restore scientific integrity to our public research institutions and remove political incentives from publicly funded research.”
G. Private Stewardship of the Environment
The Republican answer to everything, let’s privatize the environment. This is seriously about letting people (read: corporations) buy national lands because, “private ownership has been our best guarantee of conscientious stewardship.” Is this not completely obvious to everyone that this means they want to do away with protected lands?
“Congress should reconsider whether parts of the federal government’s enormous landholdings and control of water in the West could be better used for ranching, mining, or forestry through private ownership. Timber is a renewable natural resource, which provides jobs to thousands of Americans. All efforts should be made to make federal lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service available for harvesting.”
How about now?
H. Reining in the EPA
Ah, Nixons final curse on the Republican party, EPA. Of course the EPA will need to be reined in if they’re going to get away with anything else in their environmental plan.
Read on, the next section, Reforming Government to Serve the People, is covered in Breaking down the 2012 Republican party platform part 4.