Archive for the ‘Fracking’ Category

I didn’t need the transcript of last night’s presidential debate to know that Joe Biden flip-flopped on the issue of fracking. That was totally obvious immediately. When President Trump and Joe Biden first spoke about fracking, Biden said emphatically “I do rule out banning fracking because the answer we need, we need other industries to transition, to get to ultimately a complete zero emissions by 2025. What I will do with fracking over time is make sure that we can capture the emissions from the fracking, capture the emissions from gas. We can do that and we can do that by investing money in doing it, but it’s a transition to that.”

Shortly thereafter, Biden revisited the issue thanks to a little pushing from President Trump:

Donald Trump: Would you close dow the oil industry?
Joe Biden: By the way, I have a transition from the old industry, yes.

That situation started when President Trump accused Joe Biden of wanting to ban fracking. Biden was upset, saying “I never said that”, finally saying “put it on your website.” Unfortunately for former Vice President Biden, President Trump tweeted out his proof:


Biden deserved this. He’s shot his mouth off about this for months. If he was in a battleground state, he’d shift into his Blue Collar Joe from Scranton, PA persona. If he spoke to activists, he’d be fracking’s worst nightmare. Thursday night, President Trump exposed Career Politician Joe, famous for talking out of both sides of his mouth simultaneously.

Thanks to that brief flurry, Joe Biden can start writing his concession speech. That’s the night that the lights went out on the Biden campaign. He can kiss Battleground Pennsylvania good bye.

This article explains what’s happening in Minnesota. It’s long been known that Minnesota’s political landscape was changing. The last 4 years, though, have shown that the pace of change accelerated.

The article opens by saying “Ask Larry Cuffe why, after decades of voting for Democrats, he voted for Donald Trump four years ago, and he’ll talk about his distrust of Hillary Clinton and the need to get northern Minnesota’s mines back to work. Ask the former police officer why he’s sticking with Trump in 2020 and the list is very much longer.” The simplest way of putting things is by saying that President Trump has kept most of his promises to Blue Collar America. He hasn’t been perfect but he’s worked tirelessly to do what he promised. The political establishment hasn’t worked hard to support the lunchpail crowd.

Andrea Zupancich, a real estate agent and part-time mayor of the small city of Babbitt who also voted for Obama and signed the letter in support of Trump, twice testified to Congress that China dumping cheap steel on the US was killing her community. She said the imports drove down demand for iron ore from the mines around Babbitt which cost jobs, battered the local economy and drove people to leave the city. “We were pleading with Obama to do something about this. He started doing a little bit and then it just kind of fizzled,” she said.

Zupancich credits Trump for standing up to China by imposing tariffs on its steel that she says has injected new life into the industry in the US and the Iron Range. “The tariffs, that is causing an equal playing field for the selling of our steel, so we’ve noticed an increase in the mines’ production. We see that they’re hiring people, they’re putting money back into the mines. They’re planning on mining for a while,” she said.

The next time Joe Biden insists that President Trump took over a booming economy, then ruined it, throw this back in his face. The Obama-Biden administration hurt the Iron Range in northeast Minnesota and steel mill towns in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

President Trump got rid of the Obama regulations that revitalized the energy industry. Now we’re energy independent and energy dominant. President Trump imposed tariffs on China when they tried cheap steel into the US. It didn’t take long for China to stop dumping steel into the US. When the China steel dumping stopped, the Iron Range’s economy was revitalized. The Obama-Biden administration was mostly about career politicians flapping their gums. The Trump administration specializes in fixing economic problems.

“We are sitting on a half a trillion dollars’ worth of copper and nickel,” said Zupancich. “We import all our nickel whereas we could provide 90% of the world’s nickel and the state would really benefit. The mining taxes pay for our schools for the entire state.”

The plan ran into opposition from Minnesota Democrats over environmental concerns. To Zupancich it didn’t make sense if a ban on mining in northern Minnesota means the minerals then come from countries such as China or Russia with lower environmental and other standards.

Monday night on Sean Hannity’s program, former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer gave President Trump the best advice I’ve heard yet for tonight’s debate. Fleischer said “most important thing to me, Sean, is ‘smoke him out. That’s Donald Trump’s job. Force Joe Biden to state his positions on these great controversies where Joe Biden doesn’t want to take a stand — packing the Supreme Court, abolishing the Electoral College, how far left is he?”

My advice to President Trump is to simply tell people how he’s improved their lives. The fastest path to that is by asking whether minorities are better off now that President Trump signed the First Step Act. Ask people if the Trump/GOP tax cuts left them with more money for vacations, saving for retirement or their kids’ educations, or whether it helped them expand their small businesses. Then remind them that House and Senate Democrats voted unanimously against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Then remind people that Joe Biden said he wants to totally repeal the Trump tax cuts:

That’s Biden’s own words. Force him to own those words. Next, force Biden to own this statement:

At that point, President Trump should ask Biden if he’ll ‘stand with AOC or if he’ll stand with blue collar workers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. If Biden says that this is a distraction from Trump’s handling of COVID, President Trump should say that it isn’t a distraction to hundreds of thousands of blue collar workers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. To them, it’s a matter of life-and-death.

Biden’s Democrat Party is actually 2 parties. One part of the party identifies with blue collar workers. The other part of the party is socialists. They fit together like oil and water.

Apparently, there’s nothing that will penetrate President Trump’s ‘Blue Collar Firewall.’ That isn’t surprising. While Democrats pay lip service to unions, President Trump has gotten things done that’ve made blue collar unions’ lives better.

The Obama-Biden administration swore loyalty to the unions’ right to organize. They also led the fight to kill blue collar industries like mining, energy and infrastructure trades. That led to the deterioration of their communities. At his 2016 Convention, President Trump spoke to the forgotten men and women:

After getting elected, President Trump went right to work in rebuilding communities, industries and the economy. He immediately signed off on building the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Teaming with Congress, President Trump used the Congressional Review Act to “kill five Obama regulations” implemented in the last days of the Obama administration. President Trump didn’t just talk the talk. He kept that promise in a big way. Within no time, the energy industry roared back to life. That, in turn, gave people in the forgotten communities in the Midwest hope. They weren’t forgotten anymore.

Thanks to the deregulation but also because of President Trump’s start on renegotiating trade deals, these communities started rebuilding. That’s why this is happening:

“We haven’t moved the needle here,” said Mike Knisley, executive secretary-treasurer with the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council, who estimated that about half of his members voted for Trump in 2016 and will do so again. “Even if given all the information that’s been put out there, all the facts — just pick an issue that the president has had his hands in — it doesn’t make a difference.”

“He has a very, very, very solid foundation of our members,” said James Williams, a vice president of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, whose surveys of members painted a similar picture. “They connect with his messaging and a lot of the fear-mongering going all the way back to when he was first elected with, ‘Be afraid of the immigrant. The immigrant’s here to take your job.’ That resonated with our membership. They feel like their way of life and their way of living is under attack and without really understanding the dynamics at play. I mean, the immigrant worker is being abused by employers.”

It resonated because cheap immigrant labor hurt union workers. It’s the simple economic principle of supply-and-demand in action. Cheap immigrant labor produced an overabundance of a commodity — labor. Companies took advantage of that situation, which hurt blue collar union workers.

Those voters, historically a bedrock of Democratic support, shifted away from the party in 2016, according to exit polls. Hillary Clinton won union voters by less than half as much as former President Barack Obama had four years earlier — and that swing alone may have been enough to account for her losses in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, one analysis found.

This really summarizes things perfectly:

The question this year is whether Biden can win those union members back, and by how much.

This video explains why Biden is having difficulty with blue collar union workers:

This article highlights today’s campaign from the battleground states. Kamala Harris, the Democrats’ nominee for Joe Biden’s ticket, spent the day in Wisconsin. Biden spent the day in Pennsylvania pretending to be the unions’ friends.

Later, at an AFL-CIO virtual town hall with union President Richard Trumka, Biden called Trump’s alleged remarks about fallen soldiers being “losers” and “suckers” un-American and said Trump would never understand why Americans serve. Trump has denied the remarks. “He’ll never understand you, he’ll never understand us, he’ll never understand our cops, our firefighters, because he’s not made of the same stuff,” Biden said.

That’s the least of Biden’s worries, though. This is a much bigger worry:


What’s happening to Joe Biden? We’ve gotten reports that he’s gone bikeriding in his neighborhood so it isn’t that he’s out of shape. I’m not a doctor so I won’t speculate about what’s happening. Still, honest people have admitted that Vice President Biden isn’t capable of remembering important things.

Even if Biden remembered things, he’d still be at a loss because he isn’t capable of putting the US on the right economic path. Larry Kudlow eviscerates Biden in this interview:

What’s impressive is that President Trump didn’t just preside over a great economy once. The pre-COVID economy was excellent. Then COVID hit, which shut the US economy down for 2 months. When it re-opened, it started creating jobs virtually immediately. When the economy created 2,700,000 jobs in May, the unemployment rate dropped from 14.7% to 13.3%. When the economy created 4,800,000 jobs in June, the unemployment rate dropped to 11.1%. When the economy created 1,800,000 jobs in July, the unemployment rate dropped to 10.2%. When the economy created 1,400,000 jobs in August, the unemployment rate dropped to 8.4%. Since re-opening from COVID, the economy has created 10,600,000 jobs in 4 months.

That’s more jobs created in 4 months than Obama-Biden created in 8 years. Then there’s Kamala Harris fracking flip-flop:

BASH: President Trump, Vice President Pence, they have been campaigning more and more on the issue of fracking, which is a process of oil and gas drilling. They think that this is going to help them win votes in key states like Pennsylvania. Joe Biden has said — quote — “I am not banning fracking.” During your primary campaign, you said that you supported a ban. Are you comfortable with Joe Biden’s position?

HARRIS: Yes, because Joe is saying, listen, one, those are good- paying jobs in places like Pennsylvania, and, two, that we need to also invest and put a significant investment in the good-paying union jobs that we can create around clean energy, around renewable energy. And that is the kind of approach we need to have, but always understanding that it’s a false choice to suggest that we either take care of jobs or we take care of our environment. We can do both, and we should do both.

Here’s the video of Sen. Harris being as dishonest as San Fran Nan about getting hoodwinked by a salon owner:

Other than Joe needing a teleprompter to read his answer to an AFL-CIO question and Sen. Harris’s fracking flip-flop, there was nothing new from the Democrat campaign trail.