Republicans Should Campaign on Energy

 

We have all bemoaned the current crop of Republican candidates who seem to have no interest in campaigning for a unified “Contract for America” kind of platform. I would cheerfully settle for a smaller “Contract” centered around select modules. Here’s one: Energy

Republicans should be campaigning for energy supply to go way up, and done simply enough. Here’s the proposed platform:

1: Make all permitting on government lands no more onerous or time-consuming than permitting for the nearest successful private oil or gas extraction deposit. If necessary, changes the incentives for the Deep State on this issue: if permits do not flow at the same rate, the department is moved to North Dakota.

2: Do the same thing with new refineries or refinery capacity, as well as LNG terminals.

3: Approve all pipelines that meet or exceed the hoops the Keystone already jumped through. And any new pipeline projects must be approved with no more hoops or delay than for the nearest comparable private pipeline. Or the relevant Deep State is moved to South Dakota.

4: Pass a law that the total taxes on gas at the pump (or at the household) cannot exceed the profit shown by the oil/gas companies that extracted it. The government does nothing to provide that gas; why should it make more money than the companies that actually do all the work? If the taxes are higher than the profits, then the federal gas tax must automatically ratchet down accordingly.

5: Fast-track the new nuclear programs like this one. Change the incentives on the permitting process across the board: if the relevant agencies (federal only – the states will have their own issues) do not issue permits as quickly as they did during the last five years for coal/gas/oil power plants, then the permitting process will be outsourced to private companies that are incentivized for rapid response.

That would be a great start!

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  1. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax)
    @DonG

    Sounds good to me, but Congress can do very little as long as the Administrative State is protected by Biden.   The new EPA rules coming out are going to stop most energy projects based on combustion.   I expect the GOP establishment to acquiesce and try to make a buck on the side.

    That said, a GOP Congress should pass law after law to foster energy development and make Biden veto something every day.   Every bill should be named “Cheap gas for workers Act” and “Keep Granny Warm Act” and “Keep the lights on Act” “End Commie control of fuel prices Act” …

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  2. Percival Thatcher
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    @Percival

    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) (View Comment):

    Sounds good to me, but Congress can do very little as long as the Administrative State is protected by Biden. The new EPA rules coming out are going to stop most energy projects based on combustion. I expect the GOP establishment to acquiesce and try to make a buck on the side.

    That’s a tidy budget the EPA has there. Be a pity if something was to … happen … to it.

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  3. Gary Robbins Member
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    What a great comprehensive list.  Sign me up!  This needs to move to the Main Feed asap.

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  4. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49
    @RushBabe49

    Sounds good to me, too bad it will never happen.

    And I thought about you today.  I heard from a headhunter yesterday about a job at an Everett company.  I told her I was not interested, due to the fact of my age, and that I am not really looking for a full-time, permanent position.  I did look up the company, and just had to laugh.  It’s a good thing I turned down the opportunity, since the company produces items for “electric-powered aircraft”.  No way would I ever work for a company in an area of aerospace that is doomed to fail.

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  5. kedavis Inactive
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Sounds good to me, too bad it will never happen.

    And I thought about you today. I heard from a headhunter yesterday about a job at an Everett company. I told her I was not interested, due to the fact of my age, and that I am not really looking for a full-time, permanent position. I did look up the company, and just had to laugh. It’s a good thing I turned down the opportunity, since the company produces items for “electric-powered aircraft”. No way would I ever work for a company in an area of aerospace that is doomed to fail.

    What can they produce for non-existent aircraft?

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  6. E. Kent Golding Member
    E. Kent Golding
    @EKentGolding

    While I am sure the government types would hate it,   I suspect North and South Dakota are actually nice places to live.

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  7. Hang On Member
    Hang On
    @HangOn

    This is ok but how about a pledge to can Mitch McConnell, cut the FBI and CIA by 100%, and not fund any foreign wars. That would be a great pledge.

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  8. GrannyDude Member
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    @GrannyDude

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    While I am sure the government types would hate it, I suspect North and South Dakota are actually nice places to live.

    I always thought the idea of moving Federal Agencies out of Washington and closer to the industries they supposedly serve was a great idea.  Why does it make sense for the Department of Agriculture to be across the street from the Holocaust Museum rather than next to an Iowa cornfield?

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  9. Mowgli Coolidge
    Mowgli
    @Mowgli

    My take is that the Republicans should play it down the center with some no nonsense laws to start.  The following is the first bill I would send to the President.

    Whereas nuclear is carbon free source of energy, install and establish a base capacity that is highly incentivized and unreliable sources/renewables loose any preferred status.

    Whereas moving to an electric based economy requires more stable electric power grids, fund electric power grid infrastructure by low cost USG loans that have tax incentives and paid by electric consumers rather than included in the cost of new power plants.

    Whereas mining of rare earth minerals is key to use in electric vehicles, incentivize use of US based mining operations and fast track permitting of mines.

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  10. iWe Coolidge
    iWe
    @iWe

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    While I am sure the government types would hate it, I suspect North and South Dakota are actually nice places to live.

    I always thought the idea of moving Federal Agencies out of Washington and closer to the industries they supposedly serve was a great idea. Why does it make sense for the Department of Agriculture to be across the street from the Holocaust Museum rather than next to an Iowa cornfield?

    Tying it to performance means you can leverage maximum benefit.

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  11. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Energy, crime, and education/parental rights.  Focus on those three things . . .

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  12. Hartmann von Aue Member
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    @HartmannvonAue

    Percival (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) (View Comment):

    Sounds good to me, but Congress can do very little as long as the Administrative State is protected by Biden. The new EPA rules coming out are going to stop most energy projects based on combustion. I expect the GOP establishment to acquiesce and try to make a buck on the side.

    That’s a tidy budget the EPA has there. Be a pity if something was to … happen … to it.

    Zero it out, for example. Tip O’Neill style. 

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  13. Hartmann von Aue Member
    Hartmann von Aue
    @HartmannvonAue

    Sell it as benefitting the poor and middle class disprorportionately as it would. And when the D’s assail it, as they no doubt will, let the howls of “Why do you hate the poor, you heartless monsters!!!???” resound. Especially in TV and streaming ads. 

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  14. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax)
    @DonG

    Percival (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) (View Comment):

    Sounds good to me, but Congress can do very little as long as the Administrative State is protected by Biden. The new EPA rules coming out are going to stop most energy projects based on combustion. I expect the GOP establishment to acquiesce and try to make a buck on the side.

    That’s a tidy budget the EPA has there. Be a pity if something was to … happen … to it.

    Biden will protect the budget of the Administrative State.   The GOP leadership is spineless and corrupt.  The EPA is also working on a self-funding model with their carbon-credit trading scheme.   

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  15. Clavius Thatcher
    Clavius
    @Clavius

    I’ve been thinking along these lines for a while.  Cheap energy will give us the prosperity to build the nuclear power plants and I bet our net carbon output goes down (not that I personally care about that).

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  16. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    kedavis (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Sounds good to me, too bad it will never happen.

    And I thought about you today. I heard from a headhunter yesterday about a job at an Everett company. I told her I was not interested, due to the fact of my age, and that I am not really looking for a full-time, permanent position. I did look up the company, and just had to laugh. It’s a good thing I turned down the opportunity, since the company produces items for “electric-powered aircraft”. No way would I ever work for a company in an area of aerospace that is doomed to fail.

    What can they produce for non-existent aircraft?

    Press releases and IPOs. 

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  17. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    While I am sure the government types would hate it, I suspect North and South Dakota are actually nice places to live.

    I always thought the idea of moving Federal Agencies out of Washington and closer to the industries they supposedly serve was a great idea. Why does it make sense for the Department of Agriculture to be across the street from the Holocaust Museum rather than next to an Iowa cornfield?

    You kidding? Some of those people have torches and pitchforks. 

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  18. kedavis Inactive
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    @kedavis

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    While I am sure the government types would hate it, I suspect North and South Dakota are actually nice places to live.

    Depends on how much you like ice, snow, deep cold…

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  19. GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Malpropisms Reagan
    GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Malpropisms
    @GLDIII

    This make way too much sense, so it will not ever happen.

    There needs to be a concerted effort to inform our population how closely tied our standard of living is tied to energy. I vaguely recall that about 1/3 the value of every tangible product we purchase/consume/move/eat or service we use is tied directly to energy, and that our cushy lives are dependent on access to reliable, and increasingly reducing the cost of energy vis a via our purchasing power.

    There is a reason that the beginning of the “enlightenment” is loosely tied to those great Scotsman (Watt, Kelvin, Boltzmann (well he is from Austria, but did his prime stuff in Edinburgh)) who all contributed to the understanding of the interchangeability of heat and work, known now as classical Thermodynamics. Going from human/animal power to the steam engine literally change the face of civilization.

    It is from the multiplying effect of sunk energy to returned energy (e.g. think of what energy is require to drill for a barrel of oil vs how much energy in in that barrel, or the human energy require from subsistence farming to modern industrial farming). How much of human energy is replaced by either chemical fuels or decaying atoms is nothing short of a miracle that few understand but ignorantly enjoy for their very existence.

    We might be on our way to relearn those relationships, and of course it will be a hard lesson to revisit.

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  20. EDISONPARKS Member
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    @user_54742

    I believe the radically expanded IRS enforcement will convert all the Independents and many (D)’s to become (R) voter in the near future , particularly 2024.

    Mark my word, this was easily the most self destructive legislation ever passed in history.

    Once the US citizen gets a taste of an IRS of hyper staffed up politicized auditors they will spit out the (D) like bad fish.  It should be entertaining to watch the (D) pretend they had no idea the IRS was armed to the teeth to torment the citizenry going into the 2024 elections.

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  21. kedavis Inactive
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    EDISONPARKS (View Comment):

    I believe the radically expanded IRS enforcement will convert all the Independents and many (D)’s to become (R) voter in the near future , particularly 2024.

    Mark my word, this was easily the most self destructive legislation ever passed in history.

    Once the US citizen gets a taste of a IRS of hyper staffed up politicized auditors they will spit out the (D) like bad fish. It should be entertaining to watch the (D) pretend they had no idea the IRS was armed to the teeth to torment the citizenry going into the 2024 elections.

    You mean, assuming that elections actually work in the future?

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  22. navyjag Coolidge
    navyjag
    @navyjag

    Excellent post. How about one  more plank? Save Europe from the Russian! Gear up to export as much natural gas as possible. It’s 1949 all over again. 

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  23. I Walton Member
    I Walton
    @IWalton

    Yes, it has to be simple and basic and Oil and gas are that.  They can use their silly arguments against them, but they are false on the surface and only the ignorant and those who rip everyone off directly or indirectly support the insane, irrelevant  and false assertion that the US shouldn’t produce petroleum or gas, that it should be produced in dirty places and replaced at home, by things that are even more expensive, environmentally damaging and Chinese dominated.  Not everyone is so stupid but we have to keep it simple but always based on simple truths.  It’s amazing that so many folks go along with such insanity but we reverse it or the country is dead.  Then the Chinese will continue to produce oil and gas everywhere.

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  24. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patriot) Member
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    @ArizonaPatriot

    navyjag (View Comment):

    Excellent post. How about one more plank? Save Europe from the Russian! Gear up to export as much natural gas as possible. It’s 1949 all over again.

    You’re gonna lose me with this plank.  I don’t want any more Neocons.

    It’s obviously not 1949.  In 1949, the Russians were in Kiev, where they had been for about 250 years.  Of course, they were in Berlin and Warsaw and Prague, too, with a huge army, not the small army that they have today.

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  25. Captain French Moderator
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    @AlFrench

    GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Ma… (View Comment):
    There needs to be a concerted effort to inform our population how closely tied our standard of living is tied to energy. I vaguely recall that about 1/3 the value of every tangible product we purchase/consume/move/eat or service we use is tied directly to energy, and that our cushy lives are dependent on access to reliable, and increasingly reducing the cost of energy vis a via our purchasing power.

    I think it is closer to 20%, but your point is still valid.

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  26. navyjag Coolidge
    navyjag
    @navyjag

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    navyjag (View Comment):

    Excellent post. How about one more plank? Save Europe from the Russian! Gear up to export as much natural gas as possible. It’s 1949 all over again.

    You’re gonna lose me with this plank. I don’t want any more Neocons.

    It’s obviously not 1949. In 1949, the Russians were in Kiev, where they had been for about 250 years. Of course, they were in Berlin and Warsaw and Prague, too, with a huge army, not the small army that they have today.

    Have a vague memory of something called the Berlin airlift. Maybe off by a year or two. 

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  27. The Reticulator Member
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    @TheReticulator

    GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Ma… (View Comment):
    There needs to be a concerted effort to inform our population how closely tied our standard of living is tied to energy. I vaguely recall that about 1/3 the value of every tangible product we purchase/consume/move/eat or service we use is tied directly to energy, and that our cushy lives are dependent on access to reliable, and increasingly reducing the cost of energy vis a via our purchasing power.

    Stalin was probably right in saying the wealth of the U.S. was based on resources rather than freedom.  I guess we’re all Stalinists now.  

    (No, I don’t have a citation as to where he said that.) 

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  28. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    @CliffordBrown

    Percival (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) (View Comment):

    Sounds good to me, but Congress can do very little as long as the Administrative State is protected by Biden. The new EPA rules coming out are going to stop most energy projects based on combustion. I expect the GOP establishment to acquiesce and try to make a buck on the side.

    That’s a tidy budget the EPA has there. Be a pity if something was to … happen … to it.

    This, exactly. Same with the IRS and DOJ.

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