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Red State Democrats Risk Becoming Carbon Heretics

Environmental Correctness is causing the demise of the pro-energy choice Democrats.

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Kyle Smith

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June 17, 2014 - 12:05 am
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In the late 1980s the Democratic Party decided that appealing to its donor base required strict adherence to the notion of abortion on demand. Anyone who was pro-life (like Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, and Harry Reid) either switched sides or was chased out of the party.

Today, there are virtually no pro-life Democrats. And soon, thanks to a major push from Barack Obama to please his Sierra Club and Hollywood donors by saddling the coal industry with strict new regulations, there may be no pro-carbon energy Democrats. In turn, this may create a long-term advantage for Republicans in the Senate similar to their strength in the House of Representatives, which the GOP has held for all but four of the last 20 years.

In the holy Democratic Church of Enlightened Environmentalism, red-state Senate Democrats are becoming Carbon Heretics. They risk excommunication — from a steadily shrinking church. Even if the Democrats are correct in believing that demographics give them a long-term advantage in the presidential sweepstakes, they may find their progressive agenda permanently bottled up in Capitol Hill.

Obama’s proposed new anti-coal EPA regulations and continued dithering on the Keystone Pipeline are costing him support in a large number of states you might call the Energy Belt. Thanks to fracking, traditional fossil fuel-producing states like West Virginia, Kentucky and Louisiana have been joined by North Dakota, Colorado and Pennsylvania as major energy producers. “Battle Over Fracking Poses Threat to Colorado Democrats,” read a recent New York Times headline.

Meanwhile, intense support for the Keystone Pipeline and the jobs it would create in Nebraska are making Democratic Senate candidacies there nearly as unlikely as they currently are in Oklahoma and Texas (both of which sent Democrats to the Senate as recently as the 1990s but are now essentially written off by the party).

The potential exists for Democratic Senate candidacies to become increasingly farfetched in ten or more Energy Belt states. Even the most liberal presidents in the future will have difficulty getting anything through Capitol Hill when Democratic energy policy looks increasingly like a writeoff of 20 Senate seats.

Energy Belt Democrats are furiously distancing themselves from their president. “I will fiercely oppose the president’s attack on Kentucky’s coal industry because protecting our jobs will be my number one priority,” declared Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is trying to unseat Mitch McConnell. In West Virginia, where Democrat Natalie Tennant was already an underdog against Republican Shelley Capito in the race held by the retiring liberal Democrat Jay Rockefeller, Tennant sounded a similar note when she said she would “stand up to” the president and “anyone else who wants to undermine our coal jobs.”

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please name the members of Congress on the right "trying to outlaw abortions"
Thank you.
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Don't be over-optimistic. I live in a very Red, oil-producing state that currently has and will likely re-elect a Democrat Senator and recently had a Democrat-controlled State Senate and shortly before that a two term Democrat Governor.

Democrat control of the State Senate was a bit of an aberration caused by Sarah Palin's personal tiff with a prominent Senate Republican, but the two-time election of Tony Knowles as Governor and the election and likely re-election of Mark Begich to the US Senate are illustrative.

Both Knowles and Begich when speaking to an Alaska crowd sound more like Republicans than most Alaska Republicans. Begich can rail against carbon taxes and talk about how he's working to open ANWR; he even ran an ad calling himself a "Rockefeller Republican," no mean trick for a second generation Democrat office holder. The LIVs and the mushy middle don't get it that he votes against Alaska's interest when he chooses to caucus with the Party that is wholly opposed to Alaska's interests. The LIV or casual voter only hear the sweet nothings whispered to the home audiences, and he's so much nicer than those mean old Republicans with their wars on women and children.
18 weeks ago
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I have lived overseas, I know what true pollution is. I have seen pictures of Haiti. I see the environmental destruction form living with 7 billion people with pre-industrial era tech.

Look at Rush Limbaugh. He has never said that oil will not be phased out. He said it will be phased out when it needs to be. What he and others is against is phasing it out by fiat.

Republicans generally are an all of the above approach when it comes to energy.

Democrats are my way or the highway approach to energy. Their approach is kill the unbelievers.

Thank G-d I earned a degree in one of the STEM subjects and am immune to idiocy of the Left/
18 weeks ago
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When electric bills hit post-California "deregulation" heights you might see some of the not-so-committed greenies in the Dem party wake up. I despair of that happening in the next 10 years, though, since all these folks seem to think wind energy is great. They should go to Spain and see what happened there when solar and wind became all the rage with the Spanish government.
18 weeks ago
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I just want to see more libtards politicians "walk the plank" with Obama on this enviro wacko agenda but they need to know they will fall hard and be eaten by the crocs below while Obama exits to a life of celebrity when he leaves the Oval office. No doubt he will become the first UN representative from AQ or the Taliban when he leaves.
18 weeks ago
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I really, really hate to agree with anyone posting on PJMedia -
But on this subject, I am forced to agree.

Sometimes I think that both parties are in a slug match -
For which one is stupidest.

Seems Republicans want to keep women in their caves -
While Dems want to keep those caves cold and dark.
18 weeks ago
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Ah, yes. I've got a woman in my cellar, had the walls touched up so it looked like a cave. I think all conservatives do.
18 weeks ago
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My wife and I have been married for 36+ years and have voted republican all along. She's very interested in that cave I've kept her in all these years! Ignorance must be bliss for you.
18 weeks ago
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Seems Republicans want to keep women in their caves -"

May I ask which ones and what did they do to deserve your charge?
18 weeks ago
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If the voters in the energy belt believe the lies of the campaigning libtards, they deserve the outcome.
To be a Democrat means marching in jackbooted lockstep with the "party" above all else.
I wouldn't believe a word they say, unless they switched parties. Then maybe.
18 weeks ago
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Here's the problem: The Left is always after cramming their unproven opinions down our throats in the form of, among other things, environmental regulations, but the Right is always after cramming their unproven opinions down our throats in the form of, among other things, trying to outlaw abortions.

Why can't we compromise and everyone quit trying to cram their unproven opinions down each others' throats?
18 weeks ago
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please name the members of Congress on the right "trying to outlaw abortions"
Thank you.
18 weeks ago
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Hell, just name ANY members of Congress "trying to outlaw abortions"?

It can be easily be done. The US Supreme Court said so in Roe v. Wade. All Congress has to do is define what a person is and when personhood starts.
18 weeks ago
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Talk about comparing an apple with an orange.
18 weeks ago
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A GOP orange and a Dem road apple do you mean?
18 weeks ago
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Hmmm, you're sounding a little like a Libertarian. That would mean that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are likely to please you anytime soon.
18 weeks ago
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No Democrat "stands up to" the Woodstock Jihad. None. Ever.

They TALK about standing up to "the President", but that's all campaign empty rhetoric. They would be pilloried in the Woodstock Jihad media, excoriated in the Woodstock Jihad internet and cast out of the Woodstock Jihad caucus, called racist and shunned.

There are NO examples of serious "battles" within the Woodstock Jihad party...save one.

The Senate Woodstock Jihadists will not risk losing Jewish donor and votes and therefore make symbolic gestures about the underhanded secret deal concocted in Geneva that Kerry/Obama/Jarrett cooked up to give Iran power to destroy Israel. Money and nukes to drive Israel into the sea....in a deal that nobody can see...by the most transparent administration ever.

And Energy Belt Democrats will have ZERO influence over their predominantly Coastal Blue Persuasion Party. Woodstock Jihad is totalitarian.

It brooks no dissent.

Those running to save their seat at the table of Woodstock Power....have to lie through their teeth to convince anyone they will effectively "oppose" Woodstock Jihad....because they know for a fact it isn't true.
18 weeks ago
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Voters have not yet rebelled against the four dollar per gallon gasoline or sky high power bills. It will be interesting to see how far the Climate Change Charlatans can get before the voters actually get mad. We live in interesting times.
18 weeks ago
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It's the old story about "How to Boil a Frog." And the frog has a better chance of surviving than America does, if only because the Leftists have been pushing very gradually... for around a century. The election of Obama and a Congress completely controlled by his Ds was the perfect storm necessary to speed up the process, hopefully to completion.
18 weeks ago
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The signs of rebellion should start to be seen soon (wow, out of control alliteration). Beef, chicken, fish all at all-time high prices.
18 weeks ago
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Voters will not rebel.
Because War on Women, Obamaphones and Racism.
18 weeks ago
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It's a big problem for the Democrats in Texas, because the vast majority of the new-development fracking areas south of San Antonio and west of Midland-Odessa are in Hispanic-majority counties that up until the fracking boom were classified as economically distressed, with high percentages of low-income families and shortage of funds for infrastructure improvements.

The smarter in-state Democrats are trying to finesse the problem by acting as if they're all for the expansion of fossil fuel development. But in a state as big as Texas, and particularly in the Austin area, there's a large contingent of far left Democrats who wish their state was as sophisticated as New York and California when it comes to blocking oil and natural gas drilling. They can't help themselves from wanting to speak out against the fracking boom, and the louder they are, the more then either depress turnout in the Eagle Ford and Wolfbone shale zones, or the more they completely lose the votes of those workers, who would have to give up their $50,000-$100,000 jobs and either go back to living around the poverty line or move out of the area (and the Democrats can't win Texas without both a huge turnout and a huge majority among those same Latino voters).
18 weeks ago
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Don't be over-optimistic. I live in a very Red, oil-producing state that currently has and will likely re-elect a Democrat Senator and recently had a Democrat-controlled State Senate and shortly before that a two term Democrat Governor.

Democrat control of the State Senate was a bit of an aberration caused by Sarah Palin's personal tiff with a prominent Senate Republican, but the two-time election of Tony Knowles as Governor and the election and likely re-election of Mark Begich to the US Senate are illustrative.

Both Knowles and Begich when speaking to an Alaska crowd sound more like Republicans than most Alaska Republicans. Begich can rail against carbon taxes and talk about how he's working to open ANWR; he even ran an ad calling himself a "Rockefeller Republican," no mean trick for a second generation Democrat office holder. The LIVs and the mushy middle don't get it that he votes against Alaska's interest when he chooses to caucus with the Party that is wholly opposed to Alaska's interests. The LIV or casual voter only hear the sweet nothings whispered to the home audiences, and he's so much nicer than those mean old Republicans with their wars on women and children.
18 weeks ago
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Mr. Smith
Pres. Obama's new power plant rules are all about what is called "leakage" of jobs, industries, and votes to other states from those Blue state with high Green energy prices. The promised reductions in pollution and diseases (asthma, lung cancer) are mirages. As old power plants are replaced with modern, less polluting plants by 2029 pollution and respiratory diseases would be reduced anyway. What Obama's rules do is set very high quotas for green power for states such as Washington and Oregon that have cheap and clean hydropower; and for Louisiana that has cheap natural gas power plants. This way each region would not have a state with cheaper energy for industries to flee to. California would not lose industries to Texas.
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