The Obama administration on Friday announced two new executive actions aimed at strengthening the federal background check system. The two new moves on gun control are further proof that President Barack Obama will continue to go ahead with any and all possible moves on guns. It also signals that, for the foreseeable future in Congress, any new measures on gun control are dead.
“Taxation without representation” says the text under the Washington, DC license plate of President Obama’s inaugural limo. Citizens of DC argue they are not represented when the Congress decides on their taxes. One has to ask how well the rest of us are represented. We will get to that with some detail in a moment.
TORONTO — Compare oil production growth from Canada’s oil sands plus nearby tight-oil fields, versus pipeline infrastructure needed to transport it to consumers, and you see why Canada’s energy sector is sweating bullets.
If supplies continue to rise as expected, pipeline capacity will run out around 2015/2016, when combined production from the oil sands and the Bakken tight-oil field surpasses four million barrels a day. When production hits six million barrels a day in a decade, capacity would run out again even if all proposed pipeline plans are approved and built.
HARTFORD, Conn. — With time running out on the chance to pass gun control legislation, President Barack Obama on Monday warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter regulations and told families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims that he’s “determined as ever” to honor their children with tougher laws.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — No progress to report in efforts to stave off looming government-wide spending cuts, President Barack Obama on Tuesday singled out for praise the few Republicans who say they’re open to aspects of his approach, seeking to turn up the heat on GOP leaders ahead of Friday’s deadline.
By Kate Sheppard
Throughout the past month, advocates for climate and energy reform have been hoping that President Obama would use the environmental nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico to illustrate the need to end our reliance on fossil fuels. The oil spill came at the heels of one of the worst coal mining disasters in U.S. history down in West Virginia. The president couldn't ask for two more graphic examples of why our energy system is dirty and dangerous.