What is Obama’s Energy Policy?
(Note: This is 1st in a series of articles about Obama energy policy related to Executive Order #13604 released on 4/13/2012.
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On the campaign trail lately President Obama has touted that under his Administration’s direction domestic oil and gas production has been dramatically increased.
The President has pushed this notion to counter criticism of his anti-oil energy policies in favor of far more expensive climate saving green energy solutions.
The higher gas prices have risen, the harder the President has pushed the notion he is pro-fossil, too.
So which is it?
Is it that the President’s policy is to expand ALL U.S. energy options, as he claims, or is his Administration’s policy to scuttle domestic oil and gas development to save the planet from global warming through green energy?
Intertwined within this little story is a subplot of Obama criticism over his seemingly endless list of youthful, unqualified White House “czars” who actually define Administration policy.
One such White House adviser is Heather Zichal. She is President Obama’s de facto “Energy Czar”.
Through her we gain deep insight into President Obama’s real energy policy.
Heather Zichal: Chief White House Energy Adviser
Zichal’s official WH job title is “Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change“.
She became de facto “Energy Czar” when the original czar, Carol Browner, resigned in early 2011.
Zichal is chairperson in a VERY IMPORTANT executive order signed by President Obama just YESTERDAY.
That executive order will be fully examined in greater detail in upcoming articles.
Energy Policy Indicators
Note that Zichal’s duties cover “energy” AND “climate change”. President Obama combined both issues.
That is the first clue.
The definitive answer as to President Obama’s true energy policy, though, comes from his hand-picked top energy adviser’s background and experience.
What are Zichal’s Qualifications as Energy Adviser?
Before joining the Obama Administration in 2009 she had no real experience. Zero. Zip. Nada!
Zichal graduated Rutgers in 1999 where she joined the Sierra Club and studied “environmental policy”.
Before becoming a White House assistant Zichal worked on one successful election campaign and one unsuccessful one. As a college student, she helped elect U.S. Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) in 1998. The other campaign was Senator John Kerry’s unsuccessful presidential bid in 2004.
Holt hired her as a legislative assistant for energy policy when he went to Washington DC in 1999.
According to Wikipedia, Zichal served in that capacity for Holt and others to “reduce the country’s dependence on oil for energy” and “address climate change”. She was a Kerry adviser on energy policy in his 2004 campaign.
Zichal was selected by President Obama for his transition team in 2008.
Today, 37 year old Heather Zichal is President Obama’s top White House adviser on energy policy. She IS the “Energy Czar”.
Her views on domestic oil production and climate change are clearly outlined in this and many other White House policy statements she’s written:
“Combating Climate Change at Home and Around the World“
– Heather Zichal, White House Energy Adviser, 11/25/2009
There are plenty of energy policy initiatives started under President Obama that prove he is pursuing a strict green energy agenda in order to save the planet from global climate change. Describing them is beyond the scope of this article.
This article only covers the intent of Obama’s energy policy, not the specific policies themselves.
President Obama’s top White House energy adviser, Heather Zichal, was specifically hired to reduce this nation’s “dependence on oil for energy” and “address climate change”.
President Obama’s true energy policy is as clear as a cloudless Colorado sky in Winter.
Zichal is yet another disturbing example of the many youthful unqualified or under-qualified individuals picked by the President to fill critically important advisory positions.
In the pragmatic world of U.S. energy policy and gas prices it appears President Obama has chosen, instead, to pursue saving the planet from global warming.