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30
Oct
11

‘our best energy president in decades’

Michael Webber (Chron.com): As Republican presidential candidates like Gov. Rick Perry tout their energy plans, they would do well to study our best energy president in decades: President Obama.

Advocates for the U.S. energy industry routinely say they wish President Obama would pursue pro-growth energy policies. Well, he has been, and not just for the likes of fallen green giants like Solyndra. Under Obama, the traditional U.S. energy sector is flourishing. The domestic energy sector is experiencing its largest growth since the halcyon days of the 1950s and 1960s. As importantly, we’re growing in the right directions.

For the first time in decades, we are seeing sustained increases in U.S. oil production and decreases in oil consumption, which means imports are dropping.

U.S. domestic oil production is up an incredible 14 percent since Obama took office. A few years ago we imported nearly two-thirds of our petroleum products. Today we import less than half. The reduction in imports means tens of billions of dollars now stay in our own economy.

But it’s not just oil: dry natural gas production is up 16 percent, natural gas liquids are up 26 percent, solar generation is up 14 percent and wind generation is up 59 percent. Even production of coal – supposedly the main target of Obama’s policies – is flat over that same time period. There are even headlines blaring that U.S. refining capacity is at the highest point in decades, exceeding levels achieved under recent Republican administrations. All of this growth produces royalties and taxes to address our budget challenges.

….. In light of all the bad news about partisan debt fights, maybe we can all celebrate the good news that U.S. energy policy – against all odds – is finally reaping significant rewards for all of us. Our Energy President deserves a fair share of the credit.

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11
Mar
11

um, privately speaking….

On Thursday’s “Howard Stern Show,” comedian Sarah Silverman revealed details of a recent meeting with President Barack Obama…. “I actually love our president, and I’m enjoying some nice blind faith, like the others got for eight years. And I believe in him,” Silverman told Stern. (Silverman made a humorous video in the lead-up to the 2008 election called “The Great Schlep” in which she encouraged Jews in Florida to vote for Obama.)

Silverman didn’t disclose when the meeting took place but said that she was able to quickly meet the president in a hotel hallway. Obama aide Reggie Love and speechwriter Jon Favreau were also in attendance. “He shakes my hand, he goes, ‘Oooooo, I’m a big fan! You’re very talented! Although I turn the volume down when my girls come into the room,'” said Silverman, whose particular brand of humor is notable for its edginess and is frequently controversial.

Silverman said that Obama “jokingly” said, “Ooo, you helped me win Florida.”

“I was so nervous and excited,” said Silverman, adding that the president asked what project she was working on next. “I’m going to be naked in a movie!” Silverman nervously shot out. Silverman said Obama turned to her agent and said, “Oh, you’ll have to send me a copy of that,” but added that it wasn’t meant in a creepy way but more as “a gracious way to get out of” the awkwardness that Silverman had created.

The comedian planned to include the encounter in the paperback version of her book, “The Bedwetter,” but when she asked the White House for a copy of a picture taken during the hallway meeting, “They said, ‘For what?'” Silverman recalled. “‘That was a private meeting! You can’t write about that!’ So I had to take it out.”

The meeting remains firmly ingrained in Silverman’s memory, however. “Oh my God, he gave me a big hug,” said Silverman. “His body is like a thoroughbred. It’s just, like, pure muscle.”

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