Energy

February 21, 2012
 

Why Rick Santorum is a phony

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Opinion by Adrian Brijbassi
Kalev.com Editor

Rick Santorum is a socialist — have you been fooled?

Whether he’s a con man, too, is what Republican voters will need to divine. His anti-environmentalist campaign that has ratcheted up intensely during the past two weeks reveals more than a man eager for votes in the middle of America, where oil, gas and coal are king. It exposes a candidate with an agenda — one that defies his staunch conservative platform.

Santorum’s affiliation with Consol Energy has been well documented. While going around the country the past two years claiming he was “joining the fight” against federal regulation of the energy industry by teaming with a “local” coal company in his home state of Pennsylvania, Santorum failed to disclose that company was Consol, a national behemoth that gave $73,000 to him during his Senate career that ended in 2007.

Consol subsidizes Santorum and in turn Santorum backs subsidies for the coal and fossil fuel industries while trying to dupe voters into thinking renewable energy is getting an unfair share of federal funding. And that’s where Santorum’s socialism comes in. The federal government supports welfare for the energy industry to the tune of more than $20 billion annually, according to Jeffrey Leonard of Washington Monthly.

Oil, gas and coal receive 70 percent of that funding while renewable energy gets only about 15 percent. Plus, $2 billion a year goes to researching the myth of clean coal. Globally, governments spend $409 billion subsidizing fossil fuels and only $66 billion on clean energy, the International Energy Agency says.

If Santorum were president, the only change you can be sure he would make would be to widen the gap on spending between those fuel sources that are depleting and the ones that are gaining market share despite facing an unfair disadvantage. Continued socialization of the energy industry is what he favors and an intelligent voter needs to ask why.

“Man has the responsibility to be stewards of the earth,” Santorum said on Monday at a rally in Steubenville, Ohio. “And we are good stewards, because unlike the earth, we’re intelligent and we can actually manage things.”

Man comes first in his book, the planet second. He’s a climate-change denier, of course. Environmentalists are fear-mongers for raising concerns over the “bogeyman” called hydrofracking. Nothing’s going to happen — just get out of the way and let the good people who run America’s oil, gas and coal companies have their way with the land and the ocean. They’ll be good to them. Why? Because they’re honorable Americans, just like Rick. They wouldn’t want to put your health at risk. They wouldn’t want to damage waters that sustain our fisheries. They wouldn’t want to deny America the chance to lead the world with energy choices for tomorrow.

They’ve got your back — or, more likely, he’s got theirs. We’ve been through this before with Halliburton and the last GOP presidential regime. The more you listen to Santorum, the more you realize he’s a man in someone’s pocket. He’s willing to win at all costs. Including yours.

What do you think? Is Rick Santorum a fake? Or is he “the true conservative choice” for America? Email us and tell us what you think about the 2012 presidential race.



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