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Obama energy policies to create a winter of discontent

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Deneen Borelli
Director of Outreach, FreedomWorks
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      Deneen Borelli

      Deneen Borelli is a Daily Caller Columnist. She is Director of Outreach at FreedomWorks. In her role, Deneen will speak at events promoting FreedomWorks’ pro-liberty agenda, participate in recruiting grassroots activists — including minorities — and aggressively challenge the misleading voices of the liberal black establishment. Deneen was previously a Fellow with Project 21. Deneen currently serves as an official contributor on the Fox News Channel programs and has appeared on FNC programs such as “Glenn Beck,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “Hannity” and “Fox and Friends.” Deneen has also appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. Deneen’s commentaries on the importance of freedom and limited government have been published by newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Baltimore Sun, Washington Examiner and Washington Times. She has also been a frequent speaker at political rallies and events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12 March on D.C. that drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. Previously, she served as Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). In that capacity, Deneen was the Executive Producer and co-host on “The CORE Hour,” a weekly internet radio talk show. Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. While at PM USA she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities while attending college in the evenings. Deneen has a B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York. Deneen has appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. She currently resides in Westchester County, New York.

As the thermometer dips lower and snow begins to pile up, the need for cheap and efficient power for heat and light is essential. But the Obama administration’s war on fossil fuels is making it increasingly unlikely that the nation’s poorest citizens will be comfortable this winter.

Millions of Americans are unemployed, and countless others are suffering from the ailing national economy. Obama administration policies limiting the availability and raising the price of energy derived from fossil fuels are stretching family budgets and the resources of charities past their limits.

From the moratorium on offshore oil exploration to restrictions on coal mining to a blind faith in alternative energy sources such as wind and solar, the Obama administration’s energy policies put a luxury price tag on a basic necessity.

The Congressional Research Service predicts this winter will cost the average American household $986 for heat alone. Already, there are stories of people scrambling to find ways to keep warm:

• In Cobb County, Georgia, hundreds of people waited outside in freezing temperatures in November to apply for county heating assistance. Applicant Deandre Marshall told WSB Radio that people in line were crying over the thought that there would not be enough money for everyone, saying, “It’s almost like being in a soup line during the Great Depression.”

• By late November, over 8,000 households in St. Lawrence County, New York were approved for heating assistance. But salvation may be fleeting. County social services coordinator Linda Clark told North County Now that “everyone here is a little edgy” about the consistency of aid funding.

• John J. Drew, the president and CEO of Action for Boston Community Development, said: “Washington’s inaction on fuel aid, rising energy prices, a ruthless economy and the predicted severe winter” create a “perfect storm of conditions that will leave seniors and low-income working families in grave danger.”

Yet, despite this clear and present danger, the White House continues on a path to impose a “cap-and-trade” policy that Obama himself once admitted would cause some energy costs to “necessarily skyrocket.”

In a late November speech to the Aspen Institute, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson demonized the private sector and strongly defended the Obama administration’s decision to regulate “greenhouse gas” emissions without having specific congressional authority to do so.

Twisting the results of an October Gallup poll in which five percent of those surveyed said the government should have no role in environmental protection, Jackson claimed: “When it came to protecting the environment…95 percent of Americans said government should have a role in protecting the environment. Fifty percent of Americans said government should be the only protector of the environment, indicating a lack of trust, if you will, in the private sector, not because the private sector is bad…but because the private sector is motivated by profit, and oftentimes without regulatory restrictions.”

No rational person wants a poisoned environment, but they don’t want to freeze either. Neither does anyone want to be beholden to government assistance. Yet this is exactly what the Obama energy plan is likely to do.