Category Archives: Energy

Sort of True, Sort of Not

by Victor Davis Hanson // NRO’s The Corner

The problem with negotiating with President Obama is not necessarily that he sometimes makes things up, but that he always sort of makes things up. Take a Photo Credit: President of the European Council via Flickrsingle recent October 8 press. All at once, the president used a weird assortment of similes and allusions to brand ad nauseam his opponents as little more than ransom takers, house burners, defaulters, global-economy crashers, nuclear-bomb users, extremists, threateners, extortionists, hostage takers, plant burners, and equipment breakers. He then bragged that domestic oil and gas production on his watch are at an all-time high—true, but he left out the salient fact that such gains are entirely the result of exploration on private lands, given that under his administration new federal oil and gas leases have by intention radically slowed. In 2010 actual oil and gas production on federal land hit historic lows. Ditto Obama’s brag that he lowered the deficit by half. If that claim turns out to be true, it is largely because of congressionally imposed sequestration cuts he opposed and record-low interest rates of scarcely over 2 percent that reflect a moribund Read more →

America’s Vast Margin of Error

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

The Obama administration is facing scandals everywhere — using the IRS to punish political enemies, seizing the phone records of Associated Press and Fox News reporters, monitoring phone and email accounts of millions, and making up stories about what happened in Benghazi. Read more →

Oil-Rich America?

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

There is a revolution going on in America. But it is not part of the Tea Party or the loud Occupy Wall Street protests. Read more →

Obama 101

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

In the last three years, the president has taught us a great deal about America, the world, and himself. Read more →

Obama’s Economic Quackery

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Sometimes the wrong medicine can make a struggling patient far sicker than he would have been had he been allowed to recover naturally. Western medicine began with the premise that the physician either must know how to cure the patient or simply leave him alone — but above all not make him worse through harmful treatment. Read more →

The Great Obama Catharsis

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Barack Obama has done the United States a great, though unforeseen, favor. He has brought to light, as no one else could, many of the pernicious assumptions of our culture from the last half-century. Read more →

A Man-Made Energy Crisis

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

Gas is well over $4 a gallon in most places in California — and soaring elsewhere as well. But are such high energy prices good or bad? Read more →

The New Sophists

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

In classical Athens, public life became dominated by clever and smart-sounding sophists. These mellifluous “really wise guys” made money and gained influence by their rhetorical boasts to “prove” the most amazing “thinkery” that belied common sense. Read more →