Obama Impeding US Energy Gush; Hispanic Voter Turnout a Mirage; Malzberg Adds Atlanta

Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 01:29 PM

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1. Government Impeding America's Energy Explosion
2. Hispanic Voter Turnout Among Lowest in 2012
3. US: China Repatriating North Koreans to Face Execution
4. Pollster Rasmussen's Son Wowing the Music World
5. '101 Best-Written TV Series' Cited
6. Steve Malzberg's Show Now Airing in Atlanta
 

1. Government Is Impeding America's Energy Explosion

What if the United States could quickly take steps that would eliminate the entire trade deficit, boost the economy, and create millions of jobs?

It can, according to a leading energy expert — but not if it retains some current government policies.

American exports now total $1.6 trillion a year, second only to China's $2.1 trillion, but the United States imports more than it exports and runs the world's largest annual trade deficit, about $750 billion.

And 40 percent of the deficit comes from oil imports, says Mark P. Mills, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and founder and CEO of the Digital Power Group, a capital advisory group focusing on technology.

But America is now the world's fastest-growing oil and gas producing region, and could become a net oil exporter.

Much of the credit goes to improvements in drilling technology. As the Insider Report disclosed earlier, that technology has improved the productivity of the typical oil or gas rig on U.S. shale fields by 200 to 300 percent over the past five years.

"Increasing production and exports of oil and gas and of energy-intensive products from chemicals to fertilizers can put the nation on track to wipe out the entire trade deficit within the decade, returning the nation to a trade balance — even a surplus — that has not been enjoyed for decades," Mills writes.

It would also serve as a huge stimulus to the U.S. economy, directly creating jobs across the nation and indirectly creating millions more jobs, he asserts.

However, government policies now in place hinder the production and export of hydrocarbons, says Mills, who served in the White House Science Office under President Ronald Reagan and writes the "Energy Intelligence" column for Forbes.

He urges the government to take a number of immediate steps to accelerate the nation's hydrocarbon capabilities.

For one, the Commerce Department should be directed to approve any application to export crude oil as domestic production increases 70 percent within the decade. A 1975 law makes it illegal to export crude oil, with rare exceptions, although refined petroleum products can be sold overseas.

Under legislation last modified in 1978, the Department of Energy has the authority to approve or disapprove applications for licenses to export natural gas. The government should approve all qualified entities seeking to export natural gas, Mills insists.

The Obama administration should approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, allowing Canadian crude to replace Venezuelan imports.

The federal government should also offer wider access to hydrocarbon resources on federal lands, where 80 percent of offshore and half of onshore territory remains off limits to hydrocarbon exploration.

Mills concludes: "There are manifold benefits to be had from ensuring or accelerating energy exports. Congress and the administration should take action to unleash the economic, employment, and strategic benefits that will derive from furthering U.S. hydrocarbon production and exports."

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2. Hispanic Voter Turnout Among Lowest in 2012

A number of Republicans have been pointing to Mitt Romney's poor showing among Hispanic voters in the 2012 presidential election as proof the party needs more "outreach" to the Latino community.

But Hispanic voter turnout was actually down in 2012 compared to 2008 and was among the lowest among 30 different voter categories, according to newly released Census Bureau data analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies.

The statistics also show that Republicans would have had to make enormous inroads among Hispanic voters to have changed the outcome of the election.

Only 48 percent of eligible Hispanic voters voted in 2012, down from 49.9 percent in 2008. Of 23,328,000 eligible voters, 11,188,000 went to the polls.

Hispanics comprised 8.4 percent of voters last year. If their turnout had matched what it was in 2008, 450,000 more Hispanics would have voted.

Among 30 voter categories listed by the center, the only categories with voter turnout lower than Hispanics' 48 percent were Asians (46.9 percent) and voters ages 18 to 29 (45 percent).

Overall, 61.8 percent of eligible voters turned out in 2012, including 64.1 percent of whites and 66.6 percent of non-Hispanic blacks.

The highest turnout was among white voters with at least a bachelor's degree, 79 percent, and those with family incomes of more than $100,000, 78.4 percent.

The center observes that if Romney had boosted his share of the women's vote by just 4 percentage points, from the 44 percent he received to 48 percent, he would have won the popular vote.

The same holds true if Romney had increased his share of the white vote by three 3 points.

But he would have had to increase his share of the Hispanic vote by 23 percentage points, from 27 percent to 50 percent, to win the popular vote.

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3. US: China Repatriating North Koreans to Face Execution

China stirred up new controversy last month by sending a group of young refugees back to North Korea despite the despotic regime's history of submitting returning defectors to torture or even execution.

The United States asserts that China is violating an article of the 1951 International Refugee Convention, which states that no country may return refugees to an area where their life or freedom would be threatened.

China is also a party to the Convention Against Torture, which holds that no country should return a person to a country "where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture."

The nine North Koreans, including minors as young as 15 and believed to be orphans, crossed covertly into China in 2011, CNS News reported.

Refugees usually lie low in China until they can make their way to Southeast Asian countries bordering China on their way to their final destination, South Korea.

On May 10, the nine young North Koreans crossed into Laos, accompanied by a South Korean pastor and his wife. But Laotian authorities held them at an immigration center and sent them back to China on May 28. China returned them to North Korea the following day.

China was criticized by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, who issued a statement on May 30 voicing concern for the nine and seeking information on their whereabouts.

But Beijing has claimed the North Koreans were illegal economic migrants rather than refugees protected under international treaties, and told Guterres not to make "irresponsible remarks based on unverified news," according to CNS News.

In 2010, North Korea made defection a "crime of treachery against the nation." And the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, Robert King, told a congressional panel in 2011: "These returnees often face serious consequences, including the possibility of imprisonment, torture, and even execution."

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4. Pollster Rasmussen's Son Wowing the Music World

Respected pollster Scott Rasmussen's guitarist son has released a new CD that is drawing rave reviews in the music world.

Philip "PJ" Rasmussen's debut CD "Adventures in Flight" (Third Freedom Music) features a collection of PJ's original compositions.

The young guitarist, born in 1990, is joined by a piano, saxophone, trumpet, bass, and drums in his jazz sextet.

The review website @CriticalJazz says "guitarist PJ Rasmussen slays his debut outing 'Adventures in Flight' with an incredibly diverse selection of originals . . . Rasmussen combines the contemporary with the old school hard bop vibe to create that new sound for modern jazz that will have heads turning in Rasmussen's direction very soon."

The Entertainment Bank observes that "Rasmussen has shown himself to be a gifted composer."

Acousticmusic.com calls the CD "cool as all get-out."

And ThisIsBooksMusic says "when Rasmussen plays a solo, the man is amazing . . . A very impressive debut album."

Noted jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini also has praise for his fellow musician: "PJ is a great player, a great person, and has great sensitivity about the songs he plays and the people he is playing for."

And jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli declared: "PJ is a versatile young player with a mature playing style and appreciation for his jazz heritage that is apparent both in his group playing and his own rich solo arrangements."

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5. '101 Best-Written TV Series' Cited

The Writers Guild of America East and West released its list of the "101 Best-Written TV Series" — and the top spot goes to the HBO crime saga "The Sopranos."

The first-ever WGA list was compiled through polls by the Guild's film and TV writers.

"Recognizing the essential role that writers have played in creating and elevating the medium of television since its inception, the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East announced the list of the 101 Best-Written TV Series, honoring seven decades of outstanding television programming and the writers who brought it all to life," the Guilds said in a joint statement.

"Seinfeld" wins the No. 2 spot, followed by "The Twilight Zone," "All in the Family," "M*A*S*H," and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

"Mad Men" is the highest-rated series still in first run, finishing seventh. Rounding out the top 10 are "Cheers," "The Wire," and "The West Wing."

"The Simpsons" is the highest rated animated series at No. 11.

The classic sitcom "The Honeymooners" places only at No. 31, while the highly acclaimed miniseries "Band of Brothers" is only at No. 88.

The list is the follow-up to the Guilds' 2006 poll of the "101 Greatest Screenplays."

The top five: "Casablanca," "The Godfather," "Chinatown," "Citizen Kane," and "All About Eve."

The most recent movies on the list are "Sideways" (2004) and three 1999 releases: "American Beauty" (38), "The Sixth Sense" (50), and "Being John Malkovich" (74).

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6. Steve Malzberg's Show Now Airing in Atlanta

Newsmax TV's "The Steve Malzberg Show" is now being broadcast in Atlanta, airing from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday on WCFO, 1160 on the AM dial.

Steve joins an impressive array of talk radio hosts on the station, including Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, Laura Ingraham, Geraldo Rivera, and Don Imus.

Malzberg's show is available nationwide via the Newsmax.com website.


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