Does Obama elevate Earth above man?
(Commentary) Rick Santorum spent Sunday morning on "Face the Nation" explaining his statement uttered during a campaign stop in Ohio Saturday that President Obama espouses a phony ideal and a theology that is not based on the Bible.
Santorum said that his remarks about Obama's phony theology not based on the Bible referred to the president's environmental policies, not his religious faith. He argued that the Obama administration's environmental policies promote the ideas of "radical environmentalists," who he said elevate the Earth above man.
"This idea that man is here to serve the Earth as opposed to husband its resources and be good stewards of the Earth--I think that is a phony ideal. I don't believe that that's what we're here to do. That man is here to use the resources and use them wisely, to care for the Earth, to be a steward of the Earth. But we're not here to serve the Earth. The Earth is not the objective. Man is the objective. And, I think a lot of radical environmentalists have it upside down," Santorum told "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer.
From its first day in office, the Obama administration has had a kind of energy ideal, focusing on clean energy and energy independence, as well as the health of the planet. To say that Mr. Obama's environmental policies elevate the Earth above the needs of mankind and the health of the U.S. economy is, of course, more politically-induced rhetoric than reality.
In his 2012 State of the Union address, Mr. Obama said:
"... nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy. Over the last three years, we've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, I'm directing my administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources. Right now -- right now -- American oil production is the highest that it's been in eight years. That's right -- eight years. Not only that -- last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past 16 years.
"But with only 2 percent of the world's oil reserves, oil isn't enough. This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy. A strategy that's cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.
"We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly 100 years. (Applause.) And my administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy. Experts believe this will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade. And I'm requiring all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use. Because America will develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk."
The Obama administration also wants to get rid of tax breaks for oil companies, which is radical to the oil companies. In the fiscal 2013 budget proposal, Mr. Obama asked to roll back oil and gas tax preferences, which are worth about $40 billion over a decade.
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