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Today’s NINE Politically INCORRECT Cartoons by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Science for the Lambs

Rachel Levine refuses to answer Rand Paul’s question on Hormone therapy for minors as young as 3years old.

Rachel Levine Gender TherapyPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Fearless Leaders

Rather than work on solutions, the Minneapolis city council finds it easier to give themselves a raise.

Minneapolis City CouncilPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Blind Trust

There’s no end in sight for lockdowns and mask way into the future according to Dr. Fausi.

Fauci Lockdown PredictionsPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Ouch Potato

Cancel Culture attacks Mr. Potato Head but at the last minute, Hasbro has decided to keep him.

Mr. Potato Head Canceled Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Custody Battle

Biden immigration policies would not help protect children from human trafficking at the border.

Biden Border Kids Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – The Love Gov

The Media seems much less interested in Cuomo scandals than Republicans, bias much?

Cuomo WomanPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Red Handed

Biden’s Immigration policies are spreading human trafficking, COVID, Death, and violent crimes.

Biden Blood on His Hands Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Vive la révolution

The Democrats and the left will never stop with their woke cancel culture attacks on America.

Woke Cancel Culture Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – The Enemy Within

The Wall around the Capital building in D.C. is only there as a political prop to use against conservatives.

Capitol WallPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Road Trip

Honor the Earth Minnesota purchased a gas-guzzling van to spread their “Save the Earth” Message.

Stop line 3Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Superspreader

Biden Calls red state governors Neanderthals for opening their state while he opens the border.

Biden Neanderthal Comment Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021.
 

Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – One Man’s Garbage…

Biden, in the name of saving the planet, just cost America thousands of energy jobs.

Biden Energy JobsPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2021.
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Biden Faces Backlash Across Country For Canceling Keystone XL Pipeline


Reported By  Ryan Saavedra |  | DailyWire.com

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: U.S. President Joe Biden pauses while speaking after signing an executive order related to American manufacturing in the South Court Auditorium of the White House complex on January 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden signed an executive order aimed at boosting American manufacturing and strengthening the federal governments Buy American rules. / Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Joe Biden is facing backlash across the country after he signed an Executive Order last week that canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that also drew criticism from Canada. The move by Biden comes after he signed Executive Orders on a wide range of issues last week during his first days in office, including orders on climate and energy matters.

Josh Senk, general manager of Michels Corporation, slammed Biden during a press conference in Wisconsin, saying, “The recent actions of President Joe Biden, the Executive Order halting the construction of the Keystone pipeline has effected Michels, thousands of union trade members across the country, and hundreds of guys that specifically work in Wisconsin.”

Senk later said that “hundreds of guys” have already been laid off.

The Associated Press noted that local leaders in New Mexico were worried about the impact that Biden’s decisions on placing a moratorium on drilling on public lands would have on their state and leaders in Utah have asked Biden to reconsider his decision.

“During his inauguration, President Biden spoke about bringing our nation together. Eliminating drilling on public lands will cost thousands of New Mexicans their jobs and destroy what’s left of our state’s economy,” Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway told the AP. “How does that bring us together? Environmental efforts should be fair and well-researched, not knee-jerk mandates that just hurt an already impoverished state.”

Native American tribes have also reportedly been angered by Biden’s decision to cancel the pipeline. In a letter to the Biden administration, Luke Duncan, the chairman of the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee, wrote:

The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation respectfully requests that you immediately amend Order No. 3395 to provide an exception for energy permits and approvals on Indian lands. The Ute Indian Tribe and other energy producing tribes rely on energy development to fund our governments and provide services to our members.

Your order is a direct attack on our economy, sovereignty, and our right to self-determination. Indian lands are not federal public lands. Any action on our lands and interests can only be taken after effective tribal consultation.

Order No. 3395 violates the United States treaty and trust responsibilities to the Ute Indian Tribe and violates important principles of tribal sovereignty and self-determination. Your order was also issued in violation (of) our government-to-government relationship. Executive Order No. 13175 on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, and Interior’s own Policy on Consultation with Tribal Governments.

The order must be withdrawn or amended to comply with Federal law and policies. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. We look forward from hearing from you.

Multiple unions that endorsed Biden during his presidential campaign — including the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) and the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters — have since slammed Biden for canceling the pipeline. LIUNA said that the decision would “kill thousands of good-paying UNION jobs!”

“In revoking this permit, the Biden Administration has chosen to listen to the voices of fringe activists instead of union members and the American consumer on Day 1,” Mark McManus, General President of the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters. “Let me be very clear: When built with union labor by the men and women of the United Association, pipelines like Keystone XL remain the safest and most efficient modes of energy transportation in the world. Sadly, the Biden Administration has now put thousands of union workers out of work. For the average American family, it means energy costs will go up and communities will no longer see the local investments that come with pipeline construction.”

Local media organizations across the country have also reported on the negative impacts that Biden’s executive orders on energy have had on their states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trump approves Keystone pipeline


Reported

The Trump administration gave the Keystone XL pipeline its key federal permit Friday, clearing a major hurdle for the project that former President Obama rejected in 2015. The State Department announced Friday morning that its undersecretary for political affairs, Tom Shannon, issued the permit, two months after President Trump signed a memorandum to revive the project after Obama’s rejection.

“In making his determination that issuance of this permit would serve the national interest, the under secretary considered a range of factors, including but not limited to foreign policy; energy security; environmental, cultural, and economic impacts; and compliance with applicable law and policy,” State said.

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The decision closes a significant chapter in the long-running saga over the controversial oil sands pipeline, which has been a flashpoint in the debate surrounding climate change and dependence on foreign oil. Obama rejected the application in November 2015, arguing, in part, that it would harm the United States’ standing in the world as a leader in fighting climate change.

Ultimately, if we’re going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release more dangerous pollution into the sky,” he said at the time.

The approval fulfills a major campaign promise of Trump’s and a top priority that congressional Republicans and the oil industry have had for years.

“This is a significant milestone for the Keystone XL project,” Russ Girling, president of Keystone’s developer, Canada-based TransCanada Corp., said in a statement. “We greatly appreciate President Trump’s Administration for reviewing and approving this important initiative and we look forward to working with them as we continue to invest in and strengthen North America’s energy infrastructure.”

The 875-mile line would carry up to 830,000 barrels a day of heavy oil sands petroleum from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska. From there, the oil would continue through existing lines to the Gulf Coast to be refined.

Despite the president’s promises, the $8 billion project is not subject to Trump’s promise that oil pipelines built in the United States would have to use American steel. The White House announced earlier this month that that would only apply to pipelines with new applications. TransCanada has already bought the pipe for the project. About half came from an Arkansas plant owned by an Indian company, a quarter from a plant in Canada owned by a Russian company and the remainder from Italy and India.

TransCanada needed a presidential permit to build the line because it is planned to cross an international border. The company first started applying to build Keystone XL in 2008. But in the ensuing years, it became a central point in the debate between weaning the United States off fossil fuels and increasing the use of energy from friendly allies.

Trump’s permit is not the final hurdle for the project. State officials in Nebraska still have to approve the line’s route through that state, something that could take another six months.

Environmentalists might also sue to stop the construction.

“The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was a terrible idea when it was first proposed nearly ten years ago, and it’s an even worse idea today. This dirty and dangerous export pipeline would run right through America’s heartland, threatening our water, our land, and our climate — all to pad the profits of a foreign oil company,” said Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice president of government affairs at the League of Conservation Voters.

“This pipeline is all risk and no reward, and we will continue to fight it every step of the way,” she said.

The business community welcomed the approval.

“After many years of unfortunate delays and partisan posturing, Keystone XL pipeline finally got the green light it has long deserved,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said in a statement. “This pipeline, and countless other projects around the nation, will improve America’s energy security, create jobs, and help get the economy back on track.”

The State Department previous estimated that the project would create 42,100 jobs. The vast majority of them would be temporary jobs related to Keystone’s construction, and about 35 would be permanent jobs operating it. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would usually have been in charge of considering the permit. But he recused himself from the process, due to his previous position as the CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp., the country’s largest oil company.

Updated at 8:22 a.m.

Trump takes action to move forward with Keystone, Dakota Access pipelines


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URL of the original posting site: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/315852-trump-orders-keystone-dakota-access-pipeline-applications-to-move

President Trump on Tuesday moved two controversial pipeline projects forward by signing a pair of presidential memos that would allow permitting for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects.

In an Oval Office ceremony with several of his aides looking on, Trump said the actions would create new jobs in the United States, and that the pipelines would be built with U.S. steel and U.S. labor.

“We will build our own pipeline, we will build our own pipes, like we used to, in the old days,” Trump said as he held up one of his actions to television cameras brought into the Oval Office to broadcast the event.

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The actions are a sharp turn from the Obama administration’s policies, as the former president had rejected the Keystone pipeline and delayed Dakota Access. Tuesday’s actions will not force the approval of either project, and Trump said he wanted to renegotiate terms with the pipelines’ developers. Those terms may include some way for the United States government to get a financial return from Keystone, a possibility he mentioned on the campaign trail.The new president briefly described each action before putting his pen to paper, and then held each action in front of the cameras.Happy Happy Joy Joy

“This is with regard to the construction of the Keystone pipeline, a subject that’s been in dispute, and it’s subject to a renegotiation of terms by us,” Trump said. “We are going to renegotiate some of the terms, and, if they’d like, we’ll see if we can get that pipeline built.

“A lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs. Great construction jobs,” Trump added.

Trump signed a total of five actions on Tuesday, all of which are designed to either move forward with pipeline projects or help U.S. manufacturing.

The memo on Keystone asks developer TransCanada Corp. to submit a new application to build the Canada-to-Texas pipeline across the United States border. It then asks the State Department to review the application within 60 days, at which point Trump would consider whether to give it the final approval under existing policies.
 
The Dakota Access memo asks that the Army Corps of Engineers review and approve the project “in an expedited manner,” including the final easement that developer Energy Transfer Partners needs to build under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.Happy Happy Joy Joy

Besides the actions moving forward with permitting for Keystone and Dakota Access, Trump signed a memo asking the Commerce Department to lay out a plan for all pipelines in the country to use materials produced in the United States.

He also signed actions to expedite permitting for manufacturing projects and to expedite environmental reviews for infrastructure projects.

Trump declined to answer a reporter who asked what he had to say about the months-long, ongoing protests against Dakota Access near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. The tribe says the pipeline’s construction under Lake Oahe threatens their drinking supplies and cultural sites.

The oil industry hailed the actions as a sharp turnaround for the federal government.

“We are pleased to see the new direction being taken by this administration to recognize the importance of our nation’s energy infrastructure by restoring the rule of law in the permitting process that’s critical to pipelines and other infrastructure projects,” American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard said in a statement.

“Critical energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipelines will help deliver energy to American consumers and businesses safely and efficiently,” he continued.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said it was “about time” that the projects moved forward.Happy Happy Joy Joy

“The unfortunate reality is that these important infrastructure projects were used by special interests to advance their radical anti-energy agenda and were therefore needlessly halted by the last administration—to the detriment of America’s national interest,” he said in a statement.

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitcamp (D), whose state was the site of massive protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, praised the decision to move forward.

“Building out our country’s energy infrastructure is a key component of achieving an all-of-the-above North American energy strategy and projects that support our energy, economic, and national security,” she said in a statement.

Environmentalists slammed the moves as major threats to clean air, clean water and the climate.

“No amount of ‘alternative facts’ can change the reality that these dirty and dangerous pipelines are a bad deal for clean air, safe drinking water and the communities living along the routes,” said Tiernan Sittenfeld, the top lobbyist at the League of Conservation Voters.words-of-a-leftist-propagandist

Updated at 2:57 p.m.  

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