Shocker: Obama Administration Excludes Fossil Fuel Exporters From White House Honors

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Sean Hackbarth noticed some rather glaring omissions from list of companies and organizations honored today at the White House for increasing American exports.

The administration honored 41 companies and organizations today at the White House for their contributions to increasing American exports.

After looking at the list of honorees, I see no fossil fuel exporters on the list. That’s odd because in 2011, petroleum products (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, etc.) were the top American export at $88 billion.

Coal exports have also shot up. The Associated Press found that they “topped 107 million tons of fuel worth $16 billion in 2011,” and they’ve doubled since 2006.

Surely there has to be at least one fossil fuel-exporting company that deserves to be honored.

But this is how the Obama administration sees things. They’re all for industry and commerce as long as it’s the right sort of government-approved industry and commerce.

The fossil fuel energy industry is one of the few bright spots in America’s stagnant economy. That’s worth honoring, but unfortunately it doesn’t fit the President’s political narrative.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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