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Power Grab: How Obama's Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America Hardcover – April 19, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (April 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596985992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596985995
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barack Obama’s “Green” Policies Start With Controlling Your Energy…and End With Your Life.

If Obama and his “green” coalition get their way, we’re headed for blackouts, skyrocketing energy prices designed to bankrupt disfavored industries, and even greater government control of our economy. Obama’s green jobs agenda masks a declaration of war against America’s most reliable sources of energy—coal, oil, and natural gas. He seeks to shut them down and convert America to green energy—mostly wind and solar—in an irresponsible experiment that will guarantee an energy crisis and drive America from recession to depression. The Obama administration, working in collusion with green groups allegedly protecting the environment, unions protecting their paychecks, and local elites protecting their ocean views, is putting the special interests ahead of your interests. In Power Grab, best-selling author Christopher C. Horner reveals,

How Obama is obsessed with “climate change” schemes at huge expense to our economy—even as the scientific case for global warming is collapsingHow Obama is counting on the liberal courts to gain greater control over American industryHow Obama’s “green jobs” policies are stripping jobs from America and sending them overseasHow Obama’s policies, if enacted, will dramatically change your life—starting with your confidence that a flipped switch will provide light, that a faucet will flow with water, that your home will stay warm, and there’s gas at the pump

Christopher Horner, hailed by Glenn Beck as a “Watchdog” and praised by Rush Limbaugh as the “longtime go-to guy on global warming extremism,” has compiled a jaw-dropping account of the government’s arrogant plans to take over America’s access to abundant, afforable energy—and by doing so, take over our economy and limit the individual freedom we’ve so long taken for granted.

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Praise for Power Grab

Power Grab exposes the agenda of the Obama administration and its allies, from ‘green jobs’ to the cap-and-trade energy tax as ways to cram down the Left’s long-held wish list of demands, and dream of ‘organizing society.’ Horner reveals what their rhetoric means, how the schemes work and what it all spells for you if they win. Power Grab lays bare the plan to replace your individual liberties with the state, securing the Left’s dream of making decisions for you and your family: what you can drive, how you can live, and what sorts of jobs and future they deem acceptable for Americans.”
—Mark Levin, bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio host

“Chris Horner raises the red flag about the so-called ‘green economy.’ Power Grab shows the dark gray economic fallacies that lie behind the bright ‘green’ economic fairy tales, in a way everyone can understand, if while laughing between the tears.”
—Dr. Gabriel Calzada, professor of applied environmental economics at King Juan Carlos University

Power Grab exposes the incestuous relationships between the Obama administration and the piles of taxpayer money it wants to pipeline to the Big Green juggernaut consisting of Big Business and Big Labor. Horner shows that the green agenda isn’t so much about a clean environment as it is about redistributing income from us to them.”
—Stephen Moore, member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board and senior economics writer

“Chris Horner was right in his bestselling The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Global Warming and Environmentalism. He was right in his book Red Hot Lies that exposed the cover-ups, lies, and intimidation of the global-warming alarmists. And he’s right again in his new book Power Grab, which exposes what the extremists are really after: power over you, your wallet, and even your right to self-government. Power Grab is essential reading for fighting back.”
—Congresswoman Michele Bachmann


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This is a frightening book - and one that you, if you are concerned for the United States, must read and read now.
Jerry Saperstein
Mr. Horner also relates the scams used to sell the Obama policies and the ideological, political, and economic interest groups that push these policies.
Crosslands
Building on his excellent previous work explaining the global warming debate, Chris Horner takes on the broader energy policy debate.
Phil Kerpen

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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Dr.Charles Dusenbury on April 19, 2010
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Charlton Heston starred in the 1973 movie "Soylent Green". The year is 2022, and we are all poor and without power, both electrical and political. Christopher Horner's book begins by looking ahead to the year 2015 and painting an eerily similar picture of an impoverished existence. The real irony here is that the sad future is created, not by man's mismanagement of earth's resources, but by one man's presidential withholding of those sources of power from society.

As stated in the book, environmentalism seeks to use the state to create scarcity as a means to exert their will. Indeed, the author contends the policies and people being instituted into our nation's government are about establishing and holding power over our lives, our very future, and that of our children. Mr. Hornor argues that "the Power Grab is to grab your power, your wealth, economic liberties and personal freedoms." A technique to attempt to do this is akin to "yelling eco-crisis in a crowded recession."

The author adds, perhaps a bit hopefully, that "...only the left are panicking as the voters head for the exit."

This book is rather heavy and yes, a bit apocalyptic but worth burning the midnight oil to read. Yet, contrary to Charlton Heston's character trapped in a drab future he cannot alter, "Power Grab" encourages the reader to grab the constitutional power reins and steer your future and that of your children's back on the course of freedom.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steve Goreham on June 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
By Steve Goreham, author of Climatism! Science, Common Sense, and the 21st Century's Hottest Topic.

Power Grab is a powerful book that exposes the depth to which the Obama administration and America's political left are driven by environmentalist ideology. The objective of this ideology is the total elimination the use of hydrocarbon and nuclear energy, resources which have been the foundation of the prosperity of the United States and the developed world over the last 100 years. Author Chris Horner makes it clear that this ideology is devoid of common sense and economics, and ignores the welfare of the American people.

The book opens by painting a picture of U.S. society in 2015, which is plagued by energy shortages and escalating costs, the result of more than 30 years of foolish energy policies. The growing attack on nuclear, coal, oil, and natural gas has forced energy rationing, raised gasoline prices to European levels, and increased dependence on foreign suppliers. Many analysts now warn that we are well on the way to this scenario.

Chapter 2, titled "Renewable Fools," thoroughly debunks the idea that wind and solar energy can power our nation. Horner uses the example of Denmark, once praised by President Obama, to show how inadequate wind power is for modern society. He also points out that although environmental groups publicly endorse wind and solar systems, they also oppose construction of both the farms and the transmission lines needed to deliver this electricity.

Chapters 3-7 discuss key members of the Obama administration, critically attacking the background and ideology of Van Jones, Carol Browner, and others.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Economides on May 12, 2010
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As the U.S. Senate prepares to rush through legislation whose champions now hail as an "energy" bill - but from early indications it happens to include the same tired "green jobs" schemes like cap-and-trade, mandates and subsidies for uneconomic technologies - Chris Horner's"Power Grab" could not be more timely.

Horner lays out the truth about the economic costs of "green jobs" schemes, citing what ought to be obvious first principles but which are proving so elusive to politicians claiming we will repeat Europe's glorious successes. Green jobs represent some of the worst ideologically driven misinformation ever. As Horner details with extensive sourcing, Europe's experience is anything but one which we should replicate. It is instead one that contributed greatly to the unfolding European bankruptcy. Greece will certainly not be the only statist trouble spot in the EU and energy policies along with suffocating entitlements are at the top of the failed European experiment that American politicos want to emulate. Horner makes the case against these boondoggles in language the layman will understand.

This is similarly useful to the typical voter, generally unconcerned with these issues but increasingly sensing something wrong with America's new course, specifically this agenda being promoted by a broad array of usual suspects. "Power Grab" provides the research of what this collaboration, if it succeeds, will mean for the average household, and an individual's liberties.

The book similarly strips bare the strange talking point that this agenda benefits America's national security. One example Horner invokes is the supposed peril of China "eating our lunch" in what is apparently a strategic race to perfect the windmill, what President Obama calls a "new technology".
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Kreutzer on May 11, 2010
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What happens when back-to-nature Luddites and regulate-your-toothbrush liberals come up with a scheme that throttles the economy and creates trillions of dollars of additional tax revenue? You get a feeding frenzy at the government trough and a threat to freedom.

Christopher Horner explains how and why in Power Grab. Horner outlines the overarching problems with carbon restrictions and how powerful special interests have hijacked the environmental movement for nefarious ends. He takes names and kicks butt. Some of the names you may know (e.g., Van Jones, Carol Browner), but others you should know but probably don't (e.g., Cathy Zoi, John Holdren)

Power Grab is an eye-opening account of how inside-the-beltway politicians and lobbyists are working to line their pockets while raising your energy costs, cutting your income and destroying your jobs.
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