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President's stance on energy runs counter to reality

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Barack Obama’s secretary of energy openly pined for much higher gasoline prices. But that was once upon a time.

Now that they’re here, in an election year, the fairy tale is fractured, and he’s had a sudden change of heart.

“I no longer share that view,” he meekly told a Senate panel this past week.

Interesting.

What do you suppose changed his earlier view? And what will his view be, oh, say, after the November election? Will he return to his feeling of September 2008, when he said, that “somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe”?

Is his unexplained and complete change of heart an election-year retreat? Or has the Obama administration – populated generally with former academics such as Chu who may not have realized the pain their untested theories might cause real people – undergone a permanent change in its governing philosophy?

Maybe the bigger question is, can we afford to move into 2013 without knowing the answer?

We may face that risk. Barack Obama may be the most formidable campaigner this nation has ever seen. He uses exaggeration and smiling stabs to ridicule his opponents’ positions – distorting both their statements and the viability of his own. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think he’s right.

On energy, for instance, he insinuated Republicans were tantamount to the “Flat Earth Society” this past week because they support the expansion of domestic oil production – and because they rightly pooh-poohed Obama’s ridiculous suggestion that algae could soon replace oil as fuel.

Nor is anyone “talking down” alternative sources of energy, as Obama cynically claims. The truth is – and he knows it – that solar, wind and more aren’t yet viable for large-scale production of the type of energy a growing, vibrant, post-industrial society will need going forward. For now, like it or not, the world runs on oil. Many of us wish it were otherwise.

But to believe it is otherwise is to truly be in the Flat Earth Society.

Mr. Obama’s grinning sarcasm is hollow – without one microscopic bit of fact or real argument – and obscures a record on energy that is shameful, at best. He has stifled energy production as best he can here, while telling Brazil to drill there and, “we want to be one of your best customers”; and he has blown hundreds of millions of taxpayer funds on “green energy” failures such as Solyndra, Abound Solar Manufacturing and Ener1.

He argued recently that drilling isn’t the answer – but that algae is.

“If we can figure out how to make energy out of that, we’ll be doing all right,” he said.

Saying “that’s a big ‘if’” doesn’t quite capture it, does it?

But even if the answer to the “if” is “yes” – that someday we’ll drive algae-powered cars – the next question is “when?”

Most of us have to go to work on Monday.

Gasoline isn’t the only part of the energy sector where Barack Obama’s vision departs from America’s best interests. He once said that if he got his way, “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” What kind of misery would that entail?

And he’s making fun of Republicans on energy? Really?

A Washington Post-ABC News poll this past week reveals 65 percent – nearly two-thirds – of Americans give the president failing grades on gasoline, and 59 percent do on the overall economy.

When you’ve got this kind of record, and the kinds of public utterances Mr. Obama and his energy secretary have – Algae? That’s his answer? Algae? – one can see why the president uses derisive, cutting, specious humor to mock the opposition and create a diversion.

All sarcasm aside, you decide who’s living in the real world.

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carcraft
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carcraft 03/18/12 - 02:40 am
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An absolutely one hundred

An absolutely one hundred percent correct editorial and to the point! President Obama even distorts history and lies about dead Presidents to try to obfuscate the realty of high gas prices. President Obama has lied about the amount of oil America has and is producing. It is a completely abysmal record! Don’t forget Obama’s $500 million dollar loan to Fisker Motors, to produce cars in Finland. The Karma $100,000 car bought by consumer reports went 180 miles before it died. President Obama has wasted billions on giving loans to his campaign donors that had bad business plans for “green energy” production.

desertcat6
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desertcat6 03/18/12 - 04:20 am
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Oblivious to how the real

Oblivious to how the real world works and the damaging impacts academic think tank libreal policies have on the citizens of our nation. Too cluless or blinded by liberal raibows and unicorns to develop effective strategies to revitalize our economy.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 04:59 am
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hussein did this on purpose!

hussein did this on purpose! This has been his plan from the start.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 08:12 am
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Tec,you never said whether

Tec,you never said whether YOU are for or against non-citizens voting. Do you still not have an opinion on whether voting rights are for citizens only? Notice that i did not ask for verfied sources.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 08:19 am
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Folks should google

Folks should google cloward-piven/obama. Your eyes will be opened to part of the truth about hussein and his plans for the U.S.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 08:42 am
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Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/18/12 - 08:51 am
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Since Obama doesn't

Since Obama doesn't appreciate low cost gas, I say he should don his Mao jacket and hat with the red star and pedal tourists around DC in a rickshaw. Get 20 bucks a ride and really do something useful to help the economy.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/18/12 - 09:06 am
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I'll bet Chu almost choked

I'll bet Chu almost choked when Obama forced him to backtrack on his "gas prices to the level of Europe" statement.

Chu is just another example of Obama's incompetence. He intentionally chose the most ANTI energy academic in the US to be Energy Secretary. And that has cost us billions in wasted money given to failed solar, battery, and toy car builders while our real energy sources have been decimated and our gasoline, diesel, and electric bills driven needlessly high.

Chu did not change his mind. Obama told him to keep quiet until after the election. Chu, and the Obama administration's goal is still European $8 a gallon gasoline. If Obama is reelected we will get it. He has already doubled the price of gas in the first 3 years. He can double it again if we give him another four and that is his goal.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/18/12 - 09:47 am
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Copperhead- I think that

Copperhead- I think that President Obama should take his next vacation with Michelle in a Fisker Karma. This is the future and he should not be like President Hayes (who he slimmed as being anti-technology), unwilling to embrace the future. So If Obama goes on his next vacation in a Karma it would cost the tax payers $ 100,000 for the car and probably about $1000 for a few nights at a motel 6 180 miles outside DC. Once the Karma is fixed (so maybe he could make it home) the vacation would be over and the tax payers would have saved millions and Obama would have left a smaller carbon foot print! BWHAHAHAHAHAHA win win for everybody, provided Michelle could order Lobster at the Red Lobster near the Motel 6.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/18/12 - 09:48 am
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We need a sane energy policy.

We need a sane energy policy. Sanity is realization that none of the current alternative energy fads are ready for economically viable commercial applications.

The rule should be that the government is forbidden to force any form of energy upon it's citizens until it can provide watthour for watthour, BTU for BTU, horsepower for horsepower, mile for mile, to it's carbon based or nuclear equivalent at the same or a lower cost.

Anything else and we are just being stupid hypocrites......just like Mr. Chu.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 10:05 am
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carcraft,before hussein would

carcraft,before hussein would do as you suggest,he would have his vacation flown into washington golf course and all. I wonder what happened at columbia univ. that hussein is soooo afraid of. Must be pretty bad to rate a presidential mandate to close the records.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 10:17 am
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Wonder why the hussein

Wonder why the hussein worshippers are not defending his plan to get gas prices up to european levels? This was one of his promises. Seems like they would cheer and bow that he did keep one! Create a crisis and THEN "find" the solution! Dead on cloward-piven,to the letter!

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 10:26 am
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I'd be willing to wager that

I'd be willing to wager that gas prices "magically" go down as we get closer to the election. This summer,gas will be cheaper than last summer. The unemployment will be below 8%.there will be less threat from the middle east. And more so hussein can claim credit for being our savior. Kinda like a fireman starting fires so he can "save the day" by putting them out!

carcraft
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carcraft 03/18/12 - 10:41 am
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Don’t forget that President

Don’t forget that President Obama’s energy department altered a scientific report to continue the moratorium on Gulf Drilling after the oil spill. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2013391416_apusgulfoilspi... Then the Obama administration refused to issue more permits several times altering standards to continue the moratorium! http://money.cnn.com/2011/02/18/news/economy/oil_drilling_permits/index.htm The initial order to issue permits was given in Jun of 2010! http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/23/us/23drill.html?pagewanted=1

carcraft
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carcraft 03/18/12 - 10:47 am
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copperhead-Obama is going to

copperhead-Obama is going to release oil from the strategic reserve to lower prices just before the election and be smug about how he ended the oil crises. Krauthammer has an excellent editorial in today’s paper that covers this. Obama is also trying to make the oil companies the fall guy and trying to take away the tax breaks they get. Never mind that these are the same tax breaks every industry gets. They are not "special" breaks. Never mind that this will only further increase gas prices since the oil companies will have to make up for the increased price by raising prices. By focusing on the oil companies Obama and the lame stream media hope to divert attention from Obama's disastrous policies.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 10:55 am
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The worshippers should show

The worshippers should show their undying love and support by powering their cars with fuel made from algae ONLY.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 12:11 pm
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carcraft,the worshippers seem

carcraft,the worshippers seem to be avoiding the facts today. Finding it more and more difficult to defend the indefensable i reckon.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/18/12 - 12:47 pm
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Copperhead Correct. Did you

Copperhead Correct. Did you read Krauthamers editorial today? I really think Obama is in a world of hurt and his last speach demonstrates his unwillingness to dealwith the realty of the issue.."none are so blind..."

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 01:08 pm
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carcraft,he is not blind,

carcraft,he is not blind, this is planned. Just more division. 10 groups of 10 are easier to handle than 1 group of 100. It would be a good thing to see his transcripts from columbia.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 03/18/12 - 02:05 pm
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I think drinking your own

I think drinking your own bathwater might be harmful but if that’s what conservatives want to do it’s their choice.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 03/18/12 - 02:18 pm
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Readers need to google

Readers need to google “Abbott and Costello/Obama” to discover Obama was involved in who’s on first, who’s on second, and the international conspiracy to soften all baseballs to girlyman softball consistency. Laugh all you want liberal enablers, the end of cheesy grits is at hand.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/18/12 - 02:28 pm
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cute BJ, but that doesn't

cute BJ, but that doesn't soften the blow at the gas pump!

bjphysics
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bjphysics 03/18/12 - 02:35 pm
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The effects of bathwater

The effects of bathwater consumption are apparent but treatment is problematic.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/18/12 - 03:36 pm
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These gas prices are
Unpublished

These gas prices are absolutely killing small businesses that are serviced based at the location of the customer, raising the prices of all services (cable, phone, power etc..) that have the need to routine service calls daily for millions, any vehicle based business or public service, and not to mention the average joe just trying to make it through life.

That alone should be enough for ANYONE in this country to want this clown out of office.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 03:52 pm
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bj,are you the regional

bj,are you the regional bathwater drinking expert? Where did you get your phd in bathwater drinking? How much experience do you have in the bathwater drinking field? Do you have references?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 04:01 pm
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bj,you can google abbott and

bj,you can google abbott and costello/obama and get NOTHING! You can google cloward-piven/obama and get hundreds of links. Try it,you'll like it.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 04:07 pm
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I would venture to say that

I would venture to say that bathwater is better than what hussein is feeding his worshippers. How about it bj? Since you claim to be the authority on bathwater drinking.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 04:24 pm
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I wonder if hussein worship

I wonder if hussein worship is a side effect of bathwater drinking? I reckon we'll have to ask bjpysics about the cause and effect of bathwater drinking. I've never even heard of anyone drinking bathwater. I've heard of throwing the baby out with the bathwater but not drinking it. It's good to know we have a local expert on bathwater drinking.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/18/12 - 04:38 pm
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Y'all reckon hussein will be

Y'all reckon hussein will be trying to sell us his bathwater into fuel project next? It just has to work as quickly as algae into fuel. Makes about as much sense.

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