I am referring to Mr. Obama's speech recently given at Georgetown University where he promised to "protect America's Energy Security."
Rarely, in my short 29 years on the mortal coil have I heard such delightfully grotesque pandering. Mr. Obama essentially promised a future for every energy-related special interest group, while using the snowclone of decreasing foreign oil imports. And by snowclone I mean "I'll cause more X, and ensure American prosperity by eliminating Y." Other examples are "I'll add more education funding, and ensure American prosperity by eliminating wasteful spending" and "I'll get more police officers protecting our neighborhoods, and ensure American prosperity by decreasing crime" and "I'll strengthen the military, and ensure American prosperity by prosecuting illegal wars without Congressional approval." Well that last one might not fit the mold...
In any case, based on his speech, he promised a healthy future for biofuel, solar, wind, nuclear, natural gas and domestic oil. He suggested hybrid cars and electric cars and fuel cell cars all have a future. Raising emission standards ensures car company lobbyists are happy because it suggests vehicle turnover will remain high...probably bolstered by rebates.
What people need to start realizing is when a President suggests a "diverse energy portfolio" he is campaigning. When he suggests "real solutions" he is probably not within 24 months of reelection.
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