I recorded the President’s acceptance speech last Thursday night as I had to give a lecture in the local library at the very same time the President addressed his faithful supporters in Charlotte. I was worried that all I would have would be empty chairs in the lecture room and that I would just be lecturing to an absent president. Alas 30 people did attend my lecture and I do hope 30 additional people realize that energy policy cannot be based on dreams and hope.
I was particularly interested in hearing what the President had to say about energy when he addressed his crowd of supporters, half of whom don’t wish to allow a certain country to choose its own Capital City. Here is what the President said as reported by the Christian Post that wishes that the same half of the President’s supporters also wlll allow their party to invoke the name of God.
“Now you have a choice - between a strategy that reverses this progress, or one that builds on it. We've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration in the last three years, and we'll open more. But unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies write this country's energy plan, or endanger our coastlines, or collect another $4 billion in corporate welfare from our taxpayers. We're offering a better path - a future where we keep investing in wind and solar and clean coal; where farmers and scientists harness new biofuels to power our cars and trucks; where construction workers build homes and factories that waste less energy; where we develop a hundred year supply of natural gas that's right beneath our feet. If you choose this path, we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone. And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet - because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They're a threat to our children's future. And in this election, you can do something about it.”
OK The president does not like the oil companies but they can produce natural gas for 100 years and employ 600,000 more people. He has opened millions of acres for oil and gas exploration in the past three years. The coal companies can find ways to burn the coal cleanly using government “investment”. Farmers and scientists will harness new biofuels for our cars and trucks. Also there will be continued deployment of wind and solar farms. He says voting for MITsquared will reverse this progress.
I have to say that MITsquared will open many more millions of acres for oil and gas exploration. MITsquared will also let the oil companies produce natural gas for the next 100 years. MITsquared may be just dumb enough to invest in “clean coal” the oxymoron of energy policy. MITsquared will continue to let his rich friends at Bechtel, and First Solar make mucho bucks on solar farms and I doubt he will stop GE from selling wind turbines. Perhaps the only place there may not be full congruence on idiotic energy policy may be in continuing the folly of “new biofuels for our cars and trucks”. You see MITsquared has an IQ one above plankton while Obama has an IQ one below plankton. MITsquared realizes that God never intended photosynthesis to power a quarter of billion internal combustion engines in these Ignited States.
Had the president told the lemming on the left that wish Israel and Exxon Mobil would disappear that the true solution to our energy problem is sociological and not technical, I would have applauded him. Had he said it is crazy for a citizen to drive alone to work (if there is any) in a vehicle that weighs almost 2 tons. Had he said the government will give out 50 million free electric bicycles to get us out of our cars. Had he said that we will impose a carbon value added tax of $10 a ton of CO2 and impose an import duty on all foreign products based on their carbon emissions. Then I would have actually applauded him and saluted an energy policy that may actually have some merit. But he was the clone of MITsquared and proposed the same policy.
The President again had a “you did not build it” moment by poorly choosing words “My plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating the planet.” Literally this means that in each of the next four years that he hopes to be president, we will extract carbon from the atmosphere to lower the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. What he should have said is “During the next four years I hope to lower the additional carbon emissions we add to our atmosphere. I have simply given up on pretending I can stop rising oceans or healing the planet as I know during the next four years while I contemplate where I will live China will emit more than 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide and will overtake us as the largest economy.”