What Obama needed to do was to start a dispassionate conversation about how American know-how and technological abilities could be unleashed to make our sources of energy safer, less dangerous, and less expensive. Instead, Obama left American with the impression that renewable energy could someday soon replace more conventional sources of energy. Not once did he admit that solar, wind and ethanol require massive government subsidies and a government diktat, forcing consumption But then again, misleading the public while avoiding any difficult decision is becoming the Obama Way.
For example, the President states that he will call for a "100% alternative fuel, hybrid, or electric vehicles" government fleet within 4 years.
Left unsaid was the fact that this kind of energy policy actually makes the situation worse. Obama is proposing to replace cars that don't need to be replaced (remember, in 2009 and 2010, he accelerated the replacement of 250,000 vehicles in the government fleet in support of Cash for Clunkers), for cars that must use fuel that doesn't exist in large enough quantity to keep the vehicles on the road, at a cost that the country cannot afford with out huge government subsidies. Now that's some kind of a plan!
None of the President's proposals will meet his stated of goal of making America more energy dependent. Instead, what Obama proposes is a transfer of energy dependence from the Middle East to Mexico, Canada and Brazil. " We can partner with neighbors like Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, which recently discovered significant new oil reserves, and with whom we can share American technology and know-how." We are left to wonder why Americans should not use these same American resources and know-how to exploit even larger energy deposits in the US.
Obama says all the right things, such as: "Meeting this new goal of cutting our oil dependence depends largely on two things: finding and producing more oil at home, and reducing our dependence on oil with cleaner alternative fuels and greater efficiency." And yet, time and again, President Obama proposes increasing the regulatory stranglehold that arcane and left-wing extremist rulemaking have on the industry, thus preventing any kind of energy independence.
Perhaps the cruelest fantasy advanced by Obama was when he dangled the possibility of natural gas as a potential solution. Focusing attention on natural gas makes sense given the nation's enormous reserves, yet, Obama says that we aren't going to drill, And, in the interests of safety, there will be more regulations imposed upon that industry, which shows Obama doesn't understand that the very regulatory regime he embraces is the single thing that most hinders utilizing more natural gas.
Obama likes to sound tough, so he told his audience of Georgetown students: " I don’t want to leave this challenge for future presidents." But, a quick read of the plan he is proposing shows that all deliverables are for four or more years in the future-- which means, inevitably, it will become some other president's problem.
Of course, Obama isn't the only Democrat leader who just doesn't get it. At almost the same time, that Obama was claiming that his Democrat leadership team was going to make energy independence a priority and focusing their efforts on the hard science needed to make this dream a reality, and that everyone one of them would "do their part", Harry Reid, Senate Majority leader, was getting advice on energy policy from Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for the Rolling Stones.
So there you have it, confronted with a serious issue about what to do on energy, our President avoids making any decision at all, while the Democrat Senate Majority leader gets advice from a member of the Rolling Stones on what America should do.
Americans are left with this unmistakable reality--the greatest impediment to a coherent energy-independence policy is Obama, the man advancing the policy.
Churchill said it best: "So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent."
Yep. That's Obama for you.