And, Obama swings and misses during his first televised speech from the Oval office. Fifty five plus days out, and Obama still has no plan. He offered absolutely nothing new other than a few seemingly offhand remarks about “Doing Something.” He talked about lawsuits and holding BP accountable. Threw lots of blame around while claiming he and his administration have been on top of the situation immediately. How will the spill be fixed? Apparently, by reducing our “dependence” on fossil fuels
For decades, we have known the days of cheap and easily accessible oil were numbered. For decades, we’ve talked and talked about the need to end America’s century-long addiction to fossil fuels. And for decades, we have failed to act with the sense of urgency that this challenge requires. Time and again, the path forward has been blocked — not only by oil industry lobbyists, but also by a lack of political courage and candor.
What panderers like Obama never lay out is what exactly we are to replace oil with. Face it, next to human beings, oil is the most important single commodity in the world. A good chunk of plastics are made with….oil (or natural gas or coal.) Besides getting us to work (or play), it is involved in some way with almost every product made and used, unless you live like it is 1299. So, yeah, there is not much political will to do away with petroleum until a substitute is readily available. Without oil, how would Obama have gotten to Pensacola, driven around to meet with people, then flown back to Andrews AFB, and chopper back to the White House?
BTW, all that makeup he was wearing, that nice, smooth shave, the curtains behind him, the microphone he spoke in to, among others? Oil.
The consequences of our inaction are now in plain sight. Countries like China are investing in clean energy jobs and industries that should be right here in America. Each day, we send nearly $1 billion of our wealth to foreign countries for their oil. And today, as we look to the Gulf, we see an entire way of life being threatened by a menacing cloud of black crude.
Don’t misunderstand, I would like to see oil replaced with something cleaner (and cheaper). Perhaps PeBo should consider offering something to actually replace it with before he makes a reference to a menacing cloud of black crude (BTW, if a white said that, they would probably be called a racist.) Furthermore, for someone who travels in a giant jet all the time along with a backup, not to mention the limo with dozens of security cars, he should perhaps walk the talk.
We cannot consign our children to this future. The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now. Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America’s innovation and seize control of our own destiny.
He didn’t seem to have any problem consigning our children to a future of massive debt from the Generation Theft Act. And the budget, and the health system act, and etc and so on. Anyhow, interestingly, it is the hard core environmentalist kooks, who vote Democrat, who time and time again block the actual alternative energy projects. They, along with Ted Kennedy, blocked the Cape Wind Project for a decade. The blocked a transmission line from a solar plant outside Los Angeles. Diane Feinstein has scuttled 13 solar and wind farm projects in the Mohave.
This is not some distant vision for America. The transition away from fossil fuels is going to take some time, but over the last year and a half, we’ve already taken unprecedented action to jumpstart the clean energy industry. As we speak, old factories are reopening to produce wind turbines, people are going back to work installing energy-efficient windows, and small businesses are making solar panels. Consumers are buying more efficient cars and trucks, and families are making their homes more energy-efficient. Scientists and researchers are discovering clean energy technologies that someday will lead to entire new industries.
Someday. Great. When? No one knows.
PeBo spent 4 more paragraphs on this same subject, then 4 small ones wrapping up. His priority was not on solving the spill, but, excoriating the American public for living a 1st World lifestyle. Tell you what, PeBo: you massively reduce your oil dependence first. Lead the way.