And he’s one of the smartest guys in the room…

Barack Obama, that is:

“They can either place their bets on a fossil fuel from the last century or they can place their bets on America’s future.”

And then there was this, from a little more than a week ago:

President Barack Obama on Wednesday dismissed oil as “the fuel of the past” as he made an unapologetic election-year pitch for his alternative energy industry policies and sniped at Republicans over painfully high gasoline prices.

For a guy who’s allegedly so smart, he certainly says some stupid things. Fuel of the past? Fossil fuel from the last century? Fossil fuels may be from the last century, but it ought to be pretty obvious from the gas stations on every corner that it’s certainly a fuel of the present and at the very least short-term future. As Charles Krauthammer said in his latest column, you’d think the president would be a little bit more modest with his assertions after the fiascos with Solyndra and the Chevrolet Volt.

As for new alternative sources of energy? Well, sure. We should be all for that sort of thing. I imagine that most folks are. But can we at least work on coming up with an alternative fuel that doesn’t destroy the engines in the cars & trucks we have now?

And I don’t understand why taking away tax breaks for the oil companies is linked with producing alternative fuels. The oil companies are already doing research on alternative/renewable fuel development. This all is nothing more than nakedly partisan, class warfare, pie-in-the-sky, idealist bullshit at which the president has shown himself to be a master as he’s been in office. And considering the Democrats didn’t back the proposal to end those tax breaks when they were in the driver’s seat in both houses of Congress, they very well might think the same thing.

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One Response to “And he’s one of the smartest guys in the room…”

  1. mick129 Says:

    > Fuel of the past? … it’s certainly a fuel of the present

    Sure, but I don’t think anyone’s arguing to shut down gas stations. Oil production is still going up. Model Ks haven’t been outlawed.

    Is the Volt fiasco the one that caught fire? I admit, that did made me less interested in Chevy’s model. My brother’s excited about Tesla’s prospects, but holy moly I won’t afford one of those for a long time.

    > I don’t understand why taking away tax breaks for the oil companies is linked with producing alternative fuels

    I listed them together because the proposed gas taxes were trying to raise money and reduce gas usage. Decreasing the effective price of efficient vehicles only does one of those, and in fact costs some, so I tacked the other in as a source of funding.

    > class warfare

    I figured oil companies had subsidies because they have good lobbyists and saw removing them as closing a tax loophole and less wasteful spending. It sounds like you see the subsidies as rightly deserved and removing them is punishing a company for it’s success.

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