Brit Liggett

President Obama Slams Opponents for Single-Minded View on Energy

by , 03/17/12

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With the barrage of misinformation coming out of the Republican party these days about rising oil prices, the safety of the Chevy Volt, the state of global climate change, and President Obama’s energy policy, it seems the Commander in Chief has finally had enough. Today, at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, the President threw up his fists and took his critics head on, announcing that he was willing to fight for clean energy because he knows that’s where the future is headed.

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The President began his speech much like he’s started others in the past — by stating that the Republicans are flat out wrong about his stance on opening new drilling leases on United States soil. He reiterated that he’s got his administration on the task of making sure production is high. But then the speech took on an even tougher stance, warning that though his Republican counterparts talk tough on energy, they’ve got no statistics or plans to back up their lofty promises of $2.50 per gallon gasoline.

“They head down to the gas station; they make sure a few cameras are following them and then they start acting like we’ve got a magic wand and we will give you cheap gas forever if you just elect us,” the President said. “Usually, the most common thing, when you actually ask them — all right, how is it that you’re going to get back to $2.00 a gallon gas, how are you going to do it, specifically, what is your plan — then typically what you’ll hear from them is, well, if we just drilled more for oil then gas prices would immediately come down and all our problems would go away.  That’s usually the response.”

He then outlined his two issues with that stance; the first is that there’s more oil being produced in America now than any time in the past eight years; and the second is that we’ve only got 2% of the world’s oil reserves. So, how in the world are we meant to supply all of our own crude if we don’t have that much of it? The President believes we can’t — and he seems flabbergasted that his opponents can’t wrap their head around this problem.

“They dismiss wind power. They dismiss solar power. They make jokes about biofuels. They were against raising fuel standards. I guess they like gas-guzzlers.  They think that’s good for our future. We’re trying to move towards the future; they want to be stuck in the past,” he outlined, following it up with a joke of his own. “We’ve heard this kind of thinking before. Let me tell you something. If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail, they must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society.”

“See, America has always succeeded because we refuse to stand still. We put faith in the future. We are inventors. We are builders. We are makers of things.  We are Thomas Edison. We are the Wright Brothers. We are Bill Gates. We are Steve Jobs. That’s who we are,” he said.

Isn’t that the truth. Now someone get those Republicans to stop spouting nonsense already.

+ The White House

Photos by Gage Skidmore and Intel Photos

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2 Comments

  1. Eletruk March 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Guess what? Oil production is up, gas consumption is down. So in response to the Republican’s “we need to drill” more mantra is: that doesn’t make any difference.

  2. Suamigo March 16, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Didn’t this country pledge to become energy independent in 1973? What ever happened to all of the talk then of alternative fuels, energy sources etc.? Decades before that time new forms of energy efficient vehicles came and went.
    My point being, energy policy is controlled by large corporations and their quest for more profit. It has nothing to do with what’s right or wrong. Common sense is never a consideration when devising policy in this country.

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