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March 16, 2012

Krauthammer on Obama's 'rigid, fatuous, fantasy-driven energy policy'

Topics: Political News and commentaries

obama gas laugh.jpgCharles Krauthammer, writing on Obama's oil flimflam in the Washington Post (hat tip - Daniel Halper):

"Yes, of course, presidents have no direct control over gas prices. But the American people know something about this president and his disdain for oil. The 'fuel of the past,' he contemptuously calls it. To the American worker who doesn't commute by government motorcade and is getting fleeced every week at the pump, oil seems very much a fuel of the present -- and of the foreseeable future.

"President Obama incessantly claims energy open-mindedness, insisting that his policy is 'all of the above.' Except, of course, for drilling." ...

"But the event that drove home the extent of Obama's antipathy to nearby, abundant, available oil was his veto of the Keystone pipeline, after the most extensive environmental vetting of any pipeline in U.S. history. It gave the game away because the case for Keystone is so obvious and overwhelming. Vetoing it gratuitously prolongs our dependence on outside powers, kills thousands of shovel-ready jobs, forfeits a major strategic resource to China, damages relations with our closest ally, and sends billions of oil dollars to Hugo Chavez, Vladimir Putin and already obscenely wealthy sheiks. ...

"High gasoline prices are a major political problem for Obama. They are not just a pain at the pump, however. They are a constant reminder of three years of a rigid, fatuous, fantasy-driven energy policy that has rendered us scandalously dependent and excessively vulnerable." ...

... Obama offers what he fancies to be the fuels of the future. You would think that he'd be a tad more modest today about his powers of divination after the Solyndra bankruptcy, the collapse of government-subsidized Ener1 (past makers of the batteries of the future) and GM's suspension of production -- for lack of demand -- of another federally dictated confection, the flammable Chevy Volt.

Deterred? Hardly. Our undaunted seer of the energy future has come up with his own miracle fuel: algae.

Why, explained Obama, "we can grow it right here in the United States." (Sounds like a miraculous local find -- except that it grows just about everywhere on earth.) Accordingly, yet another $14 million of taxpayer money will be sprinkled on algae research by Steven Chu's Energy Department.

Read the whole thing here.

Related: Stop the demagoguery on oil and gas, Mr. President

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