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Obama’s Speech in Germany Was Ridiculous (and other stuff)

Posted by The Diatribe Guy on July 29, 2008

Eeek!  Barack, only say the word and I shall be healed!

Eeek! Barack, only say the word and I shall be healed!

OK, that’s a pretty general statement, but it was. Excerpts from Planet Gore:

“As we speak,” said Obama, “cars in Boston and factories in Beijing are melting the ice caps in the Arctic, shrinking coastlines in the Atlantic, and bringing drought to farms from Kansas to Kenya.”

He followed that up by suggesting that the world “reduce the carbon we send into our atmosphere” with “the same seriousness of purpose as has your nation,” apparently unaware that CO2 emissions in Europe, to which he was appealing, grew 2.1% from 2000 to 2004, while U.S. emissions increased just 1.3% over the same time.

“This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet,” Obama declared. “Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.”

Ugh.

Gore gives me hope.  Oh, and you too, Obama...

Gore gives me hope. Oh, and you too, Obama...

To make matters worse, comes this gem from Senator Patrick Leahy:

‘In an Obama administration, you’d see one of his closest advisers would be Al Gore. And that gives me a lot of hope.

Ugh.

Anecdote ALERT!

I wouldn’t want anyone accusing me of using anecdotes as evidence without being up-front about it. But on the heels of the reports a couple days ago about the coldest summer ever in Anchorage comes something from the other side of the globe: Adelaide was freakin’ cold.

Adelaide’s temperature plummeted to 0.8C about 6.25am, this mark the lowest since the winter of 1983.

I picked this picture because Murtha looks happier than he usually does on this one.

I picked this picture because Murtha looks happier than he usually does on this one.

In a related story, we find out that Nancy Pelosi is trying to save our planet. At least, that’s the excuse for stalling a proposal to lift the moratorium on drilling.

With fewer than 20 legislative days before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, the entire appropriations process has largely ground to a halt because of the ham-handed fighting that followed Republican attempts to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration. And after promising fairness and open debate, Pelosi has resorted to hard-nosed parliamentary devices that effectively bar any chance for Republicans to offer policy alternatives.

“I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” she says impatiently when questioned. “I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy.”

“I respect the office that I hold,” she says. “And when you win the election, you win the majority, and what is the power of the speaker? To set the agenda, the power of recognition, and I am not giving the gavel away to anyone.”

Huh. Sounds more like someone who just doesn’t want to lose a grip on her little empire. No drilling, no coal, no nuclear, years away from efficient alternatives that are not sufficiently funded. Am I the only one who sees the problem with this picture?

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4 Responses to “Obama’s Speech in Germany Was Ridiculous (and other stuff)”

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  2. Jay Alt said

    Oilman T. Boone Pickens puts it well – ‘This is one problem we can’t drill our way out of.’ The U.S. has only 3% of global oil reserves but uses 20+% of the world’s supply.

    Time to get off oil and invest in better forms of energy

    http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080624/APC0602/806240501

  3. Diatribical Idiot said

    The argument “can’t drill our way out of it” is a cop-out to re-direct the argument that we should drill at all. I don’t know anybody who suggests that all our problems, near and far, are solved by drilling. It is one leg of the multi-legged stool that should and must be done. We have resources we are not using, pure and simple. And in the name of environmental policy, we import oil that is drilled with far less strict environmental regulations that the drilling we would perform domestically. It’s hypocritical.

    We have technology that burns coal quite cleanly at this point, and yet we’ve scared everyone to death of coal. So our vast coal reserves sit here while energy costs skyrocket. We will not allow shale-oil extraction, which would be voluminous. We don’t allow drilling. We have everyone freaked out about nuclear power (for the love of Pete, France is highly invested in nuclear!).

    And I also agree that alternative energy is incredibly important. People get this ridiculous idea that just because one supports using our current resources, that he doesn’t think alternative energy is important. Not at all. Hopefully technology allows alternatives to become economically feasible for the masses. There is no reason this can’t be a slow and seamless transition.

    It makes sense to look at it that way. Suppose that tomorrow it was announced that 100% of all newly manufactured vehicles would run be electric. Well, it will still take three decades to run off the gasmobiles without causing economic hardship. We still need oil, even with our best attempts to go alternative. Not to mention, adding a gazillion electric vehicles means we need to charge them, and use more electricity. That needs to be generated somehow (oil, coal, and nuclear). Even if we went to all wind and solar on new plant construction, it would take 50 years or more to replace the current grid with those alternative sources.

    People just don’t think.

    Instead, with every suggestion to help alleviate our problems – not final solutions, but assists in reaching a comprehensive solution – we hear the same thing. “This one thing won’t solve our problems.” Or, even better, “That won’t get us anything for 10 years, so it won’t help us now.” That short-sightedness that we’ve heard over the last 20-30 years has cost us a lot of money today. And ten years from now it will cost everyone a lot more money.

    Any business being run with that kind of plan would be bankrupt in 5 years.

  4. Amy Bailey said

    Joe,

    I totally agree with your position on this matter. Obama was a big mistake for Illinois, and is a big mistake as a presidential candidate. He’s inexperienced, and IMHO not knowledgeable enough to run this country. I hope a lot of other people can see through this garbage he’s trying to feed us, grasping at straws and such, and see him for the idiot he really is. Not a fan of Gore either…

    Amy

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