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Monday, August 04, 2008

Obama's Energy Plan Is Nonsense

Basically it is what you would expect from a liberal global warming kool-ade drinker, more electric cars and getting away from gasoline powered vehicles but here is the kicker, he also wants to reduce our electricity usage by 15% in 12 years.

The three main components of Obama’s plan are:
— Get 1 million 150 mile-per-gallon plug-in hybrids on U.S. roads within six years.
— Require that 10 percent of U.S. energy comes from renewable sources by the end of his first term – more than double the current level.
—Reduce U.S. demand for electricity 15 percent by 2020.

Anybody with half a brain knows that we can't cut back electricity usage especially if we have to charge all those electric vehicles and if the population and economy are expected to grow. As Cap'n Ed points out electricity is not a cause of pollution but how it is produced can be but Obama opposes the cleanest and most efficient of all nuclear power. Obama has also expressed support for master planned communities where people can live and work and commute on foot or bicycle. GOP Rep John Campbell was just on Hugh Hewitt's show discussing how the Democrats are actually proposing many regressive policies even producing a button with a picture of a bicycle with the slogan "A 19th century solution to a 21st century problem".
Obama talks about getting off oil from the middle-east in ten years using technology that does not even exist yet while spending $150 billion taxpayer dollars to do it. Where is he going to get the money if he kills the economy with over taxation and regulation? The Democrats are just blowing lots of smoke and flashing mirrors to deflect from their opposition to drilling for oil and building refineries and nuclear plants with technology that exists in the here and now.
A vote for any Democrat is a vote for escalating energy prices, high taxes, massive regulation, a sragnate economy, a gutted military and for social engineering by big brother government bureaucrats telling you how to live your life, the Jimmy Carter years all over again.


Tom the Redhunter said...

I'm sure that Obama will also bring back the 55 mph speed limit, and tell us to turn our thermostats down in the winter to 65 day/55 night also.

Remember the last president who told us to do those things?

axt113 said...

Actually you can reduce your electrical usage by 15 % even with more electric cars and more population. Improved forms of housing insulation, superior windows, motion sensor lighting, improved efficiency in appliances, reducing use of heating and AC, among other steps taken by the entire country can reduce our electrical usage by large amounts.

suek said...

I drive to work daily, 5 days a week. I stop at the store for groceries usually one of those days. My drive takes 20 minutes, which in my area is roughly equivalent to 20 miles. Maybe 15. No heavy traffic.
So...how long would that take on a bicycle? I have no doubt that I'd be better off physically if I'd use a bike, but I also suspect that it would take me an hour or so each way, and make my grocery pickup unlikely. Also, due to a fairly narrow highway for about 70% of the trip, and the fairly constant presence of big trucks, I'd fear for my safety. The last 28% of the trip would be on freeway - bicycles prohibited (wisely, I might add).

All in all, if they want me on a bike, they're going to have to build bike trails. Not impossible, but a hefty investment.
Our store is customer oriented. Working from home is not a possibility.
Although I _can_ help you with identifying weird lightbulbs if you're on line! :)