Barack Obama on the Issues: Energy.

In another segment on Barack Obama’s views, Right Pundits explores the challenge presented by Energy. In the candidate’s own words and record, Obama provides clarity by revealing an apparent naiveté on the all important energy position.

On July 29, 2008 while campaigning in Missouri, Barack Obama had this to say about the growing ground swell of urgency in getting Congress to drop its bans on offshore drilling and development of the ANWR oil reserves.

“There are things you can do individually, though, to save energy. Make sure your tires are properly inflated – simple thing. But we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling – if everybody was just inflating their tires? And getting regular tune-ups? You’d actually save just as much!”

Um, that’s his energy plan? Inflate your tires? Get more tune-ups? For this less then serious answer to a very serious issue, Obama was resoundly and deservedly mocked.

So Obama tried again a few days later in Detroit to deliver a more scripted thoughtful, less smartarse statement on the nation’s energy consumption with a sufficiency plan for the future.

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.

Ok. I am not great Energy Philanthropist but I am a great Energy Consumer from way back and I can certainly read and comprehend. And with that, I have a few concerns…

Maybe I am pointing out the obvious here, but the more cars we have that use “plug-in hybrids�?, the more demand for electricity will increase. Did Barack Obama, Harvard-educated and all, not connect this dot? Transferring the burden of transportation from gasoline to electricity will vastly increase the need for more generating stations. I don’t see that mention in BO’s plan.

Even without the transfer of cars from gas to electrical power, how exactly does Obama plan on cutting electrical demand in the US? As the economy and the population grow, the need for electricity will continue to expand as well. How does this all “fit” in order to just maintain the current standard of living, let alone improve it? Perhaps Obama has an electrical equivalent of inflating tires? Obama does however plan to spend billions of dollars weatherizing homes — which most Americans do when their energy bills increase anyway.

What happens when the electrical demand doesn’t decrease by 15%? Where exactly will Obama get the energy needed to power the economy? He doesn’t answer that question.

And why worry anyway about electrical demand if Obama believes that we will have emission-free mass-production sources on line in the next 10 years. Remember: electricity in and of itself is completely neutral to the global-warming debate no matter which side you are on; it’s the source that matters. If we have solar energy perfected, as an example, why worry about electrical demand? Just wondering out loud.

So in conclusion, Barack Obama is actually promoting a vague, energy-hostile policy. He seems to want America to live in a shortage economy, where we do with less, becoming ever more dependent on government to ration our energy and in which our standard of living decreases year after year.

Barack Obama talks about Hope, but what he’s really selling is Loss.


“Sen. Barack Obama’s answer to meeting energy demands” Video