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CanonRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:00 AM
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Blowing Green Smoke
By James Howard Kunstler
on April 4, 2011 9:43 AM

Blame Steven Chu, then, because when it comes to America's energy predicament, the president has been woefully misinformed. Mr. Obama pawned off a roster of notions and proposals already product-tested in the public meme-o-sphere. Almost everyone of these ideas is inconsistent with reality, based on faulty premises, or represents some kind of magical thinking. What they have in common is that they're ideas the public wants to hear, whether they are truthful or not, because we don't want to change the way we live.

The central idea in Mr. Obama's speech is that we will reduce our oil imports by one-third in a decade. This is a gross distortion of reality. The truth is that our oil imports will be reduced automatically, whether we like it or not. The process is already underway. The nations that export oil to us are using much more of their own oil even while their supplies have passed peak production and entered depletion. Countries like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Mexico have some of the highest population growth-rates in the world. They sell gasoline to their own people for less than a dollar a gallon. At the same time China and India are driving more cars and importing a lot more of the world's declining supply. (China has perhaps the equivalent of a four-year supply of its own oil in the ground, and India has next-to-zero oil of its own).

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Autumn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:05 AM
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1. I don't think Obama is woefully misinformed.
He's a rather intelligent guy. He's doing things his way. I'm not blaming Chu, the buck does not stop 50 feet away from Obama,
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GreenArrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:34 AM
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2. Well, it's possible to be intelligent AND misinformed. N/t
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