Americans are like children? Does anyone in the Obama administration look in a mirror?
When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons.
Speaking on the sidelines of a smart grid conference in Washington, Dr. Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.” (In that case, the Energy Department has a few renegade teens of its own.)
The administration aims to teach them—literally. The Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on real children. Partnering with the Parent Teacher Organization, the agency earlier this month launched a cross-country tour of 6,000 schools to teach students about climate change and energy efficiency.
“We’re showing people across the country how energy efficiency can be part of what they do every day,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. “Confronting climate change, saving money on our utility bills, and reducing our use of heavily-polluting energy can be as easy as making a few small changes.”
Still, Secretary Chu said he didn’t think that the public would throw the same political temper tantrum over climate legislation has has happened with the healthcare debate.
Asked if he expected a town-hall style pushback, Dr. Chu said he was optimistic the public would buy the administration’s arguments that energy efficiency and caps on greenhouse-gas emissions will spark an economic rebound.
“I don’t think so…maybe I’m optimistic, but there’s very little debate” that a new green energy economy will bring economic prosperity, Mr. Chu told reporters.
So we can't do it right, and the administration is going to teach us? Again, some people should take a look in the mirror before they start preaching to us:
Boy, the Energy Department is really having trouble practicing the energy efficiency it keeps preaching: The latest inspector general’s report found that the DOE often neglects to turn down the thermostat, wasting millions of dollars in energy every year.
The latest report found that “the Energy Department failed in many cases to use controls on heating, ventilation and air conditioning that are a primary means of conserving energy during non-working hours,” as Dow Jones Newswires put it. That could have cost the DOE more than $11 million.
In May, government inspectors found the Energy Department tended to leave computer monitors on, wasting electricity worth more than $1 million a year. The White House has trouble with energy efficiency as well.
In some cases, according to the latest report, DOE buildings simply didn’t have controls to automatically regulate the temperature. In other cases, they had the controls but didn’t know how to use them. Don’t look now, but that includes Los Alamos National Laboratory, whose “primary responsibility is ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent.”
They're going to lecture us, and indoctrinate our kids, on an issue they can't even control themselves? Talk about chutzpah ...
Memo to the White House: This is why so many Americans aren't happy with you guys right now. Not only are they ticked at the out-of-control spending that shows ZERO signs of helping a weakened economy, the "seizure" of GM and Chrysler, the bailout of the banks, the "seizure" of the mortgage industry, at the take-it-and-like-it attitude over the health care debate, but we have to deal with the snobby, haughty, and disdainful inclination from the administration.
To them, we're kids with nary a clue on how to run our lives. For the Left they have always held the view that government should be the nanny -- cradle to grave, womb to the tomb -- oversight on our lives. We do know how to live our lives, and they think we really are clueless. Mr. Chu says "there's very little debate" on this issue of climate change which is an outright lie. Climatologists have come out in the past couple of years questioning the so-called science behind this climate change BS. Scientists have stated, on the record, that while we may have an impact on our environment, it's infinitesimal at best. Our climate is dependent on far more factors than our participation.
Should we work to keep our environment as clean as possible? Well, DUH! But this draconian, fascistic crap makes us want to gag. We don['t need the government in our lives, controlling our thermostats, and telling us we need to drive little death trap cars that are hybrids and/or electric cars. That technology isn't cost-effective for the majority of Americans. But that isn't going to stop the government from trying to mandate it for us like they are with health care. (On the health care issue, who's bright idea was it to tax Americans $3800 per family if they lack health care plans when many admit they either can't afford it, or don't need it? Oh, that's right. Max Baucus did.)
This exhibits the base ideology of today's Democrats. They don't trust us to make decisions on our own. They think that they can do better, like a doting, disappointed parent lurking over their child. We're not children. We know how to conserve energy. We sure as Hell don't need a government that can't even handle conservation policies of their own lecturing to us how to conserve energy.