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How Eco-tarded is Barack Obama? September 28, 2012

Posted by Sobek in News.

In this post, I will unfavorably compare Obama with Jimmy Carter.  Considering the cost of gas, the sacking of our embassies in the Middle East, the screwed up US economy, and the general feeling of malaise over the country, I think we’re ready to see Zombie Reagan crawl out of his grave any day now.

The following is from Salim Yaqub, Professor of American and International History at University of Chicago, in a lecture series called “The United States and the Middle East: 1914 to 9/11.”

There were two main ways that the United States could try to lessen its dependence on Middle Eastern oil.  First, it could seek out alternative, non-Middle Eastern sources of oil.  Second, it could try to decrease its dependence on fossil fuels altogether.

Carter pursued both approaches simultaneously, though he was convinced that the latter course was ultimately the more promising way to go.  Decreasing the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels could itself be broken down into two main categories: increasing fuel efficiency and seeking alternative sources of energy.  Carter tried to get Congress to pass a comprehensive energy bill that promoted these options, such as by imposing stiffer tax penalties on cars that use too much gas, and giving tax relief and subsidies to industries developing alternative energy sources.  But due to the growing influence in Congress of conservative politicians, who, like their counterparts of today, believed that the answer to their problem lay in drilling for new oil reserves, not in conservation, and due to Carter’s own lack of political skill, Congress either ignored Carter’s initiatives, or enacted them in gutted form.

Opposition to Carter’s energy proposals came also from environmentalists, who were alarmed by Carter’s insistence on building nuclear power plants to serve as a source of energy.  Environmentalists warned that nuclear accidents might occur, and that there was no safe way to dispose of nuclear waste.  Carter, who as a young naval officer had served aboard a nuclear submarine, considered himself an expert in this area, and he dismissed the environmentalists as ignorant Luddites.

Energy prices threatened by instability in the Middle East (and especially Egypt [1973] and Iran [1979])?  Check.  Trying to tax cars that the government doesn’t like?  Check.  Subsidizing otherwise uncompetitive energy industries?  Check.  Ignoring “Drill Here Drill Now” in Congress?  Check.  The President sucks too much to get Congress to agree, or even pay any attention to him?  Check.

But unlike Obama, Carter wasn’t so ideologically committed to a green agenda that he threatened to bankrupt energy industries such as coal, and unlike Obama, Carter didn’t actively interfere with domestic energy production.

One thing Obama has going for him, vis-a-vis Carter, is that in 1979, every news network in the country started their broadcasts by reminding Americans that our citizens were being held hostage in Iran.  By show of hands, how many of you think our media today would hurt Obama by doing that?

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1. The Mayor - September 28, 2012

Which one in the picture is Carter?

2. Nan G - September 28, 2012

Obama wanted to green up the DC Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial with $34 MILLION of our ”stimulus” money.
So, fast forward to his ”work” finally being finished 3+ years later and guess what?
For the 1st time since it was built in the 1920’s that water is brackish with stinking algae!
It stinks so much people can’t go near it!
Apparently Obama is so ”eco-tarded” that he thought still water in the pool would improve the area’s water bill.
Up until Obama water was circulated through the pool all the time to keep it moving and to make up for evaporation.

3. Retired Geezer - September 28, 2012

It stinks so much people can’t go near it!

That was probably his goal in the first place.

4. Sobek - September 30, 2012

I just had the great idea of inviting people over for a debate party on Wednesday. Maybe a lot of people should be doing that.

Maybe if I had the keys to a really popular blog I’d encourage lots of people to have a debate party on Wednesday. That seems like it could be a good idea.

5. daveintexas - October 1, 2012

We’ll probably live blog it.

6. Retired Geezer - October 1, 2012

We’ll probably live blog it.

Here, or on the Splitter Splitters?

Oh, I forgot, you have the keys to Teh Mothership.

7. daveintexas - October 1, 2012

Yessir, at AoS

8. Sobek - October 1, 2012

AoS is all well and good, but it’s hard to invite independents and leaners to a live-blog.

It’s also trickier to share a beverage over the internet.

I’m just sayin’.

9. daveintexas - October 1, 2012

Oh, of course. I’m on your frequency now, got it.

10. Mark in NJ - October 2, 2012

I hope Romney debate prep team is looking at comment #2 – good zinger opportunities there:

“Is your reflecting pool cleaner than it was four years ago?”

“Hey, President Obama is a nice guy, but when it comes to designing a water purification system, he’s in over his head.”

“This president allowed himself to be distracted by al-Qaeda when the real enemy is al-gae.”

11. daveintexas - October 2, 2012

People died, Obama lied.

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