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President Obama Replays Carter’s Energy Policy

March 31, 2012

I read this and my mouth fell open.  I remember President Jimmy Carter and I was studying and designing nuclear power plants while he was in office.  I watched Carter create the US Department of Energy in order to make us energy independent.  I watched it shut down nuclear power.

So, here is the editorial from Investors Business Daily that  presents the words of Presidents Carter and Obama.  Compare them for yourself.




Carter: We can’t substantially increase our domestic production. The cost will keep going up.

Obama: We can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.

Carter: We must face an unpleasant fact about energy prices. They are going up, whether we pass an energy program or not.

Obama: Anybody who says we can get gas down to 2bucks a gallon just isn’t telling the truth.

Carter: We are running out of gas and oil.

Obama: We cannot sustain a future powered by a fuel that is rapidly disappearing.

Carter: We can protect ourselves from uncertain supplies by reducing our demand for oil.

Obama: If we really want energy security and energy independence, we’ve got to start looking at how we use less oil.

Carter: We must start now to develop the new, unconventional sources of energy we will rely on in the next century.

Obama: With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil.

Carter: I will soon submit legislation to Congress calling for the creation of this nation’s first solar bank, which will help us achieve the crucial goal of 20% of our energy coming from solar power.

Obama: I want to make sure when these guys are grown up that they’re seeing solar panels all across the country.

Carter: Conservation is the quickest, cheapest, most practical source of energy.

Obama: Making our buildings more energy-efficient is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways to save money.

Carter: If we fail to act boldly today, then we surely face a greater series of crises tomorrow.

Obama: We have to make a serious, nationwide commitment to developing new sources of energy and we have to do it right away.

Carter: These efforts will cost money, a lot of money, and that is why Congress must enact the windfall profits tax without delay.

Obama: It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaway to an industry that’s never been more profitable, (and) invest in clean energy that’s never been more promising.

Carter: This is an effort which requires vision and cooperation for all Americans. … I can’t tell you that these measures will be easy.

Obama: Energy independence will require an all-hands-on deck effort from America. … This will not be easy, and it will not happen overnight.

Carter’s energy plan failed.   It added an enormous burden to energy producers.  It handicapped both new and existing sources of energy.  Doubling down on a failed plan does not seem like a brilliant decision for our smartest president.

Did I tell you that Carter also gave us terrible inflation and created the Department of Education?

One Comment leave one →
  1. driedfrogpills permalink
    March 31, 2012 7:09 am

    The unrelenting slaughter of straw men continues unabated. We need a president who can debate the facts of an issue without resorting to childish, immature word games that contain the phrase “some people”

    Come in Obama, grow a pair. Either name names or shut your mouth. And another thing Comrade President, just because someone knows more about an issue than you do doesn’t mean they’re lying when they point out the flaws of your weak, crooked, crony infested programs


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