Barack Obama Would Make Energy Prices ‘Skyrocket’

Those are his own words from January 2008. (I love the internet and how we can dig up just about any information we need to dig up.) Here is his quote:

The problem is not technical, uh, and the problem is not mastery of the legislative intricacies of Washington. The problem is, uh, can you get the American people to say, “This is really important,” and force their representatives to do the right thing? That requires mobilizing a citizenry. That requires them understanding what is at stake. Uh, and climate change is a great example.

You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know — Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.

They — you — you can already see what the arguments will be during the general election. People will say, “Ah, Obama and Al Gore, these folks, they’re going to destroy the economy, this is going to cost us eight trillion dollars,” or whatever their number is. Um, if you can’t persuade the American people that yes, there is going to be some increase in electricity rates on the front end …

Does Obama relly believe that those rates are going to come down? Is he really that ignorant of economic reality that he thinks an entire infrastructure of electricity production can be seamlessly replaced without causing a major disruption to the economy?

Where was Obama when soaring oil prices dramatically slowed our economy? Does he not think that the same would happen if electricity prices were made artificially high for a longer period of time?

He is definitely not the man for the Oval Office.

You can access the complete video on-line here:

Obama: I’ll Make Energy Prices “Skyrocket”
Ed Morrissey
November 2, 2008


11 Responses

  1. Homeland Security is hoping for McCain to win. I have proof of that .
    If you are in the coal mining bizz then vote McCain because Obama has you in his sights to shut you down. PA needs to remember what happened when the steel plant shut down. How many ghost town will Obamas make. If it wasnt for company’s like Phoenix Glass that part of PA would have gone out . You dont kill jobs ,You dont raise taxes and spend more on a weak dollar. YOU CUT TAXES YOU SPEND LESS AND YOU KEEP AMERICANS WORKING.

  2. Micheal Steele said last night on FOX, “Wake up America, pull the Kool-aid IV out of your arm. He is telling you in his own words what he wants to do!”

    Not only does barrack want to spread Joe the Plumbers wealth around he wants to spread Americas Wealth around the World.

    Cap and Trade is not about energy “CREDITS” it is about income redistribution of wealth, taxing “ALL AMERICANS” to send it over seas to buy carbon credits from third world countries.

    This will help third world country just like Lyndon Johnson’s welfare eliminated poverty in American.


  3. Yea, you might have to turn off Fox Enterntainment to save electricity! What Obama is talking about is changing the entire energy system. He is talking about stopping global warming, getting people to use alternative energy sources that don’t pollute (and building 45 Nuke plants is NOT the way), creating jobs building clean energy plants and making it so our kids don’t have to deal with our energy addiction. Pay now or pay later folks. If Bush (or Clinton for that matter) had put the money into alternative energy we would not be facing this problem. Global warming is not going to go away because we don’t talk about it.

  4. Jim, given that global temperatures have been going down for the past six years despite the fact that CO2 levels have gone up, it looks like global warming is going away all on its own.

  5. How can anyone still believe that global warming is a myth?

    George W. Bush now accepts global warming. John McCain accepts it. Sarah Palin accepts it. All were once unbelievers, and now they think it’s an extremely serious problem.

    There’s hardly even any debate any more that human activity is largely responsible for the warming trend.

  6. James,

    There is alot of debate about it. But Al Gore will not mention it in his seminars. Neither will anyone else who is making a buck off of the global warming hoax. In fact, the scientists on Al Gore’s payroll were challeneged to a debate fourteen times, and fourteen times Al Gore said “no.” Why? Because the debate was going to be with legitimate scietists who are not on anyone’s political payroll.

    They are scientists like Dr. William Gray, America’s leading expert on hurricanes or Dr. Noah Robinson of CalTech or any of the 31,000 scientists who signed a petition rejecting the “myth of global warming.”

    The debate is still going on among legitimate scientists. But you won’t find it reported in the MSM nor will Al Gore allow any of his paid followers to participate.

  7. Where, exactly, is all this debate about global warming?

    You mention William Gray, a retired geophysicist who agrees that global warming is genuine, but isn’t convinced that human activity is the primary cause.

    You also mention Noah Robinson, a prominent global warming critic whose professional expertise is in an unrelated field, the “deamidation of peptides and proteins and on the development of new analytical methods for the clinical laboratory.”

    That’s two scientists out of many thousands, and neither of them a practicing climatologist.

    Finally, you mention the Petition Project. If you’ll look at their web site, however, you’ll see that even they don’t claim to have 31,000 scientists on their petition. Instead, they have 22,051 people with college educations or master’s degrees, and only 9,021 with Ph.D.’s — none of whom need to be scientists, much less have any professional connection to the climate. Look at the petition — anyone can sign it, and those Ph.D.’s can be in English literature, classical Greek, anything.

    If you want to suggest that there’s still a legitimate debate, then it’s necessary to focus on the professional climate scientists, and there are very, very few of them who doubt global warming is a genuine trend. Many remain uncertain about the magnitude of future trends, of course, and a few are even skeptical about how important human activity is.

    As for those who believe in global warming consisting of those “making a buck” from this issue, is George W. Bush making a buck off global warming? Is John McCain? Sarah Palin? Haven’t they suffered politically by accepting it?

  8. Is that someone making up what he said or the actual verbatim interview?

  9. Troy,

    It is verbatim.

  10. James,

    If everything you said is true, then Al Gore would have no problem letting his paid scientists engage in a public debate with legitimate scientists. Yet, he still refuses.

    What is he afraid of? Is he afraid of how the general pubic would react when they see the sum total of the data and evidence rather than just the cherry picked data used by the left?

  11. 84 rules, I agree that Al Gore should allow any scientists he pays to engage in public debate with other legitimate scientists.

    I would also suggest that the public, rather than waiting for public debates on the issue (which almost never happen on scientific issues of any kind), educate themselves by reading the scientific literature on climatology. I realize that some of the most prominent critics of global warming are not included in that literature, but that’s because it isn’t their field. Those trained climate scientists who disagree with part or all of the consensus on global warming have been putting forth their arguments and evidence in journal articles for all to see.

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