President Obama is just as clueless as former President Bush. Here’s a couple quotes from his most recent town hall style meeting at a windmill factory:
… a future where America is less dependent on foreign oil, more reliant on clean energy produced by workers like you. That will happen by reducing oil imports, tapping domestic energy sources and shifting the nation to renewable and less polluting sources of energy, such as wind.
Windmills and solar panels produce electricity, not oil. Gasoline, diesel and jet fuel come from oil, and oil comes from the ground. It doesn’t ooze from windmills or solar panels.
Therefore, I think it’s safe to say windmills and solar panels do not power airplanes. They do not power diesel trucks. They do not power diesel trains. They do not power tractors. They do not power boats. They do not power helicopters. They do not power barges. They do no power construction equipment. Oil which is refined into gasoline, diesel and jet fuel powers all of these things. So why, Mr. president, do you think more windmills are going to lower our dependence on foreign oil?
If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.
I see. So I should trade in my car that gets 17 mpg, bought before you were president when gas prices were actually below $2 a gallon, and now that your policies have caused gas to more than double, I should trade in my car? What if my car is paid off and I can’t afford a car payment on a more economical car? After all, a $45,000 Chevy Volt is a little pricey. With no car payment, I could instead spend that $45,000 I would save by not buying a Chevy volt and buy 20 years worth of gas. Or what about a $25,000 Toyota Prius? I’d love to fit my family of 4 into a Prius and actually have room for a picnic basket and enough power to drive up a 2% grade in the heat of summer with the AC on.
Not only do you believe the government needs to spend money to save money, you also want us to spend more money to save money. I happen to live in reality, Barack Obama. You clearly do not.