May 9, 2012
The Obama campaign’s use of trendy infographics are just so cool
, aren't they? One of his newest is an interactive energy wheel.
Users can click on different types of energy to see how the Obama Administration will fit that source into his so-called “All-of-the-Above” plan for America. The digital tinker toy is just so fancy schmancy, users might not even notice something(s) missing.
The Washington Examiner
’s Conn Carroll points out the first of two major problems with this picture:
Coal makes up almost half of all electricity production in the United States. When rich liberals plug in their Chevy Volts, odds are good that the power recharging their batteries is coming from coal. Yet Obama completely leaves this fuel source out of his all of the above energy policy. Without coal, our electricity prices would skyrocket.
Coal produces somewhere between 46% and 50% of our nation’s energy (depending on which source you consult and when).
Remember all those promises Obama made during his initial campaign about bankrupting the coal industry? Do his supporters think those were just jokes? Or do they simply not realize how that reality will actually affect them on a personal level when put in practice? In the last four years, we have witnessed the Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) crack down hard, putting through billions in costly mandated compliance including the first-ever greenhouse gas regulations which are stringent enough to ensure the coal industry dies five times over. With standards for allowable carbon dioxide emissions now cut in half, no one would even dream of building a new plant, and closures are sure to continue across the nation. In addition to exorbitant energy costs being passed down to each and every American, the ripples of destruction from these new rules will also include lost jobs and lost revenue in states where coal is a major economic component.
But, but the global warming! Cower in fear from the deadly global warming! The globe! It’s getting warmer and stuff! (Insert evidence from everywhere showing time and again CO2 is one of the building blocks of life and cow farts are not directly responsible for polar bears drowning in the Arctic.)
By now we should all be well aware global warming means we need to rush out right away to pay Al Gore for some carbon credits for being the filthy breathing climate changers we are…although…last time I checked, it wasn’t a coal plant melting down at Fukushima and putting the rest of the world in grave danger.
Something else was missing from Obama’s fancy infographic. There are over 2,000 hydropower plants in the United States, making it our largest renewable energy resource. According to the National Hydropower Association, hydropower makes up 7% of the total power in the nation and has been a clean and reliable source of U.S. energy for the last 100 years. The top ten hydropower-producing states are Washington, Oregon, New York, California, Alabama, Idaho, Tennessee, Montana, Arizona, and North Carolina. While I was too lazy to hunt down figures for how many jobs are tied to hydropower in those states combined, it is probably a safe bet it totals more jobs than Obama’s failed Solyndra ever produced. The Hoover Dam alone generates enough power to serve 1.3 million people a year.
Conspicuously, hydropower is also missing from Obama’s energy infographic. Was it just not trendy enough to fit? When Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) questioned a member of Obama’s staff on why hydropower was missing, she could not seem to get a straight answer and had to assume the president’s people will “keep working to get hydropower listed.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSyJ_1WORBk
So, no worries 1.3 million people in Nevada and Arizona. Just assume it is all good (and buy some candles).
In pondering the EPA further, why would an agency with the primary purpose of finding new ways to regulate things ever be motivated to stop
? Think about it. If the EPA did it’s job honestly and properly, it would self-destruct a little because it would have regulated everything into a state of improvement and eventual stability, right? At some point, no more new regulations would be needed; thus, would the agency at its current size and budget not be rendered a tad unnecessary? If the EPA really did its job right by its very nature, it would downsize itself. Just a thought.
Like everything else, Obama has used infomercial rhetoric such as the American people should just accept his marvelous plan’s added energy costs on the front end because it will save us all money some magical day in the future (never mind the fact that we’re all broke now
and many unemployed Americans have tried for so long to find a job they have just given up and fallen out of the system at this point). This “Obamalogic” holds true with the advice that we should all run out and buy the new energy efficient cars his campaign website claims will save us all $8,000 a year at the gas pump by 2025! Woo-hoo! That’s so super exciting (if you can afford the car’s $30,000 + price tag to begin with, oh wait, you are a middle class American living in Obamaland, so you probably can’t even afford the now $4/gallon gas for your actual car).
Also, go ahead and ignore the fact that General Motors is using billions in U.S. taxpayer bailout money to ship the manufacturing of those new energy efficient electric vehicles Obama wants us all to buy over to China! Guess the government didn’t lie to us when it said the bailout would create “green jobs”; they just forgot to mention it wouldn’t be creating those new jobs here
. When Obama says he thinks it’s good for everybody to “spread the wealth around,” he means it!
Well, it’s just too bad “trendy use of interactive digital design” isn’t a major campaign platform. Speaking of, I made a new one for Obama's swag bag to go with his energy infographic:
I think it’s fitting, don’t you?FORWARD! (Into the dark.)
(All sources linked on this story here: http://planet.infowars.com/business/obamas-newest-campaign-infographic-wins-his-war-on-coal-by-pretending-it-doesnt-exist
or here http://www.truthstreammedia.com/post/22766300492/obamas-newest-campaign-infographic-wins-his-war-on
. I just didn't want to junk up the story with a ton of URLs here.)