Envisioning cars that can go ´coast to coast without using a drop of oil,´ President Barack Obama on Friday urged Congress to authorize spending $2 billion over the next decade to expand research into electric cars and biofuels to wean automobiles off gasoline. Obama, expanding on an initiative he addressed in his State of the Union speech last month, said the United States must shift its cars and trucks entirely off oil to avoid perpetual fluctuations in gas prices. Citing policies that already require automakers to increase gas mileage, he said he expects that by the
What a buffoon. Apparently, he missed the ´fantastic results´ from the *first* boatload of taxpayer money he threw at ´electric cars´.
With abysmal results. Here´s a tip for our idiot-in-chief - when the tech is functional, private industry will get the job (you can´t manage) done. Until then, get your Pollyanna paws out of taxpayer pockets for the purpose of subsidizing your ´green fantasies´.
Simply put - you don´t have the brains to pull it off intelligently.
It took about 3000 (no typo) oak trees to make a seagoing hull. England, the Romans saw it as a land covered with oak trees, ran out of trees for fuel about 400 years ago. It was the shortage of trees for fuel than forced the English to turn to another source of fuel. It turned out to be coal... and coal, it turned out, was the foundation upon which the industrial revolution was built. Now we have abundant oil. If we follow the circumstances that started the industrial revolution, think of what we´ll come up with when we run out of oil. There´s a lot of difference in spending money on premature dreams and facing the necessity for doing something serious.
If Obama wasn´t a black Democrat, this comment and most of his other comments would be viewed as delusional, if not frightening. But like Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, Charles Rangel and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, his uninformed if not mad comments are simply reported by the AP, CNN and other news outlets.
The irony is that this fool flew a jet fuel guzzling 747 to Illinois to make these insane remarks about biofuels.
He has talked like this since his earliest campaign days in 2008 (and probably a lot earlier), he really *believes* that all he has to do is ask, and it shall be done. In science mostly, but also generally.
Too much Star Trek, not enough attending college classes, or high school for that matter.
Around 1904, Henry Ford consulted w/the best scientific minds of his time, including Edison, about the feasibility of running cars via electricity. The verdict was NO; just as it is today. Please alert this imbecile.
See - - what you do is - - you go to the tippy top of the new World Trade Center building - - and you build this really, really long ramp - - and then you just let your electric golf cart coast all the way to the other coast.
He wants everyone to go back to the original ´horse´ power. But, won´t that create as much of a carbon footprint as cows? As an alternative he said recently to start using trains, buses or bikes. My guess is he would have mentioned skates but doesn´t have the balance to use inline skates.
The reason Leftism can never work as intended it that it is founded upon a fundamental misunderstanding of human beings and what makes them tick.
When there are bucks to be made from alternative energy sources, someone will be sure to make them. Gigantic Federal subsidies will not be required.
Until then, however, the bucks that are to be made come from the gigantic Federal subsidies themselves, for which no shortage of applicants and candidates will ever exist.
Human beings simply do not think and behave the way Leftists think and need for them to do in order for their grand plans to succeed. But there is something about Leftism itself that defeats any learning from experience. The unfortunate but completely predictable result is that failures generate only greater and more costly iterations of the same doomed strategy. The Leftist approach to public education is but one among many such examples. We are now seeing the same pattern played out in corrupt, wasteful and ineffective Federal attempts to short-circuit the market by "investments" in unprofitable businesses.
If Obama´s buddies think this is such a great invention then let them fund it with their money, prove to us that it works with NO oil from California to New York and maybe they will have something to crow about...of course if each model is going to cost 200,000 then the market will be pretty narrow and the lines to buy one will be VERY short... we already funded Silendra and other harebrained ideas, what part of NO money does he not understand???
He was hand picked for the job of destroying Anmerica from within because he is both bat crazy and ill educated. This is the ultimate manifestation of communist infection begun many decades ago - read about Whittaker Chabers if you need further proof.Whose tool is he? and why do we put up with him when our Constitution is so clear about bad presidents?
Oh yeah! He´s delusional alright. How many times have we heard this doofus brag about his ´accomplishment´ of increasing fuel mileage to 57 per gal.? Of course the lofos think that because he ordered it 2025, it´s a done deal and he´s going to buy them one tomorrow. What a wickdeed.
This is idiocy. The simple fact is that the sun can never power an industrialized economy like ours because of a simple fact: the sun doesn´t shine all the time. It´s interrupted frequently by weather and nighttime. OK how about we store energy generated in daytime in batteries for nighttime. Well then you´ll need twice as many windmills and solar panels (so you´ll have to cover the oceans as well as most of the land with them) not to mention you´ll need really large capacity batteries of which there are none available in the near future.
If you want an electric car that can go coast to coast (or even as far as a gasoline powered car can go) you need that really large capacity battery again, only this time it has to fit in the trunk of a car and be quickly rechargeable.
While those batteries might be developed in the future, why does the taxpayer have to pay for it? Private companies will do it at no cost to the taxpayer when it becomes possible. Until then we have plenty of fossil fuel to last hundreds of years. The excuse has been that we have to save the planet from global warming caused by burning those fossil fuels. That has been shown to be wrong and probably a hoax. There´s no need to sacrifice the economy for a scam and a hoax.
´Big data" is one name for the insight that collecting all the information in a massive database will uncover facts that collecting only some of the information cannot. This is not news to Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency. Gen. Alexander is a zealous advocate of getting it all whenever practically and legally possible. He sees increased agility in uncovering terrorist connections by acquiring vast databases of telephone records, including those of American citizens. Now the intelligence community´s big-data ambitions have prompted big privacy alarms. Edward Snowden´s reckless dump of top-secret documents and bizarre
Government: In a bid to make Americans do "what´s good for them," Obama administration social engineers have come up with a "Nudge" program to manipulate public choices. This won´t end well. ngbfAccording to a report by Fox News, the federal government is hiring a "behavioral insights team" to study ways to subtly influence citizen behavior through "choice architecture." The idea is the brainchild of former White House adviser Cass Sunstein and led by a 26-year-old White House aide who´s recruiting like-minded academics. On paper, the intentions might sound good to some. The claim is that by mastering the nudge, government can
Congressional investigators this week released emails suggesting that staff at the Federal Election Commission have been engaged in their own conservative targeting, with help from the IRS´s infamous Lois Lerner. This means more than just an expansion of the probe to the FEC. It´s a new link to the Obama team. In May this column noted that the targeting of conservatives started in 2008, when liberals began a coordinated campaign of siccing the federal government on political opponents. The Obama campaign helped pioneer this tactic. In late summer of 2008, Obama lawyer Bob Bauer took
Scandal: The former commander of special operations in North Africa says he, like our president, was incommunicado during the Benghazi attack. We may soon hear from the hero who survived 20 hours waiting for help. During the second wave of attacks on Benghazi, diplomatic security agent David Ubben was on the roof of the CIA annex with two former Navy SEALS. Eventually, several rounds of mortar attacks found their mark, killing Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty while shredding Ubben´s right leg. Ubben was stuck on that rooftop for 20 hours before help finally arrived. He can tell us and former
Does anyone read anymore? I mean, besides tweets from Anthony Weiner? During his otherwise excellent commentaries on race in America, Bill O´Reilly, host of the No. 1 cable news show, claimed on Tuesday night that the one person who tried to help African-Americans more than any other was ... Robert F. Kennedy! No one laughed. I guess that´s what they´re teaching these days at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. (I can´t wait to hear how Ted Kennedy helped eradicate drunk driving!) According to O´Reilly´s Bizarro-World history, Bobby Kennedy was "the guy who was really concerned about
Rush Limbaugh fielded a phone call the other day that even he couldn´t answer. "What´s happened to the country I live in?" asked the frustrated woman. "And what do we do now?" The Great Rushbo was understandably flustered. Coming up with a cure for what ails America after five years of Barack Obama and decades of bigger and stupider and meaner Big Government in D.C. is not something you can do off the top of your head. The woman´s question reminded me of a question Newt Gingrich posed to me about five years ago.
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy
RUSH: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the first day of the 26th year of the Excellence in Broadcasting Network, a network named after the talent and ability of the host. That comment dedicated to all 24- and 25-year-old women. The door just opened (with staff entering). I thought we´d already done everything. It´s the 25th anniversary of the Excellence in Broadcasting. August 1st of 1988 is when this program began on a national scale. Thank you all very much. Ah, that is a gorgeous looking "macaroni" cake. That is gorgeous.
RUSH: Mary in Mountain Home, Arkansas, great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Hello. My husband takes kidney dialysis and there´s a 12.3% cut be proposed and the center is not sure they can make it on that cut, and our local hospital, which is fabulous, possibly a closure in 2017, again, they´re not being fully reimbursed by Medicare. RUSH: Wait. Obamacare is supposed to fix that. CALLER: Well, it´s getting serious. You hear about like unemployment, you know, and you feel for those,
RUSH: To the phones, to Kansas City. Hey, Mark, I´m glad you waited. Great to have you on the program. Hello, sir. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Hello. What an honor to actually be able to talk to you on this great anniversary. Congratulations on that. I just wanted to say, I graduated high school in 1992, and my job at the time was at a tool and dye company where I had to sweep metal shavings from one side of the warehouse to the other pretty much all day.
RUSH: Let´s go to the audio sound bites. The gross domestic product number is out. And, by the way, I don´t know what this is. There´s a new way of measuring the GDP. The Obama administration is measuring it in an entirely different way, which is showing growth. The standard measure of gross domestic product is showing flat. But this new measure, which the media is applauding and loving, is showing a growth rate of 1.7%, and it´s being hailed. The stock market earlier today was having a pretty good day.
RUSH: In one hour, we´re gonna have Utah Senator Mike Lee on the program to explain in detail and in an understandable way what he´s trying to do. As you know, Mike Lee is leading the effort to defund Obamacare in the United States Senate. The entire Republican establishment has aligned against him. Consultants, establishment bigwigs, party bigwigs, even some donors have aligned against him because they are convinced that attempting to defund Obamacare at the next negotiation, the end of September, on a continuing resolution will lead to a government shutdown,
Mark Levin, who hosts one of America´s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people´s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the "oppressive power" of the federal government. The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, "The Liberty Amendments," out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama´s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and
The former commander of special operations in Northern Africa told a closed-door briefing today that he was largely detached from events the night of the Benghazi attack as he was traveling at the time. The testimony of Col. George H. Bristol, USMC, Former Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Africa, had been eagerly anticipated by members of Congress. Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last
If we learned anything about Barack Obama in his first term it is that when he starts repeating the same idea over and over, what´s on his mind is something else. The first term´s over-and-over subject was "the wealthiest 1%." Past some point, people wondered why he kept beating these half-dead horses. After the election, we knew. It was to propagandize the targeted voting base that would provide his 4% popular-vote margin of victory—very young voters and minorities. They believed. He won. The second-term over-and-over, elevated in his summer speech tour, is the shafting of the middle class. But
In her first speech since taking over the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy came out swinging Tuesday and promised to ramp up the aggressive climate change agenda laid out by President Obama.(snip)“Can we stop talking about environmental regulations killing jobs? Please, at least for today,” she said during remarks at Harvard Law School. “We need to cut carbon pollution to grow jobs. We need to cut carbon pollution to strengthen the economy. Let’s talk about it positively. Let’s approach this as an opportunity of a lifetime. There are too many lifetimes at stake.”
[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."