[Guest post by DRJ]
During the Democratic primary debates, Barack Obama said an element of his energy plan would be to mobilize Americans to use less energy. He later suggested American consumers were to blame for the nation’s energy woes because they would not reduce their energy use, followed by polls that showed little backlash from American voters.
Thanks to a power outage from a
lightening lightning storm during his Hawaiian vacation, last night Obama had the opportunity to implement his plan to use less energy:
“President-elect Barack Obama’s Hawaiian vacation was darkened for 11 hours Friday night and early today when a power outage enveloped the island of Oahu.
Obama, wife Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha are staying in a $9 million, five-bedroom oceanfront house near downtown Honolulu. Power to the compound went out around 7 p.m. Friday and was restored just before 6 a.m. today, about the time as that of the neighbors, Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said.”
The compound had 3 generators but the Obama family reportedly spent the evening in the dark.
Good for them.
Of course, Obama and his family won’t do without much in the next four years. But I hope this moment of nighttime sacrifice in a temperate climate makes Obama think twice about a policy that views sacrifice as the solution to America’s energy problems. If not, then I hope he has a big FEMA budget that will help people who aren’t fortunate enough to live in a temperate climate.