[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
You really have admit Obama has serious chutzpah to say this one. He was addressing efforts to combat so-called climate change and the like when he said this:
Obama addressed rising gasoline prices at the San Francisco event Benioff hosted, even while acknowledging that donors at the $35,800-per-plate event weren’t personally struggling with costs at the pump.
“Right now we’ve got $4-a-gallon gas, and most of the people under this tent don’t have to worry about that. But for the average person who has to drive 50 miles to work and can’t afford to buy the Tesla, it’s hammering them. It’s hurting them,” Obama said, according to a White House transcript that notes the Tesla comment drew laughter.
Tesla Motors is a California-based company that makes an electric sports car that sells for more than $100,000, while the sedan Tesla plans to make available next year is about half that price.
“So there’s a huge economic imperative. There’s a national security imperative, as well, because we see what’s happening in the Middle East and we understand that a finite resource that is primarily located in a very unstable part of the world is not good for our long-term future.”
Well, at least this time he knows that if you can’t afford gas, you probably can’t afford a new car, either. That’s a start. Still, the reason why it takes serious nerve to say it is because he already told us he wants us to pay more at the pump. Remember this bit?
(Thanks to Dustin for finding this for me a few weeks ago.) The youtuber who posted that has this transcript of the key moment:
Sen. OBAMA: Well, I think that we have been slow to move in a better direction when it comes to energy usage. And the president, frankly, hasn’t had an energy policy. And as a consequence, we’ve been consuming energy as if it’s infinite. We now know that our demand is badly outstripping supply with China and India growing as rapidly as they are. So…
HARWOOD: So could these high prices help us?
Sen. OBAMA: I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing. But if we take some steps right now to help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money into their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more quickly, particularly US automakers, then I think ultimately, we can come out of this stronger and have a more efficient energy policy than we do right now.
And this was not a one-shot. He said something similar on his cap-and-trade approach to energy (via Hot Air):
High gas prices are not an unintended consequence. They aren’t a bug. They are a feature. The environmentalists want higher gas prices, because they are trying to force you to consume less gas. They want you to look at this*…
…and say, “Holy crap, I need a hybrid.” So high gas prices are not an unintended consequence of their policies: it is the means by which they will accomplish their goal.
And this president has done many things to keep gas prices high, from blocking any attempt to drill in ANWR, to the illegal drilling moratorium in the gulf. He came in with the promise to raise your energy prices and energy prices have risen. And now he is pretending to be upset about it?
Give me a break. At most he is upset that they might threaten his chances of reelection.
Hat tip: Doug Powers at Malkin’s place.
Update: Thanks for the link from Reaganite Republican, who has some potentially helpful advice. Yes, a coupon for a gallon of gas is becoming more valuable by the day. Sigh.
* That image is a little old and therefore that particular gas station has probably raised its prices even more since then. You can read the article I ripped it from, here. But for me, that is about where prices are in my area, last I looked. And from what I have heard, that price is a little on the low side.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]