Obama to Americans: Get Used to High Gas
by Stephan Tawney on April 6, 2011
Barack Obama has a message for Americans hurting from high gas prices: Get used to them.
“I’m just going to be honest with you. There’s not much
we can do next week or two weeks from now,” the president
told workers at a wind turbine plant.
It’s a theme Obama’s
struck before as he tries to show voters he’s attuned to a top
economic concern with gas prices pushing toward $4 a gallon.
Obama said he wants to move toward “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, the president says. He has set a goal of reducing oil
imports by one-third by 2025.
And I’ve set a goal of powering my house on unicorn farts and
bubblegum. We have about the same likelihood of success.
But at least my fantasy plans aren’t going to cost Americans
countless money and hardship.
One questioner asked Obama about high gas prices and what
could be done about them. Obama’s answer? To tell the guy
to buy a new car that gets better gas mileage. I’m not joking.
He said that.
If Obama really cared about high gas prices he’d permit expanded
domestic resource exploration. America has vast yet untapped
oil and natural gas resources. But instead of utilizing those
God-given resources, Obama prefers to bow to his political
allies in the extreme environmentalist community and insist
on pursuing pie-in-the-sky solutions.