Obama preaches his clean energy heresy to the choir

Obama and Reid (AP photo by John Locher)

When Obama took the stage to close out Harry Reid’s traveling planet salvation show Monday at Mandalay Bay, he accused the opponents of his sweeping clean energy plan to prevent climate change of spreading misinformation.

“We refuse to surrender the hope of a clean energy future to those who fear it and fight it, and sometimes provide misinformation about it,” he charged, according to a White House transcript.

But it was Obama who was spreading the misinformation, including his constant drumbeat about the immediate and devastating threat of climate change. There has been no significant increase in global temperatures in 20 years, despite what the climate change models all predicted.

Earlier in the day John Podesta, head of the Center for American Progress, one of the sponsors of the National Clean Energy Summit 8.0, cited the claim that July was the hottest month on record. But satellite readings dispute this and the hundredths of a degree increase from land-based readings was well below the margin of error.

Obama also had the audacity on the same day his administration announced billions of dollars in new loan guarantees for renewable energy projects to claim renewables can compete in the free market against fossil fuel power generation.

“A lot of Americans are going solar and becoming more energy efficient not because they’re tree huggers — although trees, you know, are important — just want you to know — but because they’re cost-cutters.  They like saving money,” Obama said. ” And I’m all for a consumer saving money, because that means they can spend it on other stuff.  Solar isn’t just for the green crowd anymore — it’s for the green eyeshade crowd, too.”

This came days after NV Energy hit a cap on rooftop solar installations and stopped issuing permits until the PUC revamps the pricing structure for rooftop solar. The rooftop panel installers claim the proposal by NV Energy — to charge a connection fee and cut in half the per kilowatt-hour credit for uploading excess power to the grid — will put them out of business, because rooftop panel owners would be paying more for electricity than other power users.

Without tax breaks, tax credits, subsidies and high sell-back rates, solar does not yet pencil out.

Obama also lashed out at opponents he claimed were “trying to undermine competition in the marketplace, and choke off consumer choice, and threaten an industry that’s churning out new jobs at a fast pace.”

Study after study have shown that for every green energy job created by taxpayer subsidies and higher power cost at least two jobs in the rest of the private sector are lost.

Earlier this year Obama linked an increase in hurricanes to climate change, even though no major hurricane has hit the U.S. in nine years.

In introducing Obama, Reid also repeated the false hurricane narrative, “Protecting the earth’s climate is the greatest challenge of our time. Does everybody agree? (Applause) You see this climate change doesn’t affect a particular people or industry or region or country. Climate change affects everybody, every American, every human being on the face of the earth, no matter where they live. From record break droughts in the Southwest to coastal flooding in the East, we’re seeing the impacts of increasing temperatures and rising sea levels. Hurricanes are becoming more frequent and that’s an understatement. …”

He then claimed that rising temperatures are breeding ticks that have killed 30 percent of the moose population in the Northeast. The nexus is tenuous at best.

“Warm weather is preventing in some places bears from hibernating,” Reid said. FactCheck.org rated the hibernation claim false.

Obama and Reid never let the facts get in the way of their drive to dole out taxpayer money to their cronies and contributors in the green energy industry.

Obama even joined Reid in his attacks on the Koch brothers:

But while change this fast presents new opportunities, it is invariably going to create resistance from some fossil fuel interests who want to protect the old, outdated status quo.  And there are some legitimate issues around how does a new distributed system work, and folks have some costs and how do we deal with those things, and those are important for us to address.  But when you start seeing massive lobbying efforts backed by fossil fuel interests, or conservative think tanks, or the Koch brothers pushing for new laws to roll back renewable energy standards or prevent new clean energy businesses from succeeding — that’s a problem.  That’s not the American way.  That’s not progress.  That’s not innovation.  That’s rent seeking and trying to protect old ways of doing business and standing in the way of the future.

I mean, think about this.  Ordinarily, these are groups that tout themselves as champions of the free market.  If you start talking to them about providing health care for folks who don’t have health insurance, they’re going crazy — “this is socialism, this is going to destroy America.”  But in this situation, they’re trying to undermine competition in the marketplace, and choke off consumer choice, and threaten an industry that’s churning out new jobs at a fast pace.  (Applause.)  And that has the potential to hurt a lot of communities — and set back America’s leadership in fighting climate change.  They’re even fighting to protect billions of dollars of taxpayer dollars in corporate welfare each year that’s going to fossil fuel companies.

In the same building where Reid held his clean energy show, a coalition of people countered with a group of speakers at what they called the Affordable Energy Summit 8.0 to point out the highly subsidized clear energy is prohibitively expensive and produces few environmental benefits.

“Forcing Americans to spend increasingly high amounts of money on energy deprives us of the means to purchase health care, education, better nutrition, and a wide array of goods and services that make life happier and healthier,” said Heartland Institute senior fellow for environment and energy policy James Taylor. “It also kills jobs throughout the entire economy when people have less money to spend on these desirable goods and services.”


11 comments on “Obama preaches his clean energy heresy to the choir

  1. Mercy…now that’s a pair to draw to. Neither one can figure out whether they’re afoot or horseback. They’re trying to put the squeeze on NV Energy to maintain their current rate structure for roof top solar customers, but Warren Buffet wants to squeeze every drop of juice from that orange. Now I thought Buffet was a big supporter of Obama, and a supporter of Reid. But it looks like they’re going to be butting heads over this…and the real losers will be us ratepayers (again!). Also…it looks like Uncle Warren is pushing a scheme to the PUC for us (the rate payers) to fund his new billion dollar generating plant. Oy vey…


  2. Rincon says:

    It is true that Liberals lie and exaggerate almost as much as Conservatives, but they threaten less harm with this issue. Renewable energy subsidies pale in perspective when compared to the costs Conservatives have foisted upon us in the name of national security.

    In 2011, the government paid about $12 billion in renewable energy subsidies. The Iraq War and Afghanistan cost us 3 Trillion or so, along with several thousand deaths plus tens of thousands of permanent injuries (plus the deaths and injuries of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, but perhaps you don’t count them) I lay those costs at the feet of Conservatives who prevented us from getting off foreign oil because they said it would be too expensive. You are still saying renewable energy is too expensive. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Unfortunately, they also drag along those of us that HAVE learned from history. We will continue to spend far more money on Mideast conflicts in the future and because of it, will continue to take our eyes off Asia, messing that up as well

    Your simplistic accounting completely fails to take these massive costs into account and of course, in the same sophomoric manner, you assign the risk and potential cost of global warming to be zero, thereby claiming to know the future. You also assign the costs of mercury and particulate air pollution as zero, despite documentation to the contrary. The cost of 140 million tons coal ash produced every year with its mercury, lead and arsenic is also zero. The cost of removing mountaintops and filling in of valleys in Appalachia, which leaches heavy metals and other pollutants into the Ohio River watershed is, likewise, zero. And of course, fossil fuel subsidies in your eyes, don’t exist.

    Since I know you don’t appreciate the effects of mining on the environment, please realize that if Conservatives had been allowed to rule, our environment would be like China’s, Time Magazine reports that 60% of China’s underground water and 1/3 of its surface water are, by China’s own admission, unfit to drink. Thank God for Liberals.

  3. nyp says:

    Today’s Second Amendment Moment: Two journalists shot to death in Virginia.

  4. nyp says:

    The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a TV news reporter doing a live interview with a gun.

  5. A gun is an inanimate object that in and of itself can harm no one. As usual…your arrow has missed it’s target…

  6. nyp says:

    True. You are correct, of course that a gun is an inanimate object that in an of itself can harm no one. No reason to think of a Glock as anything different from a banana. Or a teddy bear. After all, bananas and guns don’t kill journalists conducting news interviews; people kill journalists conducting news interviews.

  7. Would you have felt better if this gay black man (who was admonished for wearing an Obama sticker while doing a news story at a polling place during an election)…used an aluminum baseball bat or a machete to kill these two innocent people who were simply doing their job?

  8. Steve says:

    Sure, tell Ivanka Perko about banana’s, nyp.
    And lets not get started on those teddy bears….damn things are deadlier than grizzly’s.

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