The dodo bird. The lobotomy. The poodle skirt. The treadmill in Michael Moore's basement. Some things are solidly in the past. Add one more ... gasoline.
Obama calls oil a 'fuel of the past'
President Barack Obama made his most urgent appeal yet Wednesday for the nation to wean itself off oil, calling it a "fuel of the past" and demanding that the United States broaden its approach to energy.So great news! The president just spared you from having to fill your gas tank this week or ever again. That's in the past.
And why shouldn't Barack smile: He wants higher gas prices.
The truth is, oil (and natural gas and coal) provide reliable and affordable energy. Jimmy Carter claimed in the 1970s that we'd start running out of oil by the 1980s but three decades later America's known oil reserves have increased not decreased.
Want energy? Allow Americans to develop all forms: oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, corn, solar, wind, whatever but get the government out of the way. First, remove the regulatory hurdles that make losers of us all. And second, end every dime of corporate welfare that picks winners and losers. Simple math: If an energy supplier can't produce enough energy to pay its own bills, then it can't produce enough energy to supply our needs. Duh.