Breaking Down the Inaugural Address: Obama on Global Warming and Alternative Energy

 

We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.

 Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But American cannot resist this transition. We must lead it.

We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries. We must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure, our forests and waterways, our crop lands and snow capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.

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  1. Profile photo of iWe Member
    iWe

    Any excuse for more government.

    • #1
    • January 22, 2013 at 3:03 am
  2. Profile photo of Schrodinger's Cat Inactive

    “We, the people” ???

    Does his meglomania know no bounds? To read the real meaning simply replace “we” and “our” with “me”, “my” and “I”.

    Ego is Latin for “I”.

    • #2
    • January 22, 2013 at 3:09 am
  3. Profile photo of Frank Soto Contributor

    He will only be able to any of this if we lose the house in 2014. Otherwise he’s done. The man is incapable of compromise, he will get nothing accomplished in a divided government.

    • #3
    • January 22, 2013 at 3:10 am
  4. Profile photo of Hartmann von Aue Member

    “We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries. We must claim its promise.” And now, the next sentences if Obama were a rational form of life: “With that in mind and the writings of Eduard Teller fresh in my memory, I will issue an Executive Order tomorrow instructing the NRC to authorize the construction of 20 new nuclear power plants within the next decade. Concomitant to that I will instruct the IRS to rescind all renewable energy tax credits.”

    • #5
    • January 22, 2013 at 3:30 am
  5. Profile photo of DrewInWisconsin Member

    Obama has a knack of placing two or three unrelated things together in a paragraph, and through the magic of juxtaposition, mesmerizing his dim disciples into believing there’s a connection of some sort.

    And anyone who denies this connection is an enemy of the state and of the future.

    • #6
    • January 22, 2013 at 3:33 am
  6. Profile photo of raycon and lindacon Member

    “We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries. We must claim its promise.”

    And where does that magical technology materialize from? So far, the Obama supported technologies are batting about as well as socialism has historically. They are all failures. Meanwhile, the technologies that will save the world? If not the US, who?

    Kenya will still cook over wood fires, as does 80% of the underdeveloped world. They will continue to use coal fired power plants, as do China and India. They will also continue to dump raw sewage into streams and lakes. They will continue driving vehicles built 50 years ago, with no exhaust mitigation.

    And while the American economy drains away, where is the money for all these miracles?

    If we were even dumb enough to by the global warming BS, none of what Obama proposes will do anything to help, and will, indeed, insure destruction.

    • #7
    • January 22, 2013 at 3:37 am
  7. Profile photo of Rick Wilson Contributor

    It doesn’t matter that climate change lost its political momentum several years ago, and that even the new IPCC report has a bunch of monster-sized caveats and walkbacks. It doesn’t matter that the stimulus-era experiment with throwing buckets of money into the green-energy bonfire has been an across-the-board debacle: it matters because he want’s another chance to play his favorite games.

    He’s always drawn to policies to control behavior, tweak markets to his desired endstates, pick and choose winners and losers in his crony capitalist economy and to demonize the opposition (“Obviously, since they oppose climate change reforms just as they oppose gun control, they want your children to be shot and drowned.”) is irresistible for him.

    • #8
    • January 22, 2013 at 3:39 am
  8. Profile photo of Illiniguy Member

    Round two:

    “We still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We must recognize our responsibility to undertake conscientious stewardship of our environment, but we must also have the humility to understand that there are forces of nature over which we have no control.

    There are many who say that the science of climate is settled; however, we must be cautious, lest those who would try to control the climate do not instead end up controlling all human action.

    We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries. We must claim its promise by unleashing the limitless potential and ingenuity of the American private enterprise system. That’s always been the formula for America’s economic greatness and it’s the formula that will launch us into the promise of our new century. It’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure, and it’s how we will fulfill our responsibility to the God of us all, who gave us this earth for our use and our sustenance, and how we will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.”

    • #9
    • January 22, 2013 at 3:41 am
  9. Profile photo of The Mugwump Inactive
    Ricochet Editor’s Desk

    We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. If you believe this, Mr. President, then you don’t understand science. And if you are deliberately lying to us to promote an agenda, then you lack the moral character to hold office.  

     Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. Apparently the president doesn’t know the difference between weather, natural

    disaster, and climate.We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries. Then why are you blocking private industry from developing the energy that exists right under our own feet? That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God.  What, unicorn farts?  Or is this just another excuse to pay off campaign cronies? That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared. This makes no sense whatsoever, but I’d rather not hear you try to clarify a non sequitur.

    • #10
    • January 22, 2013 at 3:44 am
  10. Profile photo of drlorentz Member

    Alternative energy is like alternative medicine: both sound great but neither will cure your illness. Worse yet, they preclude effective treatment.

    • #11
    • January 22, 2013 at 3:47 am
  11. Profile photo of Colin B Lane Inactive

    Ugh. So hard to respond to this nonsense without the vitriol it so justly deserves. But let’s try this:

    Mr. President, I know you are a sports fan. I assume you like the Chicago Bears (though if you ever show up in cold Soldier Field wearing mom jeans and throwing a ball the way you did here, you should not expect Bears fans to embrace you as one of them; but I digress).

    Imagine that the Chicago Bears decided that instead of signing linebackers, nose tackles, running backs, etc, they would try a new strategy: they will sign primarily field goal kickers. After all, field goal kickers are generally the leading scorers in the league! 

    In wanting to replace coal, gas, and nuclear power plants with renewable resources, you are essentially advocating such a field goal kicker strategy. You are trying to turn resources that will never, ever play more than a niche, complementary role in meeting our future energy needs into our only resource choice. 

    Just as the Bears will never have a field goal kicker play linebacker, so too a wind turbine will never replace a base load coal or nuclear plant. 

    Just ask a Bears fan.

    • #12
    • January 22, 2013 at 3:49 am
  12. Profile photo of Black Prince Member
    Ricochet Editor’s Desk

    Your response?

    America is screwed.

    • #13
    • January 22, 2013 at 3:54 am
  13. Profile photo of doc molloy Inactive

    It has elements of JFK’s Moon speech but without the eloquence or sincerity to actually mean what he said..

    “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon, we choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” 

    – John F. Kennedy, 12th of September, 1962 

    This on the other hand is meaningless drivel delivered to the witless followers of climate fashion by the fake man..

    “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But American cannot resist this transition. We must lead it.”

    All in a short 51 years.. From Moon to gloom and doom..

    • #14
    • January 22, 2013 at 4:02 am
  14. Profile photo of JimGoneWild Member
    DrewInWisconsin: Obama has a knack of placing two or three unrelated things together in a paragraph, and through the magic of juxtaposition, mesmerizing his dim disciples into believing there’s a connection of some sort.

    It’s called to “conflate” or “conflation” and it’s a standard practice and tradition amongst Lefties. It allows them to sound superior without knowing a damn thing. I attack this debate technique by pointing out said technique to the liberal, then force the scum-bag to address each issue separately, where upon the socialist creep’s argument rapidly dissolve.

    What fun!

    • #15
    • January 22, 2013 at 4:04 am
  15. Profile photo of Michael S Member

    The first sentence is so beautiful and so fitting, if only he were talking about the need and indeed obligation to tackle the federal debt. By taking any meaningful cuts to social security and medicare off the table in the same speech, Obama has stated his clear intent to pass the burden of financing current consumption on to our children.

    Giving our children a higher standard of living will not be achieved by an expensive and necessarily ineffective pursuit of “green” policies, but rather by setting the next generation free from the shackles of their parents’ bad spending habits.

    His assertion that “we cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries” is patently ridiculous. The very pursuit of such technologies in the form of subsidies and over-regulation of competing products will result in this very loss of competitive advantage to other nations.

    • #16
    • January 22, 2013 at 4:07 am
  16. Profile photo of Illiniguy Member
    doc molloy: It has elements of JFK’s Moon speech but without the eloquence or sincerity to actually mean what he said..

    All in a short 51 years.. From Moon to gloom and doom.. · 6 minutes ago

    More like from Moon to navel gazing.

    • #17
    • January 22, 2013 at 4:10 am
  17. Profile photo of DocJay Member

    “I will bankrupt this country and sell all our BLM resources and national parks to the Chinese”.

    • #18
    • January 22, 2013 at 4:18 am
  18. Profile photo of Spin Thatcher

    I would translate the Presidents comments as follows:

    “I will continue to borrow money and give it to the people who helped make this speech possible. ”

    • #19
    • January 22, 2013 at 4:18 am
  19. Profile photo of doc molloy Inactive

    Illiniguy

    All in a short 51 years.. From Moon to gloom and doom.. · 6 minutes ago

    More like from Moon to navel gazing.

    You may well be right, the navel is closely associated to birth hence “omphalomancy” or in His case Obamalomancy.. Oh that birth certificate and its origins.. but let’s not go there.. We have the Moon.. Or as Bette Davis so wonderfully put it at the end of Now Voyager.. Charlotte Vale

    : Oh Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars.

    But what will the Fake One give..?

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    • January 22, 2013 at 4:20 am
  20. Profile photo of kylez Member

    Apparently the framers of the Constitution were super-concerned about “climate change”. unfortunately they didn’t have the technology or the leadership skills of Dr. Obama, so they hoped this new nation would last long enough for the creed to be lent meaning to. you can read all about it in the Federalist papers.

    I wonder how he knows that God commanded the planet to our care. I wonder what else this god has commanded. one wonders what this God has told “us” (ie. Obama) about abortion, sexual promiscuity or deviancy, envy, sloth, self-righteousness, dishonesty, profligate spending, abuse of power, disregard for law and a host of other topics.

    If I was suicidal, I would hold my breath waiting for liberals to complain about Obama’s injection of God into politics.

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    • January 22, 2013 at 4:22 am
  21. Profile photo of BlueAnt Member
     Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.

    And some glorified law school lecturers don’t know the first [expletive] thing about science, and even less about complex models, and less still about model error. In fact, certain politicians may be said to know nothing about knowledge itself except that other people claim to have it while demanding an audience.

    Appeal to authority is a fallacy, not a platform for making policy pronouncements.

    We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries. We must claim its promise.

    What? You can not logically “cede technology” to nation-states; technology is openly available to anyone who can usefully exploit it!

    Perhaps he meant we can not give away the profits or competitive advantage of some technology to another country, which still makes little sense. But if there were profits, promise, and benefit to be had from some technology–any technology–then the market would already be taking advantage of it, no help needed from the benevolent technocrats above, thankyouverymuch.

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    • January 22, 2013 at 4:30 am
  22. Profile photo of kylez Member

    Notice how with the first sentence, if you replace “climate change” with “debt” it could be a sentence spoken by President Romney (or some hopefully not-too-distant future Republican) and carry the same moral weight and meaning.

    Obama has a knack for casting left-wing ideology in conservative sounding language.

    • #23
    • January 22, 2013 at 4:37 am
  23. Profile photo of DrewInWisconsin Member

    Obama cannot seem to comprehend that his ideas are failures from the start. They must work, he reasons. Thus, the fact that they don’t isn’t a flaw in the plan — it’s the machinations of his enemies.

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    • January 22, 2013 at 4:41 am
  24. Profile photo of dash Inactive
    doc molloy: It has elements of JFK’s Moon speech but without the eloquence or sincerity to actually mean what he said..

    Plus, it’s actually possible to go to the moon.

    • #25
    • January 22, 2013 at 4:42 am
  25. Profile photo of Dan Hanson Thatcher

    The premise of his third paragraph is that somehow the first people to develop a technology get to exploit it and extract wealth from everyone else in the world. Sorry Mr. President, but it doesn’t work that way. Ask RCA Victor, Zenith and Electrohome what happened to the American television manufacturing industry.

    If the U.S. spent hundreds of billions of dollars subsidizing the solar industry, the minute the technology became viable it would be manufactured around the world. That’s what happens in a global economy.

    Whether the U.S. leads in a certain industry doesn’t depend on whether they were first in, but whether they are the most competitive players. The history of subsidized industries and high corporate taxes is not reassuring.

    We’ve seen this story play out over and over again, whenever central planners who think they are smarter than the collective wisdom of the market take the reins of the economy. And we know how it ends.

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    • January 22, 2013 at 4:56 am
  26. Profile photo of kylez Member

    Great minds think alike, i guess.

    speakupman: The first sentence is so beautiful and so fitting, if only he were talking about the need and indeed obligation to tackle the federal debt. By taking any meaningful cuts to social security and medicare off the table in the same speech, Obama has stated his clear intent to pass the burden of financing current consumption on to our children.

    Giving our children a higher standard of living will not be achieved by an expensive and necessarily ineffective pursuit of “green” policies, but rather by setting the next generation free from the shackles of their parents’ bad spending habits.

    His assertion that “we cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries” is patently ridiculous. The very pursuit of such technologies in the form of subsidies and over-regulation of competing products will result in this very loss of competitive advantage to other nations. · 30 minutes ago

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    • January 22, 2013 at 4:58 am
  27. Profile photo of Tony Martyr Member

    Bulldust.

    • #28
    • January 22, 2013 at 5:59 am
  28. Profile photo of Eric Jablow Inactive

    “And we shall not starve the poor by wasting corn and grain to fuel our cars.”

    • #29
    • January 22, 2013 at 6:08 am
  29. Profile photo of Paul A. Rahe Contributor

    How long to do you think that it will take the lefties to drop all the talk of “climate change?” What that term was substituted for “global warming,” it marked a retreat. I suspect that Obama will be the last President to mention in.

    • #30
    • January 22, 2013 at 6:14 am
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