I just watched Obama's very brief briefing...
All I can say is- I'm good. What did I just say about Republicans needing to go back to energy policy? So now here's the opportunity. And what did I just say about Global Warming?
Obama just set out his plan to re-start the economy around his belief that catastrophic man-made global warming is "fact" (no, all scientists agree it's a THEORY not a fact), and the worst thing he could say about it is that it's going to cause a lot of storms. This man thinks he can stop devastating storms from occurring on our planet....messiah moment #2.
Even hard line Republicans like myself are open to the idea of investment in alternative energy technologies, but not without even a MENTION of nuclear energy (something that even Greenpeace activists support because it generates almost ZERO greenhouse gas emissions) nor a mention of drilling for our own resources.
This is what Republicans need to hit back with- if they play their cards right on this they could articulate what the vast majority of Americans has been thinking for years- WE NEED IT ALL ON THE TABLE. We all agree- for various reasons- that we need to me more energy independent (total energy independence is impossible, but Obama's too ideological to note that). Americans have almost been screaming to our public officials to fix this problem because it's something we can't fix on our own, we actually need government action on this and the frustration has been simmering.
This should be a no-brainer. If I were a House GOP member, I'd be out with simple charts, graphs and hold press-conference after press conference (even if the media doesn't cover it, get the bloggers on board- they will, so will talk radio). They need to show the exact amount of new jobs that would be created by announcing a plan to build say 20 new nuclear plants in 20 years and to begin more domestic oil exploration. They need to show the American people that this doesn't require any of their tax dollars, just the government stepping out of the way of private industry. This would draw out the way-left environmentalists who support Obama and most people are not interested in putting their agenda ahead of an economic turnaround right now.
Obama also announced that he was going to tighten the timeline for new CAFE (Fuel Efficiency) standards on American car makers. In 2 months, he will force U.S. automakers to increase their fuel efficiency for all 2011 model cars and trucks. NOW? When Detroit is just waiting to have the last nail put in their coffin- NOW?
He also said he was going to let the EPA re-consider California's request to raise it's own environmental standards (they are $42 Billion in the hole right now and about to go bankrupt and not be able to pay state employees, financial aid or unemployment benefits). Gov Schwarzenegger was lobbying to have some environmental restrictions lifted to get some new road projects going to create jobs, now there's an opening for liberal special interests group to lobby to ensure that doesn't happen. Normally I could care less what California does- but when they're talking about bailing that bastien of liberals out of their own economic crisis- then I do care.
Obama has made a major error here in thinking that we can bail ourselves out of an economic downturn by spending based on a scientific theory (have we ever proposed such drastic public policy based on theory?) He is also looking to tie an anchor onto our country when we are in a such weak position economically. He wants to work with the rest of the world on this project of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Yeah, China and India are going to hamper themselves just to please us Americans.
He's overestimated his salesmanship.