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Stinger
09-22-2009, 09:43 AM
..... When It Comes to Energy


Americans Are Like ‘Teenage Kids’ When It Comes to Energy

By Ian Talley

This post was updated Monday evening.

When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons.

Speaking on the sidelines of a smart grid conference in Washington, Dr. Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.” (In that case, the Energy Department has a few renegade teens of its own.)

The administration aims to teach them—literally. The Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on real children. Partnering with the Parent Teacher Organization, the agency earlier this month launched a cross-country tour of 6,000 schools to teach students about climate change and energy efficiency.

“We’re showing people across the country how energy efficiency can be part of what they do every day,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. “Confronting climate change, saving money on our utility bills, and reducing our use of heavily-polluting energy can be as easy as making a few small changes.”

Still, Secretary Chu said he didn’t think that the public would throw the same political temper tantrum over climate legislation has has happened with the healthcare debate.

Asked if he expected a town-hall style pushback, Dr. Chu said he was optimistic the public would buy the administration’s arguments that energy efficiency and caps on greenhouse-gas emissions will spark an economic rebound.

“I don’t think so…maybe I’m optimistic, but there’s very little debate” that a new green energy economy will bring economic prosperity, Mr. Chu told reporters.

Don’t look now, but there’s actually quite a lot of debate as to the economic merits of the new green-energy economy. Whether that will spell a healthcare-style revolt against the energy and climate bill stewing in the Senate is another question.

An update: Energy Department spokesman Dan Leistikow added: “Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers. He was saying that we need to educate teenagers about ways to save energy. He also recognized the need to educate the broader public about how important clean energy industries are to our competitive position in the global economy. He believes public officials do have an obligation to make their case to the American people on major legislation, and that’s what he’s doing.”

KCWolfman
09-22-2009, 10:15 AM
When it comes to energy?

When it comes to almost everything.

When your POTUS needs to go on a late night talk show to discuss the most expensive policy decision since Social Security, you know the American Public has the attention span of a ritalin deprived ADD 8 year old.

Brock
09-22-2009, 10:19 AM
Dr. Chu said he was optimistic the public would buy the administration’s arguments that energy efficiency and caps on greenhouse-gas emissions will spark an economic rebound.


Yeah, sure, why wouldn't we?

KCWolfman
09-22-2009, 10:22 AM
Yeah, sure, why wouldn't we?

Heck yeah!!

Just like we were told it would be profitable to separate the recycles out of our garbage before pick up.

My garbage bill has gone down, right? I don't pay extra for that, right?

wild1
09-22-2009, 10:24 AM
When it comes to energy?

When it comes to almost everything.

When your POTUS needs to go on a late night talk show to discuss the most expensive policy decision since Social Security, you know the American Public has the attention span of a ritalin deprived ADD 8 year old.

"It's like the Special Olympics"

HonestChieffan
09-22-2009, 10:35 AM
Not only are we too stupid to understand, we are immature and need to be controlled.

Please hurry 2010.

KCWolfman
09-22-2009, 10:43 AM
Not only are we too stupid to understand, we are immature and need to be controlled.

Please hurry 2010.

Yup.

What made this nation truly great was our individualism and our ability to adapt to various situations. Outsiders could not predict accurately how to beat us at anything - because a nation of individuals, individuals hell bent on doing well for THEMSELVES, is to damned unpredictable.

Now we are being horse collared into line and forced with fear tactics such as calls of "racism" and "hate" when we disagree with the mass machine.

We may as well change our names to Winston Smith now and save the government time

Frazod
09-22-2009, 10:45 AM
I wonder what algore's electric bill was last month? Somehow I think it might have been just a bit higher than mine.

KC Dan
09-22-2009, 10:47 AM
]“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,”[/B] Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.” (In that case, the Energy Department has a few renegade teens of its own.)
An update: Energy Department spokesman Dan Leistikow added: “Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers. He was saying that we need to educate teenagers about ways to save energy. He also recognized the need to educate the broader public about how important clean energy industries are to our competitive position in the global economy. He believes public officials do have an obligation to make their case to the American people on major legislation, and that’s what he’s doing.”Not comparing the public to teenagers??? WTF. That is exactly what he did. These idiots are idiots.....

stevieray
09-22-2009, 10:48 AM
...been saying this for years.

Baby Lee
09-22-2009, 02:37 PM
Yup.

What made this nation truly great was our individualism and our ability to adapt to various situations. Outsiders could not predict accurately how to beat us at anything - because a nation of individuals, individuals hell bent on doing well for THEMSELVES, is to damned unpredictable.

Now we are being horse collared into line and forced with fear tactics such as calls of "racism" and "hate" when we disagree with the mass machine.

We may as well change our names to Winston Smith now and save the government time
.

Common sense constraints on the power-quo and restoration of fundamental fairness for citizens, blah, blah, blah, corrupt government still better than the free market, glittering generality, glittering generality, conflation, misrepresentation, bald faced lie, ad infinitum

KILLER_CLOWN
09-22-2009, 04:02 PM
Great the high and mighty ones are our parents now, how did they raise such racist sons and daughters? Hey Barky EXPAND NUCLEAR ENERGY!

Direckshun
09-22-2009, 04:09 PM
When it comes to energy?

When it comes to almost everything.

When your POTUS needs to go on a late night talk show to discuss the most expensive policy decision since Social Security, you know the American Public has the attention span of a ritalin deprived ADD 8 year old.

Bingo.

Radar Chief
09-22-2009, 04:11 PM
And this guy has his doctorate.
Might as well be an MBA.


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Donger
09-22-2009, 04:13 PM
Partnering with the Parent Teacher Organization, the agency earlier this month launched a cross-country tour of 6,000 schools to teach students about climate change

I take it this will be done during "story time"?

KILLER_CLOWN
09-22-2009, 04:19 PM
I take it this will be done during "story time"?

Not to worry kids can separate fact from fiction. :doh!: