US President Barack Obama has hit out at critics of green energy, labelling them as “stuck in the past”.
They dismiss wind power. They dismiss solar power. They make jokes about biofuels. They were against raising fuel standards. I guess they like gas-guzzlers. They think that’s good for our future. We’re trying to move towards the future, they’re trying to be stuck in the past. We’ve heard this kind of thinking before. Now, let me tell you something, if some of the folks were around when Columbus set sail…they must have been founding members of the flat-earth society. They would not have believed that the world is round. One of my predecessors, Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone, ‘It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one’ That’s why he’s not on Mt. Rushmore — because he’s looking backwards. He’s not looking forwards. He’s explaining why we can’t do something, instead of why we can do something.
Ha ha. Good one, Barack. Flat-earthers. How original. I haven’t heard that one before.
Obama would also take a poke at those who were skeptical of the television and the automobile (I saw this on Hannity, but can’t find any video of this part). Well, Mr President, how many subsidies did Alexander Graham Bell receive? How much public money was given to Henry Ford? How much taxpayer’s money was required to make the television viable in the market place? And now, how much money has the president thrown at his renewable energy cronies?
History shows that government has a bad record of picking winners and losers, and right now, western politicians are backing the wrong horse. When and if renewable energy becomes efficient and cost-effective, the market will ensure its proliferation.