Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Obama's energy chief: we're unruly teenagers

Obama energy secretary to Americans: Stop acting like teenagers!
By Mark Tapscott | 09/21/09 5:59 PM EDT | Washington Examiner

When Secretary of Energy Steven Chu thinks of the American people, he apparently sees a bunch of unruly teenagers who need to be told how to act.

Asked at a seminar on reconstructing America's electrical grid about the Obama administration's efforts to persuade people to conserve energy, Chu said “the American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act. The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

And, notes the Journal's Ian Talley, the Obama administration is spending big to tell us what we should be doing on the energy issues:

"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."”

In other words, it's not going to hurt, they promise. Next thing you know, they will be saying it's going to hurt them more than it will us.

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