Obama, Christopher Columbus , The Flat Earth Society……and green jobs for everyone!

President Obama has been on a mission lately to resurrect his sinking poll numbers battered by the spiraling price of gasoline. He’s been crisscrossing the country on a speaking tour to tout his accomplishments in alternative energy development while deploring Republican desires to increase domestic oil production.

In his current speeches he ridicules Republicans, for their stand on expanding oil drilling (“old energy”) in lieu of new sources such as wind power, solar and algae among others. He compares Republican of thinking to “The Flat Earth Society” an organization which in Columbus’ day believed that the earth was flat and that Columbus would eventually fall off the edge.

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Flat or round...we're all Americans

In his narrative, Obama puts himself forth as the brave Christopher Columbus on the Santa Maria, followed by David Axelrod on the Pinta and David Plouffe on the Nina forging bravely ahead into the unknown seeking to prove the alternative energy naysayers wrong.

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Hey...at least all of my explorations were privately funded

Wind and solar power are technologies that have been around for decades or longer. In fact Columbus crossed the Atlantic using wind power! Had these been truly transformative technologies the private sector would have pounced on them long ago. Unfortunately, the US power grid is so vast that at best these alternatives will only have a minor impact in the near future if at all.  

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Are electric cars are only meant to be driven downhill?

But our President has staked his reputation on green energy and green jobs even at a cost of $5 million per job. Never mind a few inconvenient facts:

Old energy works. New energy has yet to be proven commercially

Oil exploration, extraction, transmission, refining is a proven job generator

What’s wrong with drilling for oil while we explore other alternatives?

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And what the Republicans won't tell you is that we've actually created 12 green jobs here!

That’s why during his recent speech at the Copper Mountain Solar 1 facility (with a backdrop of 400 acres of solar panels) the President failed to mention that the solar company only had 12 full time employees.

This is the type or reasoning that “Barack the Explorer” doesn’t like to consider. Since he’s beholden to the left wing environmental groups, he forges ahead investing massive public funds into untested, un-vetted, alternative energy  companies that appeal to his political base.

Solyndra, Beacon Evergreen Solar, Spectra Watt, Ener1,…….all failed testaments to his legacy as a Venture Socialist.  Let’s not leave out the latest potential flop, the Chevrolet Volt (unveiled by Obama to much fanfare) which has suddenly developed the inconvenient habit of setting itself on fire.

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Just burning off all that excess green energy we've created

Of course the fallback answer from our illustrious leader is always:  “America consumes 20% of the world’s oil but only has 2% (20 billion barrels) of the world’s reserves…. so we have to do something bold and innovative.”  The President knows that this is truly a misleading statistic.  US reserves have been at 20 billion barrels since the 1930’s yet since that time we’ve produced 170 billion barrels of oil.

The President is also well aware that the 2% figure refers to proven reserves not actual recoverable oil.  Experts in the field point to about a trillion barrels of recoverable oil available in the US. The shale deposits in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado alone exceed the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.

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Mr. President, this type of campaign strategy is doomed to fail. No one is buying your story. Gasoline prices will continue to rise because your energy investments are driven by politics, not by economics. Ultimately your Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria will fall off the energy edge just as the “Flat Earth Society” predicted.

However, here’s an idea for you:

In the spirit of bi-partisanship, hope and change I will propose an idea to the President that will transform him into a true energy revolutionary, create millions of green jobs and guarantee his re-election.  It will be called OPEGA; The Obama Personal Energy Generation Act  and will work as follows:

Introducing OPEGA

The OPEGA program will be the greatest green job creator in the history of this country!

Solyndra, and all other US solar panel manufacturers will be put back in business with massive government subsidies. They will redesign and produce, in large quantities, a smaller solar panel that can be comfortably worn on a person’s back…much like a digital billboard.

Ener1, and all other storage battery manufacturers will also be turned around with government help to develop a super storage battery which can be worn around a person’s waist.

A Personal Energy Kit (PEK) will be produced to combine a solar panel, a backpack type of harness and a battery pack worn around the waist. The kit will be inter-connected so that the electricity generated by the panel is stored in the battery.

Walking billboards

I've got the power!

When the battery is fully charged the user will simply go to a Government Owned Discharge (GOD) station and upload the stored electricity into the power grid. An immediate “power payment” will be issued and deposited directly into the user’s checking account.

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Wow! I just made 100 bucks for being in the sun.

Every unemployed person will be eligible to get a PEK when they apply for unemployment benefits.

And that’s all there is to it!  Pure green energy. Millions of unemployed put back to work (lowering that pesky unemployment rate).  Can there be a better job?  Fresh air, sunlight, walking around with the sun on your back or simply hanging out. For those a bit more ambitious, the solar panels can serve as digital billboards when the sun sets at which point advertisers will pick up the cost.

Imagine how much power could be generated just by issuing PEK’s to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement.

I propose that Al Gore and Joe Biden be the poster boys for this campaign by having them wear PEK’s anytime they’re outdoors and beanies with propellers so we don’t forget about wind power!

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Al and Joe...you can have any color beanie you want

There you have it Mr. President! A bold,  innovative, approach to energy that will surely rank you among the presidential greats and far exceed the accomplishments of FDR and Abraham Lincoln.

Let’s not forget:

With 226 days left until Barack The Pretender gets voted out of office

US National Debt stands at: $15.6 trillion

Unemployment stands at: 15.2 million people

The price of gas is: $3.89  for a gallon of Regular

 

And that’s the way it is here: a little left of right

JT

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