Video: Obama doubles down on energy

posted at 11:15 am on August 5, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Barack Obama campaign didn’t release their “National Priority” ad to the media last week when they began running it in battleground states, and after watching it, it’s not hard to see why. It tries to succeed where “Pocket” failed miserably, and exposes Obama yet again as an obstructionist on oil development. “National Priority” also goes negative yet again, and with Obama dropping in the polls, this may provide even more self-inflicted damage:

John McCain. He’s been in Washington for 26 years. And as gas prices soared and dependence on oil exploded, McCain was voting against alternative energy, against higher mileage standards.

Barack Obama. He’ll make energy independence an urgent national priority, raise mileage standards, fast-track technology for alternative fuels. A thousand dollar tax cut to help families as we break the grip of foreign oil. A real plan, and new energy.

Obama wants to continue his populist attacks on oil, but an electorate weary of high prices at the pump has already rejected this message.  Nothing in this ad suggests that Americans will see any relief at the pumps, now or in the foreseeeable future, in an Obama administration.  The alternative energy sources Obama touts have a much longer time frame for fruition than does drilling — and at least we know the oil exists.

Also, it’s remarkable to see just how far John McCain has pushed Obama out of his lane even before the conventions arrive.  Obama tried selling himself as a new kind of politician, eschewing negative ads and calling for a higher level of debate.  Since wrapping up the nomination, he has twice smeared McCain as a racist and issued a series of his own negative ads in response to unrelenting criticism from the McCain campaign.  It didn’t take long at all for McCain to strip off Obama’s sanctimonious mask to expose the Chicago pol underneath.

The longer Obama talks about energy policy in terms of punitive taxes on American oil companies and clings to pie-in-the-sky alternatives at least a generation away from practical widespread application, the more Obama reminds Americans that he doesn’t comprehend the issues facing the country today.  “National priority” reinforces that message.


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This is actually going to be fun to watch. The Democrats self-destructing.

I can almost see the convention becoming raucus that they are going to get their asses kicked.

Time to bring out the VP candidate, they are LOSING ground, losing steam and losing their facade.

originalpechanga on August 5, 2008 at 11:18 AM

I hate to break the news, but it’s unlikely we’ll ever eliminate the need for foreign oil. A $1, 000 tax credit (tho that’s not really what it is), isn’t going to do anything to the price on oil, nor will it lessen our dependence on it.

TheBlueSite on August 5, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Obama is flailing, he’s like a drowning man.

What does he have to go back to if he blows this election?

A Senate seat he only wanted to use as a springboard to the next job? And what does he really know about being a Senator, he can’t even remember what committee it is he serves on.

He’ll be toxic even to Democrats, a constant reminder that they should have won the 2008 election easily, if they wouldn’t have nominated an inexperienced, unqualified gaffe machine.

NoDonkey on August 5, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Heh. Not worried about what job Obama goes back to.

Far, far more concerned about how we’ll go about rebuilding the inner cities following the riots.

Mew

acat on August 5, 2008 at 11:24 AM

That mention of the tax break seemed very out of place.

progressoverpeace on August 5, 2008 at 11:25 AM

McCain — In Congress 26 years.
Obama — In Congress 2 years as Dems take over Congress
OilPrices — Oil prices skyrocket in the last 2 years as Dems take over Congress.

Yup, it’s McCain.

Dusty on August 5, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Barack Obama. He’ll make energy independence an urgent national priority, raise mileage standards, fast-track technology for alternative fuels. A thousand dollar tax cut to help families as we break the grip of foreign oil. A real plan, and new energy.

Not everyone will get the $1,000.

“What’s the threshold, Barck?”

Dusty on August 5, 2008 at 11:32 AM

I hate to break the news, but it’s unlikely we’ll ever eliminate the need for foreign oil.

TheBlueSite on August 5, 2008 at 11:19 AM

I’m not sure how you reach that conclusion unless it’s based on politicians somehow being able to deny America the use of it’s very abundant oil supplies. In addition we’re overflowing with natural gas and coal. Add nuclear and emerging (but still distant) technologies and there is no reason we can’t be free of foreign oil. At the very least we could stop purchasing from the Middle East and Venezuela.

darwin on August 5, 2008 at 11:33 AM

“Far, far more concerned about how we’ll go about rebuilding the inner cities following the riots.”

That would presume that they are “built” now.

The Trinidad neighborhood in DC has a green zone type checkpoint currently, due to all the murders there.

Theresa Heinz Kerry remarked in 2004 how this might happen and nothing materialized.

By the time Barry blows the election, even the inner city population will know what a fraud this guy is.

NoDonkey on August 5, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Does Dr. Barry Obama know just how frickin much it will cost me to get my car in spec with his brand spankin new streamlined alternative energy whatzis?

20-30 thousand dollars?

I’d like a clarification.

These people suck.

benrand on August 5, 2008 at 11:38 AM

BS, BS, BS, BS!!!

“higher CAFE stabdards” are nothing but BS. DO most people even know what CAFE means and how it is calculated? How about how long the auto makers have to comply with new standards? That is no solution at all.

How many trillions of dolars do we have to give to the Saudis et al before they amass aenough to buy up the entire country or fund every damn terrorist in the ME?

My blood is at an absolute boil over this. I hope to Hell that no environmentalist group is receiving taxpayer funds or tax breaks of any kind.

DerKrieger on August 5, 2008 at 11:39 AM

I have figured out Obama’s energy plans.

Two things, that’s all you need to know:


More Livable and Sustainable Communities
Create 5 million Green Collar jobs

He’s going to have 5 million live on the self-sustained Communitites that don’t need commuting, growing and picking corns for biofuel.

The Chinese did it, and Soviets did it, so why can’t we?

Sir Napsalot on August 5, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Obama — In Congress 2 years as Dems take over Congress
OilPrices — Oil prices skyrocket in the last 2 years as Dems take over Congress.

God, I wish there was some way to get that word out, since most of the country seems to think the GOP still holds the Hill. I think the Republicans need to make “Democrats’ 2 year majority reign in/have had control of Congress” (or something of the ilk) a permanent piece of ANY campaigning. Drill it (pardon the pun) into the subconscious of the American public who seem to think that if the President’s Republican, Congress must be.

tree hugging sister on August 5, 2008 at 11:41 AM

You know, I would love to see someone do a common sense takedown on this kind of lame garbage. What good is higher mileage standards going to do anybody? I mean, if I can’t put gas in my car now, what do I care what the auto guys are building in 3-4 years? It’s asinine.
And alternative? What’s the timetable on electric cars that can go more than 40 miles? What’s the timetable on solar or wind powered cars? These stupid democrats squeal that we’ll see no benefit from drilling for 5-7 years, yet they put our hopes in technology that is decades away. How do we know any of this alternative crap is going to work? We’ve been noodling around with it for years..shouldn’t there have been a Eureka already, if it was so close? Just talking about drilling already seems to have prices fluctuating; what would happen if we broke ground? Or started building a new refinery? Can’t someone postulate on that, rather than tell us how grand it will be in 35 years when we all can ride around on urine powered bicycles? I don’t think I’m going to live through the next presidential campaign if they find a stupider candidate to run than Obama.

austinnelly on August 5, 2008 at 11:44 AM

“Gulag imneni Obama” [Tran: Obama State Concentration Camp] signs across the country are the next big step after he is elected? From his rhetoric, the thought has to be in his mind. Guess he listened to long to his “mentor” from his teen years in Hawaii.

coldwarrior on August 5, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Crash and burn baby burn.

Boy, the number of really stupid people in the US is growing faster than the price of oil.

What these fools should be talking about is how th slow the birth rate of the dumb ass people in the US.

Once the average IQ of the voting public drops below 50, we are screwed no matter what we do.

saiga on August 5, 2008 at 11:46 AM

[TheBlueSite on August 5, 2008 at 11:19 AM]

It’s possible but it isn’t necessary to do, either. While we import some 14M bbls/day, only 8.6M come from countries other than Canada and Mexico. It’s not absolutely necessary to eliminate them as suppliers especially since we have and/or could have a good, cheap environmentally friendly overland supply pipeline network.

Dusty on August 5, 2008 at 11:47 AM

A thousand dollar tax cut to help families as we break the grip of foreign oil.

Heh. It’s going to be a little difficult to “break the grip of foreign oil” when you don’t want to harvest oil here, dipstick. Oh, I almost forgot – you want to replace oil with bicycles and windmills. And puppies, and kites.

Jaibones on August 5, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Just to be clear, “eliminate them as suppliers” with “them” being Canada and Mexico.

Dusty on August 5, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Oil Schmoil.

Who needs oil?

I’ve got my handy-dandy tire gauge; I’m all set.

hillbillyjim on August 5, 2008 at 11:52 AM

tree hugging sister on August 5, 2008 at 11:41 AM

I agree. However, I think the problem McCain has is trying to be careful not to include himself as part of the problem – given that he is a member of that same Congress, and has voted alongside some of those obstructionist Dems (by being a “maverick”). But, you’re right, he (and the GOP members of Congress running this fall) have to start getting that message out. They have to show that the Dems have no substance when it comes to the issues.

Rick on August 5, 2008 at 11:53 AM

darwin on August 5, 2008 at 11:33 AM

I meant both. For the most part, the environmentalists will NEVER allow us to become totally independent of foreign oil. That’s my main concern. Environuts who would rather save a rare species of ant and let us all be at the whim of despots.

In regards to supplies and our ability to get at reserves anytime in the near future. I doubt we could get be completely independent of ALL foreign oil anytime soon, if at all.

TheBlueSite on August 5, 2008 at 11:54 AM

McCain — In Congress 26 years.
Obama — In Congress 2 years as Dems take over Congress
OilPrices — Oil prices skyrocket in the last 2 years as Dems take over Congress.

Yup, it’s McCain.

Dusty on August 5, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Yep. Flesh it out with pic of gas prices in 2005/2006, and pics of democrats saying they will “fix” the problem, and pics of $4.00/gal prices in 2008.

Can we really afford Obama’s democrat solutions to the cost of energy?

funky chicken on August 5, 2008 at 11:55 AM

$1,000 rebate for energy
$7,000 tax credit to buy a hybrid
$4,000 for college tuition (with 100 hours volunteerism)
$xxxx for medical insurance

There seems to be a windfall for the America citizen in the offing.

MayBee on August 5, 2008 at 11:56 AM

The longer Obama talks about energy policy in terms of punitive taxes on American oil companies and clings to pie-in-the-sky alternatives at least a generation away from practical widespread application, the more Obama reminds Americans that he doesn’t comprehend the issues facing the country today.

That is what a lifetime in the private school, Ivy League, public-sector bubble will do to you.

BigD on August 5, 2008 at 11:57 AM

So, now he’s selling the oil company profit-redistribution plan as a tax cut?

CP on August 5, 2008 at 11:59 AM

$1,000 rebate for energy
$7,000 tax credit to buy a hybrid
$4,000 for college tuition (with 100 hours volunteerism)
$xxxx for medical insurance

There seems to be a windfall for the America citizen in the offing.

MayBee on August 5, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Yeah, it’s a good thing that the One has that Magical Money Machine, otherwise we would have to PAY for all of that largesse.

hillbillyjim on August 5, 2008 at 12:00 PM

He’s going to have 5 million live on the self-sustained Communitites that don’t need commuting, growing and picking corns for biofuel.

The Chinese did it, and Soviets did it, so why can’t we?

Sir Napsalot on August 5, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Dude, buzz kill.

funky chicken on August 5, 2008 at 12:01 PM

The more that Obama proposes, the more he exposes just how, er, dare I say it, uh RISKY an Obama presidency would really be.

The electorate is proving to be a lot more savvy than was anticipated by this charlatan.

hillbillyjim on August 5, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Warning; rant inbound.

Senator Obama’s “energy plan” actually makes perfect sense, from his point of view. By taking oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, he can drop pump prices temporarily- long enough to take energy off the table as an issue in November (with the MSM’s assistance, of course). This avoids any need to take a stand for or against drilling, nuclear power, etc.

The clever bit is, he can then (as President) not bother to replace the oil in the SPR that he’s taken out.

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve, I’ll remind you, was created after World War Two to ensure a supply of fuel and lubricating oil for the U.S. Armed Forces in event of war. By taking oil out of it, Obama would significantly harm our ability to carry out operations in event of an oil embargo in the near term- a highly likely event in the present global situation. This would hurt our military greatly- which would please Obama no end. After all, he considers America a threat to, well, everything.

Thus, his SPR plan is a classic “progressive twofer”- literally killing two birds with one stone. Ensuring that he and his cronies don’t get reamed at the polls, and drawing the teeth of the American institution they hate above almost all others. (Second only to the Second Amendment.)

Calling Obama an “empty suit” insults empty suits. They at least have a function- someone can take them off the hanger and wear them. Obama is a classic narcissistic egotist who has no particular regard for anyone not exactly like him (And I’m not talking about his ethnicity, here). As he showed in San Francisco, no matter what he says when campaigning in Flyover Country, when it’s just him and the Faithful, he reveals his true opinion; utter and complete contempt for people of faith, and anyone who thinks that the Bil of Rights is more than just words on paper that are subject to “interpretation”. To him, such people are stupid, superstitious, bigoted, paranoid, unenlightened animals who desperately need their consciousnesses raised.

And he’s just the man (excuse me- Messiah) to do it.

His “I am the one you have been waiting for” act is straight out of the Est/TA/Let’s All Get Stoned movement of the Sixties. You’d think a Chicago pol would realize that what gets shining eyes and people swooning in an ashram on Big Sur in 1970 probably won’t play in Peoria in 2008. But from all indications, Obama is oblivious to the difference.

Not only is this fool unqualified to be President, he probably isn’t even qualified for the job he has now (junior senator). He’s over-qualified for his previous job of “Community Organizer”, since he’s a college graduate; see Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing The Flak Catchers by Tom Wolfe for how loose the requirements for that used to be. As for voting “present” in the Senate, a tape recorder can be used for that. So, for that matter, can a parrot. Neither one is qualified to be President of the United States.

The best use of Obama’s talents would be for him to teach PoliSci at Harvard, where he got his diploma. All he would need to do would be to stand in front of a camera and pontificate for four hours on what seems to have been his second-favorite subject most of his adult life- “I Hate Amerikkka, 57 More Reasons Why.

It could then be played in every lab course class while he worked on a thesis on his all-time favorite subject-

The Wonder Of Being Me.

Rant off.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 5, 2008 at 12:14 PM

For the most part, the environmentalists will NEVER allow us to become totally independent of foreign oil.

TheBlueSite on August 5, 2008 at 11:54 AM

We can do anything we want. It doesn’t need to be sanctioned by the environuts. They have power because we’ve allowed it. Granted they seem to have a very firm grip on the political establishment these days and also seem to have an inexhaustible supply of money, but … they have a grip because we’ve allowed them to have one.

What must be done is to separate actual environmentalism from the political beast that’s overtaken the movement.

Rational environmentalism is good … political environmentalism is suicide. I think more and more people are beginning to realize just how political and radical today’s “environmentalists” are.

darwin on August 5, 2008 at 12:14 PM

New Obama campaign slogan

‘We cannot wait, we must inflate’

I apologize, that was racist!

cjn on August 5, 2008 at 12:16 PM

By the time Barry blows the election, even the inner city population will know what a fraud this guy is.

NoDonkey on August 5, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Most still think that oj did’nt do it.

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 12:21 PM

He’s going to have 5 million live on the self-sustained Communitites that don’t need commuting, growing and picking corns for biofuel.

The Chinese did it, and Soviets did it, so why can’t we?

Sir Napsalot on August 5, 2008 at 11:40 AM

So, are you going to live there?

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 12:24 PM

The Chinese did it, and Soviets did it, so why can’t we?

Sir Napsalot on August 5, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Bread lines.

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Dude, buzz kill.

funky chicken on August 5, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Well, I am not kidding. These are HIS words:

“completely wean America away from foreign oil in 10 years”
“create a new reality when it comes to biofuels”

Sir Napsalot on August 5, 2008 at 12:25 PM

The Chinese did it, and Soviets did it, so why can’t we?

Sir Napsalot on August 5, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Toilet paper lines.

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Far, far more concerned about how we’ll go about rebuilding the inner cities following the riots.

Mew

acat on August 5, 2008 at 11:24 AM

I guess you are referring to when McCain steals the presidency./sarcasm

shick on August 5, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Ooops, forgot to include this gem from HIS quote:

The complete transformation of our economy

Sir Napsalot on August 5, 2008 at 12:28 PM

I have a guy at work who walks around smiling and chanting “Obama … Obama”. I tried to explain the energy situation to him and how the dems have blocked efforts to build refineries, drill, build more nuclear power plants etc., … he just looked at me increduously and said I’m lying.

The ignorance in this country in relation to fact vs fiction is staggering. The left has done a masterful job of distorting and perverting the truth thanks to the complicit print/broadcast media and our overwhelmingly liberal schools.

darwin on August 5, 2008 at 12:28 PM

When will the dumb-masses realize that the Dems are trying to cripple the economy via the global warming hoax? More poor = more power for Pelosi and her ilk.

marklmail on August 5, 2008 at 12:32 PM

“completely wean America away from foreign oil in 10 years”
“create a new reality when it comes to biofuels”
Sir Napsalot on August 5, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Great idea; have taxes support an alternative fuel instead of drilling for oil. The oil companies have less oil, pay less taxes so the citizens have got to pay higher taxes to support alternative fuels that are less economical, not to mention higher food prices. Sweet.

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 12:33 PM

…and bitterly clings to pie-in-the-sky…

Fixed it for you, Ed.

Kafir on August 5, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Toilet paper lines.

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 12:26 PM

The educated Moscovite would pick up Pravda each morning…more often than not didn’t bother reading it. He’d fold it four or five times and put it in his back left pocket, taking the previous day’s folded Pravda in his back left pocket and transfering it to his back right pocket, and the folded Pravda in his back right pocket would go to his inside jacket pocket. When “toiletnaya bumaga” was needed, he’d take Pravda out of his jacket pocket and tear off an amount needed. Keeping Pravda in your trousers pockets for a day or so softened the paper, and also absorbed the low-quality Soviet ink.

Your toilet paper reference just brought that back to mind…ah, memories.

coldwarrior on August 5, 2008 at 12:36 PM

The ignorance in this country in relation to fact vs fiction is staggering. The left has done a masterful job of distorting and perverting the truth thanks to the complicit print/broadcast media and our overwhelmingly liberal schools.

darwin on August 5, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Joseph Goebbels school of journalism.

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 12:37 PM

coldwarrior on August 5, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Too much information!
/Not, it is funny in a sas way though

Sir Napsalot on August 5, 2008 at 12:39 PM

The complete transformation of our economy
Sir Napsalot on August 5, 2008 at 12:28 PM

To communism.

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Your toilet paper reference just brought that back to mind…ah, memories.

coldwarrior on August 5, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Were you allowed to use more than one sheet? Ala, Sheryl Crow.

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 12:42 PM

sas = sad

All kidding aside, when you pick out gems from Obama’s speech (on energy), the amount of Marxist garbage SEEP through.

The left can’t help themselves.

Sir Napsalot on August 5, 2008 at 12:42 PM

He’ll make energy independence an urgent national priority, raise mileage standards, fast-track technology

this would be sails on cars and properly inflated tires right ??

Mojack420 on August 5, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Back to work on my sail car.

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Could someone ask this guy to name one source of “alternative energy” and how soon will this “alternative energy” source replace oil in all it’s uses in the United States of America?

RMR on August 5, 2008 at 12:46 PM

cjn said:
‘We cannot wait, we must inflate’

Why did you have to bring phallic symbols into the discussion? I thought Bob Herbert of the NYT made that deplorable tactic newsworthy yesterday. What is it with you typical white guys??

in_awe on August 5, 2008 at 12:48 PM

John McCain. He’s been in Washington for 26 years. And as gas prices soared and dependence on oil exploded, McCain was voting against alternative energy

I don’t believe that that’s truth, not that it matters to Obamatons.

Nonetheless, for the last three years Obama has been part of the problem obstructing the provision of more domestic supply.

drjohn on August 5, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Even with the tarred ‘outrageous profit’ from oil companies, does anybody realize that is the work from how many men/hours? It is not as if oil companies just did nothing and profits come out of waazoos all by itself.

Also, the proposed windfall profit tax on oil, is it just from American oil companies, or is he going to extend that to foreign oil companies? What’s to prevent American oil companies to become foreign oil companies, and leave us none?

Sir Napsalot on August 5, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Obama doubles down on energy

What?? Now he wants us to over inflate our tires?

MarkTheGreat on August 5, 2008 at 1:05 PM

A tax cut? So only people who pay $1000 or more in taxes will get the maximum, right?

exhelodrvr on August 5, 2008 at 1:08 PM

What’s to prevent American oil companies to become foreign oil companies, and leave us none?

Sir Napsalot on August 5, 2008 at 1:01 PM

U.S. companies would not leave the U.S. because of excessive regulation. Would they? They would still be competitive. Would’nt they?

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Higher mileage for cars and alternate fuels are old news.

The lefties and enviros (was that redundant) have been pushing both issues for decades.

The public is fully aware of it, and has rejected it.
If obama thinks that he can forge a new coalition out of these old nostrums, he’s delusional.

MarkTheGreat on August 5, 2008 at 1:10 PM

“The complete transformation of our economy”

We could go back to subsistence farming. That would make the energy plan work.

exhelodrvr on August 5, 2008 at 1:10 PM

What?? Now he wants us to over inflate our tires?

MarkTheGreat on August 5, 2008 at 1:05 PM

If 35 psi is good, then 70 psi should be twice as good.

Johan Klaus on August 5, 2008 at 1:11 PM

The RNC needs to start running ads that begin with something like:

For the last two years, while the Democrats have had full control of congress, things have … Now the Democrats want to …

We have to drive home the point to those who haven’t been paying attention, that the culpability of the Democrats in our current problems.

MarkTheGreat on August 5, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Who wants to take bets on when His Holiness will go “scorched earth”?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 5, 2008 at 1:15 PM

The RNC needs to start running ads that begin with something like:
For the last two years, while the Democrats have had full control of congress, things have … Now the Democrats want to …
We have to drive home the point to those who haven’t been paying attention, that the culpability of the Democrats in our current problems.
MarkTheGreat on August 5, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Sounds great, Mark.

Not too long ago, democrats were touting the line that the price of gas has gone up under Bush’s watch.

Some smart person out there made a graph that showed how the price of gas started climbing when Pelosi & Reid took over. While they aren’t responsible for the world wide demand for crude oil, neither is Bush. But since they began this little game of theirs, I’d love so see a little bit of the mud splashed back in their faces.

wise_man on August 5, 2008 at 1:57 PM

WOAH WOAH WOAH, the “rebate” is not a “tax cut”?

- The Cat

P.S. I’d like to know how he’ll fast track inovation/invention/inverted belly buttons. (all three are just as possible)

MirCat on August 5, 2008 at 2:16 PM

not = now

MirCat on August 5, 2008 at 2:16 PM

The mask has now fallen.

ThePrez on August 5, 2008 at 3:53 PM