NRSC video says Obama’s energy policy is …

posted at 10:12 am on May 13, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The NRSC goes on the offensive today against Barack Obama’s energy policy in a snappy new one-minute video that might eventually see some play in key states — like, say, Missouri.  Claire McCaskill makes an appearance in the ad, which mainly focuses on Obama’s pledge to “necessarily skyrocket” the cost of electricity and to push the cost of gasoline to the same levels as Europe.  They label the Obama plan — well, see for yourself:

Hey, I think we resent that! Everyone knows that the Hot Air energy plan is Drill Here, Drill Now, and Humpbot Power for all. Otherwise, this is an excellent presentation of how Obama’s policies have impacted consumers — and how they will continue to hike prices and fuel inflation in the long run. Other Democratic incumbents shouldn’t assume they’re off the hook, either. McCaskill’s spot here can easily be swapped with others in the upper chamber.

Speaking of energy policy, the Obama administration plans on toughening CAFE mandates again. Why? Because government intervention has flopped before, so the only solution is more of it:

As the first Toyota Priuses took to U.S. roads more than a decade ago and celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz touted their virtues, enthusiasts predicted that hybrid cars would quickly become mainstream.

But there was a problem: They cost too much, and consumers spurned them. Last year, the vehicles represented less than 3 percent of cars and light trucks sold in the United States.

Now the Obama administration is deciding how much to push U.S. drivers into fuel-efficient cars.

Over the next few months, regulators are scheduled to set the next round of U.S. fuel economy standards for manufacturers. Among the proposals under consideration is one that would lift average fuel economy under the law to as much as 62 mpg by 2025.

That would add about $10,000 in current dollars to the price of new cars. The industry believes that sales could drop by as much as 25%, killing hundreds of thousands of jobs. The changes to meet those mandates could cost more than jobs, too. Automakers have had to reduce weight in vehicles, making them less safe and putting drivers and passengers at greater risk of death from traffic accidents as well. Plus, electric and hybrid vehicles still have the problem of battery disposal and replacement, which will be both costly and environmentally damaging, and pure electrics will still need to charge from the grid — which uses primarily fossil fuels to operate, and whose costs will be necessarily skyrocketing.

So the Obama energy policy is this: higher prices, less safety, fewer jobs, and real environmental damage in place of harmless carbon dioxide emissions. That should be a winner in 2012.


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GOD…..

HELP US!!!!

golfmann on May 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Everyone knows that the Hot Air energy plan is Drill Here, Drill Now, and Humpbot Power for all.

Speaking of Humpbot Power….I’m pretty sure that Allahpundit is two in the hole for promises on ye ol’ Humpbot. I distinctly recall two instances where he said we wuz gittin’ humpbot and there wusn’t no humpbot gotten.

ted c on May 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM

“$4 a gallon… It’s a good start…”/Ozombie
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RalphyBoy on May 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM

But he seems like such a nice man…..

saiga on May 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM

So the Obama energy policy is this: higher prices, less safety, fewer jobs, and real environmental damage in place of harmless carbon dioxide emissions. That should be a winner in 2012.

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And a shift from Middle East Oil… to South American Oil…
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RalphyBoy on May 13, 2011 at 10:21 AM

FINALLY!! They need to run that EVERYWHERE..

reshas1 on May 13, 2011 at 10:22 AM

The final goal isn’t to get everyone into electric death-traps, the left isn’t even working on how to power them all, this is about getting everyone out of personal vehicles completely.

Bishop on May 13, 2011 at 10:23 AM

They are clearly racists

/ do I need this?

faraway on May 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Everything will be powered by rainbow-colored unicorn farts.

GarandFan on May 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Everyone knows that the Hot Air energy plan is Drill Here, Drill Now, and Humpbot Power for all.

Hmmm… No prom for the NRSC.

Fallon on May 13, 2011 at 10:25 AM

So the Obama energy policy is this

Blame BOOOOOOSHHHHHHH!

search4truth on May 13, 2011 at 10:26 AM

So the Obama energy policy is this: higher prices, less safety, fewer jobs, and real environmental damage in place of harmless carbon dioxide emissions. That should be a winner in 2012.

Oakland will be along shortly to dispute this claim. He only responds to these threads.

BTW, 100% of the scientists I know agree with Ed’s comment.

So, here is the challenge to Oakland: prove the above comment is incorrect.

Yoop on May 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM

How telling is it that Obama could drop our gas prices in half with the stroke of a pen, but refuses to do so.

John Deaux on May 13, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I love the rising teleprompter. AWESOME!

mizflame98 on May 13, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I like the dark smoke coming out of Air Force One.

They need to add Obama as Don Quixote tilting at windmills on a calm day.

And, on the graph of gasoline prices, what they did in 2008 after Dubya the Oilman lifted the drilling ban…

Steve Z on May 13, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Excellent….

REIW!

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 10:32 AM

$4 a gallon? I wish. Up here in the frozen north, the last time I filled up I paid $1.41/liter, which is about $5.50/gallon.

ProfessorMiao on May 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Love it. Love it! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!!!

Run that clip everywhere, 24/7.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 13, 2011 at 10:34 AM

But he seems like such a nice man…..

saiga on May 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM

I’ve never understood all the people who say Obama is ‘likeable’. What’s likeable about an arrogant narcissist who is continually putting down people don’t agree with him?

ProfessorMiao on May 13, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Over regulation and resulting price manipulation is always a good thing. Works every time.

a capella on May 13, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Speaking of Humpbot Power….I’m pretty sure that Allahpundit is two in the hole for promises on ye ol’ Humpbot. I distinctly recall two instances where he said we wuz gittin’ humpbot and there wusn’t no humpbot gotten.

ted c on May 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Maybe when Prosser finally wins.

Steve Z on May 13, 2011 at 10:36 AM

THIS JUST IN:

Obama sucks.

Sponge on May 13, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Has this ad aired? Until it does – it’s no more important to 2012 than the words I’m typing right now.

I like the ad – it makes me feel good – but that’s about it. I’ll be more excited when I see it on my television screen – but I’m not holding my breath – the NRSC is more likely to spend it’s money defending Olympia Snowe and Scott Brown than it is airing something that might be considered an attack on Obama.

HondaV65 on May 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Transfrickinforming America!!!

Yes he did.

***Now watch us take it back!!

PappyD61 on May 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Tired old hawkdriver points, but this one is the media for me again. If this were George Bush’s era and the gas prices were this high and driving consumer prices as they are…

There would be a non-stop, steady stream of media coverage and the links would all be to the Bush Administration or to Conservatives in general for somehow pushing us into this corner.

I have never heard one liberal media outlet even begin to admit there is merit in increasing US oil production. That is the only sure thing that directly helps the problem. But you listen to Obama and McCaskill and it sounds as if they’re loving the the high gas prices.

To recap: Under George Bush or another Conservative Administration, high gas prices … bad and hurt working Americans. Bush is inept.

Under Obama, high gas prices are necessary reduce use and to propel consumer to cars they can’t afford that don’t do what they were touted to. Obama is a visionary.

God save this country from the media.

hawkdriver on May 13, 2011 at 10:38 AM

So the Obama energy policy is this: higher prices, less safety, fewer jobs, and real environmental damage in place of harmless carbon dioxide emissions. That should be a winner in 2012.

Only if more than 50% of the electorate are clueless fools.

Oh, wait . . . .

AZCoyote on May 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM

“. . . by combining Hydrocarbon-bullhockey” and “Lithium-di-yeswecan”.

Nearly spit my breakfast on the screen.

Love it!

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 13, 2011 at 10:41 AM

BTW,
Christ Christie and Scott Walker set to endorse the RINOTastic JEB 2016 Candidate Mitch “Linus” Daniels.

If Linus gets the wifey to say it’s okay.

Wait till Linus refuses to go “negative” against Obama…..you will NEVER NEVER NEVER see these ads again.

PappyD61 on May 13, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Needed to be said hawkdriver

Spot on!

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Now the Obama administration is deciding how much to push U.S. drivers into fuel-efficient cars.

 
You. First.

rogerb on May 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Only if more than 50% of the electorate are clueless fools.

Oh, wait . . . .

AZCoyote on May 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM

I really don’t think it helps to have folks like McCain, Gingrich, Romney and T-Paw all saying they believe in the crap too.

hawkdriver on May 13, 2011 at 10:49 AM

A 1999 USA TODAY analysis of crash data and estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that, in the years since CAFE standards were mandated under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, about 46,000 people have died in crashes that they would have survived if they had been traveling in bigger, heavier cars. This translates into 7,700 deaths for every mile per gallon gained by the (CAFE) standards.

CAFE standards have killed and maimed thousands and thousands of Americans. This is well known information.

Obama doubles down.

WTF.

visions on May 13, 2011 at 10:51 AM

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Still gets old having to say it. I really wish the media in general would have an epiphany and see how dishonest they are in their reporting.

hawkdriver on May 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM

I heard on the radio that the inflation rate is higher than it has been in the last 2 1/2 years, due to the cost of fuel and food, which is, of course, impacted by the cost of fuel.

How is obaka gonna blame that on Bush? Not that he won’t try…

ladyingray on May 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM

If B.O. wants every American to drive a hybrid, then he should hand the first ones out to everyone for free!

Otherwise, B.O. can take his hybrids, stick them thusly into that mystical place where the sun shines not and start drilling for more oil, thus creating more jobs, thus improving the economy, etc.etc.etc.

I mean, rocket science this ain’t!

pilamaye on May 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Great clip. Spend some $ and get it on TV. Raising money by every GOP and independent group to get messages out like this should be a priority. The MSM won’t report any negatives on Obama.

cartooner on May 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Don’t think that will happen anytime soon sad to say HD

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 10:55 AM

We need to run this ad 24/7

JustJP on May 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Especially with soros hand in 30 news organizations

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Among the proposals under consideration is one that would lift average fuel economy under the law to as much as 62 mpg by 2025.

Driving a 2010 Prius, the most efficient gasoline-powered vehicle you can buy, and driving conservatively to maximize gas mileage, in the past year I have reached this threshold exactly……zero times.

CDeb on May 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM

pilamaye on May 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM

You know when something is “free” the taxpayer paid for it.

ctmom on May 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Among the proposals under consideration is one that would lift average fuel economy under the law to as much as 62 mpg by 2025.
Driving a 2010 Prius, the most efficient gasoline-powered vehicle you can buy, and driving conservatively to maximize gas mileage, in the past year I have reached this threshold exactly……zero times.

CDeb on May 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Over a whole tank, that is.

CDeb on May 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Lost jobs, inflation, more poor, and rising fuel costs, and more regulation. All part of the agenda, and not all that shocking. Disappointing, and making me angier and angrier by the day, yes. But not shocked.

What I am wondering is….where are all those ummm “supporters”? Why aren’t they defending this crap? Why aren’t they using their brilliant minds, and verbal attacks at us, to sway us? ROFL

capejasmine on May 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM

62 mpg by 2025 ? That’s do-able, but PERMORMANCE is the only way left to do it. Think 40 hp performance in the average vehicle, think a procession of vehicles going up the “grape vine” at 15 mph as normal.

bigmike on May 13, 2011 at 11:05 AM

“ClaireAir” — LOL. That ad was very well done. Now if they would actually show it to more than just the republican faithful…

KS Rex on May 13, 2011 at 11:06 AM

The commercial is a good “first cut,” but it is WAY TOO SUBTLE for 0bama voters and Independents.

The commercial needs to be way more clear and way more graphic, and focus on the evil being done to this country. It needs to point out that the Democrat “starve America” energy policy results in skyrocketing food, clothing, and shelter prices as well as simply making transportation unaffordable.

landlines on May 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Especially with soros hand in 30 news organizations

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM

I was watching a History Channel program (actually, pretty blatant pitch programing for the movie “Valkyrie” when that was running) but it was interesting to see how Joe Gepbbels slowly but steadily convinced the German People that the Jews were the underlying factor in all of their woes. First tying them to the loss of WW I, insinuating heavy influence in the economic woes of Germany and then pretty much dehumanizing them through reporting of Eugenics. All very subtle to start with. I’m sure that tempers the minds for harder points they intend to sell. I mean, how to you get to the point where you can convince yourself that an entire demographic of your society doesn’t even deserve to exist.

Is it any wonder that we can almost starve a nation of it most valuable domestic resources and convince ourselves as we’re slowly dying as a world power, that we’re doing it to “save the planet” and that we’re somehow more enlightened in the process?

hawkdriver on May 13, 2011 at 11:13 AM

It’s a great ad. I’d like to see it aired every half hour for a week on the networks.

Now as far as the statements about vehicle safety and the environmental impact of hybrid batteries, I’d like to see some evidence of that. As far as I can determine, vehicle safety is up because of design improvements and air bag placement, and Hybrid cars are beginning to come equipped with Lithium batteries which have almost no environmental impact.

OxyCon on May 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM

With new cars comes the higher taxes and higher insurance rates. In California, that means a couple of more thousand dollars a year.

Lord, I despise these people!

Blake on May 13, 2011 at 11:19 AM

The final goal isn’t to get everyone into electric death-traps, the left isn’t even working on how to power them all, this is about getting everyone out of personal vehicles completely.

Bishop on May 13, 2011 at 10:23 AM

That’s right. Everyone will be jumping on that high speed train from Chicago to Detroit, or even that high speed train from Chicago to St Louis. *sigh*

tencole on May 13, 2011 at 11:21 AM

I have never heard one liberal media outlet even begin to admit there is merit in increasing US oil production. That is the only sure thing that directly helps the problem.
hawkdriver on May 13, 2011 at 10:38 AM

That’s because the MSM is too busy making sure the American people keep blaming those nasty Big Oil companies for “raising prices”……they are making way too much money ya know. Of course Obama is not going to set the record straight.
We need someone….yes, I’m talking to you Sarah….to explain to the American people how “Big Oil” works, why prices go up/down, subsidies/taxes…..all in a simple way that EVERYONE can understand.

tencole on May 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM

$4 a gallon? I wish. Up here in the frozen north, the last time I filled up I paid $1.41/liter, which is about $5.50/gallon.

ProfessorMiao on May 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Geee….then why am I complaining about 4.59/gallon? s/

tencole on May 13, 2011 at 11:31 AM

It’s a great ad. I’d like to see it aired every half hour for a week on the networks.

I would think since the networks are wholly owned subsidiaries of the the DNC and the Obama administration that they would have a problem with this ad.

Tommy_G on May 13, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Sorry, this does not satisfy my hunger for a hard-hitting ad equal to the seriousness of the threats before us. I’m tired of cute ads.

In tone and substance the GOP is “normalizing” the Obama presidency, that is, acting as if its depredations and corruptions and lies are all within the usual brackets of partisan behavior. This may be a greater offense and betrayal than Obama’s.

Obama’s corruptions and machinations are systemically subversive and epic, designed to undo the entire American ethos and undertaking. And we get “snappy” ads. The GOP can go to hell.

rrpjr on May 13, 2011 at 11:33 AM

BTW,
Christ Christie and Scott Walker set to endorse the RINOTastic JEB 2016 Candidate Mitch “Linus” Daniels.

PappyD61 on May 13, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Acually, now Chrisite ISN’T endorsing Daniels.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54921.html

tencole on May 13, 2011 at 11:35 AM

The graphics in this ad are cute but the message isn’t direct enough. I emailed the NRSC and told them I hope their future ads convey a stronger message.

GrannySunni on May 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

For those of you who want the hard hitting ads — that is for the base. This type of ad is for the mushy middle who we need to win.

PhiKapMom on May 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM

The final goal isn’t to get everyone into electric death-traps, the left isn’t even working on how to power them all, this is about getting everyone out of personal vehicles completely.

Bishop on May 13, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Bingo. There’s no more fundamental freedom than the freedom of movement. What does society do when you break its laws? They put you in jail, where you can’t move around freely.

Of course, the libtards want EVERYONE ELSE out of personal vehicles. As THEY are the elite, favored ones, they will get waivers, allowing them to continue using personal vehicles.

Just look at America, or any other modern country: there’s tens or hundreds of millions of cars on the road. Being at war with these vehicles and their occupants illustrates the depravity to the Left and the enviro-nazis.

FlatlanderByTheLake on May 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM

But he seems like such a nice man…..
saiga on May 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM
I’ve never understood all the people who say Obama is ‘likeable’. What’s likeable about an arrogant narcissist who is continually putting down people don’t agree with him?
ProfessorMiao on May 13, 2011 at 10:36 AM

I don’t get it either… It should be obvious that Obama is an inexperienced unqualified therefor Poseur of a POTUS…

I filled up the other day and paid $4.49 for regular… The only way Obama wins next November is through massive vote fraud! We better get ready to fight it. We need poll watchers and volunteers to GOTV in every single place… That’s where the battle is going to take place!

CCRWM on May 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Notice the “Claire Air” jet?

shick on May 13, 2011 at 12:35 PM

About 100,000 Americans (Men, women, children, toddlers, and babies) have died horrible deaths in the name of braindead liberalism and the eco-fascists.

The only way to meet crazy government fuel consumption standards (in the real world, opposed to say Obamaworld) is to REDUCE THE WEIGHT OF CARS.

Naturally the lighter the car, the more vulnerable the people are when they depend on their vehicle shell to “protect” them in a crash.

It’s official folks LIBERALS Are baby killers — AND THEY DON’T GIVE A +UCK. Just look at the grinning buffoon in chief.

Jack Bauer on May 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM

This administration is malicious.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM

At the end of the ad zero looks like a wild and crazy guy.

50sGuy on May 13, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Jeepers, from a sheer practical matter regarding small cars and gas mileage. The average american family is getting TOO FAT to fit into these matchbox cars.

They will get my GMC Yukon away from me only by prying my cold dead fingers away from my steering wheel.

If they quit making big cars for the bigger people, they will effectively be immobilizing 30% of the population.

karenhasfreedom on May 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

$4 gas, why stop there, let’s go for $6 bucks and beyond!

Kini on May 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Jack Bauer, none of the libs are even LOOKING at the increased long term health care costs from really horrible accidents that don’t actually kill the occupants, but injure them severely.

Not go be goulish, but think about the expense of the congresswoman who was shot. Then think about all of the head injuries from small, light car accidents. Think about the rehab costs of people who lose limbs in these sh*tbox cars.

Once again, my GMC Yukon is a tank. And it is somewhat higher in profile, therefore, much easier to see the landscape ahead for defensive driving. And, there is NO road fatigue for the driver. I noticed that difference right away from regular sedans, closer to the road.

My only heartbreak, is I can’t buy another Yukon from government motors. Once my 2003 is finally on its last gasp, I will have to hope that Ford still sells their navigators!! (I have 163K miles on my 2003, I do a LOT of cross country driving).

karenhasfreedom on May 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Dennis Miller must be helping the GOP write these things.

Western_Civ on May 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

karenhasfreedom on May 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Correct. There are official statistics as to how many thousands have been killed WHO WOULD HAVE SURVIVED, had their vehicle not been the sh+tbox you describe.

Let alone the maiming and serious injury.

It’s frightening.

But like the “liberal” eco-fascist led ban on DDT which kiled MILLIONS (but they are only poor people with black/brown skins. So who gives an eff.

Certainly not the liberals.

Jack Bauer on May 13, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Finally the ad is up and (as an exCreative Director/copywriter) IMHO this is a GREAT ad.

It’s funny, it’s NOT HECTORTING but laid back (believe me, never shout at your potential customers, they switch off instantly), and it uses the idiot’s own words to illustrate the childish ABSURDITY of his ideas.

Great stuff.

Jack Bauer on May 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Just posted to fb. Love it!

txhsmom on May 13, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Why does anyone think it’s Ok that the Federal Government even HAS an energy policy? When did it get to be reasonable to expect that a bunch of central planners and bureaucrats would be smart enough to understand something as dynamic and complex as the mechanism that fuels the largest economy on earth?
We’re so d@mned far down the rabbit hole that we can’t even see the problem, much less debate the solutions!

Lew on May 13, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Yeah, but he ordered the raid on and killed OBL!

rjoco1 on May 13, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Yeah, but he ordered the raid on and killed OBL!

rjoco1 on May 13, 2011 at 4:05 PM

The only thing he ever killed was my appetite. The SEALs kill Bin Laden.

hawkdriver on May 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM