Video: Crazy Pete’s Enviro-Friendly Discount Galleria!

posted at 2:10 pm on August 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

This isn’t a great time for the “green” movement. When even the New York Times refers to green-jobs promises as “a pipe dream,” then one knows that the industry is facing a downturn. What about all of the so-called “green” products that the government pushed people to use, like the CFL bulbs that turn into a haz-mat issue when broken? Steven Crowder’s latest video features Crazy Pete and a clearance sale:

Crazy Pete’s isn’t the only place discounting green.  A year ago, the Obama administration promised to reinstall solar panels at the White House, to heat water and supply some electricity.  Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the plans last October, much to the delight of the Huffington Post.  Like so many promises from this administration, though, it’s all sunshine and no delivery:

In October, Energy Secretary Steven Chu pledged that solar panels and a solar hot water heater would be installed on the White House roof before the start of summer.

Now, summer is almost over, the 2012 election campaign is well under way, and there are still no solar panels on the White House roof.

Why? That’s a mystery.

The Energy Department will say only that the project is mired in the “competitive procurement process.” Spokeswoman Joelle Terry declined to go into details of the holdup. Questions about when that process might be completed also were rebuffed. So were queries about the projected cost of adding the panels and where the panels would be located.

The National Park Service, which put solar panels on White House outbuildings during the administration of President George W. Bush, said it couldn’t comment on why the previous installation was completed more quickly. It directed questions to the White House, where press spokesman Clark Stevens deferred to the Department of Energy, where spokeswoman Terry stuck to her original statement.

The Bush administration turned out to be more green — or at least more competently green — than the Obama administration.  What. A. Shock.  Apparently, there isn’t any such thing as a shovel-ready project, even at the White House.

Now take this example of bureaucratic bumbling on a no-brainer project like this and extrapolate it across the billions of dollars Obama has spent on green-jobs stimulus over the last 30 months.  Small wonder the NYT calls it a pipe dream; this administration can’t even get conduit installed in its own residence.

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All sunshine and no delivery…heh…

PatriotRider on August 26, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Those panels might block the sun to Moochies garden…

PatriotRider on August 26, 2011 at 2:15 PM

I can’t watch the clip. It’s blocked at work.

Is Crazy Pete anything like Crazy Ernie?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g2AU3HiM5A

Doughboy on August 26, 2011 at 2:16 PM

The National Park Service, which put solar panels on White House outbuildings during the administration of President George W. Bush, said it couldn’t comment on why the previous installation was completed <more quickly.

Bush’s fault for showing up Obama.

Chip on August 26, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Nothing new hear. They talk the talk, but never walk the walk.

Just like the Pope of the Church of Global Warming. Biggest house in Tennessee, and sucking up the energy that would have powered about 20+ “normal” homes.

GarandFan on August 26, 2011 at 2:20 PM

It is no mystery why those solar panels are not installed yet. Good grief, didn’t we learn our lesson about shovel ready jobs yet?

The time it takes to scope the job, do all the required studies and paperwork from environmental impact studies to ensuring the work is unionized, goes to minority businesses, etc takes 6-12 months. Then you put the work out for bid – another year. Then you let the contract and have the contractor fill out all their plans and paperwork.

3 years in and a couple million dollars later you might see something actually done – like a ‘men at work’ sign going up.

You have no idea how useless and wasteful it is for the government to lift a finger, let alone do something.

AJStrata on August 26, 2011 at 2:21 PM

I love Steve Crowder’s work. Just love it.

Lourdes on August 26, 2011 at 2:25 PM

The Bush administration turned out to be more green — or at least more competently green — than the Obama administration. What. A. Shock. Apparently, there isn’t any such thing as a shovel-ready project, even at the White House.

Now take this example of bureaucratic bumbling on a no-brainer project like this and extrapolate it across the billions of dollars Obama has spent on green-jobs stimulus over the last 30 months. Small wonder the NYT calls it a pipe dream; this administration can’t even get conduit installed in its own residence.

And everybody who is moderately honest with him or herself at this rate knows that what Obama did via “Green Energy” is redirect taxpayer money to his pals and campaign funders. GE, NBC, SEIU and other unions…it’s been a big ole taxpayer ripoff to “spread Obama around” by ripping off the taxpayers.

Lourdes on August 26, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Likely couldn’t find any solar panels that were not made in China.

slickwillie2001 on August 26, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Townhall is just plain cruel. Here in a post mocking the enviro-kooks nearly to death, what is the SEO-generated ad of the day?

Why…solar panels, of course! If I was the idiot solar panel salesman I would be suing you guys. But I’m not, so I get to LMAO, instead.

Jaibones on August 26, 2011 at 2:36 PM

PS Great work on this one, Crowder. Too much fun.

Jaibones on August 26, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Co’Cola Bears. That is GEEEENIUS.

S. Weasel on August 26, 2011 at 2:38 PM

I’m betting that Chu never asked the Secret Service and Homeland Security about putting the panels back up.

Back in Carter’s day you might have a sniper team or two and a few observers on the White House roof. Now there’s a command post, snipers, observers, anti-aircraft ordnance, high powered long range video surveillance equipment and more up there.

One hand making political actions, the other getting a job done. . . conflict is inevitable.

Love how they blame the bidding process tho’. These will probably wind up being the most expensive solar panels in history if they ever are installed (which I doubt).

They’d probably get more energy if they installed a windmill in the Oval Office.

Jason Coleman on August 26, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Snake oil shenanigans. That’s what snake oil salesmen sell.

Funny video!

BruthaMan on August 26, 2011 at 2:49 PM

The Energy Department will say only that the project is mired in the “competitive procurement process.”

The competition referenced here is “Who can donate the most money to Obama’s re-election campaign?”

Ha We on August 26, 2011 at 3:04 PM

They’d probably get more energy if they installed a windmill in the Oval Office.

Jason Coleman on August 26, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Better have a rev limiter or governor on it. How about a portable windmill that can travel with TOTUS.

SKYFOX on August 26, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Co’Cola Bears. That is GEEEENIUS.

S. Weasel on August 26, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Yeah, I thought so, too. Love that: “Co-Cola Bears.”

Lourdes on August 26, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Now, summer is almost over, the 2012 election campaign is well under way, and there are still no solar panels on the White House roof.

Why? That’s a mystery.

The Energy Department will say only that the project is mired in the “competitive procurement process.”

Meaning that no one bid on it, or those that did aren’t in business anymore.

BobMbx on August 26, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Surprise….. NOT!

ultracon on August 26, 2011 at 3:24 PM

The Energy Department will say only that the project is mired in the “competitive procurement process.”

In other words, “Who is going to donate the most to the O’s campaign.

Big John on August 26, 2011 at 3:32 PM

The Energy Department will say only that the project is mired in the “competitive procurement process.”
In other words, “Who is going to donate the most to the O’s campaign.

Big John on August 26, 2011 at 3:32 PM

D’oh, suppose I should look before I post my witty thoughts…

Big John on August 26, 2011 at 3:33 PM

I swear, it’s like liberals have never heard of a Cost/Benefit analysis.

Even with rebates, credits and tax incentives, 5kW Photovoltaic systems cost nearly 22K out of pocket (another 2K credit if you make under $72K)-the break even point is 15 years…but don’t worry, they have great financing options.

and those stupendous Renewable Energy Credits are considered taxable income with the States reserving the right to issue 1099′s on it…

But hey, it’s like planting 102 trees…but that many mature trees cost half as much and actually absorb CO2. But what do I know, I’m just an uneducated-neanderthal-Bible-clinger.

Ciannaky on August 26, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Co’Cola Bears. That is GEEEENIUS.

S. Weasel on August 26, 2011 at 2:38 PM

..rolling on the floor here. But I don’t know how well I’ll sleep tonight with that image of Steve “erasing his toucas” with single-ply TP.

The War Planner on August 26, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Love how they blame the bidding process tho’. These will probably wind up being the most expensive solar panels in history if they ever are installed (which I doubt).

Jason Coleman on August 26, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Rich irony from the administration that has dictated that every contract in the Pentagon must be competitively bid. … and that slows procurement down? Hmmm, you don’t suppose they are trying to hobble our national defense on purpose, do you? Nah, couldn’t be.

AZfederalist on August 26, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Crazy Pete’s even has hemp products…!

Reminds me of Mr. Haney on Green Acres.

Tim_CA on August 26, 2011 at 3:55 PM

1. Love that energy Steven! Good one…especially the curly-mercury-filled- lightbulb outfit!

2. Obama speaks. His media repeats what he says.
It does not matter what he does – or does not – do. His media will not report that.

3. Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

redwhiteblue on August 26, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Might want to send this link to Jonathan Alter.

John the Libertarian on August 26, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Rich irony from the administration that has dictated that every contract in the Pentagon must be competitively bid. … and that slows procurement down? Hmmm, you don’t suppose they are trying to hobble our national defense on purpose, do you? Nah, couldn’t be.

AZfederalist on August 26, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I remember about 20 years ago we were the only supplier of a diskette drive motor for a high-reliability drive which was used to support many military applications. We sold a replacement motor for under $100 to industrial users all over the country. When we got an inquiry from the Army, we told them we’d be happy to sell them the part at the same price and on the same terms (COD) as everyone else, but we would NOT fill out any extra paperwork or extend credit to a government entity (it would have cost us thousands of dollars to do this and we would have had to drastically increase the cost of the motor accordingly).

A few years earlier, this would have made it impossible for the government to do business with us. But somehow the Army came up with a special way to place such orders. The Army had designed a simplified procedure they could use to purchase commercial items without the bidding and the paperwork: saving them many millions of dollars and huge amounts of time on procurement of small quantities of common, readily-available, inexpensive items. I think they could even use cash to buy inexpensive standard items from retail stores.

Apparently the Obamacrats have reversed all of this and re-paralyzed government procurement. It’s a good thing that they are merely trying to install solar panels on the White House instead of doing something vital and important like importing critical vaccines or providing ammunition to our troops in the field.

landlines on August 26, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Why…solar panels, of course! If I was the idiot solar panel salesman I would be suing you guys. But I’m not, so I get to LMAO, instead.

Jaibones on August 26, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Click that ad like a crack-addicted monkey, as I always say! Every click on an ad is money in the pockets of our hosts, and all the sweeter if it comes from “the other side”.

Mary in LA on August 26, 2011 at 7:01 PM

I love Steve Crowder’s work. Just love it.

Well, that means a lot. I love to come on these sites and read those comments. Makes my day.

StevenCrowder on August 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

competitive procurement process

The best bid is from Red China and we all know it. The issue is how they can buy them and spin it into being a better deal buying from China.

seven on August 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM