Chu: I give myself another A on gas prices

posted at 12:45 pm on March 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

That report card from the Department of Energy is starting to look pretty darned good, eh?  Three weeks ago, Energy Secretary Steven Chu gave himself an A-minus for his stewardship of taxpayer money, and shortly afterward, the GAO gave the DoE an 85% fail rate in handling the Loan Guarantee Program.  Chu came back to Capitol Hill today to discuss energy policy and stood by his self-assigned A-minus, and gave himself an even better grade on controlling gas prices:

Energy Secretary Steven Chu told a House panel Tuesday that he’d give himself top marks when asked to grade his policies’ effects on energy prices. Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House committee on Oversight and Government Reform, asked President Obama’s top energy official if he’d grade himself with an “A minus” on “controlling the cost of gasoline at the pump.”

Chu responded by saying he’d give himself a better grade than that.

“The tools we have at our disposal are limited, but I would I say I would give myself a little higher in that since I became Secretary of Energy, I’ve been doing everything I can to get long-term solutions,” Chu said.

Talk about grade inflation.  ABC News reported last night that gas prices have hit an all-time high for the month of March, although ABC claims that it may have peaked:

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The average price of a gallon of regular is now $3.87, the highest recorded price in March. The average price is up nearly 4 cents from a week ago, and over 30 cents from a year ago, according to the Department of Energy, as more drivers face gas prices of $4 a gallon or more across the country.

Last week, the average gas price was $3.83 a gallon, the previous record according to data going back to 1990.

What led to the conclusion that prices may start coming down? One refinery has restarted production, and Saudi Arabia might make up for lost production in crude if Iran stops exporting oil.  Those are mighty slender reeds on which to rest hope for a spring decline in gas prices.

If you’re wondering what the Obama administration record on gas prices really is, here’s the trend on average weekly national prices per gallon from the EIA:

The only way that looks like an A is if you intend to drive prices higher — say, to European levels.  But that’s not policy … anymore … trust him on that.


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I want to go to his school… that one hell of a curve… everybody gets an A!!!

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM

A+++

lorien1973 on March 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Everywhere else on God’s green earth, someone gives you a grade based upon your performance. Unless, perhaps, you are in the Obama administration….

Hmm.

ted c on March 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I want to go to his school… that one hell of a curve… everybody gets an A!!!

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Dead Man’s Curve, not even safe for pedestrians.

Steve Eggleston on March 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Unbelieeevable. Of course, in the ivy league schools, an A- is a failing grade.

Chu and BP were tied at the hip at berkley/300 million grant to a nobel prize winner in optics….

aniptofar on March 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

A is for A**.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

From energy to unemployment, the Downgrade Administration thinks it’s doing a fine job, yes sir!

When you can judge yourself..

Chip on March 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I will take Romney’s lead on this issue and not blame Obama. Romney said, very specifically, the president cannot be held accountable for gas prices.

So while Chu is an asshat, if you think things will be different under Romney, you’re an even bigger asshat.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Obama gives bonus points for loyalty.

seven on March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I’m not sure this is news. Ed you need to be careful here. Did the White House designate this as newsworthy?

AlexJ on March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Sometimes this Administration demonstrates a political incompetence that belies their Chicago training. What you say is “I’m not giving myself a grade, the issue of oil prices is too important to the average American family and too complex to reduce to grad school political shenanigans. Here’s the reality, . Short of acquiring or creating a state based oil company ala Venezuela there is nothing that can be done to reduce the price of oil outside of temporary fluctuations. No matter, how much we drill or shale or pretend that coal to liquid oil is viable (as Kermit explained in Jazz’s thread, its not) we are going to be subject to the whims of the global futures market. This is global capitalism, we can like it or leave it.

But, whatever, I gave up hope this Administration would develop spine years ago.

libfreeordie on March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

What a corrupt pig.

Excuse me now, I have to go take a Chu.

Wolfmoon on March 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Chu would give himself the top grade on gas prices despite that fact that the average price for a gallon of gas just hit $3.87

I wish. Last tank I filled cost $4.33/gal.

Socratease on March 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

libfreeordie on March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

You are only partly incorrect.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM

He definitely gets an A on his handling of gas prices, because they’re just where he said he wanted them.

Bitter Clinger on March 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM

What – ‘Chu can’t grade yourself? What Chu talkin’ ’bout! What would Chu do? Chu know what I mean… yes, Chu do…

ghostwalker1 on March 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Just remember that these are the folks who don’t want you to have the Liberty of choosing what you can drive.

The Know better than you, so just hand over your freedom and they’ll take care of you – just trust and vote for them and it’ll be all Okay.

Chip on March 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM

You Rethuglicans are just rooting for high gas prices now!!! /sarc

WashJeff on March 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I would say from that statement the Obama administration is proud of it’s energy policy and happy with gas prices.

Tater Salad on March 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

of course you do

putz

cmsinaz on March 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I give him an “A”, but coming from me it means something contrary to his intended meaning.

listens2glenn on March 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I wish. Last tank I filled cost $4.33/gal.

Socratease on March 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

3.75 in my part of florida. Highest ever. We never hit $4 here back in 2006 or 2007 when it went high last time. It’s crazy. I’m glad I work from home and don’t have to drive anywhere.

lorien1973 on March 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Why does Issa even ask him to grade himself. Why doesn’t he say, “Mr. Secretary, why should the American people put up with such a complete failure as you, Chu?

Deano1952 on March 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Here’s the reality, .

libfreeordie on March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Or not.

We get 25% of our oil from outside of North America. We could replace the majority of that 25% within 10-15 years with oil from the US and Canada, but thanks to your fellow travelers we have not. If we had started with ANWR, et al 10 years ago like the majority of conservatives wanted, we’d be well on our way.

Your side owns higher gas prices and wants them, desperately. So man up and revel in your success.

strictnein on March 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

It is generally unwise to assume you’re smarter than “The Smartest Man in The Room.

A truly smart underling would have given himself a B- or lower…always keeping a gap with the B+ leader.

BobMbx on March 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

That, of course, is on the affirmative action curve.

rjh on March 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Take away his taxpayer-fueled limo, and give him a Fisker Karma.

Steve Z on March 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

It is generally unwise to assume you’re smarter than “The Smartest Man in The Room.

A truly smart underling would have given himself a B- or lower…always keeping a gap with the B+ leader.

BobMbx on March 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

My guess is that Steven Chu doesn’t regard Obama as smarter than him. Though, of course, he would never say that to Obama.

Bitter Clinger on March 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I want to go to his school… that one hell of a curve… everybody gets an A!!!

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM

It’s this school:
http://dogs.icanhascheezburger.com/2012/03/19/funny-dog-pictures-professor-dog-is-everyones-favorite-professor/

I give Chu a Z minus, only because there isn’t anything lower.

rbj on March 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

The only way that looks like an A is if you intend to drive prices higher — say, to European levels. But that’s not policy … anymore … trust him on that.

Here’s a way to determine their true intentions – what would make more people dependent on the government and Downgrade their Liberty?

That will tell you want they really want – that is, if President Downgrade didn’t need to re-purchase the presidency.

Chip on March 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Short of acquiring or creating a state based oil company ala Venezuela there is nothing that can be done to reduce the price of oil outside of temporary fluctuations.

libfreeordie on March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Wrong. When you buy petrol, more of your money goes to paying the gas tax than it does to the profits of the oil company. Fact.

Daikokuco on March 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Chu is apparently the only man in the world that’s as smart as Li’l Bammie!

We’re so blessed to have these geniuses in charge!

Tim_CA on March 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Strap a little windmill to the top of Chu’s head and remind him that it’s time to get with the program; no more limos for you, pal.

Bishop on March 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

The Obama Administration “inherited” a “AAA” credit rating and $1.84/gallon gas.

Resist We Much on March 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

That is the point of grade inflation in the ivy league:
You can be a complete failure and still feel that you are brilliant.

WhatNot on March 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

What a corrupt pig.

Excuse me now, I have to go take a Chu.

Wolfmoon on March 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Don’t forget to wipe your Steven.

Tim_CA on March 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Chu: I give myself another A on gas prices

Prices?… Clueless!..the only gas chew choo gets an A on…doesn’t just come out of his rear… come’s out of his mouth!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I keep thinking of that scene from “A Christmas Story” when Ralphie imagines his teacher giving him an A+ on his theme while she dances around the room writing A++++++++++++ on the blackboard. Poor Ralphie, Stevie, only in his imagination…

Hat Trick on March 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Gas prices haven’t gone up.

The value of the dollar has dropped.

Welcome to the world of hyperinflation.

Rebar on March 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

From rdbrewer at Ace of Spades:

Recall the Dunning-Kruger effect. In short, a person’s incompetence inhibits their ability to recognize his or her incompetence. The people who think they are the smartest are the dumbest, essentially, because they are blind to their stupidity. The people who think they know better know the least. And isn’t it interesting that they are almost always the first to hurl the insult “you’re stupid”?

Mimzey on March 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

I guess what normal people define as a Hindenburg-scale catastrophe equals brilliant success in the rarefied world of super smart Nobel laureates.

Cicero43 on March 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Short of acquiring or creating a state based oil company ala Venezuela there is nothing that can be done to reduce the price of oil outside of temporary fluctuations.

libfreeordie on March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

When President rescinded the moratorium on drilling on the east and west coasts the price of oil dropped 8% in a single day. From that moment to the day Obama rescinded Bush’s executive order the price of gas went from 3.87 a gallon to 1.65, with no drilling in either coast.

There are some things that a president can do, like at least make a stance towards drilling. However, that is outside the possibility of this President.

itsspideyman on March 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

What a corrupt pig.

Excuse me now, I have to go take a Chu.

Wolfmoon on March 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Don’t forget to wipe your Steven.

Tim_CA on March 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

….what they said!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Who in life gets to grade themselves? I know the question was posed to him by Issa, that doesn’t mean he has to answer it. He could have defered his answer along the lines of “my agency has blah blah blah….”, but no I have to answer this question and I give myself an even higher grade than last week. Seriously! How in love with themselves do socialist have to be to work in this administration.

Chu is a disgrace like so many others in this administration.

D-fusit on March 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Short of acquiring or creating a state based oil company ala Venezuela there is nothing that can be done to reduce the price of oil outside of temporary fluctuations. No matter, how much we drill or shale or pretend that coal to liquid oil is viable (as Kermit explained in Jazz’s thread, its not) we are going to be subject to the whims of the global futures market. This is global capitalism, we can like it or leave it.

But, whatever, I gave up hope this Administration would develop spine years ago.

libfreeordie on March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Yet it is global capitalism. And Econ 101 teaches that more supply = lower price. Obama has done everything in his power to reduce supply. I think you can fill in the rest….

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Of course he gives himself an A. Prices have gone up!

EMD on March 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Short of acquiring or creating a state based oil company ala Venezuela there is nothing that can be done to reduce the price of oil outside of temporary fluctuations.

libfreeordie on March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Acquiring. Such a good way to describe “theft”

lorien1973 on March 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

The Obama Administration “inherited” a “AAA” credit rating and $1.84/gallon gas.

Resist We Much on March 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Don’t go dragging facts into this debate, I’m trying to collect evidence which will prove all of you are racists.

Bishop on March 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Of course he would give himself an A, as would Obama. They are driving up gas prices, just like they promised. Their current statements about their goals are just their standard lies.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

What led to the conclusion that prices may start coming down? One refinery has restarted production, and Saudi Arabia might make up for lost production in crude if Iran stops exporting oil.

What? I thought the global market would keep any additional supply from affecting prices no matter how much we might drill. /sarc

If the threat of additional supply from SA will drive down futures speculation, so would additional supply from our own wells. The increase in global usage cannot account for all of the dramatic rise in prices since, oh, say, Jan. 2009. Speculation, taxes, and regulation (different formulations for different parts of the country, etc.) all contribute as well.

IrishEyes on March 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

itsspideyman on March 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Shortly after Bush rescinded the moratorium, a barrel of crude went from $148/brl to $33/brl.
People seem to forget that. It wasn’t that long ago.

Mimzey on March 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

…Short of acquiring or creating a state based oil company ala Venezuela there is nothing that can be done to reduce the price of oil outside of temporary fluctuations.
libfreeordie on March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Because, you know, the laws of supply and demand don’t apply on my planet

JusDreamin on March 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Short of acquiring or creating a state based oil company ala Venezuela there is nothing that can be done to reduce the price of oil outside of temporary fluctuations.

libfreeordie on March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Acquiring. Such a good way to describe “theft”

lorien1973 on March 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

To be fair, I don’t think the troll was advocating that.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

The man is delusional.

lukjuj on March 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

But, whatever, I gave up hope this Administration would develop spine years ago.

libfreeordie on March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

How many years ago?

Del Dolemonte on March 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

According to libs:

Oil prices cannot be set. It is out of the control of any human.

But the price of education and health care can totally be controlled by the govt.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Price for a gallon of regular.

July 2008. $4.10 gas.

Bush lifts drilling ban.

August 2008. $3.74

September 2008. $3.65

October 2008. $2.66

November 2008: $2.07

December 2008: $1.66

January 2009: $1.84

February 2009: $1.96

March 2009: $1.91

April 2009: $2.06

May 2009: $2.44

June 2009: $2.67

July 2009: $2.61

August 2009: $2.64

September 2009: $2.59

October 2009: $2.49

November 2009: $2.67

December 2009: $2.60

January 2010: $2.67

February 2010: $2.65

March 2010: $2.75

April 2010: $2.86

Drilling ban goes into effect

May 2010: $2.79

June 2010: $2.70

July 2010: $2.75

August 2010: $2.75

September 2010: $2.72

October 2010: $2.82

November 2010: $2.87

December 2010: $3.05

January 2011: $3.08

February 2011: $3.48

March 2011: $3.57

April 2011: $3.88

May 2011: $3.91

June 2011: $3.65

July 2011: $3.70

August 2011: $3.60

September 2011: $3.66

October 2011: $3.46

November 2011: $3.37

December 2011: $3.23

January 2012: $3.44

February 2012: $3.72

Source: Consumer Reports

Resist We Much on March 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

…an “A minus” on “controlling the cost of gasoline at the pump.”

Which will be an A+ if he can get it over $5.00 before the election.

percysunshine on March 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Pointing out negative-sounding facts about Democrat policies is inherently racist of you Ed. Report yourself!

MTF on March 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

and Saudi Arabia might make up for lost production in crude if Iran stops exporting oil.

If its done correctly, Iran won’t be problem anymore. Trouble is….who has the guts to it right?

BobMbx on March 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

The people who think they are the smartest are the dumbest, essentially, because they are blind to their stupidity.

Ya know, I’m convinced that Obeyme was brought up as a yungin’ to believe he is awesomely smart. As he grew and matured, well physically matured anyway, his mentors continually fed his ego telling him how smart he is, as they prepared him for where they wanted him to be. He isn’t willfully blind to his stupidity. He really doesn’t even know he is stupid. In his mind he KNOWS he is the smartest person in the world and everyone else who doesn’t see it is stupid.

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM

A is A.

-Ayn Rand

Bat Chain Puller on March 20, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Acquiring. Such a good way to describe “theft”

lorien1973 on March 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

He could mean “acquire” in the same way Republicans want to “acquire” more aircraft carriers… Afterall, these things are free and only strengthen ‘Murica. /derp

Daikokuco on March 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM

According to libs:

Oil prices cannot be set. It is out of the control of any human.

But the price of education and health care can totally be controlled by the govt.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Ed, I am so stealing that.

D-fusit on March 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM

The question was “Controlling” gas prices, not “lowering” gas prices.

To Sec. Chu, you can control something going up as well as down.

WisRich on March 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe, By Gary Stix

No, that’s not Workers’ World Daily, it’s Scientific American.

Chu is the tip of the tentacle.

Akzed on March 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Resist We Much on March 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

It’s up to 3.55 here.
Gas prices are a HUGE reason why the Mister won’t be attending Spawn’s graduation in Illinois.
It’s cheaper for him to stay home and me to take the bus.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Rep. Darrell Issa… asked President Obama’s top energy official if he’d grade himself with an “A minus” on “controlling the cost of gasoline at the pump.”

I’d grade him higher than that too… Assuming European level prices is the goal.

taznar on March 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

He could mean “acquire” in the same way Republicans want to “acquire” more aircraft carriers… Afterall, these things are free and only strengthen ‘Murica. /derp

Daikokuco on March 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Good humor is always based in truth. When you make a joke like that, it’s not funny because it is not based in truth. You’re also too stupid to differentiate between a govt buying an aircraft carrier from a private manufacturer and a govt taking over a gas company from a private company. But you’re a liberal and a moron. We all knew that.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Chu is typical of the rampant incompetence that is reflected in every appointed liberal placed in positions completely over their head in the Obama administration. Each appointee has never had the experience in actually solving real-life problems. They depend on theory and ideas that are unproven in the actual economy. It is time to send these babbling fools back to their classrooms where they can brainwash their captive audiences into becoming over-educated liberal loons incapable of understanding reality. When the truth is what you want it to be rather than what in reality it actually is….you know you are a liberal.

volsense on March 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Anti-Obama commercial, general idea.

Start with Chu giving himself an Orwellian A for rising gas prices. Show skyrocketing gas prices! An A! Move to Obama giving himself a high grade (“solid B+” or the like) for his own governance, and deficit economy etc issues. Finalize with Obama’s hubris in talking arrogantly of his “5 more years” in office (etc) in assuming his reelection.

anotherJoe on March 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

If the threat of additional supply from SA will drive down futures speculation, so would additional supply from our own wells. The increase in global usage cannot account for all of the dramatic rise in prices since, oh, say, Jan. 2009. Speculation, taxes, and regulation (different formulations for different parts of the country, etc.) all contribute as well.

IrishEyes on March 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

The Saudis don’t have much in the way of excess capacity, they are putting it out as fast as they can.

The US, on the other hand, could increase production. If only bammie would let us.

0 is visiting an oil production area in New Mexico this week, I assume to try to give the impression that he’s all for it. Once the cameras are off, he’ll probably have the EPA shut them down.

iurockhead on March 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM

He could mean “acquire” in the same way Republicans want to “acquire” more aircraft carriers… Afterall, these things are free and only strengthen ‘Murica. /derp Daikokuco on March 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM

I don’t recall Republicans talking about stealing carriers from their rightful owners. I think they tend to want to pay the builders of carriers moneys legally raised through legislation.

I don’t understand some of the words you used.

Akzed on March 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Gas is $100/gallon and yet Romney is still getting shellacked by Obama.

Rasmussen Tracking 3/17 – 3/19 1500 LV 46 45 Obama +1
FOX News 3/10 – 3/12 912 RV 46 42 Obama +4
Reuters/Ipsos 3/8 – 3/11 937 RV 52 41 Obama +11

MOST ELECTABLE!!

LOL.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

To be fair, I don’t think the troll was advocating that.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Why give them benefit of the doubt? They won’t return the favor.

This one advocates it. That’s how I read it. You should too.

lorien1973 on March 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Anti-Obama commercial, general idea.

Start with Chu giving himself an Orwellian A for rising gas prices. Show skyrocketing gas prices! An A! Move to Obama giving himself a high grade (“solid B+” or the like) for his own governance, and deficit economy etc issues. Finalize with Obama’s hubris in talking arrogantly of his “5 more years” in office (etc) in assuming his reelection.

anotherJoe on March 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Romney will never attack Obama. He can attack conservatives all day long. But he then turns around and praises Obama. Which is why he is losing to Obama in every poll.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM

The Obama Administration “inherited” a “AAA” credit rating and $1.84/gallon gas.

Resist We Much on March 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Your comment would make a great bumper sticker!

scalleywag on March 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Why give them benefit of the doubt? They won’t return the favor.

This one advocates it. That’s how I read it. You should too.

lorien1973 on March 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

In general I’d agree. But libfree is not quite in l4l, keninct territory of communism. I doubt he’d be in favor of taking over the gas industry. I could be wrong.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Chu said he wanted our gas to equal European prices of $8-$10/gal. At this rate, he would achieve his goal by the end of a second Obama administration. Quite an achievement. If you agree with that goal, he SHOULD get an A+.

theCork on March 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Two of those are probably within the margin of error, and the other, well, the other is Reuters.

Carter was something like 30 points ahead of Reagan at this point in 1980.

Akzed on March 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Gallup 3/17 – 3/19 1500 A 49 44 +5
Rasmussen Reports 3/17 – 3/19 1500 LV 49 50

Gas going to $5 and he’s at 49% approval.

This is what happens when the GOP front runner spends all his time praising Obama instead of taking him on.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

The only way that looks like an A is if you intend to drive prices higher — say, to European levels. But that’s not policy … anymore … trust him on that.

That is precisely what Chu was referring to. He was snickering about it too as he gave his statement — you just couldn’t see it because he was snickering deep inside that grey mass of quivering gelatinous goo he calls his brain.

SD Tom on March 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Two of those are probably within the margin of error, and the other, well, the other is Reuters.

Carter was something like 30 points ahead of Reagan at this point in 1980.

Akzed on March 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

LOL. I love the Mittbot defense. Polls don’t mean anything. Except they meant something a few months ago when he was ahead and it was proof he was the most electable candidate.

And how come he’s ALWAYS on the negative side of the MOE? If what you say is true, statically speaking, he should lead 1/2 the polls if everything’s inside the MOE. Yet every single poll out there has him losing, some by 10%+.

It’s quite simple. When give a choice between a far left liberal Democrat and a far left liberal Republican, people choose real Coke over Diet Coke.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Issa’s self-grading questions are moronic. He’s being even more moronic asking Chu to grade himself on controlling gas prices. We as conservatives don’t want a government controlling gas prices. And relative to how Chu sees the world, Chu probably is doing an excellent job in assisting the development of alternative energy.

Instead, Issa should be probing Chu on the relative strength of oil development versus alternative energy. We could use such exchanges to educate people on the difficulties with alternative energy.

thuja on March 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Energy Secretary Steven Chu told a House panel Tuesday that he’d give himself top marks when asked to grade his policies’ effects on energy prices.

This proves that one person can simultaneously be a Nobel Laureate and a blubbering idiot.

Of course, we already had Paul Krugman to show us that.

SubmarineDoc on March 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM

This is what happens when the GOP front runner spends all his time praising Obama instead of taking him on. angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Romney “…spends all his time praising Obama…”? Wow, when does he find time for anything else?

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Romney and Obooba are not even Coke and Red Bull. There’s no comparison, and I don’t think I could be considered a “Mittbot” by anyone. You should look into some beta blockers. Ask your doctor.

Akzed on March 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM

LOL. I love the Mittbot defense. Polls don’t mean anything. angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I mentioned that Reagan was behind Carter by 30 points in polls at this point in 1980. So obviously I think polls mean something.

Akzed on March 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Chu is an arrogant socialist piece of trash. He doesn’t drive a car so he doesn’t about gas prices. I don’t think anybody who drives would give him an A. I give him an F.

CTpatriot on March 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

This bozo stands as proof positive of the old adage: A PhD is someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know absolutely everything about NOTHING. ‘nuf said.

CaptSteve on March 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM

The Obama Administration “inherited” a “AAA” credit rating and $1.84/gallon gas.

Resist We Much on March 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Well, there’s my Sticky Note Campaign message:

Obama “Inherited” $1.84 Gas
Hows that HopeyChangey thing working for you?

Harbingeing on March 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Romney “…spends all his time praising Obama…”? Wow, when does he find time for anything else?

You’re right. He spends his time equally praising Obama and giving the finger to conservatives.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Romney and Obooba are not even Coke and Red Bull. There’s no comparison, and I don’t think I could be considered a “Mittbot” by anyone. You should look into some beta blockers. Ask your doctor.

Akzed on March 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Fact:
Romney raised spending by more as a % than OBama has

Fact:
Romney increased taxes more as a % than Obama has

Fact:
Romneycare covers more abortions services than O-care

Fact:
Romney signed an anti-gun law that bans certain types of guns. Obama has not.

Fact:
Obama wants to raise taxes on those making $250K, whom he defines as “rich”. Romney also wants to raise taxes on “the rich”. But he defines rich as only $200K.

So you’re right, they’re not the same. Obama is to the right of Romney.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Ah, Chu. What an obamaturd.

Pork-Chop on March 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I think Chu has confused pump prices with GPA.

BlueCollarAstronaut on March 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

It’s a toss up if the Obamas are going to adopt Chu or Biden first. That way they can demand the press corps respect the privacy of the “kids” by not reporting on their activities when they are out on their own.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2012 at 2:07 PM

CHU is CHUM; opps I mean SCUM… Holder is simply a racist criminal and then:

The Failed President is both a liar, loser, and is destroying America. Secret Service personnel have stated he is a dishonest person and his wife hates white people. He is a very dangerous man and ignores the law in general, the will of the American people, Congress, and the Constitution.

There are no longer massive adoring crowds to deceive. For the first time in Barack Obama’s life, he is accountable. He has repeatedly shown that he cannot deal with, and will never be able to shoulder responsibility, as he is at his core a self-absorbed man, and a very dishonest human being.

Obama has never stood for individualism, capitalism, or liberty. The citizens of our country naively gave the reins of power to a tyrant. The White House has been marginalized and he has proven himself to be the most inept president in modern history. He is symbolic of a man who has downgraded the White House, the Constitution, human life, foreign policy, race relations, and America herself.

His resignation from office would be a great first step toward economic recovery. The majority of Americans are sick of his condescension, his policies, his racist bigotry, and his incompetence. Obama is “the most disastrous president in our history.”

This is the most corrupt, incompetent, dangerous tyrannical administration in American history. His only chance at re-election is to redistribute billions of dollars to his voters and campaign contributors in the way of entitlements, welfare, food stamps, stimulus, and green energy “investments” by government. He is the nation’s worst president. He is an arrogant, hyper-partisan, race-baiting, and a committed Black Liberation Marxist.

Brushjumper on March 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

This is a bit confusing. First one must understand the Chu/Obama objective. I appears to be to make the use of fossil fuels so expensive as to make fairy dust alternatives seem reasonable. Through illegal regulation, Chu/Obama deserve an A if the goal is as stated above. If the goal of the Department of Energy was to make sure there was abundant, inexpensive energy available to us all. They fail miserably. The only solution, it appears, is to remove these creatins from office.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on March 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

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