Podesta responds to the green lobby’s natural-gas complaints: Be cool, guys

posted at 8:01 pm on March 20, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

As the New York Times rather aptly put it last December when the White House announced that John Podesta, erstwhile Clinton White House chief of staff and former president of the uber-liberal Center for American Progress, would be returning to the White House for a stint as special adviser to Obama:

Many were delighted by John Podesta’s decision last week to join President Obama’s White House staff, none more so than the environmental community and the people in charge of the federal agencies that are most responsible for the environment. As counselor to the president, Mr. Podesta, who served as White House chief of staff during President Clinton’s last three years, will have a broad portfolio touching on the economy and congressional relations. But his biggest contribution will be to bring his passion on environmental and energy issues to a president who has to be constantly reminded of their importance.

Mr. Podesta’s appointment should further elevate the issue of climate change in the White House. That is something he cares deeply about.

Funnily enough, after several amassed green groups sent a frantically-worded letter to the president urging him to resist the recent calls to allow for more exports of natural gas to eventually blunt Russia’ energy dominance in Europe (in which they comically pretended that they give a hoot about the bogus issue of rising gas prices in order to soften their real concern about paving the way for more hydraulic fracturing), it was Podesta who had to tell them to calm down and listen to the words coming out of their own mouths.

White House adviser John Podesta took aim Wednesday at environmentalists who have criticized the Obama administration’s support for natural gas.

“If you oppose all fossil fuels and you want to turn that switch off tomorrow, that is a completely impractical way of moving toward a clean-energy future,” Podesta told reporters during a roundtable discussion at the White House.

“With all due respect to my friends in the environmental community, if they expect us to turn off the lights and go home, that’s sort of an impractical suggestion,” he added.

Podesta’s comments were in line with the administration’s long-running talking points, but they‘re likely to anger many in the liberal wing of the environmental movement, which has launched increasingly aggressive attacks against fracking and liquefied natural gas exports.

And they signal that the former president of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress isn’t afraid to part ways his his former compatriots to make the case for the president’s climate agenda, a topic he said he spends about half his time working on.

I’d wager that Podesta, too, would eventually love to see fossil fuels all but eliminated, and perhaps he’s just keeping mum so as not to show any fissures in White House policy, but at least he can publicly recognize the ridiculous impracticality of these green groups’ energy-policy extremism and constant hyperventilation about imminent catastrophe that never quite seems to happen. It’s a great way to get people to not take you seriously, you know?


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I’d wager that Podesta, too, would eventually love to see fossil fuels all but eliminated, and perhaps he’s just keeping mum so as not to show any fissures in White House policy, but at least he can publicly recognize the ridiculous impracticality of these green groups’ energy-policy extremism…

With guys like Podesta and Al Gore its about money and power. The truly deluded ones are the Greenie devotees that actually believe the garbage spewed by their leadership.

sharrukin on March 20, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Hey Greenies–if you don’t want to burn natural gas, can we at least sell it to Europe?

Steve Z on March 20, 2014 at 8:28 PM

I swear, Podesta is trying to become black… physically.

ExpressoBold on March 20, 2014 at 8:32 PM

“If you oppose all fossil fuels and you want to turn that switch off tomorrow, that is a completely impractical way of moving toward a clean-energy future,” Podesta told reporters during a roundtable discussion at the White House.

“With all due respect to my friends in the environmental community, if they expect us to turn off the lights and go home, that’s sort of an impractical suggestion,” he added.

…Until After We Have Total Control.

Which is what he was actually thinking.

Moving too fast has been the doom of many “perfect societies” in history. Notably the Persians. Once the Greeks realized that Darius & Co. intended to not merely force tribute from them, but enslave and ultimately exterminate them, they got very serious about saying “no thank you.” Notably at Thermopylae, Plataea, and Salamis.

It’s the difference between turning up the heat under the frog in the pot of water slowly, so that he boils to death without realizing it, and turning it on high all at once, scaring him into jumping out.

Podesta wants his feudal-socialist paleolithic Utopia just as much as the watermelons at Greenpeace, etc., do. But he realizes that if they don’t couch it in gentle, non-confrontational, passive-aggressive terms now (after five years of “Death To Western Civilization Before Sunrise!” from the deep-ecos), the backlash at the polls in November, and in the legislature and elsewhere after that, could make the Albigensian Crusade look like a kid’s birthday party.

So the Greens will just have to wait a while for their re-education camps, and the “rectification” of 90% of the Earth’s population. At least until after The One declares nuclear power, oil, LNG, hydroelectric, the Second Amendment, and breathing “threats to the environment” with a stroke of his pen.

Then Podesta, like his cronies, will be able to shout with glee as civilization …dies.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

yeah, Ericka, not cynical enough. 1. the lunatic left is…well, lunatic…cranks…Luddites…idiots.

Podesta has made a ton of money off these guys, and maybe has enough brains to actually see that they are beyond stupid. We have stupid $$$ running this county, which is never a good thing. Anyway, Podesta will just get just enough away from the fringe so that the economy doesn’t actually stop…at least on barry’s watch.

r keller on March 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

The Podesta Group, and John Podesta’s brother Anthony in particular, were the hired best friends in D.C. of now-exiled crook Viktor Yanukovych. Having an idiot like this close to the President is just dangerous… although admittedly the whole administration is idiots…

Gingotts on March 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

‘Eon”, I LUV ya. You have the plan down to the proverbial ‘T’. The good news for me is that I’m un-reducable. Guess I’ll just have to fire up the ol’ M1A…

vnvet on March 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

I’ve followed John Podesta’s public career for 20 years.

If he advocates something that sounds like good fundamental policy and not some leftist scheme, it’s time to check your wallet. Physically. Something is amiss.

Adjoran on March 20, 2014 at 10:50 PM

It’s the greenies that need to check their wallets.

There must not be enough money coming in from the green fringe these days. So the administration is putting some daylight between themselves and that part of their base, because without their constant contributions they become just a liability, and also to let them know if they don’t pony up, they can expect the administration to go off the green reservation and do things like approve the Keystone pipeline or worse.

With Obama, it’s always about fundraising.

platapapin on March 21, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Just more proof that leftists are not only luddites, but misanthropes as well. (They are also racist communists, fascists and Stalinists.) Why more people don’t understand that is what baffles me.

earlgrey on March 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Green Acolytes were pleased to see the dire state of EU residents regarding gas and fuel prices. It leads to European hegemonic extinction, the desired outcome. Of course Podesta wants that.

Drop fuel prices in Europe? They’re frantic to not slide backwards. Podesta is slowing the drip rate. He’s as nihilistic as anyone has ever been.

winoceros on March 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM