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.