Yes, our newly elected Commander-In-Chief is a Ivy League-educated intellectual. Why, he’s probably one of the smartest men to take that office, if you listen to some liberals.
Remember Obama’s energy strategy? Remember his desire to focus on “renewable energies” like wind and solar power? That’s what he ran on when he campaigned:
Require 10 Percent of Electricity to Come from Renewable Sources by 2012. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will establish a 10 percent federal Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to require that 10 percent of electricity consumed in the U.S. is derived from clean, sustainable energy sources, like solar, wind and geothermal by 2012. Many states are already well on their way to achieving statewide goals and it’s time for the federal government to provide leadership for the entire country to support these new industries. This national requirement will spur significant private sector investment in renewable sources of energy and create thousands of new American jobs, especially in rural areas. And Barack Obama and Joe Biden will also extend the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) for 5 years to encourage the production of renewable energy.
In fact, according to his campaign website, things like solar and wind power were going to offset povery:
Invest in Rural Areas: Obama and Biden will invest in rural small businesses and fight to expand high-speed Internet access. They will improve rural schools and attract more doctors to rural areas. And they will implement a bold climate change and energy independence plan that will revitalize rural America through new investments in renewable energy production, including wind, solar and biofuel investments.
Has he abandoned that strategy? Not according to his remarks to his Department of Energy staff:
After decades of dragging our feet, this plan will finally spark the creation of a clean energy industry that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next few years, manufacturing wind turbines and solar cells, for example — millions more after that. These jobs and these investments will double our capacity to generate renewable energy over the next few years.
We’ll fund a better, smarter electricity grid and train workers to build it — a grid that will help us ship wind and solar power from one end of this country to another. Think about it. The grid that powers the tools of modern life — computers, appliances, even BlackBerrys — (laughter) — looks largely the same as it did half a century ago. Just these first steps towards modernizing the way we distribute electricity could reduce consumption by 2 to 4 percent.
Now consider the following recent article concerning a strategy he’s considering to “reduce the effects” of global warming:
Obama May Block Sun’s Rays to End Global Warming
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
WASHINGTON — The president’s new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth’s air.
John Holdren told The Associated Press in his first interview since being confirmed last month that the idea of geoengineering the climate is being discussed.
One such extreme option includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays. Holdren said such an experimental measure would only be used as a last resort.
“It’s got to be looked at,” he said. “We don’t have the luxury of taking any approach off the table.”
Holdren outlined several “tipping points” involving global warming that could be fast approaching.
Once such milestones are reached, such as complete loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic, it increases chances of “really intolerable consequences,” he said.
Twice in a half-hour interview, Holdren compared global warming to being “in a car with bad brakes driving toward a cliff in the fog.”
At first, Holdren characterized the potential need to technologically tinker with the climate as just his personal view. However, he went on to say he has raised it in administration discussions.
Holdren, a 65-year-old physicist, is far from alone in taking geoengineering more seriously.
The National Academy of Science is making climate tinkering the subject of its first workshop in its new multidiscipline climate challenges program.
The British parliament has also discussed the idea.
The American Meteorological Society is crafting a policy statement on geoengineering that says “it is prudent to consider geoengineering’s potential, to understand its limits and to avoid rash deployment.”
Last week, Princeton scientist Robert Socolow told the National Academy that geoengineering should be an available option in case climate worsens dramatically.
But Holdren noted that shooting particles into the air — making an artificial volcano as one Nobel laureate has suggested — could have grave side effects and would not completely solve all the problems from soaring greenhouse gas emissions.
So such actions could not be taken lightly, he said.
Still, “we might get desperate enough to want to use it,” he added.
Another geoengineering option he mentioned was the use of so-called artificial trees to suck carbon dioxide — the chief human-caused greenhouse gas — out of the air and store it.
At first that seemed prohibitively expensive, but a re-examination of the approach shows it might be less costly, he said.
Does anyone see the outright stupidity here?
Things like solar energy require the sun in order to produce it effectively. How are you going to generate all this power from solar energy when you’re proposing to block the rays of the sun?
Oh yeah, and as any fifth-grade armature climatologist will tell you, the sun is the main driver for wind. Block the warming from the sun, and you basically kill wind power.
Yes. Barack Obama is a sterling tower of intellectual thought, on par with Wile E. Coyote.
Remember, this is the guy who picked Joe Biden because of his “experience.” Experience brought about by fictional meetings at the White House…