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Originally posted by IgnoranceIsntBlisss
Great speech this evening Obama, and thanks for revealing your agenda.
On the road earlier I happened to listen to the entire 'Oval Office Gulf' speech, live. Either Obama and his entire crew are a bunch of bluddering morons, or he just proved there is an agenda that has almost nothing to do with helping the environment.
Yadda fix well, yadda alternative energy... get off oil. Alternative energy doesn't actually get us off crude oil as we'll see.
I will say that other than what I'm about to get into, it was well written and well said. His speech writer propagandists are first class, and he has true talent at reading the teleprompter.
Now for the point: One could argue that all of the other products we get from oil are the byproducts from going after the fuel, while another could argue it's the other way around.
Just finding a replacement for gasoline, natural gas etc doesn't do too much to stop our NEED for oil. Oil is used to make virtually every consumer product in the modern world. From carpet, to roads. Paints to adhesives. Epoxies, that are even used to connect road sections of bridges. Plastics, vinyls, tubing, shoes clothes, nylon, polyester (poly-anything actually), teflon. Electronics, TV's, computers, etc.
The list goes on and on and on. You can't even make a score of "green" products without it, or at least it's currently used to make them. LED lights, those curly power compact bulbs Al Gore wants us all to buy, the jugs we buy Simple Green in, air filters, water filters, hand crank flashlights & radios, "Smart" cars, biofuel processors, wire & cable insulation used to hook up wind turbines, caulk used to seal cracks to increase energy efficiency, and so on.
How can he talk about us needing to break our addiction to oil and not mention a peep about this issue?
If he really cared about the environment, and the nation for that matter, he'd be grandstanding on a cross country speaking tour, which he's really good at, trying to convince everyone to stop buying garbage products from China. Virtually everything made in China is literally garbage, and literally all of it is destined for the landfill, sooner than later. YOu can buy used 30 years old USA products from a thrift store that would outlast the China junk you find at Walmart.
He should be telling people to buy long lasting Made in the USA products. With Chinese garbage they even have to use fuel to ship it across the globe. Some of the Chinese mega-tankers are the worst sources of pollution in the world.
Even if he didn't decide to go for China's jugular, for etc reasons, he could still be grandstanding about how USA products are environmentally smart. Even if you have to pay more initially, it will last longer and pay off.
Less garbage at the land fill, less 'need' for more oil extracts, less fuel getting it to your door, and so on.
Nice try, Mr. 'president of the world'.
This man doesn't care about you or the environment, and his speech is proof of that.
This being the case, it's time people take a moment to think of what the real agenda is here.
[edit on 16-6-2010 by IgnoranceIsntBlisss]
This is not some distant vision for America. The transition away from fossil fuels is going to take some time, but over the last year and a half, we’ve already taken unprecedented action to jumpstart the clean energy industry.
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