RUSH: A couple of audio sound bites here, Der Kommissar is Here, is the title of the bump tune. It fits. Barack Obama this afternoon in the White House extolled the virtues of cap and trade.
OBAMA: Just last Friday the House of Representatives came together to pass an extraordinary piece of legislation that will finally open the door to decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, preventing the worst consequences of climate change and making clean energy the profitable kind of energy. Thanks to members of Congress who were willing to place America’s progress before the usual Washington politics, this bill will create new businesses, new industries —
RUSH: Stop it. I can’t handle it. All of this is lies and there’s no other way to put this. All of this, everything you heard him say, is lies. Let’s start from the top. Well, they did pass an extraordinary piece of legislation. That’s true. But will it finally open the door to decreasing our dependence on foreign oil? It’s just the opposite. We’re going to be importing more because we’re going to be producing less domestically to avoid the new carbon taxes. Preventing the worst consequences of climate change? We’re not causing climate change! It is vanity unparalleled to say so. Making clean energy the profitable kind of energy. This bill will create news businesses, new industries, and millions of new jobs. It will also kill many more millions of new jobs. These millions of new jobs created are going to have to be subsidized by the government because there’s no market for any of this stuff. I talked about this Thursday and Friday. There’s no market for wind. If there were, it would be in existence. You cannot mandate the existence of new technology from Washington. You just can’t do it.
I was watching the Fox All Stars on Friday afternoon, and it was a good illustration of what we’re up against. Charles Krauthammer was making 150% sense in all this, saying exact same thing. You can’t mandate the creation of new technologies from Washington. There’s nobody there that knows how to do it. It happens in the private sector when there’s a market need for it. When there’s a profit to be made is when people will get into it, not before and Juan Williams said you don’t understand, you don’t understand, you don’t understand, you don’t understand, this is about taking a much needed step to getting rid of the kind of polluting forms of energy that we have. It has to be taken. This is the same Juan Williams — who I like, by the way — the same Juan Williams, who, when he heard Vaclav Klaus, one of the two Vaclavs who is, I think at the moment, the president of the European Union came to Washington, National Press Club, devastating speech on global warming and how it’s all a fiction, and Juan Williams said, ‘I’ve never heard this before.’ He’d never heard a contravening view.
Do you realize conservatives are more informed on what the left thinks? Conservatives are far more widely informed than liberals are. Liberals have a narrow little focus and they don’t allow anything that contradicts their little cocoon to enter it. So he may as well be taking dictation, Juan Williams, from Rahm Emanuel. No, Charles, you don’t understand, this is about finally getting rid of all these old polluting forms of energy. This is about taking steps for the next hundred years and blah, blah, blah. The impact, the market aspects of this be damned because he doesn’t even know them and Krauthammer made the point, Juan, Washington doesn’t dictate new technologies. If it were that easy, any elected official, president would say, ‘Today I dictate that we can all fly like Superman, somebody get working on this and make it happen.’ That’s not how it happens. The market drives invention when there is a profit in any kind of economic activity, that’s when it will begin, or if there’s at least a profit envisioned down the road. Sometimes you’ll have to go in the red and take a risk, you take an investment on something, and nobody is willing to go full out on solar or wind. The only people doing it are being subsidized in one way or other by government. Here’s the next Obama bite. Now, if this doesn’t make you puke I don’t know what will.
OBAMA: The first step we’re taking sets new efficiency standards on fluorescent and incandescent lighting. I know lightbulbs may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7% of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and our businesses. Between 2012 and 2042 these new standards will save consumers up to $4 billion a year. We’re going to start here at the White House. Secretary Chu has already started to take a look at our lightbulbs and we’re going to see what we need to replace them with energy efficient lightbulbs.
RUSH: Jimmy Carter. This is Jimmy Carter all over again, the cardigan sweater, the thermostat down to 68 in the wintertime. We’re going to start here in the White House, going to get rid of all these bulbs, we’re going to put these compact fluorescents in there. And this is absurd. I know a lot of you are in the compact fluorescent business. If people want them, that’s fine. I really don’t care. But don’t tell me I have to buy one of the damn things because I’m destroying the planet otherwise. I refuse to have my intelligence insulted that way. And that’s the way all this crap is being sold to people, all this stuff that is irrelevant and makes no smidgen’s difference whatsoever, is being pitched as, you have to do this to save the planet, and if you don’t do it, we’re going to make you do it, like the kind of car we’re going to make you drive and all this other rotgut. Dictatorial, statist crap coming out of this administration. So we got hell breaking loose in Honduras. Oh, and you know we learned about Honduras? We learned the Obama administration tried to stop the coup.
Now, the coup was what many of you wish would happen here without the military. What happened in Honduras was that the president down there was constitutionally prevented from seeking another term of office, said, to hell with it. I’m going to run, I’m staying here. Right out of a book of Hugo Chavez. And opposition got the military — you are not going to destroy the Honduras constitution that way. So they kicked him out of office, and now you’ve got the Obama administration upset about that and they tried to stop this from happening. So they’ll meddle in all these countries that are going to promote dictators. Obama will be happy to help dictators survive, including in Iran. He didn’t meddle there. He meddled in Honduras, but time to throw Israel overboard, an ally. With all this garbage going on, the president of the United States makes a little press conference speech about lightbulbs and a mythical financial statistic that between 2012 and 2042 Americans will save $4 billion in energy costs?
Can I share with you a dirty little secret? We don’t have an energy shortage. There is not an energy crisis. All of this has been trumped up. We have all the energy we want. There might be brownouts in California now and then in the summertime but those are explained not by a shortage of resources, but rather a screwed up grid or a number of different stupid things that administrators are doing. We don’t have a shortage of this stuff, and we’re really not all that wasteful. We’ve been tightening up and becoming more efficient. This man talks to us like we’re still a bunch of children wasting energy all over the place when people aren’t. So the people of this country are under indictment when they’re not criminals and so forth, all of this, and you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re destroying the planet, you have to be saved from yourselves, that’s a tenet of liberalism.