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The Flat Earth presidency

Speaking in Maryland on Thursday, our failed President decided to mock the people who care about the countless billions of dollars he’s squandered on one “green energy” bankruptcy after another, as transcribed by MSNBC:

“Lately, we’ve heard a lot of professional politicians, a lot of the folks who are, you know, running for a certain office.  Who shall go unnamed,” Obama said. “They’ve been talking down new sources of energy. They dismiss wind power. They dismiss solar power. They make jokes about biofuels. They were against raising fuel standards. I guess they like gas guzzlers.”

“We’re trying to move towards the future,” the president continued, “they want to be stuck in the past.”

Yeah, the past, where it didn’t cost American families a hundred bucks to fill their sedans, and their children weren’t carrying sixteen trillion dollars in debt.

Obama also took it a step further, comparing the Republican candidates to the naysayers who thought explorer Christopher Columbus would fall off the edge of the Earth when he set sail for the New World.

“If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail…They must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society.  They would not have believed that the Earth was round,” the president joked to a laughing crowd. 

Columbus didn’t have the entire taxpaying population of Spain chained to the oars, forced to row his ships into an endless dead calm.  And it’s Obama and his cronies whose minds are held captive to primitive environmentalist superstitions.  Notice this desperate man doesn’t have a single word to say in his defense, other than hurling insults.  He couldn’t come up with an honest, logical response to the people he derides as “flat earthers” if you put him in a room full of teleprompters. 

All he can do is stagger around and tell brazen lies about how much oil Americans will have access to, once they wise up and get rid of him.  For the record, this country has sixty times more oil than Obama’s tired, fraudulent rhetoric claims.  Obama’s Earth is not only flat, but dry.

This Administration is still under investigation for the tax money handed over to Obama’s top contributors, with nothing but a string of absolute, unmitigated failure to show for it.  His “green jobs” are costing us an average of five million dollars apiece.  Only the most irresponsible deficit spending in American history keeps his agenda running.

“Wind power” is a sick joke, and the comedians tend to flee from the stage when someone proposes putting an ugly, dangerous, ineffectual wind farm in their backyards.  Summing up the global disaster of this sham industry, Matt Ridley of the UK Spectator – published in a nation that has gone much further down the wind power rabbit hole than we have – writes:

To the nearest whole number, the percentage of the world’s energy that comes from wind turbines today is: zero. Despite the regressive subsidy (pushing pensioners into fuel poverty while improving the wine cellars of grand estates), despite tearing rural communities apart, killing jobs, despoiling views, erecting pylons, felling forests, killing bats and eagles, causing industrial accidents, clogging motorways, polluting lakes in Inner Mongolia with the toxic and radioactive tailings from refining neodymium, a ton of which is in the average turbine — despite all this, the total energy generated each day by wind has yet to reach half a per cent worldwide.

Britain’s commitment to wind power was on target to drop over a thousand U.S. dollars per year on each household, even as the effective reduction in carbon emissions achieved by this wondrous technology weighed in at less than one percent – and might even be negative, Ridley notes, “because of the need to keep fossil fuels burning as a back-up when the wind does not blow.”

Even as Britain, which managed to squeeze a measly 0.6 percent of its energy needs from wind turbines, realizes the error of its ways, Obama hurls insults at Americans who wish to learn from their mistakes.

Solar power is a job-killing, capital-destroying nightmare.  Abandoned solar panel factories are scattered across the land.  Obama’s very good buddy George Kaiser is still scratching his head and wondering why he couldn’t make any money selling $5 solar cells for $3 apiece. 

A lot of those solar bankruptcies, including the recently departed Evergreen Solar of Massachusetts, are decamping for China.  And that wonderful Chinese solar industry is teetering on the verge of collapse, resulting in fire-sale inventory dumping that has drawn criticism from… the Obama Administration.  A report at Heartlander sums up the debacle:

Chinese solar power companies reported larger-than-expected losses in the third quarter of 2011, with few buyers lining up to purchase solar power equipment. The Chinese companies are trying to stay afloat by selling excess inventory at below-production costs, which has the Obama administration claiming the Chinese are engaging in unfair trade practices.

Solar power accounts for only one-hundredth of 1 percent of China’s electricity generation. Nevertheless, China produces 30 percent of the world’s solar power equipment, which is sold almost entirely for export.

With the European Union cutting back on alternative power subsidies and the United States declining to subsidize and mandate as much alternative power as the renewable power industry would like, Chinese solar power companies are stuck with growing inventories and no buyers on the horizon.

Shipments at Suntech Power Holdings, the world’s largest manufacturer of solar power equipment, have fallen 20 percent during the past year. Other solar manufacturers report similarly declining sales.

Liquidation is leading to suicidal pricing,” solar power analyst Hari Chandra Polaverapu told Bloomberg News.

“Demand has not lived up to expectations and pricing has collapsed over the last three quarters,” added analyst Aaron Chew, according to Bloomberg.

(Emphases mine.)  Clearly we need to re-elect Flat Earth Obama, so he can seize more of our money and use it to stimulate the moribund Chinese solar industry!

As for biofuels, we’re still waiting for a timetable on Professor Obama’s miracle algae fuel technology, which he seriously proposed to angry motorists as an option for relief at the pump, a few short decades from now.  Meanwhile, remember when Obama forced the U.S. Navy into his crackpot green energy schemes, and forced them to buy biofuel mixtures that cost over four times as much as normal jet fuel?

Or how about when he arrogantly instructed a man concerned about rising gas prices – back when they were far lower than they are today – to get rid of his SUV and buy an electric van that didn’t actually existThat is what “flat earth” stupidity sounds like. 

Obama parades his ignorance as if it were wisdom, and makes it abundantly clear, at every opportunity, that absolutely nothing will deter him from his rigid ideology.  If the voters don’t stage a mutiny this November, he will hold his foolish course until we all drop dead at the oars.

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