Still Thinking About Voting for Obama?

October 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm

(Kyle Becker) –Give this video seven minutes and then go pull the level for Obama on November 6th, if you can…

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Via Independent Journal Review H/T Dave Blount at Moonbattery

Update:

Former SNL Player Democrat Rob Schneider: ‘Ive Come Around, I’m Not Voting For “Crappy” Obama Again’ [Audio]

HUGE: Romney Wins All 4 Major Iowa Newspaper Endorsements

Romney has had 9 newspaper endorsement reversals, compared to Obama’s 1

Complete List Of Obama’s Taxpayer Funded Green Energy Failures

October 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

Remember the well aimed “you don’t just pick the winners and losers, you pick the losers” zinger Romney successfully launched at Obama during the 1st debate? It was a bitch slap heard ’round the world. Arguably [the] best line of the debate.

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And the only response Obama could muster was to take his trusty pick-ax index finger and mine for gold?? Ewww. If that is how he behaves in public, one wonders how he acts in private. But I digress.

(Transcript and MORE at Hot Air.)

Moving along, thanks to Heritage we now have an up to date comprehensive list of Obama’s green failures to refer to:

…The fact that some companies are not under financial duress does not make the policy a success. It simply means that our taxpayer dollars subsidized companies that would’ve found the financial support in the private market.

So far, 36 companies that have received federal support from taxpayers have either gone bankrupt or are laying off workers and are heading for bankruptcy. This list includes only those companies that received federal money from the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy. The amount of money indicated does not reflect how much was actually received or spent but how much was offered. The amount also does not include other state, local, and federal tax credits and subsidies, which push the amount of money these companies have received from taxpayers even higher.

The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:

  1. Evergreen Solar ($24 million)*
  2. SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
  3. Solyndra ($535 million)*
  4. Beacon Power ($69 million)*
  5. AES’s subsidiary Eastern Energy ($17.1 million)
  6. Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
  7. SunPower ($1.5 billion)
  8. First Solar ($1.46 billion)
  9. Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
  10. EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
  11. Amonix ($5.9 million)
  12. National Renewable Energy Lab ($200 million)
  13. Fisker Automotive ($528 million)
  14. Abound Solar ($374 million)*
  15. A123 Systems ($279 million)*
  16. Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)
  17. Johnson Controls ($299 million)
  18. Schneider Electric ($86 million)
  19. Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
  20. ECOtality ($126.2 million)
  21. Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
  22. Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
  23. Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
  24. Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
  25. Range Fuels ($80 million)*
  26. Thompson River Power ($6.4 million)*
  27. Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
  28. LSP Energy ($2.1 billion)*
  29. UniSolar ($100 million)*
  30. Azure Dynamics ($120 million)*
  31. GreenVolts ($500,000)
  32. Vestas ($50 million)
  33. LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($150 million)
  34. Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
  35. Navistar ($10 million)
  36. Satcon ($3 million)*

*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.

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Pay close attention, as more are sure to follow.

Emphasis mine.

Caught On Tape! Legislators, Union Bosses Agree To Help Fake Company Seek Taxpayer Funding For ‘”Bullsh*t” Green Jobs’

July 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

“It almost is exactly the same as where we were with Green Jobs, Green New York,” said [Laborers' International Union of North America] LIUNA Director John Hutchings. “Between us, a lot of it is bullsh–.”

Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe and his crafty band of video sting artists have held onto this blockbuster video since 2009. And now have released it from the vault just in time for election 2012.

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(Project Veritas) — Undercover reporters posing as “Earth Supply and Renewal” — group dedicated to digging holes and filling them back in, meet with Labor Bosses, NY Legislator, and former NY Assemblyman, who tell them how to secure funding for “Bullshit” Green jobs. John Hutchings, member of the Broome County legislature, told the undercover reporters posing as “Earth Supply and Renewal” his opinion on taxpayer-funded grant contracts; “You know the Green Jobs — Green NY, between us, a lot of it is bullsh*t”. Anthony Tocci, business manager for [Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) ]-Local 601, tells Earth Supply and Renewal “You just wanna(sic) get the money. Then you figure out afterwards” Former NY assemblyman Ron Tocci is also featured laughing about the irony of the company’s services: “One thing about it, it’s shovel ready.”

See the raw un-edited version of the video here. A must read!: Meet John Hutchings: Lining Union Pockets with Your Money As mentioned in the video: WeDigJobs.com BTW: LIUNA is a union affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

Obama Outsourcing Jobs! $20M Taxpayer Funded Green Energy Projects In Africa

July 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Spreading the wealth thinner…

(Townhall) –The Obama Administration’s “green jobs” agenda is apparently not limited to the United States. According to CNS News, the administration created a $20 million grant that will go toward creating green projects…in Africa.

The U.S. government is spending $20 million to “help clean energy projects in Africa get started.” Those projects include wind farms and solar panels, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced at the recent Rio +20 Conference in Brazil.

But the government watchdog Judicial Watch criticized the spending as wasteful, given the administration’s track record in trying to pick green energy winners.

“The U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative will help clean energy projects in Africa get started,” said Clinton in her June 22 speech.  “This is an innovative partnership between three United States government entities – the State Department, OPIC (the Overseas Private Investment Corporation), and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. We want to drive private sector investment into the energy sector.”

Clinton said the initial $20 million grant will “leverage much larger investment flows from OPIC,” which is the U.S. government’s development finance institution. “That will open the door then for hundreds of millions of dollars of OPIC financing, plus hundreds of millons of more dollars from the private sector for projects that otherwise would never get off the drawing board.”

Also see this recent post: Geothermal Co. [Still] Struggling After $98.5 MILLION Taxpayer Bailout

Geothermal Co. [Still] Struggling After $98.5 MILLION Taxpayer Bailout

July 6, 2012 at 8:35 am

Nevada Dem Senator Harry Reid’s 2010 prediction that Nevada Geothermal Power will “put Nevadans to work” by becoming the “Saudi Arabia of geothermal energy” fell flat. Not…one…single…job…was…created.

(Washington Times) –A geothermal energy company with a $98.5 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration for an alternative energy project in Nevada — which received hearty endorsements from Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — faces financial problems, and the company’s auditors have questioned whether it can stay in business.

Much like Solyndra LLC, a California solar-panel manufacturer with a $535 million federal loan guarantee that went bankrupt, Nevada Geothermal Power (NGP) has incurred $98 million in net losses over the past several years, has substantial debts and does not generate enough cash from its current operations after debt-service costs, an internal audit said.
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NPG was rated BB+, which is considered speculative or junk and a step below investment grade.
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Mr. Reid, a Nevada Democrat who led passage of the $814 billion stimulus bill and worked to include the loan guarantee program to help finance clean-energy projects, predicted in 2010 that NGP would “put Nevadans to work” and declared that Nevada was the “Saudi Arabia of geothermal energy.”

Mr. Chu celebrated NGP’s potential in his June 2010 announcement of the loan guarantee, saying the federal government’s support of the company demonstrated its commitment to geothermal power to achieve the nation’s clean-energy goals.
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A committee report said the loan did not finance any new construction and “did not help to create a single job.”
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Mr. Fairbank [president and CEO of NGP] denied knowing or lobbying Mr. Reid, but the House Oversight Committee said Ormat Inc., which was paid $80 million to build NGP’s Blue Mountain plant, has “strong ties” to the senator. It said two former Reid staffers, Kai Anderson and Paul Thomsen, work for Ormat.

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How cozy…

Viral Video “If I Wanted America To Fail” [Updated With Transcript]

April 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Outstanding video by Free Market America “inspired by Paul Harvey’s classic essay, ‘If I were the devil.’”

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(FreeMarketAmerica) –The environmental agenda has been infected by extremism—it’s become an economic suicide pact. And we’re here to challenge it.

Update:

Transcript via imamomzilla at Cafe Mom:

If I wanted America to fail …

To follow, not lead; to suffer, not prosper; to despair, not dream.

I would start with energy.

I’d cut off America’s supply of cheap, abundant energy. I couldn’t take it by force. So, I’d make Americans feel guilty for using the energy that heats their homes, fuels their cars, runs their businesses, and powers their economy.

I’d make cheap energy expensive, so that expensive energy would seem cheap.

I would empower unelected bureaucrats to all-but-outlaw America’s most abundant sources of energy. And after banning its use in America, I’d make it illegal for American companies to ship it overseas.

If I wanted America to fail …

I’d use our schools to teach one generation of Americans that our factories and our cars will cause a new Ice Age, and I’d muster a straight face so I could teach the next generation that they’re causing Global Warming.

And when it’s cold out, I’d call it Climate Change instead.

I’d imply that America’s cities and factories could run on wind power and wishes. I’d teach children how to ignore the hypocrisy of condemning logging, mining and farming — while having roofs over their heads, heat in their homes and food on their tables. I would never teach children that the free market is the only force in human history to uplift the poor, establish the middle class and create lasting prosperity.

Instead, I’d demonize prosperity itself, so that they will not miss what they will never have.

If I wanted America to fail …

I would create countless new regulations and seldom cancel old ones. They would be so complicated that only bureaucrats, lawyers and lobbyists could understand them. That way small businesses with big ideas wouldn’t stand a chance – and I would never have to worry about another Thomas Edison, Henry Ford or Steve Jobs.

I would ridicule as “Flat Earthers” those who urge us to lower energy costs by increasing supply. And when the evangelists of commonsense try to remind people about the law of supply and demand, I’d enlist a sympathetic media to drown them out.

If I wanted America to fail …

I would empower unaccountable bureaucracies seated in a distant capitol to bully Americans out of their dreams and their property rights. I’d send federal agents to raid guitar factories for using the wrong kind of wood; I’d force homeowners to tear down the homes they built on their own land.

I’d make it almost impossible for farmers to farm, miners to mine, loggers to log, and builders to build.

And because I don’t believe in free markets, I’d invent false ones. I’d devise fictitious products—like carbon credits—and trade them in imaginary markets. I’d convince people that this would create jobs and be good for the economy.

If I wanted America to fail …

For every concern, I’d invent a crisis; and for every crisis, I’d invent the cause; Like shutting down entire industries and killing tens of thousands of jobs in the name of saving spotted owls. And when everyone learned the stunning irony that the owls were victims of their larger cousins—and not people—it would already be decades too late.

If I wanted America to fail …

I’d make it easier to stop commerce than start it – easier to kill jobs than create them – more fashionable to resent success than to seek it.

When industries seek to create jobs, I’d file lawsuits to stop them. And then I’d make taxpayers pay for my lawyers.

If I wanted America to fail …

I would transform the environmental agenda from a document of conservation to an economic suicide pact. I would concede entire industries to our economic rivals by imposing regulations that cost trillions. I would celebrate those who preach environmental austerity in public while indulging a lavish lifestyle in private.

I’d convince Americans that Europe has it right, and America has it wrong.

If I wanted America to fail …

I would prey on the goodness and decency of ordinary Americans.

I would only need to convince them … that all of this is for the greater good.

If I wanted America to fail, I suppose I wouldn’t change a thing.

In other words, every move the progressive cabal has ever made.

Via InstaPundit

#OMG Obama News Link Roundup

April 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm

ObamaCare – Supreme Court:

Former Obama Constitutional law student takes Obama to school: My Professor, My Judge, and the Doctrine of Judicial Review

Appeals Court Judge Jerry Smith Orders Department of Justice to Address President’s Controversial Comments

Carney: Obama Attacking Supreme Court Is “The Reverse Of Intimidation”

Mark Levin methodically rips apart Obama’s SCOTUS intimidation statement

To Save ObamaCare, Obama Ignores Constitution Does Full Court Press

Obama You Lie! –> If the Supreme Court throws out the federal health care law, it “would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

Health Care rationing:

Doctor Panels Recommend Fewer Tests for Patients

Doctors call for end to five cancer tests, treatments

Energy:

Canadian PM Blasts Obama on Keystone: The U.S. Is an Unreliable Energy Partner

Treasury Officials Given [ONE] Day to Review U.S. Solyndra Loan

Mine union boss: Coal industry could suffer same fate as bin Laden – Thanks to the Obama EPA

Election 2012:

[Obama] Dubious Donations Illustrated (Illegal Contributor Edition)

Video [Proof]: Obama Campaign Disables Credit Card Verification, Accepts Donation from ‘Nidal Hasan’

Top Obama Bundler Accused of Fraud; Obama Campaign Disables Credit Card Verification System (Again)

Obama Instructs Journalists On How To Report His Positions [Video]

Romney challenges press to expose Obama secrecy

Obama campaign website yanks [Racist] BET videos

Michelle Obama to Kids: Convince Your Great-Grandparents [They Would Be Wrong If They Didn't Vote For Obama]

Tax Payer Funded PrOpaganda:

Department of Propaganda-  Labor Department puts up leftist motivational posters at taxpayer expense

Unfair & Unbalanced: Slobbering ObamaMedia Sycophant:

Associated Press Chief Offers Lavish Praise for Obama

Pro Illegal Alien Criminals:

DHS To Grant Illegal Aliens “Unlawful Presence Waivers”

Obama’s Illegal Alien Uncle Gets [Hardship] License After DUI

Pro Muslim Brotherhood Islamic Tyranny:

Obama Bypasses Congress, Gives $1.5 Billion to Muslim Brotherhood

Obama and Mainstream Media Cheer Muslim Brotherhood Takeover of Egypt

Obama Welcomes Muslim Brotherhood Run for Egyptian Presidency

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Meets With White House

Head in the Sand Dhimmitude Attitude – “We believe that it is in the interest of the United States to engage with all parties that are committed to democratic principles, especially nonviolence,” said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.

Spit. The camel is in the tent, I repeat, the camel is in the tent.

Obama A No Silver Bullets Gas Bag Running On Empty

March 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

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Tweet the pain you are feeling at the pump:

Obama’s “No Silver Bullets” talking point ad nausem:

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Obama’s Fuzzy Math: 2% of the word’s oil. Fact: We have 200 years worth of energy available today

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More at the Washington Post’s Fact Checker.

Gallup March 22, 2012: “A Solid Majority” Of Americans Favor Keystone XL Pipeline

 ABC: Highest ever gas price recorded in March

The average price of a gallon of regular is now $3.87, the highest recorded price in March. The average price is up nearly 4 cents from a week ago, and over 30 cents from a year ago, according to the Department of Energy, as more drivers face gas prices of $4 a gallon or more across the country.

Last week, the average gas price was $3.83 a gallon, the previous record according to data going back to 1990. [...]

Update: Speaker Boehner Highlights “Obama Energy Gap” Between the President’s Words & Actions on Addressing Soaring Gas Prices

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“You know gas prices are rising and Americans are frustrated with the gap between the president’s words and his actions.  The president now says he supports the Republican ‘all of the above’ energy strategy for our country.  But for three years his administration has made every effort to block, delay, and restrict new energy production in our country.

“He claims that he wants to address rising gas prices, but his policies are actually making matters worse for families and small businesses.  And the only recent action the president’s taken on energy involved lobbying senators – personally and successfully – to prevent construction of the Keystone pipeline.

“Yet today he’s out in Oklahoma trying to take credit for a part of the pipeline that doesn’t even require his approval.  Now, this is what I’m calling the ‘Obama Energy Gap.’  Up here in Canada, and in North Dakota, we’ve got all this oil.  And the president’s down here in Oklahoma taking credit for a part of the pipeline that’s going to go through the normal process.  It’s already gotten its approvals.  And this idea that the president is going to expedite this will have no impact on the construction of this pipeline.

“Now, let me explain something.  It’s not just oil that’s up in Canada.  Right now, this year, North Dakota will become the second largest oil-producing state in our country.  There are three, one-hundred tank trains every day that come out of North Dakota and have to go all the way to the Gulf because of the lack of this pipeline.  And so it’s Canadian oil, it’s North Dakota oil, that needs to get down to our refineries in the Gulf.

“So the president can take credit for having nothing to do with the bottom half of this pipeline, and the fact is is there’s only one permit that requires his approval because it crosses our national boundaries and that’s the Keystone decision on the upper half of this.

“Remember we have 165,000 miles of pipeline in our country that operate successfully every day.  The Congress earlier this year passed a pipeline safety bill to increase the safety standards on this 165,000 miles of pipeline.  The president should listen to the American people and allow the Keystone pipeline to go forward.
“There’s a big gap between what the president promises and what he talks about, and the actions that he’s taking.  And I think honest, hard-working taxpayers deserve actions that match the words.”

Also see:

Morning Bell: Obama Mocks Critics As Gas Prices Go Up – Heritage Foundation

Obama Makes 4 Misleading Gas Statements in One Week – Breitbart.com

Michelle Malkin’s “Obama’s algae racket

Philips Wins $10 MILLION Taxpayer Subsidized Prize For Affordable Green Lightbulb With $50 Price Tag!

March 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

What planet are these eco-marxists idiots living on? Certainly not the one where the jobs recession is the longest since WWII.

The Obama Regime continues to flush your hard earned dollars down their green black hole. Click for sound effect.

(WaPo)The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award, dubbed the “L Prize,” for any manufacturer that could create a “green” but affordable light bulb.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the prize would spur industry to offer the costly bulbs, known as LEDs, at prices “affordable for American families.” There was also a “Buy America” component. Portions of the bulb would have to be made in the United States.

Now the winning bulb is on the market.

The price is $50.

Retailers said the bulb, made by Philips, is likely to be too pricey to have broad appeal. Similar LED bulbs are less than half the cost.
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Still, the contest set price goals. According to the L Prize guidelines, manufacturers were “strong­ly encouraged to offer products at prices that prove cost-effective and attractive to buyers, and therefore more successful in the market.”

The target retail price, including rebates from utilities, was to be $22 in the first year, $15 in the second year and $8 in the third year.

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$28 shy of the price goal set by the L Prize contest, yet Phillips’ $50 light bulb was  still chosen as the winner. Failure must have been an option.

Reality is not their friend but apparently the crack pipe is their BFF.

Image source: Liberally Conservative’s “Obama’s Green Corruption

Obama Flashback 2006: “Replace Oil Altogether” With A “National’ Biofuel Infrastructure”

February 24, 2012 at 12:16 am

And a little something about his calling for the “striking of a grand bargain” with the Big Three automakers –taxpayers “picking up the tab for retiree health care costs in exchange for the car companies using that savings to invest in more fuel-efficient cars.”

Obama speech: Energy Independence: A Call for Leadership
TOPIC: Oil & Alternative Fuels
September 20, 2006
Complete Text

Fact: Since taking office, President Obama’s entire energy agenda has made a gallon of gas more expensive -Click to learn more

Now that summer’s over and gas prices have finally come down a bit, there’s a temptation to put any discussion about energy on the back burner until the next crisis arises. Gone are the days when the President would make sweeping pronouncements in his State of the Union about America’s addiction to oil – today there is far more political mileage out of questioning Democrats’ commitment to fighting terror than by affirming America’s commitment to energy independence.

But as the President may or may not have learned by now, simply ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away. Because while headlines about price gouging and gas lines have temporarily faded from the news, new headlines have emerged that should have us every bit as concerned about the addiction we just can’t seem to shake.

In just the last week, two in particular caught my eye.

One is from the Detroit Free Press, and it talks about how Ford Motor Company plans to cut 30,000 hourly jobs, 14,000 salaried jobs, and close sixteen plants by 2012.

Now, there are plenty of reasons for Ford’s financial troubles, but one of the most glaring has been their inability to compete with foreign counterparts by transitioning to the fuel-efficient and hybrid vehicles that represent the future of the auto industry.

200,000 of these hybrids are driving around China today, a country that already has a higher fuel economy than we do. Over in Japan, Toyota is doubling production of the popular Prius to sell 100,000 in the U.S. this year. But at Ford, there are plans to make only 20,000 Escape Hybrids in 2006, and GM’s brand won’t be on the market until 2007. Meanwhile, the waiting lists for a hybrid car in this country get longer by the day.

These foreign auto companies are out-innovating and out-competing us, and if we do nothing to help U.S. carmakers, tens of thousands more jobs and billions in business will be heading overseas in the months to come.

Unfortunately, job losses and foreign competition are just the half of it. Because the second headline that caught my eye was in Saturday’s New York Times, and it read, “Suicide Attacks Foiled at 2 Oil Sites in Yemen.”

This news is disturbing, but not surprising. For years, Al Qaeda has been trying to attack Middle Eastern oil refineries as a way to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy. Osama bin Laden himself has said, “Focus your operations on oil, especially in Iraq and the Gulf area, since this will cause them to die off [on their own].” In the past, even minor attacks have caused global prices to jump $2 per barrel in a single day. And a former CIA agent tells us that if terrorists ever succeeded in destroying an entire oil complex, it could take enough oil off the market to cause financial catastrophe in America.

More than anything else, headlines like these represent a realization that goes far beyond the temporary rise and fall of gas prices. It’s a realization that for all of our economic dominance – for all of our military might – the Achilles heel of the most powerful country on Earth is the oil we cannot live without.

The President knows this. That thousands of autoworkers are losing their jobs. That we spend $18 million on foreign oil ever hour. That our climate is changing and global temperatures are rising.

And yet, for someone who talks tough about defending America, actually solving our energy crisis seems to factor pretty low on the President’s agenda.

And that’s because as much as George Bush might want to defend America, he also needs to defend his vision of government – and that’s a government that can’t, won’t, and shouldn’t solve great national challenges like our energy dependence.

That’s why the President’s funding for renewable fuels is at the same level it was the day he took office. That’s why his budget funds less then half of the energy bill he himself signed into law. That’s why billions of tax dollars that could’ve been used to fund energy research went to the record-profiting oil companies instead.

And that’s why it’s time to stand up for a new vision of government this November.

You see, it’s this timidity – this smallness – in our politics that’s holding us back right now. The idea that some problems are just too big to handle, and if you just ignore them, sooner or later, they’ll go away.

But that’s not where the American people are. They still believe in an America where anything’s possible – they just don’t think their leaders do. They still dream big dreams – they just sense their leaders have forgotten how.

There’s a reason that some have compared the quest for energy independence to the Manhattan Project or the Apollo moon landing. Like those historic efforts, moving away from an oil economy is a major challenge that will require a sustained national commitment.

During World War II, we had an entire country working around the clock to produce enough planes and tanks to beat the Axis powers. In the middle of the Cold War, we built a national highway system so we had a quick way to transport military equipment across the country. When we wanted to beat the Russians into space, we poured millions into a national education initiative that graduated thousands of new scientists and engineers.

If we hope to strengthen our security and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, we can offer no less of a commitment to energy independence.

With technology we have on the shelves right now and fuels we can grow right here in America, by 2025 we can reduce our oil imports by over 7.5. million barrels per day – an amount greater than all the oil we are expected to import from the entire Middle East.

We start by producing cars that use less oil. The auto industry has not been asked to raise fuel economy standards in seventeen years, and lately we’ve just stopped asking them to.

Today, we have no choice. Starting in 2008, if we raised CAF’E standards a modest 3% a year over the next twelve years, by 2020 passenger vehicles would average 40.5 mpg and light trucks would average 32.6 mpg. This is by no means a dramatic increase – five years ago, the National Academy of Sciences concluded that raising CAF’E to 33 mpg for passenger cars could easily be done without compromising passenger safety.

Not only would this reduce America’s oil consumption, but it would increase profits for the auto industry. Yesterday a University of Michigan report came out that said if the Big Three automakers took proactive steps to increase the fuel-efficiency of their vehicles, they would stand to gain up to $2 billion more in profits per year. But if they continue on their current path, they could stand to lose up to $3.6 billion in profits.

Of course, auto executives are right when they say that transitioning to these more fuel-efficient automobiles would be costly at a time of sagging profits and stiff competition, and that’s precisely why the federal government shouldn’t let the industry face these costs on their own.

We should strike a grand bargain with the Big Three automakers where the government [TAXPAYERS] picks up part of the tab for their retiree health care costs – a tab that ran almost $6.7 billion just last year – in exchange for the car companies using that savings to invest in more fuel-efficient cars.

Beyond raising CAFE, however, it’s time we replace oil altogether as America’s fuel of choice. This doesn’t just mean singing the praises of ethanol and hoping that it finds its way into our fuel supply on its own. It means taking major steps now to put a national biofuel infrastructure in place.

Already, some cars on the road have the flexible-fuel tanks necessary for them to run on E85, a cheaper, cleaner blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. But millions upon millions of cars still don’t have these tanks.

It’s time for them to install those tanks in every single car they make, and it’s time for the government [TAXPAYERS] to cover this small cost, which currently runs at just $100 per car. We should also make sure that from now on, every single automobile the government purchases is a flex-fuel vehicle.

It’s also a time to start making E85 fueling stations more available to the public. Currently, only 681 out of 170,000 fueling stations in America offer E85 pumps. This is not acceptable. Every American should have the choice to fill up their car with E85 at any fueling station. And oil companies should stop standing in the way and join us in making this happen. If the big oil companies would devote just 1% of their first quarter profits this year to install E85 pumps, more than 7,000 service stations would be able to serve E85 to hungry motorists.

Finally, we should reduce the risk of investing in renewable fuels by providing loan guarantees and venture capital to those entrepreneurs with the best plans to develop and sell biofuels. And we should create a market for renewable fuels by ramping up the renewable fuel standard and creating an alternative diesel standard in this country that together would blend 65 billion gallons of renewable fuels into the petroleum supply each year.

In the days and months after September 11th, Americans were waiting to be called to something bigger than themselves. Just like their parents and grandparents of the Greatest Generation, they were willing to serve and defend their country – not only on the fields of war, but on the homefront too.

This is our chance to step up and serve. For decades, we have heard President after President call for energy independence in this country, but for decades, we have fallen short. Well it’s time to call on ourselves. We shouldn’t wait for the next time gas hits $3 a gallon - and we shouldn’t accept any more headlines that talk about a dying auto industry or a terrorist plot to use oil as a weapon against America. We should act – and we should act now.

Now is the time for serious leadership to get us started down the path of energy independence. Now is the time for this call to arms. I hope some of the ideas I’ve laid out today can serve as a basis for this call, but I also hope that members of both parties and all levels of government can come together in the near future to launch this serious quest for energy independence. Thank you.

Previously posted here: Flashback Video: In 2008 Current Obama Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar Objected to Offshore Drilling Even if Gas Prices Reached $10 Per Gallon