campaigning for Barney Frank’s congressional seat with a campaign call to “end
petroleum-based products so expensive that Americans will be forced to turn to
government sponsored, taxpayer paid so-called green energy.
fact that prices rose so quickly, that he would have preferred slower (and thus,
less perceptible) increases. (He has, of course, told us he was “misunderstood” with those comments.)
Sen. OBAMA: Well, I think that we
have been slow to move in a better direction when it comes to energy usage. And
the president, frankly, hasn’t had an energy policy. And as a consequence, we’ve
been consuming energy as if it’s infinite. We now know that our demand is badly
outstripping supply with China and India growing as rapidly as they are. So…
HARWOOD: So could these high prices help us?
Sen. OBAMA: I think that I would
have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to
American pocketbooks is not a good thing. But if we take some steps right now to
help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money into their
pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances
more quickly, particularly US automakers, then I think ultimately, we can come
out of this stronger and have a more efficient energy policy than we do right
Secretary Steven Chu stated in a WSJ interview in September 2008, prior to
Obama’s election, and, of course, prior to his assuming the role as head of the
gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Mr. Chu, who directs the Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory in California, said in an interview with The Wall Street
Journal in September.
happy to bring the backtracked words of Obama and Chu back to life:
Joe Kennedy III calls for ending ‘cheap oil’
As gas prices continue to soar around the country, Joe Kennedy III, the
Democratic candidate for Rep. Barney Frank’s seat, wrote an online letter to supporters calling for an end to “cheap
“Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama — they’ve all talked
about the same thing: the need to wean ourselves off our debilitating dependence
on foreign oil,” Kennedy wrote.
“The cycle that allows cheap oil to trump tough choices has to stop,” he
continued. “Forty years is enough.”
In the week before Kennedy posted, AAA Southern New England reported that the
price of gas in Massachusetts had risen a further two cents. The Worchester Business Journal reported that at an average of
$3.899 a gallon for regular unleaded gas, the price is currently 24 cents higher
than it was one year before.
Kennedy is running against Sean Bielat, a former Marine who lost to 16-term
Rep. Barney Frank by 10 points in the 2010 election.
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