Obama gave the first hint of his energy policy in a speech to a large crowd of fawning adorers in Oregon yesterday.
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.
“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.
So “leadership” apparently means the government telling Americans what cars we can drive, how much food we can eat, and what temperature to set our home thermostats at.
Francis Cianfrocca sees in these remarks the first signal to other nations of how America will play in the global competition for energy.
If nothing else, he’s now made completely clear his view that the answer to the global energy problem is for Americans to net-reduce our usage of energy, even before more efficient technologies become available. To Obama, this is leadership. He may suppose that everyone else will say “if you do that, we’ll do it too.” Their actual response is more likely to be: ”Thanks for the cheaper energy, suckers.