Thursday, July 3, 2008

Energy Leadership, Clinton Style

Hillary Clinton, New York's junior Senator and former presidential candidate, was in Syracuse yesterday laying out her vision for making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Amid the questionably useful displays of cooking oil recycling and cellulose-based skateboards, along with the genuinely promising technology of algael oil, she gave an excellent demonstration of what's holding us back:

In her speech to the public, Clinton said, "We are more dependent on foreign oil today than we were on 9/11. Shame on us that we let that happen."

She said President Bush and Congress should pass renewable energy production tax credits, require higher gas mileage for cars, tax windfall profits of oil companies, and crack down on market speculators who are causing the price of a barrel of oil to skyrocket.

"There's a lot that could be done, but unfortunately I don't see much indication that's going to happen in the remaining months of President Bush's term," she said. "I'm very disturbed by the lack of leadership coming out of the White House and the difficulties we have in the Senate passing something over the Republican opposition because of our rules."

Then Clinton climbed into the rear of a black Chevrolet Suburban that gets 16 miles per gallon and rode out of Syracuse.

A lack of leadership, indeed. 16 miles per gallon? I'd find it a lot easier to believe in Senator Clinton's solutions to the energy "crisis" if she was actually acting like it was, you know, a crisis.